Gaithersburg Restaurants

Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana

12207 Darnestown Rd
Darnestown, MD 20878
301-963-0115

Pizza
Italian

 

$
$13.00
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
After years of rave reviews at the Oval Room downtown, Tony Conte was one of the most respected fine dining chefs in DC. But he recently left that all behind to open a casual pizza joint on the fringes of suburban Maryland. The result is one of the best in the area. The pies are excellent, but don't overlook the other ssmall plates on the menu -- the chef has quite a pedigree, after all.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (12/6/2015)
"If there was any doubt about how Gaithersburg would receive designer pizza from the former chef of the smart Oval Room in the District, one of the most popular toppings at the fresh Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana can be seen as a vote in favor of Tony Conte: white truffles. … An early sample of two pizzas found subtly crisp crusts of good flavor that could have benefited from more time in the 750-degree oven; both interiors were a tad underbaked. (Pizza ovens take time to get to know. I have a hunch next month’s crusts will be better.) …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 44 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"What’s a three-star chef doing running a pizza joint in a Gaithersburg shopping plaza? Having a blast. Tony Conte may have abandoned his post at the Oval Room, but he hasn’t ditched his commitment to top-quality ingredients, nor has he tossed aside his essential approach, which is to create intricate dishes of varying textures and popping flavors. His sunchoke appetizer is deserving of white-glove presentation—the vegetables roasted until they take on the softness of baked potatoes, then hit with Parmesan sauce and toasted hazelnuts. He brings this same care to his thin-crust pizzas. &hellip" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"VPN-certified Napoletana pizza by Tony Conte, former chef of The Oval Room in DC, one of our greatest area chefs."

Le Palais

304 Main St.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-947-4051

French


 

$$
$49.00*
 

★★

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This small, friendly restaurant in the Kentlands Shopping Center serves rustic French classics. Everything is expertly made by chef and owner Joseph Zaka, who spent twenty-three years running restaurants in Brittany.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (12/22/2005)
"[A]t Le Palais, in Gaithersburg's ersatz town of Kentlands, the welcome is warm, the food is superb and the guests congratulate themselves for knowing about this jewel box of a French restaurant." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (4/1/2005)
"Though dishes of Brittany and Burgundy dominate, the changing menu straddles classic and modern cuisine." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Superb rustic French cooking, particular accolades to the saucing, friendly service, one of the great restaurants in Maryland."

Tortacos

9629 Lost Knife Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
240-632-9423

Mexican
Tacos

 

$
$7.65
 

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Don Rockwell
 
The plain dining room isn't the most inviting place around, but the tortas and tacos (get it — Tortacos) are top-tier and plenty authentic. If you get takeout, don't forget to hit the salsa bar before you head out.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (12/4/2011)
"Tongue, steak, chicken and pork (sweet from its pineapple marinade) are served on two-ply corn tortillas that can be accessorized with a bonanza of fresh toppings from the help-yourself condiment cart." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Bob Marley and the Clash are piped through the speakers at this spot, which, as the name suggests, focuses on both tacos and the Mexican sandwiches known as tortas. You order at the register, grab a spot at one of the narrow counters or the handful of tables, then nibble on house-made chips while waiting for your food. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Family-owned, authentic, Mexican/La-style tacos, same shopping center a H-Mart."

Sardi's

430 N Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
301-977-3222

Chicken
Peruvian

 

$
$7.95
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This chain of Peruvian chicken joints has some of the best pollo a la brasa around. Its popularity means the chicken doesn't have time to sit around, so it's usually fresh.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/1/2014)
After numerous visits to the Takoma Park location, I feel confident in saying that this Sardi’s outlet produces some of the best Peruvian chicken around — and some of the most inconsistent. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"A busy restaurant isn’t always a sign that a restaurant is good. In the case of pollo a la brasa, however, the surest indication that you’re in for a terrific meal is a line stretching to the door. What that high volume ensures is that the chickens don’t have time to sit in warming ovens, becoming dry. You can be sure Sardi’s will be swarmed when you arrive, no matter the time of day, which means you can also be sure that a bird will be plucked off the spit while you wait, hot and dripping with juice and carved to order in front of you. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
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Crisp & Juicy

18312 Contour Rd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
301-355-7377

Chicken
Peruvian

 

$
$8.10
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This local chain has some of the best-tasting Peruvian chicken in the area. The sides, though serviceable, aren't quite to the same standard.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (8/17/2007)
Washingtonian's outdated mini-review from its 2007 Cheap Eats issue, which pre-dates the Tenley location, notes that "this chicken joint turns out one of the tastiest birds around." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Arlington location has arguably the best-tasting Peruvian chicken in the DC area." See 3/6/2011 Review…»

BGR: The Burger Joint

(Washingtonian Waterfront)
229 Boardwalk Pl.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-569-7086

Burgers


 

$
$14.93
 

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Don Rockwell
 
BGR has expanded nationally, but it all started here in DC. The burgers are big, juicy, and cooked to order -- basically everything you could want in a burger joint.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (10/17/2010)
This outdated review notes "prime, aged, hormone-free" beef "on a toasted sesame-seeded brioche bun," fries "made with Yukon Gold potatoes" and "shakes are so thick, they’re easier to eat with a spoon than a straw." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/1/2014) — Cheap Eats 2014
"Beef Wellington—that pastry-wrapped staple of ’50s dinner parties—is the inspiration for this rock ’n’ roll burger chain’s behemoth ($8.99). The dry-aged patty is grilled, then laden with sautéed mushrooms and onions, plus loads of blue cheese. It’s probably the most elegant thing you’ll ever eat while surrounded by Journey album covers." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"No longer under the original management, but if you stick with the basic hamburger, it's cooked to the specified temperature, and is surprisingly delicious." See 12/9/2015 Review…»
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).