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Positano Ristorante Italiano

4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
3016541717
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Ranked #7 of 302 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $22
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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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
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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
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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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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Bethesda, Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I’ll start off with my bottom line, it was good, a little pricy, but just not my thing. I can see why a couple could like this place, it was quiet and had a good atmosphere for a hole in the wall Italian place. If you want something more modern, upbeat, open, or new… this might not fit the bill.... More 

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Snohomish
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Was charmed by this restaurant the minute I walked in!!! As far as the rest of the night, I would say it was acceptable. The staff wasn't overly personable and the food was good but not amazing. I think if the staff was a little more upbeat, I might have felt different about the whole experience. Prices were good, food... More 

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Additional Information about Positano Ristorante Italiano

Address: 4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
Phone Number: 3016541717
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
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
Average Prices: USD 0 - 22
Cuisine: Italian

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