Notti Bianche
Notti Bianche

Notti Bianche

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.nottibianche.com/
  • Phone: (202) 298-8085
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast is served Monday - Friday 7-10 am and
    Saturday - Sunday 8-11 am.
    Lunch is served Tuesday - Friday 11:30am-2:30 pm.

    Dinner is served Tuesday - Sunday 5pm-10pm.

    Dinner is not served on Monday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cassady
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsay Routt (202) 591-1502x
  • Special Events: Join us Tuesday through Friday from 5pm-7pm at the bar for a newly introduced happy hour featuring $6 wine and champagne!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H Street, NW
  • Public Transit: Foggy Bottom Metro Stop (blue and orange lines)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We share the valet with the George Washington University Inn, and the fee for Notti Bianche guests is $20. Please note our valet sign, which will direct you into the GWUI driveway. The bellman at the front of the hotel will take care of your car while you dine. Please pay the bartender inside of Notti Bianche for your reduced valet rate!
A word from Notti Bianche
There's a time each year when Rome shimmers with a celebration known as "White Nights." It's an all-night festival of culture and the arts, but most importantly to us, it's a celebration of food and drink! Notti Bianche and Executive Chef Michael Cassady embrace this spirit each day serving seasonal, reasonably priced Italian trattoria fare throughout the day!
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Notti Bianche reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (29)romantic (18)special occasion (14)notable wine list (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)good for groups (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Experience
    mfaoVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    we dined here five years ago/returned on 11-23 on our overnight stay in DC for our anniversary/absolutely fantastic dining experience/exceeded our expectations/food was delicious, seasonal, creative, and served hot!/our server, Rachel, was superb!/one of the most pleasant dining experiences we have had in years/Rachel went above and beyond to make our dinner a special treat/we are still talking about our dinner on Saturday night/noticed that the entire staff worked together as a team/ a well-oiled machine aimed to please and pamper in an unobtrusive manner/kudos!!!!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small, Very nice, Convenient but Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The restaurant is a gem; it is very small and cozy, the staff welcoming, and the food very good. It has a long, fun history as it is part of a small hotel that was once a CIA Safe-House and the restaurant, in a previous incarnation, was called the "Intrigue Restaurant" in memory of those days. It is a convenient, short walk to events at the Kennedy Center with a pre-theater menu and valet parking where you can leave your car until after the show. However, you have to be willing to pay at least about $50 a person and there is some question about the value for your dollar as the wines are very expensive, the food quite expensive for relatively small servings and few dishes come with any sides (salad, starch or vegetable) included.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just had one dish
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Don't recommend the veal saltimbocca-breaded and bland. Perhaps other items are better.
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  • perfect timing for Kennedy Center
    Jayhawk
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    A friend and I were going to Kennedy Center on a Friday evening. Other than mixed drinks taking a while to arrive everything went very smoothly and we were on our way in an hour. The beet salad and ravioli were quite good and the two old fashioneds I had were well made. We both commented that Notti Bianche really should be our go-to place for pre-theatre dinner!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time.
    Caldercup97
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Service was great, lovely setting. Food was excellent with good portions and price.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before Kennedy Center program
    EKZooVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband & I dined here pre-performance and once again enjoyed our meal. My husband had a prix fixed dinner; caesar salad,tagliatelle, chocolate cake and I had veal saltimboca. Both meals were delicious, served in a timely fashion and enjoyable.
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  • Always good
    CarolleemVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    we dine at Notti Bianche several times during the NSO season and always find it enjoyable. The restaurant is cozy, the wait staff good as well as the food and wine. Since the menu changes seasonaly, there is usually several new items on the menu worth trying.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Very good pre-theater find
    DrjessieVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Found this place when looking for someplace near the Kennedy Center. Hadn't heard of it; decided to try it. Small, cozy ambiance. Everything we tried was really good -- even a great cappuccino! And they got us out right on time for performance, even tho we arrived late.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater Gem
    madameedie
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Not open on Mondays, so when we go to the theater on another night this is one of our favorite spots. Their pre-theater menu is a great value. Nice ambiance and great service. A house salad was amazing with gorgonzola. I usually love all the food but found my recent entrée special (veal saltimbocca) to not be as advertised. My dinner mates' meal was much closer to its menu description and very tasty. So I will still come back and just be more careful on the menu.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Grilled cheese
    marcVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Fall day, leaves falling, weather getting cooler, days getting shorter-what could be better to chill those suddenly cold bodies than a great tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich Notti Bianchi has one of the best combos:roasted tomato soup is excellent and the grilled cheese with pancetta tops it off
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Notti Bianche: A Good Alternative
    bcluckyVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    A nice walk to the Kennedy Center plus a pleasant, tasteful dining experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely disappointed!
    experiencemiseenplaceVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We arrived a couple minutes before our reservation. We were told we could be sat early. Unfortunately this was in the bar, without a waiter/waitress and under an ac unit. The rookie bartender could barely manage her 5 customers, let alone a " real" dining table, never received our wine or bread, though customers that came into the bar after us did. We eventually asked for a dining room table. Service was slightly better but not great. The food was sub par to what we are accustomed to. Flavorless dishes(pork chop and seafood stew) are not recommended. This place is very close to The Kennedy Center--which is why we went. What a shame.
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  • Would definitely visit again.
    gregVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Nice restaurant. Pleasant ambiance. Interesting items on the menu. Tables are far enough apart to permit easy conversation without having to raise one's voice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Maybe a bad evening?
    22StreetNW
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our first visit. We will need to try it again. Perhaps it was a bad night. Our server was terrific. My wife's pork dish, "highly recommended" by the server was gristly and she could not eat much of it. We asked for a split of the salad--it was not very good and the portion was very small. My veal dish was so-so. We liked the neighborhood ambiance and the server noted that my wife didn't seem to like her entree and apologized, deleted the charge from the bill (without our asking) and asked us to return to try again. He said we "should try the pastas . . ." Maybe that is the chef's speciality. In short, the server's reaction to our dissatisfaction was appropriate and appreciated and we will try it again.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Great pre-theater at NOtti Bianchi
    leniVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Notti Bianchi is our favorite pre theater restaurant. They have a new menu and it appears to be just as good as the prior menu. The service is engaging and responsive. My husband always parks the car while I go in to a restaurant. He really appreciates having a martini waiting for him when he arrives - it was! I had the duck breast which was excellent. My husband's Caesar salad was fresh and will constructed. As we were going to the theater we had wines by the glass and they were freshly opened, well selected and paired well with the food. YUMM!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Terrible Dessert
    GratianVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    No star for dessert, three stars for food. The menu has only three choices: a chocolate cake with ice cream, Crème brûlée, assorted ice cream. I ordered the cake. It was inedible. At $7.00 that's not a good way to end a meal. It would have been nice if the staff had, at least, noticed. Our main courses, salmon and branzino were good.
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  • Slim Pickings near the Kennedy Ctr
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The next in line of bistros to occupy this spot, this Italian kitchen features good flavors, small portions for the prices, and service that has you looking at your watch. If you ask if I have tickets for a performance, then deliver my meal consistent with that expectation. The kitchen may take its time, but then advertise a minimum duration for a 3-course meal.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • disappointing
    FBfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Notti Bianche has changed its menu (chef?) and not for the better. The Caesar Salad was tasteless and the Duck Breast was too tough to chew. Hope they make improvements or I won't be going back despite its convenience to the Kennedy Center.
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  • Meadiocre in every way
    wowed
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Restaurant has the one feature of being on the walk from metro to the Kennedy Center. Otherwise, its a quiet basement locale that looks like a basement. The pre fix menu should be skipped. Ala carte, some of the food is merely good, and much not that good to justify the price. Note that I checked none of the above recommendations for this restaurant.
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  • When Going to the Kennedy Center
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    There just aren't many choices and this is one of them. Our last two meals here though have been disappointing. Menu items are missing and the food quality is just so-so. My veal was salty and tough. Meatballs were dry. May be a while before we return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JJfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was horrendous - like someone had poured a shaker of salt over every dish, even the salad. This used to be a good restaurant that cooked Italian food very well. That chef left and is sorely missed.
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  • So-so food near Kennedy Center
    Arnold
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My wife ordered scallops for her main course. The scallops were ok, but the portion of scallops was small and the included vegetable was incredibly small. I ordered veal saltinbocca and it was overcooked and tough. The beer on draft was good and the waiter was friendly and attentive, so there was no problem getting to the Kennedy Center on time.
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  • Good pre-theatre stop
    GWR1VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    If you are looking for a reasonably priced meal prior to a Kennedy Center show, this is a good option. The menu is just varied enough and wine list intriguing at good value prices.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • not worth the money
    myowntakeonfood
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    A friend and I went here for dinner last week. The waitress broke the wine cork while trying to open the bottle of wine. This should have been an automatic new bottle on the house as this is a no-no in a nice restaurant. My friend works at a fine Italian restaurant in the city and is aware of the no's and yes's of fine dining service. In addition, she ordered the fall special pumpkin gnocchi--this dish was far from being gnocchi. It was like fried pieces of pumpkin and not the light pasta pillowed-like pumpkin stuffed. We did mentioned the fact the dish was not made as mentioned on the menu. Something should have been removed from our tab for and/or the wine mess up and the fried dish. The food and services are not worth the prices.
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  • Great meeting spot
    Duane
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Met for a quiet business lunch and place was perfect. Nice surroundings, good food, not crowded and quiet enough to have a conversation. I routinely arrange to meet business colleagues here for lunch for these reasons. Many restaurants jam their seating together so tightly that you feel like the people next to you are sitting at your table - Notti Bianche does not follow this trend which is another great reason it is superb for a quiet place to eat and talk. And to top it off,the food is great.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for pre-theater dining
    DCGourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Definitely the best place for pre-Kennedy Center dining, at least until Ancora re-opens. Interesting wine list. The gnocchi were doughy, but the mushroom sauce was great!
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Lovely
    lindaVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We chose Notti Bianche for dinner before a 7:00 PM show at the Lisner Auditorium. We arrived a bit late but were welcomed warmly and graciously. The staff knew we were running a bit behind schedule, so our appetizers and entrees were presented in a timely fashion but not so fast that we seemed rushed. We had a lovely bottle of wine, enjoyed bread and wonderfully spiced olive oil, caesar salads, and our pasta dishes which were divine, and very pretty. The ambiance and the staff were great!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Near Kennedy Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great little Italian restaurant in the Foggy bottom area and within walking distance to the Kennedy Center.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful evening
    LauraSVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were looking for wonderful food in a venue that would be within walking distance to the Kennedy Center. The Italian food was ohhh so good. We both had the Prix Fixe dinner -- the salads were extraordinary, the pasta melted in our mouths, the chocolate lava cake.....extraordinary. In addition, we paired it with a wonderful red italian wine. Romantic -- absolutely.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Charming & underrated
    AK47VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My boyfriend and I were staying at the Residence Inn literally directly across from this restaurant. After a long day of walking around DC, we were grateful to simply cross the street for dinner. The service here is impeccable - they are incredibly attentive and our waitress' recommendation for wine with dinner was perfect. My only complaint with the food is that the portions were too small! I wanted to keep eating! It's in a basement of a building so it is small - definitely get a reservation. Highly recommended. Love the character of this place.
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent before theater venue
    TasterVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Had dinner there before a Kennedy Center event. The food and service were very excellent. Well prepared and well presented even though we were somewhat rushed to get to our show.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We have had dinner here many times
    PSU79
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We try to eat at Notti Bianche before or after performances at the Kennedy Center. We love the restaurant though it would be nice if they were open a little later on the weekends for an after performance dinner. There are not many good restaurants within walking distance of the Ken Cen. On September 12, we had reservations for 6:15p for an 8pm performance. We were seated a bit late and served later than we expected. The staff seemed a bit rushed so I am not sure if they were understaffed that night. Our waiter did the best he could. We had a wonderful meal and were able to make the performance on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Casual Atmosphere
    MLPDE
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great place for a Kennedy Center pre-performance meal! The food was delicious and portions were perfect. Ahi Tuna was done to perfection and the seafood pasta had a lovely and plentiful combination of seafood. The staff was extremely accommodating and attentive. Prices were moderate. We will return because of the food! My only complaint was the bar. The happy hour beer was not cold, so not available when the restaurant opened. They did substitute a great ale in a frosted glass, but only had a few available, possibly because the bar was tiny and lacked an adequate fridge. My "seasonal G&T" (with "fresh" strawberry) was tasteless, flat and expensive. Wine selection was good, but too highly priced, given the moderate cost of the food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good, but expect $20 Valet Parking
    JosephW
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went here for a romantic dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. And it was perfect -- the food was delicious, especially the gnocchi, and the service fast and attentive. So we got out in plenty of time. However, to park, you have to use valet parking, and nobody told me in advance that (#1) this costs $20, and (#2) it's cash only. I got a pass this time since I didn't know and didn't have the cash. But they should tell you that when you make your reservation, and put it on their website as well.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great food, fun celebration
    DogWalkerFC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Tuna was excellent & prepared perfectly. Pasta dishes were very good. Small dessert list but panacota was very good. We were celebrating my niece's birthday. The server gave each of the 4 of us a glass of champagne. The service was attentive but not obtrusive.
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    romantic
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  • Good food, great atmosphere
    catsaresmarter
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We visit the Foggy Bottom/GWU campus area several times a year since our son is a student there. We were so happy to find this local restaurant after checking Trip Advisor reviews. The atmosphere is classy but comfortable and contemporary. The food was very good - just short of 4-5 stars. Prices are high but if you want a nice meal out - I highly recommend it. Service was superb.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    They were accommodating to several requests for menu adjustments. Risotto was very good. Other guests liked the swordfish and polenta which was very creamy. Spaghetti not so great. Overall satisfied with food and service.
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  • Great for dinner!
    rusty
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great place to have dinner before a Kennedy center show!
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodmeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    You'd almost miss it walking by, sitting on the ground floor of the George Washington Inn on a quiet section of New Hampshire Avenue. And the digs aren't the swankiest -- it's a handful of tables in a small, nondescript space with a good view of the cars pulling into the Inn. But the food is fresh, simple, and tasty (though portions aren't the biggest). Try the creamy polenta, it was fantastic. Will be back.
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  • Nice place close to Kennedy Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a small, pleasant trattoria within easy walking distance of the Kennedy Center. Great for an intimate dinner before takin in a show. The menu is fairly small but the entrees we chose (grilled pork chop and bucatini marinara) were both excellent, as was the buttermilk citrus pana cotta that
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.