Bethesda tarnishes its lackluster dining reputation with these hot new restaurants

Recently, it seems that Bethesda The A place to open an outpost for some of the DMV’s (and New York’s) hottest restaurant chains. This Tony neighborhood in suburban Maryland isn’t historically known as a restaurant hotspot, thanks to its many chain-of-business options, but that reputation is constantly changing.

In 2020, celebrity chef Jose Andres brought his New York City comfort food destination Spanish Diner to Bethesda, and the Chinese-Korean capital’s beloved chain Chiko has landed in the neighborhood as well. This year, there’s plenty of restaurant news about Bethesda’s bustling new restaurants.

Here are 11 Bethesda restaurants and bars that are either brand new or set to open in 2022 to get to know them.

Tacombe / official photo


New York City’s iconic Takuya Takobe landed at the DMV this fall with the opening of an outpost in Arlington, near Amazon HQ2. This was the first of many Tacombe area restaurants, and next is the Bethesda location that opened in the last week of May at 4749 Bethesda Street.

Tacombe is famous for its beer-covered Alaskan cod taco, wrapped in corn and homemade flour tortillas. Other popular dishes include the quesadilla with thinly sliced ​​Mexico City roast pork. sweet potato, turnip and pepper poblano burritos; Corn loinskets. Located on the corner of Bethesda Street, DMV’s second Tacombi Restaurant sprawls over 4,500 square feet and includes an open kitchen where diners can watch the team’s tacos in action. Views from the dining room also overlook the Capital Crescent Trail and green spaces currently under development.

Tacombi’s Bethesda location will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and pickup and drop-off will be available through their website and app.


A New York City bakery and café with an Oprah-approved cookie is headed to Bethesda Row. The List Are You On It reports that Maman is slated to open a store in Bethesda in late spring/early summer, with DC locations in Georgetown and Union Market planned.

Three plates of crudos at Salt Line rest on a marble table.

Jane Chase / Jennifer Chase Photography

salt line

This New England seafood house from Long Shot Hospitality conquers the suburbs. An original Navy Yard branch opened in Ballston in 2021, and a Bethesda location is coming soon. The plan is slated to open in the long-running vacant lot at 4900 Hampden Lane, with a scheduled opening scheduled for 2022.

Cubase Bistro

A Cuban restaurant based in Sterling will relocate from Virginia to Maryland. Bethesda The magazine reports that Cubasi Bistro will open this month at 4710 Bethesda Avenue. Sterling’s menu includes roast pork sandwiches, cod fritters, rice bowls, and Puerto Rican dishes like mofongo.

A Maryland crab tostada from Mexico in DC

Rey Lopez / Eat DC


The New York City-based Bethesda location for Mexicue is set to open this month at 4733 Elm Street, according to Bethesda magazine. Mexicue brought its quirky blend of Mexican and Southern fare to the capital in 2019 with a 14th Street outpost serving hearty brisket and hot chicken tacos in Nashville.

Interior of the Bethesda location at Butter Me Up

Butter Me Up’s new location at Westfield Montgomery Center includes a social media friendly lounge
me butter up

me butter up

Shaw’s HalfSmoke’s pop-up breakfast sandwich virtual kitchen got its own brick-and-mortar location at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda located at 7101 Democracy Boulevard. Launched during the pandemic, Butter Me Up serves up cheerful-name breakfast sandwiches like ‘Staycation’ with scrambled eggs, goat cheese, caramelized onions, avocado and sriracha mayonnaise all served on a buttered brioche roll. The Bethesda location opened at the beginning of May and also serves smoothies, smoothies, toast and coffee drinks.

Paris in the city

A French bistro serving crepes, quiche du jour, panini sandwiches, and onion soup is now open in Bethesda from April. It is located at 4903 Rue Cordel, Paris in Town Also present in Florida in Palm Beach under the same property, Bethesda Journal reports. The restaurant includes a box with macarons and sweets and a book exchange wall in French as well.

Hearts of Palm crab dip at Planta Bethesda

Courtesy of Planta


Maryland “crab” dip at Bethesda’s stylish new Planta restaurant that includes hearts of palm, creamy cashews, mozzarella, and Old Bay remoulade. The North American botanical chain’s Bethesda Row location opened in February in a space located at 4910 Elm Street furnished in soft woodland and vibrant greens.


Chaia, which serves all-veggie tacos, has grown from a farmers’ market stall to three brick-and-mortar locations: Georgetown, Chinatown, and now Bethesda. Chaia opened at 7237 Woodmont Avenue in September 2021 on a one-year lease in the hope of a contract extension. Order the sweet potato nachos, rainbow tacos, carrots, and kids’ meals (one time for Bethesda location).

blue bar area

The Hip Flask cocktail bar is located at the top of the 12-storey Marriott Bethesda Downtown in Marriott HQ.
Marriott Bethesda Downtown

hip flask

The wait for Bethesda’s towering rooftop bar is over with the opening this month of Hip Flask, which sits atop the new 12-story Marriott Bethesda Downtown in Marriott HQ. Flooded with nautical blue, this hotel bar at 7707 Woodmont Avenue, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace for enjoying the Bethesda skyline. Order local Maryland brews, modern-style cocktails served in bottles, and small bites like pimento cheese.

call your mom

The rapidly expanding local bagel store has chosen its newest location in Pike & Rose in North Bethesda to launch its first dinner menu. Jew-ish opened in September 2021 at 11807 Grand Park Avenue, serving bagels pizza, pastrami tacos, and breakfast sandwiches starting at 4pm, while breakfast starts at 8am.

Crabs, shrimp and cocktails on a turquoise table

Scott Suchman for Hello Betty

hello my home

A Cali-style seafood destination has opened at Canopy by Hilton in North Bethesda at 940 Rose Avenue in the Pike and Rose development. Hello Betty debuted in April, revealing a colorful dining room decked out with beach blankets. The menu is beachy, too, with an emphasis on blue crabs tossed in old bay vinegar, tacos bundled at the table, and orange crush. A 40-foot boat parked in the yard will be used as an outdoor bar this summer.

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