Chevy Chase (DC) Restaurants

Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-364-0404

Pizza


 

$
$13.43
 

★★

Excellent Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Comet is no longer regarded by most as a destination for pizza, but it has settled in to become a great neighborhood hangout for locals who come for ping pong and decent pies, wings, and ice cream sundaes.
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2 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"Part rec center, part chow hall, Comet Ping Pong is what Chuck E. Cheese should aspire to, save maybe for the lackadaisical service: a pizza parlor for (discerning) kids of all ages. The industrial venue with the scarred walls and tomato sauce that smacks of summer takes its name from multiple ping-pong tables set up in the back. An igloo of a wood-fired oven near the bar dispenses puffy, plate-size pizzas decorated with the usual suspects as well as toppings that change with the calendar (this season, whole soft-shell crabs or springy lamb meatballs). …" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (5/31/2012) — Cheap Eats 2012
"James Alefantis's cavernous pizzeria is part gathering place for Cleveland Park intellectuals with toddlers in tow and part hangout for scruffy twentysomethings knocking back cans of DC Brau." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"The pizza here now ranges from mediocre to good (it used to be outstanding), chicken wings, ice cream sundaes, and wines are highlights, succumbed to Groupon mindset." See 6/27/2011 Review…»

Macon Bistro & Larder

5520 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015
202-248-7807

American
Southern

 

$$
$22.29
 

★★

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Chef Tony Brown describes Macon Bistro & Larder as "Macon, Georgia, meets Mâcon, France." Expect Southern classics alongside French bistro staples, all in a lively, fun atmosphere.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (5/13/2015) — 2015 Spring Dining Guide
"The February arrival of a new chef, Daniel Singhofen of the late Eola, makes Macon Bistro & Larder a destination for more than just neighbors in a part of town where the options aren’t choice. … A category called “Supper” summons diners with deeply flavorful chicken and mustard greens, as well as faux scallops carved from turnips and lavished with sauteed mushrooms, wild rice and an anchovy-sharpened pistou. Some meals — hake in a wan broth with beans — taste like dinners of yore here. … Yet the lesser impressions are nothing an attentive server and a slice of pecan pie can’t overcome to get y’all to come back." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (7/28/2014)
"Named for both Macon, Georgia, and Mâcon, France, the restaurant aims to celebrate rather than marry these two parts of the world. … [M]ost of the Gallic influence is on the wine list … and in the boomingly loud, packed dining room, with its bistro chairs, beaded chandeliers, and dusky gray walls." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"I haven't been here yet, so this ranking and position is just a holding spot, initial reviews are promising."

Terasol

5010 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-237-5555

French


 

$$
$19.47
 

★★

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Owners Alan Moin and Sabrina Ousmaal run this off-the-radar French bistro inside an artisan gallery. The menu leans toward classics and the wine list is pleasant and reasonably priced.
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A charming, quirky little artisan gallery with a French-style cafe inside it, completely under the radar except to local residents."

Buck's Fishing and Camping

5031 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-364-0777

American


 

$$
$23.00
 

★★

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Ten-year-old Buck's has renewed vigor under its new chef, James Rexroad. The menu focuses on hearty, comforting food, with a little something for everyone.
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (10/30/2013)
"James Rexroad is only the fourth person to helm the kitchen. Like his predecessors, including the memorable opening chef, Carole Greenwood, he opts for good sense over high style. … [His] dishes are more about ingredients than a chef showing off." See Full Review…»
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2.5 Stars (1/20/2011)
This outdated review from Washingtonian's 100 Best Restaurants 2011 noted that Buck's had rebounded from the loss of its original chef. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Once, great, Buck's is now barely better than average, more notable for its design than it's sub-par cooking, Buck's' demise came with using Groupons." See 12/13/2010 Review…»

Banana Leaf

5014 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-506-7554

Sri Lankan
Indian

 

$
$13.95
 

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As far as we know, this may be the area's only source for Sri Lankan cuisine, which is similar to Indian in its focus on curries served with rice. However there is more of a fish emphasis and many say the food is distinctively spicier. The specialty of chef and owner Raj Perera, who has another Banan Leaf in New York, are lamprais, which feature saffron rice with lamb, beef, chicken or seafood combined with cashew curry, eggplant, plantains and chili pepper sauce wrapped in a banana leaf and then baked.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Every time we stop in, we wonder: Where are the crowds? The lack of a liquor license (supposedly on the way) may be a turnoff, but the cooking—sometimes spicy, sometimes pungent, always complex—is strong enough to overcome that minor blip. (Plus you can always bring your own beer or wine.) Don’t miss the black-pork curry, which gets its deep color and flavor from goraka, a fruit dried in smoke and ground into a paste. …" See Full Review…»
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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 (*).