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Where to eat and drink in Bethesda, Maryland

Delicious restaurants abound in Bethesda. You can eat out for every meal you can imagine: breakfast, brunch, lunch, elevensies, happy hour, dinner, and after a show. Here’s a roundup to get you started.

If you want to go for a relaxed walk, do some window shopping, have a meal, and maybe even catch a movie afterward, then Bethesda Row in downtown Bethesda has you covered. There are over 30 restaurants in Bethesda Row, including 

  • celebrity chef and philanthropist Jose Andres’s Spanish Diner. You can partake in classic Spanish fare and have the extra special experience of Flamenco Brunch on Sundays.
  • Hawkers Asian street food has dozens and dozens of plates spanning the Asian world from soup (like Hong Kong wonton soup) to noodles (like Hokkien Mee Pad Thai, and Singapore Mei Fun) to dim sum and more!
  • Sweetgreen if you want a salad as giant as it is delicious (aka very). 

At Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, there are over 25 restaurants to choose from, including cafes, cocktail bars, fine dining, and more casual fare. 

  • Hello Betty is a “surf and skate-inspired seafood restaurant” that offers both indoor dining and a literal 40-foot boat patio for outdoor dining.
  • Owen’s Ordinary “is a convivial and family-friendly restaurant & craft beer bar”
  • Sports & Social is an elevated sports bar with an 18-foot media wall, made-from-scratch game-day favorites, curated cocktails,” and a dog-friendly outdoor patio.

There are many more exciting restaurants in Bethesda to check out. Barrel and Crow offers “a contemporary approach to regional cuisine”. Duck Duck Goose is a “contemporary small plates brasserie with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients.”. And Bacchus of Lebanon is a halal-certified restaurant with a delicious menu (that includes soy-free and gluten-free fare), fresh baked pita daily, and even Lebanese rose wine.

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