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
Tosca will be closed for renovations from 8/18/14 to 9/1/14 and will reopen on 9/2/14 with a fresh new look.

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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Tosca Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (100)fit for foodies (86)romantic (67)notable wine list (67)great for lunch (26)good for groups (21)neighborhood gem (21)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great Pre-Theater Menu and Quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    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 $$$$, not $$$.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rlknpb50
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I think Tosca is a Washington gem. The service and food are excellent, always. The waiters never miss a trick and the staff are warm and friendly. The last time we went, I asked if they would be able to serve us dover sole. They made a special effort to accommodate the request by ordering it from their supplier even tho they had not planned to have it on the menu that evening. And it was delicious! Lovely restaurant all the way around....and underrated.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food and service were above average. I had the salmon and it was done perfectly. My friends had steak and I was told it was exceptional and cooked perfectly to order. Would come again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant Downtown
    jt123VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Tosca gave us a great meal. Service was attentive and prompt. The food was inventive and excellently prepared. The restaurant was stylish without being overpowering
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, the place to celebrate
    LoveFood
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    For foodies. Food prepared well, presented well with impeccable service. Always first class dining. Will be back for next celebration
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Lovediningout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I was expecting something great from this restaurant, but it was very average and overpriced. I want to blame the dishes I picked, but when paying such hefty prices I believe everything should taste fabulous. The staff was polite, but not very engaging. Overpriced and mediocre food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    Cara
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We love this restaurant and need to start going more often. Dinner was amazing (squash blossom and salad appetisers; duck ravioli, grilled octopus and other fish for the mains). The wine list is well-curated at all price points, and the service is always personal without being too much. Husband and I each got a birthday tiramisu which gave us plenty to share with the table. my one quibble is that they charge for valet parking. yes, it;s downtown, but still, it's the only jarring note in an otherwise perfect experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exactly Right
    traceytravel
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    From the reservation to the goodbye, this restaurant was spot on. Menu was interesting and the food was excellent. Beautiful, well presented, and perfectly prepared. Ambiance was just right. I particularly appreciated the patience of the waitstaff, as we had questions. I also appreciated the no rush attitude. Plenty of time for the cocktail, the dinner and moments to savor the dinner and drinks after.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-theater menu still a good deal
    CapitolHillVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have enjoyed this "early bird" menu many times and while there have been subtle downgrades (you no longer get an amuse bouche, the pork tenderloin entree no longer has its signature mushroom crust, an entree of lamb meatballs is, well, just a couple of meatballs) it's still a good experience. What keeps us coming back is the service and ambience. Yes, you can actually have a conversation without shouting at one another across the table.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in DC
    Dennis
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    There is NO BETTER restaurant in Wash DC. All special occasions deserve Tosca. The food is always wonderful -- honestly exceeds in every way. Service is outstanding. Entire experience is WOW!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Rate Dining Experience
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Tosca Ristorante is classic. Welcoming hostesses... Elegant decor ... Tables far enough apart that you can talk ... And the food was delicious! The menu offers a nice selection of Northern Italian dishes. My swordfish over grilled peaches and plums with a pesto garnish was so flavorful. The waiter was very helpful and made a great wine suggestion. Next time we're in DC we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Hard to decide whether the service or the food wins out here... but probably the food. I had a half order to ravioli "off the menu" that was fantastic and lamb chops that could not have been prepared more perfectly. My wife had corn chowder and a mushroom risotto that was probably the best I've ever tasted. (YES... we ate off each others plates) Ranks at the top of my personal list among Grammercy Tavern in New York, Prime 112 in Miami and Boulevard in San Francisco. HIGHLY recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Ambiance was Very Good
    Mark
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food and ambiance as good. The service was very good, also. Leisurely. Nice. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VINO
    Vino
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Wonderful ambiance, exemplary service, outstanding food preparation and presentation. We will absolutely return to enjoy again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annoying waiter
    OVARATED
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    July 3rd Enjoyed the food, had an issues with the Waiter, seemed insistent upon helping select a wine, we said we are "Ok", he said I'm just trying to do my job. My friend ordered Ravioli with Lobster, was served and my friend ask for parmesan and the waiter GASP and said you're stabbing me in the heart to see that....do you know how that makes your customers feel? I noticed other staff members listening to his comments and most likely were thinking is this guy for real. Turns out this waiter is not Italian and thinks he's the food guru and makes you feel bad based on what you eat and how you eat it. My friend finished his dish before I did and waiter said "Ah your friend knows how to savor his dish", another offensive remark.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    we thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant. Food was delicious.Wewould definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tosca Restaurant
    joan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our evening at Tosca restaurant was a wonderful experience. The food was excellent as was the service. We could talk without shouting amongst our party of six! I recommend the scallops but everyone loved his/ her choice of meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably Superb
    Coreytree
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We've been dining at Tosca since it opened, and we eat there once or twice a year because it is a sure-thing for a great evening of fine dining. The pastas are always excellent. The fish is always fresh, tasty and well prepared. Meats are exquisite. Cocktails and wines are well executed and well curated. Waiters are attentive yet unobtrusive. Tosca is always a winner in our experience. One added fun thing is there are often recognizable political and media folks dining here as well, not that that really matters, but it's a bit of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply wonderful
    mollykatesmom
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My husband and I visited Tosca on a Friday evening as part of a city getaway. The food was fantastic, the wine list was incredible and the ambiance was lovely. We enjoyed it so much, we are already planning a return visit. If you haven't eaten here - try it. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening at Tosca
    MPdiner
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had a wonderful evening eating at Tosca. First our waitperson, Grace, was outstanding! My husband ordered the soft shell crab app and loved it. I ordered the arugula salad with octopus and it was delicious. I had the simply prepared red snapper which was fantastic and my husband had the fettuccine with venison ragu that he said was delish. We ended with sorbet and berries and gelato and berries which were all a perfect ending. I would highly recommend Tosca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodmeVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I've always had a good meal at Tosca, but I always leave feeling like it makes itself out to be more than it holds itself out to be. Certainly, 5 stars for ambience, with the white-jacketed servers, dim lighting, and white tablecloths. But $30 for 8 ravioli? Appetizers in the $15-25 range? $13 small mixed salads? I may come here on an expense account, but not sure if I'd come on my own dime.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SwitzerlandVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The swordfish and the lamb meatballs were outstanding! Service was excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Food & Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was some of the best I've had in the city
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best italian Food in DC
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Elegant setting and flawless service add to the appeal of this already knockout Italian. Food is expertly prepared and special requests are handled graciously and effortlessly.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dining experience
    Crusader
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Expensive but worth it. More than food ... Cuisine! Every dish for our party was perfectly prepared. Service was attentive, but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Tosca never disappoints. We try to eat there every time we come to DC. Everything about the experience was the best. Beautiful atmosphere, superb waiter, excellent meal. Thank you! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Winner
    GdelpasaVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Lovely dining experience. The server worked with us to craft a perfect meal of caprese, pasta, and fish with a perfectly matched wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Best restaurant in DC! Food was amazing and service just perfect!
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    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overly expensive for what you get
    RespondrVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Main course = very small portion and way overpriced considering the quality and quantity. The food was good, but not extraordinary in relation to other restaurants with similar overhead costs and location. Nice ambiance and the service was great. Food though was average.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!
    WineNDineVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We reserved the chef's table for an anniversary celebration and every one of the eight courses was phenomenal. Whether it was the lobster ravioli, the antelope pappardelle or the lamb chop, Chef Massimo's creativity and love of food was evident. In addition to the incredible meal, the service was top notch and the ambiance was very comforting. If you want an unforgettable Italian experience in DC, Tosca is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Elegance
    CCentral
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I was very delighted in having such an elegant dining experience prior to going to the theatre. A lot of pre-theatre meals feel rushed but not at Tosca. The menu selections were exceptional and were a gourmand's paradise. The staff were very attentive and worked well with each other in making sure that each detail was meticulously taken care of. I am eagerly anticipating another evening there. Valet parking was was an ease and very reasonably priced. You can't go wrong with choosing Tosca for an evening out and for any reason from business, special occasion, pre-theatre or romance.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Italian!
    Karamelized1
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    A superb restaurant for non-red sauce Italian cuisine, delicately prepared, excellently plated, skillfully served. Warm, friendly servers; outstanding wine list. It is our goto restaurant every time we are in D.C. The chefs, executive chef Massimo and sous chef Riccardo, are creative and skilled. The owner, Paolo, is attentive and caring. The maître, Tommaso, oversees everything to make sure it all goes smoothly for the guests. The servers, Pavel and Milton, are friendly and remember their customers. We can't speak too highly of Tosca, ordinary praise does not do it justice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb as always!
    Karamelized1
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The emphasis is on classic Italian, not Italo-American, no heavy tomatoe sauces. A wonderfully manageable menu of well prepared dishes using seasonal goodies, fresh fish and fresh veggies. Ideal for foodies like us. An outstanding selection of wines with a good range of prices to suit any pocket and pallette. The service is exceptional, the maitre (Tommaso) makes sure everything is running smoothly with no glitches. Portions are very generous, not the recent pseudo-Asian bite sized portions; desserts are super. WunderChef Massimo was unavailable at this visit since he was home with his wife and brand new baby Lorenzo, but the kitchen did him proud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate