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Positano Ristorante Italiano

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4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
3016541717
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Something for everybody

We are planning to host a dinner at Positano's in honor of my daughter's graduation from high school and had dinner here to try out the menu. Both of my daughters have very specific and quite different food preferences, so we tried a range of dishes from across the menu. Without exception, each... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
James K
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Chicago
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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147 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Chicago
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We are planning to host a dinner at Positano's in honor of my daughter's graduation from high school and had dinner here to try out the menu. Both of my daughters have very specific and quite different food preferences, so we tried a range of dishes from across the menu. Without exception, each dish was delicious and quite different from... More 

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touroneinc, General Manager at Positano Ristorante Italiano, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We aim to please. Look forward to serving you again at your event, if not sooner. More 

Takoma Park, Maryland
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Positano's is a wonderful restaurant, with excellent food and a caring owner. In addition to traditional Italian specialties, there are many delicious dishes that are vegan or vegetarian. The wine list is excellent. The prices are very reasonable. The atmosphere is authentic, without the fake corporate feel that we see so often in upscale DC-area restaurants. You will leave with... More 

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Wellington, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This restaurant reminds me so much of restaurants on the Amalfi coast. It's beautifully decorated, and it made me feel like I was actually dining in Positano. Our waiter, Fernando, was great, and very attentive. Food: Excellent. I had the rigatoni and my fiance had the gnocchi. Generous portions, and what great value for a lovely place like this. Ambiance:... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My boyfriend and I went out to eat on a Friday night. It was a spur of the moment decision. I saw their Groupon deal for a pre fixed three course meal for two. I saw that they ranked #9 on Trip Advisor and decided to buy the Groupon, made the reservation and told my boyfriend to meet me there... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Chose this restaurant on first visit to Bethesda because of its location but now plan to visit when in the area. The restaurant itself has great atmosphere and tables are well spaced. Good variety of food with specials. Visited in period of extreme cold but restaurant was still very comfortable. Staff were attentive and friendly and not over bearing. Overall... More 

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touroneinc, Manager at Positano Ristorante Italiano, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We aim to please. More 

Bethesda, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I go to Positano all the time, particularly when I am in the mood for veal marsala. During the week it is generally quiet, so I can talk with my guests, and the food is always good. There is a nice variety of all the classics, so appeals to everyone. In the summer, there is a nice outdoor patio, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

My wife requested this restaurant (again) for her birthday. Three of us (fourteen year old daughter included) came in on a Sunday night and once again understood why this was the perfect spot. Our waiter was the best, the food was fantastic and the lemon cheesecake for dessert (with a candle and a birthday song) finished the evening off perfectly.... More 

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Layton, Utah, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Our second trip (Me, wife and daughter (11)), once for lunch a few weeks ago and today for dinner. Mussels Marinara , Mozzarella Caprese and White bean soup as appetizers were all excellent, Cannelloni, Potato Ravioli and Veal Matrimonio were superb. The veal dish was a signature item and was a little expensive at $30 but was the hit of... More 

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Yucca Valley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I just had my 50th birthday party here and it was great. The cost per head was very reasonable, the choices were great, and the owner was flexible when we asked to bring a birthday cake and add an additional choice of appetizer to our menu. The food was excellent, and the room that we held the event in was... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Positano is a warm and inviting family restaurant - with a menu of tasty traditional "home-style" Italian cooking. The food is superb and the setting (both the inside dining room and the outside patio), delightfully "Old World". It has been a favorite with my family since we moved to Washington over 35 years ago.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 3016541717

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 22
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?