Acqua Al 2
Acqua Al 2

Acqua Al 2

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.acquaal2dc.com/
  • Phone: 2025254375x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ari Gejdenson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Eastern Market Metro
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Acqua Al 2
DC native, Ari Gejdenson, has brought Acqua al 2, known around the world for true Tuscan cuisine, to Capitol Hill. Famous for its Bisteca alla Fiorentina, balsamic and blueberry fillets, variety of vegetarian pastas, and daily fresh fish selections, this warm and rustic restaurant offers an authentic dining experience that will transport you back to Florence.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Acqua Al 2 reviews from OpenTable diners
230 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (144)neighborhood gem (142)special occasion (119)romantic (98)notable wine list (82)great for outdoor dining (70)good for groups (37)hot spot (28)great for lunch (24)kid-friendly (17)great for brunch (15)late-night find (9)scenic view (5)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • Just like Florence!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    My girlfriend and I had been to the Florence Acqua al 2 a couple of times while we studied there for a semester. On a recent trip to DC we decided to see if this location measured up. We had an excellent time again! We recommend ordering both the assagio di primi and secondi to really experience the wonderful pasta and amazing steaks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    BillB1VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Tried Acqua Al 2 on a friends recommendation and we were not disappointed.........in fact, we went back the next night and it was equally amazing. Food reminded us of our time in Florence, Italy (FYI, Acqua has a location there we will be visiting on our next trip) wine list was amazing and the service friendly and accommodating. If you have a reservation somewhere else, cancel it and call Acqua.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    ddddVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food delicious and service excellent. The fuscilli with porcini mushrooms was scrumptious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best outdoor dining on The Hill
    HillresidentVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great food and service, plus great people watching of Eastern Market
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved the place
    ronb
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    While it's Italian and the pasta was wonderful, , the chicken was great and the wine was marvelous.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LouisVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Love this place. The red snapper special was fabulous and everything about the evening was special. Saw the speak-easy upstairs (ask about it) and plan to come back just for that.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Laura
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Took a group to dinner this week after Hill visits. All enjoyed their entrees and wow, desserts were awesome! A must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem on the Hill!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Acqua al 2 continues to be a go-to for us. For lunch, their 3-course menu (prix-fixe) is a must. Can't wait to go back for the fussilli in creamy spinach sauce, and of course, the flour-less chocolate cake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy but small portions
    Yummy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were late due to my college grad we could not wake:) but they were so kind And held our table. Did not rush us thru our meal but let us relax and enjoy! Food Was delicious but portions small. I would Recommend:)
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First rate casual
    Charlottesville29
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The decor includes dinner plates signed by celebrities, and has a woody, informal bistro style, but the service is really efficient and professional and both times we've been impressed with the food. The prices are high, but not out of line with DC. We ordered specials; mine, with scallops, was wonderful in texture and flavor; not trying to impress in presentation, but looked good, too. The salads and desserts weren't quite as out of the ordinary, but almost. It's easy to feel comfortable and well treated here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great anniversary experience
    Bankerbob
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great Italian food and an authentic Italian waiter added to the experience. Service was attentive from the time we arrived till the end of our meal. When I made the reservation I made just one note about our anniversary, asking for an "appropriate table" for the occasion. At the end of our meal to our surprise we received a plate of four deserts, with two candles, and two excellent glasses of champagne. And the manager came by to wish us a Happy Anniversary and to inquire about our experience. A great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pasta at its finest!!
    Weeat1230
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I have been to Acqua Al 2 three times, and every experience has been amazing. This is a great restaurant that takes even greater pride in their food and customer service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • weekday lunch
    weeklydinerVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is the first time I've made it here for lunch. It was already my favorite restaurant-i-always-forget-about in DC. The lunch special will probably help me remember it now! $20 for 3 courses, and my favorite item - the balsamic steak - is on the list! Sat outside and watched the dogs walk by, had a nice greek salad, balsamic steak, and tiramisu. The tiramisu wasn't great, but it was better than the cheesecake. I probably shouldn't be eating dessert anyway. It's a good thing I don't work closer to Acqua Al 2 or I'd be there for lunch everyday...except Monday, when I'd cry because they're closed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED Acqua Al 2!
    alo22
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    My friends and I had a wonderful dining experience at Acqua Al 2. We sat outside and enjoyed the quiet neighborhood and amazing food that Acqua Al 2 has to offer. The homemade pastas were especially delicious, and we also tried the famous blueberry steak, which definitely lived up to its positive reviews. Acqua Al 2 is the best Italian restaurant that I have been to in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous gnocchi!
    outandabout
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I always feel that gnocchi are the test for any Italian restaurant. Mine (with a gorgonzola sauce) were absolutely divine. I like the feel of Acqua Al 2, which is a restaurant in the true Italian spirit: laid back in every way except for the food. Everything we had was delicious, right down to the expresso afterwards. We went for a weekday lunch, and the place was just what we needed: good conversation (not too crowded and loud), relaxing atmosphere, and superb food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The noise level actually varies throughout the restaurant. The front (and two booths in the middle) is quite and almost intimate. The back is much noisier. The food is solid Italian. Far from the best I've ever had but still very tasty, and I would go again. Also, they have many vegetarian menu options (expected) and half a dozen vegan menu options, which was a pleasant surprise.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian food in DC
    ab87VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Simply the best Italian food in all of DC. Don't waste your time going other places. This is it. It doesn't get any better. The pastas are top notch and so is the fileto (medium rare, please). The pana cotta is simply out of this world. Do not go there and leave without having the pana cotta. I nice glass of frangelico will suit it well.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We saw the sister store in Florance. You can't get any closer to Tuscan food in DC.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy eaters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our server (Pierre?) was fantastic! Helped pick the right wine and sold us on the dishes! The food from the salad tasting to cheese to entree was all very delicious. Can't wait to come here again and try more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pete
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We tried the sampler of pastas. The sauces were ok, but the pasta in every dish was a bit rubbery. Expected the noodles to be made fresh in house. Disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Aqua
    SkipVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    A regular stop for us. Know the staff very well. Consistently great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dont miss this gem
    knowsgoodfood
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    an absolute great experience. just like the original Florentine establishment. Don't miss the pasta sampler, ... the steak sampler was also extraordinary
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hits the mark again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We love to come here for special occasions. Service is always great, food is outstanding (try the balsamic filet) and the atmosphere is vibrant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italy on Capitol Hill
    Linnda
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Delicious and authentic Italian cuisine and a lovely spot for a good coversation. Great spot next to the Eastern Market which is 1 mile southeast of the U.S. Capitol.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was superb -we ordered pasta, steak and fish. Sharif was very attentive and patient. We all had a great time as usual.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian perfection w/ a casual vibe
    TwofoodiesfromVA
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    It's a young, casual, upscale Italian restaurant. The salad course came right away and were satisfactory. The fennel & radicchio salad was a little too bitter and flavors not well balanced. Pasta courses are generous and excellent. The grilled chicken on a bed of arugula brined for two days was something special and alone worth the trip. Service was prompt and no-nonsense. The Eastern Market neighborhood is quaint and vibrant and we walked to get gelato after. You can pretend you're in Florence for the evening!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as Florence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    My friend and I went to this acqua al 2 because we had been to the one in Florence. This one was amazing as well! The food was incredible as always and we sat outside which was so nice.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian Food I've Ever Had
    icarmagicVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Honestly we were stuck driving back to Baltimore from Virginia and stopped for food. Sat at the bar and some of the old school Italian guys were literally blown away with this place. Amazing food. The End.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    JP422p
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    I was taken here for my birthday as a surprise and Acqua Al 2 did not disappoint. We were able to sit outside on the patio and the atmosphere was great. All the staff were extremely polite and helpful. The food was amazing, we tried the Filet with a blueberry reduction which was delicious. The pasta dish we shared was also a great choice. I would definitely recommend this to a friend and I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sketchy service but meal was good
    FoodChickVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Waited 3 minutes for workers to find hostess, never found. Seated by waiter. My guest arrived minutes later, was told I hadn't arrive. Decor is lovely Old World & rustic. Cocktails were delicious but high-priced. Go for the salads, they're big and full of flavor: Insalata Finocchio (fennel, pine nuts, radicchio); The Rucola e Pere salad was excellent (Arugula, pear). Fussilli Lunghi al Mascarpone e Funghi was the fave out of both main dishes; very mushroom-y, with a very light cream sauce. Cannelloni Mascarpone e Funghi--mushrooms are lost in this very saucy dish, which is disappointing if you want to taste mushrooms but the dish is still very tasty. Our waitress was just ok and scarce. Server was very good--gracious, mannerly, observant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of the best
    CSJ5VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great pasta, great steak and amazing desserts! The first time you go try the chef's tasting pastas and steaks. As well as the tasting dessert which comes with 4 different types of dessert.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food...but
    Edward
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Very good food. OK service. We repeatedly asked the staff to turn down the much too loud and very annoying music. The ey responded positively and politely and turned down for short periods. But within 10 minutes, the muic level was back up. We asked again. Same result. It literally became a joke.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best pasta ever
    CaitlinP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Amazing food at Acqua al 2. I had the finoccio salad (shaved fenel) the rigatoni melazane, and the artichoke chicken. All delicious. The pasta there is hands down, the best I've had in DC. They make their noodles fresh, daily. I've also had the filet here before. It's wonderful. My only complaint is that the restaurant can be VERY loud.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best pasta in dc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Their pasta is incredible. The dishes are creative and I'm pretty sure most of their pastas are handmade. I went here for lunch before eastern market and sat outside to enjoy watching the people and vendors. I would highly recommend doing this.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Dinner!
    DCdiner
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I took a friend for a nice Birthday dinner after hearing lots of great things about this place. The food was incredible, and the timing of the service was perfect. After a couple appetizers, we ordered the pasta sampler which was amazing, but warning: it fills you up! They brought out 5 different samples of their pasta dishes which was a great way to try things that you wouldn't normally order, and each dish looked small, but by the time we were done, I could barely touch my Entree because I was so full! I had a fish special which was delicious, perfectly cooked with crispy skin. Overall, great!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved Acqua al 2 in Firenze,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I loved Acqua al 2 in Firenze, and I love it in D.C. Gnocchi and porterhouse steak for 2. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad place, bad attitude, bad price
    Pepe
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I made my reservation on Open Table and I wrote a note that I need a table outside, unfortunately when I arrived they told me that didn't ask for outside. And the only answer was I had to wait 30 min, so I wait but the food was very bad I asked for a fritata and I received a very grease omelette for a 12 dollar the waiting time for that omelette was 30 min so I won't go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Itialian food!
    WeTuttle
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Best pastas we have had since visiting Italy last year! We will be sure to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food, good staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Good food and good staff but the bathroom sink and soap dispenser were out of order.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic spot for a romantic night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The cuisine and wine list at Aqua Al were fantastic! My date and I really enjoyed the ambience too. The fact that the original Aqua Al is in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence made it an even more special place as we both love Italy. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.