Has the oven given out? Too big of a group? Too tired? Can't cook?
Whatever the reason you need a Bethesda restaurant open on Thanksgiving, here is a list to help you out. I've checked each of these online this morning, and made a note (you'll see a * and the times available closest to 6:00 PM) next to restaurants that have limited seating at this point.
Not to worry - from past experience, many of these restaurants will have seats left as Thanksgiving Day approaches, so don't give up.
Two things: Make reservations ASAP, and be absolutely sure you've confirmed with the restaurant that they have an opening.
AMICI MIEL (Potomac)
ASSAGGI (Bethesda Row)
BRASSERIE MONTE CARLO (Norfolk Ave., Bethesda)
CAFE OF INDIA (Friendship Heights)
CAPITAL GRILLE (Friendship Heights)
CHEFF GEOFF'S ROCKVILLE
CHEFF GEOFF'S (New Mexico Ave. NW DC)
CLYDE'S OF CHEVY CHASE* Openings at 4:30, 7:45 PM currently
DAILY GRILL (Bethesda - Hyatt Regency)
DU-PAR'S HAMBURGER HAMLET (Bethesda - Georgetown Square Shopping Center/Open 24 hours!)
FOUNDING FARMERS (Park Potomac - off Montrose Road)* Openings at 8:00 PM
HUNTER'S INN (Potomac)
LA FERME (Chevy Chase)
LIA'S (Friendship Heights)
MAGGIANO'S (Friendship Heights, NW DC)
MCDONALD'S (River Road, Bethesda)
MERITAGE (North Bethesda Marriott Conference Center hotel)
NORMANDY FARM (Potomac)
OLD ANGLER'S INN (Potomac)* Seats available at 4:30 PM
REDWOOD (Bethesda Row)* 12-6 PM only
ROSA MEXICANO (Chevy Chase NW DC)
RUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE (BETHESDA)* Seats available at 8:00 PM
SEASONS 52 (WHITE FLINT)
CLYDE'S TOWER OAKS LODGE (Rockville)* Seats available at 8:30 PM