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Al Dente

3021 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3518
+1 202-244-2223
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (22 reviews)
“farro” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3021 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3518
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The service was inattentive and slow. Our friends said it was like this the last time they went too. The food was good and tasty. Nice choices on the menu. However, the presentation was "interesting." I ordered a beet salad with romaine lettuce. It came...More

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Looks modest from the outside, and there are no white tablecloths, but the menu is extremely diverse, the wine list is vast, and the attitude and service of the staff is excellent. I will remember this one.

Thank suitcasepro
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Stayed down the street from this restaurant while visiting my son. Being a Chef myself and owning several restaurants (4) I was disappointed at the quality of the food I was served. The pasta; that was definitely fresh made was horribly undercooked. Just as it...More

Thank Gladys G
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Went here with some friends and loved everything about it. We ordered six appetizers and six mains. All 12 were excellent. My favorites were the seafood pasta, the octopus (appetizer) and the liver. The restaurant is laid back, the service is great and the food...More

1  Thank BaldAndHappy
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Three of us had a variety of excellent dishes, friendly service with just the right amount of attention. The grilled branzino filets with spinach was particularly enjoyed and the wines recommended were perfect. Bravo Roberto, keeping his brand of Italian cuisine very much alive in...More

Thank mog009
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Al Dente is an authentic Italian restaurant, about 1000% above most other local Italian restaurants. Roberto Donna is one of the true legendary chefs in DC and unlike many other "well known" chefs, he's still in the restaurant most days working the open kitchen and...More

2  Thank Vincent R
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Al Dente is a great neighborhood restaurant. The service is good, the atmosphere is euro casual and friendly. Wonderful pasta, specials, salmon, salads, pizza....varied menu of high quality. Enjoy!

Thank TravelnowNewYork
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I met an old friend for a leisurely lunch. The restaurant was not crowded, and the wait staff did not rush us, so we enjoyed ourselves to the full.

Thank rosepol
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

It took a while to find an authentic Italian restaurant in DC. There are a lot of Italian restaurants in the area, maybe better rated and with high class design, but it's the quality of the ingredients and the authenticity of the recipes and dishes...More

1  Thank csirio
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We went there since suggested by a friend...The place is cozy and well organized; the menu is rich but the chef accommodated all our special request. Kids were treated in a very special manner..We will come back as soon as possible.

Thank Francesco L
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What is the dress code?
19 October 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from AlDenteDC | Property representative |
Casual to business casual is fine. This is a family neighborhood restaurant, although we never mind being the excuse for you to be able to dress up :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3021 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3518
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-244-2223
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