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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.

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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
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Casual (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Cozy (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 2 days ago

Delicious food. Celebrated my mother’s birthday at Brunch. Food was fresh and my eggs were cooked perfectly. Will return again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

The food is consistently good. The service was adequate; with my only complaint being the seating. My friend and I met for 11:00 a.m. brunch. The restaurant was empty when we were seated at a table for 2. The very next group seated was a group of 3, including 2 children who were seated right next to us. I found this a bit annoying as the restaurant was empty at that point. Clearly the group could easily have been seated at a further table.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter was not attentive, he did not bring all that we asked for, added something to our bill...not our usual delightful experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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!
Rml

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

As requested, we were given a quiet table. The service was excellent. The food came rapidly and was very good. This is a local favorite that never disappoints. And if you can, leave room for dessert - they are exceptional.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Praline is a nice ambiance and good food especially the pastries and coffee.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food and service are always excellent! Our book club meets there monthly and we have never been disappointed.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The chef makes EVERY dish come to life! Your taste buds will thank you every time you walk in their door! And the bakery's desserts are far above the rest!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always reliable--good food, good service, and you can have a conversation easily. I like that they do change their menu with the seasons.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Nice quiet restaurant with good food and good service, located above their wonderful bakery.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was mediocre and not a good value. On a prior occasion it was quite good.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This place tails me to Paris whenever I dine there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always delicious and great about refills on coffee.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Lovely meal with superb and warm service. It is our neighborhood gem.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (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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 (Richmond)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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