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Food Wine and Co. is a New American bistro in Bethesda, Maryland that specializes in serving dishes that feature a unique approach to American classics. The restaurant features a hint of elegance served at neighborhood prices.
Food Wine and Co. serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a wide assortment of handcrafted pizzas, sandwiches, salads, entr�es, handmade desserts wine and craft beer. Entr�es served at Food Wine and Co. include lamb burger, chitarra pasta, pan seared verlasso salmon, Angus flat iron steak, pan seared rare tuna and grilled Cheshire pork tenderloin. In addition to the food and drink menu, diners may also take advantage of the restaurant�s farmstead cheese and charcuterie bar and oyster bar.
Bethesda, MD 20814
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thur: 11:30 am - 10 pm
Fri: 11 am - 11 pm
Sat: 4 pm - 11 pm
Sun: 5 pm - 9 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Kindly note that we offer discounted parking in the building parking lot after 5 pm with validation. Street meter parking is also available for your convenience.
Bethesda Metro, Red Line
Private Party Facilities:
Located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, Food Wine & Company is an upscale American Bistro selected as one of the “100 Best Restaurants.” We provide a unique approach to classic favorites coupled with more adventurous fare, a distinctive beverage program, and good hearted hospitality.
Private Party Contact:
Renee Reardon: (240) 507-4180
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Banquet room up to 50 seats
This is a great place for lunch as well as a nice casual place for supper. It has a small menu, but they change the preparation and ingredients regularly. The smoked deviled eggs are great and I really enjoyed the flavors of the spring vegetables that accompanied the crab cakes.
The service was very slow and the restaurant was not completely full. For a "wine" bar, it too forever to get our wine. Our appetizer came before our wine. The food selection wasn't great. I had a hard time finding something I wanted to order to eat. I ended up with the chicken because nothing else appealed to me. It was very boring and disappointing. We won't be going back. :(
We made a reservation at 9.30pm, but by 10.15 they were clearly in a rush to collect payment. If not good service can be assured the rest should not take late reservations. We wanted to stay and relax with a glass of wine but felt pressed all the time to do it fast. On the contrary, food was excellent!
Nice atmosphere, somewhat limited menu, ok service and ok food. Went for 6:30 weekend dinner. Server was polite, the hamburger was hugged! and good. The crab cake was ok but had nothing close to lumps (they weren't promised) and was stark: no sauce, little accompaniment.
I've been here before and the one thing that fell apart this time was the service. It took a while to get our drinks, and our main courses arrived after a long wait and before our appetizers. The restaurant was very nice and took the appetizers off the bill, but it had been a long day and this was not how we wanted to end it. I think - hope - it was a one-time glitch. The food is always terrific. I'll go back, and I recommend it.
deviled eggs, truffled fries are delicious. Meat cooked perfectly. Handmade pasta. Attention to detail. Sauces are excellent. Suggestions: Needs some more grilled or non-fried foods, more interesting veggies. Side dish of salad was sparse. Noise level could be reduced.
We have been to this restaurant many times and considered it to be a reliable family favorite. Our last experience on Mother's Day was very disappointing. The service was extremely erratic, and the food was well below average. Even the staff at the front desk seemed to be completely disinterested in providing a positive guest experience.
Make a booking if you want to be sure to be seated in the back-end room (midway between a cellar & a library). Atmosphere is really good and excellent service. Our waiter was great on suggestions for the wines as well as for the food.
I recommend the Steak (truffle sauce) and the Octopus !!!
Desert were great : K-lime creme brûlée and Rum Cake.
Wines : we tried the Chianti and the Tuscany (by the glass) Both were just excellent.
The food is consistently good here. This time we wanted a good burger and a place to watch the Caps game. Food Wine & Co filled the bill perfectly and we were able to get a last minute table on a Saturday night at 8:30. It's lively without being crazy loud and crowded.
Service was very friendly and food came quickly, but then the waiter kind of disappeared. We had to track him down to get the check.
Food & Wine is a good restaurant in a convenient location. Our overall experience was very good. I had been there a couple times before with friends, but this was my husbands first time there and we both liked it. I would recommend a more varied menu with some lower priced options for dinner.
My wife and I came here to celebrate our anniversary. We had heard good things but we were also a bit hesitant because, after years of living in this area, we have come to find that the downtown Bethesda dining experience can best be described by the phrase "overpriced mediocrity." We had a nice time at Food, Wine and Company, but we ultimately paid $120 to learn that this place epitomized the idea of overpriced mediocrity. Here's what we got:
We started with the calamari, which was good, but no better quality then the Calamari you would get at an Italian carry out place. What set this one apart was the Incan peppers, which were a very tasty addition, and the squid ink dipping sauce, which was quite tasty and has a sweetness to it.
I got a glass of the $12 Predator Zinfandel to go with my truffle burger. The wine was good, but not $12/glass good. I later found out that the wine I ordered sells for about the same price per bottle. I understand restaurants marking up the price of alcohol, but I would expect better from a place like this that prides itself on its wine selection. The burger was very tasty and certainly one of the better burgers I've had in a while, but it was not $19 good.
My wife decided to splurge and got the risotto paella, which was just okay. The risotto itself did not have much flavor and the whole dish was devoid of the kind of high quality ingredients and creative flair that would warrant making it one of the most expensive things on the menu. She also got a mixed drink (I can't remember which, but it had jalapeño in it) which was excellent.
I can respect that there are a lot of reviewers who love this place, but my wife and I both agreed, we won't be coming back. There isn't good value here.
This has become our go to restaurant before we go to the Roundhouse Theater. The service is good, so we can eat leisurely with plenty of time to get to the theater.
We had small plates this time and the spaghetti squash was delicious, deviled eggs amazing.
Always a good experience,
We have been here many times and always has been good. This time not so good. Except for the great brussels sprouts and our glasses of wine, our other 2 dishes left a lot to be desired. First the flatbread- basically just some plain pita bread with a few toppings. It didn't even look appetizing. Absolutely not worth the price and our server said it was his favorite one! then the steak salad, although had enough meat lacked the salad dimension. Very little salad and other ingredients that were advertised. We left appreciating the pretty ambience but not feeling great about the meal
I've eaten here numerous times, both for lunch and dinner, and I've never had a bad meal! The menu constantly changes with the seasons, which is great, and there is always a good variety of options. The staff is always great, very attentive. And the food!! It's one of my go-to spots in Bethesda to guarantee a great meal!! Love it!
Though it was a bit noisy, I was throughly impressed all around. I have multiple allergies and the waiter went above and beyond to confirm every ingredient in multiple dishes. The food was absolutely incredible and the bill was surprisingly reasonable. A great dining experience that I highly recommend.
Food Wine & Co., had a number of very good points and one problem. The service staff merit great praise: they were polite, fast, attentive and unobtrusive when needed. The waiter knew the menu very well and his wines even better. The wine turned out exactly as described by the waiter; something that does not happen often. My son and I shared two appetizers (deviled eggs and charred octopus) and each a main course (the super hamburger for him and crab cakes for me). They were all very good but the chef seems determined to produce food that will offend no one. I liked everything but none of it got my attention. The deviled eggs, the hamburger and the crab cakes were high quality but with taste dumbed down to the lowest common denominator of good. The octopus was the sole exception and could compete with similar cephalopods on offer in Greek and Italian restaurants. If you want no surprises, however, in your food you could not do better than Food Wine & Co. For the price, I expected a little bit more risk taking on the chef's part.
The truffle burger is amazing and so are the sides including the mac and cheese and brussel sprouts! It took a while to get our food, but it was very fresh so definitely worth it. The server we had was quite forgetful and got our drinks mixed up twice, but overall it was still a great experience!
Went to Food & Wine Co during Lent so could not take advantage of their impressive wine list. But I will be back. The menu is interesting and varied. To start I had the crispy brussell sprouts. Nice char, meaty sprouts with a tangy/sweet dressing. Delicious. My companion had the beet salad and was very satisfied. Yes, beet salads are on EVERY menu, but still delicious, not to mention healthy. We both opted for burgers. I got the lamb burger which was fabulous. Cooked perfectly, and the arugula, tomato jam and yogurt sauce were perfect accompaniments. The house truffle burger looked delicious - nice brioche bun, thick burger and a wonderful topping of crispy onion straws. Service was good but not great, and the restaurant was not crowded (early on a weekend).
We were expecting more. The service was sloppy and felt rushed. It was a Saturday night and while we appreciate the need for table turnover, it's also date night and we'd prefer to feel like welcome guests rather than rushed "cogs in a wheel." The food was overrated and pricey, not to mention chinzty portions. We had the scallops and something billed as a paella but really nothing more than another mussels dish. Both were ho-hum and bland. Rum cake was also nothing to write home about
We enjoyed the charcouterie and the roased cauliflower for appetizers. Both outstanding in flavor and generous portions. My companion had the truffled burger with truffled french fries -- this was outstanding food. The burger featured both fried onions and pickled onions which really set off the juicy meat. I had the mussels in one of the signature skillets. A generous and tasty portion cooked to perfection. The only problem with our meal was that we were too stuffed for the desserts (which looked gorgeous). Love this restaurant!
I've been here several times. It's always hopping. The wait staff is excellent -- friendly, enthusiastic without being overbearing, and knowledgeable. The food is always delicious, and the menu is interesting, even for foodies. The orange creme brûlée was the hit of the evening!
This is an attractive restaurant but extremely noisy. The piped in music makes conversation very difficult. The salmon with lentils was good but the grilled brussel sprouts were swimming in grease. Nearly $100 for an ordinary lunch with beer but without dessert. Poor value
While the restaurant has wine in its title, the beer list is better than most places. Service was excellent and I enjoyed the food. My main concern is that most items on the menu contain things that I don't enjoy, like mushrooms. Non-happy hour beer prices are significantly inflated. It's hard to justify such an increase over retail price without any added value.
Loved the bar and the atmosphere but we were pretty much forgotten once we were seated in the back. Lining the walls with wine bottles looks great but it gets old pretty quickly to be interrupted 3 times by various waiters who are reaching over, above, and around you to grab a bottle. Mussels were so-so, truffle burger was great.
I've been wanting to try Food Wine & Co. ever since the restaurant opened because it looked like it was a great space, and the menu looked quite enticing. I have to say that it did not disappoint! There was a creative list of specials added to the regular menu, and everything we ordered was delicious. I highly recommend all of the share plates, especially the gorgonzola flatbread. And the pork tenderloin was moist and flavorful. If the food and ambience isn't enough to lure you in, the staff was excellent as well! Our sever, Mark, was friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to spend time explaining the menu to us.
The bar scene was hopping as well.
I look forward to going back!
Four of us went to Food and Wine on Saturday evening. My husband and I had been there sometime ago and loved it.
My husband had lobster curry soup and pasta. He thought both were flavorless, as well as his dessert.
My son ordered a skirt steak medium. It came rare and he sent it back. And waited. He then ate about 3/4 of it and we took the rest home for the dog. I happened to look at it and it was still very rare, after it was sent back for cooking. He did not complain about it and I only noticed it later.
I liked my beef marrow bone and deviled eggs.
We will not be returning.
I won't return to Food Wine and Co. In order to get a decent glass of wine I paid $15. No way to have a second glass at that price. The bread was white and mushy. The rockfish, while tasty and well prepared, was a small piece with little accompanying it. For $30. I spent almost $60 on a small entree, glass of wine, tax, tip.
The name of the place tells you what they offer, but what you really need to know is that the food is terrific and the wine list is, too – not surprising, considering that it's easy to imagine you're dining in a posh wine cellar. I'm a vegetarian and found more than enough options
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