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in a 900-degree Italian brick oven range from the
Siciliana with eggplant confit and black olives to the
Solo Carne with sausage, pepperoni and salame.
Salads, antipasti and calzones available, too.
❂ L D $
POSITANO RISTORANTE ITALIANO
4940-48 Fairmont Ave., 301-654-1717,
epositano.com. An authentic Italian, family-run
restaurant popular for private events, large and
small. Colorful rooms are decorated with Italian
landscapes, copper pots and hanging plants, and
the outdoor patio is one of the most beautiful in the
county. ❂ L D $$
PRALINE BAKERY & BISTRO
4611 Sangamore Road, 301-229-8180,
praline-bakery.com. This sunny restaurant offers a
tempting bakery takeout counter, full dining service
and a patio. The food, which includes chicken pot
pie and pralines, is French with an American accent.
❂ J B R L D $$
Q BY PETER CHANG (EDITORS’ PICK)
4500 East West Highway, 240-800-3722,
qbypeterchang.com. Notable chef Peter Chang’s
high-end flagship restaurant offers traditional
Chinese dishes in an attractive, modern space.
Peking duck, double-cooked pork belly and other
authentic Sichuan cuisine are served, and some
dishes are “ultimate spicy” for brave palates.
❂ J L D $$
RAKU (EDITORS’ PICK)
7240 Woodmont Ave., 301-718-8680, rakuasian
dining.com. Voted “Best Sushi” by Bethesda
Magazine readers in 2018, this casual restaurant
has bamboo walls that do little to dampen the
noise, but the menu satisfies with everything from
sushi to kung pao chicken.
❂ L D $$
RICE PADDIES GRILL & PHO
4706 Bethesda Ave., 301-718-1862, ricepaddies
grill.com. This cute copper-and-green eat-in/carryout
makes quick work of Vietnamese favorites such
as pork, beef and vegetable skewers infused with
lemongrass and the classic beef noodle soup
known as pho. L D $
ROCK BOTTOM RESTAURANT & BREWERY
7900 Norfolk Ave., 301-652-1311, rockbottom.com.
India Pale Ales and specialty dark brews are among
the award-winning beers crafted in-house at this
cavernous yet welcoming chain, which offers a vast
menu. The burgers are the real deal. ❂ J L D $$
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
7315 Wisconsin Ave., 301-652-7877, ruthschris.
com. A dark and clubby feel makes this elegant
chain popular with families as well as the happy-hour crowd. Don’t skip the fresh seafood choices,
which include Caribbean lobster tail and barbecued
shrimp. D $$$
4828 Cordell Ave., 301-654-4676, salathaidc.
com. This Thai mainstay cooks the classics and
offers diners a nearly panoramic view of Woodmont
Avenue through huge, curved windows. Live jazz
Friday and Saturday evenings. L D $$
7940 Wisconsin Ave., 301-986-9708. A relaxing
spot for tasting everything from Maryland-style
crab soup to Argentine skirt steak, Saphire pumps
it up a notch on Friday and Saturday nights with
drink specials and DJs. Tiki bar open Wednesdays
through Saturdays. ❂ L D $
8003 Norfolk Ave., 301-652-1400, satsumajp.
com. Bethesda’s first yakiniku (Japanese barbecue)
restaurant has built-in grills at each table. Diners
select a cut—short rib, chuck rib, skirt or tongue—
and prepare it themselves. There’s also an
extensive sushi and sashimi menu, as well as
interesting cooked dishes. L D $$
SHANGRI-LA NEPALESE AND INDIAN CUISINE
7345-A Wisconsin Ave., 301-656-4444, shangrila
bethesda.com. Northern Indian and Nepali
specialties such as butter chicken and fresh
flatbreads known as naan shine here. The extensive
menu ranges from soups and salads to tandoori
and kabobs.J L D $
SHARE WINE LOUNGE & SMALL PLATE
8120 Wisconsin Ave. (Double Tree Hotel),
aspx. Share some buffalo chicken sliders or
avocado bruschetta, or go for main courses ranging
from Yankee pot roast to cedar plank-roasted
salmon. B L D $$
SILVER (EDITORS’ PICK)
7150 Woodmont Ave., 301-652-9780, eatatsilver.
com. Upscale, tonier version of the homegrown
Silver Diner chain, with modern takes on American
classics and an emphasis on healthy, local and
organic ingredients. Sleek interior takes its cue from
the 1920s. ❂ J B R L D $$
SMOKE BBQ BETHESDA
4858 Cordell Ave., 301-656-2011, smokebbq.com.
Pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, ribs and
all the fixin’s, plus starters including smoked
tomato soup and fried pickles served in a friendly,
casual space. Delivery available for orders over
$15. J L D $
4831 Bethesda Ave.301-654-7336, sweetgreen.
com. The sweetgreen fast-casual chain—with
its focus on local and organic ingredients—
concentrates on salads (devise your own, or pick
from a list) and soups. Look for eco-friendly décor
and a healthy sensibility. ❂ L D $
4914 Hampden Lane (The Shoppes of Bethesda),
301-652-7030, takogrill.com. Longtime, popular
sushi destination relocated to the space formerly
occupied by Hinode Japanese Restaurant. Look for
the same traditional sushi menu, plus some new
options, such as griddle-cooked teppanyaki at lunch,
and more varieties of yakitori at dinner. L D $$
7236 Woodmont Ave., 301-656-4002,
tandoorinightsbethesda.com. Located in the heart
of downtown Bethesda, the restaurant serves
traditional Indian fare ranging from tandoori chicken,
marinated in yogurt and spices, to a biryani flavored
with saffron, nuts and raisins. ❂ L D $$
4915 St. Elmo Ave., 240-630-8120,
tappdbethesda.com. Beer-centric gastropub offering
40-plus beers on tap, 100-plus bottles and beer
flights. Food menu includes standard American fare:
soups and salads, char-grilled wings, beer-battered
onion rings, burgers, brats and mains such as
crabcakes, barbecue ribs and beer-can chicken pot
pie. Top it off with a root beer float. ❂ J L D $$
7101 Democracy Blvd. (Westfield Montgomery
mall), 301-657-0488, tarathai.com. Thai cuisine
goes high style at Bethesda Magazine readers’ pick
for “Best Thai Restaurant” in 2018. With colorful
murals of ocean creatures looking on, diners can try
dishes ranging from mild to adventurous. L D $$
7731 Woodmont Ave., 301-652-3970, tasteediner.
com. For 80 years, this crowd-pleasing if slightly
sagging spot has served up everything from
breakfast to burgers to blue-plate specials such as
steak and crabcakes to crowds of loyal customers.
Open 24 hours. J B L D $
7228 Woodmont Ave., 240-345-9492, shopterrain.
com/restaurants. Located inside the Anthropologie
& Co. at Bethesda Row, this quaint café changes its
menu with the seasons. Look for cheese boards;
salads; toast topped with eggplant, smoked salmon
or fig; and entrées such as duck breast and a fried
cauliflower sandwich. ❂ R L D $$
THELO GREEK GRILL
8009 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-7335. Greek classics
such as gyros and meat skewers are the main
offerings at this small full-service restaurant in the
former Bistro LaZeez space.
❂ L D $$
4839 Del Ray Ave., 301-654-4443, tiaqueta.com.
This longtime family and happy-hour favorite offers
authentic Mexican food such as moles and fish
dishes, as well as the usual Tex-Mex options. Drink
menu includes American and Mexican beers.
❂ J L D $$
7940 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-3801, tommyjoes.
com. This Bethesda institution is now in the space
formerly housing Urban Heights. The second-floor,
window-filled corner location suits its sports bar
persona, and the vast rooftop is ideal for outdoor
drinking and snacking. Fare includes wings (
Poho-style, grilled and smoky, are a good option), burgers,
crabcakes and ribs. Chunky brisket chili, on its own
or on nachos, is a winner. ❂ L D $$
TRATTORIA SORRENTO (EDITORS’ PICK)
4930 Cordell Ave., 301-718-0344, trattoriasorrento.
com. This family-run Italian favorite offers
homemade pastas, baked eggplant and fresh fish
dishes. Half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN (EDITORS’ PICK)
7100 Wisconsin Ave., 240-200-1257,
truefoodkitchen.com. Health-focused chain prides
itself on serving fresh ingredients and features
an open kitchen. The eclectic, multicultural menu
changes from season to season, and includes
sandwiches, salads and pizza. Beer, wine and fresh-fruit and vegetable cocktails are also available.
Voted “Best New Restaurant” by Bethesda Magazine
readers in 2018. ❂ R L D $
7525 Old Georgetown Road, 240-821-6830,
tyberbierhausmd.com. Czech, German and Belgian
brews served in an authentic beer-hall setting,
furnished with the same benches as those used
in the Hofbrau brewhouse in Munich. Pub menu
features mussels, hearty sandwiches, schnitzel and
goulash. R L D $$
4870 Bethesda Ave., 301-656-2981, unclejulios.
com. Loud and large, this Tex-Mex eatery packs in
families and revelers fueling up on fajitas, tacos
and more. Kids love to watch the tortilla machine.