About Trattoria Sorrento

"Trattoria Sorrento is a family owned and run restaurant, established in 1991. Influenced by culinary traditions emanating from Sorrento and with a focus on creating an authentic Italian dining occasion, we are confident that your experience will be reminiscent of an authentic meal in Italy." Fresh Seafood & Pastas, Pizza, Veal, Chops from our grill and definitely more and something for every palate. Come enjoy our tradition at Trattoria Sorrento!

4930 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:


Dinner only:

Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


Closed Monday

Cross Street:
Old Georgetown Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 718-0344

Website:
http://www.trattoriasorrento.com/

Entertainment:
Live Opera Night
Wine tasting Dinners
Charity Events
Fundraising

Catering:
catering pick-up and delivery limited options available. budget catering available for your corporate events and special occasions

Parking Details:
Public parking right next door.
Valet parking available weekends.
Street parking available too, certain county hours apply.
Another Public Lot 1 block on Delray Ave.

Public Transit:
Bethesda Metro three blocks walking along Old Georgetown Rd. and free shuttle service to and from Metro

Executive Chef:
De Simone Chefs, Carlo, Giovanni, Maria

Private Party Facilities:
Semi private room available. We also offer restaurant buyout. Corporate functions and Parties/Banquets anytime.

Private Party Contact:
Giovanni: (301) 718-0344

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Live Opera Nights every first Sunday of the Month unless otherwise noted. Only $60.00 per person for a 4 course meal and all entertainment. A deal you won't regret and will want to come back again for. Each aria will be explained before singing. Come for a magnificent show with the one and only starring soprano Diane Abel and Friends and enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by DeSimone chefs. Also, join us for wine tasting dinners and charity events too.

Trattoria Sorrento Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Good for Groups (9)
See All
Comfort Food (9)
Casual (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Romantic (5)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Vegan (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Sort by
S
270 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

excellent family run Italian, a rare breed these days , particularly in Bethesda

Tags: Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Edinburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

Our family had a wonderful dinner last night enjoying excellent food, a warm atmosphere and excellent service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

We love this neighborhood place, and the food is always good. We are also regularly greeted by the owner Melina, who is always sweet, welcoming and ensuring we have everything to our liking. A great little quiet place to get a long holiday weekend started!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value5

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent fresh homemade pasta is delicious! Great service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Trattoria Sorrento is one of our favorite restaurants. The service is excellent especially if you have Miranda. They will accommodate you if it is possible, I have been their a number of times and they have done everything possible to make sure we are enjoying ourselves. The food is very good, as are the drinks. It is great for a date, special occasion, group event, or business dinner. It is my favorite family owned restaurant. I recommend them to all my friends.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, People Watching, Casual, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fantastic authentic Italian cuisine. Make a reservation. Can be quite busy at times.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

As always, our meal was delicious. Melinda did a great job taking care of our group.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The service was extremely slow and server would serve others coming after us.
There was bug flying around on the dinner table.
No one would ask if we needed water refill.
They automatically charged 20% gratuity without asking us and even with the poor service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service1
value1

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Loved this place! I can't believe I have not discovered it before. It's hard to find a quiet restaurant where you're not on top of your fellow diners - and you can have a conversation without yelling... We loved the ambiance here and the food was delicious - and not overpriced. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent fresh food in a charming low key atmosphere. A long time favorite.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food, service, ambiance. Very accommodating.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

After almost two and a half hours of waiting for our food to arrive, we opted to just pay the bill and leave.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service1
value1

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Based on prior reviews, I was expected a quiet restaurant with some good classic Italian food. we were instead met with a very loud and overly crowded restaurant. Our table edge was literally stabbing into the back of the gentleman next to us and every time he moved our entire table shook. Service was lacking to say the least. It took 10 minutes for us to be seated despite having a reservation as no one seemed to know it was their job to seat us. When our dinner was (finally) served, our fish sat there for 7-8 minutes with us begging someone to actually do the deboning they offered. We asked for Parmesan cheese which they promptly provided AFTER the meal was complete and the check was delivered. Overall the service was terrible and the food was pretty mediocre. I will not be going back.

Tags: Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience1
service1
value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We we were starting our weekend celebration for our second year wedding anniversary.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

My business partner and I ate at Trattoria Sorrento on a recommendation from a local food source. Clearly she was correct. The hostess was gracious and especially knowledgeable. The specials were varied and made it hard to choose. Our entree selections and wine choices did not disappoint. Rather, they made for a memorable experience. We will be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great dish’s , good service , nice people. I realize recommended this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Organic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (West Virginia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This restaurant is one of my absolute favorites! It's worth the $20 Uber ride from DC. Fabulous home made Italian fare and specialties. Great service. Attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service our night was brusque and inattentive (took over an hour to get our main course); would try again assuming just a bad night, but food was pedestrian (scallopini was tough, overcooked and bland).

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service2
value2

 
·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was amazing, service impeccable, felt like family. We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

This place is great. The food is very fresh and delicious. Really, you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Lovely, traditional southern Italian restaurant. Nice service until it got bisy, then had to flag for additional wine. Reasonably priced, delicious antipasto platter. Surprised to be charged for two desserts (that we hadn't ordered) to commemorate our two milestone birthdays, but we paid without calling attention to it since we were hosting family.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Very good food, attentive and knowledgable servers. Authentic Italian food. Very good value. I will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had a pleasant meal. My husband enjoyed his chicken parmigiana. My penne vodka was good but not great.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4

 
·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fantastic food and great service. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Savannah)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Fantastic. Warm, friendly, and absolutely delicious

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Tratorria Sarento was a great dining experience. The service was prompt and our server was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The food was excellent, I had an unusual Pesto dish with goat cheese that was delicious. It was a bit on the pricey side, but worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Food was great. Service was outstanding. Definitely a contender for best Italian food in the MD suburbs. Looking forward to my next meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

A great gem of a restaurant
Great food, great venue

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We visited on Mother's Day, and expected it to be busy, but our experience was borderline ridiculous. The food was just ok, and the service was pretty bad. I understand that they were busy, but they crammed us in a corner, and had chairs just stuck on to the ends of all of the tables. My mother and mother-in-law kept being bumped by the patrons at the table in front of us. My entire backside rubbed up against the person sitting at the table next us when we were seated. There was maybe one foot of space between our table and the surrounding parties. Our food was delivered on time, but our server visited our table maybe four times, these four times include the times she came to take our order. We received our to-go boxes from a different server, and waited a full twenty minutes for our check, which we only got after requesting it from the host. When we finally received it, it was incorrect. The server had charged us for twice as many drinks as we had actually ordered. This mistake was corrected fairly quickly, but the experience had obviously already been ruined. Maybe the food and service is better on regular days, but I'm not willing to find out.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience1
service1
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Sorrento continues to be one of our favorites. The food is always delicious, very authentic Italian, and we always feel like we are at home in their kitchen.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We've recently been twice and won't go back again. On both occasions the service has been slow but the last visit the waiter was utterly incompetent.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service1
value2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

A good range of food on the menu. There were 4 of us, and we ate different items, including the house calamari, beet salad, branzino, veal parmigiana. It was all good.

The branzino was a "special of the day" and was priced accordingly -- which we didn't know until we got the bill!

Tags: Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Went for the first time Thursday April 6 because it was Dining Out For Life evening, benefitting Food and Friends, and they were participating. It was very good and I 'd be happy to come back as a "regular" customer.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Food and service was wonderful. We had a large group and special requests, including gluten free, were accommodated. Everyone in our party had a great time.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Food was great. Well worth the trip from DC to Bethesda.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Fun, Hot Spot, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Most of the items on the menu were between $25 - 32. The waiter told us the specials and we asked the price. He said "about the same". The check showed $ 39 for a veal special. For a restaurant with "no table cloths" and outdated decor, I do not think it is good value.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service2
value2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Great experience! Looking forward to Opera. Server acted like an owner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value2

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Niiiiiiice

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food. It was Valentines Day and the restaurant was seriously overbooked. Dinner was badly delayed although the servers were doing their best. I would go back on a normal night and I think it will be a better experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service3
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.