The Streetery started back in June of 2020 when Bethesda residents were looking for outdoor seating that met all the requirements of social distancing as a result of COVID-19. Bethesda’s answer came in joint partnership with the local Bethesda Urban Partnership who serves to support downtown businesses and the residents that downtown serves. The Urban Partnership acted quickly when it saw downtown restaurants suffering in the early months of the 2020 pandemic. They closed off streets and set tables six or more feet apart to create a downtown outdoor food court, of sorts.
Streetery Schedule and Locations
The current schedule for the eatery and the dining table locations are as follows:
Norfolk Avenue, between St. Elmo Avenue & Cordell Avenues, 11 am to 10 pm EST ‑Tuesday to Sunday
Norfolk Avenue, between Cordell Avenue and Del Ray Avenue, 11 am to 10 pm — Friday to Sunday
Cordell Avenue, Fridays and Saturdays, 6 pm to 10 pm EST
Woodmont Avenue, between Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street, Monday through Sunday — all day
The above schedule will continue through the summer months. The Bethesda Urban Partnership has been in talks with the county’s transportation leaders to better understand how traffic will be affected if they keep the streetery open regularly. They are terming the desired outcome as a semi-permanent set up. Since the dining tables, chairs and equipment are able to be moved easily and are not causing any damage to the street, opening up the streets to traffic as needed is an option to be considered. The restaurants are benefiting from the increased sales and the residents really like the concept of having the option of an intimate street party with a variety of food choices.
Travel Tips: Go early and have a friend or family member reserve (sit at) your table. Remember there are no reservations for outside seating. It operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Peak times are 7 pm EST and 12 pm EST. Arrive early if you can. Select your restaurant ahead of time so you don’t find yourself walking the entire downtown trying to decide on the best choice.
With Bethesda being know for its rich culture, unique restaurants, the arts, and family-friendly things to do, it is no surprise that the dining options at the Streetery are vast. The cuisine is categorized as follows:
Streetery Menu Options List: 35 Types of Food
Cajun & Creole
Coffee Shops & Cafes
Delis and Sandwich Shops
Frozen Desserts: Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Gelato
Mexican and Southwestern
The list of restaurants is expansive. If you are going on a date night or a special occasion, you may consider Black’s Bar and Kitchen (seafood), Bacchus of Lebanon (Lebanese), or Bistro Provence (French). If you are looking for dessert, you may want to grab to go from Bethesda’s Chocolates, Henry’s Sweet Retreat, or Pitango Gelato. Other visitors looking for a quick bite grab and go meal can find affordable and delicious dining at The Original Pancake House (American), Momo Chicken and Grill (Asian), or Breads Unlimited (bakery). There is something for everyone.
Travel to Bethesda from NYC
Sometimes even New Yorker’s want to get away and experience something different. This charming city is just a bus ride away and offers different artistry, cultures, and cuisine, including the Streetery. Catch a bus from NYC to Bethesda.
From Madison Square Garden area New York City: Use Tripper Bus Penn Station bus stop located at 254 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001
Tripper Bus will drop you off near Streetery restaurants and outdoor seating. The walk is approximately. .4 miles or you can opt for Lyft, Uber or a taxi service to the restaurant of choice.
Bethesda Bus Stop:
4681 Willow Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Buy a bus ticket here and view route schedules —