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Positano Ristorante Italiano

4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
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Ranked #5 of 300 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $22
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
Bethesda, Maryland
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Bethesda, Maryland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My husband and I have had many wonderful meals over many years in this restaurant. Their food is always fresh and prepared in excellent fashion. His perennial favorite? The Zuppe de Peche or Chioppino (the same at this restaurant, just different sizes.) The atmosphere is very quaint and we have generally found the wait staff to be professional and friendly.... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

The night started with a call to make a reservation. Was told it was not necessary only to be asked at the door if we had one and it was busy. That was not a problem--we were still seated quickly. But then a very long wait for someone to take our drink order. We had several glasses of water before... More

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Rockville, Maryland, USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Have been in this restaurant for years. BUT, I wish we had been. You forget about your old haunts. They still have one of our favorite dishes on the menu. Veal matrimonio...a veal, chicken and sausage combination sauté in a great sauce..really worth a try for the unique taste combination. Great service and a beautiful, comfortable place...

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Bethesda, Maryland
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

There always seems to be room at Positano, a surprise because it is so good that one might expect it to be crowded every night. There are many many restaurants in Bethesda, and quite a few of them are Italian, so diners have a selection of prices and fare. But this is one of the best.

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Philadelphia, PA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Just moved into the neighborhood and SO glad we stopped in for dinner. Everything was a WOW! The homemade pizza bruschetta was fabulous - so much so that when I am in the mood for pizza, I may never go to one of the local pizza joints and instead order the bruschetta from Positano. The lasagna was probably the best... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 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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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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