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Primi Piatti
Primi Piatti

Primi Piatti Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.primipiatti.com
  • Phone: (202) 223-3600
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Happy Hour 04:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Savino Recine
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The dining room has a cozy atmosphere with dark wood and glass panels. The restaurant seating is divided into three sections, offering private seating for large parties. The maximum seating in the main dining room is 120. A large private room “The Secondi Piatti” accommodates 40 and a small private room “The Wine Sellar” seat 20 and all together seat 60 people. The bar lounge is very large and can seat 30, but can hold up to 60 standing.
  • Entertainment: New Year's Eve at Primi Piatti
    Savino's best STAGE MAGIC SHOW with a great six course dinner,
    Savino will perform his best illusions and for the finale will perform a very dangerous stunt called "THE BULLET CATCH"
    Which some Magicians tried and did not succeed.
    Join us for an evening that you will cherish for a long time
  • Special Events & Promotions: An Incredible, Delicious and Ample variety of Appetizers, Main Dishes and Desserts,On our Restaurant Week Menu, Please join us from January 09 through January 31, P. S. Our Regular Menu is Available,

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Three blocks from foggy bottom and farragut west Metro stations
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking from 5:00pm $8.00
A word from Primi Piatti
Primi Piatti has been in business and serving the patrons of the Washington DC metropolitan area since 1987. The restaurant has been recognized for its excellent service and authentic menu with many rewards from members of the media and by food and beverage critics. Founded by Savino Recine, Primi Piatti began with a simple idea: the kind and generous reception of our guests and conscientious sourcing of our products. Every day we warmly welcome you with kindness and sincerity to enjoy fresh fare and gracious service. We are committed to providing an exceptional dining experience, but also to educating the community about our mission.

Primi Piatti offers traditional and trendy Italian cuisine, the atmosphere is cozy with great food and a convenient location, robust meals and plenty of wine.The cozy and elegant atmosphere, along with the large bar and lounge are waiting for you...
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Diner Reviews
  • "I am a frequent customer. Food was disappointing. A bad day in the kitchen? Fritti were soggy. Pasta Nero were starchy."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "A reasonable walk from the Kennedy Center, we had dinner before the show. The food was incredible and the wait staff, friendly, informative, and efficient. A great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "When others come and go, Primi Piatti continues as a constant in the DC dining scene. You cannot go wring in whatever you order. Veal, pasta, risotto all first rate. Here's to another 30 years!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We got a really attentive waiter, and when asked for his recommendation between the lamb or lobster pasta, he highly recommended the lobster. And he was spot on - it was absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Primi Piatti is a Washington treasure. Locals all know and treasure it. If you can enjoy it, you won't ever forget it!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We eat at Primi Piatti fairly regularly because we love the food and it is conveniently located to the Kenney Center and other theaters. But we were thrilled to see they have a new menu with fabulous new dishes. We made meals of salads and appetizers. Hands down favorite was the fava bean with burratta cheese. We are looking forward to a revisit with larger appetites to try some of the new entree offerings. The superb service we have come to expect did not disappoint."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Primi Piatti has very large rats. Last night we were there and a very large rat was in the dining area and bar area. I don't pay $300 for dinner to have rats entertain me. Call me crazy, but rats and Barolo don't mix. Don't eat here ."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We have been coming here for years, and it is consistently excellent. There are many interesting menu items, such as wild boar, gnocchi with duck ragu, and seafood risotto. Everything is fresh, from the marinara to the peas and eggplant. Desserts are highly recommended, as well, such as the cannoli, my fave. The service is friendly and attentive, without being intrusive."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Good menu with Classic Italian dishes. Very nice setting, especially outside tables. Varied wine list."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I've always liked the Primi Piatti's external terrace, in this part of town an attraction on its own. Sadly, the food is very average and expensive. When you pay $20+ for a dish of pasta you expect bettet than a bit of butter and cream. But that was how the traditional Roman pasta with pepper and pecorino cheese was served. It tasted almost like macaroni and cheese, not even close to the real Italian dish that is light, made only with freshly ground black pepper and fresh pecorino cheese. Pizzas are very small, expensive and not your best choice in town either. If half the price, I would give a better score, for its current prices Primi Piatti is not aligned with the quality it serves."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I hadn't been back to Primi since 2002, but I remember being really impressed by the food & the service. I was not disappointed on my return visit - the weather was perfect for indoor/outdoor seating, the service was excellent and the food delicious. Fish, pasta and the meat specials were all fantastic. The place is a little pricey but given its location and ambiance, not unfairly so."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were just stopping for dinner before heading to the Kennedy Center, staff were very accommodating of our time frame and the food was great. Would recommend."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We had not been to the restaurant for quite some time But it was as good as ever food was superb staff was incredible They were even able to accommodate a last minute addition to our reservation "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We've been here before. While we have no real complaints, the menu is vastly overpriced. Everything was okay, but not better than many neighborhood Italian restaurants. It shouldn't cost $500 for six people."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great decor and excellent food. Still a great place after all these years"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Business dinner on a Tuesday night…turned into a special meal. OUTSTANDING food and service. Couldn't get better!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "food is reliably good, noise level is civilized, and the waiters deserve a special call-out for their welcoming care."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "service was very attentive and everyone enjoyed their selection"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I've been to PP several times over the last 15 years, and while many years go by their service and food remains top notch. We had a group of 6 Saturday night and everyone at the table agreed on the quality of the food and wine and great atmosphere with the open doors. Highly recommend! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "GREAT service and the food is delicious -- authentic Italian experience"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I actually have no idea whether the food is good or not. The restaurant is not kid or family friendly, which goes against the grain for an ITALIAN restaurant. The restaurant DID NOT have a high chair for my 11 months daughter. Had we stayed we would have had to eat with her on our laps. WTF!!! What restaurant doesn't have high chairs?"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "In good weather, the outdoor seating area is amazing. First time I've been to this restaurant and the food was very good. Excellent menu selection and service."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "When I am in town for meetings at GWU, I often have business lunches here. This time, we had a slightly larger group and reserved for dinner. The place was packed, creating a lively and happy atmosphere. The service was excellent, food terrific. The atmosphere encouraged lively conversation. My only complaint is that it can be a bit pricey--but for a high-class meal, in a casual environment, where you feel well taken care of, it's worth the splurge."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I have been going to PP since the day it opened and love it's no fuss style, simple and delicious food. The owner is always welcoming and friendly, and even when I show up without a reservation, he always seats my group, and never at some hole in the wall table. As an old customer, it's important to feel appreciated."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "First visit for dinner. I got there a little early and sparked up some conversation with the staff at the bar. They were very helpful to make recommendations from the menu. Great meal and good atmosphere while having a conversation with a dear friend."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Could be the best ever -tender and melted in your mouth. On a Monday night so no way to judge what it is like normally but staff was very attentive, risotto special with shrimp was excellent and chop recommendation was perfect. Will go again!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "One of Washington's best. We dine here a dozen times a year and it is always an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had a very lovely and enjoyable dinner. Food was excellent as well as the service. My husband had the tonnarelli con cacao e pepe which he loved. A simple dish but well done."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We recently dined here prior to an evening at the Kennedy Center. The food was very good, the service was friendly and attentive, and the ambience was pleasant. The mixed salad was plentiful and fresh with a light dressing which I liked but my guest found a bit too acidic. Among us, we had gnocchi with a rabbit ragu, risotto, and chicken. The gnocchi was my favorite and the risotto was quite good. The chicken was interesting but perhaps a little too exotic for some tastes--especially in an Italian restaurant. The chocolate cake was good as well as was the cappuccino. Overall, we really enjoyed our meal and will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "So, here I am again at P Piatti - with my daughter who is a local student. Ordered 2 pastas. Waiter was convinced that what my daughter wanted did not exist (although she had had it just weeks before) and I ordered my usual. First - portions were smaller than usual (a small mound of pasta in a big white bowl) second - my pasta was dry and the sauce seems to have congealed. Her pasts was swimming in a sauce so thin that you could see the water at the edges of it. Besides being visited by the clueless waiter once initially to drop bread and the second time to drop plates - we were at a "self service" event. Not up to standard - no need to visit again"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Primi Piatti can always be relied upon for good cooking in a pleasant atmosphere. Seafood and pasta here are delicious. While I love fried calamari, this dish will disappoint here and the pricetag will stun as well. Service is wonderful and makes for a lovely visit."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This restaurant has been around for a long time and it's been consistent with good food and service. The fish of the day and the veal were tasty and well-prepared."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Upscale. .. I would say fancy. Waiters and staff all over the place. The food came out lightning fast and it was delicious. Pizzas were delicious, and the gnochi was so good. Sauce was rememberable."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had not been to Primi Piatti for several years and really enjoyed our meal there. The food was excellent, the service attentive and the ambience charming. We appreciated that the ambience allowed for good conversation without competing to be heard among other guests. Great location that should a real find for visitors to our city. We will return again soon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Overall good food, but over priced. Btw-they charge for still water which we were not told when given option on sparking or still. I was very disappointed with the wine list-the only Italian pinot grigio they had by glass was $16-I tried the CA option which was terrible as was the sauvignon blanc. I finally settled on a red blend which was nice. My food was good-I had a shaved zucchini salad which was wonderful and a shrimp with sundried tomato and fennel starter (but never found the fennel-when asked waiter told me it was in another dish but was listed on menu in this one), My boyfriend got a pizza with arugula and prosciutto which was delicious-."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal, the food was exceptional."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Primi Piatti is, as always, an enjoyable dining experience! Seafood risotto on Saturday evening was amazing; full of seafood and perfectly cooked risotto with 'not so over the top' sauce! My fellow diners (all five) were very pleased with their meals!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had not been to Primi Piatti in many years, and then only for lunch. We met friends there on a Saturday night and we were all pleased with the atmosphere and service. After sharing fried calamari, we ordered the insalata mixta, beef ravioli, and the evening's pasta special, fettuccine with shrimp and asparagus. Most dishes were very good, except the latter was way too salty, a common problem at many Washington area restaurants. We finished with a chocolate cake and decaf. While the food was passable, the service and atmosphere made for a very pleasant evening."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This restaurant has been around awhile so it's not on the radar of most people now. But the service is first class, the staff has the old school charm and manners of the past, and the food is high quality. The pastas are homemade and very flavorful. They will make you any Italian dish you want if it's not on the menu. They really strive to make you feel comfortable and tended to. It's really a great place to do business, have a quiet meal, enjoy a romantic dinner, get a group together."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Really enjoyed Primi Piatti. Fresh bread and Italian wine was a great start. I loved the option of a zucchini salad and it was really good. My daughter did not like her arugula salad:-( All entrees were great! Veal chop special, risotto special and orecchiette. The most unique was the risotto...it was finished tableside by stirring the cooked risotto and mushrooms in a huge parmesan rind...the flavor this added was amazing. For dessert we had cappuccinos and hazelnut torte. Cappuccino was excellent, torte was just good."
    Dined on 3/11/2014