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“Once Great Chinese Bistro” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Foong Lin Restaurant

Foong Lin Restaurant
4613 Willow Ln, Bethesda, MD 20815
301-656-3427
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Ranked #19 of 299 Restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Bethesda, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Once Great Chinese Bistro”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

I've eaten here for well over 20 years. Not anymore. The menu, staff and interior are all stale. Rumor is that their lease is not being extended and it appears that management has checked out. Too many good places nearby to waste any time here.

Visited December 2011
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  • English first
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Awful food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

almost everything on the plate was bland, beige and just inedible.

Visited April 2011
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Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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107 reviews 107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“used to be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

they seem to cater to a much older crowd than they used to, bland food, no spices and sort of boring.

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Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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107 reviews 107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“used to be better”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

We found the place not up to par. It used to be better. We thought the food was just ok and the service just ok too.

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“Crispy Orange Eggplant, yummy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

I had the most delicious dish here the other night. Crispy orange eggplant. It was pure heaven. Usually "crispy" dishes are not good as leftovers, but I just ate this one, and although it was no longer crispy, it was wonderful. This restaurant has amazing food, wonderful service, great value and one of the fewer and fewer family owned Chinese restaurants left in the area. I miss those wonderful Chinese restaurants of my childhood! Hopefully, Foong Lin will be around for another 30 years or so.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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