La Panetteria

4921 Cordell Ave, Bethesda MD 20814
$$ Italian Recommended New Editor's Pick

Since 1993, La Panetteria Ristorante has been a traditional, family-owned and operated Italian restaurant located in downtown Bethesda. New co-owners and long-time friends, Executive Chef Hector “Ettore” Playuk from Sicily, Italy and General Manager Fernando Martinez from Buenos Aires, Argentina, are fulfilling their dream of owning and managing an Italian restaurant with an Argentinian flare in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

Reservations are only available for inside

Business Info

  • Address: 4921 Cordell Ave, Bethesda MD 20814
  • Cross Street: Old Georgetown Road
  • Cuisine: Argentinean | Italian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner | Late |
  • Parking: Street | Parking Garage |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Diners Club | JCB | PayPal | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: 15.00 |
  • Phone: (301) 951-6433
  • Features: Full Bar, Late Dining, Catering Services, Prix Fixe Menu, Takeout Available, Wheelchair Access, Happy Hours, Healthy Options, Free Wi-Fi, Gay / Lesbian,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Celebrity Spotting, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Tuesday
Evening - La Panetteria 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday
Evening - La Panetteria 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Evening - La Panetteria 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Evening - La Panetteria 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.9 out of 5 stars based on 348 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 12, 2022
Karen M.
Delicious food and great service! We really enjoyed our evening. Thank you!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 22, 2022
Hal K.
We go there often because of the friendly atmosphere, consistantly good service and food. Highly recommend this place.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 06, 2022
Roni T.
Food, waitstaff, ambience--it was all great!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 12, 2022
Hal K.
Everything was terrific as always. We dine there frequently because of the great selection of entrees, the great quality of the food, the great service and a very friendly atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 11, 2022
Miriam G.
Food was delicious and the service was fast and attentive. We wished staff to wear masks.

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 14, 2022
Katie H.
Took out daughter here for her birthday when we were visiting from Denver. Wonderful food, lots of gluten free options for my husband, great service, all in all a memorable experience. Highly recommend!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 24, 2022
Scott Y.
Very good food and service!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 15, 2022
John S.
We love this restaurant. We lived in Buenos Aires 6 years and it reminds us of that wonderful adventure.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Jan 14, 2022
James F.
Our group of four spent an enjoyable few hours at the restaurant. Our food was perfectly prepared and more importantly, we were able to linger over dinner and desert without the need give up our table. Fernando is a gracious host and we enjoy the Argentine mix to the menu.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 22, 2021
Bernice K.
The food and service were 5 stars. The chef/owners took time to sit with us and tell us about their food experiences and to make us feel very comfortable. We ordered the branzino with roasted vegetables which was a very good portion, delicious and fairly priced. The Panna cotta must be tried. No doubt we will be returning very soon.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 08, 2021
Mary Anne W.
Fabulous as always

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 11, 2021
Alma P.
Excellent food, service, location, Public parking right in front of the restaurant. Clean, friendly service, nice size portions, excellent for group gatherings, great atmosphere. Definitely coming back again.....

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 05, 2021
Vasna N.
The food was excellent! Well seasoned and perfect. Often restaurant food tends to be very salty. All three guests had different dishes and all loved their selection. Our waiter, Andrew, was polite and attentive. Can't wait to try all the other handmade pasta. Thank you for the birthday dessert on the house. One suggestion: the step to enter the side room should be better marked (yellow paint?) to avoid an accident. Cheers, Vasna

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 04, 2021
Hal K.
As always the food and service were excellent. That is why we keep returning.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 07, 2021
Nancy M.
Wonderful dining experience. Gracious welcome, excellent service, splendid food. One cannot ask for anything more in an evening dining out. So happy to be back after pandemic limitations. Hope to return soon. Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 02, 2021
Krystal C.
Great prices and vegan options, family atmosphere

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 29, 2021
Paula W.
We forgot about our reservation! Dreadfully sorry. Not that you should have to, but a reminder email or text would have been great (and if you did, and we missed that too, we're going to have to get our act together here).

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 21, 2021
Susan M.
Everything's fine for a little birthday dinner. European ambiance.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 19, 2021
Ingrid H.
Great ambiance, food and customer service!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 04, 2021
Andrea G.
This was the second time dining here in two weeks and everything was great. This last time I had the bronzino and my friend had salmon and both were tasty. I highly recommend La Panetteria.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 22, 2021
Patrick K.
We've been fans of La Panetteria for years. Our most recent visit was phenomenal. The food was excellent, particularly the muscles on the apps menu and the poached pear for dessert. Great place for a date night!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 28, 2021
Hal K.
The restaurant is wonderful. Service and food are terrific.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 11, 2020
Christopher R.
This was a very nice place and aesthetically pleasing. The food was great and the service was top notch. I would definitely comeback if I am ever in the area again.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 04, 2020
Larry B.
Fabulous!!! Thank you so much for the food and ambiance and......everything!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 29, 2020
Michael V.
Very good service and very good food.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 18, 2020
leon e.
Favorite restaurant

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 07, 2020
Rylee T.
The food was amazing and the staff clearly cares about their patrons! I would recommend to anyone

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 18, 2020
Alfredo G.
Excellent in every way. Highly recommended.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 10, 2020
Luis R.
Everything was excellent

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 24, 2020
Val N.
The food, wine, and the atmosphere Wonderful! Amazing customer service.

Overall: 9/10
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May 12, 2022
marcia b.
Visiting Bethesda and found this adorable restaurant online. I was not disappointed. The minestrone soup was brimming with fresh vegetables and the right amount of spices. The entree was risotto with Argentinian prawns and cooked to perfection. I had to pass on Desert since my too full. I loved the atmosphere with paintings of Italy. The menu and wine list has both Italian & Argentinian choices. Definitely worth a return visit.

Overall: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
Apr 26, 2022
John D.
Food and service are great. I guess most all restaurants have become more expensive

Overall: 9/10
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Jan 17, 2022
Joe P.
Good food and great service!!

Overall: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
Dec 29, 2021
John D.
Excellent food, service and atmosphere. This is becoming our "go to" restaurant for very good quality Italian food, and with interesting Argentinian alternatives.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
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Value: 9/10
Oct 23, 2020
JOHN M.
We wanted good Italian Pasta and good Italian wine. That's what we got!

Overall: 7/10
Food: 5/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Nov 10, 2021
Paul L.
The service was excellent, attentive and friendly. The food was average. Calimari was out of a box. The pasta was good. The bread can be better.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 3/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 3/10
Jul 27, 2021
Stuart K.
My wife and used to love La Panetteria. It has been several years since we've been there. Unfortunately, our last experience was not good. My wife ordered veal scaloppini and it was grayish in color and dried out. The waiter did take it back and provide the opportunity to order something else. I can't remember the name of the dish that I ordered but it was some sort of chicken dish that was breaded and had a fried egg on it. Also dried out. Maybe it was just a bad night for La Panetteria but I don't think that we will be going back.