Stella Barra Pizzeria

11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, 20852
Reviews:
for starters, i'm coming back to stella barra. they have way too many quality pies to only go once. i went with a group of peeps and we opted to get a bunch of pizzas & a couple apps and share them all. as it turns out, this is a very economical idea. the apps we chose were the calamari, pork meatballs, & baked goat cheese. or, in a word, octopigoat. the meatballs were far and away my favorite of the 3. great use of basil and other italian seasonings. huge, um, balls and good marinara. tasty and juicy. the calamari was fried wonderfully crispy, but was a bit tasteless without the aioli. the baked goat cheese was creamy and salty. which is what it's supposed to be. on to the pies. which, despite the fact that we ordered 5 at the same time, all came within 20 minutes. this was on a tuesday night. margherita: this was a surprise favorite. i'm normally not a person who enjoys this genre of pizza. mainly because no meat. but this was refreshingly yummy. housemade pork sausage: as far as sausage pizzas go, this was a good pizza. i wouldn't call it great (even though i was hoping for it on this one). the sausage was crisp, served in a ground-up fashion. it blends quite well with the mozzarrella and is on my list to get again. smoked bacon and goat cheese: do i really need to tell you this was good? seriously. bacon. shaved mushroom: my least favorite of the pizzas we tried. it was too salty for me. chatham riccotta: yes. also a surprise favorite. this one was devoured quickly at our table. the pesto is fantastic and should be revered as the national treasure it is. i would eat this pizza all day stella barra also has a small selection of local brews on tap, which is a great plus. i savored the doggie style. and i'm glad i did.
The best part was the burrata ($14), which comes with some fantastic grilled bread and grapes. Both have a smokey flavor that goes well with the very soft, very spreadable cheese. The pizzas were pretty good (I don't love eating crusts but found this one reasonably tasty on its own). We got the sausage red pizza and the spinach and kale white pizza (each $15). I thought that the kale and spinach might be cooked a little differently-- I've had places that kind of make little blobs with them so they don't get SO dried out-- but this was just layers of greens placed on top of the pizza, so the top layers were kind of burnt. The brussels sprouts were the worst ($10), because I think they fried them at too high of a heat. The insides weren't that cooked (I like it when the layers separate a little bit so it's not just one hard chunk when you bite into it) but the outside layers were kind of bitter and burnt-tasting. So many places do fried brussels sprouts right now, so that was pretty disappointing. Service was good; our waiter was really nice about doing my friend's wine separately when we wanted to split the bill. I agree that the space is a bit dark compared to Summer House next door, but I don't mind the brick walls.
Pros: Good pizza, both white and red pies. Very friendly and attentive service. Cons: The design is a bit strange and not in a good way. It feels like at very last moment Summer House's owners decided to convert a restroom corridor into a dining area. It is not that narrow, but the feeling is there. Maybe the reason a total lack of windows, but the end result is that you do not want to spend time inside. It is a shame since we liked our pizza a lot.

(301) 770-8609

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries

12238 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, 20852
Reviews:
I couldn't finish it all, (not that it was bad) because they gave me a tons of fries! I asked for a little bacon burger and it was also huge. The food is still great! I also like the drink dispensers they have! They are super cool! You just select a drink on the screen and pour it in your cup! One thing I recommend when you come here is, when you come with your family just get only 1 large fry! Because they give you a ton!
My beef ('scuse the pun) about "5 Guys" has to do with the way they serve their meals. We're supposedly paying for premium burgers, right? If that is the case, can't this place provide trays or paper plates for those dining in? I can understand stuffing the order into a bag if it's takeout, but not for dining in. Shoot! Even McDonald's offers a tray and their whole meal costs less than 1 burger at this joint. I ordered a burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. That doesn't work well wrapped in tinfoil because I want to cut into it instead of eating it like a burger. They couldn't even apply the ketchup and mayo either. they put it in plastic tubs for me to apply. If I wanted self-serve, I might as well have just made it at home or something. What's more, the table and floor were filthy. Don't go here folks. If you want a really good burger, go instead to Elevation Burger. The service, setting and burgers are WAY better. PS: I took photos but am not sure where to post them here.
Look, I don't eat red meat much but when I do, I like to believe that I'm eating some high-quality stuff. 5 Guys isn't your standard "fast food" as they cook the burgers to order and have fresh-cut fries. Not the standard frozen-patty glop nastiness one would find at McDonald's or Burger King's. At one point in time 5 Guys seemed to have the market cornered on the "fresh" burger approach. Well, that day is dead and now with all kinds of new games in town, 5 Guys has been left in the proverbial dust. Best way to explain 5 Guys? A step up from McDonald's and BK's, yet a step down from most of the other guys doing the same thing. And at this price point, you can definitely find better quality and some real cheese. I mean c'mon-American cheese?? Yuck!

(301) 230-1340

Burgers, Fast Food

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Brio Tuscan Grille

20 Paseo Dr
North Bethesda, 20852
Reviews:
To start, this restaurant is gorgeous with very high ceilings, beautiful hanging dome lights, marbel-like columns and a very open and airy feel. They have a lot of coat racks around, which was nice since I went on a freezing day. The servers were very attentive, and helpful with making suggestions. They frequently brought refills without requests, and refreshed water glasses. I tried a bit of the BBQ chicken pizza as an appetizers, which was really good, and surprisingly spicy. For lunch I ordered the bolognese lasagna with a caesar salad. The salad was way larger that I thought it would be, which I loved! I always find myself wishing there was more salad, but not here. The lasagna was also very good, and the server brought parmesan to shred and fresh black pepper to grind over everyone's meals. If you have room for dessert, I'd recommend the chocolate lava cake. It comes with a few raspberries, and is absolutely incredible!
It's solid. It has a nice menu and the food is all presented very well. The service was very attentive. Certainly will go back on occasion.
Went during Happy Hour. Pretty low key. Appetizers and drink are good. I would go back. You may have to pay for parking if you stay longer than 2 hours.

(240) 221-2691

Italian

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Blue Star

11417 Woodglen Dr
North Bethesda, 20852
Reviews:
The onion strings turned out to be onion rings, and there were only 8 for the $5 we were charged. Are you kidding me! These were plain old onion rings and not large ones at that, and to get only 8 for $5! The burger and fries for $10 was reasonable enough. But the menu said the burgers were made from house ground fresh beef for use on that day only. No way. The burger was some machine formed squashed beef. Looks like it came from a Mealmart box. It was tasty enough as long as you didn't examine it too closely. Also heard reports from friends about the ribs, not encouraging. At this rate the place will be gone in 6 months.
This restaurant is rather sparse and somewhat messy where the tables are. Not too surprised since this is a temporary location and I guess the management does not want to spend a lot to fancy up the place. However, it appears adequate for very casual dining. I have had two carryouts from the restaurant. The Texas Toast, turkey sandwich and onion strings were excellent and not at all over priced, especially considering this is a Kosher restaurant. However, the regular french fries were just so so at best. Decor aside, I would definitely recommend this place, especially for carryouts. If I were rating the place based on the decor, I would have to give it maybe one to two stars at most.
I've worked in restaurants for almost 20yrs. With that said... I was thrilled a BBQ restaurant was opening within walking distance of my house. When they first open'd I went in to order carry out. I received Great customer service. The Food was Excellent. But, that's because I was the only customer at the time. I walked there on my second visit... I stood at the counter for at least 5min before I was acknowledged. Not a proper greeting, but acknowledged. I had already a menu in my hand ready to order. I was told one minute. The lady continued to figure out her table orders, put her table orders in, talk to co-workers, keep telling me to hold on a minute, she turned to walk to the back of the house. I couldn't get an employee to help me. I didn't see a front of the house manager or a host. Just un-experienced servers trying to figure out what they should be doing. I walked out. Walked to Chili's. The customer service isn't that much better at Chili's, but i was greeted & order placed within 3min of me being there. I gave Blue Star one more chance. My Husband & I stopped in to sit down & eat. There was plenty of people already dinning when we arrived. We were the only people waiting at the front door... Waiting & waiting & waiting... My Husband was starting to feel discriminated against... Several employees passed by us & never made eye contact, no greetings or how are you? We turned & walked away. I Really tried to give this place a chance... Their Management Sucks!!! The 1st step to success for any business... CUSTOMER SERVICE... Without Customers You have No Business!!!

(301) 881-6800

Barbeque, Kosher

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Pizza Leo

4836 Boiling Brook Pkwy
North Bethesda, 20852
Reviews:
Great food and service. Too bad about these Yelp reviews, my experience was closer to the UrbanSpoon and Google reviews. Stopped for dinner with a large group of friends. We all ordered a variety of pizza and subs.The Greek pizza I ordered was really delicious, good amount of gyro and feta. And it's the only pizza place I've seen with a full spice rack for customers to try different things. I wish I would've tried more of what the others ordered, we all left pretty satisfied. Would definitely come back again.
I would definitely come back. I would not consider it a place for fast food, though. The man at the counter, I assume the owner, was very polite and answered our questions and gave us recommendations. We ordered food from both sides of the menu, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, fresh pita, falafel, gyro, shwarma, and Chicken Florentine calzone. Portions were great if not huge, I definitely took home the leftovers for lunch the next day.
I don't know how this excuses for a restaurant stays open... Food is okay, but it's way over priced and takes too long to come out... Service is terrible and they are probably not up to code. The guy came out and took my order in flip flops, which is against local health regulations

(301) 231-6500

Pizza, Italian

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Summer House Santa Monica

11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, 20852
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(301) 881-2381

American (New)

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City Perch

11830 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, 20852
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(301) 231-2310

American (New), Cocktail Bars

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Del Frisco’s Grille

11800 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, 20852
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(301) 881-0308

American (New), Wine Bars

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Seasons 52

11414 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, 20852
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(301) 984-5252

American (New), Wine Bars

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Caribbean Caterers

12352 Wilkins Ave
North Bethesda, 20852
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(301) 255-0001

Caterers

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