Farm-to-Table Restaurant Opens in Rebranded Bethesdan Hotel

Farm-to-Table Restaurant Opens in Rebranded Bethesdan Hotel

Leo & Liv has a bar inside

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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.

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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.

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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.Leo & Liv 4

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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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