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“Pretty good food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Green Papaya

Green Papaya
4922 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814-2923
301-654-8241
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Ranked #151 of 292 restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining style: Casual Dining
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Dining style: Casual Dining
Bethesda, Maryland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Pretty good food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Caramel dishes are great. This restaurant tries hard to be fancier than most Vietnamese places, but ends up being overpriced for what you get.

Visited April 2012
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Bethesda, Maryland
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“good food light fare”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

This is a very good meal and it is not filling. Service is okay.

Visited September 2011
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San Diego
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72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Quiet evening with nice food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

I was visiting from out of town, and happened upon the Green Papaya with a cousin. Vietnamese food done with a nice flair; clean flavors, with a bit of a French accent. Nice service, and quiet dining room, added to the enjoyment at this lovely place in busy Bethesda.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Timing may be important”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

A midweek dinner for 4 was just excellent. Frankly, if you don't like spicy Asian food or if you can't appreciate the many versions of spicy, this would be a bad choice. But if you do and can, then you'll love this place. Food aside, it's beautiful inside. Then there's the food. The soups were delicate and properly hot (in temp and seasoning). The shrimp in every dish were wonderful and plump. The Mekong Shrimp alone are worth a visit. Soft shell crabs for one of us were big, perfectly done and tasteeee. Ginger ice cream was a nice way to finish up. I know that others have found Green Papaya erratic and that's not good, except that sometimes, as during our visit, they are totally on.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gaithersburg, MD
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Over-rated! Not worth a second visit.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

This Vietnamese restaurant supposedly had good reviews, and is well located in an area filled with restaurants and movie theaters. We had reservations for a Sunday evening for 8 people. Called the reservation in twice - no live person, just a recording and message machine. They lost it. We ordered appetizers and dinners. Two appetizers came, then 10 minutes later, two more, then the others. The dinners were also slow in coming out - and not all at once either. The worst thing = the food was mediocre at best. I have eaten in family run Vietnamese restaurants, and big fancy ones, and this would be at the bottom. To be fair, it was not bad, but certainly nothing to write home about. The final blow came when the check arrived, and it had two items on it that we had not ordered. The waiter appoogized, and corrected the bill. This restaurant was a great disappointment. It almost seemed that they were short a cook or two in the kitchen, and that the 2nd string was working on a Sunday night. Lastly, the prices were not rediculous considering the neighborhood, but they were too high considering the quality.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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