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City Perch Kitchen + Bar
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Cuisines: American, Seafood, Bar
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Description: We welcome you to City Perch, a seasonal American dining destination. Enjoy our authentic hospitality, contemporary comfort food. Our team has crafted a multi-layered social dining experience - focused on food you can share with your friends and family that is fresh, sustainable and locally sourced. Our seasonal American menu was crafted by James Beard-renowned Chef Sherry Yard. We offer unique, dishes that enhance the flavors of ingredients sourced from nearby farms and waters. As our guest, view our open kitchen and Seafood Raw Bar. By night, we offer an intimate and comfortable space including our 2nd floor patio complete with fire pits to get cozy, and candle-lit spaces that create the perfect atmosphere for any social gathering. The sophisticated bar, lounge and terrace are welcoming for before and after dinner drinks. Our handcrafted farm-to-glass cocktail menu is created by award-winning Master Barman and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger. His house-made syrups and infusions take cocktails to a new level. The boutique wine list of 100+ selections complements our diverse range of flavors, featuring small production wines from Maryland. DINNER Daily: 5pm -10pm BRUNCH Saturday + Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm HAPPY HOUR Daily: 3pm - 6pm BAR Daily: 10pm - close LIVE DJ SPINNING Friday + Saturday: 9pm-12:30am
Reviewed 13 September 2018

A business associate was in town and suggested we meet him at City Perch for dinner on a Tuesday evening. This place is surprisingly easy to get to in North Bethesda, even with the traffic coming down from central Maryland at rush hour. Nicer still is the parking garage is located right next door - and the restaurant will validate parking.

City Perch is a spacious and visual treat, with a central bar, open style kitchen/cold bar, and a variety of tables and booths. As there was a light dinner crowd we were immediately seated at a nice table which provided views of Grand Park Avenue. Our drink orders were taken, and I opted for a large Heavy Seas Loose Canon (since I wasn't driving).

City Perch has a not-extensive dinner menu, but it still provides a variety of choices in the beef, chicken, pork and seafood offerings, along with a respectable selection of appetizers and salads. My two colleagues both ordered the Perch Burger, which despite its name - contains no fish, and is in fact a standard beef burger. I had the beef short ribs, which came with a potato pancake and some creamed spinach.

After only a short wait, our entrees appeared - which were all nice presentations. My short ribs were actually "boneless" short ribs and was nicely cooked piece of beef rib meat, which was very tender, but could have benefited from just little more flavor profile. Both the Perch Burgers and the shoestring fries looked good. Service was above average with our server checking on us periodically.

While I think we all gauged our entrees to be slightly above average, the City Perch is really more of a destination for the experience - which was decidedly pleasant. The dining room was very nice and the ambient noise level allowed for easy conversation and business discussion. For a similar purpose and under similar circumstances we would probably be willing to come back to City Perch for another business dinner in the future.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Don't go there if you don't want to be judge or discriminated. They simply ignore you if you don't fit there profile.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

The view...
The ambience...
The menu...
Drinks were great! Oysters were super fresh!
Service was a tad bit slow.
Overall a great experience.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Lorraine B
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Chose City Perch as my son wanted to try seafood and there seemed to be something for everyone. It’s a lovely space and almost makes you forget how insanely crowded Pike and Rose is. It was mild (for MD in the summer) so they had the balcony open. We sat inside near balcony which was a nice space albeit a bit warm due to the open space. Dinner started off great...server was friendly and attentive. The cocktails were quite good but a bit pricey. The bread platter was to die for. But unfortunately the quality of the entrees was such that we probably will not be back. The salmon was dry and a bit fishy. The filet + lobster was only okay. The bernaise that came with the entrees was thick and gloppy. Generally all the entrees screamed out for a sauce and seasoning or something. Very disappointing.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Lots of spreads to choose from. The ribs are so tender. The burger is cooked to perfection. The ambiance is great

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank NickHobgood
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