Ristorante Murali
Ristorante Murali

Ristorante Murali

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.muraliva.com/
  • Phone: 7034150411
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Luis Antonio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ristorante Murali offers set menus for catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room wil hold from 50 to 160 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Riyad Bouizar 7034150411

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Metro "Pentagon City Station", Metrobus
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground public parking and outdoor meter parking
A word from Ristorante Murali
From Venice to Pentagon Row in Arlington, Virginia, Ristorante Murali gives you the opportunity to experience fine traditional and modern Italian cuisine in a Venetian setting with rooms depicting murals from the canals of Venice and hung with exquisite Murano glass chandeliers. Conveniently located minutes from Washington DC and close to Maryland. Metro accessible with a large parking facility. Pentagon Row offers seasonal entertainment from ice skating in the winter to live concerts in the summer.
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Ristorante Murali reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (10)neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (7)romantic (6)good for groups (5)special occasion (5)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Order the Calamari!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    The calamari was the among the best I've ever had! The main course was ok but expensive. I'd definitely recommend this place for appetizers and dessert!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Menu
    Jayy
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    The food and service for lunch were both outstanding; I had a business meeting combined with lunch and my colleague was very impressed with his food. We would both recommend this restaurant in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    Hogantua
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The food and service were average. Bread wasn't good enough for an Italian restaurant, beer and wine selections were decent, pasta was tasty but oily. We picked this for Mother's Day since it was in Pentagon Row and we figured we could walk around before and after, shop, get ice cream, etc. I'd recommend it for a quick uneventful bite to eat, in a convenient location, but not for a special occasion.
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  • We sat outside and had a good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We sat outside and had a good meal. Seafood salad and hot vegetable appetizer followed by chicken picatta and lamb sausage in pasta. Efficient professional service. We always enjoy Murali's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All in all just short of excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Mussels had a very good sauce, but other restaurants offer better variations on this dish. The wine with dinner was very pleasant. The Lamb Shank was excellent. Meat was falling off the bone and the saffron Risotto was very creamy. The cannolis were good, but the portion was a little smaller than at other places. The creme brulee was ordinary, and the coffee was very good. The service was unfailingly excellent and timely. We spent a very pleasant couple of hours there, for a small mother's day celebration, a day early.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that great...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    This place just wasn't that good. The service was ok but the food was really bad and it was quite expensive. I don't nor ally complain but it just wasn't worth it.
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  • Unfortunately, the food is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Unfortunately, the food is just so/so in this Italian restaurant. The service was good though.
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  • The food is fantastic and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    The food is fantastic and the staff is terrific. They are friendly and attentive. Love this place. Special kudos to Manager/Owner Danko and staff Ronald.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating, friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Very accommodating, friendly staff. Went out of their way to make out-of-towners feel at home on Easter Sunday. Priced very reasonably and all four of us loved our selections. We are from New York where we are somewhat spoiled with great Italian eateries. Ristorante Murail did not disappoint! Planning to be back in Crystal City soon and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • To be fair, there was a large
    RoadWarrior45VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    To be fair, there was a large party that had the cocktails hour(s) portion of the event spill out into the dining room, so the noise was close to unbearable. Perhaps, the kitchen was giddy with anticipation with serving this large group as the food was mediocre at best with skimpy portions to make the evening a loss both in terms of culinary expertise for the money spent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is one of our "go to"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    This is one of our "go to" restaurants. Always efficient but friendly service with high quality food. Love the grilled calamari salad appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely slow service. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Extremely slow service. We waited over 1 hour for our entree, which were very simple dishes. Chicken breast with penne pasta (overpriced for sure).
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  • Great experience and terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great experience and terrific food. Our server was great and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • the service was quick but
    misswonderful531
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    the service was quick but the waiter was not enganing at all- was hanging out in the back dining room with other waiters. We never got to hear the specials. it was really "blah" service. The food was really average. It came fast as if it was already sitting waiting to be served. I ordered the filet but i have had better at Outback. Desser was creme brulee and it was runny and cold.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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  • The area has so many great
    LMainVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2013
    The area has so many great restaurants to offer. While there are superior restaurants, Murali serves well prepared dishes, has a convenient location, and attentive servers. I have been before and will certainly continue my patronage.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very pleasant, casual dining.
    Kathleen
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Very pleasant, casual dining. Waiter was enthusiastic and good. Pumpkin ravioli and cioppino were both excellent, though cioppino broth could have been hotter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is "GREAT" The server
    AWESOME
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The food is "GREAT" The server was exceptional. The attention that the server gave to me and the other party was superb.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't Impress
    Bill
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    Food was good but mot the best Italian in the area. Considering the price which was DC corporate traveler range ($$$), we expected more. Waiter was disinterested even though it was nearing closing time on a weeknight. Would need to be far better for a return by us. Lived in Italy and expect high quality for the price range but were disappointed.
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  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    The food was delicious and attractively presented. While the service was attentive, it was very slow, even though the restaurant was not overly crowded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went here to celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    We went here to celebrate my birthday and absolutely loved it. We've been before and have always had consistently great service. The food is always delicious and they have great wine pairings. Must check out when there are so few Italian options in the Pentagon/Crystal City area
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After three visits, I can
    Like2eatout
    Dined on 11/13/2012
    After three visits, I can write that I have enjoyed every meal. If you like pasta dishes, the seasonal pumpkin ravioli is definitely worth a try. Service is attentive and tables are spaced sufficiently apart so you don't feel cramped.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Food was decent, but unimpressive. Service staff were friendly and sincere, but it seemed like they were under-staffed due to the slowness and inaccuracy of their efforts. I felt the prices were too high for the experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, service attentive,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    Food was good, service attentive, but wine list was weak
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  • not going back
    yumchaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    My Scallops were burned and bitter and rubbery. Pepper sauce didn't have flavor. Veal was little better...didn't care for american bread they served.
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  • Went on a Thursday and sat
    Phil
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    Went on a Thursday and sat outdoors to listen to the Thursday night concert in the Pentagon Row square. Got seated right away. Had some nice white wine and seafood.
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  • My boyfriend and I loved everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    My boyfriend and I loved everything about Ristorante Murali. The food was amazing and served at the perfect speed. The service was extremely friendly and helpful. Overall, eating dinner here was a great experience and was the best dinner we had out entire vacation. Will be coming back next time in the area for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food is very good, large portions.
    Peggy
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Food is very good, large portions. It tends to be Southern Italian - a bit heavy but very tasty!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • Kateryna's the Best!
    BryanVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2012
    We love Muralis and eat there whenever we get a chance. We had a really mediocre waiter, but Kateryna saved the day. She's the best; ask for her and you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Sitting outside was wonderful.
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Sitting outside was wonderful. It's clear from the clientele that many live in the neighborhood. Food was good, though not outstanding. Pentagon Row, where the restaurant is located is a really charming center.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    Great service... good food and wine. Affordable and nice *;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • The restaurant was lacking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    The restaurant was lacking energy. It was just a so-so experience. Service was fine.
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  • Superb location & yummy Italian
    Divas
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    I had the talapia & it was melt in your mouth delish. I had never been to Pentagon Row before & was surprised at how cute the area is. Will definitely return. Ambiance was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Food and wine excellent.
    crvrmv
    Dined on 5/30/2012
    Food and wine excellent. Service was even better. I'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was at the restaurant for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2012
    I was at the restaurant for a business meeting, and I appreciated that the noise level was low enough to allow for conversation. The service was good. I had a salad with blackened chicken strips, but it was not very good. The chicken tasted like it had been refrigerated too long, and even with the very light blackening, it was tasteless. I hardly touched it.
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    great for lunch
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  • Spring at Last!
    BryanVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Spring at last and we can begin dining outside again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first time at
    VAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    This was our first time at this restaurant, but will not be our last. We had two of the specials which were very good. Our server helped us with the wine and was very attentive. Although we ate on the early side, the restaurant did get busier and the noise level was still good for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding food and wine.
    BillVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2012
    Outstanding food and wine. Small group for lunch. Prompt, attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    This was our second visit to Murali's. Three of the four dishes we ordered were fine. The problem was that my "grillante fettucine," which consisted of fettucine noodles in a white sauce and a pork chop, italian sausage, and piece of chicken, was way overcooked and dry. My conclusion was that the meat had been cooked long before, sat around, and was reheated to be served.
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  • Risotto was mediocre. Arugula
    BoringVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2012
    Risotto was mediocre. Arugula salad was good. Anastasia was an excellent server.
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  • Excellent appetizer which
    RestaurantweeksamplerVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    Excellent appetizer which could be a meal in itself. tasty main course. Enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic