Dante Ristorante has been
Dante Ristorante has been a Great Falls favorite of our family's for decades -- we're now on our 4th Italian generation of customers! The food is always good and the hosts hospitable. This particular Saturday night was a small birthday celebration -- and it was packed so service a little less attentive than usual. However, we still enjoyed ourselves -- the homemade pastas never disappoints -- and we'll return before summer!
3/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service excellent. They took
Service excellent. They took off an item a guest didn't like..... their initiation. Offered free dessert for birthday person ....their idea.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good time
We are officially regulars. They know us and greet us by name when we walk in.
It's always good food and service. The place is well decorated and quiet with small rooms and windows in all. The patio dining in the summer is exceptional.
The Ossobucco is exceptional. The specials are always special.
You will not be disappointed. It's just always good.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great home made pasta's and
Great home made pasta's and breads, fresh premium grade fish & meats.
All prepared by First generation Italian chef. Definitely worth a try.
Oh and don't forget the home made Tiramasu.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding Dining Experience
We celebrated my birthday at Dante's. The food was excellent and the service was very attentive. And they comp'd a Birthday desert. We could not have asked for a better dining experience. Definitely will be back!
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Italian restaurant in
Nice Italian restaurant in an old house with great service.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was recommended to eat here by a fellow italian foodie. What a great recommendation. The pasta was fresh and home-made. The specials that evening included swordfish which was delicious. I highly recommend the restaurant. The price was quite reasonable especially the wine list. The service was attentive without being intrusive. I will definately return.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Wonderful Dining Experience
We enjoyed a simply delicious lunch at Dante's this week for my friend's birthday. One of the specials was a Swordfish Pizzaioli and was the best I have ever had. Lightly sautéed green beans were served with this unbeatable dish. My friend ordered the Salmon with Spinach and loved it. It's her favorite at Dante's, too. We have been to the restaurant many, may times and enjoyed a number of Book Club luncheons and private parties in the two upstairs rooms. I highly recommend for an outstanding meal in a quiet setting.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day Lunch
We enjoyed a lovely Mother's Day lunch at Dante. The food and service were both excellent. The atmosphere was a little funky - we were seated in the pink room - but it added to the overall charm of the restaurant. I can't believe I've lived in northern VA for 20 years and this was my first trip to Dante. It won't be the last.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very accommodating. One of our party needed gluten-free food, and although Dante doesn't have a gluten-free menu, they were able to come up with gluten-free suggestions that were delicious. The staff is always very attentive, but not obtrusive.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff at Dante's are amazing!
The staff at Dante's are amazing! Thanks especially to the beautiful 25-year old for making my wife very happy!!!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took a date here without ever having been to this restaurant and without knowing anyone else who could give me a first hand account of what it was like. All I had to go on were the online reviews, and did Dante's ever hit it out of the park! They sat us outside in a secluded and romantic table right in front of a live soft jazz band. Our food was delicious and came very very quickly, and our waiter (Ramon) was perfect - the right mix of attentive and unobtrusive.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dinner with great service. The special appetizer featuring burrata was a real stand out.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & wonderful live music .
Love the outdoor patio in good weather on Friday & Sat evenings. Pleasant surroundings with a great jazz combo.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this restaurant!
We will go back! This was our first experience at Dante's, which is nicely located and easy to find. Why was it so great? First, the patio is lovely, with beautiful greenery and a welcoming ambience. Second, the service was appropriately attentive. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the food and offered ideas and options. Third, Dante's has gluten free pasta! This makes it a hit in my eyes! The food was excellent - we had a smattering of appetizers and also some pasta. Lastly, when the weather is lovely on the weekend, there is a wonderful young jazz trio that seems to be able to play any jazz standard, and then some. We didn't want to leave!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
WILL DEFINITELY RETURN!!!
WE USED TO GO TO DANTE'S ALOT WHEN ELLIO WAS ONE OF THE OWNERS. AFTER HIS DEPARTURE IT SEEMED LIKE THINGS HAD GONE DOWN HILL. SERVICE NOT AS GOOD, FOOD WAS OK. LAST SATURDAY WE DECIDED TO TRY THIS RESTAURANT AGAIN AND WE WERE MORE THAN PLEASED. OSCAR WAS OUR WAITER WHO WAS EXCELLENT AND THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING....WE WILL DEFINITELY BE RETURNING MORE OFTEN.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dante is a gem!
We celebrated an anniversary at Dante Saturday evening. It is always a treat to dine at Dante. We had another excellent meal. The weather was perfect so we sat on their beautiful patio which added to the pleasure.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor dining
We sat on the porch overlooking the back yard.While "downtown" Great Falls VA is not San Francisco, the atmosphere on the porch in the back was tranquil. Food was very good as was the service. The wine list was a little limited. If you are looking for a place in the Great Falls area, Dante's will be a good choice. We would definitely go back.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm not in Northern Virginia that often, but when I am I try
to get here. Excellent food preparation, and basically
being set up in multi rooms of a large house, it is
always quiet, no loud chatter or noises to compete
with. A place to take family, friends or business.
And I appreciate being able to use Open Table
for the instant verification and ease of reservations.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Evening with Friends
We loved how easy it was to do the open table reservation and to make adjustments to it with no problem. The service was excellent and there was a nice variety of food options. Dante has always been one of our favorites.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
You don't have to drive to DC
To get great Italian food. This converted farm house serves up some of the best authentic Italian food in the area. The wine list is respectable and the service is impeccable. My veal chop was cooked perfectly and Sean, our host, deboned my wife's Dover Sole at tableside...we applauded when he finished! From appetizer to espresso, this is a neighborhood gem.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Evening
We've always had a great time at Dante. The food is always excellent, and the service is friendly and just right. It is a perfect spot to celebrate big events in our lives.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable and delicious
I spied this restaurant a few weeks ago by chance and was very glad that I did. My wife and I had the opportunity to have dinner sans children (for once) and I immediately thought of Dante's. We had a very enjoyable dinner. The historic Leigh house was beautiful inside and out and allowed for both a casual, relaxed atmosphere where one would feel as comfortable dressed for a relaxing meal or a night out on the town. The service was impeccable without feeling pretentious and the food was delicious. Many thanks to the staff at Dante's Ristorante for a great night out.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service and nice
Excellent service and nice 3 piece jazz band on the paito for a quiet relaxing evening
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great good, great venue
We lucked out again and had the perfect weather to enjoy dining on the patio at Dante's. We invited friends to join us and they were equally enamored with the venue and great food. The service was spot-on, nice presentation and great flavorful food. I would definitely recommend Dante to anyone who is looking for a new experience, I'm certain it won't be your only visit.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food.. We had veal, salmon, sea bass, fish soup as well as appetizers and dessert. We would recommend all of it! The service was impeccable and aimed at creating a beautiful dining experience. As always too, the maitre d' was welcoming and accommodating. And the jazz music was the icing on the cake...talented musicians playing notable jazz, taking requests and adding to the ambiance.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderfully relaxing & romantic
I've dined here multiple times and it instantly transports me to a refreshed state of mind with the quietude, the sound of the fountain, the enclosed circle of greenery that takes you away from the bustling northern VA city atmosphere. The food is marvelous and consistent in its impeccable quality. The service is lovely and the turnover of staff is nonexistent. It's great for a couple's night out, dinner out with your best couple friends, or ladies night for mature women, or a family whose children are a bit older (it's not a party joint or an appropriate place to be loud).
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for the anniversary couples
This place is very quiet on Saturday night around 6pm. Its can be crowd by 7:30pm. The reservation was not really necessary since I made the reservation prior arriving this place and we were the only customer around this time.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant - Northern Virginia
Fine dining, impeccable service, first class ambiance.
If you and your significant other deserve a treat, this is the place!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for an early dinner last Friday. The timing was our choice, and we had a room to ourselves for the majority of the evening. We shared a scallop appetizer. It was cooked perfectly, and it had a wonderful lobster sauce. I had sea bass, and my wife had veal shank for the first time. Both were wonderful.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dante was great!
Our experience at Dante was unbelievable! The weather was beautiful and we had the opportunity to dine outside on their patio. The setting was spotless and the band was good-not too loud-just the right volume. Each of the 4 people in our group ordered different dishes and each was absolutely delicious. The portions were perfectly sized. The wait staff was very attentive. We will be back more often. Overall, it was one of the best restaurant experiences we've had in NoVA in quite some time. Thank you.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Five of us went to Dante to celebrate my birthday. Loved the place and the food was wonderful. Would definitely consider going back again.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very authentic cuisine with
Very authentic cuisine with fine service. Excellcent selection of entrees and specials. Very fresh and delicious. Excellent attentive service provided by the wait staff, from the Maitre d' down to the bus boy.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of our favorite
This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is well done with interesting specials. They have an unbelievable lasagna that is made with crepes. It is very light and delicious! Service is always top notch. Southern Italian food done well with many special touches and a variety of fish dishes .
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Food and Great Service
We ate at Dante's for lunch - not cheap, but worth it. We had the scallops wrapped in bacon which was delicious but a little salty. Our waiter was attentive and pleasant. When we arrived we were the first in the room in which we were seated. After a while several tables filled up and the room became a little noisy. Had the room ever filled completely, the noise level may have gotten to be a bit much, but with the light lunch-time crowd, the noise level never got too bad. Desserts were also very good and even the coffee was drinkable. All-in-all a very pleasant experience and we would definitely return.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience
We always go to Dante;s for special occassions-birthdays anniversaries, and family reunions. The food is always fantastis and the service superb. This a neighbor hood Gem that has a super menu, the staff is always friendly and we love it. We had Caesar Salad and Veal with crabneat they were exquisite and beautiful;y presentation. Five star performance Bravo well done as usual.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
What an awesome experience
Has the feel of a New England b&b. food was excellent. Friendly service. All around awesome.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful place
A wonderful place to relax, and unwind, and enjoy delicious food. the wait staff was very helpful, and always with a smile.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM