O'Donnell's Sea Grill in Kentlands, A Maryland Favorite For Seafood

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O'Donnell's Sea Grill in Kentlands, A Maryland Favorite For Sea Food

It always nice to have a good neighborhood restaurant. It is outstanding when the neighborhood restaurant is recognized as one of the finest seafood restaurants in the region.

The O'Donnell's story began many year ago when Tom O'Donnell opened his first restaurant, the "Sea Grill," in downtown Washington, D.C. at 1207 E Street, N.W. in 1922. 

Undaunted by the Great Depression that gripped Washington in the 1930's, Tom O'Donnell's business was booming. He leased the Victor Wholesalers building at 1221 E Street and after a complete renovation; it opened in 1941 as his second location. Daughter Janice O'Donnell Edelblut joined the business in 1945.

Whether it was the luck of the Irish or keen perception of the future, the O'Donnell's purchased the Edgemoor Motor Building on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland as the site of their new suburban location. After extensive renovation, the restaurant opened its doors to great success in 1956. Four years later, the original downtown location at 1207 E Street was closed.

As the popularity of the Bethesda location continued to grow, the building was renovated, refurbished and expanded several times over the years yet remained in the family with grandson Bill Edelblut at the helm. O'Donnell's second downtown location at 1221 E Street was then closed in 1980.

In the summer of 1997, O'Donnell's opened its Kentland's restaurant to rave reviews. With the great success of this new location, the family decided to say goodbye to its Bethesda location in the fall of 2001. 

Today, O'Donnell's Restaurant is proud to be Montgomery County's premier choice for seafood. Still owned by the O'Donnell family, O'Donnell's continues to offer the freshest seafood, the original Norfolk style of cooking, its famous Rum Buns and the service and hospitality our patrons have enjoyed for over eighty years. 

We recommend O'Donnell's Restaurant and are sure you will enjoy your visit.

O'Donnell's Sea Grill | 311 Kentlands Boulevard Gaithersburg, MD 20878 | Tel: 301.519.1650

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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


O'Donnells for a seafood dinner sounds delicious and I wish we could you folks and go to this local establishment.

Jun 29, 2012 04:20 AM #1
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good afternoon Roy.

It sounds like a great place to eat.

Have a nice weekend.

Jun 29, 2012 04:47 AM #2
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Roanoke, VA

hi Roy-This is a great history and review of this place. Well done.

Jun 29, 2012 04:50 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much for your comments. 

We are fortunate to be within walking distance of O'Donnell's Restaurant.

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Jun 29, 2012 05:28 AM #4
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
C&G Consulting - Katy, TX
C&G Real Estate Consulting


        What a cool story and it is on the 3rd generation and so lucky you can walk. The only restaurant we can walk to we would be fools as you have to cross this busy street and people just zoom on by!

Jun 29, 2012 07:33 AM #5
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams of Central PA East - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Roy, great post on the history of O'Donnells and it sounds like a great place to eat.


Jun 29, 2012 10:25 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy,  Now you have me thinking about seafood for dinner,  Wish O'Donnells was out here in the Denver Area.

Jun 29, 2012 10:47 AM #7
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Roy,  I don't think luck of the Irish had anything to do with it - the secret was business acumen

Jun 29, 2012 12:09 PM #8
Carol Faaland-Kronmaier
Weichert, Realtors; Hillsborough - Hillsborough, NJ
PhD, e-PRO, Manville, Hillsborough, Somerset NJ

Roy, I will have to bookmark O'Donnell's Sea Grill in Kentlands for my next visit to Maryland! I like your link list of your recent hyper local community posts!

Jun 29, 2012 08:49 PM #9
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Enjoyed reading the history of O'Donnell's Sea Grill in Kentlands Roy. Lucky you to be so close to it!

Jun 30, 2012 12:07 AM #10
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

We have been craving some good seafood and this sounds like just the place! We'll have to put this on our list of places to try should we get through Montgomery County, MD!

Jun 30, 2012 12:18 AM #11
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Good Afternoon Roy, How nice of you to feature so many great local business. You have me cravind seafood for sure tonight. A trip to the coast is in order for this evening.  Have a great Saturday

Jun 30, 2012 06:22 AM #12
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

This is indeed a wonderful localism post, Roy and I am sure the business owners appreciate it!!

Jun 30, 2012 06:28 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good evening to all.  Our electric power just came back on in Montgomery County, MD after the severe storm last night.  No air conditioning today during record high temperatures.

I hope you are having a fine weekend.

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Jun 30, 2012 09:32 AM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Be well prepared for very hot weather.

Remember your pets.
Hot weather can affect the well-being of pets making them susceptible to overheating which can lead to very dangerous heat stroke. Always provide a source of water and a cool, ventilated place for your pet. Leaving your pet inside a parked car, even for a few minutes, can be fatal. The inside of a car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. 

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