Chef Tony's - Bethesda
WORTHY SPOT FOR ANNIVERSARY DINNERIt was our 36th anniversary so my wife and I decided to try someplace new. We don't normally go to Bethesda too often because the traffic and parking can be a hassle, but Chef Tony's is right across the street from a large municipal parking garage so even if street parking isn't available, no problem. The food and the service were both exceptional. We both enjoyed our soups and the bread that preceded our entrees. My wife loved her spicy pasta with five large shrimp (her serving was so large she could only eat about half). I really liked my sea scallops with garlic potatoes and veggies. Finally, we shared a delicious tiramisu. Service was attentive too. Prices were very reasonable. A great bargain. We'll be back soon.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went for Sunday brunch.We went for Sunday brunch. Service is outstanding! All the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Food delicious - steak and eggs and eggs Chesapeake, mimosas, and we tried the house infused vodka and bourbon (bourbon was better). We will be back.5/19/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious meal and friendly serviceMy friend and I had a delightful dinner last week at Chef Tony's. We were treated very courteously and given the opportunity to choose our table. The waiter was attentive and Chef Tony came by to say hello. Highlights of the meal were the ceviche (one of the best I've had anywhere), the salmon filet with plantains, and the cheesecake. Finally, real cheesecake in the Washington area! The Caesar salad also was delicious and a generous serving. We look forward to another visit to Chef Tony's.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Mother's Day BrunchWe had a wonderful mother's day brunch and want to go back to try dinner. Excellent and very fresh good. Attentive but not overbearing service. Prices are very reasonable for the quality.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolute hidden GEM in Bethesda!!!!Found this quaint restaurant as a result of a LivingSocial deal and are SO happy we purchased it! Food was fabulous - my husband and I agree that it was the best meal we've had all year and we eat out regularly! Staff was attentive and helpful and the restaurant was so quaint - such a NICE break from the large, chain-y restaurants that are the norm on Elm Street in Bethesda. This restaurant is off our regular beaten path and without the LivingSocial deal to lead us there, we probably would have never found it. I am so glad we did because we are definitely hooked and will absolutely be back when we are in the mood for the FRESHEST seafood offered in great variety of delicious dishes!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways deliciousChef Tony's is easy to overlook in its modest spot on a quiet street, but somehow one day we went in and it's now one of the places we go to sometimes when we don't want to be disappointed. I like Caesar salad, and their grilled version is delicious. We get to add anchovies now, and they are so fresh and tender. This last time I ordered the fried softshell crab. It was subtly seasoned, lightly battered and not oily, very very fresh -- letting the crab shine through -- and perhaps the best softshell I've ever eaten. I think it could have come with something that was not mashed potato (although that was very good).
Just come here when you want fresh, unpretentious yet well-prepared, high quality food.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMFilet Mignon ToughI love Chef Tony's and don't like to say anything negative about them, but maybe they would appreciate the feedback. I've been there 20 times and this is the first time I've had a complaint: I had skewered filet mignon and the meat was very tough. That didn't stop me from going 3 days later for Mother's Day and having perfect parmesan crusted sole, cucumber salad and banana bread dessert.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSolidI enjoyed the soup and desert and would choose a different main course next time, though if you are a linguini fan with a side of salmon, it's a winner.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMyesAn excellent experience. excellent food and service5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience with excellentGreat experience with excellent service. The wine list is great as well.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat neighborhood restaurant!Chef Tony is a great guy. He attends to his guests and his food is always delicious and fresh. We go often for a comfortable atmosphere of just a carefully prepared seafood. Highly recommend!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe meal and ambiance wasThe meal and ambiance was excellent. Chef Tony personally greeted guest and made everyone feel welcomed and at home. Although quaint, Chef Tony’s is perfect for a first date, or a gathering of friends.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently Good!Had our 3rd or 4th meal here and really enjoy the food. In general, I find it well-prepared and really like that the salad (I had the fresh achovy salad with greens) isn't too small and "nouvelle" in size. Will definitely be back!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMEmphasis on fresh seafoodEmphasis on fresh seafood has made this one of our favorite places to visit in the Bethesda area.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Chef Tony's. Great,We love Chef Tony's. Great, fresh food, good service, great prices....what more could you ask for??? We have dined at Chef Tony's before and have never been disappointed!
Tony grows his own mint for Mojitos in the front of the restaurant.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMScallops and Oysters OutstandingScallops were outstanding so was the Oyster salad.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMOur server was very nice andOur server was very nice and accommodating. Service was slow so I wouldn't recommend it if you're in a hurry.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food here is excellentThe food here is excellent complimented by a great presentation. We loved it.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Romantic RestaurantTerrific menu which rotates daily with some overlap based on fresh ingredients. Frankly, we had a hard time deciding what to get as so many menu items sounded so good. The service was excellent and very attentive.
Ask for "lover's lane" - a set of tables for two in a quieter section of the restaurant for a more intimate setting but anywhere in the restaurant is fine.
Get a to go box as the portions are ample.
Key items we were particularly pleased with - Diver Scallops, Grilled Caesar Salad, Banana bread desert (tied with the Cheesecake).
We weren't sure why "Tapas" is on the signage out front - there is one Tapas starter but it's not a Tapas restaurant.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food at Chef Tony'sFood there is top-notch; especially liked the spinach salad with warm bacon dressing. I had the shrimp with linguini and got the mild sauce I requested (menu said spicy); other entree eaten was the sole (good). Dessert of banana bread was on the small side, as was the scoop of ice cream that came with it. But after good-sized salad and entree, a small dessert was quite sufficient for me (woman). Waiter was pleasant with good sense of humor. Tables (at rear) were rather close together, and the waiter was unable to level ours despite several attempts. Will definitely return for their fixed price menu ($40 each; sometimes Living Social coupon of 2 for $40).4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is excellent andThe food is excellent and service very good. We enjoy each visit back to the restaurant.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMCustomized menu.First visit to Chef Tony's, I was looking for a local seafood restaurant where the chef would be responsive to special dietary requests, since my 90 year old parents need a low salt diet and love seafood. All the food was excellent, and to my amazement and my parents' culinary delight, Chef Tony prepared a fresh, delicious crab cake-- with no salt, wonderful flavors and full of hearty crab meat. Service was attentive and friendly, even providing my mother with an extra side plate of a few mussels just to please her whim. We'll be back.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat night out with friendsSeafood is expertly handled. Service is friendly. Even the complimentary pita bread with dipping oil was unusually flavorful.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Dining in BethesdaIt was our first visit to Chef Tony's. The food, which is primarily fish (with other dishes on the menu too), was outstanding and the service was exceptional. The waiter was very helpful and attentive to our table, and we did not get that awful too rushed feeling that you sometimes get elsewhere. We loved our dinners. We started with the mussels and the anchovy salad and we enjoyed both. Then my husband had the cod and I had the salmon and plantains. Both dishes came with many delicious ingredients and additions. Finally I had a rich chocolate cake and he had the cheesecake. We each sampled all 6 dishes and liked all. With the meal we had a lively New Zealand sauvignon blanc. The setting was romantic and attractive.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food!The food and service was outstanding! Elena, our server, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Chef Tony was also very friendly. We were a party of four and we all enjoyed the experience and will most definitely dine there again.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe loved this little restaurantWe loved this little restaurant and our waiter Tommy was really great. We had short waits between courses. The food was outstanding. The best calamari I have ever eaten and the sauce on the catfish was excellent. They were right across the street from public parking and that was also a plus.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food. CalamariExcellent food. Calamari is really crisp and not too much coating.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had another pleasant tripWe had another pleasant trip to Chef Tony's. I am "hooked" on Chef Tony's preparation of scallops. I've tried scallops at a number of local restaurants, but none compare to his. My wife says the carrot soup was outstanding. (My Ketel-one martini wasn't bad either). We brought a another couple with us who had not been there before. They were both satisfied and I am sure they will be back. The service staff was classy, pleasant and knowledgable.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMChef Tony's is not only willingChef Tony's is not only willing but happy to accommodate my dietary restriction (gluten). It is a real pleasure to go there and I'm planning on returnig often.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first visit.This was our first visit. The food was great, especially the calamari.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMSurprisingly good foodThe food was really exceptional, especially for the moderate prices. All of the fish dishes were very nicely prepared, properly cooked, and attractively presented. The fish portions were surprisingly large and the flavors excellent. Everyone at our table was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this neighborhood gem. Service was a bit spotty, but they had recently run a Goupon and I got the impression they were overwhelmed. I would give them another chance on that count. We'll definitely go back!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding brunch, as always!Outstanding brunch, as always! Chef Tony's never disappoints!!3/3/2013 12:00:00 AM