Brickside Food & Drink in Bethesda, Maryland is an airy, open dining room and bar with eight huge LED TVs, so you can be assured of never missing an important game. There is also a climate-controlled terrace, so you can dine outdoors all year round. Start your meal off with smoked tomato aioli, a grilled baguette, roasted garlic hummus, grilled jerk shrimp skewers or pickled jalapenos. These are just a few offerings from the "Bar Bites" section of the menu at Brickside Food & Drink.
The Rico burger or Brickside chicken wrap are just a couple of the sandwiches on offer. House specials at Brickside Food & Drink include braised short ribs, pork belly & kale pasta, Gulf of Maine salmon and Brickside shrimp & grits. Brickside Food & Drink also has an extensive drinks menu featuring several specialty cocktails.
My wife and I stopped in for dinner on Tuesday night this week. We were greeted very kindly by the staff, and our waiter was solicitous and efficient. We ordered a burger and split it, along with some broccolini, a couple of glasses of wine, and the soup of the day which was tomato with, I think, goat cheese.
The burger was great, the broccolini good, and the tomato soup was forgettable, tasting more like someone had just taken some Cento tomato paste, added a bit of water, maybe some salt and pepper, and thrown some goat cheese on top. The wine selection by the glass was good but not a bargain. There was a promotion on beer, but it was by the pitcher, and an unappealing US mass-market beer, so no interest there. The online Tuesdays promotion was $12 burger and beer, but for some reason we seemed to have missed the point there--the materials they supplied seemed to stress the beer pitcher and not the $12 burger with it. We probably just failed to understand.
We ended up paying something like $60 for a burger, some soup and two glasses of wine. This was greatly overpriced in my view. I think we could have gone to Mortons or the Capital Grile and gotten better food for less. Notwithstanding, it was good, the place had great ambiance, and the wait staff and management were very nice and responsive. It looks like a great place to get together with a friend or two for happy hour, taking advantage of the inexpensive appetizers and drinks.
There was nothing notable, everything was average. I think it was over priced.
Have had drinks and dinner at the bar before, which was fine. Four of us went for a table on a recent Saturday night and it was a disaster. Not sure if it was just our server or the kitchen, too. Not super crowded. Seated promptly, waiter took our drink order shortly thereafter, and we then waited 20 minutes for the drinks to arrive. Probably another 20 minutes before he came back to bring the drinks. Walked way before we could order and didn't come back to take the our food order for another 15-20 minutes. Food then took 30-45 minutes to arrive, and when it did, the flat bread, which usually comes out piping hot, was cold and hard -- must have been sitting for at least 25 minutes. Didn't see out waiter again for another 25 minutes. He brought the desert menus only after we asked for them (another wait) and when we wanted to order, he took one persons order and then walked away without waiting to see, let alone asking, if anyone else wanted anything. Thankfully, we were with good friends we had not seen in a while, so we were able to enjoy ourselves despite what certainly makes the top ten list of worst restaurant service ever.
Took my boyfriend out for a surprise date and we LOVED this place. They happened to be doing a trivia night when we were there (maybe they do them on Wednesday nights?), but regardless our food was amazing and cooked perfectly. Drinks were amazing as well.
Brickside Food and Drinks is essentially a great place to see a sporting event with its many TVs, large selection of beers and a menu that is best on bar specialties such as burgers, many flavors of wings and pizzas (or flatbreads). Because its fairly noisy and has a kids menu with hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken its also a good place to come with the family as well.
Service is very good, and they went to some lengths to accommodate us when our original table wasn't working (too close to the door for the kids).
The good was between good and very good. Everyone enjoyed the Old Bay flavored wings. A child's hamburger was a little overcooked (we didn't specify how it should be done, but it's customary to ask how the customer would like a hamburger). A flatbread with jaalpenos, pulled pork and cheese was excellent. Mussels were only adequate though. Hence the recommendation to stick to traditional bar food here.
The sweet potato fries and flatbreads are very tasty!
Friendly management and waitstaff, good menu with a couple of surprises, good beer list,
nice place to chat with a group.
This is such a fun place. The bar is really fun. Mark and Tyler are great bar tenders and Tyler makes a mean Old Fashioned. The food is also very good. We had two different flatbreads and they were awesome. It's good for dinner and its a great place to watch a game. We watched a Maryland basketball game and it was a fun, friendly crowd. I definitely recommend this place.
Wanted a Bethesda location to meet up with a couple friends for brunch. This neighborhood is adorable and feels very "small town." Love the menu - the blueberry and lemon pancakes looked terrific! I had a benedict with artichoke/chicken sausage and substituted a broiled parmessan tomato for the English muffin. WHAT A GREAT IDEA! It was delicious and helped me stay on my current, low-carb regime. I'm doing this at home now. Didn't love how loud the TVs and music were - cut into our ability to talk. Overall, a great place, and I'll be back.
Brickside never disappoints. Great food, vibrant atmosphere, fantastic service - it has it all. It's a great place for lunch, brunch, or dinner. Biggest TV screen I've ever seen; technically, it's a Buffalo Bills spot, but it is an awesome place to watch any sporting event. It definitely stands out as the place to be in Bethesda!
This is a sports bar. Go for burgers, beer and the game. We have tried out other sports bars in Bethesda and somehow never got around to this place. We are now sorry it took us so long. We'll be back. Not expensive, big TVs, fine food.
Met an old friend for dinner yesterday just to catch up. Can't remember our server's name,a young blonde gentleman. However he was quite friendly and accommodating. The food, drinks and service was great. Will recommend to friends.
My first time at this restaurant and I found the service extremely friendly and attentive (without being annoying). The food is very good -- not what I expected from a "Burger and Sandwich" place. Try the molten lava chocolate cake :)
Just another disappointing Bethesda restaurant.
Where do I start.... the food was marginal at best. The service was "ok" but very slow and our order was wrong when it arrived at the table. Not just a little wrong, but a lot wrong.
No need to ever return to this place.
mussels and sweet potato fries were to die for. There is a huge screen. I can't wait to come back to watch a game or debates etc!
The Chicken & Waffles are delicious. You will definitely want more waffles since the fried chicken to waffle ratio is significantly off. But hands down DELICIOUS!!
Great spot in Bethesda! Compared to other restaurants in the area it is a little lower in cost but the quality in food is great! Nice area with garage doors, the place really opens up. Has a fun bar. It is a good place to take your friends.
Decided to have brunch this morning prior to heading to the farmers market. Service was quick and it wasn't overly busy, as they had just opened a few minutes before the reservation. Food was just enough for brunch and the brunch cocktails did not disappoint. Would recommend and come back!
This is not a restaurant - it is a bar. The noise level is NO WHERE near moderate - it was a Wednesday night and it was absolutely impossible to hear any of my friends perched precariously on the high chairs. And then the trivia started - we escaped just in time. I had picked this as a nice neighborhood location to meet up with old friends - I definitely feel I was misled. Not a place I will need to be visiting again.
The staff were very attentive and the food was good. Because it was not too hot, we were able to sit at a table at the open wall and that was very nice, too. This is a noisy sports bar, however, which I did not know before I made the reservation. If that it is the atmosphere you want, then this would be a good choice. If you want to be able to carry on a conversation without other customers screaming in the background, choose another restaurant.