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Positano Ristorante Italiano

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4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
+1 301-654-1717
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived had a reservation was greeted never asked if we had a reservation sat us . The waiter greeted us we inquired about specials ordered a drink and ordered an appetizer ,, The waiter kept on asking what did we want for dinner we told him we were taking our time .. We finally ordered and did not care... More 

Thank Rod R
Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently hosted a rehearsal dinner for 50+ guests. The setting was perfect, the wait staff so accommodating, the food EXCELLENT -- everything was delicious and fresh -- and the pricing very reasonable. I highly recommend this venue to anyone hosting a special event! Jimmy, the event planner, was immediately responsive and very flexible in addressing special requests.

Thank ellenpfeiffer
Columbia, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My group meets there monthly, and I dream of their chicken piccatta for days before in anticipation and afterwards in enjoyment. The food, in other words, is very good. It is a pleasant place for good conversation while sharing a bottle of wine.

Thank Eileen M
Spring, Texas, United States
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98 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Read all the recent reviews and I was excited to try this place. The decor was ok. We asked to sit in the back so our kids would not disturb others. The waiter was very funny with the kids. He was not as attentive the busier he got. We ordered the calamari. I thought it was bland. I did like... More 

Thank Jennifer Z
Catonsville, Maryland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

I had lunch at Positano Ristorante Italiano with a group of about 30. The waters worked very hard to serve us all, replenish our drinks and get us anything we needed. I had the chicken piccata which was tasty and they didn't forget to include carrots and broccoli that were not overcooked. The food was very good, but the pleasant,... More 

Thank LDIETZ1001095
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86 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

In planning an 80th birthday party for my husband recently, I checked countless places for price, size of room, menu offered, etc. Thankfully, I booked the party at Positano's and it was perfect! Jimmy, the owner and banquet manager, was incredibly cooperative from day one. They have a number of different size rooms and Jimmy helped me decide which was... More 

Thank barbara1973
Gaithersburg, MD
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

On May 28, 2016, we had our sons Bar Mitzvah Party at Positano in one of their private banquet rooms. From the moment we booked the space almost 2 years ago, to the end of our party, working with Jimmy and his staff was such a pleasure. He answered any question we had and was very accommodating with menu planning.... More 

Thank Allyson L
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Great service in a charming setting. True comfort food at a reasonable price. Chicken Parmesan was delicious. Perfect end to a day of sightseeing in DC. Will definately return on my next visit.

Thank Denise L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Pro: nice environment, albeit a little chintzy. Cons: bad service, subpar food, extremely long wait. I went here for dinner and it was worse than mediocre. The bruscetta was alright but the Caesar salad tasted like (and probably was) store-bought dressing poured over some pre-cut Romaine and a few croutons from a package thrown on top. The fettucine alfredo was... More 

Thank ceh5000
New York
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Traditional Italian food served with panache. Most service staff is terrific, though our waiter could not tell the difference between prosecco and reisling. The decorations are festive, and we always have an excellent meal. We also had live music, by a talented guitarist, who sang to us in Italian, Spanish, Russian and Georgian without being intrusive.

Thank Sheryl N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4940 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-654-1717
Full service Italian restaurant with also four private party rooms and garden terrace for outside dining.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?