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Good mid-priced French, Italian or Mediterranean Restos from Bethesda to Upper NW

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mansfield Jan 1, 2012 12:03 PM

We are new and in the Chevy Chase DC area. My inlaws are coming for their 1st visit. My MIL is a bit limited in her food likes, although she is an excellent cook, etc. Her favorites are french and italian restos. I would prefer to stay north of Georgetown/Dupont if possible, and Bethesda would be great. Thanks in advance.

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    cambridgeMike RE: mansfield Jan 1, 2012 12:51 PM

    dino would be a great pic for an italian restaurant. cleveland park is very easy to get around and not far at all from CC

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      dining with doc RE: cambridgeMike Jan 1, 2012 04:53 PM

      2nd Dino for Italian
      Le Ferme is a nice country French restaurant in Chevy Chase
      Bistro Du Coin is a French Bistro in dupont circle are
      Mussel Bar is a Belgian bistro mussel restaurant in Bethesda
      Le Mannequan Pis is a belgian bistro in Olney

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      bcarter3 RE: mansfield Jan 1, 2012 03:20 PM

      Brasserie Monte Carlo in Bethesda is charming. Every meal I've had there has been excellent.

      http://www.brasseriemontecarlo.com/in...

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        Jeserf RE: mansfield Jan 1, 2012 05:01 PM

        I would say Dino or Lia's (Chevy Chase). I think Dino has better food, but Lia's is a little more "upscale" in decor, and also a little less.....intimidating (?) to those who aren't as adventurous. It's very good food - both places are, just in a different way.

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          flobow RE: mansfield Jan 1, 2012 07:42 PM

          Le Chat Noir just below Mazza Gallerie on Wisconsin is very good French.

          1. imfred RE: mansfield Jan 2, 2012 08:09 AM

            Le Zinc on Macomb St. is excellent!

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              VaPaula RE: mansfield Jan 3, 2012 01:55 PM

              We just had a really good meal at Lavandou, also Cleveland Park. Provencal cuisine, really great service, too.

              1. ktmoomau RE: mansfield Jan 3, 2012 03:52 PM

                Another vote for Dino!

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