8407 Kitchen & Bar

8407 Ramsey Ave.
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910


Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park

Cuisines: Modern, American

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 9:30 PM, Friday and 11:30 to 2:30 and 5 to 10:30 PM, Saturday 5 to 10:30 PM, and Sunday 11 to 2:30 and 5 to 9 PM.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring

Price Range: Expensive

Dress: Informal

Reservations: Recommended


Best Dishes:
Rillettes; beet-and-goat-cheese salad; Cubano sandwich; pasta Bolognese; roast chicken with lavender gastrique; seared scallops; goat-cheese cheesecake; chocolate-almond torte.

Price Details:
Starters $7 to $11, entrées $10 to $30.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Happy Hour Details:
4 to 7 PM.

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: 8407 Kitchen Bar

The line of green Prius taxis out front isn’t inviting. Neither is the construction site across the street. Given such surroundings, you’d hardly expect this smart suburban spin on a big-city restaurant, with a dining room that summons a trendy bistro with its dangling lights and exposed brick, only quieter and more comfortable; an engaging staff; a commitment to local sourcing; and a pastry chef, Rita Garruba, who puts her virtuosity in the service of deliciousness. There are occasional moments of overreaching on the eclectic American menu, but the best dishes have a satisfying directness, such as the lamb Bolognese, which could make an Italian chef bitter with envy.

Don’t miss: Rappahannock River oysters; smoked-bluefish rillettes; Cuban-style pork sandwich; cheeseburger with bacon; duck breast with polenta; pan-roasted branzino; chocolate torte with crème fraîche; blackberry shortcake.

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

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013