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Fiola Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fioladc.com
  • Phone: (202) 628-2888
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner

    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday:5:30-11:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Fabio Trabocchi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Special Events & Promotions: For special events, please contact Maria at maria@fioladc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Entrance on Indiana Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available at Fiola's entrance on Indiana Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets every evening Monday-Friday starting at 5:30 pm and Saturday starting at 5:00 pm for $8.
A word from Fiola
Fiola, Fabio Trabocchi's modern Italian Trattoria, features Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients from our farms and markets. The menu will change constantly focusing on seasonal ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our first trip to Fiola and we couldn't have been more pleased. From the bartender, Amy to our server, John, the entire experience was wonderful. And, the food was creative, beautiful, and more than delicious. Casa Luca for lunch and Fiola for dinner is my idea of a perfect day."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Excellent service. Kevin was great. Will definitely recommend to friends and family."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Absolutely fantastic experience, with great service and delicious food and wine."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Was taken here for a birthday. Menu is fantastic. Everything is great and you can share plates. Just depends on which great dish you are in the mood for. Lobster ravioli is top notch"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Overrated and overpriced pretty much says it all. Tables are too close to each other as well."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary at Fiola Saturday night. It was a delightful evening with excellent service and outstanding food! I have been a fan of Fabio since his days at Maestro - can't wait to experience Fiola Mare in the near future! Thank you to the restaurant for a memorable evening!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We allowed our waitress to make our selections from their tasting menu, and she did a wonderful job."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "No need to rush, the food, atmosphere and drinks lists will entertain you all evening long, and the service is incomparable to any other restaurant in DC. This was a very enjoyable first time experience at Fiola."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Easily one of the best meals I have had in DC. Food simple yet perfectly prepared. The wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. Fist corse: Do as the italians do, and order a half portion of pasta to start. Even the half portion of the lobster ravioli has what appeared to be an entire lobster...phenomenal. The smoked potato gnocchi were delicate (not the typical Americanized dough balls) with just a hint of smokiness, and accompanied with pig cheek and and trumpet mushrooms. Highly recommended. Entree: I had the stone bass, wife at the tenderloin. We would without hesitation order these again. I can not stress how great this meal was for us. Don't be turned off by the price, one of the few in DC actually worth it."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "a true italian restaurant in dc. the food is outstanding and beautifully presented."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Dined here for lunch. I had the gnocchi special and my husband had the signature lobster ravioli. Both were delicious! Manager/Somilier gave us each a sample glass of Viognier to bring out the favors of our dishes. Wonderful lunch and we want to come back for dinner. As a side mention, I've come here a few times for happy hour. Great specials on drinks and food. Get a glass of the sparkling Alice (rose)."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My wife and I wanted to have a nice, elegant lunch for our wedding anniversary. The staff was notified and very responsive and friendly. We were greeted w complimentary flutes of sparkling wine. They gave us a very nice table and the staff was friendly and solicitous. The food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Fiola is a truly wonderful restaurant. The food is exquisitely prepared and each dish was unusual and wonderful. The service is first rate and everyone, including the busboys and reception staff, are well trained and friendly. Kudos go to Farhart Haq, the general manager, who came to our table several times to be sure everything was satisfactory. When we told him we were great fans of Chef Trabocchi's former restaurant in Virginia (Maestro) and were celebrating our 49th anniversary that night, he graciously took us back to the kitchen after dinner to meet the chef and staff. Although not inexpensive, given the quality of the food and service, we did not think that the cost of dinner was out of line (as we do at some restaurants)."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was very good, not outstanding. I think they are trying to fashion themselves as trying to compete with the top restaurants like Komi or Minibar, but they have some work to do to reach that level. Impressive Italian wine list. The food on the tasting menu, except for one dish, didn't strike me as particularly Italian or Mediterranean."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was the first time I dined at Fiola - I guess I had high expectations since it got a good Zagat rating. And I definitely think the food has potential to be great - except almost everything is over-oiled. I had a mixed greens salad that was glistening with oil - I could not taste the veggies. It really beats the purpose of a healthy course (even though it is good olive oil, it is still greasy). Basically everything we had was too fatty and/or sitting in a pool of oil. I think really delicious tastes were hidden there - except the overdose of oil spoiled it for us. The best dish I had was the one where oil seems to have been used with some restraint - grilled stone bass."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "If you cannot find Fiola, keep in mind the entrance is on Indiana Avenue, not where the address says it should be."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the six course tasting menu with John as our server. The food and service were impeccable. If Fiola has more than one John, ask for the gentlemen that resembles Dustin Hoffman. He knew the menu well, took the time to explain every detail, and had a wonderfully friendly demeanor. He is what everyone loves in a professional server. Brilliant evening. Best service we have ever received. The food rocked. Cheers to Fiola."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I can say without doubt that the food I ate at Fiola was the worst I have eaten my whole life. The server was trying his best to explain the menu but he didn't seem to know much either..The fact that their menu changes everyday (this is what the server told us) isn't highlighted on the website..The only good thing about the evening was not being charged for the horrible entree I refused to eat!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My son and I went here for lunch to celebrate my birthday. The entire staff went out of their way for us. We ordered a lot of starters each one was better than the next. Can not go wrong with anything you chose"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were a party of 7, taking a colleague for a retirement lunch. Fiola satisfied all palettes -- those the prefer simple pleasures to those who prefer a more experimental menu. Our server was kind and gracious -- there when he needed to be and not when he didn't. He went out of his way to make our friend feel special on her big day in a way that didn't feel audacious. I think Fiola got 7 new customers that day -- well done!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Excellent food. The veal chop with prosciutto was perfectly cooked and in a fascinating sauce. The lobster ravioli was rich and satisfying and the drinks were tasty and different. Couple all this with excellent service (thanks Jessica!) and all was well with the minor exception of a sauce on the asparagus which didn't quite taste right. But that was taken care of nicely. All in all, a wonderful pre-theater (or indeed any other time) choice for fine food in a nice setting."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was our first visit to the restaurant, occasioned by the celebration of our wedding anniversary. Everything - the food and the service - was outstanding. The bufalo mozzarella from Puglia was delicious, and the salad greens were fresh and plentiful. The papardelle was quite good, but the cavatelli with white truffles was truly extraordinary. We ended with the boboloni dessert, which didn't disappoint. John our waiter, described each dish as he served them, as he did with the wine. We were fortunate to sit next to 2 Italian chefs from another high end DC Italian restaurant, also enjoying an excellent meal, who provided us with eating and drinking recommendations for an upcoming trip to Italy."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My fiancee and I were celebrating a special night. The waiter picked up on this immediately and went out of his way to make the meal amazing. He comped us soups, an extra glass of champagne, and a fantastic mouse dessert. Our meals were incredible, too--I had the rockfish, and she had the gnocchi. Just a fantastic night. We will definitely go back for other special occasions."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've been there 3-4 times for lunch and each time I try to figure out why I don't go there more often. The food is simply delicious. I don't know what they do but the pasta is fabulous and I love getting a salad too."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Haven't been to Fiola in several months. It was great to dine there again and see their food offerings had not slipped."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Nearly the whole experience was amazing - except for the noise level from the bar, which affected the ability to hear your companions around our table in the main dining room."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I took my colleague and our driver to dinner as she was leaving on a trip to Europe. I had the sockeye salmon and a side of snap peas and asparagus. The salmon was terrific, moist, flavorful and beautifully presented. The asparagus and snap peas were excellent, prepared in a creamy caper sauce. My colleague ordered the lobster ravioli. She said the sauce was too salty so she lifted the lobster and ravioli onto a side plate and was able to finish it now."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We went to Fiola for a business dinner and were really wowed by the wonderful food. The service was attentive without being intrusive. We started with cocktails, shared appetizers, including tuna tartare and a side dish of asparagus and cauliflower. For an entree, I had the branzino which was simply grilled and absolutely delicious. We also had the chard and baby artichokes which were simmering in a light tomato broth. My colleague had the monkfish which he said was excellent. We shared a chocolate dessert, and we also were served a complimentary piece of strawberry cake with chocolate frosting and a pistachio crust. It was a delightful meal. I look forward to the next opportunity to dine at Fiola."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Modern decor, wonderful service, quiet, relaxed, it's a treat!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Fiola shone very brightly when I dined there - on ambrosial dorade with a prosecco zabligone and caviar. I am rushing right back this week. It was superb and my out of town business guest said she hadn't eaten so well for a very very long time!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The food was very well prepared from the salad, the oysters, the main course, and to the desserts. The waiter, his name is Pi or Pai, sorry for the spelling, was great. He was easy going yet attentive, and he made sure we had a great dining experience. Other than the three people seated in a half moon shaped booth facing us, who had to? or was staring at us the whole time they were there, the evening was fabulous."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went to Fiola with some friends for dinner. The service was somewhat absent minded as there were long periods prior to ordering and in between courses when our server just disappeared. The food was good but very, perhaps even unnecessarily, rich. In terms of appetizers the salad was oddly salty, and the burrata wasn't quite as fresh and creamy as it was billed. The pappardelle ragu came with an unexpected brown sauce that was a bit odd. The spaghetti frutti di mare was a disappointment; the spaghetti was undercooked and the sauce nonexistent. The wine list was impressive, covering each region of Italy, but entirely overpriced with the average bottle going for $100-$150."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "dinner was really excellent a wonderful place to eat outdoors on a nice late spring evening good location"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Four course tasting menu was perfect and we were allowed to mix and match so that we tasted all of the six courses offered. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was our first time here, and we sat outside, which was very nice. Simply put, both the food and service were outstanding. For cocktails we had versions of the negroni, and they were tasty. We ordered the four-course tasting menu. The seafood salad, pasta, sturgeon, and suckling pig were all delicious. We also ordered the wine pairing option, which leads to my only gripe. The two white wines were fine, but the two reds were horribly disappointing. An '04 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and a '99 Super Tuscan sound like sure things, but both were pretty awful, and I typically love Italian wine. We sent the '04 back and should have done the same with the '99. For $75 a person (four half glasses), order off the list instead."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was an outstanding dinning experience, probably the best I've had in over 5 years. I dine out frequently, going out for meals for every person's special occasions (graduations, birthdays, promotions, etc.). This experience lasted over two hours and was delicious from the very beginning to the very end. The food was outstanding, the dessert was rich, the occasion (my fiancee's 30th) was celebrated properly. The occasion included the Borrata (spelling?) and tomato salad, the tuna tartar, the rib eye, and the pasta. The rib eye was topped with this porcini glaze that was yummy, yummy in my tummy. Oh so so good. The pasta was so tender it seemed as if it had been made just before ordering. It should be noted that the place is $$$$."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Aperol sprizz almost like in Italy, excellent Negroni interpretations, tremendously charming and competent service staff, the tasting menu is superb way to get to know chef's talents. Nothing that was not extremely well prepared. From the Maryland crab to the lobster, the super tasty pasta and a divine bison steak with a to die for piece of foie gras. The wines were good but here I would see some room for improvement. They overall went well with the food but two of them were borderline cases. And indeed it is one of the better places to dine outside in DC."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The ambiance is nice, elegant but not stuffy. The little curtains in the kitchen windows are ugly and look dirty. Service is attentive...when it happens. It took us 30 minutes to get the order in. We ordered the burrata, the lobster ravioli (a specialty, according to our server), the fois gras and the tartare. Bomboloni for dessert. The burrata salad and the fois gras were just ok. The lobster ravioli had a lot of lobster (pro) but they were essentially chinese dumplings and were overpowered by the lemongrass in the dish. The tartare was not prepared table side, and it was a French tartare, not the Italian tartara I expected The bomboloni were filled with tasteless ricotta (why?!) and very heavy. Won't go back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Wonderful food and excellent service. Everything was perfect for an anniversary dinner. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Everything on the menu looks appealing, servers are thoughtful and food is creative, fresh and delicious. What's not to like? "
    Dined on 6/2/2014