Bethesda Row is jam-packed with restaurants, bars and shops, new ones seemingly opening up every week, while attracting all of the big chains, as well as the local culinary and foodie standouts. Before you settle on where you’ll be eating or visiting, check out this list of 5 places to eat in Bethesda Row, none of which will disappoint. From made to order pasta to six varieties of mozzarella to steak frites, there’s something for everyone at the Bethesda Row dining scene. All of these restaurants are within a block and a half of one another, and all are accessible with a quick walk from the Bethesda Metro stop.
Assaggi Mozzarella Bar – 4838 Bethesda Avenue
Assaggi Mozzarella Bar in Bethesda is a full service Italian restaurant with an extra emphasis on the cheese we all know and love, mozzarella. They have at least six different varieties that you can order, and mix and match with sides and accompaniments for a great appetizer or a satisfying, gourmet bar snack.
Mon Ami Gabi – 7239 Woodmont Avenue
One of the best steakhouses in Washington D.C., Mon Ami Gabi is a French bistro that specializes in delicious steak frites entrees. There’s a large wine selection, yummy fresh bread at every table and live jazz several times per week at the cozy bar section in the front of the restaurant. Come with your appetite because it’s hard to stop with a plate of steak frites in front of you.
Redwood – 7121 Bethesda Lane
Redwood Restaurant was the onsite location for last season’s D.C. Top Chef restaurant wars. There is a wide range of food and drink available, starting with some fresh takes on American classics and great sandwiches, and moving up towards unique and seasonally based entrees. The Vidalia onion rings are a special treat not to be missed.
Vapiano – 4900 Hampden Lane
Vapiano is a fun and lively Italian restaurant that focuses on pizza and pasta, as well as a scenic and lively bar and lounge atmosphere. When you enter, you receive an electronic card that you swipe at food stations where chefs make to order whatever entrees and side dishes that you’d like to have. Choose from a variety of different pasta varieties and a wide range of sauces and flavors, grab your own table, either sitting at community tables, sofas at the lounge or regular dining tables, and pay at the door on the way out.
The Nest Cafe – 4921 Bethesda Avenue
The Nest Cafe is a neighborhood favorite, offering a cozy and inviting atmosphere replete with a dog-friendly outdoor patio and deck, which stays open in the wintertime with a large heater keeping patrons comfortable. Food and drink are both tasty and affordable – the latter of which can be hard to track down around Bethesda Row – and there are nightly specials, live music on the weekends, and more.
There are plenty of other great places to eat in Bethesda Row, but if you don’t know where to start, start with one of these tasty establishments.