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“Very Good Dining Experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Woodmont Grill

Woodmont Grill
7715 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6003 (Formerly Houston's)
301-656-9755
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Ranked #2 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Los Angeles
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103 reviews 103 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Very Good Dining Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Great food and ambiance here. The service was good, although not without some attitude, we thought.

I didn't expect to be treated to live jazz when we went here one weeknight. A couple suggestions:

1. The live jazz stops rather early into the night. I want to say it was around 8:00 when it was all done.
2. The players are set off in one corner flanking the entrance, and not in the center where everyone seated in any corner in the restaurant could avail it in its entirety.

Still, we went for the food and had a great time. The grilled fish in particular was delicious, as were the fries that came with it. Also, don't miss the grilled artichoke for an appetizer. It's sublime.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco
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46 reviews 46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Smoked Salmon App!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Woodmont Grill occupies the space where the former Houston's used to be and it retains the same menu and decor (it appears to be the same restaurant with the name changed). We always start out by ordering our favorite appetizers - warm spinach dip and their smoked salmon. Years ago we were introduced to the smoked salmon by a waiter at the Houston's in Rockville when it was still open. He told us that if we didn't like it, he'd refund our money for this dish. He was right - it is delicious and we order this every time now. Other entrees that we always get is the French Dip and their traditional salad with buttermilk garlic dressing. We recently had dinner at the Woodmont Grill and ordered the usual spinach dip, smoked salmon appetizer, French Dip, plus the grilled chicken salad and the fish special of the night with crab meat. The fish special and French Dip were both good and the spinach dip was brought to us nice and hot and delicious. However, the smoked salmon appeared to be a tad undercooked and the grilled chicken salad was good but not extraordinary given that it comes at a steep price of $17. Service here doesn't appear to be as good as it was when it was Houston's - our server forgot to bring us our soda refill and cleared away the dishes and dip while we were still eating the French Dip. However, the food is still really good and this remains a favorite of ours in the Bethesda area.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kansas City, Missouri
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Good food and fun atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The food and service here were very good. I had the seared tuna with a salad. It was exceptional. They have a decent wine list and the staff is well trained. Impressive place to bring clients or do business. A little pricey. I was disappointed to learn it was not locally owned, but part of a larger corporate chain with a local name.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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150 reviews 150 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and food, a little pricey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

This place reminds me very much of Clydes, classic American style and food, nice live jazz set in a semi-formal atmosphere.

Their veggie burger was delicious but for $17 a little pricey. Their babyback ribs were phenomenal, however again a little expensive. If you're going out to celebrate but don't want to mortgage your house over to Mortons this is a good spot to go.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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233 reviews 233 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
“A first class cozy restaurant in Bethesda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

I went there for lunch. The decor is first class, and the service topnotch and very friendly. A welcoming restaurant which keeps the lights dimmed very low, so that, unless you eat at one of the outside tables on the patio, this is really a restaurant perfectly suited for intimate tete a tete meetings. The menu is on the expensive side, but the portions are generous and the food excellent.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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