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Praline Bakery & Bistro

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4611 Sangamore Rd Ste O, Bethesda, MD 20816-2572 (MacArthur Blvd)
+1 301-229-8180
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Land of the Pharoah's
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169 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here a couple of times with coworkers and everything I've had has been great. For a Bethesda bistro (not in downtown Bethesda) they have a diverse selection and daily specials. The summer months at the outdoor seating area make for a good lunch spot away from the business of Wisconsin Ave. Will be back.

Thank FredoftheWorld
Great Falls, United States
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2017

had a business lunch on monday. Food and service was good and quiet atmosphere worked well for business conversation. order the turkey and cranberry sandwich. Bake goods on first floor is a "can't miss" enjoy the pumpkin cookies

Thank Wesley M
Besancon, France
2 reviews
Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

Came in for some Parisian macarons, the friend I was visiting said they were the best in town. As a French man (and a cook) I must admit they tasted as good as the ones back home. I was surprised by all the different cakes you can get from the bakery, wishing I could have stayed longer to try them... More 

Thank LucienH25
Bethesda, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed November 30, 2016

Praline Bistro's special dinner menu convinced our family to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. We were delighted by everything we tasted : the roasted turkey galantine was moist and flavorful, the sautéed rockfish was delicious with its mango sauce. And what a rack of lamb ! Very well cooked (rosé), with its traditional mint jus. Their homemade desserts, pumpkin or apple... More 

Thank carolinegallina1118
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2016

Don't let the tight parking lot stop you. We visited on a Saturday afternoon right after the lunch rush and parking was still very limited. Once in, the bakery smelled awesome downstairs and we climbed the stairs to The Bistro upstairs. Once seated we were poured our water and our server was shortly behind. The daily specials were announced and... More 

Thank Diane A
Germantown, Maryland
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2016

Pastries/bakery items are heinnnn....OK!...I've had A LOT better from other French bakeries in the area. I would definitely come back again for their dinner offerings. The rest of my review content speaks to the hostess upstairs. The hostess certainly needs to be retrained on customer service towards patrons with kids. I believe her name is "Francoise". When we first arrived;... More 

Thank Thetruth225
Deerfield Beach
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2016

This is a lovely white tablecloth restaurant which is quiet, intimate and where the food is very good. You can become engaged in conversation or actually get engaged to be married here, especially out on the terrace. The downstairs bakery is great for coffee and a sweet pickup such as brownies, cookies or pastries. Service is good as well.

1 Thank Mark G
Bethesda, Maryland
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

The bakery and cafe at street level has enough sandwiches and French pastries and cozy atmosphere that it is enough to sit near the fireplace (lit or not) and talk or if alone to read a book. But upstairs is the restaurant and patio and it would be a shame to miss that. For a bottle of wine with friends,... More 

Thank TacyTelego
Rockville, Maryland
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2016

This combination bakery and restaurant is located in a mall. The bakery is downstairs, and you have to climb some pretty steep stairs to get to the second level where the restaurant is located. I think you might be able to access the restaurant from the upper level, which connects to a parking garage for an attached set of offices,... More 

Thank MarylandAnglophile
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365 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2016

I can't get enough of Praline's upstairs terrace and i can't get enough of their Omelette of the day. Yesterday I met a longtime friend at Praline's - she lives in the neighborhood - and we had breakfast on the deck. Again, the sun, the umbrella tables and the flowers were wonderful. We were there for 2 hours and it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
French, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4611 Sangamore Rd Ste O, Bethesda, MD 20816-2572
    (MacArthur Blvd)
  • Public Transportation: Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights, then Ride On Bus 23 to Sangamore Rd.
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Montgomery County  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-229-8180
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.

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