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
48 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)romantic (15)special occasion (14)good for groups (13)fit for foodies (11)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (5)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • KeithVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Excellent veal chop and the house salad dressing always outstanding - almost as good as the risotto. been coming here almost 30 years and never disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    La Panetteria is one of our favorite restaurants and the food is consistently above average, as is the service. I would recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CASSIEVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The waitress was great but the rest of our dining experience left a lot to be desired. Tired decor and even the food tasted old, fish especially. Also bread was very plain and not warm.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best lasagna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Noise was a problem, but the food was excellent. The lasagna is the best in Bethesda.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and homey
    Susannah61VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Friendly, helpful server really made us feel at home. Good food, great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barry
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent waiter. Very concerned that the food be correctly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We don't get into Bethesda very often, but La Panetteria remains a favored destination. Food and service were excellent, prices very reasonable. The ambiance rating only gets a 4 because our party of 7 was seated around a rectangular table butted up against a round table. I had to sit on the outside of the circular table, and was bumped into several times by passerby.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient Bethesda Restaurant
    MariaRDHVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    La Panetteria is a 35 year old restaurant with a good reputation. The garden area in which we were seated was very pleasant, and the service very good. The food is a good value, with a nice green salad with house dressing on the side included. There are numerous choices for all the courses. We had calamari fritti as an appetizer, it was tasty and tender. The manicotti was filled with ricotta and spinach. While tasty, I would have preferred a little more cheese and less spinach. Others had the cannelloni and the gnocchi which they enjoyed. A dessert was shared and enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    NoreenVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I love this restaurant. Have been a loyal customer, and I'm never disappointed. Excellent service. Delicious homemade pasta. Complementary salad. If you're debating, don't! Go! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NINABEANIEVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    food was excellent as was the service. the table size is on the small size & the tables are very close together-cramped feeling.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    A group of us celebrated a friend's birthday at La Panetteria on 9/29/14. The service was terrific, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was warm and friendly. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner evening
    AngelVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a fun evening. The Restaurant is small as are the tables but since we four were a fun group we made out OK...The food was excellent and the waitstaff was attentive. Stayed almost until closing. We were pleasantly surprised with complimentary after-dinner aperitifs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a pleasant experience
    Lizzy
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We celebrating my Father's birthday over a very enjoyable lunch. The restaurant atmosphere was pleasing, the food was authentic, and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality food and service!
    Jlk0605VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was my friend and I's first time dining here. Not only were we immediately seated upon arrival, but our server(s) were superb in service. We started with 2 appetizers: white wine mussels and calamari, followed by the vegetable pizza & pasta (can't recall the name). I had specifically asked for light cheese and extra sauce on my pizza, which did not exactly come out the way I'd wanted (more cheese vs sauce), but this was immediately fixed: server was able to accompany a side of marinara sauce. What I enjoyed the most about our dining experience was 1. It was quiet enough where my friend and I could hold a conversation, and 2. The timing of our meals was perfect from appetizer to main course, so we'd have time to somewhat digest in btwn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Because . . . ravioli endures
    PigsFly
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is not a new, multi-million dollar celebrity chef outlet nor is it a hipster place funded by crowdsourcing. It's a little neighborhood restaurant that's been around for decades, a fixture on the side street on which it is situated (look for the bright green awning), and it serves satisfying, simple, Italian fare. It has its regular patrons, some of whom have been dining there for more than 20 years. La Panetteria was local before there was local. While everyone bulldozes Bethesda, it endures, nourishes, satisfies, and pleases.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd time disappoinment
    PB08
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The salad was a chopped lettuce salad that could have come out of a bag. The dressing might have come from a bottle. The grilled calamari wa underdone and cold when it arrived. The spinach and white beans were also cold but good. The shrimp diablo was cooked well but my lignuinin and white clam sause came out with spagetti This was our second time - first was very good - this was a total disappointment. Doubt we will go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OnVacation
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A real "neighborhood" restaurant. Good Italian cooking, great service. Comfortable place for both couples and families.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 380 reviews are from the La Panetteria reviews archive.
  • Fantastic
    Easy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything about the place was stand out. The service was remarkable. The food was marvellous. The ambience was authentic. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SamOVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Loved the greenhouse eating area - bright without being exposed. Had the fried mozz, which was good, and the linguine with mushrooms and shrimp, which was also good. Bread was fresh, and red sauce was definitely good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Solid Average
    Globetrotter1VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Nothing special, but nothing particularly wrong. One oddity, though -- the special Maryland crab soup was loaded with . . . wait for it . . . clams! Now THAT was a surprise! And it wasn't the usual Maryland red broth with vegetables version, either -- more like a milky New England clam chowder. Well, it was loaded with clams, though! Decent typical Italian fare otherwise -- a solid average. More than ample portion sizes. Prices are reasonable, and unlike too many restaurants today, it is fairly quiet and diners can have decent conversations without having to shout to be heard.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty, basic Italian
    bigoz13
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Had the Alfredo with chicken. Tasty, simple. Red pepper salad dressing is very good. Finished with tiramisu, which was good. Quiet.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood favorite
    RonaVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Panetteria has been at the same location and serving tasty Northern Italian cuisine for over 30 years. The service is attentive; the atmosphere is pleasant; the prices are very reasonable, and the food is prepared well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Food at Reasonable Prices
    BigAl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food is excellent and the entree price includes a salad. Best value in Bethesda for a wonderful dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodycritic
    foodycritic
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was excellent, the atmosphere fun & lively!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graduation Dinner
    DeenaVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We celebrated our daughter's graduation from the University of Maryland here. The staff was extremely accommodating and held out table while we were running late and trying to escape the traffic congestion from College Park. Food was wonderful-I had the Chilean Sea Bass Special, others in our party had trout, mussels, fruitti de mer and veal saltimbocca. Lovely place to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always up to par
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Every return to this Bethesda restaurant staple continues to be very special. Arrived a bit early but reservation was honored. Matre'D and waitstaff very friendly and attentive. Food as always was prepared and presented expertly. I had a veal-chicken dish with mozzarella and spinach stuffing. Ordered extra vegetables in lieu of pasta, and they were prepared very nicely. Never hesitate to meet friends here- constantly great food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JudyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I confess to be biased since my husband and I have been regulars at Panetteria for years celebrating almost all of our special occasions there. They were surprisingly very busy at 7:30 pm on Mother's Day so we had to wait a little longer for our dinners though our waitress, Joyce, acquitted herself well. As usual, our food was well cooked - the salad dressing as usual zesty and tasty, my grilled calamari not tough (a hard thing to do with calamari and a reason I never attempt to cook it at home), and our accompanying pasta garlicky as ordered. Our dessert of chocolate mousse cake smooth and moist with a nice dark chocolate taste. They handed out roses to all women customers which was a sweet touch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • reliable restaurant
    Debbie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Have been going to this restaurant for years. The food is always good, the restaurant was packed for Mother's Day so service was a bit slow. The whole family enjoys this place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The owner made the experience bad
    Yennipr01
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    He did not have my reservation. I showed him the email confirmation but he continued to deny. He finally sat us as a favor to us. He asked every women if she was a mom & would hand her a rose with the exception of my mom, my mother in law & myself. Food came out 1 1/2 later. We paid a lot for the dinner and I didn't feel the overall experience deserved that much money.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for a graduation celebration
    kshrewsbury
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    we had a wonderful graduation dinner at La Panetteria. Food and service and ambiance were perfect.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theater Dinner
    Foodie4all
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My dad and I had tickets to a play at the Round House Theater and wanted to go to dinner beforehand. I checked Open Table and was able to make a reservation that would still give us enough time to eat and enjoy our dinner without feeling rushed. The food was delicious but what stood out more was the outstanding service we had that night. Looking forward to returning soon...
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    KeithVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Excellent food and service. The veal chop and risotto were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great conversation
    kristirue
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Service was attentive but not intrusive; friendly. If you want to actually talk with your dining companions, La Panetteria is top notch. Great spot for actually holding conversations. No raised voices/shouting necessary.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Lots of great write ups on Open Table, but the food did not measure up. The pastas were great, but the salads and fish were just ok. A bit run down inside, but fine for a simple meal. Not pricey.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and OK
    DaughterVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Went with my husband and his daughter to celebrate his birthday. I had a special of lamb shank on risotto that was fabulous. THe bread was warm and had a spongy texture. Olive oil for dipping was quite good. They had spaghetti with sausage that was quite disappointing. They both like the sausage, but the sauce was very plain and boring and not even up to par with Classico from a jar. An Italian restaurant should be able to do better. Desserts were fabulous. The cannolli was top rate. We would go back but just not have the pomodoro sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superub Evening
    BigAl
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Fine dining experience. Service was attentive and the food was terrific. A fine time was had by all members of the party.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Five of us celebrated a birthday at this wonderful Italian restaurant. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and we all enjoyed ourselves thoroughly at this long-time established, neighborhood spot. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    JBworldtravel
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a dinner for 10 people and we enjoyed our meal, the table was excellent for 10, the food came out together, and everyone enjoyed their meal. Not an easy feat for 10! Many in our party mentioned they would return again. Thanks for a nice night!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependendable Great Food
    DCMaid1
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I love to go there or even take out as everything is tasty, great and friendly service, very dependable. A go-to place.
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  • Maybe it was all the calorie
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Maybe it was all the calorie burning snow shoveling I did on Valentines Day which made me extra hungry, but I and my husband had one of the best restaurant meals in recent memory at La Panetteria and great service in the person of Jessica, our waitress. The bruschetta amuse bouche appetizer was delicious, but I was blown away by how excellent my veal osso buco was. Tremendous wine flavor and the meat perfectly braised. My husband had the trout which he always orders there (we're regulars). And we found the chocolate mousse cake which we've ordered before to be delicious as usual. There's a reason we're regulars and often wonder why La Panetteria isn't reviewed more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.