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Positano Ristorante Italiano

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4940 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
+1 301-654-1717
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Bethesda, Maryland
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I ordered gluten-free pasta and explained that I wanted to make sure it wasn't cross-contaminated due to a medical condition. The waitress looked at me and responded "you won't die". I will never go back. The pasta was overcooked and tasteless.

Thank arcticdogmd
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time in Bethesda trying to get a good quick meal. Staff went above and beyond to get us fed and out in time. The food was great. Really good cappuccino. Parking was easy. I think the atmosphere was not cheesy as others commented. Very quaint tables especially just for 2.

Thank Pauljudim
Potomac, Maryland
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398 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

I came with two different groups over the past week. First one, we ordered the main course off the menu and it was pretty good. Although the waiter did push the more expensive entrees. The second group always has the same three course selections-- totally bored of them, since it's been decades. Nice private area for lectures and discussion.

Thank RonFG
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Went to this restaurant for a date. Seemed nice at first but as the night went on we found the atmosphere excessively cheesy and a bit awkward. We both had pasta which was fairly good but nothing special for an Italian restaurant. Probably wont go back here.

Thank Jack T
Potomac, Maryland
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398 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017 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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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 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 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 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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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 January 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
Reviewed 17 January 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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160 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 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 

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 22
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
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4940 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Montgomery County  >  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?