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5534 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610
+1 202-244-1555
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good45%
  • Average27%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“veal chop” (4 reviews)
“pasta” (22 reviews)
“antipasti” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5534 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the wait and the pasta is to die for. the Pizza is the original reason we came and we come back for more

Thank LarryBell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been coming here for years. The food was fine, but we always wondered why an Italian restaurant didn’t have more than a a few pasta choices. The service was often indifferent. The new management has stepped it up. Service is welcoming and competent. Menu...More

Thank Jeff O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped in at Arucola on a whim before a show at the Avalon Theater. There is some lovely outdoor seating, but I showed up a few minutes before they opened, and they let me sit at the bar. There were a few others there...More

Thank jmnhunt
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

I am surprised by some of the recent negative comments. I used to find Arucola's food disappointing but with a great location and nice outdoor seating it was still worth a visit every one and then. And the pizzas were good. . But this week...More

Thank UE_DC64
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Caprese salad with 1 lonely basil leaf, otherwise dried herbs. Bland grilled fish. Undercooked potatoes. Soggy creme brûlée. Has to ask for bread, butter, silverware. Hadn't been in a while. I see now that ownership changed, and what a difference it has made.

Thank Calistav
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Arucola used to be very good. Under new management we found the food to be disappointing. We shared a starter of Vitello Tunnato which was OK but we could have dispensed with the large pieces of sliced red onion dumped on top and would have...More

Thank Foodie33140
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Our waiter was named Milan. He is from Serbia and super cute. The food was amazing. I had a limited time risotto with scallops. My friend had pizza. They were both amazing. Highly recommended!

Thank VandiEnzor
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Heard about the home-made pastas and oven-fired pizza, and outdoor dining and we agreed we should try it! Not disappointed as we have gone back multiple times for the pasta and seafood, as well as unbelievable desserts made in their kitchen. You feel comfortable both...More

Thank Q5005FFjohnt
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant where you can just grab a perfectly cooked pizza from a wood burning oven or delicious soft shell crabs or a veal chop that has tremendous flavor. Good selection of draft beers at the bar. They make their own pasta and bread...More

Thank mijomurray
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Ok food. Some main dishes nice, appetizers and desserts disappointing. Wine ok but too expensive. Ambience mediocre. Service ok. Much too expensive for what it offers.

Thank GG_fromDC
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5534 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610
  • Public Transportation: Friendship Heights closest Metro Station We are on the Connecticut Avenue Bus line
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-244-1555
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