RPM Italian - DC

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Italian
RPM Italian presents cuisine that is modern in approach and Italian in spirit, with dishes intended to be shared. Our chef team has created a menu which features a variety of cold and hot antipasti, more than a dozen freshly prepared in-house pastas, and a selection of salads, prime steaks, chops and slow-roasted meats. The restaurant also has an open bar area where guests can order a signature cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list. Sophisticated and chic, RPM Italian is perfect for a great meal or late night out.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my 60th birthday at the restaurant with my family during January restaurant week. It was all of our fist time at the restaurant. We were all very pleased with our overall experience. The decor is a modern hip vibe. The service was great. The menu choices were extensive. Two of us ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, and the other two from the main menu. We had no complaints and my daughter has declared RPM her new favorite restaurant. Favorites included, the truffle garlic bread, the meatballs, shrimp scampi, and the salted chocolate budino. We will all be visiting again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Came in for restaurant week. The antipasti and dessert was great, but was a bit underwhelmed by the pasta entrees. I got the Tortelli with truffle crema - the truffle was too overpowering and almost inedible. The bucatini was good but too al dente. Was a little disappointed cause I heard great things about this restaurant and was extremely excited to come in for dinner.

Service was good overall, although felt like the server kept reaching over us. He would say pardon my reach, but would still reach over before giving us a chance to acknowledge or react.

F
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at RPM. The service and food were wonderful. I will definitely be back.

S
Baltimore
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to RPM and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious... every single dish ... Bronzino, meatballs, truffle garlic bread, pasta carbonara , kale and spinach salad and more!!!! Can’t wait to return... oh and it was our daughters birthday... the mini ice cream cones were a beautiful touch!!

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent.

a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went for restaurant week and the menu was available on a Saturday night which was awesome. The burrata, Meatballs, sea bass and sea salt chocolate dessert were standouts from the RW choices. I will be going back to try some of the regular offerings. Wines were also great. Service was good (we enjoyed our waiter) but we felt like the “bussers” were rushing us a bit. I wrote it off as it being a Saturday night but there was no wait so I’m not sure what the hurry was. Otherwise I highly recommend. Gulianna did an amazing job with her restaurant.

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. Please try the eggplant parmigian, pistachio gelato and the haleznut tartufo! .. amazing

D
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd visit and it was exactly how I remembered and more!!! The food was amazing and the service provided by our waiter, Hayward, matched. This is the best Italian restaurant in the DC metropolitan area! I plan to dine again soon!!!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for restaurant week!

JL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to RPM as part of restaurant week (which we decided to order off of the menu) because we saw other options we wanted to try. The food was delicious and the proportions were just right. Our waiter was very friendly and informative and helped us with our selections - I can’t remember his name.

LD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coworker lunch during restaurant week. It was busy but the waitress was really good, attentive, super jolly, and service was fast.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy restaurant week. The bar staff was the only part of the night that lacked. They left us waiting for drinks and to close my tab, couldn’t make my drink and offered zero input. Not because they were busy but they were talking. The hostess was great the server was great, courses were timed so well! Everything tasted amazing! So glad we checked it out!

Y
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My tortellini weren’t al dente, they were hard. Flavor was just ok. The meatballs were good, and dessert was delicious, but I wanted more from the pasta dishes.

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took advantage of restaurant week and enjoyed two incredible meals. The beet salad is DELICIOUS!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was delicious, but the service wasn’t great - which affected the overall rating of our visit today.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During restaurant week I attended the restaurant for lunch in the dining room and in the evening at the bar. The table in the dining room was fabulous, as it was one of the round banquettes in the end near the back bar. Fabulous service and as a chef, I was able to request a tour of the kitchen after the luncheon rush (2:20 pm). You don’t have to be a chef to ask for a tour of the kitchen but we foodies love to see behind the scenes. Chef Massimo gave a fabulous tour of their spectacular kitchen. He is kind, genial and so very welcome which is indicative of the town he grew up in Italy, Nocera Inferiore. He is simply tops and not crazy like many drama queen celebrity chefs.
Sean, our server, recommended the short ribs which were delicious. The Bolognese sauce is made with short rib meat. Also delicious. The cocktail waiter, has great tattoos and created a custom cocktail as I’m a big Absenthe fan- recipe: anisette, lemon juice, simple syrup. It was perfect. The Super Tuscan wine was delicious. As was the Montepulciano Abruzzo was also paired perfectly for the restaurant week menu.

The team is very well trained and staffed. Security, expedited, attentive staff- all loyal to the Chef who again is simply lovely. My new favorite chef in DC. No wonder all the Caps hockey players love the restaurant which is close to the arena. A well oiled trained service staff. The contemporary interior is lovely but if eat at the bar it can be very noisy when patrons are highly animated and chatting etc. (Read: kinda noisy in which case get a table in the dining room).
The whole day was magical.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Did it very cold in the dining room after we sat down and mgr said they adjusted the temperature however it actually got colder. Had to move to the bar/lounge.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love RPM! This was my fifth time for dinner, and I always look forward to coming back! Is it the absolute best Italian food? Well.......no. But it's sexy, and that's very rare for DC. Our server, Caleb, was perfect - gave us great wine recommendations, was attentive, and the food came out fast after ordering. High marks for the carpaccio and pistachio gelato. The sea bass was good but not outstanding, and the chicken parm and appetizer meatballs are tasty, reliable standbys. Side note - if you want to get dressed up, go for it here!

I will also note that I went to the bar here for dinner + drinks one night and the service was extremely slow (after sitting down it took over 10 mins just to get a menu, and then another 10 mins to actually order a drink!) The bartenders didn't seem to care and spent most of the night chatting with their friends/each other, so definitely worth waiting for a table -never had any problems that way.

EH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Horrible service- the waiter brought us the check while we ate our dessert. He did not ask if we wanted to order anything else. We continued drinking our bottle of wine and he came over and asked us to take care of the check. Keep in mind, we had been there less than 2 hours. If I'm going to pay $30+ for an entree, I expect better service.