Cafe Italia - Arlington
Cafe Italia - Arlington

Cafe Italia - Arlington

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeitaliarestaurantva.com/
  • Phone: 7035212565
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Fermin Cevedo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Cafe Italia has knowledgeable staff to help you to delight your guest with an exceptional customized menu for your special occasion. Whether you’re hosting a corporate brunch meeting, a business luncheon, a social gathering ~ we can help you every step of the way. Cathering Menu upon request
  • Private Party Facilities: Host your gathering events at Cafe Italia Ristorante. Whether you're planning lunch, dinner or cocktail reception, we will deliver! Our restaurant section have been design to fit small and large groups.
  • Private Party Contact: Sal Flores 7035212565
  • Entertainment: PIANO & SAX MUSIC by THE ARROW DUET
    Come and enjoy an evening of great songs played every Friday/Saturday.

    ACOUSTIC GUITAR ENTERTAINMENT by Ron Recinos
    His songs are based on a variety of guitars and styles fusing folk, funk and reggae, with hinted...

    Join us every Sunday and enjoy our delicious food, ambiance, and our live music.
  • Special Events: Cafe Italia charming sections have been designed to host any private event. Book your event with us and let our experts help you taylor a special menu to fit your budget and delight your guest with exquisite food and our charming decor.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jeferson Davis Hwy
  • Public Transit: ART-ARLINGTON TRANSIT The ART of getting around Arlington. ART operates within Arlington County, providing access to Metrorail and supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles. CommuterDirect.com.FAIRFAX CONNECTOR The Fairfax Connector bus system runs seven days a week.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking Information: * Street parking is free after 6 PM on weekdays and on Sundays * Located within just blocks of National Airport, Crystal City Metro, and Pentagon City, and just 2 miles from Washington D.C.
A word from Cafe Italia - Arlington
Café Italia Ristorante was established in 1976 and is known for excellent food, charming décor, and exemplary service. With their Authentic Italian Recipes, Cafe Italia has been voted "Best Neighborhood Restaurant.” Please stop by our authentic Italian Restaurant in Crystal City Arlington, Virginia so we can welcome you with the finest in homemade Italian food.
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Cafe Italia - Arlington reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • Great food and very accomodating.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/14/2011
    Great food and very accomodating. There was only one server for our large party (which made it a little long getting checks) but the manager was ensuring our drinks stayed full, etc. I'd recommend -- good for lunch, close to Crystal City.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food and fine were excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/9/2011
    The food and fine were excellent. Our waiter was very good and never a need to ask for anything. I know now why there was a line to get in.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We probably picked a poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/9/2011
    We probably picked a poor night to go since they were far too busy. We had to wait half an hour before sitting for our reservation. Our food didn't really get the attention it needed. Most of the time this neighborhood is very quiet, so you might have better luck.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We live in Arlington and have
    KeriVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2011
    We live in Arlington and have never tried this restaurant until last week. We were looking for a friendly neighborhood Italian restaurant with good food. The restaurant isn't fancy (which I liked) but the food is really good. Right when we walked in the door the smell of the food was excellent. If you're looking for no fuss Italian food that is reasonably priced, this is your place. We definitely plan on going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We sat in the enclosed patio,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2011
    We sat in the enclosed patio, which was nice, but the music was rather loud. The service was very good and the wait staff was very personable. Contrary to other reviews, I found that the portions were quite small for the cost. I ate stuffed shells with Italian sausage. While it was flavorful, there was nothing to brag about. I know of other restaurants that provide better value for the money, with better food to boot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/18/2011
    The food at Cafe Italia was very good but the service was lacking. We ordered 3 full crafes of wine and we received 2 1/2s and 1 full. We notified our server of the mistake and requested to make things easier he could just bring us 2 more 1/2s (he still charged us for 4 1/2s instead of 2 fulls a difference in price of 16 dollars!!). We requested split checks to make paying easier but he split the food and alcohol instead of by person. I've never seen someone split a check this way. I ended up paying for the full meal and figuring out the costs later.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood spot with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Great neighborhood spot with Italian atmosphere. Above average cuisine at moderate prices. Service is very attentive, you are treated like a regular customer even if you only visit occasionally.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant was nearly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/4/2011
    The restaurant was nearly empty at 6PM on a Friday when every other restaurant on 23d Street was packed - an indicator. Our party of seven had salads, pizza, and drinks. We selected Café Italia because reservations were available (another indicator) and the menu listed family-style pizza (about 14") which is a rarity these days as many establishments only offer smaller, 9-10" pies. No reason to complain, but nothing was exceptional, although the service was good. No reason to make a return trip.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint neighborhood restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    Quaint neighborhood restaurant. Went for a quiet New Years Eve dinner. Pleasant atmosphere, good food, great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The staff was very attentive.
    AndrewE
    Dined on 12/20/2010
    The staff was very attentive. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The only exception was the lobster bisque which was scalding hot and was rather unremarkable. The wine list was average. There were seven in our party and were seated at a round table better suited for five people. All in all an average dinner. A solid dinner and value.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great location but there are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 12/17/2010
    Great location but there are many better Italian restaurants in the DC metro area. In DC try Filomena or Carmines and in MD try Mama Lucia.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was way too hot in there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/15/2010
    It was way too hot in there with the heater going full blast and the amount of people they had having their office party lunches. They had room but way too hot. The buffet was ok but not great-very generic and they were not quick to refill during the lunch crowd peak time. Tomato sauce was very "out of the can" and nothing was too original. I probably won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my favorite restaurant in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    my favorite restaurant in Arlington Va!!c'est fantastick!!!!!!see you next week with the entire Family.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Javier was our waiter and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    Javier was our waiter and boy its been a long time since a waiter knew the art of service and with a smile. The food was great came to the table hot and very large portions. Our check included appitizer, salad, main course and two drinks (alcholic)and two sodas for 56.?? Not a bad night and I thought very reasonable. Will deffinetly go back and will ask for Javier. Tell him Bruce and Bill from open table sent you in.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The only problem we had was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/5/2010
    The only problem we had was when I got there I informed the bar tender I had a reservation. She turned us over to another lady and I informed her we had a reservation. She showed us to the table. Later that night we got a call about why we did not show up for our reservation. My husband informed them I tried to tell them on several occassions we had a reservation, and if they looked at the recipts they would see one was ours.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I booked a table for six at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2010
    I booked a table for six at Cafe Italia, in the hope that I would be able to pair good food with good conversation with my visiting colleagues. I was not disappointed. This restaurant is indeed a neighborhood gem. It was quiet, the staff was attentive but not intrusive, and the food was lovely. The tomato sauce was fresh, my eggplant parmagiana was tasty and not (as is too often the case) greasy, and my colleagues reported that their food was equally enjoyable. I will visit Cafe Italia again when I am in Crystal City. It is a refreshing antidote to the line-up of predictable chain-store food along and around 23rd Street. As they say in the Michelin Guide, worth a detour!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • really a nice restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2010
    really a nice restaurant! very friendly and delicious food! I brought the entire family, sat in table up front for 8 of us and had a great timesee you real soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/14/2010
    The food was very good and a great value! We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good restaurant. Good service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/2/2010
    Good restaurant. Good service. Good food. Really it was a nice surprise.
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  • Nice, small Italian restaurant
    ArliVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2010
    Nice, small Italian restaurant in Crystal City. Noting amazing, just decent Italian food. I would go there again, but I don't think I would seek it out. Portions are reasonably sized and everything came with a small salad, which was nice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waitress was a true professiona
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/23/2010
    Our waitress was a true professional, anticipating our needs, while ensuring our enjoyment!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were in town for a reunion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2010
    We were in town for a reunion and vacation. We enjoyed Cafe Italia so much, we went twice within a week. Very personable staff, and the food was excellent. A nice touch at the end were the complimentary shots of amaretto after dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food quality and
    daddyg
    Dined on 9/7/2010
    Fantastic food quality and service to price ratio - very reasonable and accommodating. Very easily handled a diverse party of 14.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This has been a special favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2010
    This has been a special favorite of mine since we first moved here and discovered it. While it's probably not on a level with some of the real "four-star" Italian restaurants, I just love it. They have a special tortellini with sage cream sauce that is one of their specialties and has about a bazillion calories but is completely worth it! That and a glass (or two or half bottle) of red wine and I am sated and happy. The wait staff is wonderful and friendly. It's just a nice relaxed place for a homey Italian meal. I especially like eating on the enclosed outdoor porch. Warning: finding parking on the street there isn't always easy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A solid Crystal City stop.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/25/2010
    A solid Crystal City stop. Great for the business dinner or lunch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate