• Sarah Lipkowitz

5 Great Bethesda Restaurants

My family has always joked that I should become a food critic because I have an astounding memory for food. Not only can I remember every meal I’ve eaten at a restaurant, but I can also remember what everyone else ate with respectable accuracy. As a Montgomery County native, I have a number of favorite restaurants scattered about the County, but I always come back to Bethesda when I think of where I’ve had some of my favorite meals. When it comes to dining in Montgomery County, some of the best restaurants are in Bethesda. Here are a few of my favorites.

Jaleo. When our office announced that the annual holiday party would be held at Jaleo, everyone was excited. The tapas restaurant has been one of Bethesda’s favorite restaurants since 2001. Chef José Andrés first opened Jaleo in D.C. in 1993 and has since opened locations around the country. Jaleo will be expanding globally with a restaurant in Dubai in 2020. Some of the favorite dishes include patatas bravas (fried potatoes in tomato sauce and aioli) and the tortilla de patatas al momento (a Spanish omelet).

Tako Grill. There are a number of sushi restaurants in Bethesda. Some may argue that they are better than Tako Grill, which is located in a strip mall just a block from Jaleo, but this restaurant has been around for some time and I felt the need to include it on the list. Tako Grill is quite reasonably priced for the quality of the fish. The sushi is fresh and some of the ingredients are specially flown in from Japan. I have gone to more than one birthday dinner at this restaurant.

Raku. Located on Bethesda Row, Raku is an Asian fusion restaurant serving Japanese, Chinese, and Thai food. Many Bethesda residents frequent the restaurant for bento boxes and sushi. I really like the chirashi and can say that I have dined at Raku with friends who were not fans of sushi and they left happy.

Bethesda Bagels. Despite being a carryout only shop, Bethesda Bagels is incredibly popular amongst Bethesda residents. This local chain originated in Bethesda—as the name suggests—and is known for large bagels, delicious sandwiches, and awesome cream cheeses. Bethesda Bagels even boasts vegan offerings!

Woodmont Grill. A blues and jazz supper club just across the street from the Keller Williams Bethesda office, Woodmont Grill has been a popular Bethesda restaurant since 1992. The Grill offers American cuisine and nightly live music. The ribs and seafood are particularly good and Woodmont Grill is one of the few Bethesda restaurants to take reservations.

What are your favorite restaurants in Bethesda?

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