Wildwood Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Nestled in the south-end of the Wildwood Shopping Center, Wildwood Kitchen is a cozy, neighborhood restaurant serving the freshest of the seasons. Known for its healthy tilt on simple ingredients, you will find dishes that are more unique and creative than other surrounding restaurants. The small bar offers seasonal inspired cocktails along with an array of fine wines. Wildwood Kitchen is a RW Restaurant Group restaurant, rwrestaurantgroup.com
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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Great experience. Recommend for leisurely weekend lunch.

K
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was expensive but very average in taste and quality.

LJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. Always a pleasure. Expensive.

GP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Menu sounded great but found the dishes to be under-seasoned. Squash soup and duck pate were interesting and could have been good if seasoned well

CG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, pleasant staff, clean, quiet, Wonderful salads.

L
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

In general great local restaurant but can have occasional glitches. Been there many times and food is consistently solid. This time waited an hour for main course and eggplant tahini appetizer which is also used in main course was not very good. Wonder if they are changing Chef's?

LL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable meal, relaxing ambience, and friendly attentive staff. I’ll be back.

T
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was difficult to order modifed items from the menu, otherwise all was good

DK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Uneven food & service. Short ribs were dry and flavorless & bit fatty. Very subpar compared to the rest of the food. Combine that with less than attentive service and I am unlikely to come back.

C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food in a nice room that has well-spaced tables and a low sound level so one can speak in a normal volume. Inventive takes on familiar food. A great value for the money and a real neighborhood gem that is worth the travel for those who do not live in that neighborhood.

KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Rushed through the meal

LP
Washington DC
235 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Even a place you love can occasionally disappoint. We love Wildwood but our short ribs entree was not what we would expect from this fine restaurant. The meat was dry, gray, tasteless. All the other elements of our meal were wonderful.

MM
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wildwood Kitchen continues to do good work in the kitchen. Service is stellar, and sound level allows for conversation, which is becoming a rarity.

JG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Always high quality. Protein Salads are well done.

PB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely meal, interesting and delicious combinations of flavors. Service was personable and helpful. Most of all, we appreciate a place where conversation is easy. It might be noisier when chock-full (we went on the Wednesday after Labor Day), but it is a small restaurant with tables and booths nicely spread out; so we expect that absent a boisterous group, it would be quieter that the vast majority of restaurants.

BM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone had 2 appetizers. Soups were great. Loved the squid, liver pate, pasta...

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

About the best restaurant in the Bethesda Chevy Chase area.

M
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unique and good food well prepared from the appetizers to main course to desserts. Service was present but not intrusive. As I get older I prefer quieter venues and with all the hard surfaces, there are a lot of harsh echos.

t
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food as delicious as I remember. Waiter was excellent and made good suggestion for wine.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Love the place!

f
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

For a little restaurant in a strip shopping center, Wildwood Kitchen exceeds expectations. The menu is thoughtful and offers many unique selections. All of our appetizers and entrees were beautiful, well executed and delicious. Our waiter for the most part was excellent; a little slow on a few points of service but still very good. The bar is welcoming and our table was quite comfortable. We truly enjoyed our dinner at Wildwood Kitchen

LD
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the professional staff who were all very courteous made the evening very enjoyable. Everyone in my group loved their meal and the wines were a nice compliment. Next time we are in Bethesda, I will definitely return to this restaurant. An additional plus is ease of parking which is plentiful and no fee is involved. Looking forward to our next visit.

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. It's a bit pricey for lunch; but worth it for an occasional splurge. Very nice service too

JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The paella was excellent and the service was fast and friendly.

G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My lady lunch friends and I love Wildwood Kitchen for celebrating our birthdays and for lunches when we have "an outing." We are willing to make the trek from Virginia to Bethesda because we like it a lot.
The decor is modern yet cozy. It has the feel of a bistro, but it is much more.

The menu has something for everyone whether you want a mouth watering sandwich, something lighter, or something more substantial. I've had the crepes, a stew, seafood and salad, and I have never been disappointed. The desserts seem "complicated," but I think that's just a personal preference thing, and the simple ice creams and sorbets are delicious. They also have a nice wine selection. I'm looking forward to returning when the summer menu turns into the fall menu.

S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the paella restaurant week special!!! Each of the three appetizers were wonderful. The paella was as delicious as we’ve had at any Spanish restaurant. And who can resist Sangria on a steamy August evening. Well done. And many thanks.

b
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went to Wildwood Kitchen with three other women to celebrate a 60th birthday. The restaurant is close to our office so is a popular destination for special occasions, and we all agreed that the food is reliably terrific. As expected, the food was great -- the birthday "girl" thought the special squid ink pasta was excellent; I had the salmon with lemon risotto, chard and basil, which also was excellent. Someone else couldn't help but completely finish the pappardelle pasta; I can't recall the fourth entree. Our server was appropriately attentive and did not rush us out the door. Because we were there for a birthday lunch we shared a dessert, and the chocolate mousse bombe was rich and fabulous too. Overall a great lunch and satisfying break from the work day.

S
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Wildwood Kitchen's food is always top notch, but it's always noisy there because there isn't anything to absorb sound. On this visit we had the special paella dinner, which included generous, tasty appetizers and creative dessert--all nicely done and delicious.

RK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. The entree was on the table before the appetizers were eaten. The food was put on the heaters to let us finish what we were eating. The rush to get us out was obvious so the next people would be seated. We were there less than 1 1/2 hours. Too short for taking a new widow out for dinner and wanting to talk.

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Aside from the noisiness, it was great! The maitre 'd was especially warm and attentive.

CS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent. We ordered a bottle of Sancerre. When she presented it, it was not cold. She immediately said that she would get another bottle from the back of the refrigerator. The second bottle was perfect. My dinner companion and I were talking a lot and the server did not rush us. We spent about 2-1/2 hours. It was a great experience.

LL
Washington DC
336 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent peach and halloumi salad and pasta entree. Scallops were plentiful but nothing special though the accompanying vegetables were delicious. Dessert yogurt was disappointing. Service excellent as always.

HF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was delicious!

KH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

July 31, 2019

m
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

summer strawberry gazpacho was an excellent start to the meal. Unfortunately our conversation was disturbed by a very noisy group next to us. Tahini ice cream is a nice finish. Something different and tasty.

S
Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Although we had reservations and arrived on time, we were rushed throughout our dinner which was mediocre, at best. The fish was dry ( overcooked) and we sent it back. The other main courses were expensive but equally tasteless. The main courses arrived before we finished our salads and the bill was presented right after the dinner plates were removed. The price for wine is ridiculously high - a NZ SB (Matua) which retails for less than $9 (Rodmans) is on the wine list for over $50.















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FR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered the scallops. The dish was delicious. The plate itself was a beautiful combination of vegetables with a very tasty sauce which complimented the scallops

AG
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service but very expensive. Prepare to pay $80/person for 2 drinks, 1 shared appetizer, 2 entrees and 2 scoops of ice cream for 2 people, with 20% tip.

RF
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere that is both private and festive, attentive and knowledgeable service. Overall, a gem tucked into a busy strip shopping center. I highly recommend it.

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