Arucola Osteria
Arucola Osteria

Arucola Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.arucola.com/
  • Phone: (202) 244-1555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Marcial Umana
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstairs dining room accommodates maximum 30 people
  • Private Party Contact: Gian Mario Cabiddu 2022441555x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morrison
  • Public Transit: Friendship Heights closest Metro Station
    We are on the Connecticut Avenue Bus line
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot provided behind the shopping strip, directly behind CVS
A word from Arucola Osteria
Arucola, a rustic Italian restaurant which is nestled in the heart of Chevy Chase , DC has become a neighborhood favorite. Offering an authentic Italian experience to patrons on every visit, from the homemade pasta and breads to the wood burning pizza oven, and even the décor, you will feel as if you have just traveled to Italy . The menu changes daily, offering diners a fresh selection of pastas, meat and fish. Arucola also offers a selection of wood burning oven pizzas, variety of salads including our namesake Arucola, and an array of daily appetizers which include a selection from the marinated antipasto trolley, to daily creations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Arucola Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)great for outdoor dining (23)fit for foodies (12)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (5)good for groups (5)special occasion (4)romantic (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Wonderful fresh fish with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2009
    Wonderful fresh fish with choice of vegetables. Great pasta. Reasonable wine choices. Good service and comfortable tables. Great desserts.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little Italian place
    DCGourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2009
    Great little Italian place on Connecticut Avenue convenient for locals right down the street from the Avalon Theater.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was a little disappointed.
    LauraUVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2009
    I was a little disappointed. Three people recommended it as THE place to go after a movie at the Avalon. The antipasto from the cart was good. The calamari stuffed with mushroom was not. You could hardly taste the small cone of calamari over the strong sweet pea puree and mushrooms. I pizza with ricotta and spinach was very dry and the a pie we ordered with anchovies was better, though it had such a thick layer of anchovies you could hardly taste anything else. Despite the fact that they made a mistake in our second pizza order, the fixed the problem quickly and on the whole were very attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had to send back my dish
    Love2Eat27VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2009
    I had to send back my dish not because there was anything wrong with it, but because the flavors didn't agree with me. The restaurant was very accomodating and brought me some delicious homemade pasta within minutes. I also loved my endive and goat cheese salad and tiramisu. We also had my baby niece with me and it was wonderful to be in a restaurant with fantastic food that didn't turn their nose up at the idea of having a baby at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For the price, the portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/15/2009
    For the price, the portions were slim. My date had the sage ravioli and the pasta was utterly overpowered by the sage flavor. The veal scallopini came served on a "soup" of wet polenta. The restaurant wouldn't change polenta to pasta with a charge. I asked if the scallopini was prepared with lemon and butter, they said yes, but it wasn't. The pizzas were good. This is a neighborhood spot close to a movie theater with little to no competition. Dinner for two including one drink each, one shared app, two entrees and no dessert was $75 incl. tip. Not worth it.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i ordered the chicken and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2009
    i ordered the chicken and pot atoes the chicken was dry and overcooked
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food, beautifully
    Roabert
    Dined on 5/22/2009
    Delicious food, beautifully presented, and terrific service. One diner had pasta, another had shellfish, and another had fish. All were perfectly prepared, as was our soup. We were looking to have dinner in advance of a show, and we arrived a tad earlier than our reservation but were were promptly seated. Food prep and service were nimble, and we finished the meal with time to spare. We're coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The menu appears to be updated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/24/2009
    The menu appears to be updated constantly with interesting dishes and the food is generally tasty, if not exciting. The restaurant is crowded with tables, and very bustling. There appeared to be a large party upstairs that took a lot of the wait staff's attention--service was a little on the slow side at first.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've eaten here MANY times
    amsava
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    We've eaten here MANY times and are so glad there is now an OT option!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The consensus of our group
    Palmona
    Dined on 3/13/2009
    The consensus of our group (and several members are experts on Italian food) was that Arucola Osteria has authentic Italian food. The menu has interesting offerings, and everyone liked what they ordered. And the service was above and beyond the call of duty. The waitor quickly explained why we couldn't have the upstairs table that we'd requested. When the child in our group tipped over a glass of water, the waiter was there instantly to clean it up and reassure the child. Our waiter was warm and personable. He added much to the ambience of a neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arucola is a neighborhood
    DarganVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2009
    Arucola is a neighborhood gem and I ate there because I happened to be in the neighborhood and had few choices. It's extremely noisy and crowded for above average food. I wouldn't travel outside from anywhere else to come again, but there are practically no other restaurants even close to this quality within blocks (hence its popularity).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food. Mostly high
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/5/2009
    Very good food. Mostly high wine prices. Comfortable with few diners, very close seating when full.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always forget because we
    FoodsmithVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2009
    We always forget because we go there so infrequently, but Arucula has elevated the art of culinary mediocrity to a science.
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  • Salads and seafood excellent
    jrose27
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Salads and seafood excellent and well-priced. However, DON'T order the "pork loin." It is nothing but a roll of fat on a bed of fat.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are regulars, eating here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    We are regulars, eating here over 30 times in the last 10 years. The food was terrific, like always. However, we were seated upstairs and virtually forgotten by our waiter. The service, which is usually very good, was terrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • We had reservations and were
    BobbieRayeVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2009
    We had reservations and were put in a terrible table upstairs. The room was very cold. I will never return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food but the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2009
    Excellent food but the service seemed rushed during out last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perhaps it was because it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/1/2009
    Perhaps it was because it was New Year's Day, but the food was not up to past quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of my favorites... been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2008
    one of my favorites... been going there for several years and it's always great! highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who likes a comfortable, not too expensive place that never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is near the Avalon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/19/2008
    This place is near the Avalon theater in Chevy Chase.. We stopped in for dinner before catching a Swiss Flick we missed at E Street. The four cheese pizza was amazing- It was on our table 5 minutes with from when we placed the order. The waiters were attentive and nice - but, not pushy. My glass was never empty. This place really made the night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2008
    We've been to this restaurant several times before. Generally, the food is good but this past time the quality seemed to have dipped. Hopefully, they come back to their better quality.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent pizza- great crust--
    Susan
    Dined on 10/24/2008
    excellent pizza- great crust-- limited menu for other items-- only a few pasta choices-- 10.00 corkage fee for BYOB-- but overall good
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  • The homemade pasta was delectible,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/15/2008
    The homemade pasta was delectible, and pizza margarita top notch. The ambience and service were superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ate outside on a perfect
    DCDINER
    Dined on 8/31/2008
    We ate outside on a perfect evening. The food was very good and we weren't rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I ordered smoked salmon capaccio
    joycean
    Dined on 8/2/2008
    I ordered smoked salmon capaccio but it was not capaccio just regular thick sliced smoked salmon NOT paperthin as capaccio should be. I sent it back. My husband and friend ordered insalata misto. They expected lettuce with veggies such as fennel artichokes pine nuts tomatoes mushrooms and definitely shaved parmesean. The salad was just a bowl of mixed greens with a vapid dressing. My husband wanted to send it back but I asked him not to because the description said mesculin greens -- the name was misleading. My husband enjoyed his entre of tri pasta and my friened enjoyed her grilled salmon filet and broccoli but the polenta side with the Salmon was just awful. It tasted (and the consistency was)like cream of wheat.
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  • Good Italian comfort food.
    AnnB
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    Good Italian comfort food. Love the homemade pasta. Nightly specials are generally winners - incredible tilapia recently.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not many choices in that neighborho
    GrandmaRoz
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    Not many choices in that neighborhood, and this one is the best.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of best Chevy Chase DC
    heroldraVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    One of best Chevy Chase DC neighborhood eateries but not worth a trip from afar. Surprisingly tasty homemade pastas; fairly good pizzas. Salads acceptable, nothing special. Grilled fish (Branzino)was fresh but mushy and soggy with oil. Nice outdoor patio.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I ordered the Crab salad and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/10/2008
    I ordered the Crab salad and was told after placing the order that it was not available. My Arucola Pizza was raw, despite being pretty thin. The toppings on the pizza - including the "fresh" tomatoes - were mediocre. Very disappointing. At least teh service was pretty good, and the pizza was taken off my bill. I had made a reservation, but the only seating offered when we arrived was inside. About 20 minutes into our meal, a very loud foursome was seated RIGHT next to us, despite MANY other tables being available inside.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arucola is a nice little Italian
    John
    Dined on 6/30/2008
    Arucola is a nice little Italian restaurant in Upper Northwest not far from Chevy Chase Circle with parking behind the building. The service was outstanding! The staff attended to every detail, and the manager was always walking around but never intruding on guests. The soup was good though thin. The smoked salmon risotto was cooked perfectly, and the chicken was beautifully done--my partner ate all of it, which is rare! The deserts looked great! The chocolate coconut pistachio confection sounded better than it was, which was more like a Mounds bar. Anyway, in a city where diners are often feeling elated at extraordinary food or ripped-off by extraordinary prices, Arucola is unusual in that the food is very good at a fair price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    Best restaurant in the neighborhood but unfortunately that is a very relative standard.
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  • Arucola is a great neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/20/2008
    Arucola is a great neighborhood restaurant that is off the path of the tourists so it's usually filled with neighbors. This makes it highly likely you'll see someone you know and then it becomes a dinner party, rather than just dinner!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've ordered from here thru
    dmsm
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    We've ordered from here thru Takeout Taxi a couple times and had good pastas, salads and shad roe. But eating in the restaurant and selecting the appetizers and entrees, we had a disappointing food almost all around. A $28 group portion had at most 3oz of fish. Soft shell crabs didn't taste fresh. Polenta was gummy. The tomato mozzarella basil salad had been pre-prepared and refrigerated, and came with 1 leaf of fresh basil. Pineapple upside-down cake was close to inedible, my mother-in-law described it as "poison." An asparagus soup was okay, and ravioli were nice, but that's the best that can be said about what we ordered. Long story short, stick with the leafy salads and the pastas if you're there.
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  • The food was very tasty, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    The food was very tasty, the service great, and the wine and desserts were nice. We went for our anniversary and really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very limited selection for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Very limited selection for children other than pizza. Limited pasta menu. Who only serves one type of chicken?
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  • It was a perfect day to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    It was a perfect day to eat at Arucola: the weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the service was good. If I am ever in the neighborhood again, I will definitely eat here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The dressing on the arucola
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    The dressing on the arucola salad had no merit other than being to salty. The pizza had to much industrial mozzarella floating about. The crust was good though; to bad it got mushy because of the grease coming out of the cheese. A for the service, overall good. While I did not hear the waiters start with "my name is so and so and I will be your sever tonite" I did hear the equally bad "excellent choice". I commend though the waiter at my table who did not recite any of those nonsensical standard intonations.
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  • We used to eat at Arucola
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    We used to eat at Arucola several times a year, but hadn't been there in a couple of years. The food was mediocre at best. The arugula salad was drenched in dressing. The pastas are fairly limited and the sauce for mine was loaded with butter. The service was very nice but extremely inexperienced -- couldn't answer basic questions about the menu. We don't usually fill out these kinds of things, and rarely complain about meals, but having been fans of Arucola in the past we were really, really disappointed.
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  • A consistently excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    A consistently excellent experience of high-quality Italian food with good service and atmosphere. This is my go-to restaurant for out-of-town visitors to my neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding food and good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Outstanding food and good service. We really enjoyed it and it was reasonably priced
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate