Rialto
Rialto

Rialto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rialtodc.com/
  • Phone: 2023371571x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Mon 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Tue 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Wed 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Fri 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Sun 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Michele Lisi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, 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: Moe Idrissi 2023371571x
  • Special Events: Join us for Mondays 1/2 Priced Select Bottle of Wines
    Join us for Family day on Sundays 1/2 Priced pizzas

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 a midst 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. Rialto will redefine your restaurant experience and keep you coming back for more!
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Rialto reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (16)romantic (14)fit for foodies (13)special occasion (11)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Warm welcome and great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We were a party of four girls and have never had so much fun! Alberto basically ordered for as we were so impressed with his recommendations. The food and wine were perfect. The salads and entrees were fresh and beautifully prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as nearby competitors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A decent restaurant with some good food options, but the it was nothing special. Other Italian restaurants in the Georgetown area definitely beat Rialto in terms of food. That being said, their service did stand out. Staff was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So dissapointed
    Natalie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been to this restaurant once in April & came back because the food was really good back then but this time the whole menu was changed& not in a good way. They took off the list their most delisious foods, the manager kept looking at our table so we can leave & they can take other customers. Even though we were not sitting there for 2 hours & drinking tea , we still need to finish our food. Pizza was ok , the sea food pasta i could make better myself! I think all the stars are for tiramisu which was good! Not going bak again
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was overpriced, not memorable
    foodmonster
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My wife and I went to Rialto for dinner. Although the food was good, it was not memorable. The food seemed to be overpriced as secondi ravioli was $24 and came as a small serving. Also, $6 for a bottle of water. My pizza was a tad too plain with an overpowering serving of cheese and not many toppings. Pizza left a lot to be desired. The next night we went to a restaurant further away called Acqua Al 2. The night was more memorable and the food was amazing!! All I could say was Wow. Almost like a night and day difference in the food taste and experience between the 2 meals (RIALTO good vs ACQUA AL 2 - absolutely amazing)
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  • Service was good. Food was bland
    parisiensVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our Server was very attentive until our food arrived. After that, we could not get her attention to order more wine. The food was good, but not outstanding. My guess is that there are better restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I really want to like this place...
    saraDC77VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    4 of us went for a girls night out on Saturday. Waited 15 mins for a server and when he finally came to our table he just said "are you ready to order?". Well yes, maybe some drinks first? 20 mins later our drinks arrived and the waiter says again "are you ready to order?". OK got it, you just want our order. So as we were trying to place the food order he kept looking around the restaurant and we couldn't even tell if he was getting the order he seemed so desperate to get! The food was quite good, although the server never came back to check on us until it was time for dessert. Given our bill was over $350 I would hope for better service. I REALLY want to like this place-I'm hoping they will try to improve so we can give it another chance.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Overall
    Ecmomtg
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Excellent Food, wine and service. The only issue was that one order was incorrect but they were fairly quick bringing out the correct dish. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Review on a Sat Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great location. Sat night had alot of buzz and large groups so service suffered. Probably better for weeknight or bar dining. Wonderful Halibut, so so lamb chops.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay but bad service
    SJwhit
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was fine, bread is a little weak for an Italian restaurant but our biggest complaint was terrible service all night. When paying so much for food you expect good service but we had to wait a while for everything from drinks to appetizer to main course
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good food and improved service
    DCBillVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was very good to excellent. Stand out is the pasta with mushrooms and scallops was quite good. Missing are the half portions previously offered on the menu. That enabled a small group to try many dishes. Service was more organized that on the previous visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great New Chef
    DinersFromDCVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    New Chef has made a big difference beginning in June '14. Great appetizers, salads, awesome pastas and main courses also very good. Very nice desserts too. Dining room is a little odd but the food makes up for it. Pizza is one of the best I've had in DC, we all agreed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were a large group and they gave us a beautiful table. The food was amazing. The special seafood risoot was one of the best risottos I have ever tasted. Incredible flavor. We live in the neighborhood and we love this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Cescali
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was delicious!!! Wine wonderful! Staff superb! Very enjoyable experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    Jason
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Good food, friendly staff, great ambiance. Wine is a little bit on the expensive side but it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Best service in DC. WE had a lot of appetizers and shared a couple of entrees. Everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite G'twn spot!
    jeanbean
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Having lived in Georgetown for the past five years I've been underwhelmed by the restaurant options. I hosted a "girls night" at Rialto and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The food was delish and great service. We enjoyed the pizzas, pasta bolognese & lingunie w/ clams the most. Also it was happy hour and all drinks and apps were $6! Great deal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Happy Hour - Cool Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Well designed (hooks for purses! High back bar stools) and comfortable bar and great happy hour drinks and prices. Good mix of cocktails and food. Reserved table was ready on time but they were cool with holding it for us while we hung out at the bar a bit longer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service is questionable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our server was slow to check on us and so the bottomless mimosas only lasted 3 refills. The place was a bit empty, but the brunch menu was pretty decent.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Horrible service. The food was decent, but nothing could make up for the lack of attention.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 93 reviews are from the Rialto reviews archive.
  • Snooty host
    alwayshopeful
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Our host was snooty and rude and it ruined the tone of our lunch and the menus he handed us were dirty - I am neighbor and take clients out to lunch... on this particular day- it was an important potential client-- I won't make that mistake again. The food was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun
    Joe1
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Visiting DC with the family and had a good time there and enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • average food
    TC11
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average at best.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and hip place
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Great mood and awesome food. Can't wait to go back next time I'm in the Georgetown area!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rialto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Really excellent food. Service was lackluster, disinterested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre food and inattentive
    sseatsVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wouldn't return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    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.
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  • Great night
    Jules
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new find
    robbie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Loved our dining experience at this great new find. Food was delicious, beautifully presented by very solicitous wait staff. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great ambience. However, server wasn't knowledgable about menu. Asked for a vegetarian dish and ended up with a dish that had meat.
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  • Disappointing
    DCLocalVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rialto
    DenzelMogVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre at best
    blooms
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Indifferent at Best
    PenmanshipVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
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  • Disappointing
    birthdayparty
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
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  • Fabulous experience!
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Room for Improvement
    JaySVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    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!
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  • Lots of potential, but...
    DCSteven
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
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  • Love this place
    BitaMVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Delicious food. Great service and reasonable prices on food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond excellent!!!
    CCbaby
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My friends and I were beyond amazed with the experience we had at Rialto. We requested Sanad again and he was very courteous and accommodating, as well as the hostess! The salmon, muscato, mash potatoes, and asparagus were simply delicious!!! The ambience was soothing and classy!!! Great for a romantic evening and the space accommodates groups. Can't wait to go back!!! Thank you Sanad, you're the best waiter ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate