100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bistro Provence
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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Bistro Provence
Address: 4933 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-656-7373
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: French
Opening Hours: Open Monday 5 to 8:30, Tuesday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30 PM and 5:30 to 9:30 PM, Saturday 11 to 3 PM and 5:30 to 10 PM, Sunday 11:30 to 3 PM and 4 to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Cold cucumber soup with oysters; asparagus with custard, chicory, and bacon; lobster with lentils; clams with walnuts; branzino tartare with quail egg; veal chop with roast potatoes and artichokes; crabcakes; tian of spinach, potato, and olive; crepes wit
Price Details: Starters $11 to $18.50, main courses $19.50 to $36.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Party Space


When Yannick Cam is on, culinary nirvana ensues. After a rocky ride helming several DC restaurants, Cam has settled into a rhythm at his Bethesda bistro, which nods in the sun-kissed direction of southern France.

With its Proven├žal linens, yellow walls, and tables jammed side by side--this isn't the place to divulge state secrets--the dining room feels very French. Taking a spot in the back offers the advantage of overlooking the open kitchen, where Cam is visible and sometimes chats with diners.

What to get: Baby squid with wild mushrooms; clams stuffed with spinach, walnuts, and onion confit; bouillabaisse with scallops and sea bass; hanger steak; roasted-pineapple baba au rhum; lemon galette.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.

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