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Positano Ristorante Italiano

4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
3016541717
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Ranked #6 of 301 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $22
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
DC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I love this restaurant! The ambience of this location, especially the patio on a mild summer's day, is wonderful and seems somehow authentic in our increasingly trendy restaurant scene. Every meal I have enjoyed at Positano has been consistently very good. Personally, I enjoy the veal here, both the marsala and the parm (the sauce!). Not a dessert person very... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Went with family and had an amazing meal. Prices were what u paid for and all worth it. They have home made desserts and they were amazing ... the service was wonderful and we loved it. We will be back for sure :)

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I took a friend here last week and had a wonderful time. The ambiance is what I think of as Old Bethesda: not trendy but solid, unpretentious and just plain wonderful. Our food was delicious, as always; the wine selection solid and interesting; and the service as good as it gets. We lingered over coffee for quite a while, but... More

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I seriously have no idea why this place was not filled on a Thursday night. The setting is quiet and charming (especially the outdoor seating)/ The food was wonderful and the prices VERY fair. Oh, and did I mention that the service was impeccable. There when you wanted them to bring another glass of wine or describe the specials, away... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had a small engagement party there. There are modern Italian interiors which made us cozy and good mood to have a great event there. Also foold were good and tasty. All the server were very kind and good attitude to serve. We all were satisfied with the nicde food and drinks. I strongly recommend for you to go there... More

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Rockville, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had a party for 60 people at Positano recently. We were in Positano Plaza room that is very specious. It's interior design makes you feel in Italy. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Also, the bartender did a great job. Everybody was happy with drinks. Many thanks to Jimmy and his wonderful staff.

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

My mother attended a high school reunion party here this spring. The service was excellent and the food was great. She enjoyed it so much she's planning a college reunion party there this fall!

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Olney, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I hosted a club meeting of about 30 friends the first weekend in May at Positano. Everyone raved about the food, the wine and the service. The food was beyond delicious, and the service was responsive without being overbearing. We were in the wine room, which was perfect for our gathering. Extremely easy to work with from start to finish.... More

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Randolph, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I had my daughter's college graduation dinner here (8 people). It is only 30 minutes outside DC, and we had a very good experience. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was charming.

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Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Positano, including Jimmy and his excellent staff, outdid itself for our Engagement Party event for 20+ in the Wine Room! Fernando made the correct call that the unexpected noise from the power-washing in the parking garage across the street would make the patio inhospitable, and so set us up inside -- but also seamlessly accommodated out request to have hor... More

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