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Positano Ristorante Italiano

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4940 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
+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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Arlington, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had our Wedding rehearsal dinner in the Wine Room. We had about 35 guests, and everyone fit in comfortably. The service for the passed appetizers was very nice, and the bartenders were friendly, and remembered most customers orders when offering a refill. Once dinner started, our waiter was helpful in describing our menu, and efficient in taking everyone's order.... More 

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Garrett Park, Maryland
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Positano Ristorante many times as a diner but recently attended a 60th high school reunion in one of their party rooms. They provided a full bar and very nice finger food that was passed around by their wait staff, who were very nice. They presented several kinds of items such as bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, small meat... More 

Thank David A
Towson, Maryland
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121 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

The menu is limited but the calamari are great as the great service. eggplant not so good and a very limited wine selection. The live music was a pleasure

Thank Alexander O
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Been dining at Positano for probably 30 years. This restaurant is an old favorite and standby for us in Bethesda. Great wait staff. Once when our first daughter was a toddler, the maître de took out daughter and held her and entertained her for part of our dinner so we could enjoy a break from the harried days of our... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

I like the restaurant very much, many a moon ago I had my wedding reception there it was fun! The atmosphere is very italian, warm and welcoming. Enjoy!

Thank jburke867
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Overall, really liked this place (but slightly prefer nearby Olazzo more for Italian only because the portion sizes are larger at Olazzo compared to the cost, as we always have leftovers for a 2nd meal) That said, the food was very fresh - I ordered calamari and my husband ordered chicken Parmesan and minestrone - all were delicious. The interior... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

The food and wine were good, and the prices were a little above average. Good atmosphere with a Georgian guitarist-singer (at cost) approaching the tables and adding to the good experience. Overall, it is a good restaurant, but we have been to many of the same kind and the same experience. So it is really an average, or slightly above,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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 Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
  • 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?