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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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Towson, Maryland
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 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 25 August 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 

1 Thank etolney
Bethesda, Maryland
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 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 

1 Thank Mere828
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 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 

1 Thank Marek M
Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 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 2 July 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 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
Spring, Texas, United States
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110 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Read all the recent reviews and I was excited to try this place. The decor was ok. We asked to sit in the back so our kids would not disturb others. The waiter was very funny with the kids. He was not as attentive the busier he got. We ordered the calamari. I thought it was bland. I did like... More 

Thank Jennifer Z
Catonsville, Maryland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

I had lunch at Positano Ristorante Italiano with a group of about 30. The waters worked very hard to serve us all, replenish our drinks and get us anything we needed. I had the chicken piccata which was tasty and they didn't forget to include carrots and broccoli that were not overcooked. The food was very good, but the pleasant,... More 

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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
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, 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)  >  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?