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For 2
Date
Tue, 4/24
Time
9:30 PM
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La Panetteria

4.4
646 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
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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 646 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Really enjoyed our experience, service was friendly and attentive. Food was very good and flavorful. The staff made us a special mushroom bruschetta that was excellent. Great value, Monday night wine is half priced!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

A very cozy and warm neighborhood soft of place. Very good food, very reasonable prices for dinner. We met our friends there. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food. Too noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My wife had a special, linguini alla Siciliana, that was so good she suggested to the waiter that they make it a regular dish on the menu. The frutti di mare was also very good.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My husband and I had a nice dinner at this restaurant last week. It was a Thursday night and it wasn't very crowded. We were seated right away and didn't have to wait long for drinks and bread. The bread was fine, but would have been better if it were warm. Olive oil was on the table which I always like - basil or some other seasonings would have made it even better. The lasagna and gnocchi were both good - not amazing, but good.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very nice staff good food.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Arrived exactly at reservation time and was immediately seated, not in the main room but what I would consider the patio room. It was very cold but no where to move to.
Food & service was very good. Like the fact they offer 1/2 carafe wines. Zucchini frites were very good. While all the dishes were good, they seemed flat, somewhat bland but again, all very good. Would have preferred regular pasta in lieu of angel hair with my veal. Shrimp scampi was good but lacked taste. Another had pizza which was really good. I would still recommend this restaurant. You’ll have to add seasoning at your own risk.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great neighborhood spot. Always comfortable and welcoming.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

One of the few restaurants in Bethesda where you can carry on a conversation. Cozy ambiance and very professional service. I have never had a disappointing meal here.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Love the place. Easy going, traditional with great food!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Nice for dinner, this is our second visit. We were celebrating a late Valentines Day!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great authentic Italian food. Friendly service. Neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

La Panetteria is a fine, authentic Italian restaurant. Their menu includes a mix of seafood, veal and meat dishes, soups and salads, and exquisite homemade pastas. The wines list is good and reasonable. The ambiance is old world with a neighborhood feel.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

NICE SIZED PORTIONS--NOT TOO MUCH./...................................................................................................................................................AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA........................................................................................................................................

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Just an FYI. They do NOT have valet service as indicated in the app. Parking was not a problem. Good food, traditional. Service was spotty but very friendly. They were busy. I think that’s a good thing. The sautéed calamari is fantastic! We brought a nice bottle of Amarome and they graciously served for a nominal fee. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Consistently excellent food...but I must admit, I always get the linguine with vongole (clams) white sauce.

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2018

I had Scaloppine Alla Marsala and the veal was tough! Not tender at all!!

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was average

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service great food

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

I haven’t been here in ages, and it was so great to go back again and know it is as good as ever! They are so accommodating! I ordered the cheese ravioli with meat sauce which wasn’t an option on the menu and it was delicious!

Great for a date night or everyday dining!!!

It’s been there for at least 25 years for a reason!

It’s delicious!

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

The food at this family neighborhood gem is excellent overall, and a good value. At a recent visit however our garlic bread was covered in what seemed to be almost raw garlic. Every one of our entrees was nevertheless excellent - great lamb, excellent fish and a wonderful carbonara. If the owners could change the lighting, the place would feel really cozy, but right now the light is pretty bright and harsh.

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3.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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1.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on December 30, 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!!!

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5.0Dined on December 10, 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!

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on November 25, 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.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Very cute restaurant. Good food, good service.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 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!

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