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La Panetteria

4.3
625 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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 625 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.4
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4.3
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4.4
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vipzeke (Jackson Hole)
3.0
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.

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vipALLE (London)
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 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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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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vipMarvi (Montana)
4.0
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!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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vipLinda (Washington DC)
5.0
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.

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vipPhyllis (Washington DC)
5.0
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.

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Dilly 
4.0
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!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
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.

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