140 Bethesda Magazine | 2019-2020 NEWCOMERS GUIDE
MON AMI GABI
7239 Woodmont Ave., 301-654-1234, monamigabi.
com. Waiters serve bistro classics such as
escargot, steak frites and profiteroles in a dark and
boisterous spot that doesn’t feel like a chain. Live
jazz Thursday nights. ❂ J R L D $$
MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE
7400 Wisconsin Ave., 301-657-2650, mortons.
com. An ultra-sophisticated steak house serving
pricey, large portions of prime-aged beef and drinks.
The restaurant is known for a top-notch dinner
experience but also offers lunch and a bar menu.
L D $$$
MUSSEL BAR & GRILLE
7262 Woodmont Ave., 301-215-7817, musselbar.
com. Kensington resident and big-name chef Robert
Wiedmaier serves his signature mussels, plus
wood-fired tarts, salads and sandwiches. Wash
them all down with a choice of 40 Belgian beers,
a list that was voted “Best Beer Selection” by
Bethesda Magazine readers in 2017. ❂ R L D $$
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S
10400 Old Georgetown Road, 240-316-4555,
notyouraveragejoes.com. This Massachusetts-based chain’s moderately priced menu offers
burgers, big salads and stone-hearth pizzas, plus
entrées including Anything But Average Meatloaf.
❂ J L D $$
OLAZZO (EDITORS’ PICK)
7921 Norfolk Ave., 301-654-9496, olazzo.com.
This well-priced, romantic restaurant is the place for
couples seeking red-sauce classics at reasonable
prices. Founded by brothers Riccardo and Roberto
Pietrobono, it was voted “Best Italian Restaurant”
by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018. ❂ L D $$
THE ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE
7700 Wisconsin Ave., Store D, 301-986-0285,
ophrestaurants.com. Along with the classic
flapjacks on this chain’s menu, you’ll find flavor-packed items such as apple pancakes with a
cinnamon sugar glaze. And it’s not just pancakes to
pick from: The restaurant serves a variety of waffles,
crepes, eggs and omelets. J B L $
PASSAGE TO INDIA (EDITORS’ PICK)
4931 Cordell Ave., 301-656-3373, passagetoindia.
info. Top-notch, pan-Indian fare by chef-owner Sudhir
Seth, with everything from garlic naan to fish curry
made to order. ❂ R L D $$
7187 Woodmont Ave., 301-358-6116, passionfish
bethesda.com. The second location of Passion Food
Hospitality’s splashy seafood restaurant features
stunning coastal-themed décor and an extensive
menu of shellfish, caviar, sushi, chef’s specialties
and fresh catches of the day. Voted “Best Happy
Hour” by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2018.
J L D $$$
4760 Bethesda Ave., 301-656-3285, paul-usa.
com. Fifth-generation, family-owned French bakery
becomes an international chain, with locations in
about 5 countries. The menu offers breaads and
pastries, look for soups, sandwiches and quiche.
❂ B L D $
PENANG MALAYSIAN & THAI CUISINE & BAR
4933 Bethesda Ave., 301-657-2878, penang
maryland.com. At this Malaysian spot decorated
with exotic dark woods and a thatched roof, spices
run the gamut of Near and Far Eastern influence,
and flavors include coconut, lemongrass, sesame
and chili sauce. L D $$
PINES OF ROME
4918 Cordell Ave., 301-657-8775. Longtime Italian
restaurant, formerly on Hampden Lane, still serves
traditional pasta, pizza, fish and seafood at prices
that are easy on the wallet. The white pizza is a hit,
and don’t forget the spaghetti and meatballs.
L D $
PIZZERIA DA MARCO (EDITORS’ PICK)
8008 Woodmont Ave., 301-654-6083, pizzeria
damarco.net. Authentic Neapolitan pizzas fired
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