Tosca Ristorante
Tosca Ristorante

Tosca Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.toscadc.com/
  • Phone: 2023671990x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm
    Closed Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Massimo Fabbri
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private and semi-private spaces available. Please call for details
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Fotter - lisa.fotter@toscadc.com 2023671990x
  • Special Events: Private and semi-private facilities for groups up to 30 guests. Tosca has a small private dining room for up to 15 guests. we also have a semi-private space for up to 24 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 11th and 12th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet for dinner only.
A word from Tosca Ristorante
Ristorante Tosca offers the finest in contemporary northern Italian cuisine by executive Chef Massimo Fabbri. He interprets Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, using a creative approach that respects the great traditions of Tuscan gastronomy. Tosca combines modern style and elegance to create an intimate and comfortable setting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Tosca Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)fit for foodies (79)notable wine list (59)romantic (48)great for lunch (26)neighborhood gem (24)good for groups (20)hot spot (14)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Best italian Food in DC
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Elegant setting and flawless service add to the appeal of this already knockout Italian. Food is expertly prepared and special requests are handled graciously and effortlessly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dining experience
    Crusader
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Expensive but worth it. More than food ... Cuisine! Every dish for our party was perfectly prepared. Service was attentive, but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Tosca never disappoints. We try to eat there every time we come to DC. Everything about the experience was the best. Beautiful atmosphere, superb waiter, excellent meal. Thank you! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Winner
    GdelpasaVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Lovely dining experience. The server worked with us to craft a perfect meal of caprese, pasta, and fish with a perfectly matched wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Best restaurant in DC! Food was amazing and service just perfect!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overly expensive for what you get
    RespondrVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Main course = very small portion and way overpriced considering the quality and quantity. The food was good, but not extraordinary in relation to other restaurants with similar overhead costs and location. Nice ambiance and the service was great. Food though was average.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!
    WineNDineVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We reserved the chef's table for an anniversary celebration and every one of the eight courses was phenomenal. Whether it was the lobster ravioli, the antelope pappardelle or the lamb chop, Chef Massimo's creativity and love of food was evident. In addition to the incredible meal, the service was top notch and the ambiance was very comforting. If you want an unforgettable Italian experience in DC, Tosca is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Elegance
    CCentral
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I was very delighted in having such an elegant dining experience prior to going to the theatre. A lot of pre-theatre meals feel rushed but not at Tosca. The menu selections were exceptional and were a gourmand's paradise. The staff were very attentive and worked well with each other in making sure that each detail was meticulously taken care of. I am eagerly anticipating another evening there. Valet parking was was an ease and very reasonably priced. You can't go wrong with choosing Tosca for an evening out and for any reason from business, special occasion, pre-theatre or romance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Italian!
    Karamelized1
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    A superb restaurant for non-red sauce Italian cuisine, delicately prepared, excellently plated, skillfully served. Warm, friendly servers; outstanding wine list. It is our goto restaurant every time we are in D.C. The chefs, executive chef Massimo and sous chef Riccardo, are creative and skilled. The owner, Paolo, is attentive and caring. The maître, Tommaso, oversees everything to make sure it all goes smoothly for the guests. The servers, Pavel and Milton, are friendly and remember their customers. We can't speak too highly of Tosca, ordinary praise does not do it justice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb as always!
    Karamelized1
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The emphasis is on classic Italian, not Italo-American, no heavy tomatoe sauces. A wonderfully manageable menu of well prepared dishes using seasonal goodies, fresh fish and fresh veggies. Ideal for foodies like us. An outstanding selection of wines with a good range of prices to suit any pocket and pallette. The service is exceptional, the maitre (Tommaso) makes sure everything is running smoothly with no glitches. Portions are very generous, not the recent pseudo-Asian bite sized portions; desserts are super. WunderChef Massimo was unavailable at this visit since he was home with his wife and brand new baby Lorenzo, but the kitchen did him proud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Juancho
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food and service. Always a pleasure to dine here. Food is fresh and flavors are awesome. Service is impeccable. John
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Susan
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We had a lovely little nook in the restaurant which was wonderful or talking. We ate for two and three-quarter hours. The waiters were great. We had one six course tasting dinner and plus one main course for two people. The waiters served brought plates for both of us during the six courses and served the extra main course with the six course meal at the proper time. We had a bottle of red wine from a large wine list. It was my birthday and I was served a delicious desert with a candle compliments of the house.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 69 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2087 reviews are from the Tosca Ristorante reviews archive.
  • A very nice place
    DRColl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Impeccable Service, Great food, everything you want in a restaurant. The only reason its 4 star instead of 5 was the cost of the meal, we felt it was a bit pricey. That would be the only thing preventing us from naming it as a favorite.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Great
    CapitanSourceVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Been to tosca's many times over many years. Remarkably consistent. Always great food and great service. Feels like we're in Europe. Among the best restaurants in DC. Only complaint is the valet parking. Wasn't there when we showed up for our 5:30 reservation. Don't mean he was parking another car, he wasn't there. Not the first time this has happened and parking in downtown DC isn't easy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Quite Up to Par
    ArthurmanVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We've been many times--our favorite Italian restaurant in DC. This visit was mildly disappointing. We did the pre-theater menu. My wife had the Insalata di Radicchio, which was excellent, although she get one stale walnut. I had the Cacio e Pepe, which was quite disappointing. There was no pepper taste whatsoever, and the pasta was way overcooked. We both had the Pappardelle as our main course, even though it's on the appetizer list. Excellent flavor, but, once again, the pasta was not al dente, it was overcooked--inexcusable for a first-class Italian restaurant. For dessert, we both had the Tortino al Cioccolato, which was superb. The warm chocolate center was intensely chocolaty. We had a nice wine--Elena Walch Pinot Grigio.
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  • gooddiningWashington
    dinefromUK
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The first encounter with this restaurant is a bit disconcerting - there is no menu posted outside and blinds obscure the interior from the street. Once inside this is a great restaurant. It has an array of tables with crisp white table cloths and the menu provides a good range of food, not just Italian. There is an extensive wine list. Particularly recommended is the cheese board especially if you order the wine recommended with it - delicious. The pricing is quite high but reflects the excellence of the cooking. A great dining experience for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Always Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This is our third visit, and the food is always exceptional; the service attentive but not not smothering. When back in town, we will be back to as our every yummy morsel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • A gem
    AlmegVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Our anniversary was more special because we dined here. Arrived early. Sat at bar where served not only our drinks but almonds, bread and a salami. Seated in area we requested. Our waitress, Luigia, was outstanding. Every course was so tasty- stuffed zucchini blossoms, veal chop w/Barolo wine sauce, venison w/ mushrooms and pecans. Absolutely loved the carrot pappardelle w/ rabbit ragu. Never rushed, reminiscent of dining in Italy. Offer wines by half bottle, glass, bottle- great selection, good price ranges. Finished meal w/ house specialty- tiramisu. The restaurant complimentary sent it over for our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous but pricey
    SienaItalyVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The service and the interior of the restaurant is among the best of the best. My risotto was the best I have had outside of Italy, but a very small portion and pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tosca Restaurant
    Montanavisitor1789
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was a real find in Washington DC Superb food, impeccable service, a very diverse menu, great wine. It was everything we had hoped for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch
    productivedining
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Best place for working lunches. Convenient location, great food, quick service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tosca before the theater
    YummyInOurTummy
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Tosca was a very pleasant mid-priced restaurant for a romantic, graduation dinner. The service was very good with waitstaff understanding basic, proper etiquette; do not interrupt the customer's conversations, do not remove the plates until all guests are through with their meal, etc. My guest and I had grilled fish with vegetables and the veal bolognese with simple salads. They were both nicely and simply prepared and very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Tosca Delivers
    Krubin
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    You could walk past Tosca's storefront several times without realizing that one of DC's finest Italian restaurants is even there. The service is consistent and outstanding, but what will bring you back is the food quality. They have a pre-Theatre menu that is an outstanding value, but you really cannot go wrong. The food is expertly prepared and beautifully presented. Their parm risotto is outstanding, and on this evening there were two risotto offerings. I went for a the prix-fixe pre-theatre menu and added a pasta course, which was perfect. Highly recommend. Great for either a power lunch or a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Food
    italy123
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The highlights of the meal were the Papardelle with a rabbit ragu, the asparagus stuffed deep fried zucchini flowers, and the Gnocchi made with squid ink! The Mille Simato Prosecco was a perfect start and they brought out a tiramisu with a candle for my birthday. So thoughtful and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Birthday Celebration to Remember
    PKwinedineVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    My husband picked out this restaurant for an early birthday celebration and every aspect exceeded expectations. The food was imaginative and delicious, the service was impeccable and friendly, the wine list was superb, and they brought me a surprise birthday tiramisu. It is not inexpensive but is worth every penny. This restaurant rivals some of the best that Italy has to offer and the authenticity is amazing. Try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Three of us had the six course tasting menu and it was fantastic. Two of us had the wine pairings and found tem equally excellent and very well chosen for the cuisine. If I didn't liv in Maine I would be a regular. This was my second time doig te tasting menu and I can't wait to do it again. Our waitor was very knowlegeable about the food and wine--a real pleasure to interact with. Thank you for the suberb dinig.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tennisgl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    By far the best place we ate while in dc. Food was outstanding.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Old School Restaurand
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Loved most of the dishes we had, the wild salmon was terrific.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Yes, the restaurant is a bit pricey, but the food was delicious, the service was fantastic and we overall had a lovely experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and we will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Simply OUTSTANDING.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The owner: Super Cool. The Chef: the BEST! The Staff: They provide the best customer service in town. Soooooo many amazing food choices. You must try an app size pasta, followed with a great entre such as one of their wide selections of simply grilled fish or the New York Strip!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superbly Consistant
    WDC1VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Tosca is a standard of consistency and excellence in Washington. The menu offerings and wine list are top notch and the service is always attentive without being intrusive. We have been dining at Tosca for many years and never have we been disappointed. This is the perfect restaurant to celebrate any and all special occasions as well as a any time you are in search of an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    Rrconnor
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    great food, and perfect wine to every serving! Service was great and not to loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent pre-theater dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    A friend and I met at Tosca for an early dinner prior to an evening event. We chose the three-course prix-fixe menu for $38. All of our selections were excellent, including the carrot soup, branzino main course, and warm chocolate cake dessert. Our waiter was confident in recommending menu choices and wine selections, and we were happy with his recommendations.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Before Ford's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Fabulous dinner and very friendly staff. Just plain WONDERFUL!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • No reservations about Tosca!
    MandM
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This is the only the second time that we have dined at Tosca. We consider that a real mistake on our part -- what a wonderful restaurant. Super food, with a good variety of antipasti, pasta, meats, fish, and great desserts. Very knowledgeble and friendly staff not afraid to make (excellent) recommendations. Great (though somewhat pricey) wine list. No reservations about making reservations at Tosca!
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian restaurant in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Always spot on. Food + service are consistently excellent!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Out for Life @ Tosca
    Tosca
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    This Italian establishment is a great choice for splurging. The staff is knowledgeable and courteous, the food is remarkable. The wine list is extensive.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    When we got to Tosca we did not see the valet service because they were up aginst wall on their Iphones--we stopped no one came, so we parked int he public garage which was a nightmare. The food was very good, but the service was slow getting started and at the end. They placed a large table next to us so when it came time to leave we were trapped and could not get out wihtout the waiter making enough room we could squeeze by being flat against the wall. Tosca could be a great place if someone cared, but with other great Italian places--pass on this one
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Italian, found on Open Table
    Ross
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This place is worth your time. The food was atypical but delicious. I really like an Italian White wine, Falanghina......and this place had a selection of two.....the first time I've ever had a selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portions for dieters
    Mene
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was very good, however the pasta and rice portions were minuscule. A $32 risotto dish was barely half a soup ladle. It was simply ridiculous. Our neighbors had other plates and their sizes were appropriate for the pricing. With all the awesome italian restaurants in the DC area, I would skip this one unless I was not hungry.
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