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Praline Bakery & Bistro

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4611-O Sangamore Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816 (MacArthur Blvd)
Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights, then Ride On Bus 23 to Sangamore Rd.
3012298180
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8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Praline Bakery & Bistro opened its doors on Sangamore Road in Bethesda...
Praline Bakery & Bistro opened its doors on Sangamore Road in Bethesda, Maryland, in April 2006, the culmination of years of partnership and planning by co-owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel, whose love of fine cuisine and talent for creating delectable pastries led them here. Together, they wanted to build a welcoming neighborhood place where people of all ages could gather for a good meal, a quality pastry, or coffee. Every day, we try our best to provide just that.Praline Bakery prepares pastries fresh daily, using the finest ingredients and no preservatives. Come in and taste some of our delectable breakfast pastries and cakes which include traditionally made croissants, which include butter, chocolate, and almond, and danishes, such as apple walnut, pecan raisin, and raspberry almond twists. We offer a variety of cakes that is sure to please almost any palate – from French chocolate mousse to an American carrot cake.Praline Bistro is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Monday through Sunday and Brunch on Sunday. All meals our prepared by our culinary team led by Executive Chef Christian Gautrois.
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unexpectedly good dinner

Although I have been to Praline a few times for lunch and have bought many goodies from the bakery, I had not been there for dinner. Three of us dined here on a recent summer night, and we all enjoyed the experience. Our server, Andres, was attentive and helpful with directing us to specific menu... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Bethesda, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We had four excellent meals: 2 hanger steaks, 1 duck, and one seafood entree. All were outstanding as was the Octavia Chardonnay. The desserts were great also creme brulle and two others. Also excellent French bread. Just a fine meal and we will return often.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My parents have lived in condos adjacent to Pralines for years and I have been there numerous times with them over the past 15 years. I suspect the older population living nearby is their true bread and butter and the staff treat the locals very well, greeting them like family and accommodating them however they can. That being said the... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I was much more happier "before" with a classic, solid, french cuisine that now with this "change", a change is supposed to improve something, isn't it? Anyway a bad day may arrive to everybody (once), this is why I give 2 stars today and not 1. All in all I think that the duck breast should be canceled from the... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

In summer, Praline has a very nice terrace on top of the building. With his good french traditional plates and wine, having lunch in Praline is a very pleasant experience.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Although I have been to Praline a few times for lunch and have bought many goodies from the bakery, I had not been there for dinner. Three of us dined here on a recent summer night, and we all enjoyed the experience. Our server, Andres, was attentive and helpful with directing us to specific menu options based on our questions.... More 

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Firenze
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82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I've eaten here twice and enjoyed it both times. As for the food, I wasn't overly fond of my chicken pot pie. I'd order something different next time. Only one of us really raved about their food (the quenelles). Small martinis, good wine list. The night we were there, wine was 25% off by the bottle. That evening the restaurant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I've been eating at Praline for years. Admittedly about 8 months ago it was looking and tasting a bit dreary. It's had a face lift, they have a new chef and a new manager from Nice. What a turn around. I've actually been 5 times since June. The new menu is delicious. Once light I had risotto with giant prawns,... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Not only is the food very good, the service is excellent. While this isn't an inexpensive restaurant, the outdoor seating availability, pastries and abundant parking more than make up for prices. We all had fun and vowed to return. I recommend this restaurant highly.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is a surprise hidden gem in an offbeat shopping center in the Cabin John area of Md just a bit off of MacArthur Blvd close to the District. Five of us had equally great meal starting with appetizers and ending with dessert. I had delicious mushroom soup! Others had onion soup. Three of us had duck that was absolutely... More 

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We went for lunch on a Thursday. We didn't arrive until 1:30 pm so there were few patrons. We chose to eat inside as it was very hot outside. We have purchased pastries and ficelle sandwiches to take home but had never eaten here. The ficelle sandwiches are superb, by the way as are the croissants and the cookies and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4611-O Sangamore Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816
    (MacArthur Blvd)
  • Public Transportation: Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights, then Ride On Bus 23 to Sangamore Rd.
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 3012298180

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Praline Bakery & Bistro opened its doors on Sangamore Road in Bethesda, Maryland, in April 2006, the culmination of years of partnership and planning by co-owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel, whose love of fine cuisine and talent for creating delectable pastries led them here. Together, they wanted to build a welcoming neighborhood place where people of all ages could gather for a good meal, a quality pastry, or coffee. Every day, we try our best to provide just that.Praline Bakery prepares pastries fresh daily, using the finest ingredients and no preservatives. Come in and taste some of our delectable breakfast pastries and cakes which include traditionally made croissants, which include butter, chocolate, and almond, and danishes, such as apple walnut, pecan raisin, and raspberry almond twists. We offer a variety of cakes that is sure to please almost any palate – from French chocolate mousse to an American carrot cake.Praline Bistro is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, dinner Monday through Sunday and Brunch on Sunday. All meals our prepared by our culinary team led by Executive Chef Christian Gautrois.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm

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