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Fiola Mare
Fiola Mare

Fiola Mare Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.fiolamaredc.com
  • Phone: (202) 628-0065
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Fabio Trabocchi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3100 K Street, Entrance on 31st and the Waterfront
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking at the main entrance on 31st and Waterfront. $12.
A word from Fiola Mare
Fiola Mare offers world-class dining and hospitality complete with an enchanting view of the Potomac River. Evoking the seaside dining experience found along the coasts of Italy and the Mediterranean, Fiola Mare specializes in the freshest, most pristine seafood prepared with elegant simplicity through delicate and subtle additions of color, flavor and texture. Fiola Mare is a place to enjoy the highest quality fish and shellfish, paired with the finest hospitality and service in the city in a picturesque environment.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "The service, setting, and food immediately puts this new DC restaurant at the top of the list for fine dining. Everything was perfect, the staff was more than accommodating for an older (93), finicky father-in-law, and we will be back ... again and again. Next time for a romantic dinner for 2. This is not to be missed."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Fiola Mare is a fantastic culinary experience! The chef clearly knows how to cook great, authentic Italian food, that you cannot find elsewhere in this city. The focus on seafood makes it even more exceptional. The outdoor seating is the best in the city for being by the water. The restaurant is head and shoulders above all other restaurants at Washington Harbor. Be sure to make advance reservations and specifically request your seating (i.e. views, indoors/outdoors). The service is truly exceptional as well!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Although the food was very good at Fiola Mare, the service was well below the standard for a restaurant of this quality and high price. Our waiter, Adrian was so distracted when taking our order we asked him if he needed to go take care of something else and return when he had the time for us. He said no but was then carrying on a conversation with another staff member while I was ordering. It was no surprise that he came back a few minutes later to ask me again what I had ordered. This restaurant has potential but unless the service can live up to the quality of the food and the price I would recommend looking elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went to Fiola Mare for the first time to celebrate a friend's engagement. The food was delicious -- at our table, we ordered oysters, a stone fruit salad, swordfish simply grilled with lemon, etc, the rockfish and the lobster ravioli. The lobster ravioli had a very generous portion of delicious, fresh, high-quality lobster -- excellent! The view couldn't have been better. An outside table with a view of the boardwalk, the water and the boats. Beautiful! And they have pashminas if you get too cool. The service was spectacular -- the waiter was engaged, funny, and knew his stuff -- he made great recommendations. And he brought a few complimentary treats for the special occasion, which was really really nice."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food is absolutely delicious! We had made a reservation for 8 pm but they were able to seat us at 7 pm, which was great. There was a raw seafood platter with prawns, lobster, oysters, etc. that was meant for 4-6 people. We thought it could fill us but it didn't and we ended up ordering pasta - which was okay. I highly recommend the raw seafood."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Fabulous food, courteous and friendly service. Lovely view overlooking the Potomac River. I haven't stopped talking about the restaurant since having lunch there!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Terrific restaurant! Great food, great service! A memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food was absolutely spectacular, especially the tuna and grilled watermelon. We also loved the sides: corn, kale and smoked potatoes - yum!! We were a bit irritated with the super extra attention we had from the waiters. They barely left us alone. We would have also appreciated having our own salt and pepper mills for the table as well as olive oil for the bread. But a great restaurant. Be prepared to pay a few more dollars."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "just like Fiola's, Fiola Mare is an exce;;ant place to dine."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Loved it the first time I was there. This was my fifth. I want to go back next week."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We have a group of 5 went there for lunch. Since we like Fiola, and saw all the good reviews online, we had high expectation before we went there. After lunch, non of us think we would go back again. It wasn't bad, but not worth the money. It was not crowded when we arrived(empty room, no other people waited), but took us a while to be seated. Our appetizers were all good, but entrees were too salty. Our waitress was not attentive, no energy, and doesn't seem to know the wine list well. Luckly other staff were friendly and helpful. When the check arrived, the waitress circled the suggested 22% tips printed on the check, which we found improper. We didn't even feel like to tip her 20%."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Above all the considerations, the food is the best thing in all Fiola Mare setting."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "What a perfect experience for our first dinner in DC! Lovely waterfront views and food creatively prepared for the eye and the palat - five stars!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Superb food with outdoor dining! Beautiful day, outstanding views, excellent food and good wine! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Several wonderful meals at Fiola Mare. Even with an early reservation we never felt rushed. Nice wine choices - bottle or by the glass. Very fresh and something new and interesting every time. Half portions (!) are perfect size for those with smaller appetites."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Fiola Mare. All staff were professional and friendly and we were treated very well. The space is beautiful with exceptional architecture and details. We sat indoors (would have had to wait for and outdoor table) far enough from the bar for quiet conversation at a table that felt almost private. In most respects it was a lovely "dining experience", but the food was disappointing."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My husband and I ate at Fiola Mare following a Kennedy Center performance. Our reservations were for 9PM and the restaurant was ready for us when we arrived. I had specified in my reservation a birthday celebration and we were given a desirable table. Once seated, the sommelier came by and served us prosecco (complimentary) in honor of the birthday. Our waiter was attentive, not intrusive, and the sommelier was very thoughtful when helping us select a wine, understanding our tastes and budget. The food was very good although, unfortunately, it took a second seat to the noise level. Admittedly, I was expecting a relatively quiet venue and was disappointed by the noise and general commotion; I did not know Fiola Mare had become a hot spot!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Was bummed that having made a reservation 4 weeks in advance, we were offered a table in the bar area. We decided to wait and eat outside (45 min after our reservation time). We ended up eating outside but there was NO lighting. We got through 3/4 of our meal before getting a single candle. Literally, ATE OUR MEAL IN THE DARK. I think at a high-end restaurant where you're paying a lot of $$, that's just NOT okay. They were very gracious in giving us a free dessert and drink, but would have preferred a better table. The food was fine, nothing special and I would not go back here given all of the issues. They have a beautiful dining room and it was a shame we couldn't eat there."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Reading in the Post that The First Family had just dined at the restaurant I was expecting a first rate experience of my own. The various wait staff were disorganized and often confused about the orders they were delivering to our table. I complained to our main wait person about the sub par service. To her credit and my surprise, she reported my concerns. Two managers came to the table and listened to our concerns. When our dinner plates were cleared, four glasses of perseco appeared with plates for dessert. We were treated to an assortment of delicious ice creams and cakes. While the food was outstanding, the response to our concerns went above and beyond. We left feeling like we had a first class experience after all."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "2nd visit ....food is superb, the service efficient and responsive, and the ambience and setting beautiful."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent combination seafood plate with price to match; also a first rate cheese plate and flourless chocolate dessert. A worthy contender for DC's best seafood place. Being seated next to the kitchen meant there was a lot of action (and distraction)as well as some chance to see the nerve center of it all."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time! The restaurant is gorgeous, the service exceptional and the food was divine! We were taken care of personally and professionally! We will absolutely come again and are all looking forward to that! Thanks for making our son's birthday so special!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Fiola Mare is great - no question. Superb setting, amazing food, great service - truly great service - a wonderful first-class experience. But it's ridiculously expensive - for two reasons. First, most dishes, like pastas, offer very small / unnecessarily small portions, and two, everything is very expensive. Put both these factors together and you have small portions and a very high price - not a great combination no matter how good everything else is. My suggestion would be to increase the portion sizes somewhat, and the experience would be truly best in DC. As it stands, it's just 'one of the best in DC' - which ain't bad!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The view has to be one of the best in the DC area. My husband and I went for a special lunch. The food service and ambience exceeded expectations. We sat on the veranda and enjoyed the view of the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center. We will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Best meal we have had in DC. Good was beautiful to look at and even better to eat. Also a neat surprise to see the President and First Lady there dining."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My husband and I went to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. The evening couldn't have been better! First the service was amazing--from the hostess who very patiently worked with my husband who scouted out which table he wanted to our waiter--Anton--who provided impeccable service. He was very knowledgeble, always showed up at the right time, and had a great personality! The food was amazing! We started out with the oytsters, moved to a salad, shared the grilled seafood, then had desert. Each dish was very tastey and beautifully presented. The restaurant staff went out of their way to make our evening special--even got a picture with the chef! (Extra bonus: The President showed up!) We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food was very good, my pasta w/wild mushrooms excellent so was wine suggested by the especially kind waitres. Only minor detail, no bread offered and when requested we got only one small piece"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Our first visit to Fiola mare has made us believers; we will be back often. The staff- from bus boy to sommelier- are attentive, smiling and knowledgeable. The Chassagne Montachet the sommelier suggested was a great platform for all the tastes that emerged. Our waiter was approachable yet professional, and gave us great suggestions- ask for Adam!! The fish dishes were bountiful and the sauces delicious. Only slight reproach from my French wife was that their baba au rum missed being a baba au rum - not enough airiness in the dough and not enough rum... All in all a great experience, and a solid addition to waterfront dining in DC"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "There are no words to describe how wonderful the dining experience was last night. Their signature cocktails are heavenly. The service was amazing and the food was orgasmic. I had the lobster ravioli and in order to understand my level of delight you will just have to order the dish for yourself. I will be back."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Sometimes "hot" restaurants don't always deliver as promised, but NOT the case at Fiola Mare! They excelled in every possible way: the extraordinary seafood appetizer for the table, each of the lovingly tended dishes, great wine list, wonderful timing of the whole meal and the superb wait staff. They did everything possible to make this occasion into something very special. Having said that, do not be put off by the young woman who answered the phone earlier in the day. When I called to ask about parking, her tone was less than welcoming. But, she may have been overly busy because there was an African Summit meeting in town those days and maybe too many demands on her for scheduling. Do not miss an opportunity for a visit! Reserve now!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Chef Melfi is amazing! Fanatastic dinner! I highly recommend to you and all my friends!!! You won't be sorry!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had a fabulous dinner Saturday night at the restaurant! The service was iimpeccable and the food was delicious! Definitely will be back!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The service was great and the waitstaffcould not have been more friendly. Very welcoming and we loved our waiter The food was good, not great. The tuna carpaccio was spectacular."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Had an excellent lunch overlooking the Potomac. Just about perfect."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Outstanding Italian seafood restaurant (meat is available too!) Beautiful décor, friendly knowledgeable wait staff, great location on DC's Georgetown waterfront. Expensive, but worth it!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "If you are going to Washington with your family this is not the place to go. It was hard for the waiter to offer us something for my kids to eat/drink... The location is superb, and maybe I should order fish instead of pasta..."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had a seven course tasting menu designed by the chef. It wax fabulous. The tasting menus are not on the printed menu so you have to ask your server. It was well worth the price."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • " Perfect from the appetizers through dessert. Food was fabulous and service was impeccable."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "For the price, the bar is set very high, and Fiola Mare did not quite clear it. Quality of ingredients was excellent. We very much enjoyed the Colors of the Sea salad, which had a nice range of flavors. Ravioli with lobster was delicious, but portion was small for $40. The Grand Adriatic Seafood platter was ample and beautiful but over-grilled, and the char flavor dominated to the point that all the fish and shellfish tasted alike. The Marchesi chocolate dessert was good, but not special, and portion was small. Our table had to be moved because a frisky raccoon was prancing just off the back deck. We left thinking that Black Salt, just down the road, was an overall better experience."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Seafood never tasted so good. The presentation and service were what one would expect from a 5star restaurant."
    Dined on 7/31/2014