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Chef Tony's

4926 Saint Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6008
+1 301-654-3737
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (16 reviews)
“calamari” (50 reviews)
“seafood” (52 reviews)
Italian, Mediterranean, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4926 Saint Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6008
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were visiting from out of town and were warmly welcomed by Steve. Lots of great options. Our server, Richard reviewed all possible gluten free (celiac safe) options and there were only 6 items they could not alter. We had paella, Parmesan baked cod and...More

Thank AliciaG2788
Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

So great to hear! Thank you Alicia for taking the time to give us your great feedback. Please do remember us next time you're local...and let's connect as well. Chef Tony

Reviewed 1 week ago

The names attached to the trendy restaurants downtown do not mean the person is around much. This is really a somewhat rare situation where the recognizable chef-owner is actually present in the kitchen making the food. The menu is really ambitious, a full accounting of...More

Thank dkberman
Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

VERY much appreciate your kinds words. We are here daily doing our best to impress, and keep our regulars AND new future regulars happy. Some places have lost the sense of hospitality, a curse in my book. thank you for letting us know, I've already...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tony’s personality is the best part of this restaurant. Food is okay. Stick to ordering fish. That is Tony’s strength. The looks of the menu is not attractive. Too many options crowded together. Atmosphere a bit dingy. A plus is Tony’s emails.

Thank gkaufmann
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I first ate at Chef Tony's about two years ago, and we've returned frequently. The restaurant is pleasant and the staff is very friendly, but it's really all about the food, and the food is extraordinary. The fish is particularly outstanding. My...More

Thank rmaragon
Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Really appreciate you taking the time to let us and the world know. You obviously know our restaurant well, glad to hear the parmesan cod is such a favorite. Hopefully we can connect next time you're in, we always love to meet our true fans....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I ate here earlier this evening and it was a wonderful meal/whole experience. Steve, the host, was cordial and inviting even though we showed (inexcusably) just minutes before closing time. Richard, our server, was very friendly and knowledgeable about the whole menu....More

Thank Kit M
Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kit! What an amazing way to start my Sunday! My wife and I alongside with our amazing team really strive to create experiences. So nice to have you in, and thank you for your detailed and kind review. Please let's connect next time you're in,...More

Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Great food and service! Convenient public parking across the street. Staff is always welcoming and knowledgeable of the menu.

Thank Monroe G
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

The food was typically Italian. Old school. The bathrooms were gas station. They must have had their friends and family stuff the ballot box to get “best” of anything.More

Thank MDC2S
Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Hi MDC25? I'm really sorry to hear of your negative energy and review. Too bad we couldn't have addressed you in person, and perhaps moved you to a better place with your dining experience. I do have a lot of friends, thankfully, hardly enough to...More

Reviewed 9 September 2018

We're new to the neighborhood and went with my parents, wife, and little daughter for dinner. Everything was spectacular! We all stuck to seafood, and literally every dish was extremely good. The cream of crab soup is my favorite soup I've ever eaten, with just...More

1  Thank Loren A
Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

What an amazing way to start my Sunday! Thank you so much for your compliments, and for taking the time to let us know about your dinner! Really appreciate the detail and will be forwarding on to my staff in front and back of house....More

Reviewed 4 September 2018

We have dined here a few times and the consistently good food continues to surprise us. From the outside the restaurant is unassuming, and on the inside small. But the food and intimate setting make up for any size restrictions. The wait staff is friendly,...More

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Tony M, Owner at Chef Tony's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thank you so much, we’ve worked hard and great to hear it’s working... Please let’s connect next time you’re in. Chef Tony

Reviewed 3 September 2018

My wife & I dined here for Sunday lunch, taking advantage of Chef Tony's "August Special". An exceptional deal - $20.18 for choice entrees (ours - 1.5# steamed lobsters) Including 1 ea glass of wine. We usually come here a few times a year on...More

Thank Steven L
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12 May 2018|
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Response from Tony M | Property representative |
HI there! I would! We are actually looking into options , there are a few... I actually found a place that uses pasta as a straw. (Bucatini I believe)... We are very much open to ideas...send me an email if you have one... More
16 January 2017|
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Response from Tony M | Property representative |
Hi there, Chef here...thank you to our guest above for providing some answer and context. We always have an array of vegetables on hand, we make most everything in house and remain flexible with our menu creation and taking... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4926 Saint Elmo Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6008
    (Old Georgetown Road)
  • Public Transportation: Easy Three block walk from Bethesda Metro station. At the top of the escalator turn left slightly and proceed to third traffic light on Old Georgetown Road. Turn right on St Elmo, we are on right hand side at 4926. Multiple public bus stops also within walking distance.
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Montgomery County  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-654-3737
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We are a Chef owned seafood focused restaurant in beautiful downtown Bethesda. We feature a daily changing menu and use as many locally sourced products as we can. We maintain a friendly and comfortable dining space that allows our guests to relax and recharge. We approach our restaurant with an appreciation for simplicity, authenticity and connection to our community. We deliver daily with high quality food, spirits and people. Our menus include fresh seasonal seafood at their core. We deliver food that nurtures, delights and reminds people that life is short and to enjoy a great meal more often. Our restaurant delivers a comfortable upscale environment that promotes conversation and connection
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