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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles 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 here.

Thank Layla G
Greenville, North Carolina
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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 this. May be great food. Will let you know. This guy needs to go !!!??

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 adult (you) with younger folks who all want to drink alcohol. We have to card... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 dishes from across the menu. Without exception, each dish was delicious and quite different from... 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. More 

Takoma Park, Maryland
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 corporate feel that we see so often in upscale DC-area restaurants. You will leave with... More 

Thank nbuchana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 to buy the Groupon, made the reservation and told my boyfriend to meet me there... More 

Thank Amanda R
Norwich, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 restaurant was still very comfortable. Staff were attentive and friendly and not over bearing. Overall... 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. More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 classics, so appeals to everyone. In the summer, there is a nice outdoor patio, and... More 

Thank Mark H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 cheesecake for dessert (with a candle and a birthday song) finished the evening off perfectly.... More 

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Layton, Utah, United States
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2015

Our second trip (Me, wife and daughter (11)), once for lunch a few weeks ago and today for dinner. Mussels Marinara , Mozzarella Caprese and White bean soup as appetizers were all excellent, Cannelloni, Potato Ravioli and Veal Matrimonio were superb. The veal dish was a signature item and was a little expensive at $30 but was the hit of... More 

Thank Scott B
Yucca Valley, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2015

I just had my 50th birthday party here and it was great. The cost per head was very reasonable, the choices were great, and the owner was flexible when we asked to bring a birthday cake and add an additional choice of appetizer to our menu. The food was excellent, and the room that we held the event in was... 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
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?