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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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Potomac, Maryland
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331 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We come here regularly due to the large private room in the back. The food can range from ok to pretty good, depending on the type of menu selected. Prices can be on the high end. Service usually good.

Thank RonFG
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an adult birthday dinner for 15 people , ages 8 to 80. Service was great. Everyone enjoyed his or her dinner. Live guitar music added to our enjoyment. We brought a birthday cake which the waiter cut and served.

Thank Fran R
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place is one of the worst in town. They can't even cook spaghetti correctly! And as for the tomato sauce look no further than their full trash cans on the sidewalk showing an incredible collection of empty tomato cans direct from the cheapest stores in the area! This place should have been shut down long ago!

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

hi kate. please remove your misplaced review. we don't have trash cans on the sidewalk. never have. that's illegal. maybe in another town. i don't know. but not here. it's not permitted. but we do have the best homemade tomato sauce in town. More 

Potomac, Maryland
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

The meal I had was chicken piccata which was very thin pieces and not enough asked for vegetable given very few.

Thank tobyzlot
Belmont, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

We visited from California and had an amazing dinner with our daughter and son-in-law at the end of December 2016. The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holiday season. The service was wonderful! There were several holiday parties going on but that didn't impact the attentive service we received. The menu and wine list provided many options. Our appetizers, beverages... More 

Thank Mary B
Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

We visited the restaurant on New Years Eve with reservations for 4. There was a mix up with our reservation, but after some time, they agreed to seat us, in the very back of the restaurant, where we seemed to be forgotten. The service was lacking and they didn't seem to be that busy. The entree I received was not... More 

Thank piercetd
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We have been having delicious food at Positano's for years . We have recently appreciated the quiet and professional atmosphere of the restaurant. We last visited on a weekday after the election . Wonderful service and lovely atmosphere . We highly recommend it ! Beth I .

Thank 285bethi
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45 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Positsnos is an old favorite in Bethesda. It's a little bit of Italy. Classic cuisine and atmosphere. Family oriented whether for dinner, a quick bite, or bringing the soccer team to celebrate.

Thank Fotini E
Arlington, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

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 

Thank jalenswan
Garrett Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

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

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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, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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?