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Trattoria Sorrento
Trattoria Sorrento

Trattoria Sorrento Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trattoriasorrento.com/
  • Phone: (301) 718-0344
  • 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: Italian, Seafood, 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 (301) 718-0344
  • Entertainment: Live Opera Night
    Wine tasting Dinners
    Charity Events
    Fundraising
    Sunday Brunch coming soon-TBA
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I come from boston where the north end is filled with small, casual Italian eateries. This place reminds me of home with it's very tasty homey Italian food in a casual yet romantic setting, it is utterly unpretentious and very welcoming with great service."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "A family business that always satisfies! Hidden away on Cordell avenue, this is probably the 6th or 7th time I've been and the food is always amazing. Attentive staff that remember you from past visits. The specials,especially the fish ones are well prepared, seasoned nicely and good portions. Topped off with their sangria and it makes for a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food at Sorrento is very good; the setting fine; the waiters very pleasant. So why do we hesitate to go? Slow service. Not sure if this is the waitstaff or the kitchen, but it's inevitably just far too slow."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I absolutely loved this place. It's nicely decorated, and the food is delicious. The homemade ravioli and homemade wheat pasta were wonderful. The shrimp was cooked to perfection. I definitely plan on returning to this place! I would definitely recommend checking it out.. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Cute Italian restaurant with good food, but not as good as the Italian chain Mama Lucia. Service was nice but quite slow."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Outstanding menu selection. Very interesting specials. The stuffed red pepper with shrimp was fantastic. Our service was outstanding, as always. The wine list has several very reasonable selections. Our go to Bethesda restaurant."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food and service were amateur. The food was terrible, the woman who helped us was nice. The main course was ok. The clams casino were just disgusting and the desert was even worse. Im sure it was old or frozen. The ambiance was pitiful the place looks like nothing has been done to it in 40 years. Subpar for Bethesda standards."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This restaurant isn't going to awe you and for us that's a good thing. Perfect for a quiet dinner (or lunch) with good food, service and the ability to actually hear one another converse!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by a colleague as having good food, good service, etc. There was no host/hostess to greet us. Eventually we were noticed and seated by a gentlemen who ended up being our waiter and he did not introduce himself. He was very knowledgeable of the specials and food/wine on the menu. The food was ok and the service was ok. Not nearly as good asI was expecting. Definite room for improvement."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Trattoria Sorrento has fabulous authentic Italian food with wonderful wine and atmosphere. It's easy to talk to your companions and also enjoy conversation with the people around you in a friendly atmosphere. I would recommend this to anyone near the Bethesda area."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times. The food is always good - great menu, lovely staff."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "What was once fairly consistent is now inconsistent. Pasta is mushy and the generic sauces differ from meal to meal. Had an appetizer of prosciutto and mozzerella which was too salty to eat"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Excellent service and delicious authentic Italian food in a very cozy environment! Perfect for any occasion! We had a wonderful 3 course dinner!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The place is nice but the placement of the tables isn't. They try to sit too many people and the place isn't that big but the food was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food wes very good. Service was horrible. They forgot our drink order, brought us the wrong meal three times. It was Valentine's Day and the wait staff and kitchen couldn't handle the crowd."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "we had never been here before, but decided to go on Valentine's day. I assume they don't put that many tables out normally, because they had put tables VERY close to one another (eg, 6 inches away from each other). So it was quite crowded. The food was very good, but the service lacked. We ordered appetizers but they never arrived, although they did appear on the bill. The waiter was very nice and apologized for the mistake. So hard to say if this was normal service, or just a reflection of having too many people to fit into to accomodate so many couples wanting a nice valentines dinner"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were hoping for a romantic Valentine' Day meal, but the service was so poor that it actually ruined the dining experience. It took us over two hours to have a salad, entrée, and a dessert, and most of that time was spent waiting. We had to flag our waitress down every time (including for a water refill after sitting there for over an hour without anyone stopping by). Our waitress seemed stressed and frustrated by the crowd, which I understand because the place was packed and they only seemed to have 3-4 wait people on staff. But a good waitress still would have smiled and at least made you feel like you weren't making her day worse by ordering food at a restaurant. Eggplant parmesan was terrible but hubby's pesto past was delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It appeared that extra tables were added in the dining room due to the Valentine's Day special occasion. This made the dining experience horrible, very noisy, crowded, and poor service. It was also my birthday so I let the waiter know and he only responded, "I believe you. Our glasses were not refilled, we were not checked on, bread was not replaced, and we were not asked if we wanted dessert our coffee. We finished as soon as possible and had dessert elsewhere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "While we were happy they had reservations available at 6:30 before our play at Roundhouse on Valentine's day, and that they quickly seated us, they had apparently crammed extra tables in, and the waitress and kitchen were trying to serve too many tables. It was impossible to have anything approaching a conversation without either yelling or leaning across the table (the technique we used) It took 40 minutes after arriving before we were able to even place our order (in the meantime, others who arrived later had already been served- we might have been better served if we were aggresive/obnoxious), though the waitress was good about getting our order in and getting our dinner to us in time to gulp in down before the play. The"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Out to dinner on an impulse on Saturday night. Were able to get a last minute reservation via Open Table. Turns out to be an "old style" Italian restaurant. Room is darkish and fairly quite. This was a real plus for those who don't want to eat and shout across to their dining companions. Service was a bit slow because of unexpected staff shortage.was short because. But staff was friendly and accommodating. Menu seemed pretty standard, pastas with tomato-based sauces. Various chicken and veal preparations, ptarmigan, scaloppini, etc. Homemade pastas. Not much off the well beaten Italian path. Beet salad special was excellent, entrees just" "OK." We like the atmosphere so we'll probably go back. Worth further exploration."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The service was very slow. We waited over 45 minutes to have our food served. It was very loud from the music and we could not hear our waitress or each other talking. The ravioli could have been cooked more. Not like it used to be."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I was in the mood for something light, such as linguine in butter with something else. Usually never order off menu here because all of the food is very good . .and ample portions. But I asked for linguine with capers and a few black olives, in butter and garlic. Not a problem and served very nicely. Hit the spot."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The salads at Sorrento are always fresh and nearly a meal by themselves or with a bowl of soup. But the reason I keep going back is for the most divine eggplant dish in the DC area--and probably the best vegetarian meal. It doesn't matter hat I can't spell it correctly. I order or almost every time I'm there."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Food was very good. Waitress could have been more enthusiastic."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The food was very good and authentic. It is very good value for the quality and portion sizes. I would recommend as a good neighborhood restaurant and kid friendly."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This was my third time at this restaurant. Like my previous visits, the food and service were fine. However time my guests and I had to endure sitting next to the front window during one of this areas cold snaps. They should have closed the three tables at the front."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our first visit to Trattoria Sorrento was New Years Eve. It was very crowded, but that didn't stop the waiters and waitresses from getting around. Absolutely no complaints about the service. Or the food, for that matter. We all chose from the specials menu, and every item we ordered got rave reviews. We thought, given the crowd and how close the tables were to one another, that it would be noisy and hard to hear each other, but that proved not to be the case."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I was looking for a romantic restaurant for a date with my husband. The atmosphere, food and service were perfect. I was not drinking wine that night so I did not check out the wine list, which is usually a big consideration, however, being Italian I can say the food was wonderful and many of the dishes were things I had not seen before. I am particularly picky about sauces being authentic and not "Americanized." Test passed. This is a great place for a casual romantic evening or even a birthday dinner for a family member. The staff was very nice and attentive. The restaurant was not busy that night (2 days after Christmas) which may have been why they were able to be so friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We often come here and it's great every time. Very friendly service and delicious food. We'll be back !"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "really enjoyed a special evening with family here!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant visiting Bethesda on business - I'll definitely go back. The food was very good, the service was excellent (Melinda was very accommodating on a special request, and introduced herself as part of the family run restaurant. The prices were very reasonable as well. Nice Variety of dishes and specials too."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "We love to eat at Sorrento! The food is consistently good and reliably "home cooked" Italian. We are treated well and made to feel welcome. It is our go to restaurant most Friday nights."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Our go-to Italian restaurant in Maryland. We've never been disappointed. The food is outstanding. Melinda is an excellent server. Try it--you'll like it!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We had the bonzini special - bland and chicken Parmesan - boring I had the cauliflower soup with mussels - the soup was bland, there was no salt or pepper on the table, the waiter never offered pepper as in most restaurants and..A couple of the mussels were bad YUKKK! We wont be going back"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Half of the restaurant was kept empty on a Friday evening, except we were seated in that section, which felt awkward and cold. Service was poor. Our waitress seemed to be deliberately delaying taking our order to manage the flow of orders to the kitchen. We were at the restaurant nearly two hours to get appetizers and main courses. One main course was forgotten and had to be ordered again. The food was OK, but had lots of room for improvement. There are better options."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Excellent service, good food, beautiful setting. What's not to like?"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "...or a casual dinner with family and friends. We always feel welcome at Sorrento...like guests in a friend's home."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "My friend had the chicken saltimbocca and I had eggplant monachina. The eggplant was rolled with several different cheeses in it and the flavors were wonderful. When I tried my friend's saltimbocca I think it was even better than my dish. We also tried one of their homemade desserts. I forget what it was called but it was delicious. The food did not disappoint. The ambiance was a little weird and the restaurant was only half full - I am not sure why because I thought the food was great."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We were looking for an Italian restaurant in the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area to celebrate my Dad's Birthday. We didn't want loud or trendy, just good Italian food. This restaurant did not disappoint. A friend suggested Trattoria Sorrento and it was the perfect place. It was a Tuesday night so the restaurant was not loud . The service was very good; they seem to care about making their customers happy. The food was delicious and they have a gluten free pasta that you can substitute for many of their pasta dishes. Nice atmosphere; you feel like this restaurant could be in Little Italy. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 11/3/2013