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Positano Ristorante Italiano

4940 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
+1 301-654-1717
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“veal” (16 reviews)
“bruschetta” (9 reviews)
“wine room” (11 reviews)
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All hours
CUISINES
Italian, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
4940 Fairmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-6023
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81 - 90 of 230 reviews

Reviewed 31 March 2015

We were visiting from NY and were looking for a reasonable family Italian restaurant. Poitano Ristorante was perfect. the food was delicious, the atmosphere was charming and the staff was so attentive and extremely accommodating. The spaghetti with white clam sauce was very very scrumptious!...More

2  Thank RobinT321
Reviewed 30 March 2015

I have been going to this restaurant on and off for over 20 years. The place hasn't changed which is nice. It has an old world charm to it that is hard to find these days. I recently had a not so great experience there...More

Thank Judy G
Reviewed 30 March 2015

We held a friends Bridal Shower in the Wine Room and it was lovely. They made it incredibly easy - we were able to come in early to decorate, prices were very reasonable, and the staff was very friendly.I highly recommend hosting your next event...More

Thank Layla G
Reviewed 30 March 2015

Horrible hope it improves. Sunday manager is so very inappropriate times 50. Manager asked for ID for my 22 year old twice and made the whole thing so Uncomfortable. Don't you think I would let my underage child drink in front of me. Not only...More

2  Thank 5aliveAB
touroneinc, Manager at Positano Ristorante Italiano, responded to this review

Thank you for using your Groupon here. I am sorry you got upset but your situation and response were exactly what we are trained to prepare for in Legal Alcohol Service Training with County authorities. The training presents the same scenario wherein there is an...More

Reviewed 19 March 2015

We are planning to host a dinner at Positano's in honor of my daughter's graduation from high school and had dinner here to try out the menu. Both of my daughters have very specific and quite different food preferences, so we tried a range of...More

1  Thank James K
touroneinc, General Manager at Positano Ristorante Italiano, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We aim to please. Look forward to serving you again at your event, if not sooner.

Reviewed 13 March 2015

Positano's is a wonderful restaurant, with excellent food and a caring owner. In addition to traditional Italian specialties, there are many delicious dishes that are vegan or vegetarian. The wine list is excellent. The prices are very reasonable. The atmosphere is authentic, without the fake...More

Thank nbuchana
Reviewed 7 March 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went out to eat on a Friday night. It was a spur of the moment decision. I saw their Groupon deal for a pre fixed three course meal for two. I saw that they ranked #9 on Trip Advisor and decided...More

Thank Amanda R
Reviewed 5 March 2015 via mobile

Chose this restaurant on first visit to Bethesda because of its location but now plan to visit when in the area. The restaurant itself has great atmosphere and tables are well spaced. Good variety of food with specials. Visited in period of extreme cold but...More

1  Thank Andrew B
touroneinc, Manager at Positano Ristorante Italiano, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We aim to please.

Reviewed 19 February 2015

I go to Positano all the time, particularly when I am in the mood for veal marsala. During the week it is generally quiet, so I can talk with my guests, and the food is always good. There is a nice variety of all the...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 27 January 2015

My wife requested this restaurant (again) for her birthday. Three of us (fourteen year old daughter included) came in on a Sunday night and once again understood why this was the perfect spot. Our waiter was the best, the food was fantastic and the lemon...More

Thank bob v
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James W
Unless there is another Italian restaurant at 4948 Fairmont in Bethesda, my review stands, with one exception. Replace the word "small" with "overcrowded and cluttered". J. Worcester
18 May 2016|
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Response from touroneinc | Property representative |
11 months ago?
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MomMom L
I am highly allergic to anything containing alliums (onion, garlic, chives, scallions, shallots, leeks) in any form, but other herbs are fine.Is there anything safe for me to eat at this restaurant, other than just a salad without dressing?
15 February 2015|
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Response from touroneinc | Property representative |
Hello. You can have chicken piccata, or chicken marsala, or veal piccata or veal marsala. mozzarella caprese salad. salmon, trout, red snapper, rock fish.
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MomMom L
I am highly allergic to anything containing alliums (onion, garlic, chives, scallions, shallots, leeks) in any form, but other herbs are fine.Is there anything safe for me to eat at this restaurant, other than just a salad without dressing?
15 February 2015|
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Response from touroneinc | Property representative |
HI. you can have chicken , veal, salads, pasta, fish
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 22
Meals
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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
Full service Italian restaurant with also four private party rooms and garden terrace for outside dining.