Great New Restaurants 2010: Bistro Provence
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published September 30, 2010
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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

Yannick Cam has opened and closed lots of restaurants since he made a splash in 1978 with Le Pavillon in downtown DC. His latest creation, a bistro with an enclosed patio in Bethesda, is his most casual yet, at least in theory—you’ll still find $18 appetizers. High tabs make some nights’ hassles (forgetful service, late-seated reservations, lackluster cooking) less easy to forgive. But then you come upon a dish that’s a reminder of Cam’s talent—say, a perfectly cooked lobster claw curled over a bed of green lentils or a scattering of tiny clams studded with walnuts and onion confit. The place still has issues to work out, but one thing is without question: When Cam is on, he’s really on. Let’s hope that starts to happen every night.

Don’t miss: Asparagus with custard, chicory, and bacon; tian of spinach, potato, and olive; clafoutis. 

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