Just the two I was thinking of -- Grapeseed and Persimmon. They are both excellent. I've been to Grapeseed many, many times too, as I love the food, plus it has one of the best wine lists (including a huge by-the-glass wine selection) in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase area. I've always thought of Persimmon as more of a special occasion place, whereas Grapeseed is so versatile, it is great for special occasions or for a typical Saturday night. Both places are quite small, so reservations are recommended. Other places -- Centro (my wife and I still haven't gone there b/c it always seems to be packed, but it gets good reviews and often has a shiny, nice-to-look-at Ferrari or "Ruf" Porsche parked out in front. Thyme Square -- good organic food and beer. Nonexistent wine list. Austin Grill -- Sort of a chain, but a favorite place of mine. I could go on.... Your best bet is to go to washingtonian.com or washingtonpost.com and search for Bethesda restaurant reviews.