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Vapiano

4900 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, MD
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Ranked #146 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: Italian
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We have been to the Bethesda location a number of times; if you want fast food fast, go to McDonald's. Naturally you have to wait in line, after all they make the pasta they way you like it, how you like it and when you order it. On a very busy day, there might be a long wait. If you... More

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Laurel, MD
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I've been to the Vapiano's at Gallery Place several times and always had a great experience. After reading reviews for the Bethesda location I was nervous that the experience would not be the same. It started off rocky. We called several days in advance to reserve a table for 14people for Saturday November 2 at 7:30. My husband and I... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I live in Bethesda and brought my visiting family to dinner at Vapianos. The ordering system just did not work on a busy Saturday night. I waited for 25 minutes in line for pasta only to have a group of very aggressive young women jump ahead of me. When I told them where the line was they just adopted this... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Vapiano features made to order pastas, pizza, and salads in a food court like scheme. You can wander about and select whatever you fancy from a variety of stations. Watch the pasta being boiled right in front of you-- they make the pasta fresh daily, in the back. Pasta sauces are concocted with fresh herbs. How fresh? The herb gardens... More

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Washington, DC
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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Stupidest system ever, more trouble than McDonalds, lackluster food and indifferent staff. Who thought this was a good idea?

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Bethesda MD
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I frequently this place often when it first opened. The set up is odd. You get a card and then you follow around to all the stations and get the food you want. The problem is that the lines get very long and you have to wait in line not at your table for your pasta, salads etc. They do... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This was my second visit. On my first visit my dish was spectacular, it was everything that was looking for in a pasta bowl. Unfortunately, it was not so great the second tim around when I ordered the same dish again. The cook was very insecure and did not knew the recipes by heart, made my order wrong. I ordered... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Walking into the restaurant you almost feel lost without any form of proper direction from the wait staff. Having never been there before, I wasn't aware of the "credit card" system they have in place where you order your food at separate food stations and then swipe your card. Once you are ready to leave, you take your card to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I'm a big fan of Vapiano. However, the last time I was there I had a terrible experience (Bethesda). The chef was unfriendly and rude. He didn't have the pasta my husband wanted to eat, and it was o.k, but the pasta we finally ordered, was undercooked and awful. I had a bad experience that day, but was my first... More

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Bowie, Maryland, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We start out looking for a great place to dine..... The wife and i loved it a very chilled spot for drinks and a great meal can't wait to head back... A great atmosphere and not hard on the pockets a meal for two with drinks and desert was about $44.00 not bad at all

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