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About Praline Bakery & Bistro
Praline Bakery & Bistro offers authentic French baked goods in the bakery.
In the Bistro upstairs, you can dine on chef Eric's newest Fall-Winter creations like Lamb Stew, Steak Frites, Chicken Pot Pie, Lapin, Crab Cakes and freshly made sweet and savory crepes.
Bethesda, MD 20816
Bistro, Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday and Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch : Monday - Friday 10am-4pm
Dinner: Monday -Thursday 4pm-8pm; Friday-Sunday 4pm-9pm
MacArthur Blvd or Massachusetts Ave
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Located in a neighborhood shopping center, parking spaces abound!
Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights, then Ride On Bus 23 to Sangamore Rd.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Praline Bakery & Bistro Ratings and Reviews
The Valentine's Day Menu included a wine flight option which was quite nice. We had the delicious crab corn soup followed by Short ribs and the Artic Char entrees. The Short ribs were flavorful and tender the the Char was fresh and accompanied by seasonal vegetables. We skipped desert and instead bought some macaroons from the bakery for our after dinner treat. All-in-all it was a romantic lovely dining experience. We will definitely return once the weather warms up to dine outside on the patio.
The one thing about the restaurant that I've noted in my past several visits - I come quite often - is that the restroom is in need of more scrupulous cleaning. Given the quality of the food and the restaurant space, I would expect much cleaner and more inviting restroom. To me, the disconnect is shocking.
7:15 on a weeknight. Mod. Busy but quiet. The atmosphere is nice, repainted since I was there last. Service was good. The menu has grown, and that’s good, more seafood. Food was just ok...Duck underdone, chicken overdone.
I’ve been eating here occasionally for years, hoping the neighborhood restaurant would improve, it doesn’t. I think there are enough “neighbors” in the nearby condos that the restaurant could survive a limited nuclear attack with little blip in its business. At least they keep trying.
The bakery is great!
Service was off this time, which is not like other times that I've been here. The restaurant was busy for lunch. We had shrimp salad sandwiches, which I wouldn't order again. They were bland and were tiny, tasteless shrimps, probably from a can, not fresh frozen.
Reliably delicious French food with great wine and service. We are regulars and they go out of their way every time. In many visits I have never had a bad food experience, and I love to bring friends here because they’re always amazed how great it is. The menu changes and is seasonal. Is a bit out-of-the-way, is not open late, and I wouldn’t recommend it for a major event because it is very small, but parking is easy and while not inexpensive, the value for the quality of the food is good.
We had lunch at Praline, and it seemed as if the chef was having an “off” day. One in our party ordered the Frittata of the day, but when it was delivered, it was actually a frittata with the ingredients of the omelet of the day. We sent it back to get the right item. Another in our group ordered the veggie sandwich, which was delivered without one ingredient––Swiss cheese. We sent that back to get the right sandwich. Two out of three meals incorrect. Not a good situation. We have been to Praline a number of times, but we will reconsider returning.
The name Bistro usually refers to some quick French dinning, inexpensive, really good and very typical of an every day dinning or/also typical of a Region.
On a Sarturday evening, there was no warm, pleasant atmosphere. To the contrary, it was very cold atmosphere, the restaurant was basically empty. The music from very old French songs was appreciated.
The service was good. However, everyone who came by seems to be really timid or did not understand French nor English!
My sea food crepe with shrimp, lobster and fish, had one very very small piece of shrimp, the lobster appeared to be fake, more fish, with the crepe not baked enough.
My husband enjoyed the chicken pot pie the only dish under the entrees’s menu that was less than $28.
We did not have any more room for the pastries which we understand are good.
I used to go to Praline frequently, and always loved the food. Haven't been in four or five years, but I suggested this to a business colleague and was disappointed. The Crepes were very dry and the service was slow. I probably won't suggest this for business lunches in the future.
Lovely lunch; sat on the pretty flower-bedecked terrace. Thoroughly enjoyed our meals and especially the AMAZING pastry dessert that we shared. Check out the bakery display on the ground level; it's like looking at little jewels. Beautifully presented and memorably tasty treats!
Delicious food changes with seasons. Watermelon-beet soup was on the menu and I was brought a sample which determined my ordering it. It was delicious. Their onion soup is also very good. There is always a variety of sandwiches and entrees so you can choose from a light snack to a full meal. The servers are pleasant and knowledgeable. There is a choice (when weather is appropriate) of eating inside or on a lovely little patio.
Definitely will return to try some of the other items on the menu.
I took my two step granddaughters, aged 11 and 20 to dinner. The setting on the terrace was very pleasant but lighting was very dim after the sun went down. The 11 year-old ordered chicken pot pie and said it was delicious. The 20 year-old ordered a salad with shrimp added, and I ordered the grilled vegetable salad and pate de campagne. Since the salads were listed separately from appetizers and sides, we expected them to be adequate for a meal. However, while both were delicious, the portions were very modest (the salad + shrimp) to ridiculous (grilled vegetables). I should point out that I find the supersized portions offered by less elegant restaurants disgusting, but these portions were inadequate even by my standards. The grilled vegetables salad consisted of five thin slices of vegetables rolled up with a very nice dressing. It should have been listed as an appetizer. When I pointed out to the waitress that it was much smaller than I had expected, she retorted, "It's not my fault." Of course not. I was not blaming her. Her job is to accommodate customers, so I asked her to please pass the message on to the chef. Of course, if she knew how small the portions were, she could have warned me and helped me avoid the disappointment.
I had the swordfish and it was terrific. The seafood stew (with wine) was very salty and the two who ordered it did not finish it for that reason. Moreover, ironically, it was a rather paltry serving of food. But the lamb dish was great and the restaurant otherwise is worth patronizing. Desserts were good but for some reason rather miniscule. I still like the restaurant and will return with the expectation that these two matters are corrected.
Praline is a great weekend brunch spot, particularly if you're in that area or out at Glen Echo Park. We went with three families after a puppet show there, and they made us feel comfortable by giving us a semi-private room so the kids could be themselves. The service was great, and the food did not disappoint. Great coffees and breakfast items. Also, you must visit the bakery downstairs for dessert on site or to go.
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