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La Panetteria

4.4
636 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(301) 951-6433
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
La Panetteria offers semi private rooms to accommodate your special event. Our location is the perfect venue for private parties such as rehearsal dinners or celebratory events.
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Private party contact
Harry Khayami: (866) 750-7816
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Parking details
There are two large county garages with metered parking. We have Valet service on Friday and Saturday nights.
Additional
Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 636 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

I have been going La Penetteria for many years for New Years eve. The prices are reasonable and the food is very good. The atmosphere is very pleasant and many of the diners come year after year. It is also a great place for a quiet dinner or lunch on other days.

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KMR1 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Classic cuisine in a traditional setting; food to please everyone and exceptional service. Our family loves to patronize this neighborhood gem! (We just wish we knew how to pronounce the name!)

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vipSpike (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

We have made it our tradition for a family Christmas Eve Dinner here. The food, service, and ambiance are all excellent. And each year, we receive the warmest, most genuine reception. Our family has grown and changed over the years and the staff have been so gracious...with hard-of-hearing elderly and with high-energy little ones.

This is a lovely family restaurant, which has become a very special part of our Christmas tradition...in addition to visits around the calendar.

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vipDeir (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

This is the first time Open Table misled us. We had all kinds of choices in Bethesda on Christmas Eve day, but chose this place based on its rating, believing it might be a hidden gem. Instead, it was iceburg lettuce salads and pasta in red sauce on a special occasion with family. Very disappointing. Service was gracious, but that's all I can say to recommend it.

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mreeves5959 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2016

Gorgeous restaurant with some of the best Italian food I have ever had. Including restaurants I've visited in Italy. Was the best choice possible for a date night was a quite joint with exceptional service.

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Debbie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 27, 2016

This is our go-to Italian restaurant in Bethesda for reliably good food & wonderful service.

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vipNCVM (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2016

Great place for relaxing dinner, with good service, good food at affordable prices.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

La Paneterira has always been a favorite for us. The food is great and it is a place where you can dine with friends and have a conversation.

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vipEnjoy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2016

Food was the best. Good value, including the wine carafe. Very attentive and knowledge service. Decor a bit tired.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

The BEST service and great food!

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