Al Tiramisu

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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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vipOmnivore
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Al Tiramisu is our favorite special-occasion restaurant, because the food is delicious and the service excellent. On Friday, we brought another couple to the restaurant for the first time. One person ordered a whole fish, the other two ordered pasta dishes, and I ordered the grilled octopus. Everyone was happy except me. My octopus was chewy, chewy, chewy--to the point where I had to swallow a few bites whole to avoid fishing them out of my mouth. I know that cooking octopus isn't a snap--I've never even attempted the feat--but the texture of this dish just wasn't right. Everything else about the evening was just perfect, though, and Al Tiramisu will remain our favorite restaurant. I just won't order the octopus!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Tiramisu is one of our favorite restaurants in DC - Another great dining experience for my wife’s birthday. Outstanding service and food.

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vipFrancescaE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Italian dishes, perfectly executed, fresh and just varied enough that you can always find one to match your mood.

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vipLocalMcLean
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The setting was perfect and our waiter was fantastic. Food and drinks were great. We had a wonderful time.

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vipRC44
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impromptu Sunday night dinner. Fresh and delicious ingredients. Sunday meatballs are unbeatable. Prompt and friendly service. Always have fresh seafood entrees too! Hands down favorite place for a nice meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Fettuccine was delicious, as was the tiramisu. Duck and ossobucco were also excellent. Service was very prompt.

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Karen
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in early before the opera. It was our first visit. The risotto with truffles nearly had me in tears. The wine was excellent, fish splendid, service impeccable. We want to go back when we have more time to linger.

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Emsepower
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Bus waiters were extremely rude and pushy. Kept pressuring us to finish our plates. They were very loud and uncareful when taking plates from the table.

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ElisaA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I believe the amount of side dishes provided is too low. It’s not the first time that I point on this issue

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vipLisaB
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was quaint. The service and food exquisite. Really enjoyed our experience there. Was in town visiting and would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Good food. Parking was hard to find.

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vipLaurenceCarbonetti
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful. I get a kick out of some of the reviews that have compained about rude service. This is astonishing. I have eaten here more than 1000 times in the past 12 years, and i have never witnessed anything but grace and ease within the wait staff. Of course, the food is consistently outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great fancy experience which trumps the above average food.

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vipBAM0913
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 1st time dining experience at Al Tiramisu was exquisite. It exceeded our expectations. I can't recall the young man waiter we had but he was fabulous, knew all about the menu items, was personable and witty too. We ordered variations of the Risotto specials as entrees and they were phenomenal. Hand shaved truffles on our entrées! Chocolate martini's wonderful. Appetizers to dessert all delicious. I already recommended this restaurant to many of my Northern, VA friends. Can't wait to go back! Thank you for a memorable dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
260 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, classic Italian food with excellent service and fun staff. Only minor issue is that I wish they had more mid-range wine choices - the prices jump to multiple hundreds quickly. But still a favorite overall. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The food is always awesome. I asked for a quiet table in my reservation and was seated within 7” of other diners notwithstanding other tables being open. I got a better table only after I complained.

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vipPaulO
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Put this restaurant your list.

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vipKatya
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

The food was very heavy , creamy and not what we expected. We even had to ask for bread

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RebeccaW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice prix fixe options though we went a la cart in the end. Attentive service and delicious food with some healthy options.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The busboy was extremely rude in the way the food was delivered and when the plates were picked up. He also put the bread in front of my husband instead of putting in in the middle of the table. A shame because the food was good.

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vipJamesC
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One pet peeve of mine is when there are two diners and the host only offers one menu. I had to ask for the second menu. Not good.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service & atmosphere!

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Tania
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh pasta, great portions, nice selection of food and wine. Staff was top notch from the second we walked in the door. We will definitely be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
260 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta, fish and steak. A truly wonderful meal with the usual top-notch service. Grazie!

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JonathanE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every Italian restaurant pales in comparison. We eat here maybe 4-5 times a year but the fact that they remember us, remember our wine, anticipate our orders means a lot. Beyond the service the food is by far the most outstanding representation of Italian cooking in DC. We've never had a bad meal here. It is always fantastic and anytime the truffles are in season go ahead and splurge - they are absolutely sublime.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Perfect food and frIendliest staff & manager

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vipJanine
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant for a special occasion with great food and service

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vipSally
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were pleased the hostess responded and changed our table. The bread and lobster with linguine was outstanding. Wine pour was so-so. Ambiance is like an Italian grotto and very cozy and atmospheric. Many waiters to assist. We've recommended Al Tiramisu in the past and will come again.

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vippericles
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant from start to finish.

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vipMeridian
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I eat here often. Clearly something went wrong. The quality was absolutely missing. Sent my first meal back.... I have never done that before! Anywhere. The second choice was also below par.
Sad. This place is convenient and has always been so reliable.

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vipJoseP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Washington. Excellent food and ambiance. Luigi is an artist and Najia is sunshine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful!!

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vipToddG
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in and being greeted with “buona sera” we knew we were in the right place. We sat down and were greeted by Chef Luigi. After speaking to him and wanting the full experience we handed over our palate to him and let him work his magic. Each course was incredible and we left delightfully full. I highly recommend Al Tiramisu and we will be frequenting Chef Luigi when we are in town. Thank you Chef

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vipDoug
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian Restaurant in DC. Luigi and the staff are wonderful. Great food in cozy setting that reminds me of a small ristorante in Italy. Pasta dishes and fresh grilled fish are superb.

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vipShonan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
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.

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vipArthurman
Washington DC
217 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had the gnocchi, which were excellent. I got them with the veal ragu rather than the cheese sauce. My wife had the polpette, which she said were only fair. We shared the salad of the day, and had glasses of a red wine recommended by the waiter. It was good, but not quite great. It was a pleasant meal on a quiet Sunday night.

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vipWill
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best restaurants in Washington!

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vipEat2much
New York Area
31 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.

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vipDisappointed
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.

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vipMichelaD
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.

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