About 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.

4921 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 951-6433

Website:
http://www.lapanetteria.com/

Parking Details:
There are two large county garages with metered parking. We have Valet service on Friday and Saturday nights.

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.

Private Party Contact:
Harry Khayami: (866) 750-7816

Additional:
Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Panetteria Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (15)
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Casual (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Business Meals (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Romantic (5)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 12, 2018

It’s a quiet neighborhood type of Italian restaurant. The food was good, standard Italian fare but not to die for.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Overpriced, underwhelming Italian food. There was plastic in our Calamari, most likely from the bag it was frozen in. Server made us feel guilty for notifying her of this.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a large family get together and were happy to get a reservation for a large group without advanced notice. I had the Rockfish special which was the most expensive item on the menu had a strong fishy taste. We will not be going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Tried again after 20 year separation and initial disappointment and was pleasantly surprised. Tartufo for dessert was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their food. Definitely better than the two other nearby Italian restaurants grouped on Cordell Ave just East of Old Georgetown Road.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Montana)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very good and very reasonable restaurant in downtown Bethesda. We have been here several times. The service is good and they are very accommodating. We were able to drop our elderly uncle, who uses a walker, very close by the front door, and there is a parking garage within 1/2 block. Especially recommended: lemon sorbet for dessert - it's the real thing!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We dine there every Christmas Eve and enjoy our food and conversation. It is a very popular place on Christmas Eve. Thank you.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We enjoyed a delightful Christmas Eve dinner--delicious meal and very pleasant service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This is our favorite neighborhood Italian. We went on Christmas Eve and they were packed, but staff was friendly, definitely not stressed. Owner was on site, welcoming people. The food is always good, never any surprises. We were delighted to see how busy they were and how accommodating they were. Love this neighborhood gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

I never knew that this restaurant was very good taste. Although the pasta was not aldente, pasta sauce was really good and salads dressing was a really good!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

This lovely restaurant is charming, with creative pasta dishes and an especially tasty pink sauce. It's a great value for lunch. Attentive, unobtrusive service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

I was disappointed in the service during my visit. I had to track down the server at least three times. For the price of the food, shouldn't need to do that.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This place will not disappoint. The food is outstanding and the ambiance is great. Service was top notch. This little neighborhood Italian restaurant is a hidden Gem. We will definitely be back!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Unassuming entrance leads to festive old world charm; what a contrast to the newer restaurants with the modern ambiance; love the wall paintings!
Restaurant made balsamic vinegar is out of the world. Mushroom ravioli is delicious; grilled lamb is done just right. And the Tiramisu, OMG, was about to lick the cocktail glass it came in!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food is very basic but less expensive than in italian restaurants in DC.
Tried ravioli with meat and cheese, house salad, eggplants, soup.
My dad said that ravioli from frozen section of Trader's Joe are much better.
Service was not so good - slow and incompetent - waitress was not able to explain anything or provide any suggestion at all.
We are not returning, sorry.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Sadly, this time around, the restaurant didn't impress. The server spilled water on my spouse, as in the whole glass went in his lap, then proceeded to pat his lap(!) with napkins. OK, this happens every now and then, but I would have expected a gesture of a free dessert or glass of wine or something! There was a language confusion about when we wanted appetizers/salads as our server was not Italian or American. We were somewhat rushed through appetizers to bring on the meal--ie timing was not going well. Also, remove just one table please in this space and everyone will be more comfortable--it's too close together and my 6'2" son was hanging in the aisle. Food was fine, wasn't expecting a Michelin rating, but the serving disappointed us all.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very cute restaurant. Good food, good service.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Loved our server - she was really good in getting the kids feel special

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Went for my birthday dinner with my husband. It's a small restaurant, but very nicely decorated. The food and service were excellent. We had the mozzarella en carozzo, which was perfectly done...it's easy to have this turn out soggy, but theirs was fabulous. I had Chicken Frances, which was wonderful, as was my husband's grilled calamari. And we shared an excellent bottle of montipulciano wine. A great evening, and I would highly recommend this for a nice evening out. They also have a large room at the back of the restaurant, perfect for a group event.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is my wife and my favorite restaurant in Bethesda and has been for 15 years. The owners, Harry and his son Corey, give diners the best bargain in town. Their menu is universally excellent, from chicken to veal, and from pasta to seafood. A large healthy salad comes with every meal. Corey is there almost every night and is a very friendly and warm presence.The wait staff is knowledgeable and not overbearing. Two garages make parking reasonable on this side of town. I will continue to patronize them as Bethesda changes in size, scope and noise and you should too!

Tags: Authentic, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Dropped in for comfort Italian before a show at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. Couldn't have been finer for the occasion. We were booked early and so had the back dining room mostly to ourselves. Waitstaff quietly attentive, food hot and tasty from the kitchen. We love neighborhood places that are completely dependable and cozy. We don't need surprises when out for the evening. Chicken Piccata just right with the lemon and capers. Long may this little gem live!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. Food and service are consistently good and it is a great value.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Friends were in town with 2 grandchildren (13 and 10), so we met for dinner here. Everyone loves Italian, and everyone was able to get his or her favorite dish or try something new. They even allowed one person to substitute the side pasta for Risotto when asked. We went in with 6 on a Friday night at 6:30, were seated immediately at a nice table in the front (the kids could watch people go by), and service was excellent. Noise level was not a problem at all. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had a really nice meal. The restaurant was bustling, cozy, and great greeting. The service was excellent and food was very good.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Nice neighborhood gem! Great for a casual gathering!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was generally excellent: The grilled calamari was fresh and prepared to perfection, as was the fried calamari... in sum, a delight. The ravioli was simply delicious, with very good balance of spices and cooked just right. Only one false note: the spaghetti carbonara was wayyyyy overpowered with garlic, so I will remember to ask that they prepare it without it, as that just ruined the experience of this one dish for me. That said I know there are some who would welcome the abundance of garlic, so perhaps just a matter of taste. In any event, I think it fair to rate our dinner at this really nice restaurant as a solid 4 out of 5 stars. We left extremely satisfied and were it not for the Carbonara's it would be a solid 5 out of 5. I highly recommend it to all Italian cuisine aficionados. You will enjoy dining there for sure.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Second time there, and likely the last. The first time, the bread was great, this time medíocre. The shrimp in two of our dishes was clearly not fresh, and inedible. The pizza was soggy on the bottom. My side order of pasta with clam sauce, for which I agreed to pay extra, was really aglio with oglio. When I complained about it, the waiter said, "did I want clams in it?" And said the kitchen insisted it was clam sauce. Overall, a big disappointment. I was embarrassed because I had brought family.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Wonderful dependable neighborhood Italian restaurant. Not on the cutting edge of gourmet cooking, but very good ingredients. It is also a real bargain, with salad, vegetables, and pasta included with the entrees. Generous portions - I took home half of my entrée and enjoyed it the next day. Pleasant staff.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Continues to serve wonderful food and provide great service. One of our favorite Italian restaurants.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The owner, Harry was so welcoming to our last minute group of 10! We had a wonderful truly Italian meal, great drinks and a server (Stacy) who took great care of us. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Cozy place. Friendly servers and very good food. We enjoy coming back to this restaurant

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We were there to celebrate my birthday with my wife, parents, and in-laws. We were offered an appetizer that was not on the menu- a sampler of many of the items they offer. When the bill arrived, it was a $50 appetizer- a little aggressive for something that didn't have a stated price and if we had known probably would not have ordered.

When we finally received entrees, the waiter brought out "eggplant Parm" for my mother in law. She had clearly ordered a non- fried eggplant dish, when she said that was the wrong order to the waiter, he said, "oh, sorry, this is the right dish, I called it the wrong name" and put it down. After review, it was still the wrong dish. We asked another waiter to clear it as it was not the right dish and that we didn't want it. Our waiter came back out with the dish, and said it was not fried and put it down a second time. We showed him the breading, and again said we no longer wanted it. It was cleared a second time. The waiter had become more and more rude each time we interacted with him, lying about the food, not apologizing, being difficult and argumentative.

Once everyone else was done with our dishes the waiter came out and asked if we wanted desert, we said no thanks. He immediately brought the bill out. We had more wine to drink so we left the bill where he had placed it and ignored it. He came over twice, asking if we had put our cards down to pay. Clearly he was trying to get us out of there. We felt rushed and pushed out. We finished our wine, split our check, and left.

It had been a few years since we had dined here and had tried it the previous week, having a nice meal. It's great to have an Italian restaurant to go to when in the mood but based on our last experience, we will NEVER go back.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Food took a long time but it was pretty good. The service was decent but there was barely anyone there (dont know if thats a good sign or not)so it should have been faster.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

One of our go-to restaurants in Bethesda for Italian food.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Overall excellent. Only two negatives: the pasta should have been more al dente, and too much cheese, not enough seafood on the eggplant/ seafood special. Would go back, however. Spinach/canellini dish, mushroom soup, halibut were big hits.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on August 5, 2017

One of my favorite spots in the whole world. The food is fantastic; highlights are the fried zucchini appetizer and the salad dressing. The service is fantastic - very attentive and friendly waitstaff. And talk about value - you get excellent portion sizes that taste fantastic for an unbelievable price. I've been to fine restaurants all over the world including michelin star and this is my favorite.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This restaurant needs to go. While food is ok, particularly the homemade pasta, there is nothing authentic Italian left besides that and some outdated decor. It was almost empty on a Friday night. No Italians working there that we could see. No knowledge of how to serve, the etiquette of serving. Couple next to us got up and in the middle of their dinner - ants in the parmesan cheese bowl on their indoor table. Mumbling that the place has gone downhill.

DEFINITELY nothing special about this place at all

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

A charming, well-priced restaurant with attentive service. Best of original Bethesda!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Ants on the table

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The food was excellent with generous portions.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

False promise. On open table I reserved a table for 9:30. When we got there the restaurant was dark. The hostess informed me that they closed at 9. No apologies. Just goodbye.

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