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“Good Neighborhood Bistro” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Praline Bakery & Bistro

Praline Bakery & Bistro
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Ranked #4 of 14 Bakeries in Bethesda
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: MacArthur Blvd
Transit: Metro Red Line to Friendship Heights, then Ride On Bus 23 to Sangamore Rd.
Description: 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.
New York City, New York
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190 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good Neighborhood Bistro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Paline's operates a retail bakery on the first floor and the bistro on the second floor up a flight up stairs. The bakery is good but a bit pricey. The Bistro section has very good quality food and service. Although the menu is notably smaller than most at only about twenty food items or so, they are generally executed and presented quite well. Service is generally good, although the limited space (due to the strip mall location) leads to a disjointed layout of tables inside and a small outdoor patio. The specials are generally quite notable and you come away with a French gourmet experience. Plenty of parking at the mall and reservations are easily made. The menu could use for some expansion and the limited space makes for a more "close" experience with your fellow diners, still Praline's is a very good choice for some upscale food in a suburban location.

  • Visited December 2012
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bethesda
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good but should try harder!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Praline is underappreciated. BUT it also could try harder. The location is limiting-- in a shopping mall. But the breads, pastries, soups, etc. are terrific French preparations using excellent ingredients. I'd like to see a little more effort to get to the top.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Neighborhod feel, top quality food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Nobody would think that a small bistro tucked in a neighborhood mall would be more than ok. but Praline challenges that with excellent french-american food, awesome service, friendly staff, and a great atmosphere. i like sitting at the outside big patio, so i tend to go mostly from spring through fall, but the indoors area is also nice. it's not fancy, mind you - remember, it's the food and service you are coming for. the wait staff will leave you alone with a pre-meal drink if you so wish - no hurrying. the fish is always done perfectly, the meats succulent, the sauces delicious, and the french fare was certified and approved by a french friend who was visiting - and asked to go there a second time. try this place - you will not regret it! BTW, december was only the latest visit to Praline - we go all the time.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Astrid C
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Bethesda, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Delicious French Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Praline, despite being in a strip mall, has a limited menu so the chef can excel in a few outstanding dishes, depending on what is fresh in the market. Unusual appetizers include tuna tartare and excellent soups; entrees that we love include grilled scallops with risotto, shrimp with pasta, grilled tuna - always with unusual sides. Desserts from the downstairs bakery are worth the added calories. The upstairs bistro is quiet, with friendly service.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank dickei
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“Incredible Special Dinner with Beer Pairing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

It seemed like an unlikely prospect -- a beer dinner at a French restaurant. But, liking Belgian beer, I joined a friend for a special beer dinner featuring beers from the Flying Dog Brewery. We were not disappointed. The beers were delicious, accompanied by a short presentation by representatives of the brewery, and paired to the courses. The first course was crabmeat in a pastry shell (it was so delicious we had a second one) paired with a blonde beer. Next was a very lovely salad with peaches and an equally suitable beer. Then, a shrimp dish followed by the main course of a small filet and a small lamb chop. The food was beautifully prepared and presented, and just delicious. The grand finale was a small Belgian waffle cut in half with chocolate sauce on one half and fresh strawberries on the other. And that was served with a special ale that had a sweetness that complemented the dessert. Can't wait for the next special dinner at Praline.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank chipsbird
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