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“Nice, local, good value” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oakville Grille and Wine Bar

Oakville Grille and Wine Bar
10257 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
3018979100
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Ranked #85 of 292 restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Democracy Blvd
Transit: Grosvenor Metro Metro Bus
North Bethesda, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Nice, local, good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Walking in the door, you aren't expecting much. However, once you are seated, the little place grows on you. Decent wine selection, reasonably priced and enjoyable salads and entrees. Service was pleasant and unrushed. The placed filled up but the noise level was acceptable. Will be back!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
WASHINGTON, DC
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A bit of welcome formality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Oakville Grille doesn't demand a particular dress code of its customers: come for lunch and you will find a full range of dress on display. Still, the tables are beautifully set with heavy linens and the overall feel of the place is a comfortable, low-key formality that somehow makes a meal here a nicer dining experience than many places you might stop for lunch. It is a quiet but modern and airy restaurant where people talk discreetly while enjoying a lovely and varied menu. I'm certain that - like myself - my fellow diners all own various electronic devices but none of these were on display and this I attribute to the quietly elegant air of this little place. I've had lunch here twice and both meals have been very good, with attentive waiters. They have a lovely wine bar so I'd like to come back one evening soon and have dinner.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Wants to be fine dining...doesn't quite make it...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

The Oakville Grille really wants to be a fine dining establishment. Unfortunately, there are several problems getting in the way of it achieving that.

- Price. Much too expensive for the quality, which wasn't bad but certainly wasn't good enough to justify the prices.

- Food: It's good, but not (yet) very good. Two different meals (salmon and tilapia) both had sauces that were so mild they may as well have been left off the plate.
Salmon was requested medium rare, but arrived medium well.
The steak was good, but served with fries, almost as if the chef couldn't figure out something more creative to plate with it.
Presentation was very nice in all cases.
Desserts were ok, but nothing spectacular.
- Service: Very attentive to start with, but got progressively less so as the meal continued.

I really wanted to give this restaurant a "Good" rating, but tripadvisor only offers Average or Very Good. Unfortunately, I can't justify the latter.

I hope they keep trying, because the potential is there.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville
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123 reviews 123 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Really good local restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is a lovely restaurant. Everything we had - white pizza, duck confit, fish, was really good. And, things we saw but did not have tempt us to return soon. Deserts were equally good and a very nice and reasonably priced wine list. Excellent service by attentive and responsive staff. Even the bread was good. And the restaurant is relatively quiet so conversation was easy. And, unlike places further down in Bethesda, parking is easy.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Elegant and Eager to Please!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Particularly appreciated was the willingness to accomodate my low sodium dietary requirement. With several tasty options to choose and a pleasant staff, I like this place to meet friends and work colleagues in an elegant environment.

Visited November 2012
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