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Vendetta Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vendettadc.com
  • Phone: (202) 399-3201
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Lawrence Semanyk
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Vendetta hosts all sorts of events. From corporate outings to birthday parties and bar mitzvahs, both levels are available for rental.
  • Private Party Contact: events@vendettadc.com (202) 399-3201
  • Entertainment: Two 30-foot bocce ball courts are available for play on a first come, first serve basis during operating hours. The courts were constructed classically using stone, pulverized granite, and crushed oyster shell. There is no charge to play bocce however, groups wishing to reserve that court for private use are requested to email events@vendettadc.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th and H NE
  • Public Transit: Closest Metro: Union Station (Red Line) and New York Avenue (Red Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered and un-metered street parking is available every day on H Street and the surrounding neighborhood.
A word from Vendetta
Vendetta is a boutique bocce bar and tavern nestled in the heart of the H Street Corridor. The menu features classic bar snacks, a selection of pastas, sauces, sandwiches, grilled meats and vegetables, and desserts. Gluten-free and vegan options are available upon request a traditional. Both levels feature 30-foot bocce ball courts that are available for play on a first come first serve basis or reserved in advance.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Both meals (chicken and calamari) were very dry and there were small bugs flying around our table since we were seared by the open front door. Don't plan to go back unless it is just for a beer."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I wish I could say what my experience at Vendetta was, but other than standing at the host stand for 15 minutes waiting to be acknowledged I didn't have an experience. It was a serious disappointment since I was looking forward to eating here and trying a new place. It was frustrating. I even asked the bartender at one point if I should just take a table and she suggested waiting for the host. Long story short, I left annoyed. The above ratings can't really be taken into consideration since I didn't eat there."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Good atmosphere for a date night, easy for conversation and the indoor bocce court provides a nice touch"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My partner ordered chicken Marsala, but it did not taste like chicken Marsala. More like carbonara. She said there is not any wine in the sauce and the chicken is a little over dry. She's a chef herself. She knows what's good marsala is. I had Grilled eggplant involtitni. Under menu, it said "zucchini, tomatoes, porcini mushroom filling, served with chopped arugula salad." I was not expecting too SPICY tomatoes sauce in it and salad was way over dressed. Slippery greens. I sent complaints to the waitress and all i get was tons of apologies. Paid over $50 for dinner. Only good things are nice place to play bocce game & Happy hour drinks. Not planning to come to vendetta for mealtimes ever again. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Come for the bocci and beer.....leave for the food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Service was great but the crab brunch item was a bit blah. The potatoes and sandwich was put in a wire basket vs a plate. cute but really tough to eat. the sandwich itself was pretty but the flavor blend was off. maybe a little old bay would pick It up. nice experiment but not sure I would go back"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Menu has changed to fit the vibrant bocci ball/ bar scene. Homemade sausage sliders, burgers, crab cakes, prosecco on tap and a great beer selection. Great desserts--try the cannoli dip."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "In case you didn't know - Vendetta just changed their menu to be a bit less Italian restaurant and a bit more pub. The food was interesting and mostly tasty, but it seemed like they were still learning how to cook some of it. My hamburger was over cooked and the bacon was burnt to a crisp (which did make it easy to break off and not eat, but still), for instance. That said, the service was very friendly and helpful - and he gave us a taste of their nice limoncello. We would come back, but hope they improve the execution of their otherwise interesting menu."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We went when this place first opened, and it leaved a lot to be desired. This is our first trip back, and we were thoroughly impressed. They revamped the whole menu, and it fits the neighborhood/clientele much better. Gotta love the vibe with the indoor bocce and decor, too."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I liked Vendetta, but their menu is limited. They had a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails, but only three entrees. The bocce was fun, but leagues started shortly after we arrived. Not a big deal though as our food game at the same time so it worked out! It seems like leagues are on Wednesdays, so keep that in mind for when you go."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Great location awesome interior space marred by Middle of the road food and sub par distracted service by the bar tender. Bread usually comes out first, Italian food is really easy to do mediocre ( and it was ) and i shouldn't have to haul down the server on a weekend. The errant order was comped which was nice but it was a little too much given the totality of the night. A place With the presence of vendetta really has to bring it or h streets customers will chew it up and spit it out"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We had a great time at Vendetta. We were four adults and one baby, and they accommodated us very well. The food was generally very good, with highlights being the Beet Salad, Octopus and the Ravioli. The calamari was a bit bland to be honest. The house red Chianti was also very good, and we all enjoyed the ambiance, friendly staff and our food. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Took my wife for drinks and dinner. Vendetta did not let us down. Friendly wait staff. Tasty food. Cool atmosphere. Bocce ball is a plus!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We had such a great time at Vendetta. We had been before for drinks with friends, but we only ordered small plates of food to share. On this last visit, we ordered delicious entrees and enjoyed other playing bocce. They have good happy hour deals that they allow you to request at the table instead of just the bar like most places. Our service was great, we had a perfect table and I thoroughly enjoyed the prosseco on tap for $4! Yay for H street."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food was great. Service was mediocre - but it was also a Tuesday and we were not all that demanding."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Vendetta is a lot of fun to go to. They have a bunch of great daily deals too. I would also recommend the restaurant to vegetarians out there, even though my meat-eating friends loved it too! We didn't play bocce but it's so cool that it's an option! Also, I love that the prosecco is on tap!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We tried this restaurant once and were taken in by their delicious in house ravoli and attentive service. Within in the week we were back with friends. Everyone's meal was suberb, from the meat dish to the coconut sorbet. Again the service was as excellent as the meal. We are happy to have found such a good restaurant in our neighborhood."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I enjoyed playing Bocce but didn't find the food particularly strong. Service was good and wine/drinks for happy hour were good."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "I was excited to try this place out when I walked by. But the food was not impressive. Service was slow. But the atmosphere was nice."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The service was amazing, the Prosecco on draft was great, and a great happy hour special! The meatball pasta dish was excellent, but the ladyfinger, creme dessert was a little bland. However, everything else was outstanding."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Wemwent back twice in one evening - once for dinner and then for drinks after a play. They have Peroni on draft which gives them five stars in my book, and super friendly service. Had the gnocchi and red beet salad which was delicious."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Great night out with friends. Great food and bocce as well. Will have to go back for sure."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "I went with three friends. I had to return my ravioli dish - it was two giant raviolis which were so thick, they couldn't possibly ever be cooked right. I took one bite and discovered they were as heavy as lead, and tasted like cardboard. The other pasta dish at our table was so spicy, it was inedible. My other two friends shared a chicken dish that was really mediocre. We also got the fried mozzarella and fried zucchinni. The mozzarella was tasteless. I tried salting it, but the salt was stuck at the bottom of the saltshaker. Weird, and gross. They zucchinni tasted overwhelmingly of fried fish. The only thing that prevented us from sending everything back was that our waitress was really nice."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "I have had better meals at the Olive Garden and Carabba's. The table was so dark even with the candle it was difficult to see the food being served. I ordered Chicken Parmagiano and the chicken was slighly over cooked and the portion was small for the price, Not sure if this will survive as a restaurant with all the other choices."
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "Good food and service, but do not expect to be able to have a conversation in anything approaching a normal voice."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "The atmosphere is casual and fun. There were some creative, well mixed cocktails on their menu. The service was average. The food was a disappointing. Fried tomato caprese salad - the fried part was too much and ruined a classic dish. Other salads were fine. Not special. A bow-tie pasta and chicken dish was highly recommended by the waitress - it was horribly over-spiced. Think spicy Tex-Mex - not Italian. The pork chop was well seasoned and tasty - but over cooked a tad. The garnish of some house made pickled peppers were nice- but also very spicy. I would definitely go back for drinks and bocce ball. I'd give them a second chance for the food but would not be my first choice."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Happy hour til 8pm inspired us to enjoy two glasses of proseco--my second glass had a slight chemical overtone--don't know if it was the wine or the glass. Caprese salad would have been better with a home grown tomato but was good. Tagliatelle was delcious and portion generous. We could hear each other talk, which is a big plus in my book! Our server was great--prompt and helpful without hovering."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "We had SUCH a great surprise birthday for my boyfriend at Vendetta! They were SO accommodating to all our needs (and then some) and the service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "Food was uninteresting and lacked true italian flavor. "
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "Vendetta is a great addition to the H Street NE dining scene. The service is outstanding, as is the food, and the prices are surprisingly reasonable. The antipasto platter is a spicy delight, and the bread comes in a little brown paper bag, along with olive oil and a lovely garlic and herb butter. The zucchini fries are thick chunks lightly breaded and fried. The standouts are the pasta -- creamy carbonara and a hearty bucatini ragu covered with sliced brisket, short ribs and sweet Italian sausage, Both absolutely delicious. Happy hour includes $4 prosecco on tap and $5 wines, and the prices apply at the table. And there are bocce courts on both floors! Take a foodie friend and enjoy a great meal."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "Great cocktails and fun ambience. Good for a group outing."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "On Wednesdays their pasta dishes are $10. Fun atmosphere, bocce ball, great staff. The bread with spread and dip is excellent!"
    Dined on 8/7/2013
  • "This was my first time here and I was completely impressed. The food initially seemed to be your typical food but it wasn't. The chef did slight variations that you think wouldn't work but it did. The food was phenomenal. Not only was the food good but their signature cocktails were perfect, especially if you have adventurous taste buds. The decor of the place was great too. They payed attention to detail. On top of that they had indoor bocce courts for fun before or after dinner. Even you weren't hungry,I could definitely see making this a great bar to hang out and have some drinks upstairs."
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "We had a late reservation. The kitchen was closing up. We ordered an appetizer that we never received because the waitress forget to order it and by the time we reminded her the kitchen would not prepare it. No big deal. Mistakes happen. The main course was an unforgivable disaster. I ordered the gnocchi. It came to the table covered with vegetable (which were OK), but the gnocchi was a mess. It was a pile a mush at the bottom. No individual pieces of pasta. We eat out a couple of times a week. I would guess that this was the first time I sent something back in four or five years if not longer. The second time was much better. Although I live 5 blocks away, I will probably never be back."
    Dined on 8/1/2013
  • "I went to Vendetta shortly after it opened and loved most of my food and the atmospere is fun. Indoor Bocce is the way to go. However there were shortcomings the first time with sauce to pasta ratio and overcooked octopus. I went back with a friend and have learned they already have a new chef. The menu was slightly different but problems remained. All my dishes were either under or over seasoned. An appetizer that involved tomatoes was "out of stock", not sure how that happens at the beginning of dinner service on a Sat night. The Carbonara sauce was lumpy but the Walnut/Kale pesto remains fabulous over house made gnocchi. I am willing to return one more time to see if simple changes help the cooking."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "Had some friends from out of town and went to Vendetta with a group of 7--we had a blast! Fun, relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a goup outing. The service was super friendly and efficient, the food was very good (especially the appetizers and small plates), happy hour Prosecco on tap is a great idea, and then we had a great time playing bocce ball."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "I must be spoiled by the foodie scene in DC because the food was actually good. It just wasn't what I expected especially for what we paid for the meal. The best part of the meal to be honest were the house-marinated olives. My date and I ordered two of the dishes our waitress recommended to us. We liked them well enough but, again, expected something more for the price. The ambience was the best part (I'd like to go back and play bocce and I bet it is a fun bar scene at night) and the wait staff was also extremely sweet, but the inability to be wowed by the food was a little distracting from all of the good parts. Try it for yourself, though!"
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "Looks like a great place. Unfortunately, we found the hostess rude and food was not very good."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "The drinks and appetizers were the highlight of the evening, as the main courses were decidedly mediocre in taste."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "I wanted to love this spot- it has so many things going for it. Cool decor, bocce, and because it's the only Italian spot on H St. The server was attentive and knowledgeable, but the food was bland, boring, and simply bad. My date and I started with bread which was no different than clearance bread from Giant. We shared meatballs as an app and the ingredients were not mixed so every other bite had a huge chunk of flavorless meat. As for pasta, we both had about 4 bites before deciding it wasn't worth it to continue on. I had the walnut kale pesto sauce and it was bland. My date had the squid ink sauce and not only was it gross, but the presentation was a disaster. I would go back to hang at the bar and play bocce, but the food is a miss."
    Dined on 6/26/2013