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Al Dente

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1001 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Guests can enjoy fresh house-made pasta, fresh fish and meat offerings along with Italian desserts. Al Dente also showcases Neapolitan pizza from the restaurant’s centerpiece oven.


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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1001 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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newk53
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back after all this time!!

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MJanee
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to try out a new place and also had limited options during these times as restaurants began to open for patio/outside dining. It was a beautiful day- menu is very limited, did not see anything on the menu that I would’ve typically ordered. This place is Italian at core. I requested a custom basic Alfredo pasta with chicken shrimp and spinach ft. Fettuccine noodles and the chef was able to accommodate. The portion size was amazing and dish was full of flavor. I also ordered the spinach salad with shrimp...with a little extra dressing, it would’ve been great. A friend had the steak entree and said it was excellent. Would definitely visit again for a quick outside dining And get the same custom dish if I were in the area. Don’t think I would ever go for the inside dining experience, not many menu options. Service was absolutely amazing- waiter and staff were all friendly, quick and attentive! 10 stars for service!

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AndrewH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The safety precautions among the servers were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor patio lunch.

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vipChevalier
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef Roberto presents the most authentic Italian cuisine on the east coast.

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vipSchaf
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Dente is a neighborhood restaurant that serves up a good variety of Italian food. They concentrate on doing a few things well. That keeps me coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was inattentive. Every request was received with difficulty. My date is allergic to shellfish and changing the accompaniment of the salmon to spinach was made to seem difficult, though I have done that many times.

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jacoba
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was below par, food was decent at best. We will not come back.

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StevenR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Valentines Dinner!

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vipKooltiger
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the delicious pizza and calamarata pasta during Happy Hour - great value, and service by Alena is excellent. We stayed this time with our guest for dinner in the dining area, and that too was excellent value, and perfect for conversation. Will return. Chef Donna is a great Executive Chef.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty

Fixed price menu for valentine was great

Service by the Asian waitress was impeccable and attentive

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vipmridulav
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The menu on open table didn't match the restaurant brunch menu at all. It was completely different. After arriving at the restaurant, we decided not to eat there. What's the point if menus don't match?

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food that is among the most Italian of all local approximations. High quality ingredients and lovingly prepared. Service has improved over the years, I'm happy to say.

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Reynella
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambiance is bright and cheery...re food, the menu presents a generous variety of choices..entrees, pizzas, pastas and a separate menu of today’s specials...a signal of an alert and caring chef in the kitchen. The portions were abundant..and the food was DELICIOUS. The server was pleasant and attentive but not a helicopter...Both my partner and I are older but, at our request, we were seated at a table against the wall so we were able to converse despite a robust noise level ( Hey, it was a Friday night in well-heeled NW DC). Al Dente is not inexpensive..I think the pastas may be a bit overpriced...but the freshness of the ingredients, the skill with which they were prepared, and the faultless service all combined to make a delightful, satisfying evening.

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vipNancy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the menu - even when we try new things they are wonderful! Terrific service - a happy setting!

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smallplatesgirl
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food so so. 7-yr-old was served a plate too hot to touch. FROZEN rock hard tiramisu. Won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottimo cibo e bella atmosfera, consigliato vivamente.

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Foodfan
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went with friends on New Year’s Eve and ordered the fixed price 6 course dinner. Every course was excellent, but standouts included the scallops carpaccio, the lobster soup and the risotto. The $50 per person price, which included a champagne aperitif, was a bargain! The ambience was rather too casual - perhaps a table cloth for such a festive occasion and such special food? It was nice that the noise level was low and we could converse easily. The service was polite and non-intrusive. What a delicious, enjoyable evening!

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jjcohen
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is delicious and flavorful. The bean soup is out of this world. Our salmon delicious. I requested more bread to swipe the tomato based sauce as well as the anchovy-olive our flavored cauliflower side dish. I try to eat here once a month!

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CynthiaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seven fishes special Christmas menu was superb! Great to see Roberto Donna in action.

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vipLindaL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food and wine for the seven fishes Christmas Eve dinner with wine pairing was excellent except for the service. Server didn't tell us about the availability of wine pairing (we learned about it on their website), two courses and wine were brought before the prior course was finished, (had to ask them to slow down).

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katherined
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Christmas Eve Seven Fishes Dinner at Al Dente. Everything was wonderful. We love starting the Christmas celebration at Al Dente.

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Brooklanddiners
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice Seven Fishes dinner. Modest portions but quite satisfying. They offer the Seven Fishes dinner for a full week prior to Christmas.

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vipMaryS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto Donna is still the Best Chef in DC. The 7 Fishes 7 Course dinner was fantastic. Every course was excellent & unusual. He’s always creative. @ &55 this was a bargain compared with the downtown Italian restaurants. We’ve never been disappointed with a meal prepared by Roberto & his kitchen crew. They’re poetry in the kitchen 👍👍👍😘

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vipSamW
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty food, good service, nice ambience - who could ask for more?

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JerryC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious and the service was at tentative. The menu is varied and food preparation outstanding

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vipJulieL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love the food at al dents. One of the best Italian restaurants in the city by far.

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vipJoeT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pizza was excellent. The food here is always very good and I always have a pleasant dining experience.

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vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Chef Donna makes the best pizza in DC. Being 100% Italian I can say this without any hesitation. Started with Romaine salad and two martinis. She ordered the Romano pizza and I the Napolitano. They crust was cooked to perfection, the toppings and the sauce complimented the crust. Two glass of Montepulciano red wine and cappuccino complimented our meal. Great location and great food!

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vipRMP1
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service for my moms 85th birthday. Thank you.

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kenneth
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, service, just a lilt noisy! Good value for quality.

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MarniH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had two entrees and a pizza. We specifically requested the pizza be "well done" as a thin crust should be; and not soggy... as many tend to be. The server asked if we wanted the food brought all at once-- I asked for the pizza to be brought first if possible. The server said something like that wasn't going to happen... I thought this was because of the time it might take to bake the pizza. However, when all our food was brought to the table... the entrees where piping hot the pizza was tepid and soggy. 🤦🏽‍♀️

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vipclarkdc
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All very good as usual

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vipGeorgeGG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent - great selection. Atmosphere was a bit spartan - reminded me a little of a fast food restaurant. Tablecloths would have been a good touch.

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foodylover
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was ok, nothing special. The Ceaser salad was great, the salmon, just ok, Our waiter was very attentive. Would I go back? Yes, next time I am in the mood for Italian.

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vipKatherineH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always outstanding at Al Dente. The service has been spotty in the past but at this visit it was excellent. The wine list is also superlative. The only change the restaurant could make is to dim the bright lighting a bit.

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vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always enjoy dining at Al Dente. The homemade pasta is a hidden treasure in DC. I had pasta with wild boat and a red sauce and vegetables that was superb. My date enjoyed a pasta Bolognese. We shared a large, fresh Romaine lettuce salad with homemade croutons, anchovies, hardboiled egg. Started the evening with two expertly crafted martinis and during out meal a superb red wine.

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SheilaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We came around 1pm and it had been raining in the morning so we figure that is why it was not busy. Service was great and attentive. We had the bottomless brunch which I highly recommend. Food and drinks were delicious . Would recommend to anyone.

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aleizq
Washington DC
4 reviews