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The Barking Dog

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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4723 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814-2901
+1 301-654-0022
11:00 am - 12:30 am
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Thu 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Plano, Tx
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176 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is primarily a bar (fairly lively one) that I thought was a sandwich place. The name misled me. It worked out ok as they had a late night menu with BLT on it. It was a good sandwich.

1 Thank jimandbevh
San Diego, California
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97 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This place is an authentic local bar. The beer on tap selection is good, and they have food with a limited menu that is available until very late. I think they close at 2:00. So, a good place to go if you want a late night drink and some basic bar food. Crowd was friendly enough, bartenders kept your glass... More 

Thank Stephen G
Fairfax, Virginia
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537 reviews
331 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

Stopped in the Barking Dog for lunch - first time in a while. The burger was ok, but had a seasoning that didn't sit well with me. There are plenty of other menu items to try and perhaps a cold beer will help.

Thank ace4444
New York
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96 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

public parking right next door was a big plus. service was fast and friendly. Good selection of beer and one of the better burgers I've had in a long time. If I lived closer to it, I would be there all the time

1 Thank quasitravel
Middletown, Ohio
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

I walked here from the Residence Inn and I was glad that I did. I got a recommendation from another couple at the hotel so I figured what the heck. I was happy that this was my type of place with a good selection of beer, especially a number of craft beers from the area. Owen was the bartender the... More 

Thank Michael W
Sedalia, Missouri
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

Ate dinner here one evening while staying in Bethesda. The service was good. Food was fine. Its a fun place to have a typical bar type meal. No complaints.

Thank turpski
Sarasota FL
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2016

Good: Easy walk from Residence Inn Bethesda. Nice staff. Not overly crowded when we went at 730 p on a Fri. night. Has more draft beer selection than an average Budweiser bar. Food as expected at a bar - adequate but you wouldn't go there for the food. The black bean burger was fine, the hamburger with avocado was good... More 

Thank Katherine B
Austin, Texas
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

It's a dive, it's music and various food choices are random, but I like it. Not pretentious like most things in Bethesda. It's like putting on a comfortable pair of shoes.

Thank WCWC
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144 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2016 via mobile

First off its not a restaurant.. Its a local musty smelly dive bar w bar food thats not to bad..but don't walk to far away from here or u ll find urself in some dicey areas at vest that look ruff ruff

General Santos, Philippines
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194 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2016

Today's experience wasn't that great. There was a faint smell of someone losing their cookies and not enough pine sol being used to clean it up or perhaps it was still fresh from an over-indulging customer. It's a fixable problem so I don't think it would be the norm. The service was great, the beers were cold and they had... More 

Thank jlukemorgan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:30 am
11:00 am - 12:30 am
11:00 am - 12:30 am
11:30 am - 12:30 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4723 Elm St, Bethesda, MD 20814-2901
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-654-0022

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?