Al Dente

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963 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Al Dente serves theItalian Cuisine by Chef Roberto Donna. Guests can enjoy fresh house-made pasta, risotto, fresh fish and meat offerings along with Italian desserts and a selection of gelato. Al Dente also showcases Neapolitan pizza from the restaurant’s centerpiece oven.
Al Dente is located next to American University

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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an amazing dinner for my birthday. We shared the family menu, ate delicious, abundant food! Excelent quality for the money, worth visiting!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Of our party of 6, two were served their entree and the other four had to wait 15 minutes to get theirs. Totally unacceptable.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! Amazing food. Great ambiance. Check it out when you can!

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

Really good Italian food made with inspiration!

T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food is always good but they were very busy Friday night and the service was very slow and the noise level was at shouting.

ED
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow and servers seemed frantic. Food was good. Was a bit too noisy to have a conversation with my elderly mother, but she liked the ambience nonetheless.

OP
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been here many times. It was very busy. Server detached and overwhelmed. Very noisy. Food was good. Surprisingly ungracious experience.

E
Tampa
157 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy Al Dente. The food is very good and the service is very good as well. We'll be back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoy the food and the laid back environment. The service is always excellent.

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A beautiful evening to sit outside...pizza was among the best in DC and the fig appetizer was delicious!

G
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Donna's wine dinners are amazing. The food and wine pairings are just exemplary. If you've never attended on of Roberto's wine dinners, you are missing a culinary wonder.

SF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We frequent Al Dente for its excellent pizzas. The al fresco dining is especially pleasant in good weather. But indoor dinner on this rainy night was subpar. The artichoke was swimming in vinaigrette and was tough and fibrous. The soft shell crab penne pasta dish was a salty mess. While the single deep fried crab was OK, the sauce consisted of water, dozens of capers and dozens of black olives, as well as scattered boiled pieces of crab. A very poor creation. We will stick to the pizzas.

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I dine here often with my wife and friends. Typically the food is great but I’ll get back to that in a minute. The ambience is to my liking, there’s a nice big woodfired oven that serves as the focal point of the restaurant. It may actually be fueled with natural gas, but it makes a great pizza, although I rarely order that because there are so many other great choices on the menu. The noise level will vary depending on the number of patrons that are in the place this was a Sunday night and it was pretty quiet. I ordered one of the specials described as red snapper and I felt that the fish was unusually tough it tasted almost like a rock fish to me. I commented to the waitress and she immediately offered to take the entrée back. The chef conceded that it did seem to be an unusually tough piece of fish and they prepared me a brand new entrée. It too was strangely tough although a noticeable improvement over the first cut. I was so puzzled by this that I had to go and doublecheck what I thought a red snapper was. What I discovered, albeit on the Internet, was that there is such a thing as pacific red snapper that is in fact a member of the rockfish family. So if that’s true, I guess I can’t really fault the restaurant for calling it red snapper, but for those of us on the East Coast we are familiar with rockfish and we are familiar with red snapper and those two fish are not the same thing not in texture, taste or appearance. While my entree on this evening was below what I typically expect I still have to rate them hi for doing their level best to please me. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant. I will just need to be a bit more inquisitive about what the heck I’m ordering.

E
Tampa
157 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and our waiter Peter was excellent too.

WD
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, very good variety of Italian dishes all at very reasonable prices.
A neighborhood gem.

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went on Sunday for the Tuscan Wine Dinner. It was fantastic. Great food and wonderful wine pairings. Food is always fresh and delicious. Homemade pastas and tasty ragus. Their pizza is always excellent as well.

O
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem. Always a pleasure to dine at Al Dente!

W
Pittsburgh
27 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Don't expect any "Wow" moments at Roberto Donna's restaurant but the cooking is quite solid overall.

V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was OK but the food could have been better. The pasta was too tough and the fish was on the dry side.

D
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The noise level was high and the service was slow and spotty. Food was good, the salmon.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waiter was attentive but we ordered meatballs (ordered a bunch of antipasti) which never arrived.

J
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal and great service. A neighborhood gem I will return to more often.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice experience.

MZ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was disappointed that my main dish came out luke warm instead of hot.. I have ordered this fish dish before and usually comes out very hot.. They manager asked me how everything was and I told him.. He did nothing about ! No goodwill gesture!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food great
Wait staff serves food but no advice

ES
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and and great value. Chef is amazing. Really enjoyed it

C
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great restaurant with great food

S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a couple fish dishes, pork, and pasta and risotto. Pasta and risotto dishes were excellent.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

FB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waitress was friendly but not great. Forgot bread. She forgot my drink and we waited for a long time after we finished our meal for her to come back to ask if we wanted dessert or the bill. In fact she didn’t ask about dessert... just offered us the bill.

FD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Al Dente is by far the best Italian meal in D.C. Their food is absolutely incredible!

i
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is such a neighborhood gem. We were there for Mother’s Day and it did not disappoint. Food was excellent. Server was attentive. Great selection of food, all perfectly prepared.

DB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Our waitress was lovely but the food was not it's usual quality.

ML
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The wine dinner was fun. Food was terrific and all enjoyed the meal. Service was slow but friendly. My favorite wine was the Prosecco.

AW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A group of family from Rome - Al Dente is the only place in DC where I can be sure of getting genuine Italian food. Viva Roberto Donna!

JB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I don’t know what has happened but this used to be a great place. Tonight pasta was clearly leftover from another service, veal sauce was watered down. Out of wine we wanted & server came to ask in mid-meal if she could retrieve the glass on our table with lemons/limes because they needed it for the bar. Don’t know if these things are signs of possible closing for this restaurant. But used to be high quality. Tonite, it was really bad

LW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really excellent family style dinner with great selection of genuinely Italian dishes.

DC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Although the tasting menu was pretty good, the waitress, at first could only tell us that the main course selection was meat or fish. She had to go and find out that the fish was scallops, and that the meat was rib-eye steak. The Barbera wine we wanted was out of stock, and the second choice was there...but we couldn’t order a second bottle. In a word, the dinner was marred by a waitress who was clueless.

BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was tasty. The service was unbelievably slow. We were told the gluten free pasta was the reason for the delay. It was hard to believe that it took over an hour to boil one serving of gluten free pasta.

KT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had oven fired pizzas which were delicious. The staff was nice and accommodating, and the ambiance was fun and lively. They had a nice outdoor eating area. The service was a little slow, but maybe because the pizzas take some time. Overall I would recommend.

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