Carmine's - Washington DC
Carmine's - Washington DC

Carmine's - Washington DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.carminesnyc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 737-7770
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 11:30am to 10:00pm Friday - Saturday 11:30am to 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Terry Natas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Enjoy Carmine"s classics catered to the venue of your choice. Our off-premises catering services range from a small drop off and set up for 20 to a full scale, off-premises event for 2000. Our signature dishes, including Carmine’s famous Meatballs, Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Marsala, and Shrimp Scampi, will be delivered right to your door. Carmine's Catering offers one-stop shopping. Our full-service Catering Division offers a professional staff, complete set-up and service, rentals, linens, décor, and venue selection. Catering packages or customized menus available.
  • Special Events: Parties of 15 or more will choose from abundant, specially designed four course menus created by our Executive Chef.
    Come celebrate your corporate event, rehearsal dinner, bachelor or bachelorette party, wedding or a just night out with old friends with the Carmine's family. We invite you to share Carmine's style! Abbondanza!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between E and D street on 7th street
  • Public Transit: Metro Trains information. .14 miles from Carmine"s on Metro Stop Archives- Navy Memorial Penn Quarter 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington D.C. 20004- Come off the train and head north on 7th street NW toward D street NW. Carmine's is on the right. .21 miles from Carmine's on metro stop Gallery PI- Chinatown 630 H Street NW Washington D.C 20001. Co
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Entrance to parking garage is on E street. Address to parking garage is 616 E Street NW Washington 20004. The parking garage has an elevator entrance into Carmine's above. Valet parking is available nightly after 5pm.
A word from Carmine's - Washington DC
Carmine’s is a family style, value-driven restaurant concept with locations in NYC, NJ, Nassau Bahamas, and Washington DC. Restaurateur Artie Cutler created Carmine’s with one goal in mind: to open a restaurant that would serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast, featuring extra large portions of home-style antipasto, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on extra large platters designed for sharing. Carmine’s is the perfect place to casually enjoy friends and family over great food and wine, with excellent service, the way it used to be at grandma’s house.
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Carmine's - Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
286 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (246)special occasion (125)kid-friendly (101)fit for foodies (93)neighborhood gem (62)great for lunch (47)romantic (33)notable wine list (30)hot spot (28)vibrant bar scene (25)late-night find (18)scenic view (8)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Waited forever for rushed food!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    After waiting over 35 minutes for chicken and pasta. We were offered drinks on the house, only to not receive the top shelf drinks that we ordered (the same as the ones that we purchased). Then we were given pasta that was rushed I'm sure due to the wait that I guess was "al dente" I beg to differ. That is all DONE!:(
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food; group style eating;
    Nucdoc
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This is a family style restaurant meaning the portions are large and meant to be shared. That said, the food is very good. Pastas are tasty, chicken is good and the prices are reasonable when you understand that three or more people share an entree. The salads were excellent. This is not the place for you if you are single diner unless you are very hungry. It is not a romantic restaurant because of the large and sometimes boisterous groups. However, if you are taking your family out to dinner this is an excellent choice. by the way the deserts are innovative and huge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Lunch is basically a huge plate of pasta to share or a sandwich. The pasta was OK and I got bored eating it. Wouldn't go back unless there are more than 3 or 4 people.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, helpful staff, good service.
    Dineblog
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    everything was good. Cost of all drinks alcoholic and non-alcoholic was hefty. I would only go back for special occasions with family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    kevamy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have been to Carmine's many times, in New York, Atlantic City and DC. I love this restaurant, the food is fantastic and the service is good. We have brought our family members here from out of town and our neighbors and friends have come here also because of our recommendations. We will be taking our two adult children here for Christmas Eve this year when they come home for the holidays. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner
    Excellent
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Had an excellent dinner with 2 friends on Friday night. Food and service couldn't have been better. Price was very reasonable and we left with food for the next night's dinner. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to take a group of guys
    vhinpghVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We took our son and his college friends here -- it has large quantities of food that are relatively good. I it is not foodie food or anything I would go for without a group, but it was perfect for this purpose.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York Carmine is better
    JoymVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Harried service and very noisy. Has to speak very loudly to be heard across the table. The food isn't as good as the New York restaurant. Not enough servers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We were not impress with the food and management
    NTFK
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My family and I brought my friend to Carmines for dinner for her birthday. We were not impressed with the food. We all valet and was waiting thirty minutes for one of our cars to come. We waited and waited, the valet guy finally arrived with the car. Jumped out and ran, he brought the car banged up. We had to wait another thirty minutes in the cold for the police. The restaurant manager at Carmines did not show any concerns. My friend birthday celebration was ruined.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always a great time...good food!
    Frank
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food was great....tried special Wednesday stuffed veal chop! Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-hockey dinner at Carmine's
    CapsFanVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The bar makes a good martini. We were amazed by the menu choices and the portion sizes. It was our first time at a Carmine's, so we hadn't realized the family-style theme. Three of us split a Caesar salad, eggplant parmigiana and linguini with olive oil & garlic. We had lots left, so their leftovers lay-away policy is great - we came by after the game and took ours home to have for dinner soon. Our server was very good, especially as we had to wait to order until our 3rd person arrived. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Come Hungry!
    luvfood413
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was recommended by a tour guide. Was a little apprehensive after checking it out on Yelp, many people comparing it to Maggiano's, but this is a step above. Our waiter Frank was fantastic, the restaurant had a great vibe and look to it, very southern Italy. Great wine list, great menu, just be prepared as it is family style. Two entrees were enough to feed 6 of us. We had the 4 pasta special and the vegetarian lasagna was the best I have ever had. The chicken parm was good, but nothing special. We also had the side order of meatballs and stuffed mushrooms were fantastic. Get the chocolate torta! This is a great place to go with a group, not so much if you are only two people, unless you come hungry and want leftovers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carmine's for dinner
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Have been here before during the holidays with a large group. Mostly come for the experience of the family-style portions. Food is overpriced for what you get; service is somewhat slow due to large crowds. Give yourselves at least a full hour or more to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Carmines is known for their huge portions, to be shared -- I must say, however, that the portion size (for the eggplant parmesean) is not what it used to be....and for the price, one can go to any number of Italian restaurants in the region and order 3 servings of eggplant parmesean for less money and more food. To be fair, the sauce is incredible and the taste is consistent. Service was not as good as expected but not horrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun place
    johnnyboy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My sons enjoyed dinner. Great food .Carlos was great. We liked the location also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Living Social deal
    eaterx
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Came here with 2 other couples for the Living Social Deal. Good experience; food was fine, no complaints. Service was adequate as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, price, and lots of it
    GB1230
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Had a reservation for 6:45pm on a Saturday night. It was really busy, so glad I had made a reservation. Service was decent, waited for about 5 minutes before drink order. Waiter very attentive, no further delays or issues. Food was delicious, and lots of it. Not gourmet Italian, but worth the $$. Did not have desert due to the fact that we ate a ton of food. Definitely would go back, make sure you make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring the Entire Family
    TomLightVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Carmine's makes you feel like you have been invited to your Italian Grandmother's house. The family style service combined with the kinetic energy of the dining room fuels the evening for a celebratory night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOM10
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We arrived a few minutes early and we seated right away. It took a few moments for our waiter to come over to the table, but that was okay we were taking a lot in with the vibrance of the restaurant. Our waiter (Frank) was very friendly and informative as to the dishes. The food was fantastic and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt Rushed
    love2dine
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Eating a family style dinner typically is a slow paced get together with friends and family evening. We felt rushed the entire evening while the support staff couldn't wait to take our plates away. While our waiter was nice.... -we had to ask for drink refills - didn't receive a bar order until we asked about the status - requested the sauce on the side of an order and it came out with the sauce on the chicken. We waited a while to get the right order back to our table... we were pretty done with the other entre by the time the chicken arrived. All in all I wouldn't likely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Large family dinner
    jaredVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Portions are huge (but so are the prices) and the service was wonderful. Our waiter offered to keep the food in the fridge while we went to go see a show at the Shakespeare theatre, and we could pick it up later that evening. Highly recommended for big families or group outings. There's too much food just to go as a couple.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service
    BADSERVICE
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We did not have a good dining experience. We had ver poor service. We had to get another service to flag-down our server for everything, including taking our order, bringing us more water, bread and coming to check how our meal was in general. I then had to go to the bar to get a cup of coffee brought to our table to have AFTER our dessert was served, even though we would have liked to have coffee with our dessert, not afterward. I will not eat there again and feel bad that I took guests from out of town there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Italian Delight
    SJ00884
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Probably one of the top Italian restaurants there is. The cuisine is exceptionally authentic and delicious. The "family style" portions have to be considered lest you end up with way too much food! The staff is friendly and polite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carmine's
    Troy
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great classic American Italian restaurant. Family style dining with huge portions (will have leftovers). Highly recommended for big groups and very kid friendly. Prices are a bit high, but you get a lot of food for the process. Each order can easily feed four adults (big eaters). Great ambience and close to theaters and Verizon center. Would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring a take home bag
    GlobalCitizen
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Most everyone knows that coming to Carmine's means going home with Carmine's. It's difficult to eat all the food they serve and it's too good not to finish. So be prepared to bring some home with you. Best for large groups. This is a great place if you're going to a game at the Verizon Center. Unless you're not going to the Cerizon Center. I come here often with large groups or out if Towners. Don't miss the Frozen Cosmo. Yum!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    Murfee
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Ten of us met for lunch on a Sunday. Parking was a big problem and everyone had to use a parking garage which was close-by. The food was delicious and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gerat for famillies
    NoVAnotquiteafoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We eat at Carmine's fairly frequently and always enjoy the experience. The food is all served family style, and is good hearty Italian favorites. The place is huge though. All the times we have been and I think I've seen the same waiter twice exactly once. I don't get the impression they run through the staff, just that there a lots of them. My one knock, and this really only applies because we have been so often, is that the don't seem to pay any attention to the regular trade. Not once have I been welcomed back despite being a multiple repeat customer. I have had that happen at places I've been to once. Again, my guess is that's related to the size of the place, but I thought Open Table provided the tools to track that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food; Service - spotty; Valet - ARGH!
    SAH1102
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We arrived 15 minutes early but were not able to be seated since the driver was stuck for 25 minutes waiting for valet service. Rather than being apologetic, the host/hostess acted rather put-out that we were "late." Difficult to read menu - it's all on the wall. If you have vision problems or are at an awkward angle, you have to get up and read the menu. Food is generally very good, but not a great place to celebrate special events--we were seated at a table much too big for our party, which made it difficult to converse with anyone other than the person you were seated next to. Next time we'll take a cab or catch the metro.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A bustling Italian restaurant with delicious food best describes Carmine's. The portions are large enough to share and our fabulous server was terrific explaining how the family style service worked. We enjoyed every morsel as we were reminded of our trip through Italy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Carmine's is best with a group, the portions are huge. They have a great selection including nightly specials. Our favorites are the fried zuccini, lemon chicken and any pasta with the Bolognese sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!!!
    Like2dine
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was a gathering of friends for an evening of good food and good company and it was exactly that! The choices are over the top and everything going passed us looked delicious! We settled on Veal Marsala, in addition to ceasar salad, pasta, mussels...and lots of red wine. The service was perfect.. attentive without hovering. We were not rushed and that allowed us all to visit ,laugh, catch up and just enjoy the evening! Dessert was the Tiramisu..OMG. A caloric splurge but worth every calorie. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was fantastic....it was to two of us and the portions were huge...we loved it...we'll be going back again. There merlot wine was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I had a living social deal for six people to eat for $99. It was a GREAT experience!!! They have happy hour from 3 -7PM seven days a week with great prices. The frozen margrita was to die for!!!! It is strong, like long island ice tea strong, but was VERY tasty. We were greeted right away and had great table service. This is our second time at Carmine's, the first was out in Vegas this year. We all vowed to try Carmine's back home in D.C. to make sure the experience was the same...it was. The only thing that causes conversation, the website for D.C.'S location stated there was valet partking at $11 for Carmine's, but when we got there at 2:45 PM, there was no valet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOTS of good food!`
    CapsFan25VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Loved the family-style dinner, and for the first time anywhere, the offer to refrigerate leftovers while I attended a show at the Verizon Center. Come back after the show, pick up the leftovers - what a thoughtful service to offer! Great food, super wine list. I enjoyed it!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Tasty, Service Spotty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    First time - not familiar with family-style portions, so not a great experience for only two people. Luckily was w/15 yr old son. Sat two of us at table for 6, a little awkward. Waiter was friendly and explained some dishes, unclear on portion size, but never asked for drink preferences, just put a huge pitcher of water on the table, so we stuck with that. Where I was seated I could not read the wall menu and had to wait for him to scare up a paper menu I could read. Dish was outstanding - rigatoni country style. No one returned during dinner to see how we were doing, and we skipped dessert because by the time the waiter came back we had to get to a concert. 20 minutes to get check & pay. Not sure if food worth the aggravation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Our experience at Carmine's was very good. The food was delicious and the ambiance was very familiar. I will certainly go again and recommended to all my friends!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always GREAT Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Carmine's never disappoints. When you want the best food, Carmine's is the place. What makes it even better is that everything is served family style, which makes for a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good, service spotty
    BWallsVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I've dined at Carmine's several times and have always loved the food. I bought a Living Social deal for dinner for six (four courses and a bottle of wine) and went with my husband and two other couples. The food was good but service was a little disappointing. The server disappeared for long periods and had to be tracked down. Requests for hot bread and fresh ground pepper were denied (she said the bread couldn't be wamed and there was no fresh ground pepper available). Coffee was lukewarm. But despite all that we had a good time. Just hope we get a different server.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Marathon Runners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I always come here with my daughter the night before a marathon. She gets her carbs, and I get a great meal. Tried the Spedini with Romano for the first time. I would highly recommend it. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carb Loading
    MrvL05
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I had a friend visit to run the Marine Corps Marathon and I reserved a table here for her to carb load. Little did we know that it was a restaurant that serves family portions from their menu, so it was much more than 3 of us were able to handle. they had a ton of options for pastas which was perfect for my friend to carb load. Other than the huge portions, the food was very delicious! Friendly staff to greet us and help answer questions we had about the menu. Big wine list but I didn't look into it since we didn't drink. I'd easily recommend coming here to anyone who are in a big group, or you'll have plenty of leftovers to take home with you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate