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“Loved Elise the Server”
Review of Olazzo

Ranked #11 of 360 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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239 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Loved Elise the Server”
Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

Delicious and reasonably priced. Baked penne white clam and lasagne all great. Highlight was Elise the server. We will be back soon.

Thank westlakeh
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Arvada, Colorado
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332 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Italian food with a modern twist”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The ambiance of this restaurant is warm and inviting. The restaurant was expanded but maintained its charm. The food was outstanding and there are deals throughout the week to entice you to visit more than once. For example, half-priced bottles of wine are offered one night and $5 martinis another.

  • Visited November 2012
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Columbia, Maryland
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Noisy...but GREAT dining experience!!!”
Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were being spontaneous yesterday and decided to venture outside our comfort zone (& neighborhood) and find somewhere "new" to go for dinner. So, after choosing the Rockville/Bethesda area, we pulled up TripAdvisor and searched restaurants. Olazzo was #3 on the list...and after deciding on Italian I started reading the reviews. They were truly on point!!!

We loved the ambiance...but it is a "tight squeeze" if you end up being seated in the main dining area. We had no problem being seated right away and for a Saturday dinner time...that was great. But, were about to be seated in a tiny narrow table that had a large party behind it, tables on both sides....and servers going every which direction around the teeny table. My husband was getting change for the parking meter...we didn't have any and although the meters allow you to sign up online and pay via mobile...we didn't feel comfortable. So I told the hostess that little table would not work. Luckily, I saw a man getting ready to pay his bill and leave...I immediately asked her if we could have his booth by the bar. She checked with who looked like one of the owners or manager...and we were seated.

Now, YES the restaurant was very noisy...so if you're looking for a romantic, quiet dinner for two...this is NOT the right choice. But, the reviews on how good the food is...and how reasonably priced were all true!!!! Hubby had a Stella beer...I had the Olazzo martini. My drink was nothing special...on the weak side. So, I wouldn't get it again..but the chicken cardinale and lasagna bolognese we had were absolutely delicious!!!!! For dessert, i ordered the cannoli and hubby had the lemon cheesecake. The cannoli was ok...but the lemon cheesecake was truly HOMEMADE...you could tell it wasn't bought from a US Foodservice or Sodexo type company...and it was sublime!!!! Our bill came to around $60...not bad! Each entree came with a small salad. The bread and dipping oil with balsamic vinegar was ok...needed some seasoning or cheese in it.

But...overall we were impressed and would go back. So...bring some quarters for the meter and be sure to visit Olazzo soon!

Thank SpunkyDivaLola1908
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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212 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Still a great spot”
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
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Thank thunderbird0609
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Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good food at a reasonable price but expect tight, noisey environment”
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
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Thank Spi-kids_LA
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