Primi Piatti
Primi Piatti

Primi Piatti

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website:
  • Phone: 2022233600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Happy Hour 04:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Savino Recine
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The dining room has a cozy atmosphere with dark wood and glass panels. The restaurant seating is divided into three sections, offering private seating for large parties. The maximum seating in the main dining room is 120. A large private room “The Secondi Piatti” accommodates 40 and a small private room “The Wine Sellar” seat 20 and all together seat 60 people. The bar lounge is very large and can seat 30, but can hold up to 60 standing.
  • Entertainment: New Year's Eve at Primi Piatti
    Savino's best STAGE MAGIC SHOW with a great six course dinner,
    Savino will perform his best illusions and for the finale will perform a very dangerous stunt called "THE BULLET CATCH"
    Which some Magicians tried and did not succeed.
    Join us for an evening that you will cherish for a long time
  • Special Events: An Incredible, Delicious and Ample variety of Appetizers, Main Dishes and Desserts,On our Restaurant Week Menu, Please join us from January 09 through January 31, P. S. Our Regular Menu is Available,

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Three blocks from foggy bottom and farragut west Metro stations
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking from 5:00pm $8.00
A word from Primi Piatti
Primi Piatti has been in business and serving the patrons of the Washington DC metropolitan area since 1987. The restaurant has been recognized for its excellent service and authentic menu with many rewards from members of the media and by food and beverage critics. Founded by Savino Recine, Primi Piatti began with a simple idea: the kind and generous reception of our guests and conscientious sourcing of our products. Every day we warmly welcome you with kindness and sincerity to enjoy fresh fare and gracious service. We are committed to providing an exceptional dining experience, but also to educating the community about our mission.

Primi Piatti offers traditional and trendy Italian cuisine, the atmosphere is cozy with great food and a convenient location, robust meals and plenty of wine.The cozy and elegant atmosphere, along with the large bar and lounge are waiting for you...
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Primi Piatti reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (27)neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (14)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (9)romantic (9)notable wine list (5)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • The Primi Piatti captures
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    The Primi Piatti captures the feeling and quality of restaurants that we have visited in Rome, Venice and Florence. The menu is excellent and the food presentation was excellent. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. Wine service was top quality. It is our most favorite restaurant in DC.
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  • I used to hear rave reviews
    Dined on 2/12/2009
    I used to hear rave reviews about Primi Piatti - ten years or so ago it was all the rage. Today, it's just a good Italian restaurant -- in the league of good. Not great. We had the salami mixed plate and the oysters appetizer. The salami mix was just that - slices of fresh salami, prociutto and ham - no little sauces or mixes or cheese to grace the plate. The oysters could have been frozen or non-existent...couldn't tell because the breading was so very heavy handed. My main course was spaghetti with mussels -- the mussels shells were broken, and had landed in the meat and pasta. It made things awkward and crunchy. Yuck. My date's pasta was duck and portobello mushrooms - dry but tasty. Service was average - ok, but won't go back
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  • I very much enjoy eating at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/5/2009
    I very much enjoy eating at Primi Piatti. It's a great lunch spot for a business meeting and the food and service is always terrific.
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  • Very mediocre, tomato soup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2009
    Very mediocre, tomato soup was good, I had Red Snapper that was ok with a tomato and caper sauce with potatoes and spinach, the potatoes tasted as if they were out of a box and the spinach was boiled. My dinning partner had Salmon with the same spinach, his comment on the salmon was that the same salmon slices from Costco actually was better. Not what I expect from a restaurant with these prices, $ 130.00 for two with no alcohol
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