The most visible efforts are the gigantic fresh floral arrangements (although they still come off as a bit corporate), and the diminutive coat racks beside each table that are actually for purses (now we’re talking).
All of these specials are available only at the bar, by far the most dynamic and interesting section of the restaurant. Cream-colored couches and matching comfy chairs are arranged around a coffee table; black and white dining chairs are a bold choice that works; and the arresting sight of the striped floor in contrasting colors of espresso and blond wood is both eye-catching and beautiful.
Possible pitfalls include the location, which formerly housed the Old Homestead Steakhouse; a lack of street visibility, which Bice is working to improve with better signs; and the questionable decision to serve subpar tomatoes in February. But as the weather warms, the patio tables will likely make Bice’s presence known—and the tomatoes will surely improve.
Bice, 7501 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-2250; bicegroup.com. Open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Sunday, 5 to 10:30 PM.