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Outdoor Dining Gems in Downtown Bethesda

Jenny Dodd

As Managing Broker for RLAH @properties, Jenny Dodd supports hundreds of Realtors® and is an essential team player in the daily operations of the fir...

As Managing Broker for RLAH @properties, Jenny Dodd supports hundreds of Realtors® and is an essential team player in the daily operations of the fir...

Jul 26 4 minutes read

As a member of the Bethesda community, we know how important it is to support our small businesses, local events and charities.

Discover the mouthwatering essence of Bethesda, MD, a city brimming with a vibrant dining scene and an inviting ambiance. Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of alfresco dining as we present six top restaurants, each offering an exceptional outdoor seating experience. Indulge in classic French cuisine under the stars, relish Spanish tapas delights on charming patios, or savor Maryland's finest crab cakes amidst lush garden settings. 

From farm-to-table delights to authentic global flavors, our curated list unveils the perfect blend of culinary excellence and the refreshing charm of dining amidst nature's embrace. Don't miss our bonus tip at the end!

1. Duck Duck Goose

French fare is served at this cozy restaurant with outdoor seating with heavy Parisian vibes. Be sure to ask the fast and friendly waiters for their own great recommendations.

Location: 7929 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Website: https://ddgbethesda.com/

2. Bethesda Crab House

This institution has been around since 1961 known for Maryland crab cakes and seafood. Quality locally-sourced crabs paired with great service and a home ambiance including an outdoor seating area.

Location: 4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Website: https://www.bethesdacrabhouse.com

3. Black's Bar & Kitchen

Contemporary American cuisine with a focus on sustainable seafood and farm-to-table dishes. The intimate atmosphere and cozy outdoor terrace might make you order a glass (or two) of one of their many wine offerings.

Location: 7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Website: https://www.blacksbarandkitchen.com/

4. Silver

Cuisine: Modern American diner with comfort food and contemporary twists on classic dishes. Enjoy the plentiful outdoor seating with plenty of shade from early morning until late afternoon.

Location: 7150 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20815.

Website: https://www.eatatsilver.com/

5. Spanish Diner

Cuisine: Authentic Spanish tapas and dishes crafted by renowned chef José Andrés, offering ample seating on Woodmont Ave.

Location: 7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Website: https://www.spanishdiner.com  

6. Barrel & Crow

Cuisine: American gastropub fare, featuring burgers, craft beers, cocktails, and other pub-style dishes. Their ample outdoor seating is perfect for Sunday brunch.

Location: 4867 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Website: https://www.barrelandcrow.com/

North Bethesda Bonus Tip! Trust us, it's worth the short drive up 355!

7. Summer House Santa Monica

California fare & wines, plus homemade breads, served in a breezy, beach house-inspired space. Top off the experience by enjoying their large outdoor seating area and laid-back atmosphere.

Location: 11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

Website: https://www.summerhouserestaurants.com/ 

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