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Positano Ristorante Italiano

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4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
+1 301-654-1717
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    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
Great Customer Service and Old World Charm

I have been going to this restaurant on and off for over 20 years. The place hasn't changed which is nice. It has an old world charm to it that is hard to find these days. I recently had a not so great experience there but rather than letting it go by the CEO (Chief Everything Officer) Jimmy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Judy G
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Bethesda, Maryland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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154 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Potomac Falls, Virginia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

So my wife and I bought a Groupon certificate to what we thought was one of the best Italian restaurants in Bethesda. We had a friend with us and she ordered off the menu and had been there many times. My wife and I had to pick from a preset 3 course menu based on the Groupon restrictions. I had... More 

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Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We fell in love with Positano when we tasted their bruschetta years ago, and it never disappoints. The ingredients in the dishes are fresh and delicious, and the food is well prepared and presented. The decor is charming and shows the care of the family that has run the restaurant for decades. Service is excellent. Prices are what you'd expect.... More 

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

I wish I were able to write a good review because that would mean I had a nice experience here, but sadly, that is not the case. The decor was pleasant and the young man who seated is was very gracious which had things off to a good start. The waitress, however, was so unfriendly, it bordered on rude. I... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I quite like the decor of the place even though it is a bit on the kitschy side - very old school, almost retro, which is certain fashionable! Things started off on the wrong foot with the wine list. On the left page was a list of wines by the bottle only. On the right was a list of white... More 

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

Thank you for dining with us. Sorry for the miscommunication issues. The right side of the wine list is the white wine as you noted. The left side of the wine list has big bold black words "VINO ROSSO" which means Red Wine. All the wines on the left side under Vino Rosso are chiantis and merlots and cabernets which... More 

Monroe, New York
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We were visiting from NY and were looking for a reasonable family Italian restaurant. Poitano Ristorante was perfect. the food was delicious, the atmosphere was charming and the staff was so attentive and extremely accommodating. The spaghetti with white clam sauce was very very scrumptious! Great bread also!!! Look forward to going back.

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Bethesda, Maryland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I have been going to this restaurant on and off for over 20 years. The place hasn't changed which is nice. It has an old world charm to it that is hard to find these days. I recently had a not so great experience there but rather than letting it go by the CEO (Chief Everything Officer) Jimmy contacted me... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We held a friends Bridal Shower in the Wine Room and it was lovely. They made it incredibly easy - we were able to come in early to decorate, prices were very reasonable, and the staff was very friendly.I highly recommend hosting your next event here.

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Greenville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Horrible hope it improves. Sunday manager is so very inappropriate times 50. Manager asked for ID for my 22 year old twice and made the whole thing so Uncomfortable. Don't you think I would let my underage child drink in front of me. Not only this. May be great food. Will let you know. This guy needs to go !!!??

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

Thank you for using your Groupon here. I am sorry you got upset but your situation and response were exactly what we are trained to prepare for in Legal Alcohol Service Training with County authorities. The training presents the same scenario wherein there is an adult (you) with younger folks who all want to drink alcohol. We have to card... More 

Chicago
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-654-1717

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 22
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?