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Al Dente Style
with Eggplant, Pizzaiola Sauce, Basil, Garlic Mayonnaise
Grilled Branzino Filet
Spinach and Salsa Verde
Chef Roberto presents the most authentic Italian cuisine on the east coast.
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!
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.
Service was below par, food was decent at best. We will not come back.
Very nice Valentines Dinner!
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.
Food was very tasty
Fixed price menu for valentine was great
Service by the Asian waitress was impeccable and attentive
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?
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.
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.
We love the menu - even when we try new things they are wonderful! Terrific service - a happy setting!
Food so so. 7-yr-old was served a plate too hot to touch. FROZEN rock hard tiramisu. Won’t be back.
Ottimo cibo e bella atmosfera, consigliato vivamente.
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!
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!
The seven fishes special Christmas menu was superb! Great to see Roberto Donna in action.
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).
We enjoyed the Christmas Eve Seven Fishes Dinner at Al Dente. Everything was wonderful. We love starting the Christmas celebration at Al Dente.
A nice Seven Fishes dinner. Modest portions but quite satisfying. They offer the Seven Fishes dinner for a full week prior to Christmas.
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 👍👍👍😘
Tasty food, good service, nice ambience - who could ask for more?
As always the food was delicious and the service was at tentative. The menu is varied and food preparation outstanding
We love the food at al dents. One of the best Italian restaurants in the city by far.
Pizza was excellent. The food here is always very good and I always have a pleasant dining experience.
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!
Great meal and great service for my moms 85th birthday. Thank you.
Excellent food, service, just a lilt noisy! Good value for quality.
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. 🤦🏽♀️
All very good as usual
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had an amazing dinner for my birthday. We shared the family menu, ate delicious, abundant food! Excelent quality for the money, worth visiting!
Of our party of 6, two were served their entree and the other four had to wait 15 minutes to get theirs. Totally unacceptable.
So great! Amazing food. Great ambiance. Check it out when you can!
Really good Italian food made with inspiration!
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.
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.
Al Dente does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Al Dente also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 244-2223.
Al Dente is rated 4.4 stars by 997 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.