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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Maryland - DC Suburbs

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Dragon Distillery restaurant
4.9
4.9 (440)
$31 to $50
Distillery
Frederick
About the restaurant
Dragon Distillery and Dragon's Den - Frederick's first distillery and Frederick's premier craft cocktail experience!
Dragon Distillery is a medieval/fantasy themed distillery, with a spirit portfolio of over 20 spirits - including a variety of whiskeys, vodkas, gins, rums, and moonshines.
Our craft cocktail lounge has both indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) seating. We have a craft cocktail menu of over 30 hand-crafted cocktails, along with delicious appetizers, sandwiches, and lite fare. We have a number of board games available to play, and two axe throwing lanes for entertainment.
We offer tours of our production process as well as sample tastings on a space available basis during the weekends.

Top review
larry
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Great service and drinks. We will definitely be back. Thank you very much for a great evening.
A photo of Brazil Gourmet Pizzeria & Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (103)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Damascus
About the restaurant
Exquisite pizza and Grill in the best style of São Paulo, Brazil.
Top review
Viki
Dined 3 days ago
Chill vibe, great service, huge portion of food and food so yummy! Ordered one appetizer, one prime angus, and one pizza(half/half mix), which fed us three very full and leaving with two boxes of leftovers for another meal. Will definitely come back!
A photo of Java Nation - N. Bethesda restaurant
4.7
4.7 (224)
$30 and under
American
North Bethesda
About the restaurant
We want to bring eclectic food and culture to the community through fresh ingredients and flavors. That has continued to be our mission since our inception in 2012. Our food is healthy and light with an emphasis on flavor and simplicity, “our food makes you feel good!”
Outdoor environment with live music makes Java Nation perfect for any occasion!

Top review
dmih14vip
Dined 4 days ago
Good and drinks are always delicious. Ambiance is perfect and I love the live music on weekends.
A photo of Ted’s Bulletin - Downtown Crown restaurant
4.5
4.5 (339)
$30 and under
American
Gaithersburg
About the restaurant
Welcome to Ted’s. Your go-to place to savor The Every Day. We are a neighborhood eatery, taking a creative and contemporary approach to classic American dishes and cocktails. Open daily for all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Voted “Best Hangover Breakfast” and “Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant” by readers of Washington City Paper (in the same year), Ted’s Bulletin is truly a restaurant for all seasons.
Top review
SandyWvip
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
I love Ted's. The blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes are delicious
A photo of Casa Oaxaca - Bethesda restaurant
4.5
4.5 (368)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Bethesda
About the restaurant
Located in beautiful Bethesda, MD, Casa Oaxaca Restaurant offers a menu inspired by traditional Mexican fare & cocktails.
Top review
laurieC
Dined on Jul 11, 2024
Excellent genuine Mexican food. Delicious margaritas. So many dishes, will have to return to try others.
A photo of Fiorella Italian Kitchen restaurant
4.3
4.3 (443)
$30 and under
Italian
National Harbor
About the restaurant
Fiorella's appeal lies in our delicious food, natural warmth and effortless Italian charm. During spring and summer, the outdoor dining area creates a delightful al fresco experience; in the winter, the restaurant is a cozy retreat. And all year long we have wonderful views of the Potomac!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Food was good. Our waiter Alvin was very good but the kitchen and bar service were a little slow. The only complaint was the kitchen running out of scampi sauce which probably means it’s not made from scratch. How would an Italian restaurant not have garlic, butter, lemon and white wine???
A photo of Milk and Honey - Dulles restaurant
4.2
4.2 (8)
$30 and under
American
Dowell
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
Ellivip
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Food was okay my chicken tenders were cold/lukewarm and very dry hard to chew I was disappointed with that …tasted like it was sitting around for a while the sauce was great. The biscuits and eggs were amazing I will stick to that next time. My gf loved the bacon egg and cheese biscuit and the coffee and drinks were very good!I think it was a rum punch that was the favorite.
A photo of The Society Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.1
4.1 (591)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Silver Spring
About the restaurant
WE ARE NOW OPEN FOR INDOOR DINING

DELIVERY AND CARRYOUT SERVICES continue to be available: WWW.SOCIETYSS.COM 301-565-8864

Our cuisine combines classic American fare with authentic Caribbean flavors. Special menu features include Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Red Snapper, and Homemade Bread Pudding. At The Society Restaurant & Lounge, we are inspired by our deep love of people, community, and hearty food. We celebrate the achievements of past and present influences and promote collective involvement to advance our local community. Come and grab a drink. Stay for dinner. We welcome you to experience the best of who we are, where we go, and what we eat. Ask us about our corporate happy hour specials and birthday party packages.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We dined on the rooftop where it was a lot of energy. Great experience
A photo of matchbox Bethesda restaurant
4.1
4.1 (181)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Bethesda
About the restaurant
We’re known for wood-fired pizzas, mini burgers, fresh salads and chef-inspired entrées, like pan-seared sea bass and oven-roasted filet mignon. It’s American bistro fare, crafted from high quality ingredients with a chef at the helm in every kitchen.

Matchbox draws in passersby with oversized windows lining the sidewalk and a front-row view of the blazing pizza oven. Once indoors, the vibe remains warm and residential, as though guests are being welcomed into the Matchbox home. The design achieves this effect through elements like draperies to soften some of the more industrial edges and add texture, open shelving and wine displays, light gray wood wainscotting, and hardwood flooring throughout to lend natural warmth. Hand-painted murals from local artists add further context to the neighborhood, and bring in a touch of personality as well.

Outdoor seating on patios along both Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street offer plentiful people-watching in warmer months.

Top review
albNewtoNorthernVAvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Customized my Smash Burger using mozzarella and sauce drunken meatballs. Awesome ! Lets call it Big Al’s smash burger
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Gaithersburg restaurant
4.1
4.1 (68)
$30 and under
American
Gaithersburg
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Food here is way better than one would expect. Lots of fun.
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