Photos by Dan Schere

Leo & Liv, a farm-to-table restaurant serving Mediterranean and American cuisine, opened last month in the rebranded Bethesdan Hotel at 8120 Wisconsin Ave.

The farm-to-table restaurant is on the ground floor of the hotel, which used to be the DoubleTree Bethesda Hotel. The restaurant includes a bar called But First Drinks (BFD), which serves craft beer, wine and cocktails.

Entrees at Leo & Live include filet mignon, Moroccan lamb shank and butternut squash ravioli. There are also flatbreads and sandwiches such as gyro and falafel. The sandwiches are $12 to $15 and the larger entrees are between $22 and $32.

Leo & Liv has an open dining room with wooden floors, tables and a few booths. There is one slightly raised seating area in the back of the restaurant with stairs. The restaurant also has a private room that can be reserved for parties and other private events.


Leo & Liv serves dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m. every day. Breakfast is also served from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 7  to 10:30 a.m. p.m. on weekends.

BFD, inside the restaurant, includes two TVs at the bar. Customers can order cocktails for $13 to $15. Draft beers, for $7, rotate seasonally.


BFD serves more typical pub foods such as calamari, charcuterie board, harissa hot wings and burger sliders. These foods are between $12 and $15.

BFD is open every day from 4:30 to 11 p.m.

Immediately adjacent to the bar and dining area are lounge areas with cushioned chairs and coffee tables with reading material.


The Bethesdan is the first of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection hotels to open in Maryland — a series of upscale luxury hotel brands.

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