Arucola Osteria
Arucola Osteria

Arucola Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.arucola.com/
  • Phone: 2022441555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Marcial Umana
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstairs dining room accommodates maximum 30 people
  • Private Party Contact: Gian Mario Cabiddu 2022441555x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Morrison
  • Public Transit: Friendship Heights closest Metro Station
    We are on the Connecticut Avenue Bus line
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot provided behind the shopping strip, directly behind CVS
A word from Arucola Osteria
Arucola, a rustic Italian restaurant which is nestled in the heart of Chevy Chase , DC has become a neighborhood favorite. Offering an authentic Italian experience to patrons on every visit, from the homemade pasta and breads to the wood burning pizza oven, and even the décor, you will feel as if you have just traveled to Italy . The menu changes daily, offering diners a fresh selection of pastas, meat and fish. Arucola also offers a selection of wood burning oven pizzas, variety of salads including our namesake Arucola, and an array of daily appetizers which include a selection from the marinated antipasto trolley, to daily creations.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Arucola Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)great for outdoor dining (28)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (9)great for lunch (9)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Given a terrible table at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Given a terrible table at front with door on side which waiters kept using and asking me to get up. Food was terrible, service worse and at the end the owner shouted at us for getting angry at being asked to get up so often. Avoid at all costs, gives all restaurants a bad name.
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  • Good and knowlegable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    This is an excellent choice for people with food allergies. They can create non-gluten dishes and have gluten free (brown rice) pasta. I understand the pizza is awesome, but it is not gluten free. Service is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    This is usually a reliable neighborhood restaurant, but we arrived at 7 with movie tickets down the street and after repeated requests finally got our appetizers at 8. At 8:20 we had to cancel the rest of our meal to make the movie. It was totally chaotic
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old school food and service
    RustyBlade
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    The food is traditional Italian, prepared in an open kitchen, and served hot. The waiters are attentive and professional. We made a reservation, through OpenTable, and found our window table, marked "reserved", and waiting for us when we arrived. We were a party of four. Two arrived before the other two. They seated us right away, without asking for everyone to be there, first. How many restaurants do that, anymore?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just love this place!
    DinealotVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    what a great neighborhood restaurant. great food; wonderful, friendly staff; and dessert to die for! we will be back often!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • son's favorite
    mbandgt
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    My adult son likes to go there when he visits us. He enjoys the casual atmosphere and the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great post movie spot
    gloverVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    We'd passed this restaurant many times coming and going to the nearby Avalon theatre. Finally decided to try it on a Sunday night. Made a 7:30 reservation and glad we did, as it filled up quickly (at least outside). More expensive than I thought, but not outrageous. Italian wines on menu - very few cheap ones by bottle. All four of us were pretty happy with our food. Total for 4- salads and entrees all around plus 2 beers and a bottle of wine (including tax and tip) about $280. Would go back again if in neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everyone knows your name...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    This is a place where everyone knows your name. Filled with regular customers who seem to stop by for a drink and/or dinner. The staff know many of the regulars by name, but were very welcoming to newcomers. The food was wonderful - simple and excellently done.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood favorite
    DCfoodie
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    We sat on the deck, so there was constant traffic passing on Connecticut Ave. However, it was not nearly as noisy as many indoor restaurants we're I've dined! And it was so pleasant to enjoy the dinner outside. The menu has many reliable offerings and always saev room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A stable
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    excellent option for outdoor dining. Now for over 20 years. Changes ownership, but even better than before!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant was very friendly
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    The restaurant was very friendly and accommodating, but the food was only good. It's a nice place to go in the neighborhood, but I doubt if I would make a special trip to it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently a friendly neighborhoo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    consistently a friendly neighborhood restaurant with good food and ambience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed. Of course,
    amsavaVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Never disappointed. Of course, I usually order the same thing [grilled fish] and watercress/pear/blue cheese salad and I love it. I have ordered other menu items from time to time but always look forward to this meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    tthechtVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    We hadn't been to this restaurant for a long time but were happy that the food and service were still excellent. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love the salads here and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    We love the salads here and the fresh pastas. The service is always friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another fun, excellent evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    Another fun, excellent evening at Arucola. Always very good.---Fred and Anne Woodworth
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The sausage pizza was good.
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    The sausage pizza was good. The pear/gorgonzola salad with fig dressing that I ordered came without lettuce. The waiter said many people recommended it be served with lettuce and I could have some arugula at a price. I think they should just serve the salad with lettuce and raise the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A really nice birthday dinner.
    EricVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    A really nice birthday dinner. The restaurant was a bit stressed at 7:30 on a Saturday night, with all tables filled, service a bit slow and a shortage of menus. But they quickly recovered and delivered a really good, reasonably priced meal with good service.
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  • Always reliable, great service,
    tulipVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    Always reliable, great service, excellent pizzas, salads, and roasted chicken. A great addition to the neighborhood. I've been going there for years.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too bad about Arucola
    nightoutVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    Hate to say it, really not good. We returned one bacon spinach salad. It was totally greasy and the bacon limp and cold like something left over from that morning's breakfast. I ordered scallops, and they were tough and chewy. Ewwwwwww. And biscotti for dessert were tooth-breakingly hard, with a gloppy, tasteless dipping sauce. What a long downhill slide. Nice server was gracious and apologetic, tho.
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  • Simply one of my favorite
    DinealotVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Simply one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants in DC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed Italian dining
    DCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Delicious food, attentive service. We go there frequently. When I'm dieting, I can stick to healthy choices, even fresh fruit for dessert. When I'm cheating there are wonderful desserts and killer risottos. It's a special occasion just to have lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Octopus, Sardines, Veal stew,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Octopus, Sardines, Veal stew, Branzino all great, as well as the friendly and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfy; very good, homey Italian
    happydinerVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Comfy; very good, homey Italian dishes; exceptionally accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arucola is a favorite of mine
    evelyVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Arucola is a favorite of mine for liunch, but Friday night dinner was very crowded and waiter was very busy and forgot that we (party of 6) were interested in a second bottle of wine and dessert. One of the entrees was not edible but the replacement was OK. It is much better when not so busy. I would stick to lunch or dinner at 5PM!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We always enjoy Arucola but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    We always enjoy Arucola but forget that we should go on Monday's and Wednesday's when the wine is half proced!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A reliable place for half-price
    CFinChevyChaseDCVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    A reliable place for half-price wine nights (Mon and Wed). Good food, nice service. Not a special evening out but a good neighborhood spot for dinner.
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  • Still dumpy after all these years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Its hard to overlook the fact that the food was bland with little seasoning. The bread basket was our salvation!
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  • A reliable with very good
    WDC1VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    A reliable with very good food and friendly efficient service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been there twice now and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    Been there twice now and the food has been really good both times. Don't miss the arugula salad and the fish soup is terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a gem of a neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    This is a gem of a neighborhood restaurant. Wonderful food and always busy. Try to steer clear of the rear tables however, as the kitchen fluorescent lighting is glaring if you are facing it and all ambiance that the rest of the seating areas offer is totally lost in the rear.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High-end Italian, Happily Casual
    NonicknameVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    Love that Arucola is open Sundays late AM as alternative to a typical brunch. Brunch is the dinner menu (no pancakes or egg dishes). If you don't want a full entree there are plenty of small plates to choose. What could be better than Sunday DINNER for a late breakfast? There're a score of thin crust personal pizzas to choose or top your own, of course, and wonderful seafood, fish, HOMEMADE pastas and veggies. Even RED MEAT. The roast chicken hiding on the pizza menu is a deal! My veggie sister-in-law from out of town loved she had choices other than pasta or pizza. And if you like Italian pastry and other desserts and espresso they have those too. Don't want that spinach with that fish? Ask for a suggested subsitute!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't come often enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    We visit DC occasionally to see family. We never miss a chance to dine at Arucola while there. Food is always consistently good and the service excellent - fast but not pushy! So glad we can make reservations on-line now. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    We were so pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The pasta with mushrooms and veal short ribs were among the best meals truly I have ever eaten and I am a cook!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a nice neighborhood
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    This is a nice neighborhood Italian restaurant with good food, good service, and a feeling that the staff is really happy to have you there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service, too many pizza's
    Damon
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Everything was good especially the service. I had the pizza and the crust, sauce and cheese was excellent. The ingredients weren't as good. I think the problem was on the menu there were far to many toppings and far too many types of pizza, leading me to believe that the toppings couldn't be as high quality or fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is just such a great
    DinealotVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    This is just such a great neighborhood restaurant. We love this place, the food, the people.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • was very convenient for a
    infrequentdinner
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    was very convenient for a good quick meal before a movie.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite spot-food is always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    A favorite spot-food is always good and fresh! Service is fast and efficient without rushing... Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was well prepared.
    Acouple
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    The food was well prepared. Not outstanding, but tasty. The service was very good, and the ambiance was relaxing. A nice neighborhood eatery.
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