Trattoria Sorrento
Trattoria Sorrento

Trattoria Sorrento

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriasorrento.com/
  • Phone: 3017180344x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner only:

    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


    Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: De Simone Chefs, Carlo, Giovanni, Maria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: catering pick-up and delivery limited options available. budget catering available
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi private room available. We also offer restaurant buyout. Corporate functions and Parties/Banquets anytime.
  • Private Party Contact: Giovanni 3017180344x
  • Entertainment: Live Opera Night
    Wine tasting Dinners
    Charity Events
    Fundraising
    Sunday Brunch coming soon-TBA
  • Special Events: Live Opera Nights every first Sunday of the Month unless otherwise noted. Only $55.00 per person for a 4 course meal and all entertainment. A deal you won't regret and will want to come back again for. Each aria will be explained before singing. Come for a magnificent show with the top one and only starring soprano Diane Abel and Friends and enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by DeSimone chefs. Also, join us for wine tasting dinners and charity events too.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Georgetown Rd
  • Public Transit: Bethesda Metro three blocks walking along Old Georgetown Rd. and free shuttle service to and from Metro
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking right next door.
    Valet parking available weekends.
    Street parking available too, certain county hours apply.
    Another Public Lot 1 block on Delray Ave.
A word from Trattoria Sorrento
"Trattoria Sorrento is a family owned and run restaurant, established in 1991. Influenced by culinary traditions emanating from Sorrento and with a focus on creating an authentic Italian dining occasion, we are confident that your experience will be reminiscent of an authentic meal in Italy." Fresh Seafood & Pastas, Pizza, Veal, Chops from our grill and definitely more and something for every palate. Come enjoy our tradition at Trattoria Sorrento!
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Trattoria Sorrento reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (9)special occasion (9)romantic (8)fit for foodies (6)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Stuck up and very noisy
    Larry
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    We came in during opera night and the lady singing opera was very very loud.I told the waitress it was very distracing and all she said was thank you.Good food but not good service.Waitess nevber came back to even see if I wanted canother drink.Long island ice tea was very weak and watered down
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Opera Night!!
    nina
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    We just stumbled in on the first Sunday, and were wonderfully surprised by some very talented performers: soprano, tenor, accompanist. Couple that with good wine and wonderful food, and I'm in heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    HughVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Familly run Italian, nothing fancy and value for money
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food if you're not in a hurry
    OutOfTowner
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Had dinner on a Thursday evening right after work. The restaurant was very slow, but picked up quite a bit as the night went on. The food was very good, but the service was surprisingly slow (although the staff was very friendly.) We had a pasta dish and the fish special and both were excellent. We will definitely go back, but next time I would ask them to move it along a bit quicker. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite Italian place
    BethesdaRegularVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    This restaurant is family owned, family run and feels very comfortable and well run. Food is always good. Service is friendly, easy, and consistently good. I haven't been for Opera Night, but I hear that is a big hit with regulars. Our neighborhood favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A large noisy group of adolescent
    BBBB
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    A large noisy group of adolescent girls made conversation nearly impossible. As we were leaving, another latge group was arriving
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    Britabroad
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    We went during an opera night so it was a bit loud, however we still had a wonderful dinner. It was definitely a one off situation with the noise and this should not deter anyone from going here. Highly recommend this place. Good food and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service; very
    Jules
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Excellent food, service; very friendly; outstanding opera night
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Praise
    shortyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Four diners. Four happy people. We have been to Sorrento for many years and have always had a well prepared and tasty meal. Sometimes the service is a bit slow, but it is worth the wait because the food is so good. Try it. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    las08e
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I went here alone for my birthday dinner since my SO was out of town at a conference and I just moved here so I know very few people. The food was spectacular and the service was beyond great. I loved the atmosphere, I didn't feel awkward that I was there alone at all, and I had a wonderful time. Price-wise, it was completely worth it. I honestly expected to pay much more for that kind of quality of food. I will certainly be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    katmando90
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    This is definitely one of the hidden gems of Bethesda. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Restaurant
    JohnGalt
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Well done traditional Italian food in a nice setting. There is a good selection of Italian wines and prices are reasonable. In my opinion it is the best Italian restaurant in Bethesda and an equal to DeCarlo's in the District.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complements
    shortyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Seven adults dined here Saturday evening.and were very pleased with the service and food. Three couples ordered the house salad which was large enough to share. The entrees varied from pastas to shrimp to veal and all were prepared very well. Each was quite plentiful, very flavorful and served with good heat. Prices are reasonable at Sorrento and combined with the previous kudos are the reason we return often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a casual night
    WGOR
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Perfect for a casual night out with friends, or for any special occasion. Great food...warm, welcoming staff...like dinner at a good friend's house.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely service and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    We had a celebratory dinner with my family on a Thursday evening. The service was lovely (warm, attentive) and all the food was fresh tasting and delicious. We will certainly be back and would recommend this family-owned restaurant to others!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    PapaBillVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    The setting is so much like a Trattoria in Italy we felt like we were there, having lived in Italy. The food was outstanding, the service topnotch, and the music was appropriately Italian. We were treated to a wonderful meal, served by a gracious lady, and loved every minute of this great place. We'd highly recommend it to anyone seeking a true Italian setting and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant was able to
    John
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    This restaurant was able to accommodate a large group. The waiter was very knowledgeable of menu items and specials. He recommended between alternatives with supported reasoning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious! Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Food was delicious! Service attentive, but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    RonGVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    This is the best Italian restaurant in Montgomery County. Also, our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Unbelievable menu. Domenic is an excellent server--he makes you feel at home. The prices are reasonable and the portions are large. We come here at least once/month.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We love coming to Sorrento. It is a true family restaurant and anything you order is prepared with love. The have daily specials that can be quite unique - example salad with grilled tripe, which was truly delicious if you can get past the tripe. Their grilled calamari is a must and no matter which main dish you choose, you will not be disappointed. Probably the best Tiramisu I ever had as well!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food in a Friendly Setting
    FoodLover
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed or meal here: the food was good, the service was attentive and accommodating, and the atmosphere was warm. While not gourmet, the food was very good and well prepared. We will definitely dine here the next time we visit Bethesda.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's Really a Shame...
    LML22VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The food here is wonderful - really good, solid pastas and sauces. Unfortunately, the two times I've been here, the service was so bad it spoiled the experience. The tables were crammed together and in weird formation. The owner is surly and acts as though you're putting him out by asking to be seated (with a reservation). We were sitting for 30 minutes before the waitress came over to ask if we wanted drinks. We mentioned we were ready to order and she said she'd be back to tell us about the specials. It was literally an hour and a half before we had food at the table. While the food is great, it's not worth the wait or the overcrowding of tables.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The food was good as always but the staff was totally unprepared for a full house. therefore service was very slow. The waitress was very polite - and we understood that she could not handle all of her tables, etc. - but the restaurant should have known they needed more staff as they told us when we arrived that it would be a full house.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    anonVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    the food here is delicious - and everything seems to be an authentic recipe with a family twist. for example, the salad dressing (a campari vin) is different yet delicious. the server was outstanding - calm, patient, and attentive. however, the bus staff was not as consistent -- clearing half the bread and appetizer plates and forgetting about the rest. overall, a fantastic place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Our family of 10 were seated as soon as we arrived. We had reservations for 6:00 pm. The restaurant was packed with Mother's Day patrons. We were served efficiently, warm and friendly service. Food was very good. I had one of the specials and it was fabulous! My husband and I wlll dine there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best Italian in Bethesda!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    This restaurant is by far the best original Italian food we have found in Bethesda! All the food was like being in Italy. Prosciutto and ricotta stuffed wheat homemade ravioli and eggplant Parmesan along with a bottle of Ruffino Chianti made this a night to remember! Our waiter from Sicily was excellent and helped with our selections. The homemade desserts were extraordinary. Do try their appetizer of mussels in marinara! We will return every chance we get when we return to Bethesda! Giovanni and his parents have the "real deal" here at Sorento! You won't be disappointed with this beautiful place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bethesda's "go-to" Italian place
    lkbethesda
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    One of our very favorite neighborhood restaurants. Sorrento never disappoints. There are nearly always specials that are irresistible, but the regular menu is also excellent and varied. "Papa", the owner and chef, also is a genius with his personally made desserts. The family-owned restaurant conveys a family-friendly atmosphere, and it is our "go-to" Bethesda dining spot for our out of town visitors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Melinda was our server tonight
    RonGVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    Melinda was our server tonight and was extremely efficient and friendly. The food, as always, was outstanding. I would recommend going when the restaurant is less hectic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful, sophisticated and warm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    In a town of overpriced, noisy, overstimulating and mediocre restaurants, the Trattoria stands out as a wonderful and authentic joy. The proprietors, a family, are devoted to their craft. The fish is particularly well done, in subtle and flavorful ways. A good place for folks who struggle with background din - small and quiet. If you enjoy intimate,more sophisticated restaurants rather than corporate gigantism you will love this place. Bottom line: a wonderful counterpoint to the over engineered, overpriced pretentiousness of DC dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cute restaurant. Margherita
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Cute restaurant. Margherita pizza had too much sauce (should only be tomato, and not sauce) and too much cheese. By far the better choice: mushroom and prosciutto. We'd be willing to give it another try...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We always enjoy Sorrento --
    Goodfood123VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    We always enjoy Sorrento -- the food is delicious and the service perfect. Veal marsala is done just right, the fish is well cooked. Serive is very attentive and just great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great server.
    maarmianVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Great food and great server. Seems as though Saturday night is not the best option. The kitchen and staff can't keep up. Our server apologized for back ups and computer problems. Deserts were comped and he made sure our wine glasses were full, also on the house. Food was great and fresh for the price point. Would come back again in spite of snafus in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorite neighborhood
    RonGVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    One of our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurants. The food is always very good, the portions are generous and the prices are reasonable. Our only complaint is the slow service--more staff is needed, especially on busy weekend nights--but that won't stop us from continuing to go here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very well prepared Italian
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Very well prepared Italian food in a somewhat-disorganized and old-fashioned Italo-American restaurant. Excellent service by a waiter from the old country (Domenico). I would go back for the food and service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cold night. Movie in about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Cold night. Movie in about an hour. Family with small child seated nearby. Traffic late. No problem. After a warm welcome, and quick service, we tucked into our suppers. Only happy gurgles from the child basking in her/his family's love. Attentive, but not pushy, table service. After the movie, we returned for dessert and were greeted by name. Can't get better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The family that owns this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    The family that owns this restaurant is wonderful- they always go out of their way to make your experience as perfect as possible. The food is FABULOUS- I had spinach ravioli in Alfredo sauce- AMAZING! There is much attention to detail both in the intimate setting/ambiance and food. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. And while I don't recommend this a "kid friendly" place (like, say, Fuddruckers) we brought our 2 year old who LOVED the food, and was adored by the entire waitstaff and owners. They made a special plate for him and made certain he was as happy with the experience as the adults!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A small, little storefront
    dmwiegVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    A small, little storefront gem. Delicious food, spectacular service (ask for Miranda), and a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Simply )wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The website called it romantic,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    The website called it romantic, it was hardly that. The food was okay, but my dish was supposed to have white meat tuna; who would have ever guessed it would be canned. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was a great Valentines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    This was a great Valentines Day experience. They made my wife and I feel as though we were part of the family rather than patrons. The food portions were plentiful and even more importantly, tasted great. As we waited to be seated, guest were telling us how much we would enjoy this restaurant. This has never happend to me and I was very impressed. This was truly a great dining experience and I will be a frequenting this establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good. But tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Food was good. But tables and seating was very crowded.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate