Al Tiramisu

4.6
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741 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Al Tiramisu is a cozy friendly neighborhood restaurant. Chef Luigi Diotaiuti has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in Dupont Circle since 1996.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply this is the best restaurant in DC. They offer simple food perfectly done, which is extremely difficult. Most restaurants fancy themselves to be "creative" or "new," but 99 out of 100 simply provide you experimental junks. Being Japanese, I appreciate Tiramisu's approach of reduction like visiting a beautiful zen temple.

W
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best restaurants in Washington!

E
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant. It’s a gem near DuPont circle. It does get noisy so go early.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Disappointed. Wait staff was nice but somewhat robotic and lacked ability to engage customers. They were focused on running through talking points on specials. Also, I ordered the gnocchi and it was not good. The dish was drowning in a light cheesy-like sauce. It looked and tasted like a heavy Mac and Cheese. That’s not the way gnocchi should be prepared. My guest ordered ravioli for a main course and although good, very small portion. For a place that’s been around for quite some time, very disappointing. Sad. We were looking forward to a really nice meal.

MD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

As an Italian, spoiled by my grandmother's cooking growing up, I think the pasta at Al Tiramisu' is made well. I have been several times now, and would recommend it to anyone. The only thing that surprised me on my last visit is that one of the dishes was significantly smaller compared to the others. The ravioli were delicious, but 6 rather small pieces of pasta aren't exactly filling, and also probably not worth $25.

Aside from this minor issue, I like this restaurant and think they make good pasta.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!!

s
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

L
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent gnocchi, branzino, clams linguine & pasta ragu. Empty plates by all.

KU
New England
64 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good, but not spectacular. Appetizer scamorze was tasty, pasta with fungi and wild boar stew also good, just not mind-blowing. Service was average. Because the restaurant is small tables are placed quite close and we had the unfortunate experience of being seated too close to a couple whose conversation was piercing.

MS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, quiet and intimate. You will love this place.

a
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great place produces a great dining experience

R
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff.

BH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about it. It’s tucked away in a space I’ve walked by before and never noticed it. Spectacular service, delicious food.

KS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Tiramisu is THE BEST Italian in Washington, DC. I'm still dreaming about the lobster fettuccini.

H
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and flavorful Italian food. Very carefully prepared pasta and gnocchi, all homemade. Reasonable wines

D
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service.

BH
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I always love going to AL Tiramisu. The food and the service is outstanding.

RB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love the food there. Last night I had sweet potato gnocchi with pecans. It was heavenly.

DT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We are neighbors and comparative regulars at Al Tiramisu and looked forward to taking friends visiting from New York there for dinner. Al Tiramisu's two biggest draws are its food, which is consistently excellent, and the wait staff, which is personable, attentive, and usually charming. To our surprise and disappointment this time, the service was slow, inaccurate (two wrong orders for four people), and slap-dash. The bussing staff was rough and disinterested, shoving plates at us and reaching across the table repeatedly when it wasn't even necessary. We hope it was just a really off night, but it was a bad enough experience that we won't be going back to Al Tiramisu soon.

L
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is hard to find a top Italian in DC comparable to a fine New York City one. al Tiramisu accomplishes it. From the hostess with her warm welcome, to the helpful and knowledgeable waiter and staff, the environment pleased in every way If it was a little less expensive, I would come here often.

AH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Good good, but rude staff. They made us feel unwelcome , removing plates before we finished eating, and got annoyed when we didn´t want appetizer. The restaurant was very noisy.

PG
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exhausted after a transcontinental flight, I enjoyed a 6:30 dinner surrounded by attentive staff and a charming manager. What more could a person want! The food was delicious and not too salty. The white truffle was fresh and the aroma enticed me to eat every morsel.

EW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was welcoming and we loved it all. Great suggestion for wine even when we didn’t want the most expensive wine.

t
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They brought out catch of the day which is a display of large fish. These I think are meant to impress. I had the bronzino, wife had snapper. Neither were very large. Pasta I think was the best. Overall prices were a bit high for the drinks but place is very nice and the service was good. Fish was cooked well, but as noted a bit small with not a lot on the side.

IF
Birmingham
34 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Every time we visit D.C. we have made a point of dining here. Unfortunately, over the years we have experienced a declining trend with each subsequent visit. Tonight we determined that this was our last visit. The place was crowded as usual but the table spacing was very poor. We felt like we were on top of the people around us. The noise of the place was extremely loud as were the people around us. Service was fair. Hard to understand how you can have limited wait staff with the number of people dining. Food was below previous experiences. It was a nice run.., time to move on.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Too expensive

CP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very disappointed in our experience. Very loud environment. Bread was served cold with an olive/sardine spread that had such a ‘fishy’ taste nd aftertaste-not good at all. Entrees were less than average - would never return to nor recommend this restaurant to anyone.

M
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with another couple for our anniversary and it was fantastic!!!

TG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent snapper and branzino. Nice "intimate" atmosphere slightly below ground level, yet a relatively quiet corner booth/table for 4. Friendly and competent service. All in all an excellent place.

K
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of five and we all very much enjoyed the evening. The food was great and the hostess was incredibly kind. I highly recommend Al Tiramisu!!!!

AJ
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and main course food. I wouldn’t recommend the burrata as it just missed the mark on flavor.
The special lobster risotto was flavorful as was the pasta with clams, fettuccine ragu and pappardelle pasta

LS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So good! The waiter could have been a tad nicer but the food, the wine, everything else was amazing. Will definitely be going back!

GR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very accommodating and attentive service - thanks!

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect except my $25 glass of wine should have been $10. I ordered a $13 one for my second glass and it was far better than the first

PP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta. I had the pappardelle with mushroom ragout. It was delicious! Great place to go before or after a show or a celebration.

DL
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for making our celebration so memorable. From the time of our arrival to our departure, we received excellent service.
The food was authentic Italian.

BR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

A got a piece of snapper and it’s was so bad—soggy and over cooked. I told the waiter it was bad, and all he said was “oh, sorry”. Didn’t offer to bring me a new piece, another dish, nothing. Just the check at full price. I think he could have cared less. Really bad meal—avoid this place. One interesting thing—barely anyone there under 60. I think they have this old clientele, who keeps going there for some reason, and that’s how they stay afloat. Definitely not a young discriminating, crowd. If you want to blow $100, eat half the meal, and leave hungry, this is your place.

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