Tosca Ristorante
Tosca Ristorante

Tosca Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.toscadc.com/
  • Phone: 2023671990x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm
    Closed Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Massimo Fabbri
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private and semi-private spaces available. Please call for details
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Fotter - lisa.fotter@toscadc.com 2023671990x
  • Special Events: Private and semi-private facilities for groups up to 30 guests. Tosca has a small private dining room for up to 15 guests. we also have a semi-private space for up to 24 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 11th and 12th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet for dinner only.
A word from Tosca Ristorante
Ristorante Tosca offers the finest in contemporary northern Italian cuisine by executive Chef Massimo Fabbri. He interprets Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, using a creative approach that respects the great traditions of Tuscan gastronomy. Tosca combines modern style and elegance to create an intimate and comfortable setting.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Tosca Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (98)special occasion (96)notable wine list (68)romantic (51)great for lunch (30)neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (26)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Food and service was top notch. Expensive but you don't leave feeling that you overpaid.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and delicious food!
    Girlsweekendsrock
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My friends and I visited Tosca this past weekend - we were in Washington for a girl's weekend and really enjoyed our late dinner at Tosca. The food was absolutely delicious and the variety was great. We were very pleased with the service and would recommend Tosca to others - especially for a special night out, like an anniversary or special birthday. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tosca
    7Foodie7VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Tosca understands the art of pleasing the patron. They were very accommodating and honored our reservation on a Saturday night even though we were 30 minutes late due to a road closure near the restaurant. They did not hurry us at all and provided an ambience that induced to linger and enjoy the whole experience. The food was fresh, perfectly cooked in line with our special requests and arrived promptly. It was my wife's birthday and they brought out a nice Tiramisu with a candle. The owner greeted us upon arrival and bid us adieu as we departed. We were both very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is what Italian food is supposed to taste like. The server is dressed in suits and serve your meals. While it's a very nice restaurant, the restaurant had a high chair and was very accommodating for my 2-year old daughter - the server mentioned that they can make anything for her that's not on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    DCOctober
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The dining room is bit bright, but the service and food are very, very good. I had the sea bass and my date had the lobster ravioli and both were wonderful. Well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for the pre-theater crowd
    ShawneeKSReviewer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, attentive servers, delicious food...and all for a great price. We did the prix fixe menu since we had to make it to the 7:30 performance of the Capitol Steps, which was just a few blocks away. The courses came out a little slow, but I don't think we ever told our server we had a performance to get to. Otherwise, I wouldn't have even mentioned it. Would love to go back when we aren't under time pressures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost its luster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Used to love it. Afraid that my last meal was just not that good. Pasta was overcooked and the mozzarella tasted store bought. Will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy birthday
    Bear
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Well chosen for a celebration. Very professional staff, marvelous food. We had a pre theater menu and still came away a bit too full, pasta is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, venue and service
    Connoisseur
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Fantastic service only rivaled by the food. Spectacular wine list with an overall great vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pastalicious
    bdaycelebration
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Really great pasta. Great attentive service. Only complaint was that some other guests were rather loud. Definitely would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    EKZooVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and myself both had a three course dinner special. I started with carpaccio followed by veal ravioli and then Bamba al Cioccoato. Everything was delicious and well presented. Service was great. Highly recommended and we will return. The dining room is sleek using neutral colors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slightly Disappointed
    Zippo
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have been a fan since Tosca opened. This was my first disappointing meal. The room was packed as was the bar. Nose level including a birthday party in the far corner made the entire restaurant noisier than I had ever recalled. While my grilled fish portion was cooke perfectly,the presentation was more than modest. Prices were steep. I hadn't paid $15 and change, $20 including tip for one martini ever!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent and expensive
    Njoydine
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Not the typical Italian fare but nonetheless excellent choices that expand your eating experience. Great wine list and attentive and appreciative service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent DC Choice
    Onthetown
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My friend and I enjoyed the $38 prix fixe meal. All 3 courses were incredibly delicious with ample portions accompanied by a lovely wine selection. Close in downtown and easily accessible by subway or bus this is a definite "10"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Dinning Experience
    Dinestein
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I saw this on line and decided to take a chance. It was a great experience and the service was outstanding . The server we had went beyond the call of duty. I am know good dinning and this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night Out, But...
    RonFromGlenMills
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was good, a nice selection with ample portions. Nice wine list, which is worthy of boasting about. The only thing that would keep me from going back was that our waiter kept trying to change my decision for me and was a bit aggressive with whatever he was told to push that night. Moreover, he was a bit over-fond of my wife, being (in our opinion) over-the-top with his sketchy flirtations. And not just my wife, but several date-nights were present and the gentlemen may as well have not been there. Did not go well with me at all and my wife was rather uncomfortable, but it wasn't enough to ruin the evening or to notify management. Other than that, not a bad experience... we laughed about it afterwards.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fabulous!
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I enjoyed the best meal, relaxing time, nice atmosphere and a very attentive staff that made me feel like the Queen of Tosca! Paolo and his staff do a wonderful job with greeting guest, ensuring that you never have to wait for anything and make great recommendations to eliminate the stress of figuring out what to order. The wine list is excellent. I highly recommend this Neighborhood Gem to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner
    krasVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Went to Tosca for dinner while visiting DC. Lovely setting, with sufficient room between tables and not overly boisterous. Superb wine list, with numerous Italian, and other European labels, and domestic wines as well. Numerous choices for individual glasses of wine as well. Wine-steward recommended a full-bodied Tuscan red blend - superb! Dinner was very good, not wonderful. Fresh, home-made pastas were best. Appetizers & desserts okay, not great. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    VeteranFoodie
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This was our first visit to Tosca, dinner for 4 on a Monday night and the restaurant was surprisingly busy. Two cocktails, and later, four glasses of wine (Pinot Gris and Proseco) were presented quickly to start the meal. Appetizers included the lobster salad, bufala mozzarella salad, squash blossoms and a 1/2 order of seafood risotto. All were quite good, the risotto particularly so. Entrees included duck ravioli, mezzaluna, seafood risotto and veal chop. Again, all were quite good. Desserts included semifreddo, chocolate bombe, mixed gelatos and mixed sorbets. Service was attentive without being intrusive. While the bill was somewhat high, we felt the quality of food and service merit future visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Absolutely wonderful, the restaurant has been renovated and it is a serene and calming environment to enjoy the wonderful cuisine. Service is flawless and servers are knowledgeable and always have great recommendations. Wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. Menu allows either a la carte or tasting menu but allows choices from tasting menu as a la carte. The rabbit ragu and carrot pasta is a favorite and the risottos are always an excellent choice. This is one of our favorite restaurants in DC and has never let us down. Not to be missedQ
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • personalized service
    hungrygranny
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    excellent food . large diverse menu. kitchen willing to offer smaller portions of of items, or larger , if you want an appetizer for an entree. surprisingly quiet for a large downtown restaurant. They hand make all their pasta and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business Dinner
    cupe919
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We had a group of 6 (all from out of town) that went for dinner after a meeting. The service was excellent and our table was ready when we arrived. It was a very pleasant atmosphere and the noise level allowed for conversation without shouting across the table. Although it did increase as the evening went on. The menu is well thought out with plenty of variety. It's definitely not your run of the mill Italian menu. I tried the lobster ravioli which was good but I felt like the serving size was too small. Excellent wine list and a very good tiramisu. Overall a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great VIP lunch
    WineImporters
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    When we had a need to entertain a Hollywood Director at a business meeting Tosca was my first choice. We needed a quiet place to talk and not be bothered. Tosca sat us in the right back section which was perfect. The food was as usual top line. We had a bottle of unique spirits that was part of our business discussions. Tosca staff were very easy to deal with in terms of bringing in unstocked goods and serving the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome birthday
    gthokie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went here before a show at the warner theater for my birthday. The food was great and they overheard someone at the table wish me happy birthday and they brought a delicious desert for the table. Great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diners
    Mern
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    No question the food was outstanding as promised from all the reviews, but as a twosome we were seated in the back corner next to the waiters' station with one of us left staring at a blank wall. This does not make for a memorable occasion.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is there any place better?
    Wommie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Amazing! I wish I had a better word that would capture the perfection of the food, service which made for friendly and happy patrons. Even though it is pricey the value is extremely high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Lovely
    mrhattVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food, service, ambience -- among the very best in Washington DC.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A World We Used to Know
    yumyum
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    When we lived and worked in DC many years ago, we often dined at restaurants like this. Beautiful food, powerful people, lots going on. We enjoyed it immensely. Dinner was lovely; gracious service; wonderful evening. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fit for foodies
    RandomReviewer
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Superb Italian restaurant. I had the swordfish. Unlike many American restaurants, the portions were not oversized, so I even had room for the Tiramisu desert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Experience
    Food4Chad
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Reserved a table at this gem based on a friend's recommendation and the Yelp reviews. Thankfully they it lived up to the rave. One item to note is that this place is much more formal than we were expecting (jacket and tie for most) since Yelp called the dress casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • johnny
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of our favorite spots in DC. Knowledgeable, helpful service. Very good food. Quiet, elegant, understated decor. Great place for a romantic meal or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Food As Always
    NilesVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I travel quite a bit to Italy and find that most Italian restaurants in the US do not measure up in terms of the quality and authenticity of the food. Tosca is one of those rare instances where the food is exceptional and is either or par or even exceeds Italian restaurants in Italy (although, sometimes, their food is more inventive than traditional). I will admit that I have only tried the various pasta dishes at Tosca, and none of the fish and meat dishes. But, every pasta dish I have ever had has been either good or great. Some of their pasta creations (the lobster ravioli and the duck ravioli) are truly exceptional, as was the carrot pappardelle with the rabbit ragu. Looking forward to returning soon and trying their other creations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pre-Theater Menu and Quiet
    GreytgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Tosca does a very nice three course price fixed menu for the pre-theater crowd (in and ordering before 6:30). The dining room decor is a little tired (and they have a renovation planned) but it is quiet and you can hear your companions easily. The pasta is excellent in any form. I also love their risotto. The pork I had was also very good, but the pasta is really superlative. Service is always unobtrusive and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our food was exceptional. The wine was wonderful but expensive. I would recommend to anyone celebrating a special occasion since I could not afford to dine there often. The only issue is that it looks closed from the outside. Windows were completely covered but they are renovating starting today and I hope they factor the exterior's appearance into the renovations.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but pricey
    Toste
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a good dinner, good service, nice desert. Only complaint is that it should be rated as $$$$, not $$$.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SandyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Service went from to attentive to 'where's our waiter?' (Strange.) The food was good. Though not as good as I anticipated judging by the range of choices on their pre-theater dinner menu. The three of us went early for the reasonably-priced $38 three-course pre-theater dinner so it was not crowded or noisy when we got there. I had a taste of three different entrees (meat, chicken, fish). We requested three separate checks but apparently they were unable to split the $30 half bottle of wine between the two of us who shared it. That too we thought strange.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to Tosca! AMAZING
    OhSoGoodVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Probably the BEST meal we've had in the year that we've been living in Washington, DC and eating out regularly -- we moved from a foodie city and have been searching for a truly delicious meal... We found it at Tosca and we can't wait to return!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A finer twist on Italian
    KennyVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Very nice restaurant with an innovative Italian menu. I had the duck ravioli and it was awesome. My wife had the pesto dish and raved about it. Service is old style - folks are very professional and know their menu. Overall ... A bit pricey but for a business dinner or a special occasion it is a good value and you won't be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best pappardelle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    As always, Tosca shines like the North Star in a neighborhood without much to offer. The carrot pappardelle with rabbit ragu is always delicious, as were the scallops and branzino during out last visit. One of my favorite places in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flawless!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Their chef is clearly headed to higher places...Fantastic menu with many daily features. Worth every penny...Do not be fooled my posers. Fresh intelligent timeless dishes that will inspire and satisfy. Catch them at their peak.
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