Had a lovely meal at Buck's (formerly Greenwood) on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase on Saturday. They don't take reservations (at least for small groups) so was a good place to eat on a last minute basis on Valentine's Day weekend. I had only eaten at Greenwood once, and had been disappointed in most of what we had there. Buck's, in contrast was quite a good meal. The decor is much the same (wall color, light fixtures, large communal table in center), but the food is less ambitious, less busy, and much better because of it.
We split an appetizer of homemade mozzarella, with pesto, beets and fennel: very tasty, especially excellent pesto
I had a grilled whole fish (some sort of rockfish) that was perfectly cooked. Light flaky white flesh, delicious, but if you are one who is averse to eating around fish bones, this wouldn't be a wise choice.
Companion had a shrimp stew that was outstanding.
Dessert was a wonderful apple tart -- highly recommended.
They have a nice wine list. Dinner for 2, splitting 1 app, one dessert, one coffee and a $30 bottle of vernaccia (mid range on their wine list) came to $120 with tip.
Great access to Politics and Prose and the Avalon Theatre.