Acqua Al 2

4.7
3311 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Acqua al 2's DC outpost brings the same authentic Tuscan cuisine you would find in it's home city of Florence, Italy. With a wide array of vegetarian pastas, hand-carved steaks, and fresh seafood, Acqua al 2 is perfect for a celebratory dinner, or casual dining al-fresco on the patio across from historic Eastern Market.
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RK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Our server was not attentive and not super interested in us. Also, this is the second time I’ve been to Acqua al 2, both times I have been sat next to the sliding door and watched it go back and forth all night past my table. It’s very distracting and makes for a cheap experience. This time, the servers actually knocked my elbow causing me to almost spill my wine. They didn’t even notice, much less, apologize.

All that being said, the food is good. I’m just not interested in paying that much when the experience doesn’t meet standards.

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D
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great meal and wonderful service.

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F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious. The wait staff were excellent with ensuring our cups were full and that we were happy without food selections. Looking forward to coming back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very appetizing and the ambiance was very relaxing. Felt like we were in a restaurant outside of DC.

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

What a disappointment. The food was mediocre, the service was surly and unwelcoming, and the price tag was ridiculously high.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Family trip to DC

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Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid Italian eatery! Nice wine list. Quality sauce!

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RJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Acqua Firenze is one of my favorite restaurants. So I wanted to try thai restaurant opened by the same owner.
It’s as close as American food can be to that of Florence. The service was exceptional. Ambience was perfect. Ordered the pasta sampler for 2. Small plates but a lot of pasta. We will return

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RT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Blueberry steak was good. But overall, dinner was merely adequate. We are e at 8:30 on a Thursday and service was lackluster. Overall it was five but nothing I'd recommend.

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VM
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, nourriture goûteuse et savoureuse, portions raisonnables. Moins bon qu’a Florence selon moi mais quand même délicieux. Prix moyen de 18 US$ par plat.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was incredible however there was a huge group of business folks in the entrance way was hard to even get to the receptionist. We opted to sit outside in the heat due to the amount of people and noise. I assume the waiter was consumed with the large group and combo of us sitting outside the service was slow. I planned two hour for lunch before going to our next event and we ended up having to get our dessert to go. Plus we were celebrating a birthday and was hoping for something special to be done as was previous when i came for a different birthday.

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TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I visit often for work events, but the atmosphere is perfect for a weekend date as well. Great food and service, you won't be disappointed. Oh and highly recommend the blueberry filet and gorgonzola gnocchi!

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JH
Miami
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end, the experience was spectacular! The hostess wished us a happy honeymoon and a happy birthday to my wife upon arrival, and our table was immediately available. The wait staff were attentive, and the food was outstanding. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for an upscale, intimate date night.

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m
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner here on a Friday night! Our table was perfect for the 7 of us. Entrees were delicious including the pasta sampler and the Florentine steak for the table. Everyone enjoyed it!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice waiter who is knowledgeable about the house wines. We had a great salad with grilled shrimp and a special salad with melon and proscuito that was delicious. The pastas were all supreme including the spicy fusilli and the mushroom risotto. Will definitely go back. Service was delightful!

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We have been to Acqua al 2 once before and had a good experience and the food has been great every time. However, this time our service was horrible. We sat down at our table and didn’t get water or noticed by anyone for about 15 minutes. Another 5 minutes later our waiter came over and asked if we wanted anything to drink. I told him we didn’t have any drink menus so would want to see that before ordering. He then didn’t come over again for another 10 minutes and when he did he said “have you decided on drinks” even though he still hadn’t brought the menus. When he did bring the menus finally we ordered everything in one order, appetizers, drinks and main course at the same time because we weren’t sure when we’d see our inattentive waiter again.

Our drinks hadn’t arrived when our appetizer was delivered and we told the guy who dropped of our appetizer and he was very nice and promptly checked on the drinks for us and brought them back himself. When our meal was dropped off our waiter never came to check to see if we needed anything else or even ask if it tasted good. We just asked for the check mid meal because we were beyond frustrated at that point. I’m not sure if the waiter had too many tables (didn’t seem like it) but he seemed to be checking on all the larger tables around us, he just simply didn’t check on us. It was extremely disappointing especially because we love the food there so much and have had good service in the past. For that price tag, the service was simply unacceptable.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Saervice was very VERY slow

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Didnt accept our gift card. Didnt want to help us.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening to enjoy dinner outside!

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C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Our server basically didn't care. He served appetizers to 3 out of 4 of us and 10 or 15 minutes later he came with the 4th one. No apology. Service was basically non existent. Very disappointing. Food was very good.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

First of all I want to get the food out of the way. I have nothing but praise for the excellent pasta and appetizers at this establishment. Everything was fresh and quite delicious, and the menu had lots of variety. The only turn-off was the prices for drinks. While the wine list was very reasonable, especially for DC, the prices for mixed drinks were a little rich for my blood. If you like a drink after dinner, I would recommend skipping the booze and trying the tea. It's fantastic and easier on the wallet.

The ambiance was top notch. We loved the candlelit atmosphere and the exposed brick, very cozy and romantic, although quite noisy.

The big issue though was with the service. I know it was Saturday night and quite busy but it took twenty minutes to receive water. When the complimentary (and quite excellent) bread arrived there was no butter or oil with it. We made it through the entire bread basket before the oil showed up 45 minutes later. They remedied this by bringing more bread but it was still off-putting. The waiter also was rather curt, did not make eye contact, and generally did not invite us to take our time and enjoy the evening. I would normally chalk this brusqueness up to a desire to turn tables quickly except everything was so slow in arriving at the table. I've never felt rushed while also spending the better part of two hours at a restaurant.

Still we definitely enjoyed the experience. The food and ambiance were fantastic and I personally am willing to forgive some confusing service on a busy evening.

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KF
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, special Italian meal. Server helped us decide and was wonderful with our kids age 9 and 11. From food to wine selections, it was superb.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sharif was excellent, as always.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in DC! Always have great service and unreal food

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1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. I wanted to be seated outside but they stopped seating tables outside as soon as we got there. However, the ambiance inside was great. The service was fast and the food was truly incredible.

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LK
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unpretentious, delicious Italian food with intimate atmosphere and attentive staff. Great date spot !

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S
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, service so friendly and attentive.

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EW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had great time. Loved the food and actually were able to hear ourselves and have a conversation!!

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p
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous as always.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was awesome

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the pleasure of dining at Acqua Al 2 in Florence and the DC location didn't disappoint at all! I look forward to going back next time I am in DC.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Don’t miss it!

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LB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Italian restaurant!!! Always a great experience. My only criticism is they should clean their menus a little , food stains are not appetizing! Other than that pure perfection!!

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always love coming here for authentic Italian food to celebrate our anniversary. You can never go wrong with the blueberry steak! Also, best cheesecake I’ve ever had in my life.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great, service was slow, drinks were great. Would visit again.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for business. We were all impressed with food, wine and service. Price was great value. Strongly recommend.

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BB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

AA2 was very kind to accommodate our party which changed from 4 to 6 and we were late. They put an outdoor table together for us. The food was a good value. Not the greatest Italian but tasty. The experience was great so we will return.

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P
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Loved the restaurant but felt the waiter we had was rushing us out. We had a reservation for 1030pm and the restaurant closes at 11pm. Seemed like he was trying to have us hurry up which I didn’t like because we were there celebrating a birthday.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service could have been better. There was long waits for ordering and obtaining drinks. The food was good but wasn’t as good as the last time that my wife and I went there about a year ago. Overall it was good but wasn’t anything exceptional for the price

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

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