Went for a Saturday date night with my wife to this new locations (formerly Jed's Smokehouse) in downtown Bethesda. Used the ole GroupOn.
Location is pretty good, though there's large-scale construction right next door.
For a Saturday night - this large communal venue was quite dead. Which is good if you want some quiet, as the setting is typical German beer hall with large communal tables, but makes you wonder how long they're going to be there. (So go soon...!)
The bar looked pretty cool as a place to hang and watch sports, but we sat toward the front at the large picnic tables.
Beer - great selection!! Tons of Pils, Lagers, Ales... etc. German and Czech mostly, BUT - the cost is a bit excessive - $11 for a half-litre of a German lager. I mean - $8 for a beer is a lot, but $11. Hence we only ordered 2 each vice savoring more of the varietals.
The 'fare' (food) was delicious.... potato pancakes and perogies were good and quickly devoured, though we guessed the latter were frozen. My petite steak was savory, but the salad was a bit odd with sundried tomatoes and corn... I'd expect more of a German-based salad with bleu cheese and some other locale tidbits.
My wife thoroughly enjoyed her order of Eastern shore mussels.
Both orders served with french fries. I would have expected boiled potatoes of sauerkraut.
For our dessert (2 of the 3 offerings were available), so we picked the German chocolate cake. It was scrumptious, BUT should have been listed as German-chocolate-inspired cake, as it was not a traditional German chocolate cake.
Our server (Bob) was friendly, professional and prompt.
Food: Really good
Beers: Solid selection of imports on draft - though not all the ones listed on the chalkboard
Ambiance: Sports bar meets beer hall
Parking: Good luck - some street, or parking garages that close at 10:30.
Metro: Close-by (Bethesda station)
Expense: $100+ tab for apps (2), entrees (2), beers (4) and a shared dessert.
Would patronize again: Probably not
Would recommend to others: For OktoberFest or something unique - sure.
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