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Rialto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.RialtoDC.com
  • Email: info@Rialtodc.com
  • Phone: (202) 337-1571
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 1:30am, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Fichter
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room for up to 60 guests with a full service private bar. Separate sound system and projection screen.
  • Private Party Contact: Cici Zouine (202) 337-1571

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Located between 29th & 30th Streets
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Rialto
Get ready to be transported to beautiful Venice Italy, as you experience the warm and inviting atmosphere, tantalizing aromas, exceptional wines, and unparalleled service, of Rialto Italian restaurant, located in the prestigious Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC.
Rialto offers a masterful blend of Old World Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Dining is uniquely open and interactive, with chefs preparing delectable dishes amidst our guests.
Rialto gets to the heart of true Italian cooking with a wide selection of authentic Italian dishes from homemade pastas, hand-tossed pizzas to a variety of antipasti, Piattini or Cichetti served in small portions to encourage our guests to share and enjoy multiple dishes. Rialto will redefine your restaurant experience and keep you coming back for more!
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were visiting DC with another family and the restaurant was recommended to us by our concierge. the restaurant is kid friendly and the service was good although a bit rushed. We sat downstairs which was a bit loud and tough to hear each other. I agree with some of the reviews, the food is average at best. My puttanesca lacked the punch of flavor, the calamari was just ok, my husband's fish was bland. Vibrant bar scene but wouldn't go back for the food."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My family and I were visiting from New Jersey. Made reservations on a Friday night. Place was about half full. We were seated upon arrival. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. The was average to bad. Pizza was the best item we had. Calamari was ok, had better at local pizzerias. My wife ordered orichetti with sausage and broccoli rabe which had no flavor at all. The burrata I ordered tasted like it was frozen. My daughter's ravioli were over cooked. The vodka drink I ordered had almost no vodka in it. In all, a nice place with bad food. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great mood and awesome food. Can't wait to go back next time I'm in the Georgetown area! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Delicious small plates and a vibrant decor make this a wonderful dining experience. Great service too!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Really excellent food. Service was lackluster, disinterested."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Mediocre food and inattentive service (not clearing empty plates; ad lib delivery of dishes; must request wine order twice) make this a place to skip."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had a great time with excellent food. Got a collection of seafood and fresh vegetable pasta, and the cocktails were excellent. A bit loud for a big group (we were 5, but I don't think I'd want to go if over 6 people) but otherwise excellent."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The bottom line is there are much better Italian restaurants in Georgetown. The service was ok. Everyone working there seemed unhappy. When ordering the caprese salad they said they were out of mozzarella. We had to say can you make it with barrata. The tomato sauce was very salty. Just would not return. Was adequate all around."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Loved our dining experience at this great new find. Food was delicious, beautifully presented by very solicitous wait staff. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great ambience. However, server wasn't knowledgable about menu. Asked for a vegetarian dish and ended up with a dish that had meat."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "They really did a nice job with the space though even half empty it's very loud inside. The staff overall wasn't as bad as I was expecting based on other reviews but the manager was pretty bad. I assume he was a manager as he was suited up. He brought is our cheese and meat plates without even explaining what was where. I've never seen that before but we watched him do the same to two other tables. The waitress was nice and prompt though. As for food - do not order the meatballs. They tasted awful and had a weird texture. Neither of us made it past the first bite. I think the steak would have been good if not over cooked. The cheese ravioli was good but a bit plain with just the butter sauce. Pricey for leaving hungry."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "If you're looking for a moderately priced place where you can eat moderately-tasty food, this is it. It gets very loud on weekend nights, and the crowd is VERY mixed. If you're looking for a classy place, or a spot for a romantic date, or a place where you can actually talk to your dining partners, this probably isn't it. The burrata small plate is excellent, but the gnocchi pomodoro tastes like spaghetti O's - really. Mushroom risotto is OK but nothing to write home about. Red sangria is good. Service was fine but not particularly insightful; our server seemed a little confused by any question we asked him (such as, what are some of the more popular items here?). Maybe if the food improves or the prices drop, we'd go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Rialto is a great new spot in Georgetown. Food is very good (however our service was a little slow so some of our food was cold; but i think the food is good if hot). The pizza is really good, and nice low key bar scene. I would go again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our second visit. The first was a nice experience. The second was a huge disappointment. The waiter ignored us while playing with his phone at the bar. The hostess asked how dinner was while watching us pour our own wine. Both the spinich and arugula salads were under dressed. The pasta special of the day was tasteless. No reason for a third visit."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We came to Rialto to celebrate my birthday. Our entrees all came out at different times, though everyone ordered together. When I asked a server where the last of the entrees was, she said it "just takes longer to cook,” as if it is up to the guests to order dishes with equal cook times. Further, we stayed until around 10:30. This was on a Saturday night, but I could tell our server was fed up with us being there, despite the fact that we ordered three courses and three bottles of wine. We weren't exceptionally loud or demanding; she was just ready to go home. I worked in restaurants for five years. I know it's difficult, but it's part of the industry. Like I said, this was my birthday celebration, and overall, service was underwhelming."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "It was a relaxing dinner- they put us in the large room in the back and it's a beautiful space. Our waiter was very helpful with selections and food came out at a nice pace. Healthy Italian wine list and awesome music playing made the night."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Rialto. After reading a recent article on the restaurant, I wanted to try this new DC locale. Upon entering the restaurant, there was no one to greet me. It was prior to 6:00 PM on a week night so expected there to be someone attending the maitre d' station. Once the individual appeared, I pretty much had my choice of seating. Our server was initially very attentive. He provided the menus and took a cocktail order. From that point on, service was not what it should have been. The server provided inconsistent service. He was serving two other tables which should not have been the issue. Our food arrived inconsistently. Once guest received her last dish after we'd finished. Management needs to revamp service!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Small-plates restos like Rialto live or die on whether you tell your dining companions, "You just HAVE to try this!" Judged from that criterion, Rialto needs to up its game or it will have a short run in DC's intensely competitive dining scene. The menu is promising, but kitchen execution is only average: uninspiring grilled asparagus, cheese-clogged pizza al funghi, and an unmemorable sea bass dish, among others. That feeling of "average" is reinforced by the cheap-kitschy decor and '70s guitar-rock soundtrack. The shame of it all is that there is real potential here: somebody smart put together the menu, and there are gems to be found among the otherwise drab offerings. Time to kick it up a notch."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Delicious food. Great service and reasonable prices on food and wine."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Kind of empty for Saturday brunch when we were there, but the eggs Benedict with fried polenta and the gnocchi were both amazing!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had wine and several small plates. They were delicious. Beets are to die for...."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The menu had a nice variety, and the preparation was above average--a foodie would like something about almost any dish"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "My last review of this restaurant was critical, an off night. Tonight it was back to its old self. The food was very good, pace of service of small dishes was good and the service was excellent. many thanks to Enzo and Antonio! Buonissimo:)"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Delicious Italian small plates for sharing, fabulous pizzas, delicious charcuterie. Only complaint was the service, which was slow and uneven."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great food, great wine and great ambiance... will definitely go back as soon as possible. Loved everything on the menu, we ordered everything on the Tapas menu. The only Italian Tapas I know of..."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have enjoyed Rialto on two other cocasions and was impressed by the quality of the food and service but not this night. The food was a bit off and the service was very slow. It appeared there was 1 waiter and 1 busboy for the whole place and it was packed. The manager stepped in to help but gave no apologies for the service, pace in which the food came out or lukewarm food. When we spoke to the manager about the experience he shrugged it off - he should have reduced our bill! We canceled our dessert order because it took so long to get. I expected much better than this. Given my previous experiences, I will try this restaurant again. The food was excellent quality and service stellar the previous 2 times I was there."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went for te first time on valentines day, loved it. Great food and service. Tirimisu is something out of heaven."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The pasta was decent but overall the food wasn't that great. Not sure I'll go back."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Terrific small plates Venetian spot right on M Street in Georgetown. Very professional and friendly service, terrific food."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Had an excellent introduction to this relative newcomer in Georgetown. Italian food, tapas style. Each plate we tried (and the 6 of us tried a lot) was delicious. We ate downstairs and had plenty of space and were able to talk. The noise level was picking up as we left and the space transitioned from diners to barhoppers, but that worked fine for us. Will be back!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "First and last time local diners. There are far better italian places in DC at this price point. Crowded seating. Isn't "small plates" totally contrary to the way italians eat? Now some details, we did the chef's tasting with wine pairing. Part of the tasting experience, is trying new things and learning about the offerings. Rialto totally didn't get this aspect at all. Items were delivered to the table with no explanation, no finesse. The wines were poured without descriptions. "Pinot Grigio? Really, what chef with any sense of style allows a Pinot Grigio to be served with charcuterie? A bowl of beets? Is that a course? The lamb chops were a total failure: soggy breadcrumbs...well done to extremely rare. Enough said."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Absolutely one of the best restaurants in DC & definitely one of our all-time favorites - love Rialto every time we come here! Cute Venetian design, intimate restaurant, & fantastic food - perfect for couples or friends who love sharing delicious dishes! Favorites include: risotto ai funghi, gnocchi al pomodoro, polenta e polpette, capesante, gamberi e pancetta, & polipo al barolo. Kind of want to keep this gem a hidden secret!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "A very nice addition to Georgetown, which has been light on nice, relaxed, but upscale eateries. Not stuffy. Meatballs were great, as was the risotto and the margherita pizza. The menu is a little meandering, with tapas and pasta and secondi and pizza. But the food is good and not badly priced. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great small dish selection - One of the best Northern Italian restrauants in the DC area."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "tried rialto for the first time to celebrate a friend's birthday. started off at the bar since it was still happy hour and enjoyed prosecco cocktails and half price pizza (it was good but a bit too salty.) most of the menu is small plates but there are larger sized pasta and main courses. the "small plates" are quite substantial in size unlike many of the other tapas style restaurants around town where you need 3-4/person which can get very pricey. service was very attentive and friendly, especially our waiter andreas. only negative was the room temperature, it fluctuated from feeling like a door was open to very warm from the 'fireplace""
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Tasty, interesting food, with most offered as either small starters or larger mains. But the staff and the kitchen need some training. The waiter is not very expert but tries. The kitchen cooks good food but it arrives at the table at odd, irregular times: Too rapidly, too slowly. Second courses began arriving before we were finished with first courses, my three smaller plates arrived salad, steak, then after a wait polenta."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The food was spectacular - we were lucky enough to come during restaurant week, and everyone at our table loved their meal. I was a bit disappointed with the service. We were on time for our 8:15 reservation and we were not sat until 8:45. However, I am going to chalk it up to restaurant week -- we will come back again because the food was so good."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Very nice place with excellent food, but service was slow and seemed they were not terribly well organized."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The waiter at the Rialto suggested we eat family style -- at first that seemed silly, but we did it. And we were glad everything we tried was really good: the openings, the pasta, the salad, the Florentine steak especially. The waiter was especially helpful. The noise level when we came in was high, but they lowered the music for us. What could be nicer."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "loved this place. great pizza and pasta rigatoni. prices reasonable. great wine list and reasonable. hope they keep the quality. great service and very friendly."
    Dined on 1/11/2014