The following review appears in The Washington Post’s 2016 Spring Dining Guide.
Woodmont Grill is a restaurant wish list, realized. Not only does the Bethesda mainstay offer free parking and live jazz nightly, its democratic American menu leaves no appetite behind. The selections — burgers, roast chicken, Key lime pie, nothing that requires explanation — are unchanged from years ago, but the routine is welcome when the execution is solid and the food shows flair. Specials might include red beans and rice, rethought as a zesty soup on a Monday night. (Catch that, New Orleans?) Unlike so many new restaurants, Woodmont Grill won’t leave you hungry; there’s not a small plate in sight, and its apricot-glazed chicken, shored up with tabbouleh, proves plenty for two. Wee ones are welcome, but the setting — snug red booths, casino-dim lighting — is tailored for adults, who surely appreciate the generous, well-made cocktails from the bar and a waiter who transfers the last few sips of their martinis into a freshly chilled glass. The “Famous French Dip” sandwich stuffed with drool-worthy prime rib might be even more popular with a sturdier roll, and smoked salmon with toast points is about as adventurous as the kitchen gets. But there’s something to be said for consistency, and this place excels at it.
→7715 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Md. 301-656-9755. hillstone.com/woodmontgrill.
Open: Lunch and dinner daily.
Prices: Lunch entrees $17 to $45, dinner entrees $18 to $52.
Sound check: 73 decibels / Must speak with raised voice.
Previously (2013): 2 stars