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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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 81
    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
Lovely restaurant and great food

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Andrew B
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Norwich, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It was a pleasure working with Jimmy and the staff at Positano Ristorante Italiano for our party, and look forward to doing it again next year! The food was DELICIOUS, and the staff was generous and professional! The variety of room sizes make Positano a perfect spot for any type of event, or just a nice dinner with friends and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Excellent, excellent. We dined there Saturday night. I spent a month in Italy and as we dined on the outdoor beautiful patio, it reminded me of Positano / Sorrento... The minute we entered, we were greeted warmly and given bread with oil at no extra charge. I began speaking Italian to the host and he promptly responded. All of the... More 

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Boston, MA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The food and service is mediocre and portions are skimpy...if you don't fill up on bread, you will leave hungry. Desserts are dry and not good.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have nevery been disappointed over the many years we have eaten at Positano's. While it is not haute cuisine, it is reasonably pried and authentically Italian. Their outstanding dish is salmon- perfectly cooked. And - you can actually converse without having to shout!

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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?