Always a Delight!
I dine here often - and each time is just as good as the last. Whenever I bring friends who haven't eaten there before, they all become big fans. The food is good, the service warm and friendly, and the ambiance is nice. Good value for your money.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
really good restaurant and a very romantic experience, loved the godfather theme on their website
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is my go-to place when
This is my go-to place when it's my turn to suggest a venue. Valet parking starting at 5:30 (only $8) makes things easier.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found this restaurant just around the corner from our hotel and ate there two nights in a row. Fabulous fresh real Italian food with great service! Can't wait to get back to DC for a return trip.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Spot for Lunch
Location is well spaced and even the bar has enough room for comfort. Only had two appetizers, the smoked mozzarella salad and calamari balls in black ink. Both dishes were unique and elegant.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finemondo is a reliable source
Finemondo is a reliable source for both authentic Italian fare and the usual Italian-American standards. It is one of the better restaurants in any category near Metro Center, making it convenient for museum-goers, at least when the government shutdown ends, visitors, and those who actually work in the area.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place with quaint outdoor seating. The Italian speaking waiter was precious and attended to our every need. The food was perfect and spectacular.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a fantastic dinner.
We had a fantastic dinner. I work dowtown, and try to avoid coming back for dinner. But, this place is definitely worth it. Great food, drinks and sevice. Best martini in DC.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favs in DC
Of all the restaurants in DC, I think I've been here the most - perfect for a date night, casual dinner or just a drink at the expansive bar. And the wine list is surprisingly inexpensive for a great "Italian Country Kitchen"
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local country Italian dishes
Local country Italian dishes were all terrific. There were so many selections of new combinations that it was hard to choose one.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another home run!
Finemondo continues to score big time. A lunch the other day once again proved that Finemondo is a consistent winner in our "hood." Crisp but not overbearing service, great food, good prices and happy to report that the Business Lunch is back. It was gone from the lunch menu for some time, but now a great choice is back. You cannot go wrong with a lunch or dinner at Finemondo.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every one of the wait staff were wonderful and accomodating, friendly but leisurely letting us sit with our wine and talk as long as we wanted. Some of us chose the prix fix $30 dinner and others ordered off the menu--lots of interesting choices. Soon after we ordered, the food came well-prepared and tasty. Our waiter was great and never rushed, except to make sure we had what we needed. We will go back in coming months.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for a nice dinner
A little pricey for the overall ambience, but very good service. There were one too many kids to make the place feel super classy, but my date and I had no problem enjoying ourselves as the general noise level was just lively enough for personal private conversation. The dress is "smart casual" - meaning (for men) jackets are very optional.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service great. Large open space with bright lights and crisp linen. Italian food is good with fresh homemade sauces and pasta. Good variety on the menu, good prices for amount of food. I will come again with the family.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best Italian I have had since visiting Rome!! A forgotten treasure and hidden gem in our city. The Risotto was FABULOUS!
Great service as well. The only thing that wasn't god was the bread- it was a bit stale.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this place
First time here, we both loved our meals and the service was attentive (actually old world charming). I like how they broke the room into sections, so all four tables were in a corner and we could sit in adjacent seats of the table. Early dinner time found the place quiet and condusive to conversation. Can't say what happens later. Definitely a return visit forthcoming.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We looked this up on Urbanspoon, we were doing the typical tourist trip. It was within walking distance of our hotel, and we were very pleased. Good service, good food, I would definitely recommend it.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant. Food was
Great restaurant. Food was great as usual, and the waiters are very friendly. We will not hesitate going back for more delizioso food.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dependable and Steady
If there is one thing you can count on at Finemondo is that the ambience, service and food are dependable. You can take mom there or a prospective client or a close friend. The large rooms just don't give one a sense of being crowded and the service is impeccable. Your server is there when you want him there, and gone when you want him gone. They brought back the "lunch specials" which were missed. All in all, a totally lovely experience....again.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group of 4 went for dinner and my three companions all ordered standard Italian fare. I went the with Pesce Spada (Swordfish) and it was exquisite. Perfect fish, perfectly prepared, and perfectly seasoned. The appetizers were also basic, and in that regard those and the other meals were fine. The suggested wine was reasonably priced and fantastic. The experience overall was very good and we will certainly be back when we are in Penn Quarter. Perhaps my next group will be more adventurous with menu choices.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
was our favorite place in DC.
We ate a few other places on the same level such as ebbitts grill but we enjoyed the food and atmosphere here the most ! Probably the best Italian food we have ever had.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dining room was almost
The dining room was almost perfectly lit. Our server was attentive and friendly, and the food was very good (I had the penne and sausage).
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Pre-Show Dinner Choice
We had an early reservation because we had 7:30pm show tickets. Service was excellent and catered to our needs for a fantastic meal without the feel of being rushed. The staff were attentive and the ambience suited our large group for dinner. Our out-of-town guests commented that this was the best Italian meal they've had in a long time!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Italian Food!
If you're looking for fine Italian cuisine in an "Old World" Tuscan environment, Finemondo is the place to go. The menu offers a wide variety of traditional Italian cuisine and some that are more inventive. For starters, we sampled 2 different calamari appetizers -- a traditional calamari fritti and a unique dish of calamari meatballs. Both were delicious! My dining partner selected mushroom ravioli as a main dish. The portion was ample, the ravioli tender and tasty. I selected the traditional Italian braised beef shortribs served in a red wine sauce. The beef was so tender, it could be cut with a fork. Fabulously delicious!. As for dessert, Finemondo's Italian creme brulee is "to die for." A great wine list and terrific service.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great authentic Italian food and service. Friendly easy atmosphere to enjoy an evening.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classy Italian classics & then some
Why go down the street to the Hamilton when you can dine here? We wanted a light early dinner but "light" is hard to do at Finemondo: so much that's so yummy. We started with sharing 2 appetizers: mussels were, OMG, the best ever. I swear: the slices of sausage and sauce were incredible. The other app was calamari, and it was wonderful too but upstaged by the mussels. Then we shared the cannelloni: served on a cast iron plate, it stayed hot while we scarfed and then scraped. With glasses of Sangiovese, we were full. No room for dessert. Next time, I think we'll try for the mussels and a salad and then go straight to dessert. Finemondo, you rock!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finemondo is Fit for Foodies!
The service is exceptional. The food is fresh and made to order. The calamari is cooked light and has just the right amount of batter. The mussels appetizer had a red sauce, but it wasn't too heavy. The tiramisu was one of the best that I've ever had! It was light and had the perfect balance.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The homemade pasta was very good. You must have the calamari meatball appetizer!!!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time - Awesome!
We had an early dinner (5:30 PM). We were immediately impressed with ambience. The maitre'd was very personable and pleasant. We explained that we had tickets to a show at 7:00 PM and needed to leave by 6:30 PM. Our food was delicious, service was phenomenal and we were out by 6:35 PM. Planning to go again in December when we attend another show.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Country Italian Flavor
Finemondo is family owned and has the charm of the Italian countryside. You feel welcome, unrushed, and yet if needed promptly served. I have eaten there several times, usually for special occasions, celebration, client lunches. The food is excellent and the service never destroys the lunch!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
After visiting DC multiple times over the years, usually staying near the White House, we somehow never knew about this place before; but it's obviously been around quite a while. Very tasty and sometimes unusual Italian country food, nicely presented, and in generous portions for quite reasonable prices. The waiter was attentive without being intrusive and the pace was perfect. Our only negative was a very loud family with young children who weren't ready to be taken out to dinner yet.
On previous diners' recommendations we had the calamari "meatballs," - excellent! Tuscan short ribs and cavatelli were our excellent main courses.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food with a twist...
First, our food was excellent. Great salads and main dishes... Honestly, really, really good.
The restaurant is a bit strange though with a "sports bar" type bar that doesn't seem to really fit the rest of the restaurant. It also makes the place a bit more casual and loud than a true high end restaurant - which the food could certainly be served at. The servers are definitely Italian and there was a bit of language barrier at first. The wine list is not great, so that could be expanded some.
Overall, a very good meal with some humorous exchanges with the servers and awesome people watching...
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never heard of it or been
Never heard of it or been there before, went due to Open Table and needing a restaurant downtown. It was beyond expectations, and one of my new favorite restaurants.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall Great Experience
Broad menu selection which included some unique combinations along with familiar options. Everyone in our group of five was extremely satisfied and complimentary about the food. No complaints about service with our experience. Employees were attentive and responsive. For reference, our reservation was at 6 PM and was very quiet with few other diners. By 7:30 PM it was getting quite busy.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Finally - great food and quiet!
It's rare to find a restaurant where you can have a decent conversation without having to shout. This place is a gem!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Theater goers
We have been to Finemondo several times before going to the National Theater. Food and Service has always been great.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Italian in Downtown DC
I had walked passed Finemondo many times without ever stopping in, so when I made reservations there, I had no idea what to expect. The Veal Picatta was excellent as was the Risotto. However, the Creme Brule was a little too burnt for my tastes. The servers were attentive and persistent and constantly looking after us. The restaurant is quite noisy. I definitely would go there again if I was in the neighborhood.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Great Choice
I wanted to find a restaurant located close to The National Theater that took reservtaions for a pre-show dinner .Finemondo was conveniently located just a couple of blocks away.. Service was excellent from the friendly hostess when we arrived to the attentive and personable server, When I inquired about portion size, the server informed us that we could order half-servings of all the pasta dishes, which were quite large. I expected the price to be slightly more than half of the price of regular entree, but to our pleasant surprise they were exactly half the price. The food was delicious, well presented and the meal much more reasonable than expected. A great start to our evening! Would highly recommend Finemondo if you are in the area.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Liiving in DC for more than 30 years we did not hold out much hope for Italian cuisine in the capital city. Finemondo proved us wrong. Dishes were well-prepared, artful, and tasty - and Italian. Service was seemless. Would rival NYC at this time (having just returned from the Big Apple).
Great for pre-theatre and parties. (11/19/2013)
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went with a small group of seven. The food was superb. The service was superb. Great night out.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very Nice Evening
This was a very pleasant surprise--the service was wonderful; the food was very good; the ambience was perfect for a quiet conversation. We were so comfortable that we didn't realize everyone else had left and yet the staff never rushed us out the door at all! I would recommend this restaurant for very attentive wait staff and pleasant dining.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were treated very nicely--had to change our group size by one. Nice range of lunch choices--salads, paninis, hot and cold appetizers, hot and cold dishes with perfect portions (I was initially afraid that a homemade pasta with wild mushrooms and goat cheese would be a huge portion. It was just right). I really liked the prices for this location! The table loved the creme brulee dessert. The only disappointment was the bread. Everyone loved their selections--a butternut squash filling for pasta was a big hit.
We would definitely bring another group there or simply take a friend/colleague to lunch. We'd be willing to try dinner too!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Group birthday dinner
We dined here recently as a group to celebrate a birthday. Our table for seven was ready on time, and we were treated with courtesy from the hostess to the waiter to the maître d'. Food and wine were excellent. Ambiance was great. Nothing better than being able to go out with friends and enjoy good food and conversation.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The meal was excellent - from Appetizers to dessert it was a great meal.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time customers of Finemondo, this beat our favorite Italian restaurant hands down! Delicious food and impeccable service. My husband commented that he has never eaten salad as good as the carpaccio salad. And my ink squid pasta was over-the-top. There was a very nice selection of entrees, from traditional Italian to specials with a twist. We were headed to the theater with our parents, and the restaurant location couldn't have been more perfect. However, we plan to make going to Finemondo a regular occasion, theater evening or not.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stop in if your in the neighborhood
Don't be fooled when you walk in the door the decor is not impressive, but the food and service is great. Good variety on the menu, would to try everything.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner before the theatre
Excellent. Food was very good and the service was excellent
We will go back
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The red snapper was superb and all the pasta dishes the four of us had were remarkable.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was perfect
The food was absolutely fantastic. Everything from beginning to end had delicious flavor. The homemade smoked mozzarella with prosciutto and roasted pears was a smal, but great appetizer for three along with the fried zucchini. The mushroom risotto finished tableside in a cheese wheel was perfect, without being overly cheese and had a perfect hint of truffle oil. Everything was exactly how we wanted.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Super fun atmosphere, great service
While staying at JW Marriott and we decided on Finemondo. From the time we were greeted until the end of our dinner we had a great time. Everyone was super friendly and professional, We ordered a bottle of wine, an appetizer, split a salad, My date got the snapper and I ordered the squid ink fettucini dish. Both were delicious. My pasta was cooked perfectly. I think it was called past Nero?
The best part of the evening was the staff. They were all energetic, fun, and helpful. Giovanni wanted to make sure we had a great dining experience, and we did.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM