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4611 Sangamore Rd Ste O, Bethesda, MD 20816-2572 (MacArthur Blvd)
+1 301-229-8180
08:00 - 21:30
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Washington, DC
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262 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

We went for lunch on a Thursday. We didn't arrive until 1:30 pm so there were few patrons. We chose to eat inside as it was very hot outside. We have purchased pastries and ficelle sandwiches to take home but had never eaten here. The ficelle sandwiches are superb, by the way as are the croissants and the cookies and... More 

1 Thank StLawrencelover
Lewes, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2015

Walking in downstairs, you realise this is authentic French pastry, macaroons, chocolates; all made on site. Yummy. We buy our Buche de Noel here. Upstairs, the restaurant has nice salads, croque monsieur and madame, daily specials - and a second floor, umbrella-ed patio which catches the breeze in the summer. No loud music; attentive wait staff. I wish I could... More 

Thank MrsRehoboth
Bethesda, MD
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015 via mobile

Totally professional staff, warm greeting, and beautifully presented food. Praline is hard to beat for lunch or dinner. The crusty baguette slices are addictive, frites perfectly fried, and entrees all well thought out, seasoned and cooked as requested. Make sure to save room for something sweet, if only a pair of macarons with end-of-meal coffee. A busy place, so make... More 

Thank cke3
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015

This neighborhood restaurant in the Sumner area of Bethesda offers consistently high quality French classics. Last night we got a reservation at the last minute and had great soups, coq au vin & cod beurre blance--all really outstanding. Have been a number of times and had a similar positive experience. Reasonable prices, attentive service, good wine list at decent prices,... More 

1 Thank Joseph S
Bethesda, Maryland
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2015

Praline is absolutely five stars for its fabulous pastries and wonderful custom birthday cakes. We have also used them for catering and their Boeuf Bourguignon was fantastic. Despite being located in a fairly uninteresting shopping center, a late summer lunch of duck on the upper terrace surrounded by potted plants and accompanied by a nice rose can transport you momentarily... More 

1 Thank Famly-Four
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2015 via mobile

The pastry, baked goods, quiche, sandwiches,etc in the downstairs bistro are always fresh, high quality and delicious. It can be hard to choose - but my experience is that there is no wrong choice! Having gluten-free (celiac) family members, I am particularly fond of their macaroons, which come in a number of nice flavors and colors. They also box /... More 

1 Thank BonsterMC
Bethesda, MD
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262 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2015

My wife and I made a last minute reservation to this French bistro that has repeatedly been very good. She had the excellent mussels, a huge amount of large tender mussels in a great broth. I had the cod which was also quite good. The creme brulle was quite thich and rich. Overall an excellent meal.

2 Thank endjed
Washington DC
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373 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2014

My mom and I went to Praline for lunch last month. I ordered the chicken pot pie and she had the vegetarian quiche--total comfort food! The service and the food were both great. The pastries downstairs are also good if you're in a rush.

1 Thank laysadc
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2014

We elected to have Thanksgiving dinner out (3 of us) and selected Praline (the Bistro part). Upstairs is the main bistro, it is open, not cramped, light, and quiet, although there were few others there for the holiday dinner. There was only a limited price fixed (at $48/person) menu for the occasion. My wife and I had a glass of... More 

2 Thank Doc_ABC
Potomac, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2014

Go and enjoy the pissaladiere - a French pizza with caramelized onion on a crispy French bread - not baguette- with pesto, roasted tomatoes, cheese and topped with beautiful black olives. Finish this off with a chocolate croissant. Pure heaven!

1 Thank Robin W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
French, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
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)  >  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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