100 Best Restaurants 2012: Newton's Table
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Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Dennis Friedman shows off his creative American cooking at Newton’s Table in Bethesda. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
100 Best Restaurants 2012

Newton's Table
Address: 4917 Elm St., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-718-0550
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Modern, Fusion/Eclectic, American
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30, for dinner Monday through Thursday 5 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 5 to 10:30, Sunday 5 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Nori-wrapped tuna; gougères; duck-confit nachos; cocoa-nib-rubbed bison rib eye; pork chop with stone fruits; burger; sea bass over udon noodles; Chocolate Crunch; Pig Brittle.
Price Details: Starters $7 to $18, entrées $16 to $36.

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At a time when portions at some places seem to be shrinking, this chef-owned spot is intent on making sure you're satisfied. But oversize doesn't mean clunky--these dishes still manage to pull off refinement.

If the vertical garnishes and zigzags of sauces feel passé, the flavors alternate between spot-on renditions of classics--such as a cone of herb-and-cheese gougères--and forward-thinking innovations. Chef Dennis Friedman sometimes slips in an Asian accent, as with an elegant nori-wrapped tuna appetizer. The dining room isn't exciting--the restaurant took over what was once Rock Creek, and renovations didn't enliven it much--but there's enough fun on the plate and in the cocktails.

What to get: Sweet-smoky duck-confit nachos; grass-fed sirloin burger at lunch; bison rib eye rubbed with cocoa nibs; sea bass over udon noodles; surf and turf featuring an outstanding petit filet mignon; crab cakes; prosciutto-studded Pig Brittle; root-beer float with house-made ice cream.

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

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