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.

4611-O Sangamore Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20816
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
MacArthur Blvd or Massachusetts Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 229-8180

Website:
http://www.praline-bakery.com/

Parking Details:
Located in a neighborhood shopping center, parking spaces abound!

Public Transit:
Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights, then Ride On Bus 23 to Sangamore Rd.

Executive Chef:
Eric Escobar

Additional:
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

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (24)
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Great for Lunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Afternoon Tea (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Scenic View (2)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

I ordered the Special of the Day which was duck legs. They were fabulous. The skin was crispy and the duck was succulent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Lovely lunch. Variety of good menu options to choose from; well prepared food. Be sure to order dessert: the pastries are gorgeous and altogether too tempting! Check out the bakery counter on the first floor - filled with works of delicious art!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food and service here are consistently good. Nice menu --French Bistro plus crepes. And, you can really visit because it is not noisy even though it's usually pretty full.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Despointing!
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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The salads at lunch were quite good. The Nicoise, in particular, is excellent. All four in the party ordered salad and they came dressed as ordered, were fresh and flavorful. Coffee wasn't so good, though. It was weak.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The bread and pastries are out of this world. If you go for brunch, check out the outdoor patio upstairs. It was lovely.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

A regular favorite for us, by luck they were having a promotion of special dishes and french wine pairings that we ordered. and, of course, dessert was particularly good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

They play a radio station that is full of static. Very unpleasant, not at all French. Wish they'd stop.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very good atmosphere. We came here for brunch around 11am and it was quiet and quaint. Food was good, service was great. Very cute neighborhood gem in the middle of a shopping center. Def recommend the outdoor seating in the upstairs bistro.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

They are very friendly and service was nice.
The only thing I don't understand that there is 5 dollars fee if you share the entree.
I don't like it. One of my friends mentioned this and still there.
Otherwise, it's very nice restaurant.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Underrated local place; good menu; friendly but unfussy service; nice ambience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Lovely way to spend a Sunday morning on the upstairs patio at Praline. Good food, good service...and lovely spot.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Always dependable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Luncheon with friends. Typical French offerings which were delicious - from salads to quiche to frittata. Enjoyed by all.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

After many dinners, our first visit for brunch. Will definitely be back. Wonderful menu, very pleasant and not noisy on the patio. Service was delightful and well-timed.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Never disappointed with good, authentic French cuisine.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2017

This is a lovely bistro and bakery. It is in a very conventional setting--a small shopping center--but serves exceptionally good food and retains a very neighborhood feel. The bakery is outstanding but the bistro is really a pleasure--low key but lively. Very easy place to meet up if you live in Bethesda and don't want the noise and hassle of downtown Bethesda, which is borderline unbearable these days. And you can run a few errands after the meal--good Safeway, drugstore, and clothing shop in the complex.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I went to Praline for dinner with five friends - one of whom was celebrating a birthday. A pleasant summer evening, we sat outside on the balcony and were eventually able to negotiate their opening an umbrella to shield us from the sun, even though there was some wind.
We ate a variety of dishes, from the soft shell crab special through chicken, fish and salade nicoise. Every one was satisfied, though no one was "over the moon" with their selections. Portion sizes were good on entrees, small on desserts - which surprised me since it is a patisserie. Nothing special was offered for the birthday. However, our server was attentive and very sweet.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I normally don't submit reviews but this was amazing. My first time at this restaurant and it did not disappoint. Father's Day was not super busy though all the pastries/croissants were sold out by the time the restaurant opened. However, the food was so good and the french bread served at the table made up for the lack of croissants. My dad who has been more adventurous of late tried both a savory and a sweet crepe for dessert. The salads served on the side were light and the dressing amazing. The plates were large and my eggs benedict came with both salad and potatoes. Great find and fun place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

What a special fun little treasure!!!
You cannot miss here. The menu is not extensive. It does not need to be. I this something for everyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Savannah)·Dined on June 9, 2017

So fantastic that we visited two days in a row! A definite local gem that is well worth frequenting.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We've eaten here before but, for whatever reason, never outdoors. Maybe we only came in winter? The patio is delightful! The food as always was excellent - salads are interesting, tasty and generous. We had salmon paillard and scallops with mushroom risotto - seriously yummy. The service was leisurely, which is not a problem if you anticipate such a pace. The patio is also, as you'd expect, quieter than indoors. Many plants and decor items disguise the shopping-center view.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The restaurant greeters were largely unfriendly but the servers made up for it. The food was passable but not worth the long drive. The baked goods were top-notch.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 24, 2017

I have eaten at Praline's countless times. The food and service is always excellent, the staff is friendly, and it is elegant but comfortable. In the summer, their rooftop terrace is a real treat. Praline is in a small mall, but customers are never aware of that once they are inside or on the terrace. And the plus is that there is always plenty of free parking!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Good French restauraant focused on crepes and on some classical French dishes. Friendly, homy , good for an evening meal during the week or Sunday night.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2017

No problem finding a parking space and the restaurant being open during the afternoon was well appreciated!
I loved seating outside on the lovely patio. Food was great (I had the escargots as an appetizer the the seafood risotto).
Don't miss the bakery downstairs with its delicious pastries and cookies.
Loved it and will certainly come back !

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Very pleasant patio seating and very good French cuisine and service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Service was slow. Food was good.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Praline is a neighborhood gem in an unlikely setting - that is, a small shopping mall. However, this does provideplentiful free parking! And their outdoor space - a terrace - is artfully lush because of potted plants and raised flower beds. We have been going there for both lunch and dinner for years, and the chefs have never disappointed. This is a great place for a quiet, peaceful and memorable meal. And the bakery downstairs is a great place for coffee and a delicious pastry any time!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The food was excellent as was the service. We had a very enjoyable evening with old friends.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Very good crepe menu, very tasty
Quite place
Good service

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2017

A delightful experience. The menu had nice choices. The food was served quickly and professionally. The atmosphere comfortable and friendly. I would definitely recommend for either lunch or dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Very disappointing. Waiter acted like he was put out that we were there before the normal dinner hour but after the lunch hour. Was dismissive boarding on rude. Food was very disappointing. Will not return

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