Silver coming to Cathedral Commons on Wisconsin

by Prince Of Petworth April 23, 2017 at 10:22 pm 21 Comments

3404 Wisconsin Ave, NW

The liquor license placard for Silver says:

“A new Restaurant serving traditional American food. Seating capacity of 174 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 205. Sidewalk Café with 60 seats. Entertainment Endorsement for inside and outdoor sidewalk café.”


Silver’s Website says:

“Silver is an American classic with a distinctive new shine. With the Heart of a Diner & Style of a Brasserie – SILVER will have all the familiar favorites and healthier choices, and updated them for today’s palate. We partnered with more than a dozen local farms and purveyors to deliver you the freshness and flavors from our community.

We’re open early until late, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night paired with hand-crafted cocktails and local brews. From chicken pot pies with organic chicken, to freshly chopped salads with quinoa, to house made sodas using sugar cane, we offer the choices for how you live and a healthy dose of what you crave.”

Check out Silver’s Bethesda menu here. Updates as they get closer to opening.

  • bje22201

    At first I thought “Silver diner is going to have a problem with this” when they’re named “Silver”, and then mention having the heart of a diner. But, after looking at the menu/site, it’s the same group.

    • Silver Diner has been on the organic, locavore bandwagon for a while now, without much success. I doubt rebranding themselves as a boutique eatery will hold off the debt collectors. They’ve been in and out of bankruptcy for over a decade.

      • anon

        Funny, because the Arlington and Rockville locations are consistently packed (on weekend mornings at least). I never realized they were in financial straits.

        • Anon

          … that’s the point

  • Cleveland Park runner

    Their brunch is delicious, so I’m excited.

  • Neighborly

    “The Good Silver” is preparing to open in the former Kangaroo Boxing Club space on 11th St in Columbia Heights. Will anyone choose Silver when they can choose The Good Silver?

  • Unrelated, but that building is terribly ugly. Looks already run-down and out of date

  • john3889

    The Silver diner in Bethesda has an item on the menu called the “EGG WHITES POWER BREAKFAST.”

    I will just leave it there.

  • BRP

    I went to the one in Bethesda once and really liked it. wonder how Cafe Deluxe will feel about their new neighbor.

    • I immediately thought of Cafe Deluxe too!

    • CathedralHeightsMetro

      I live in this area and feel strongly that Cafe Deluxe is the worst restaurant on the block–really overpriced for what it is. I’m happy they’ll have some competition.

      • PetworthGuy

        THANK YOU!! I lived in McLean Gardens for 1.5 years and came to the same conclusion. Cafe Deluxe and Cactus Cantina are always mobbed, and I cannot figure out why. My issue with Cafe Deluxe lies in the service – every time, without fail, my girlfriend and I would wait a minimum 15-20 minutes after getting our table to get our glasses of water, then once we ordered the waitress would disappear. About half the time there would also be an issue with the bill (something we didn’t order would be included or the pricing would be incorrect).

        Cactus Cantina is whole other animal. I will admit the food is good….but not great. Its not the quality of food, but rather the price that astonishes me. Who in their right mind charges $36 for a pitcher of margaritas during Happy Hour? or by the glass they are still $8…..That is more than what most Mexican restaurants charge during normal dinner hours, let alone happy hour. And it’s not even a good margarita…its a house mix in a giant blender that they just pour out. Only decent experience I had here was when I saw Wolf Blitzer eating at the table next to us last summer.

        I digress….but needless to say, Cathedral Commons is in desperate need for some restaurant choices. I hope this will be as welcomed as Barcelona was when they first opened.

        • CathedralHeightsMetro

          These days mostly go to Cactus (to sit in the outside bar area and people watch, not for a full meal) and Barcelona (only place that stays open late!). La Piquette is also a hidden gem in the area and has a fantastic brunch.

          What would really make this new place successful, I think, would be situating themselves to fill the void left by D2. That bar was VERY mediocre (at best), but it was the only spot really suited to grab a beer, have a snack, and watch sports or whatever among your neighbors. We have a lot of good places for dinner, but I need a generic neighborhood bar to lurk at when I want to get out of the house. :)

          • PetworthGuy

            +1 completely agree. That’s why my gf and I would have to hoof it down Porter St to Cleveland Park Bar n Grill. Great Spot, but something closer would be nice.

  • Anon

    I won’t settle for anything short of gold.

  • CathedralHeightsMetro

    Looks promising–I hope it is reasonably casual and has a happy hour.

  • Anonynon

    Went to the one in Bethesda, food was highly mediocre and probably worse then silver diner. Not to mention everything was pretty expensive, beers included. I wouldn’t go back….

    • Anon

      “Diner food – elevated!”

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  • Anonthony

    Looks and sounds like a Clyde’s.


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