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Who we are

A Fredericksburg resident since 1997, Blake Bethem grew up in nearby Dale City. After a tour in the Marine Corps Blake earned his Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales Norfolk. Both experiences shine through in the kitchen as pride in his craft and a passion for excellence guide his menu. Aby met Blake while they were both working at the Riverview restaurant in Fredericksburg. At the time she was a business student at Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington). They married in October 2003 and purchased the Bistro in May 2004. Since then the combination of a creative hardworking chef and a level-headed business woman has proven to be the perfect blend for success. With their three growing children the bistro is truly a family-run enterprise. The Bethems hope that their love for each other reflects on all of the guests at Bistro Bethem.

A key to extraordinary dining is a masterful chef who understands how to make the flavor of each ingredient sing individually and in perfect harmony. Such music arose from each dish My Dining Partner and I savored at Bistro Bethem in old Fredericksburg, a gourmet restaurant with a Southern touch.
Linda Salisbury, Free Lance Star 2008
Bistro Bethem has so many things going for it that it would be hard to name them all. Let’s see—delicious and creative food, a dining room that sets a lovely mood, attentive wait staff, and great people watching, both inside and outside the restaurant.
Shannon Howell, Free Lance Star 2012
Bethem Dishes Creative, Complex
Nancy Rossbacher, Free Lance Star 2004