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“"Gem in Bethesda"”

Positano Ristorante Italiano
Ranked #19 of 372 Restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: US$1 - US$22
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Full service Italian restaurant with also four private party rooms and garden terrace for outside dining.
Reviewed 25 March 2014

With a name like Aldo, my husband loves Italian food! We went for lunch the other day and my salmon and his carbonara were both delicious! The atmosphere is also very warm and, well...Italian!! We liked it so much that we booked our daughter's upcoming graduation party there. It will be held in one of the numerous party rooms--the Wine Room, perfect for a party of 20. Can't wait!

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Thank Cathy P
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

I can't for the life of me understand how this less than average restaurant stays in business. And it had for years and years. The food is never good, I've had better from the frozen section of my grocery store. The seasonings are underwhelming. The food has no zest as Italian food should have. But it has its following, just not me.

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2  Thank Sandy C
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

The food is to die for and the ambiance is fun and comfortable. Believe me I usually go there two-three times a month to satisfy my cravings for Italian food.
The owner is very kind and always wanders over to your table to make sure you have all you need and engage with a light conversation when ever she is there.
Positano's is one of the best that Bethesda has to offer in my opinion!

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Thank EVE022714
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touroneinc, Owner at Positano Ristorante Italiano, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2014

Hi Eve!

Thank you very much for the positive comments. We work hard to offer good food and friendly, efficient service, and I’m so glad your visit was enjoyable. I will pass your feedback on to the team, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 February 2014

We have been here several times and the food have been a bit uneven. Some dishes are excellent (the seafood is usually is quite good), while others are average at best (the lasagna, for example). The wine list is extensive with some good choices. Service was attentive and the servers knowledgeable. We had no problem getting a table. The last two times we were there (middle of the week), most of the tables were empty.

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Thank GeneDoc57
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touroneinc, Owner at Positano Ristorante Italiano, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2014

Hi GeneDoc57,

Thank you for your honest feedback. Our customers feedback is very important to us! We will pass your feedback on to the team, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 7 January 2014

I have been eating here since the 70's and it never disappoints. Helpful and friendly wait staff. The house made tomatoe sauce, no matter what it is on, is the best to be found.

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1  Thank gkaufmann
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touroneinc, Owner at Positano Ristorante Italiano, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2014

Hello gkaufmann,

Wow! Thank you for being a loyal customer. We work hard to offer good food and friendly, efficient service, and I’m so glad your visit was enjoyable.

See you soon!

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