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La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe

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7607 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
301 215 9142
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6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average food, nice atmosphere, not rushed

I want sure what to think if of this place but it seems like an institution in Bethesda. It features cafeteria style food selection or you can give your order from the menu. Lots of soup salad and sandwiches. The old school French cafe and countryside decor is cute as well as the French lessons... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2015
DWS13433
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States
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Collingswood, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I was early for a meeting at NIH, just down the street, so I was looking for a sit-down breakfast place that I could hanger a while and saw this place while waiting for the light. My qualification was that it was open (around 6:30 AM), had parking and had a bathroom. In other words, I chose this cold without... More 

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States
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103 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

I want sure what to think if of this place but it seems like an institution in Bethesda. It features cafeteria style food selection or you can give your order from the menu. Lots of soup salad and sandwiches. The old school French cafe and countryside decor is cute as well as the French lessons playing instead of music. I... More 

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Thank DWS13433
Bethesda, Maryland
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

If you are looking for an authentic, but quick French meal then this is the place for you. However if you are wanting a fancy, French fine dining atmosphere then go elsewhere. The food and service is really good and is pretty close to an authentic French cafe.

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Thank jordan e
Boulder, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The fruit tartelettes were the highlight of my lunch The French Onion soup was average if that. The soup was served with some shredded swiss cheese on top of a cold dry piece of toast. The potato galette was chewy and hard. Nothing to write home about and I won't be back unless it's just for dessert (maybe).

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Thank Catherine B
Rockville, Maryland
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

If you have never been to La Madeleine you are in for a treat. It is cafeteria style but you can look at a menu when you walk in and tell the person greeting you what you want for the main dish. After that you walk through the line picking up all sorts of tasty treats. They have soup, salad,... More 

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Thank Kathleen L
Zionsville, Indiana
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I just stopped in for an Americano and pastry for breakfast one morning on business trip. The pastries were just ordinary and I ordered two, but when I got back to hotel, there was only one in the bag. Also, the coffee was only 3/4 full. Maybe just a bad day, but I don't see myself stopping in again.

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Thank EagleTravel29
Bethesda, Maryland
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196 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

A restaurant with bakery in the name should have good bread but I guess they missed that lesson in baking. It is a bit less than average in every way.

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Thank Sandy C
San Francisco
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Stopped here for a quick lunch. Got a 1/2 sandwich & soup combo, which was very good, inexpensive, and served very fast. A nice touch is the sliced french bread which is available with butter to take as you please.

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Thank Dana_SF
Cleveland, Oh
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943 reviews
386 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is a bakery/light meals restaurant which is part of a national chain. It has a good location, just off Wisconsin Av and an inside that is old and could benefit from renovation. It offers good breakfast with pastry and cooked meals which have a french flavor. I have been often for a quick breakfast and lunch but there are... More 

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Thank marcopolo111
Bethesda, Maryland
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This French Cafe has wonderful Croque Monsiuer sandwiches. The French Onion soup is fantastic and the toppings, including cheese make it perfect. I like the cafeteria style.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7607 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301 215 9142

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?