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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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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.4
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBunnie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great authentic Italian food. Friendly service. Neighborhood gem!

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FrankSmyth (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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RWEOMS (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 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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vipSusy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 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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vipMTango (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was average

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OpenTable Diner (Melbourne / VIC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service great food

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CAL11 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 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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vipzeke (Jackson Hole)
3.0  Dined 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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vipALLE (San Francisco)
1.0  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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John (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

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