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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful for Private Events and Family Dinners

We celebrated a family high school graduation in one of the private back rooms. The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was delicious. There was a mix up in our reservation, and the staff did a good job accommodating the change. I highly recommend this restaurant to others.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Globetrotmom
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Rockville, Maryland
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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163 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The Italian card-playing group Circolo della Briscola held its annual awards dinner at Positano's and the food was rated by this hard-to-please crowd as being delicious and the service excellent as well. The atmosphere suited this fun-loving group of card players who meet to play briscola, tressette, and scopa/scopone (and their family members and friends). This is why the group... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Great food and attention to boot. Wide selection of wines. Good location without problems finding parking.

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Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I do a lot of business at lunch and dinner. Positano is always my "GO TO" place. Good food, friendly service, quiet setting at a fair price. Lasagna, and eggplant parm made fresh every day are the best ever.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We meet at Positanos every month. The service is always excellent and the food "hits the spot". Spring for a better bottle of wine. Their Super Tuscans are excellent and outstanding value.

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philadelphia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The food is excellent, and waiters make good suggestions. Their fried calamari and bruschetta are great appetizers, and the fish of the day was red snapper, very well done. They have a decent variety of wines, so there are chances that you can find your favorite. Great desserts! Not recommended if your are on a diet, cause you'll break it!

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Rockville, Maryland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We celebrated a family high school graduation in one of the private back rooms. The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was delicious. There was a mix up in our reservation, and the staff did a good job accommodating the change. I highly recommend this restaurant to others.

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Germantown, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We celebrated my husband graduation. They took great care of us. The atmosphere was great and the food was good. We all enjoyed it. Would like to go back to sit in the courtyard. Definitely worth checking out.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

we have used the restaurant for a 50 person event and often for dinner for two. Always wonderful both food and service. Prices are good.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Positano in Bethesda does its best to look like a campy, kitsch, Italian place with plastic plants, touristy reminders of Venice, and an atmosphere of an Italy that exists in second class American Italian restaurants. We thought to try Positano after seeing it on Groupon. From the moment we entered, we were deemed as Groupon clients and treated as such.... More 

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

Hello. Thank you for trying Positano with your groupon. Your groupon clearly states it's a fixed 3 course dinner and even lists the choices for you to have made a voluntary decision to purchase the groupon. You had six choices of appetizer. Antipasto was not one of them. You cannot create your own groupon deal. The fresh fish of the... More 

Potomac Falls, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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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 22
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, 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?