Praline Bakery & Bistro
Praline Bakery & Bistro
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Praline Bakery & Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.praline-bakery.com/
  • Phone: 3012298180
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christian Gautrois
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Praline Bakery & Bistro opened its doors in Bethesda(located in the Shops in Sumner Place) in April 2006. A neighborhood place where people can gather for a good meal, delicious pastry or coffee. Our upstairs area is ideal for private events, luncheons/teas and bridal showers.
  • Private Party Contact: Susan Limb/Miriam Brenner 3012298180

Getting there

  • Cross Street: MacArthur Blvd
  • Public Transit: Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights, then Ride On Bus 23 to Sangamore Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Located in a neighborhood shopping center, parking spaces abound!
A word from Praline Bakery & Bistro
Praline Bakery and Bistro opened its doors on Sangamore Road in Bethesda, Maryland, in April 2006, the culmination of years of partnership and planning by co-owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel, whose love of fine cuisine and talent for creating delectable pastries led them here. Together, they wanted to build a welcoming neighborhood place where people of all ages could gather for a good meal, a quality pastry, or coffee. Every day, we try our best to provide just that.
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  • Praline Bakery and Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Praline Bakery and Bistro is a gem nestled in the heart of DC suburbia. The service was impeccable, the food was excellent and the ambiance was perfect. Highly recommend it. We've dined there a number of times and plan to continue patronizing this excellent restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great !
    BethesdaVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Praline is a true treasure. I am consistently impressed with the quality of food that comes out of the kitchen and the gracious service of the staff. The specials that appear on the daily menus are worth watching (when I was there, soft shell crabs were on the menu, as well as asparagus soup and a wonderful asparagus salad). The chef also expertly prepares organ meats - they are worth ordering if they are on the menu. This time of year, it is so nice to sit on the terrace for dinner. It is always a pleasure to visit Praline. Save room for dessert - you won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's rare to find quenelles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    It's rare to find quenelles in a neighborhood restaurant, and the ones I had here were as delicious as any I've eaten, including in France. My dinner companion also was pleased with her scallop dish. The service was very well timed and pleasant. The restaurant was quiet enough for us to have a conversation in normal voices, something that is difficult to find these days.
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  • Bethesda's best!
    BethesdaVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We had dinner at Praline on Saturday, and as usual, we thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The menu has added a number of great seasonal specials. On Saturday, I had an asparagus and morel appetizer that was absolutely delicious, and we both had the beef tenderloin medallions for our main course,which were cooked perfectly and were served with asparagus and morels as well. We did save room for dessert (a good idea here) and had the coupe maison and the chocolate mousse napolean (their best dessert in my opinion). All in all, it was a wonderful meal. The service was fantastic. The staff here does an amazing job on a consistent basis.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • C'est Magnifique!
    DeanJ326VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Absolutely one of the very best French bistros in town - at any price. Every dish is expertly prepared with excellent daily specials. Don't let the location discourage you from visiting. It truly is a wonderful restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Very good!
    BethesdaVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    As usual, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Praline Saturday night. The specials featured some delicious spring foods. We had the asparagus salad and the crab and avocado salad as our appetizers (fantastic) and mussels and frites for our main courses. Everything was absolutely delicious. We will be back soon ! The chef really shines in his preparation of so many things (veal kidneys, skate, calves liver, duck,soft shell crabs). Sometimes I'm disappointed when one of my favorites is not on the menu, but I'm always able to find something that I like. The chocolate mousse is a must for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for brunch and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    We went for brunch and the food was very good. Would definately go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for an excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Great place for an excellent meal, quiet, ambiance and great service. Though tucked away in a neigorhood mall, Pralines is a standout for succulent salmon, crisp salads and desserts that not only smell phenomenal when you walk through the bakery at the entrance, but are absolutely delicious. It will be a regular dinner option for the future,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • As always, a fabulously delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    As always, a fabulously delicious, beautifully prepared and presented meal. Praline has one of the very best chefs/kitchens in the metro-DC area.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food at a reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Excellent food at a reasonable price. Desserts are a particular pleasure. The best chicken pot pie in the area. The strip-mall location isn't particularly impressive, but the service makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delicious. A bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Always delicious. A bit crowded if seated indoors but excellent service and worth the small inconveniences.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant, a lovely
    happydinerVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    This restaurant, a lovely room upstairs from a French bakery, isn't an "in" or "hip" place, but is perfect at the kinds of things a French cafe does for brunch -- omelets, benedicts, waffles, charcoute, croque monsieur and madame. When this is the brunch you're in the mood for, and you want a pretty place where you can relax and hear the conversation, go directly to Praline.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Delicious!
    BethesdaVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    We returned to Praline for dinner on Saturday night for yet another delicious meal. For our appetizers, we ordered the fois gras and the fried oysters and we both ordered the dorade special for our main course. Absolutely delicious. This restaurant excels in the quality of food that comes out of the kitchen and the quality of service. This chef does an excellent job in his preparation of seafood, duck, beef, and organ meats. He does a wonderful job incorporating seasonal foods like asparagus, morels, soft shell crabs, shad roe, and soups of all varieties. The only problem was the waiter. When asked about different specials, he just pointed at the menu and read what it said. The meal was wonderful, though. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Praline's a Plus!!
    CharlotteVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    The food is always delicious at Pralines. It has never disappointed me...lunch or dinner; it remains a constant choice! The service was not its best...while I do not like hovering waiters , I also like to be checked on occasionally. A minor slight and one that did not take away from an altogether cozy, wonderful time with a friend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a neighborhood go-to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    This is a neighborhood go-to place for us -- consistently good and authentically French. Great bakery.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Tres bien!
    BethesdaVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We dined at Praline on Saturday night and had a great meal. We ordered the steak tartare and the rabbit appetizer (served with a delicious leek salad). For our main courses we ordered the branzino and the mussels mariniere. The mussels were huge and seasoned nicely. The french fries that came with the mussels were crisp and so tasty (made from fresh potatoes - not frozen). Even the brussels sprouts that came with the Branzino were great - I don't know how the chef prepares them here, but they taste better than any that I've ever had. We ordered the Coupe Maison and the Chocolate Mousse Napolean for dessert - worth every calorie. The service was helpful and attentive. The staff here does a great job even on a busy night. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced, underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Staff was pleasant and responsive. Although there were two dining areas we were seated along the balcony at the edge of a "hallway" that ran between the kitchen and one of the dining rooms. The location was okay but seating could have been more comfortable. I had a reservation and the restaurant wasn't full so unclear why we were seated in this location. The food was lackluster and a somewhat meager portion considering the cost. This seems to be a much better place to go for pastries and coffee - not a meal.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • A very nice neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    A very nice neighborhood restaurant - easy parking, clean, decent menu choices. Food (steak, fish, chicken pot pie) was above average. Desserts were better.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent French food !
    BethesdaVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We absolutely love this restaurant. We ate there on Saturday and as usual, everything was outstanding. We ordered The staff always does such a great job - the service here is fantastic. We ordered the oysters and the soup for out appetizers (the chef here knows how to make the most delicious soups - I had his Jeruselem Artichoke soup a few weeks ago and am still thinking about it)! For our main courses, we had the grouper special and the Veal kidney. We both enjoyed our meals- I absolutely loved the veal kidneys! Delicious! I am glad I went to the gym that day - made me feel less guilty about cleaning my plate! The chef here does an amazing job and in my opinion is one of the best chefs in the entire Washington area.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Lovely in all aspects!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    My friend and I had a lovely time at Praline for Brunch on Sunday February 17. Our reservation was for 1PM and we arrived a few minutes early. There is plenty of parking so no problems there. We were seated upstairs at a lovely table and given the wine and Brunch menus. There was a lovely of variety and each item was well described. Everything looke so good it was difficult to choose. We each had a cafe au lait, and soup (cream of Beet and eggplant--divine!) For our entree` we chose the chicken pot pie as it was cold and we wanted comfort food. The food was beautiul and tasted better than excellent --if that is possible. Our dessert was shared an almond cake slice with a cream and raspberry sauce. Wonderful!! I will be back!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Neighborhood Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Contrary to several negative reviews we read on the Internet, we found the food absolutely delicious, the service friendly and efficient and the decor perfectly appropriate for a bistro. Wines were good and priced right, and dessert delicious.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful, cute restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    We loved Praline -- wonderful food. Every course was fantastic - the chicken pot pie and the scallops were great entrees and the napoleon dessert was divine. We will come back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • neighborhood Jem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    this is a wonderful neighborhood secret. the food is outstanding. the ambiance is ok, but what I like is that you can have a conversation without screaming. the other great thing is that, in great European tradition, you can take your time and have a leasurely meal without being harrased and expected to leave as soon as your finish eating. I just love this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    eidickVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    With a short menu, Praline is able to concentrate on making its few dishes extra special - blanquette of veal had tender pieces of veal with tiny bits of carrot, turnips, parsnips and mushrooms in a light cream sauce. As always, the seared scallops and the roasted shrimp were excellent, the first with butternut squash risotto, the shrimp with squash ravioli. It is a pleasure to eat in a quiet atmosphere, able to talk easily with our companions and enjoy the food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful little place...a true gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    Praline Bakery & Bistro was lovely. The ambiance for brunch was perfect and the food was wonderful. Overall, brunch was a fabulous dining experience. The downstairs bakery and variety of baked goods is marvelous...We will be back (encore)!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Praline is one of my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    Praline is one of my favorite restaurant. The normal menu offers a good range of excellent dishes at reasonable prices. I especially like the Quenelles and the charcuterie as appetizers. Portions are generously sized and well prepared by the cook. The specials add variety to the list. Last but not least, the dining room staff is always friendly and responsive to our requests without being intrusive as in too many restaurants in the Washington area...
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • A Wonderful French Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    I really love this place. It is welcoming, the service, excellent, the food very good (I must remember to be a bit more adventurous next time- the bouillabaisse looked and smelled wonderful), the special wines by the glass are a bargain. And of course, the desserts......
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    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • Food was excellent as usual.
    TootsieVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Food was excellent as usual. Service was perfect. This is a reliable, satisfying and charming spot. Don't change anything!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allthough I had previously
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    Allthough I had previously enjoyed brunch at Praline based on both food and general atmosphere, I'm being generous in giving this a "good" rating. We were a party of three, and there were no tables suitable for three. Three place settings were squeezed onto a table for two, and there were no apologies or offers to at least try to make us more comfortable. I had a very good omelette and fries, decent coffee, and a cold croissant. We needed a few more "interruptions" with refills of coffee and water, rather than having to be on the lookout for these items. And I would have liked to have seen some special menu items for variety, perhaps suggested new pastries or breads.
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  • The food is quite good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    The food is quite good and the Maitre d' makes each customer feel special. It is in a shopping center where there is plenty of parking and it is easy to get to without encountering a lot of traffic.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We had an excellent meal.
    NoelVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    We had an excellent meal. The chicken pot pie was a hugh hit, as was the eggs benedict.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mais Oui!
    Goodfood123VIP
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    My daughter just returned from four months in France and needed a fix of good French food. She found it at Praline where she ordered a lovely Croque Monsieur. It was perfect and delicious. We also had a lovely sliced chicken sandwich, very tasty and lovely to look at too. The wait staff is very accommodating and the gentleman who runs the restaurant was delightful and very helpful. It's a pretty place to sit and we enjoyed our lunch there very much.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great !
    BethesdaVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    We went for New Year's Eve and enjoyed their special fixed price menu. The food was delicious (even the soup- a delicious porcini and duck confit) and the service outstanding. We loved our dinner and had a great time.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The food is absolutely first-rate,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    The food is absolutely first-rate, expertly prepared, using high quality ingredients. The daily specials, whether appetizers or entrees, are the strong suite. However, this management needs to be train it's existing wait staff.oreover, it needs to fire additional wait staff. Never accept a table on the side opposite the bar, as you will be invisible to your waiter. This may sound petty, but the manager only acknowledges my partner, even though I pay the bill. I have eaten at Praline 10 times in the last three months. Don't miss the bakery or take-home meals.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    eidickVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    Lunch is always a great meal at Praline's, with small dishes as well as larger entrees. The omelet is a terrific bargain - this time with goat cheese and broccoli - I had an excellent green salad instead of the French fries. And the hamburger is always special with the brioche roll. Friendly and warm atmosphere just like at dinner.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Motivated by other patrons'positive
    Local
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    Motivated by other patrons'positive reviews to try Praline's. Had an enjoyable lunch and definitely will return.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Mixed Review
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    I usually enjoy my dinners here, but this time was the exception. My mussels were dry and tasteless. My husband's venison, on the other hand was delicious. Hope it was just an off night.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Hidden French Suburban Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Because of its location, Praline is a hidden suburban treasure. I am almost reluctant to let the word out, but it's too good not to share. The menu offers an unpretentiou yet interesting combination of French classics and nouvelle dishes, including seasonal items such as venison (my husband loved it!). The wine list is solid and nicely priced, the service attentive and warm. And, of course, the desserts are spectacular! With seating arranged in an attractively decorated gallery surrounding the atrium of the pastry shop below,it is possible to find a quiet corner table where one can actually carry on a conversation--such a rarity in the DC area!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Enjoyable evening, friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Enjoyable evening, friendly & helpful service, good food
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    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    eidickVIP
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    Our first time for brunch at Praline - eggs benedict, omelet and other dishes excellent as always, and pleasant to eat quietly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet