CRAVE - Bethesda

4.2
350 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
CRAVE is a Bethesda restaurant that was created out of our passion to offer guests a unique dining experience. Serving lunch and dinner daily, along with the best happy hour in Bethesda, we feature seasonal, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to ensure that our guests receive the highest quality food. The atmosphere at CRAVE is infused with an exciting buzz, from our friendly staff to the warm and inviting décor. Guests will leave knowing that they experienced the perfect balance of sophistication, atmosphere, entertainment and service – The CRAVE Experience.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Asian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(301) 469-9600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Westlake Dr.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Mon - Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 350 People Are Saying
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LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was really good. Everyone enjoyed what they got. We had a large group and even though our server was super nice, food and drink service was slow. We had a big group but it took 3 hours for dinner from start to finish, granted our group trickled in but probably 2 hours of waiting.

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B
Washington DC
167 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service as always. Varied menu & lots to chose from. I had a tuna poke bowl, our friends had lamb burgers & mushroom fettuccine with shrimp. Well prepared & quick service. Anthony, our server, & Hailey, the manager were very responsive.

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good casual Mall dining. Portions generous, perhaps overly so. A little noisy, but not unreasonably so.

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DB
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We eat here a lot. The kitchen makes a lot of mistakes. In this instance, one bite revealed that chicken wings arrived with the wrong sauce. The kitchen took the same wings, including the one that was bitten, and dipped them in the sauce that was ordered. What an odd combo. The ahi tuna bowl was literally full of oil - practically inedible. And the place just wasn't that crowded. It seems things have slipped of late with oversight of the kitchen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with a wide variety of food. Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We did have an issue where we didn't get the appetizer before the meal, but without asking he removed it and replaced it with a free dessert which made up for it. Kudos for the great service!

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RM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent server, good customer service. Food is tasty, but quite pricey. Do happy hour to max budget.

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G
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It is conveniently located if you are in Montgomery Mall, and the wait staff was pleasant. The food, however, was really mediocre. Oversalted and underflavored.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The waiter was nice. But the issue with the service was our entrees coming literally 15 seconds after our appetizers. I hadn’t even eaten one forkful of my salad. You really have to hold off ordering entrees until you receive the appetizers these days. Or spend $300 at an upscale restaurant.

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PL
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good as usual...love the varied menu..any one in a group of people will find something to their liking

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JO
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pleasantly surprised by the diverse menu and that all the different items ordered by our party of five were very good, particularly for a restaurant inside a mall.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating my wife's birthday. Crave was the perfect setting for the occasion!

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MM
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Tiffany, the Bartender took care of us & 40 other customers without a hitch & worth amazing customer service.

Although it’s a Sunday Happy Hour offering, the food needs an upgrade on preparation & tastre as the low price point shows.

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CH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I'm a regular at Crave. The food never disappoints but the bartender was very slow and overwhelmed which made my experience bad.

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B
Washington DC
168 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy Crave. Love the Poke bowl. I get the traditional with mango added. The steak frites is good too. My husband had the chicken stir fry & really liked it. We also had the lettuce wraps. Great - split for the 4 of us - one each

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DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was fairly good, but extremely overpriced. Two starters cost about as much as two full meals at most comparable casual places. We were there at the end of the evening (8 pm on a Sunday), and the servers definitely acted like they wanted us to finish and go- NOT welcoming.

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T
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Poor service - food was not great and there was a mistake with the order. Unfortunately, we were in a hurry and couldn't get it corrected. Server didn't clear our plates or refill our water except upon request.

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L
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a great place to go before a movie in the mall

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b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Truffle Parmesan Fries were the outstanding. Buffalo Burger was a meal unto itself.

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BM
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here. We had great seafood entrees. The flatbread appetizers are great. We shared a dessert...good thing since it was so big. Paired with a nice bottle of wine, it was a nice, low-key celebration. We will be back.

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p
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service! We went right when it opened on Sunday, so we were the first ones there. The seating is comfortable and large, even for a booth. My server gave really good recommendations. We ordered truffle fries with parmesan cheese, a type of sushi roll (I forgot!), Bison burger, seafood paella, and chicken caprese. The chicken caprese was so-so, but everything else was delicious! Definitely coming back!

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BC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Crave and plan to return soon. The Sushi was very good and the service was great.

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r
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good as usual and the service was excellent. We were able to order from both the happy hour and regular menu. I was happy to receive a coupon right after I made the reservation. Perfect timing.

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F
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I ordered a crave burger( angus beef)!. Thick and juicy but the tase was flat. Not sure if this was prime beef.

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DR
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The decor was kind of drab and reminded me of a cafeteria style restaurant. We dined at 6pm on Saturday and the service was good. We got a flatbread for an appetizer that was fairly tasty. My main course was the grilled jerked shrimp. It came with 4 small shrimp and my rice was kind of cold because the coconut sauce was cold and when they drizzled it on the luke warm rice it made it even colder. Overall, just an average place.

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BM
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I began celebrating our wedding anniversary early with a nice coupon from Crave. We have dined here many times, enjoy their cuisine, and the friendly wait staff.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We only had appetizers and salad. They were good.

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G
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food at Crave is predictably good and a go-to restaurant when one is not certain where to go. Three of us tried something new (for us) and it was good...the blackened cod. However, it was not blackened!!!! we mentioned that to our waitress

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The appetizers and entrées all came out at the same time. I said something to the woman who brought the food and she’s passed the buck saying that that’s the way the order was put in. It would be great if we could get our appetizers first and then when we’re done with the appetizers have our entrées. I felt that our meal was rushed in that regard. Also it was very hard to get the check when we were ready to go. I had to go up to the hostess because our waiter was nowhere in sight. Eventually I tracked down the waiter myself and he apologized saying he had so many tables that all needed service at the same time. It would be good if management of the restaurant could take this into consideration and have additional servers on staff at busy times like Saturday evening when my group ate.

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a
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were there around 7:15 on a Sat. night and I was very glad we had a reservation. Menu has lots of variety; prices are pretty good. The Appetizers I saw (wings, firecracker shrimp, and mussels with frites) are above average in size. I'm told the firecracker shrimp really are somewhat spicy. Service was a little lackluster: one person told us that he'd bring us bread and he never did; 3 of the 4 of us were served at the same time and the 4th had to wait quite a bit. But we'd definitely go back.

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PN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pretty good. Convenient. Inside mall.

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s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Service was fair. Food wasn't all that great and really pricey. 2 drinks at the bar during Happy Hour cost $24. That's insane. I won't go back

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JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crave has a great menu with a lot of different dinner offerings. We have enjoyed every different dish we have tried over multiple visits. The staff are friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming. The food is great and is served promptly at the correct temperature. Service is efficient.

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RS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor and inconsistent service. Food was fine but a little disappointing. Probably won’t return

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LS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the desserts. Service was a bit slow to start.

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M
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We frequent Crave because we like to food. Our server this visit (Stephanie) was fabulous!

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

This place would have been ok if the service didn’t completely suck! And I hate using this word but it’s fitting! My date and I had a late movie so we decided to grab a bite beforehand downstairs. The bartender Katrina was clearly having a bad day and issues with other staff since she was irate at the bar with whatever the issue was. She took our drinks/food order. The only thing she decided to hand us were two waters. After an hour of watching this unprofessional spectacle and other customers not being serviced by her either, I told the other bartender to please make sure my drink wasn’t on the tab. I would just order it when I got to the movie. She was completely unprofessional when she realized I never received my drink order. She blamed the other bartender, with no apology to us. I wouldn’t recommend this place at all. Don’t waste your time or money. Date night may have been ruined if Avengers wasn’t so great!

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P
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had one of the worst lunch salads ever. My chicken with "black bean and corn salsa" and a few pieces of dried out/tough chicken and barely any beans and corn. That was it. Lousy! And, the server never brought my beverage request.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great atmosphere, excellent food! Would recommend a place to try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Sushi sub par. Everything else okay.

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wait staff seemed to remember us and was very accommodating to our 7-year old grand daughter who was with us. She finished her food too!

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