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.
Voted “Best Sushi” by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2020 and “Best Restaurant in Bethesda” in 2021, 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.
Persimmon and Wild Tomato owners Damian and Stephanie Salvatore replaced their Asian concept Indigo House with a return to their roots. Find traditional Italian fare, such as bruschetta, risotto balls, Caprese salad, meatball subs, fettuccine Alfredo, chicken cacciatore and shrimp scampi.
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.
This branch of the trendy diner includes a full bar and brasserie-style interior. The latest food trends (think quinoa coconut pancakes) share company on the enormous menu with diner staples such as meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Voted “Best Late-Night Eats” by Bethesda Magazine readers in 2021.
The owners of a Thai restaurant and bakery in Virginia serve classic Thai dishes in a setting that mixes several decor styles (one room has a fireplace and looks like a living room filled with books). A dessert counter offers coffee and tea drinks along with ice cream, snow ice and other treats
The garden theme plays out in plants and vines around this stylish restaurant and bar, which has lots of room for grabbing a beer, wine or a cocktail. Appetizers have a Southern slant (fried green tomatoes and jalapeno cornbread skillet). Main courses include tacos, pizzas, sandwiches, crabcakes and several vegan options. You’ll also find billiards and a few arcade games.
José Andrés replaced the Jaleo in downtown Bethesda with this breakfast-all-day (Spanish style) concept. Menu standouts include huevos rotos (over-easy eggs with potatoes); chicken, pork and duck foie gras-stuffed canelones with cheese sauce; and a breakfast ham, egg, cheese and avocado sandwich. For dessert, don’t miss the compressed pineapple with rum, lime and mint.
Skee-Ball, foosball, basketball, shuffle puck and more than 20 TVs compete with a full food and drink menu at this branch of a national chain. This location’s cocktails include an Orange Crush, a drink well known throughout Maryland made with freshly squeezed orange juice, triple sec, orange vodka and Sprite.
From the Blueridge Restaurant Group, owner of Copper Canyon Grill restaurants,comes this 300-seat American eatery on the ground floor of an office building. Salads, burgers, steaks and seafood, plus sushi, with an eye towards high quality.
Adjacent to its sister restaurant, Summer House Santa Monica, Stella Barra is an artisan pizzeria with a hip, urban vibe. Look for crisp crusts with chewy centers topped with butternut squash and candied bacon or house-made pork sausage and fennel pollen. Italian wines available.