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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Maryland - DC Suburbs

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Maryland - DC Suburbs? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Brazil Gourmet Pizzeria & Grill restaurant
4.9 (99)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Exquisite pizza and Grill in the best style of São Paulo, Brazil.
Top review
Dined on May 26, 2024
Amazing Brazilian Restaurant must visit and ask for chicken with catupiry pizza.
A photo of The Tasting Room restaurant
4.8 (2998)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Established in 2001, The Tasting Room restaurant and wine bar has earned a reputation as a modern American force in the Frederick area. Situated in the heart of Frederick's historic district, The Tasting Room captures the energy of Market St. with floor to ceiling windows and a 180˚ panoramic view. Fresh local ingredients, seasonal menu changes, Frederick's best wine & cocktail lists, friendly/professional service, and countless regional awards set the standard for dining in our beautiful little city.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Loved the food and drinks, service was fantastic. And, the butter cake is back!
A photo of Melina restaurant
4.7 (1222)
$31 to $50
North Bethesda
About the restaurant
The name Melina is rooted in Greek origin and derives from the Greek word for "honey". "Mel" can be derived from the name Melissa meaning "honey-bee". The restaurant is named after the daughter of Co-Founder Chef Dimitri Moshovitis. “Melina” will honor the strength of the matriarchy in the Greek family. It will lean vegetable-forward with modernized Greek classics from the sea and grilled meats. Greek cuisine is all about freshness and quality of ingredients and that will be on display in a fine casual setting.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
First time at Melina and will definitely go back. Service was great, very friendly staff. Food was excellent and very creative.
A photo of PLANTA, Bethesda restaurant
4.7 (114)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Under Chef David Lee, PLANTA is dining as it should be- an un-guilty pleasure. Created in 2016, PLANTA is a celebration of delicious and innovative plant-based cuisine served in a beautifully designed space, without pretension and with an overflow of good vibes. PLANTA Bethesda offers signatures like Ahi Watermelon Nigiri and Bang Bang Broccoli while expanding on the plant-powered menu, offering even more in the way of Sushi, Pizza, sustainably-crafted cocktails, and more. PLANTA reimagines and reinvents plant-based dining, providing flavorful (and fun) proof the the power of plants can change the world.

For Parties larger the 8, please contact hellobethesda@plantahq.com

GETTING HERE: The closest private garage is just next to restaurant and can be entered from ELM Street. We are also a 5 minute walk from Bethesda Metro (Red Line)
Top review
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Such creative, delicious vegan dishes! Relaxing decor, nice waiters, outdoor tables.
A photo of Old Hickory restaurant
4.6 (1919)
$50 and over
National Harbor
About the restaurant
Join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at our newly redesigned Old Hickory.

Our delectable breakfast and lunch menus feature farm-fresh omelets, fresh-made pastries by award-winning chefs, our Signature Wagyu steak & eggs, and a variety of mouth-watering soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Dinner showcases the highest quality beef, fresh seafood highlighting the best of Maryland’s bounty, artisanal cheeses, and fine wines.

Don't miss out on Old Hickory’s all-new 3-course Sunday brunch experience, featuring a stunning (and delicious) pastry tower!

Please visit RestaurantsAtGaylordNational.com to see restaurant hours. Gaylord National is now cashless and only accept credits cards and mobile payments only. Guests can convert their cash into gift cards at the kiosks located throughout the hotel.
Top review
Dined on May 11, 2024
Server was great and attentive. Host took awhile to attend to us and seat us. Reservation not acknowledged for OpenTable credit.
A photo of District Bistro restaurant
4.5 (26)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
District Bistro,Located at 11230 Grandview Ave, offers classic American Cuisine utilizing simple, high quality ingredients from local farm Co-ops and Creameries in Pennsylvania. Founded and headed by Chef Pedro Matamoros who has been crafting spectacular American cuisine for the past 30 years in locations such as the Tabard Inn, Nicaro, 8407 Kitchen Bar, Bluebird Cocktail Room in Baltimore and more.
After Embarking on the journey to create Franks Burger Place in Wheaton with his two sons, Marlon and Derek Matamoros. Chef Pedro, Inspired by his love of cooking and community, Fell upon the opportunity to Bring to Wheaton what he believed was missing, a casual Eatery to enjoy great food, and classic hand crafted cocktails.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Great spot for local dining! Best ingredients makes for a splendid dinner. Best chef with knowledgeable staff. Don’t miss this spot!!
A photo of Java Nation - Silver Spring restaurant
4.3 (15)
$31 to $50
Silver Spring
About the restaurant
Introducing Java Restobar, the ultimate destination in downtown Silver Spring for an extraordinary fusion of artisan cocktails, exceptional coffee, and delectable dining experiences from morning till night. With its innovative concept, Java Restobar seamlessly blends the worlds of mixology, coffee craftsmanship, and culinary delights, offering a truly immersive and unforgettable experience for all.
Java Restobar invites you to indulge in the perfect harmony of flavors, ambiance for breakfast, lunch and dinner with live music. Step into a realm where coffee, cocktails, and culinary creations converge, and let Java Restobar become your ultimate destination for all-day dining bliss.
Top review
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
We made a reservation, knowing it was a busy spot, and the staff just shrugged and said "find a table." peak Saturday brunch we had to wait 15 minutes to find a table not in the blaring sun (our reservation was for indoors) The food and coffee is great, we had yummy pastries, chicken shawarma, coffee and tea and it was great, but the "reservation" is not real and the service model seems inefficient. The staff is great, dealing with the chaos model given to them.
A photo of True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront restaurant
4.2 (523)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
True Food Kitchen is a chef-driven restaurant and scratch bar that was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, the pioneer of integrative medicine, to provide food that tastes great and is good for you. Our menu features food and drinks crafted with nutrient-dense ingredients and carefully sourced proteins from the world’s most responsible and sustainable growers, farmers and producers. Expand your palate with our Edamame Dumplings, grab a bite of comfort food with our Grass-fed Burger or Lasagna Bolognese, or enjoy lighter fare with our O.G. Tuscan Kale Salad with Grilled Sustainable Salmon. Regardless of the occasion, we know our Gaithersburg guests leave feeling energized, satisfied and most importantly, feeling great. Located in Gaithersburg at rio Lakefront, off of Rio Boulevard, next to Yard House. New flavors, new combinations, new obsessions. Come see us for something completely new and delicious.
Top review
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
My wife had a grass noodle dish and i had the meatloaf. Both taste great. Portion just right for a single meal. Nice presentation. But it was almost room temperature. Unusual considering everything would have been a 5 star.
A photo of Milk and Honey - Dulles restaurant
4.2 (6)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Milk & Honey Dulles, ideally situated in the Dulles Retail Plaza, is a cheerful Southern Brunch Restaurant. We eagerly welcome guests to one of our “Full Service” locations, where you can relish classic dishes like RumChata French Toast and savor our delightful cocktails. Call ahead for pickup or, even better, invite your large party to join you in our dining room!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Food was delicious as usual. Service was slower than normal.
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