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“Wonderful baked goods; good food and takeout” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Praline Bakery & Bistro

Praline Bakery & Bistro
4611-O Sangamore Rd., Bethesda, MD 20816
3012298180
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Ranked #27 of 300 Restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: MacArthur Blvd
Transit: Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights, then Ride On Bus 23 to Sangamore Rd.
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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Wonderful baked goods; good food and takeout”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

In a most unprepossessing setting -- a very ordinary strip mall in Bethesda -- lurks a fabulous French bakery and a pleasant bistro. The macaroons are not far below the quality of the famous Ladurre ones in Paris (and now also in New York), the cakes rival one another in quality and temptation, and the breakfast raisin rolls are just perfect, which is why they sell out so fast. As for meals, the food is straight-out French, including such now-hard-to-find classic treats as quenelles, which are a rich fish dish of ground pike with lobster sauce. They have genuine flown-in Dover sole from time to time, which they are not giving away, but if you ask them to cook it almandine it will need to be nailed to the plate or it will float away. Sitting at the tables outside the bakery in the middle of the mall right next to the service road is not a treat, but sitting upstairs on the terrace outside the restaurant is perfectly pleasant on a clement evening. The dining rooms themselves are ordinary but the staff is eager to please.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“Excellent bakery with very good food and take out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Top notch bakery and very good local bistro with take out meals too. Great cakes, cookies, breakfast pastries.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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West River, MD
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“French Macarons”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The best in town, that I have found. Fresh, creative and reasonable. Counter help would be better if it could communicate.

Visited May 2014
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Washington DC
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“A bakery amidst a Bethesda strip mall”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

For starters, any bakery/bistro located within a strip mall cannot receive 5 star by virtue of the fact that the location is less than desirable. The pastries we're delicious and the cafe au lait was mediocre. Service was subpar since there was a language barrier at first. No, not French, but the Spanish girls behind the counter were challenged with the request for "cafe au lait" and "could you please warm the tart" anyone thinking somehow this is a carbon copy of a French patisserie shop has clearly not travelled to France. The noise of the constant traffic in the parking lot outside made sitting inside a requirement.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Always reliably good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My wife and I had an excellent Mother's Day brunch. The location was great. Easy parking, pleasant decor and a lovely patio for outdoor seating. Food was very good. Was delivered promptly. Preparation was very good, quality of ingredients also very good and the portions were generous. I had the salade Nicoise which was fine. Although not exciting, the salad was fresh and had a tasty vinaigrette. Tuna was pletniful, but was not top quality. Overall pleasant and fine. The omelette was excellent aloing with crunchy hot frites. Coffee was lukewarm, but it was more than compensated by the delicious bloody marys. Prompt and attentive service, very pleasant and caring maitre d. Overall a top notch experience.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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