La Panetteria
La Panetteria

La Panetteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lapanetteria.com/
  • Phone: 3019516433
  • 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
40 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)romantic (14)good for groups (12)special occasion (11)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (8)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Food was great - veal and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/17/2010
    Food was great - veal and fish dishes. Service was hyper-attentive.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The food was excellent for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/14/2010
    The food was excellent for the price. The wait staff was outstanding! Would recommend for anyone for almost any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service was amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2010
    Food and service was amazing. Parmesan cheese and homemade pasta was delicious. Thanks!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in downtown Bethesda
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/11/2010
    Great find in downtown Bethesda and reasonable. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A decent neighborhood restaurant.
    manfrommdVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2010
    A decent neighborhood restaurant. Nothing spectacular, but not disappointing either.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two of the party of three
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2010
    Two of the party of three ordered a lobster and crab pasta dish and could only taste "tomato and cheese." However, my lamb shanks were very good. We did mention the fact to the waiter who said he had not had any other comments. However, he did bring us dessert "on the house" immediately. My recommendation, always return the food if it is not up to your expectations after "one" bite. No restaurant will ever refuse to replace a meal if the complaint is handled nicely.
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  • LaPanetteria offers a fine
    JJMDVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2010
    LaPanetteria offers a fine selection of Italian foods, which are good, but not great. The salad seemed like something I would buy at Safeway as opposed to a resaurant. The prices are great for the meals you get. I enjoyed the lasagna while my friend enjoyed the lobster and pasta. If you're looking for a good place for lunch in the area, this is a good spot.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/1/2010
    Nice restaurant in the neighborhood - good pizza and pasta at resonable prices. House wine (chianti) was good for pizza. Extremely good service, friendly and attentive. Was on short notice and we were happy to find this restaurant. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • The food was disappointingly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2010
    The food was disappointingly awful, very salty, and uninspired. Not at all like we remember it from 2 years ago.
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  • The food was really good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2010
    The food was really good. The risotto (vegetarian menu option) is highly recommended. So is the 3-colored-penne pasta. The sauces were really good too. The bread served as complimentary at the beginning was really different and good. However the restaurant can do more to accommodate more vegetarian options. After all melanzane/ eggplant which appears in 3 of the 4 veg options isn't the only vegetable! Also the sauces were really nice but some people (like me) like the sauce to have a little bit of spice-kick. It will help if the diner can request the server to make the sauce with a spicy range of mild/medium/spicy. Overall- a great dining experience with the food-ambiance-service. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and wine at reasonable
    JeffK
    Dined on 8/22/2010
    Good food and wine at reasonable prices. A solid Italian bistro with excellent service. Italian wines are good and inexpensive.
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  • I had a great time, the waiters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2010
    I had a great time, the waiters are so kind and the food was fabulous. A large choice too. And the restaurant's decorations are superbe, I loved the the paintings and overall atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • La Panetteria was great. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2010
    La Panetteria was great. The food was delicious and the service was very good. I had a large group and had 2 extra people and they still figured out a way to accomodate everyone. The wait staff was always present and attentive to your needs. I definitely will visit this restaurant again.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gnocchi did not taste homemade.
    jjdreston
    Dined on 8/15/2010
    Gnocchi did not taste homemade. A friend ordered cannalone and was very disappointed. Hardly touched her dish. Bread not at all good. Not typical Italian bread - crusty on the outside/tender inside. Waitress kept bumping into my husband's chair each time she passed even though there was nobody opposite our table and the restaurant was almost empty.
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  • Excellent food, great service!
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2010
    Excellent food, great service! Will definately come back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An evening with out of town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2010
    An evening with out of town guests,everyone enjoyed the food and especially the service. We had the pleasure of a most delightful waiter, William.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was OK but nothing
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2010
    The food was OK but nothing special. The tomato sauce tasted canned. The spinach & cheese stuffing (for eggplant) had far too little spinach, at least for my taste. There are better Italian restaurants in Bethesda.
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  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2010
    The food was excellent and we enjoyed the atmosphere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very pleasant experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2010
    A very pleasant experience. We had mentioned that it was a birthday celebration for both of us; that did not elicit any action from the staff, which was okay. They may have been a bit over-busy that evening, but it was just as we expected it to be,good food, good ambiance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid place. Everything is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2010
    Solid place. Everything is good. Nothing extraordinary. Nice place to go for a good place without any bells and whistles.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Panetteria is quant and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2010
    La Panetteria is quant and cozy. The food was really good and traditional italian. With bread and salad inlcluded with ever meal it was a great value. Seating location is important! While the covered ally is cozy it can get quiet toasty there - so bad we moved. The service was responsive and no complaints.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent service...great
    BDTJrVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2010
    Excellent service...great pasta and the veal was excellent, too.
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  • stylish, well served, good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/9/2010
    stylish, well served, good food, not too pricey (for the Bethesda area). Overall a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • We went to La Panetteria as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2010
    We went to La Panetteria as a large group of 20. They were so terrific, especially our server. They gave us separate checks and let us order right off the menu. Our food was served quickly and at the right temperature (nothing was cold and yet they served all 20 dishes at the same time). Everyone commented on how wonderful the food was too. The restaurant is very pretty inside and quite unique. I recommend this restaurant for small or large groups. Great exerience!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We have eaten here many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2010
    We have eaten here many times and have never been dissapointed with the food or the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An old style Italian-American
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/18/2010
    An old style Italian-American restaurant with some very well executed dishes, friendly and efficient service and a nice atmosphere. Old stile in this case is not to be scoffed at, but rather La Panetteria should be applauded for doing what it does very well.
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  • I took my fiance here for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/2/2010
    I took my fiance here for his birthday and it was a great choice. The food was delicious and the service was great! We will return in the future.
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    special occasion
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  • we arrived at 9 and they were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2010
    we arrived at 9 and they were closing at 10 because it was a slow night. we asked if we would be rushed, because we would like to take our time, and the response was "we want to get out of here too". we decided to stay anyways. the rest of the time we were being rushed through our meal, which was nothing special, and soon couldn't wait to leave. i would not recommend this place.
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  • Excellent food and service!
    mikideez
    Dined on 5/29/2010
    Excellent food and service! Much better Than what I expected. The bread is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love La Panetteria. It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2010
    We love La Panetteria. It provides very good Italian food of consistent quality, and there is something for everyone on the menu. We love to go there for special occasions (anniversary, birthday) or when out-of-town guests are visiting--- they always seem happy with the choice. The service is excellent with wonderful attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate