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 and Cordell Ave
  • Cuisine: Argentinean | Italian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Public Lot | 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, Big Screen TV,
  • 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,

Photos

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Closed
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.
Saturday
Evening - La Panetteria 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday
Evening - La Panetteria 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Deals & Special Offers

HAPPY HOUR!!!!

Deal: Pay one get two
Valid:Nov. 11, 2022 - Nov. 11, 2023
Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
Time Available: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Rules: Drinks on the cocktail menu

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Yes we do! You can look at out menu at https://www.lapanetteria.com/menu/ Dishes that are vegetarian have the following symbol next to the food item: (V)
Yes we do! You can look at out menu at https://www.lapanetteria.com/menu/ There is Vegan section towards the end
Yes we do. We offer a Catering menu based on the amount of guests you have in your event. Please check our catering option here: https://www.lapanetteria.com/catering/
We do not have parking, however, there is a public garage on the same block, few feet away from the restaurant. This is the address: 4932 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
If you are not dining-in, we encourage our clients to order directly from our website (www.lapanatteria.com) and pick-up your order. If this is not possible, you can place orders through Doordash, Uber Eats or Grubhub.
Any of these delivery companies charge the restaurant between 25% to 30% commission per order. We encourage our customers to order directly from the restaurant when possible. Orders can be placed through our website https://www.lapanetteria.com/ or by phone at 301-951-6433
We open from Tuesday's through Sunday's from 5pm to 9pm
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.88 out of 5 stars based on 530 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 28, 2023
Ro Z.
Always such a pleasure to dine here. Fernando is so wonderful. Jorge and the wait team are just so great. One day I will get all of their names. The atmosphere is so cozy. Lady night was the first time I got to experience the live music and it enhanced the vibe. Thank you, La Panetteria! xo

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 15, 2023
Judy I.
Wonderful restaurant! Delicious food, superb service, and lovely atmosphere.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 03, 2023
Bianca M.
The food is delicious and the hosts are wonderful!

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Jan 02, 2023
Judye G.
It was our first time at the restaurant and we loved it. Our waitress was charming and helpful, and the owner was welcoming. The ambience is lovely and the food was terrific. We will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 31, 2022
Jackson A.
This restaurant consistently delivers a high quality, interesting dining experience at an unbelievable price point. I enjoy myself every time I go and recommend it to everyone in the area.
Business Response:
Thank you Jackson for your kind review!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 16, 2022
Alex T.
Excellent restaurant, we love to attend.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 03, 2022
Victoria M.
The people were so nice and the food was authentic and delicious.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 22, 2022
Bella I.
Great time and fabulous food! The Lobster Ravioli was especially divine. Can’t wait to go back!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 06, 2022
Philip W.
Delicious food, outstanding service, delightful ambience, ample portions and reasonable prices. My only suggestion would be to include a small salad with entrees.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 05, 2022
Hal K.
This place is wonderful. Quiet, upscale, qreat food and great food choices, friendly service and reasonable prices.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 05, 2022
Chuck C.
Fernando made us feel like we were in his private kitchen. Everything was fantastic.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 03, 2022
Ajay K.
We always love coming here - great food and service!

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Jul 02, 2022
Jesse P.
Food, Staff, everything was spectacular!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 23, 2022
Robert W.
Unassuming from the outside, love the atmosphere, the service, and will be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 13, 2022
Teresa G.
We enjoy the experience the food was great and service excellent

Overall: 10/10
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May 28, 2022
Joana W.
We visited La Panetteria for the first time on 5/26 for a post graduation dinner with my family. It is a quaint restaurant which everyone enjoyed. The food was excellent as well as the service. The food was served promptly and everything tasted amazing. Best of all, they served my favorite dessert, panna cotta! We enjoyed our meal so much that we will be putting the restaurant on our rotation of places that we regularly eat.

Overall: 10/10
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Ambience: 8/10
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May 22, 2022
Andrea B.
We had our small wedding reception here many years ago and the cozy ambiance was just as we remembered. It is now under new management. Really good food and lots of personal service. Definitely recommend!

Overall: 10/10
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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 05, 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 13, 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 23, 2022
Scott Y.
Very good food and service!

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 14, 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 21, 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 07, 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 06, 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 01, 2021
Krystal C.
Great prices and vegan options, family atmosphere

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 28, 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 18, 2021
Ingrid H.
Great ambiance, food and customer service!

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 03, 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 10, 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 28, 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 06, 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 17, 2020
Alfredo G.
Excellent in every way. Highly recommended.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 09, 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 25, 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 16, 2022
Joe P.
Good food and great service!!