824 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
- 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!
- 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!Continued
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Notti Bianche reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since July 25, 2014
- Ambiance3.7Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (26)romantic (17)special occasion (14)notable wine list (6)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)good for groups (2)hot spot (1)Show More
- Small, Very nice, Convenient but ExpensiveOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 11/20/2014The 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- just had one dishfoodieVIPDined on 11/19/2014Don't recommend the veal saltimbocca-breaded and bland. Perhaps other items are better.
- perfect timing for Kennedy CenterJayhawkDined on 11/14/2014A 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!I would recommend this to a friend.
- First time.Caldercup97Dined on 11/13/2014Service was great, lovely setting. Food was excellent with good portions and price.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Before Kennedy Center programEKZooVIPDined on 11/8/2014My 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.
- Always goodCarolleemVIPDined on 11/8/2014we 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.Special Features:
- Very good pre-theater findDrjessieVIPDined on 11/5/2014Found 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pre-Theater GemmadameedieDined on 11/4/2014Not 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.Special Features:
- Grilled cheesemarcVIPDined on 11/4/2014Fall 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 offSpecial Features:
- Notti Bianche: A Good AlternativebcluckyVIPDined on 11/2/2014A nice walk to the Kennedy Center plus a pleasant, tasteful dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Extremely disappointed!experiencemiseenplaceVIPDined on 11/1/2014We 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.
- Would definitely visit again.gregVIPDined on 10/31/2014Nice 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:
- Maybe a bad evening?22StreetNWDined on 10/17/2014This 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.Special Features:
- Great pre-theater at NOtti BianchileniVIPDined on 10/14/2014Notti 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Food, Terrible DessertGratianVIPDined on 10/12/2014No 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.
- Slim Pickings near the Kennedy CtrOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/11/2014The 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.Special Features:
- disappointingFBfoodieVIPDined on 10/10/2014Notti 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.
- Meadiocre in every waywowedDined on 10/8/2014Restaurant 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.
- When Going to the Kennedy CenterDCDinerVIPDined on 10/7/2014There 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- JJfoodVIPDined on 10/3/2014Food 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.
- So-so food near Kennedy CenterArnoldDined on 10/1/2014My 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.
- Good pre-theatre stopGWR1VIPDined on 9/26/2014If 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.Special Features:
- not worth the moneymyowntakeonfoodDined on 9/25/2014A 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.
- Great meeting spotDuaneDined on 9/18/2014Met 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great for pre-theater diningDCGourmetVIPDined on 9/17/2014Definitely 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!Special Features:
- LovelylindaVIPDined on 9/14/2014We 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Near Kennedy CenterOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/13/2014Great little Italian restaurant in the Foggy bottom area and within walking distance to the Kennedy Center.Special Features:
- Wonderful eveningLauraSVIPDined on 9/13/2014We 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.Special Features:
- Charming & underratedAK47VIPDined on 9/13/2014My 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent before theater venueTasterVIPDined on 9/12/2014Had 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.Special Features:
- We have had dinner here many timesPSU79Dined on 9/12/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food - Casual AtmosphereMLPDEDined on 9/5/2014Great 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.Special Features:
- Good, but expect $20 Valet ParkingJosephWDined on 8/27/2014We 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.Special Features:
- Great food, fun celebrationDogWalkerFCDined on 8/23/2014Tuna 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.Special Features:
- Good food, great atmospherecatsaresmarterDined on 8/20/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/16/2014They 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.
- Great for dinner!rustyDined on 8/14/2014Great place to have dinner before a Kennedy center show!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- foodmeVIPDined on 8/9/2014You'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.
- Nice place close to Kennedy CenterOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/9/2014This 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 thatSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 8/9/2014Wonderful meal before an evening performance at the nearby Kennedy Center.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.