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Restaurant in Bethesda for business dinner?

I'm trying to find Bethesda restaurant options/recommendations for a casual business dinner. Ten of us will be staying at the Doubletree (8120 Wisconsin Ave) and I would prefer something within walking distance. Complicating factors are:

1. two people are vegetarians (one eats fish, one does not)

2. two people will be observing Passover

3. this will be on Easter Sunday...

Any suggestions? The hotel referred me to Bethesda.org but I would rather get some specific restaurants that are Chowhound-approved.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. blacks should be good
    http://www.blacksbarandkitchen.com/

    1. Tako Grill is a good sushi restaurant. Guardado's is a nice Spanish/Latin American place as well.

      Also, Lebanese Taverna is within about 10-15 minutes walking distance (Jaleo is also about that far, but it may be too crowded/noisy for a large group).

      1. Passage to India is one of the best Indian restaurants in the area and has many vegetarian options on the menu. It is open on Sundays. It should be an easy walk from the hotel. http://www.passagetoindia.info/

        1. Tragara!
          http://www.tragara.com/upcoming_event...

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          1. re: nickdanger

            Persimmon? Lebanese Taverna? Rockcreek?

            1. re: chicken kabob

              grapeseed

          2. Depending on how strictly observant the Passover diners are, their only option that week in the DC area may be Moti's Grill. A 10-15 minute drive up Rockville Pike (near White Flint), it's definitely not walkable from the Doubetree. It's a casual Israeli restaurant in a walled off area of a kosher grocery store, Koshermart (where Katz's used to be). It's probably too casual to be called business casual. Having never eaten there, only passed by, I can't comment on the food, although they will anyways have a modified menu for Passover.

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            Moti's Grill
            4860 Boiling Brook Pkwy, Rockville, MD

            1. Thanks for all the suggestions. Just because I hate not hearing the end of a story, here's what happened yesterday: We planned to eat at Tragara, but had to cancel our reservation because our meeting ran waaaaay late. Optimistically, we walked in at 8:45, but the kitchen had just closed. The owner recommended another Italian place a few doors down, but their kitchen had just closed too. We ended up at Sala Thai - great food and great service. So it all worked out in the end.

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              1. re: truman

                Grapeseed is very good and has a nice atmosphere.

              2. Well, I hate to dust off my original post and ask basically the same question 2 years later... but I'm gonna do it anyway! This time: we've got a group of 12 looking for dinner on a Monday night in June. Based on the recommendations above and some in more recent Bethesda threads, plus reading several menus, I'd like input on either Black's Bar and Kitchen or Olazzo - or something altogether different. Grapeseed's menu didn't grab me, and I'm not a big fan of Indian food.

                BTW, we made it to Guardado's in Dec 2009 and it was pretty good, but not good enough to want to go back there.

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                1. re: truman

                  Black's is a solid option, but always seems a little expensive for food that is good but not outstanding.

                  Since you were last here a Greek place opened up just behind the Doubletree called Yamas. I've only tried a few things but I've liked them (on the other hand, it's kind of a small, casual place, so it might not be the best place for a party of 12).

                  Another more upscale place that opened up very recently a short walk away is Newton's Table, but it's only been open a couple of months and I haven't tried it (they don't even have their menu online yet).

                  1. re: truman

                    I wrote about my Olazzo experience here:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635669

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                    Olazzo
                    8235 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

                    1. re: truman

                      Maybe Redwood? Jaleo? Neither is in walking distance from the doubletree though.

                      A new pizza place is opening: Pizzaria de Marco - walking distance from hotel- tonight is the opening, actually.

                      1. re: MoCoMe

                        It's maybe a 15 minute walk to those restaurants. I might have underestimated when I said Newton's Table was a short walk away, but I think saying it's not walking distance is an overestimate.

                        While we're mentioning new places (which may or may not be good for a business dinner), Freddy's Lobster and Clams is also opening this week (close to the Doubletree).

                      2. re: truman

                        Lebanese Taverna is good for groups

                        1. re: Jeserf

                          I loved Freddy's Lobster. Also, I highly recommend Assagi Mozerella for upscale Italian. Newton's Table wad good food, too- but decor bad was bad, imo.

                          1. re: Jeserf

                            Also, "Fine Food and Wine" in Bethesda is good.

                          2. re: truman

                            All of the other recent suggestions are fine, but if it's really a "business" dinner, where you want to be able to talk across the table to more than the person sitting next to you, and good service, Black's is the only one on the list to consider.