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Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md

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Local cuisine, Italian, Mediterranean, American, Seafood
Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 08/04/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 08/04/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
We are a Chef owned seafood focused restaurant in beautiful downtown Bethesda. We feature a daily changing menu and use as many locally sourced products as we can. We maintain a friendly and comfortable dining space that allows our guests to relax and recharge. We approach our restaurant with an appreciation for simplicity, authenticity and connection to our community. We deliver daily with high quality food, spirits and people. Our menus include fresh seasonal seafood at their core. We deliver food that nurtures, delights and reminds people that life is short and to enjoy a great meal more often. Our restaurant delivers a comfortable upscale environment that promotes conversation and connectio
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Delivery, Validated Parking, Free off-street parking, Free Wifi, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I took my sister-in-law and fiance for a later lunch/early dinner on a recent Sunday. I recognize that restaurants follow certain Covid protocols, but to not provide a wine list when one is seated is not acceptable (I had to chase an...employee down to get one). As for the food, it was just plain awful. Three of the persons in the group ordered cream of crab soup. It was so salty that not one person could finish even a cup. Also, it appeared as if it was the chef's day off. I had a pasta dish with seafood and a red sauce. The sauce was so watery, it was almost tasteless. My wife also had a pasta/seafood dish which she couldn't finissh. Also, since the restaurant claims to be Italian, why wasn't there bread on the tab le for scarpetta. Aside from the quality of the dishes, their should have been some bread to be used with the sauce. The focaccio was OK, but not useful for this purpose. I could go on, but I cannot recommend this restaurant at all.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Robert, really appreciate your lengthy review... albeit not what we typically hear, I hope that we can address. Asking for a wine list can be an inconvenience, I can understand. Must have been just a simple human error, pretty fixable. With regards to the...More

Reviewed April 24, 2022

70-degree weather was ideal for sitting outside on their large patio at Chef Tony's Promenade Towers location, 5225 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. We have been long-time patrons of Chef Tony's Seafood in downtown Bethesda and now at the Promenade. Word has it that...he is looking for a new downtown location. My favorite for brunch is the Poached Eggs Chesapeake consisting of two poached eggs, crab meat, and spinach on English muffins drizzled with Old Bay sauce; home fries and bacon on the side. My wife raved about the Vegetarian Omelet with tomato, mushrooms, onion, spinach, asparagus, and cheese.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 30, 2022

The steak skewers with the plaintains...wow. SO good. Can you please open a another location in Cabin John Village?

Date of visit: March 2022
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2022

Ha! Hi there, so great you enjoy... our real estate guy is always listening, we'll just have to see!

Reviewed February 19, 2022

We are not comfortable eating in restaurants that don't require proof of vaccination so we do take out. Our take out was super for New Year's Eve so for a birthday dinner my husband called and asked them to help plan a special birthday dinner...menu for takeout. The food traveled well and was excellent. During warmer weather we have enjoyed outside dining at Chef Tony's although the service was not the strong point of our evening.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

Thank you so much, I'm sorry I'm noticing this late, but we really appreciate the feedback. As you know, we are experiencing a tough time to bring on staff, but it is improving, and we feel confident that our service is much improved. We hope...More

Reviewed February 13, 2022 via mobile

Very disappointed after reading all the reviews here. Atmosphere was awful and the food matched. Location was odd and we sat at a table next to a recc room where the light was constantly going on and off which was very distracting. Calamari was chewy...and not good. Wine which came with Valentine menu was terrible. Cream of crab soup was ok although an odd curry color and a bit spicy. Seared rockfish did taste fresh but the advertised crab accompaniment was no where to be seen. Dining companion reported that the cod was “edible.” Cheesecake dessert was not the texture of cheesecake. Chocolate cake was fine. Overall extremely disappointing after reading this was a recommended restaurant in Bethesda. I have no idea how they have repeat customers but we certainly won’t be among them.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

We are sorry to respond so late, and very sorry to hear of your feedback. Definitely not the typical response, at this point, I realize it's late... but we'd certainly like to invite you back. Being Valentines weekend, perhaps there were mis steps that we...More

Reviewed December 19, 2021

We enjoy the dining experience of consistently excellent food. The mussel appetizer is terrific and we order a delightful specialty different Caesar salad. For entrees we order from the different fish dishes offered which are always fresh and well prepared. It appears that Chef Tony...actively oversees all the cooking and preparations in the kitchen . For deserts they have various varieties done by Tony's wife, Chef Sonia. They also makeup decaf cappuccino which we like. We always come away from Chef Tony's feeling we have had an excellent dining experience.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

Thank you so much, we really appreciate your review and sorry to respond so late...catching up now. Be well, and look forward to having you again! Chef Tony

Reviewed November 28, 2021

We have been going to Chef Tony's for several years and I have been neglectful in writing a review. My wife and I do not eat out often because we are good cooks and generally like our own meals better than restaurant food. Twice a...year we have been meeting my cousin and his wife at Chef Tony's in Bethesda, first on St. Elmo Street and now at the new location. We have been consistently impressed at the quality and freshness of all the food here. We all like seafood and since that is their specialty it has been the perfect place for us. More recently we have started talking the rest of our family here as well for special occasions. My grandson loves lobster so when he graduated from high school we took him and his mother to Chef Tony's and they loved it. Earlier this month his sister turned 16 so we took the whole family and everyone enjoyed a great meal. Service has always been consistent and very good. All in all a great place to eat.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2021

Such a nice review, and thank you for your time. We have done our very best to bring our "old world" hospitality to our newest location...so we appreciate knowing that it seems to be working. Please say hi next time you're in, would love to...More

Reviewed November 21, 2021

The restaurant is tucked away within the huge apartment building with no signs, no directions, difficult to find. We had reservation for early dinner for a group of five. When we finally found the place we were met by an old angry gentleman with no...greeting. There was NO customers in the restaurant yet. he takes us to the worst table basically next to the kitchen dishwashing area with all the unpleasant noises. We ask for another table and he refuses, in the empty dining room! When we decided to leave he unwillingly agrees to give us another table. Well, then things get better. Very nice waiter was apologetic for the host and provided very good service. The food itself was really good, the menu quite large, reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

I'm sorry to read this so late, and we hope you can understand that the type of attitude our host must have displayed is NOT what we are trying to do. Please accept my apologies, and know that we have improved that situation... be well,...More

Reviewed November 5, 2021

This is an out of the way place; it's not on a main road and it's in an condo building, BUT the food is great and the service was wonderful, (a shout-out to Angela our server.) We had the grilled Caesar salad and shared that,...very good flavor. My wife had the Scottish Salmon which had a nice blend of plantain and cucumber. I went with the seafood stew an excellent blend of shrimp, scallops, crab and mussels. And the sweet potato pie for desert was the topper.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

We really appreciate your feedback, sorry that I'm responding so late...but we are humbled and will share the feedback with the team. Chef Tony

Reviewed October 19, 2021

Amazing food, wonderful service. Even if you don't eat seafood, there are options. Chef Tony really is talented. Can't wait to go back!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2022

Thank you so much! Really appreciate the time in letting people know! Chef T

Reviewed October 14, 2021

My husband surpised me with a lobster dinner for my birthday! What a treat! Having lived in New England for many years, we know good lobster and this dinner was superb. The lobster was flavorful and with perfect texture. We also appreciated the sides of...fresh veggies and roasted potatoes. Thank you for a memorable birthday meal.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

Thanks so much! We appreciate your awesome feedback...look forward to having you back! Chef Tony

Reviewed October 9, 2021 via mobile

With friends who were visiting we had dined at a number of highly rated restaurants in the DC area. We had not been to Chef Tony's since the moved out of downtown Bethesda but were expecting good things. They are now located in a high...rise in a residential area. There are no signs indicating where the restaurant is in the neighborhood and the area is poorly lighted. Overall the food was just ok, the service poor and the ambiance basement like and very loud (over 80 decibels). The menu was rather unimaginative as well. On the positive side the baked oysters were large, tender and juicy and the Italian Seafood Paella (pasta) graced with a nice variety of seafood. Other dishes we had were just ok. The worst part was the service, which was slow and inefficient- we had to ask for water several times and our drinks arrived after our main courses. There are many more easily accessable, higher quality. and creative eateries in just in Bethesda let alone Northern Va or DC.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2021

Well GregP, I'm really sorry to read of your opinions. We are even after the pandemic, serving plenty of people but wish we could expand our signage. It's an unfortunate reality of where we are located. If you liked our Bethesda location, we brought a...More

Reviewed September 2, 2021

We enjoyed a wonderful brunch at Chef Tony's restaurant this past Sunday. We are looking forward to the opening of the new Chef Tony's restaurant in Bethesda. Steve is a great host.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

Thank you, really appreciate...we're working on another opportunity in downtown... be great and hope to see you soon! Chef Tony

Reviewed September 2, 2021 via mobile

Many if not mostly hard surfaces magnify the noise with new amateur staff not anticipating needs of diners and food preparation not up to downtown standards. Hope to see improvements. The remote location may discourage experienced staff from working there.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2021

Hi David, Appreciate the feedback, and agree with some points. We are working to sound deaden the space, it wasn't our design exactly, and we see opportunities for improvement in a few areas. We are happy to be here and continue to improve accessibility. We...More

Reviewed September 2, 2021

We have been habitual customers of Chef Tony's for years, and we miss dining there as much as in the past. But yes, Chef Tony's is well deserving of their many awards. I took a cooking class there long ago and learned some delicious tips!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

Thanks Paula, really appreciate! When did. you attend our class??

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I would call the restaurant and ask them!
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Response from AnnieQ0729 | Reviewed this property |
The three-course menu is $37 per person which is a great deal considering the breadth of the menu and the quality of the food. You can see the menu on the website.
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Response from ChefTonyMarciante | Property representative |
HI there! I would! We are actually looking into options , there are a few... I actually found a place that uses pasta as a straw. (Bucatini I believe)... We are very much open to ideas...send me an email if you have one... More
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Yes, Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md offers takeout services.

Yes, Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md offers delivery services.

Yes, Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Chef Tony's Restaurant - Bethesda, Md is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5