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“Still a great spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Olazzo

Olazzo
7921 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2501
301-654-9496
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Ranked #7 of 338 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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211 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Still a great spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Great atmosphere, great service, great food. Nothing fancy, but if you want great pasta, this is it. Monday half price wine night makes a fun night at a low price, too. Graet appetizers and love the calmari!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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114 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Good food at a reasonable price but expect tight, noisey environment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Restaurant was nearly full on a recent Thursday evening which was encouraging sign. Based on positive reviews, we gave Olazzo's a try.

Positive - Prices were reasonable. Menu is full of traditional Italian fare and some innovative takes on some dishes. Quality of food was good. Shared an appetizer and two pasta dishes plus a dessert. A few glasses of wine and we were out the door of $65.

Drawbacks - Tables are tight and noise level gets pretty high at times. Service can lag at times and follow up to see how our food/drinks were, never happened.

Okay but could have been much better executed.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great place!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This restaurant is tight for seating but an awesome choice for lunch or dinner. I have eaten here many times with both work situations and dates. It is always a great meal. There are some lower carb choices too, which I really appreciate. It is hard to stay away from the bread though!

Visited September 2013
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Clifton, VA
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful Italian Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We decided to give this place a try even though we didn't have a reservation on a Saturday evening. We were seated immediately. The place was packed and the bar was hopping. We ordered the arancini (stuffed risotto balls) as an appetizer. These lightly fried balls of risotto and mozzarella were quite tasty especially when topped with the marinara sauce. I had the special of the day which was a grilled red snapper accompanied by pasta in olive oil and garlic and chunks of asparagus. My wife had the tortellini. Although it took quite some time for our entrees to appear it was well worth the wait. My red snapper was absolutely delicious. The pasta was a nice addition. I actually prefer it in oil rather than a heavy sauce. The tortellini were also fantastic. We were quite pleased with our meals and look forward to visiting here again. A nice touch in the end was a complimentary desert due to the fact that our table was so close to all of the bar activity (we didn't ask for the comp but couldn't refuse the offer). I highly recommend this restaurant and rate our meals as some of the best we have ever had.

  • Visited September 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“My latest favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I love Olazzo....the food is excellent, the staff is very pleasant, and I've been there a lot . It is my favorite place in Bethesda and is very consistent.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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