7 Can’t-Miss Restaurants in Potomac, Maryland

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Potomac, Maryland, is named after the mighty Potomac River that flows nearby. Single-family homes with expansive lawns fill most of this suburban town, unlike many cities neighboring Washington, D.C., where the mixture of commercial and residential properties is closer to equal, making it an oasis of peace and privacy for its residents.

Potomac is a serene place to visit and perfect for reconnecting with yourself. It’s an even better place to live, where every day is filled with small amenities that make life more enjoyable. 

The carefully cultivated cuisines offered by Potomac restaurants ensure every craving is satisfied, whether it’s sweets, savory dishes, or an on-the-go snack to tide you over. These seven go-to Potomac restaurants will have you thinking about a visit, even when you’re not hungry.

close up of a table at a restaurant in Potomac, MD

The Best Restaurants in Potomac

Potomac has some extraordinary eateries for every type of meal. Being this close to the Potomac River provides plenty of opportunities to have a fresh bass, perch, or shad fish meal whenever the mood strikes, but there is a wide range of delicacies from all over the world ready for tasting.

Old Angler’s Inn

front entrance view of the Old Angler's Inn restaurant

10801 MacArthur Blvd.
Potomac, MD 20854

This local favorite has been serving fine steaks, fresh seafood, and unique signature dishes since 1860. An outside dining experience that will charm your socks off and exquisitely trained waitstaff make this an unforgettable eatery any time of year. 

Special seasonal and holiday menus keep the choices fresh, even if you come once a week. The changing menus also make it a fun place to stop each year on vacation, and its fountains and colorful, rich landscaping make it an excellent venue for larger groups and weddings.

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Renato’s at River Falls

10120 River Road
Potomac, MD 20854

The daily specials make Renato’s at River Falls a popular place to eat, whether you’re looking for a quick business lunch or a night out with someone special. Dishes range from local fresh beef, lamb, salads, and seafood to pizza and desserts. A fine wine list and a vast array of beers make perfect pairings for each meal. 

The food is accompanied by impeccable service and a stunning dining area, inside and out. It’s a popular spot for prom night and family celebrations, but it makes an excellent spot for a sunny afternoon lunch or a late-night bite, too. 

Sisters Thai

view of the Sisters Thai restaurant and their outdoor seating option

7995 Tuckerman Lane
Potomac, MD 20854

This go-to Thai spot is as charming as it is tasty. The roped-in patio with rattan chairs feels comfortable but classy, and the spacious indoor dining area is inviting and airy. A consistent menu of Asian and Thai staples such as Pad Thai, fried rice, and Tom Yum keep customers coming back year after year. 

One of the biggest draws to Sisters Thai is the dessert bar filled with Thai and Asian treats. The signature cocktails and plentiful beer and wine options are an added perk. It’s an excellent place for a small after-work get-together or a Sunday brunch with the family.

MoCo’s Founding Farmers

12505 Park Potomac Ave 
Potomac, MD 20854

Founding Farmers in Potomac, MD is an upscale-casual extension of the award-winning farm-to-table restaurant by the same name in downtown Washington DC. The Montgomery County location has received equally-high acclaim, winning three award categories in Bethesda Magazine, including: Best Brunch, Best Bar, and Best Potomac Restaurant.

Like the rest of their delicious establishments in the DC Area, MoCo’s Founding Farmers is focused on delivering the very best in fresh, local fare, with an exquisite attention to detail. Everything they serve (including drinks!) is made completely from scratch using top-quality ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. The brand is focused on sustainability, and partners with family farmers that support conservation, animal stewardship, and fair treatment of workers.

Colada Shop

colorful storefront of Colada Shop with outdoor seating and window seating.

7993 Tuckerman Lane
Potomac, MD 20854

Colada Shop offers Cuban food with a cocktail bar, serving favorites such as empanadas, croquetas, and Cuban sandwiches, with a few surprises such as the plantain chips and yucca fries. The Cuban coffees are a must-have for any visit. 

A picnic table outdoor seating arrangement makes it easy to lunch with friends, and the spacious indoor dining area has an open, comfortable atmosphere perfect for business lunches or intimate dinners. The vibrant colors of the surroundings and the food is reminiscent of the culture and helps make every visit an immersive experience.  

Tally Ho

9923 Falls Rd. 
Potomac, MD

A great casual dining experience means different things to everyone, but friendly service and fast Greek and Italian favorites are usually top on the list. Tally Ho specialties include subs, Greek salads, pizza, and gyros. 

It’s been a local favorite since 1968, and many residents bring out-of-town visitors for an impressively filling casual meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The large open dining area lends itself to weekend family dinners and special celebrations. The small outdoor seating area is perfect for after-dinner coffees. 

Lock 72 Kitchen and Bar

Sunny outdoor seating area of Lock 72 Restaurant

10128 River Rd.
Potomac, MD 20854

This casual restaurant with a classy vibe serves made-from-scratch dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Specialties include the crispy pork shank with Spanish gazpacho and truffled mac and cheese. 

The full bar at Lock 72 offers various cocktails and a happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Indoor and outdoor dining options are another fun perk to this upscale, approachable spot. An assortment of delicate pastries and desserts makes every visit worth the trip. 

Dining out is an extra-fun part of traveling and exploring somewhere new, but it’s also a special thing to enjoy when you live in the area. Potomac has a diversity of menus and eateries that invite you to come back, no matter where you live. 

Contact the Expert Real Estate Team That Knows Potomac

The fantastic restaurants in Potomac are only one of the many great things about living here. Nomadic Real Estate can help with property management, renting and leasing, and sales service for homeowners and investors who have decided it’s where they want to be. 

We provide an all-in-one, no-hassle approach to real estate that makes full use of our knowledge of the area and the market. Contact our office today to discuss finding a new home in Potomac.

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Owner Ledger Description Column
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Owner Ledger Amount Column
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Owner Ledger Account Balance Column
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PW Portal Filters

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PW Owner Dashboard View

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Owner Portal Ledger View

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Owner Portal Document Library

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Portal Reports View

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Owner Portal Bills View

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Portal Bill Details

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Owner Portal Communication Tools

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Net distributions keep your accounting clean and simple. Each month we’ll collect rent from the tenants, deduct any repair expenses for the previous month and any management/leasing fees for the current month, and credit the remaining net operating income to your account. 

Net Distribution

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