La Panetteria
La Panetteria

La Panetteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lapanetteria.com/
  • Phone: (301) 951-6433
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: La Panetteria feature beautiful settings for private parties, events and gatherings for groups of 25-35, 35-42 and 45-65. We offer group menus to fit any budget. We personalize the menu for your function. There are no pre selections and the guests pick the main course from the personalized menu. Rehearsal dinners are our specialty.
  • Private Party Contact: Harry Khayami 3019516433

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two large county garages with metered parking. We have Valet service on Friday and Saturday nights.
A word from La Panetteria
La Panetteria has been a Bethesda Landmark for more than 35 years. It has won accolades from food critics and many loyal customers for its superb menu and impeccable service. Cozy, old-fashioned Italian restaurant, serves both northern and southern Italian specialties, with homemade pasta, fresh seafood, veal and chicken dishes and best white pizza in the area. The restaurant invites diners in with a tree shaded street front awning, and an Old Italy atmosphere enhanced by a sunlit indoor atrium with graceful hanging baskets and period paintings on white washed stucco walls. The ceramic tile floor and white tablecloth complete the ambience of a true trattoria. The menu is extensive and features a wide variety of classic Italian dishes, plus daily specials like risottos, veal shank, seafood lasagna, rolattini and Zuppa. If you have a favorite Italian dish you will find it on the menu. La Panetteria means ‘the bakery’ in Italian and all the bread is baked fresh daily.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
La Panetteria reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)romantic (14)special occasion (13)good for groups (13)fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Finally a good Italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I am from New Jersey, and it is hard to find good Italian food in and around DC. But La Panetteria blew me and my wife away. Truly excellent cuisine. The service was also impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's A Mystery...
    CRAMD
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The restaurant was all but empty at 9:00 p.m. on a Friday night--perhaps it's because there isn't much to recommend it. The place looks rundown. The tables are too small and too close together. The waitress seemed to have a limited command of English. The food was average. With all the restaurants in Bethesda, I wonder how La Panetteria stays in business. I'm sure you can find someplace better.
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  • wonderful
    theresabar
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I've been going to La Panetteria for many years! Great food, nice atmosphere and good service. Some of the best food in town. Try the lamb shank if it's on the specials! It's great!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we have dined here for over
    eatoutqueenVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    we have dined here for over ten years and it has been consistently excellent in every area
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian Restaurant
    Rich
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Good service, nice selection of Italian wines, good food - had the mussels in wine, linguini with mushrooms, good desserts and cappuccino.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Panetteria
    PiperVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Great little neighborhood restaurant with nice service, good food, and an easy place to have conversations. Would recommend for an easy casual or a romantic dinner. Feels very Italian and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday half-price wine nights
    MojoworkinVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Monday half-price wine nights are a deal and the food is understated but consistent. The staff are polite and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella
    murphyx6
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This was our third time dining at La Panetteria. There were 7 of us and we were seated in the back and practically had the room to ourselves. It was a great way to celebrate my birthday. Once again the food was excellent. We all ordered something different and it was all delicious. No one walked away hungry. As a matter of fact we didn't even have room for dessert. Our waitress suggested the combo appetizer platter and it was a smashing hit. Highly recommend that for a big group. Already looking forward to returning again next year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating at Panetteria
    Father
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This has got to be the best Italian restaurant in the Northern suburbs. The carbonara is the best outside of Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND!!!
    Hardknocklife7
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I recently ate at the restaurant with my girlfriend. The food was good and the service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you have never been - you
    cearly
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    If you have never been - you are missing out. Best pasta / wine / service in the D.M.V. ... hands down. Make sure to leave room for dessert & house-made limon-cello!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to start 2014!
    GoodFun
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our group of eight friends dined at La Panetteria on New Year's Eve and, as usual, everything was excellent. We were welcomed graciously, our table was ready when we arrived, dinner and service were terrific, and we were wished well for the New Year by the friendly and gracious management. What more could one ask? Last year we were a party of 11, the year before a party of six. Each time we had an outstanding time and great experience. We plan to return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not nearly as good as last year
    Restreview
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We loved this restaurant last New Year's Eve. This year was TOTALLY different. Staff last year was friendly. Not this year. I order steak and lobster. Steak was full of fat and brissle and could barely eat it. Lobster tail was miniscule. All of the dinners for our whole table were average at best. My was below average. We think this restaurant must be under new management or a new chef since the quality has declined so much. We will never be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For a delicious birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Members of our family have gone to La Panetteria many times. My son, and new daughter-in-law joined us to celebrate my wife's birthday. She loved the veal shank with spinach and mushrooms over risotto with dried tomatoes (one of the specials that night). I loved the veal saltimbocca. It was delicious. My son liked his choice of the specials, chicken breast stuffed with asparagus and mushrooms (I think). Our new daughter was enthusiastic about the linguini and mushrooms (lots of them) with chicken. The side dishes and the salad were also very good. And so were the desserts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very festive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    An Italian restaurant of minimal quality will AWAYS have a Prosceco in the house for an apperatif. ESPECIALLY at the holidays. We were told that they had taken it off the menu. VERY disappointing!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Good in Bethesda
    Pammy
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    Good Italian food in Bethesda and very homey and great food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great restaurant in Bethesda
    Debbie
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This restaurant has reliably good food & service. Definitely recommend La Panetteria.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Visit
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Panetteria never fails to deliver. From the Fruita de mare, to the veal dishes, to the chicken dishes, all entrees were up to their normal standards. The consistency of service and food in addition to the owners personal welcome ( and in this case personal rendering of Happy Birthday) is always guaranteed. Dishes are not overdone with excessive schmaltz- just very good northern and southern Italian offerings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good, classic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Consistently good, classic Italian food with nice sized portions and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and a great experience!
    NotQuiteAFoodie
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary dinner. We both adored the ambience and the service, and the food was outstanding. It's a little on the pricey side but the food was worth it. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had another terrific experience
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    We had another terrific experience at Panetteria. Guillermo, our waiter, was professional and attentive, and Harry, the owner, was there, which was nice. Great Trota Al Almafitana (trout in a garlic and caper sauce) preceded by a salad that could have been a little more room temperature but had lots of (pitted!) olives and a great dressing. The entrees (other than pastas which come with only salad) come with a vegetable and pasta which makes them good deals. The dessert, a new one, dark chocolate mousse cake, was delicious, with flavorful decaf. coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Jill
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    La Panetteria has been a consistently good to excellent restaurant over several years that I have dined there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had the eggplant parmigiana
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I had the eggplant parmigiana which was very good. My dinner companion enjoyed her chicken marsala. We both agreed that the salad was particularly good and we appreciated getting the dressing on the side.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD CHOICE FOR TOURS?
    allatnas
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The food was overcooked, the server was rushing us out. The pre-made salad was almost frozen. If ever asked, I will steer people away from this establishment.
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    good for groups
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  • Excellent
    svanderzylVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Had the pleasure of dining at La Panetteria this past Friday night. My boyfriend and I dine later than most and arrived about 9:15 pm. Restaurant had a a crowd in the front dining room, but only a handful of diners in the side room. Seated promptly and greeted warmly by our server. Started off with two well-made vodka drinks. Nex came two entrees, both accompanied with salad and vegetable. Chicken Parmigiana, my go to Italian entree, was exceptional!! Lightly breaded, fork-tender chicken topped with superb sauce and cheese. Simply delightful! Boyfriend had the Fruiti De Mar Special that included lobster. He chose his in a white wine sauce. Again - Superb!!! Fresh, light, perfectly presented and prepared. We will return!!!
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  • La Panetteria delivers again
    tbg22VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We've been to La Panetteria several times for dinner, and have enjoyed each visit. But this week was the best -- excellent service, and my braised lamb shank over asparagus/mushroom risotto was delicious and comforting on a cool rainy night. My GF got the seafood combination over pasta -- it was delicious, too. I had planned on getting veal, but that lamb special was irresistable. I'll get veal on our next visit, which will be soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice quite family place
    hassan
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    This place reminded do much of small town italy restaurant. Nice Italian food snd goid service. Hoise eines are excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice job
    Mike
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Our waitress was extremely efficient, and at the same time not intrusive. The atmosphere of the restaurant was casual, yet it had a sense of a small Italian neiborhood. The food was excellent, the service great. It was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service!! Decent food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We truly enjoyed the ambience in the room in which we were seated. It made us feel like we were in Europe for the time we were there. We were served a basket of nice breads with a bowl of fresh parmesan cheese and olive oil. Our dinners also came with a tossed salad. The eggplant florentine was very good and served with a side of spaghetti. The gnocci was decent as was the chicken parmesan. The portions were manageable... We were sated but didn't take home any leftovers. Honestly, we've had better tomato sauce at other Italian restaurants so, as much as we did like it, we will probably not rush back. The service was fantastic. We never felt rushed or like we were waiting too long.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From the outside, this place
    Yosterstrudel
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    From the outside, this place is definitely unassuming. I'd not have ever given it a shot, were it not for the Living Social deal that brought me here. But wow, what a gorgeous place! I felt transported by the setting, and the food was spot on as well. It was really quiet when we were here, but I'd chock that up to eating an earlier dinner during the week (our reservation was at 5:15).
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad we checked this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    So glad we checked this place out - it was delicious! Great spot to bring my Italian mother. :)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    ShellieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Restaurant has been around for many, many years, and that's because it is really, really good. Can you believe, their entrees come with a nice house salad? Where can you get that! Plenty of vegetarian options as well. This is a gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hearty Italian
    David
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    La Panetterria isn't one of these new pretentious places. It serves classic Italian food in a lovely setting. You don't feel like you're in busy downtown Bethesda as you dine in a classically decorated and airy space. The service is prompt and courteous without being overbearing. The food was delicious. They give you a complete meal for a good price. The eggplant parmigiana and pasta were tasty and my dining partner's trout was quite flavorful and served with crisp vegetables. Bravaissimo!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Food with attentive service
    BigAl
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    As always the restaurant provided fine food with attentive service. It is one of a few restaurants that includes a salad with most meals. Healthy meal well prepared is a hallmark of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing.
    linajane
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Old style, very traditional, Italian dishes without much finesse, flair or new approach. Should have stuck to plain home-made pasta & fresh tomato sauce rather than rather dull sole with the usual steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and a very run-of-the-mill salad. But the ambiance was pleasant and the wine list good.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love, Love, Love this restaurant.
    foodloveVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Love, Love, Love this restaurant. Service is topped only by the deliciousness of the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adequate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    An adequate spot in all respects but there is nothing special about the food. Not a place to avoid if a friend wants to meet there, but not a place to recommend to a friend either.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have enjoyed the cuisine,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Have enjoyed the cuisine, ambience and service for many years. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home style cooking!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    Delicious, authentic Italian food. There were 3 in our party. We got the mussels in the red sauce as an appetizer--- amazing! Our entrees were the tortellini with amore sauce-- wow, tortellinis were stuffed with ground veal and the amore sauce is a pink sauce that is creamy and delicious! We also had lasagna-- OMG it was to die for, ground beef, ricotta, perfectly cooked lasagna noodles smothered in a homemade red sauce and melted cheese...yummmmmy! And the third entree was the melizane (it was spinach and cheese wrapped in eggplant) served with linguini, very good vegetarian dish! Then for dessert we got Tiramisu... Homemade, creamy deliciousness. The service was also magnificent, our waitress smiled the whole time! C u soon!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise.
    jls1019
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    We had a small surprise party dinner. Everyone in our group of 8 raved about the food. The staff was so nice and accommodating. We will eating at La Paneterria again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.