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Bar Sugo

4.3
219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

Indulge in delicious pizza, pasta and cicchetti at Bar Sugo. This trattoria serves creative Italian cuisine and drinks in chic surrounds with comfortable indoor and patio dining options. Redefining the meaning of simple cuisine, Chef Pasquale Pascarella offers inventive tapas-style spins on Italian street food. To ensure the truest flavor, each dish at Bar Sugo is prepared using fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. Treat yourself to some pappardelle, made with wild mushrooms, pork ragu, kohlrabi cream and hazelnuts. Pair it with wine or a cocktail for a delicious finish.

In addition to its daily menu, Bar Sugo offers a variety of dining specials. Happy hour runs through the week while Sunday ushers in its popular brunch menu. This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Sunday.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: 4pm-10pm Fridays and Saturdays: 4pm-11pm Sundays: Brunch: 11am-3pm Dinner: 3pm-9pm
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Phone number
(203) 956-7134
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pasquale Pascarella
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main st
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Parking details
Parking in the back.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

The food, the service, the drinks, everything was amazing! Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2016

Creative and innovative take on homestyle Italian food. Excellent!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

We go often and have never had a bad experience!
I recommend to everyone we know! A must on your list.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2016

When you're there trust the recommendations of the staff... Brussels Sprouts were out of this world!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2016

Second time in 1 week at Bar Sugo. I celebrated my birthday here last Tuesday. Everything about this restaurant is excellent. Our waitress knew about all the food, all the wines and all the drinks - a rarity nowadays in the restaurant business. The saluminaria platter - excellent choices, delicious. The crisp fried calamari - fresh, not those little frozen circles you get at other places. Octopus and chorizo - the chorizo was better than I have had even in Spain. Pizza? Amazing quality - twice now. This place is brilliant. So glad we heard about it. I am in the wine business and when wine-makers tell me that when they are in the area, this is where they go, you know it's good. Congratulations,

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2016

The food was absolutely delicious. Fresh pasta and some of the best meatballs ever. The seasoning was just enough to bring out the rich flavor of the dish without being overwhelming.

Service was prompt, friendly and attentive.

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2016

My husband had previous been to Bar Sugo, 3 times for dinner and once for brunch - it has quickly become a favorite spot! The food is just outstanding. However, this time the service was incredibly disappointing, and to make matters worse it was my birthday dinner (which we had noted while making the reservation).
It was some of the worst service I have ever received at a restaurant. We were completely neglected and forgotten about - while I feel our server knew this, he refused to acknowledge it or apologize. I won't drag on about the details because I am really hoping this was a fluke, as all our other previous visits have been wonderful.
We still love Bar Sugo and will continue returning as long as this whole bad service thing doesn't become a habit.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

Try the cauliflower and the meatball tasting plate. But everything is tasty, and good beer and wine list.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Good food. Cozy ambiance. Friendly waitstaff. The only drawback is we showed up on time for our 8:30 reservation however we ended up waiting 30 minutes. They apologized profusely.

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2.0Dined on February 5, 2016

I've been here a few times, but this most recent time was my last. The food is overpriced and the quality is not consistent across all the dishes. Some are good, some bad, some misrepresented (chicken liver mousse was more like a hard paté). They have a table in the back within view of the toilets and the friend who was with me said they often seat her back there (and that's where they seated us last weekend). Not exactly a nice touch. They're popular enough that they'll continue to do fine without my patronage.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2016

We really enjoyed the brunch cocktails and entrees, and would certainly like to try their dinner as well.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2016

I love this place this is the 2nd time I have been and can't wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2016

Great small spot for friends and family. Nice and cozy.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2016

We could not have been happier with both the food and service at Bar Sugo. Everything, from the homemade pasta (you have to try the cavatelli), the pizza, different meatballs and brussel sprouts, was amazing. Our first visit was as a family of four with a 5 and 9 year old and they are already asking to go back. While it was certainly child friendly there is not a children's menu. They happily made by 5 year old plain pasta with butter. It would make a wonderful date night restaurant as well.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2016

Magnificent service and the food was even better. From the octopus and short rib appetizers to the fungi pizza and the veal meatballs, everything was amazing. Finally, the wine and beer was well chosen and curated. Don't let the location deter you and go be impressed.

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3.0Dined on January 16, 2016

small plates were very small and over priced. BUT food was really good. Service was very good. The place is small so you'll need reservations.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2016

Everything we've ever ordered here is special. The homemade pastas are a hit. The burrata is a must, and the pizzas are great. Really fun spot, and an anchor for a revitalizing neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2016

Bar Sugo was fantastic! I loved the food, atmosphere and the variety! I am going back with my girlfriend on Thursday! I highly recommend eating here and bringing a date. The food is the best food I have had in a long long time! It is the farm to table freshness.

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2016

We've been to Bar Sugo a number of times and it never disappoints. Love the starters like the brussel sprouts and the meatball sampler! That sampler is awesome!! The pastas and the pizzas are always good, fresh and just really tasty. The wine list is varied and there's definitely something for everyone on there---inexpensive to moderately expensive. Bar Sugo is a great local spot that is really reliable and relaxed and the kind of place to go when you want to know that you're going to have a solid meal and be able to relax and enjoy it.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2016

Love just about everything but a few particular favorites are the crispy veal meatballs, grilled octopus, pasta with short ribs and the brussel sprouts ( this is the only place my husband will eat them, not even at home)

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

Perfect place for casual dinner or pre/post movie meal. Staff could not have been nicer. Food was original and sophisticated and very good (small plates/pizza). Upbeat atmosphere, neighborhood feel. Will return.

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2016

Food is inventive and delicious, service is friendly and knowledgeable. I just wish they were able to serve everyone at the same time. Sometimes we share and they drop the plates as they are ready, which is fine. This time we ordered individually and one person got their app about 10 minutes before the next person and by the time everyone was served the first person was done. Entrees were a little better, but still staggered. Makes for an awkward night out with friends!

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2016

This was a great recommendation and close to an off the beaten track theater but makes for a great date night or night with friends. Food was amazing, and the staff so friendly, helpful and efficient. can't wait to go back....and you HAVE to try the meatballs!

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2016

The food is fresh, handmade and unique. There's no restaurant comparable to Bar Sugo Meatballs and Pastas.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2015

Made a reservation at the recommendation of friends and the food and service at Bar Sugo did not disappoint. Vegetarian bolognese pasta was great, the meatball sampler was enjoyed by all as was the octopus and also the Brussel sprout pizza. Servers were very helpful with food and beer selection. Our reservation was honored on time. All in all a great experience and we will be back.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2015

I love this restaurant. The food is always fresh and well prepared. The menu always presents a challenge to decide among the many exciting choices. In my many visits, I have yet to have a disappointing experience!

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2015

The food was excellent. The brussels sprouts were to die for! A great place for people like me that want to try several items on the menu and can't decide. Go with a group and try them all!
I plan to come back again and again.

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3.0Dined on December 5, 2015

We are from Milan and know authentic Italian cuisine. The menu was more Italian-inspired pizza, pasta, and such, but the execution was strange - many ingredients that Italians would never use and the combination was not always an improvement. For example why would you put nut slivers in pasta shells? The texture was not pleasing. It made it feel like the pasta was under done/crunchy.

Some of the ideas were interesting, but the end result was not as flavorful as the sheer volume of ingredients would suggest.

Even simple things were hit or miss. The prosciutto was excellent, but the home cured olives were mushy.

The place is really loud and tightly packed. Service was okay, considering the environment in which they must work.

Parking availability is poor.

They are trying too hard and need to go back to the drawing board - non-traditional can be good, but all the dishes we tried disappointed in flavor or texture- we may try again in a year.

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2015

We had a great meal here last weekend. The food was excellent and the service was great too. We will definitely be returning!

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2015

We had a very nice meal in terms of quality. The only issue I had with the service was that it seemed to come out at different times. I thought the pasta and pizza (11 inch for about $18-$20) portions were small relative to cost or alternatively expensive versus portion size.

Overall, we liked the food but were a little surprised at the overall cost (almost $32 per person and we had 3 kids) for this type of restaurant.

We will go again but need to manage our ordering to our budget

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

Good music selection, but volume was a little loud - sometimes difficult to hear my spouse across the table. Food was delicious and presented beautifully. Cocktails were equally delicious, and the all-Italy wine list had a wide diversity of offerings at multiple price levels. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and incredibly efficient. Hope to go back the next time we are in the area to try other menu items.

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Food was delicious and the small plates were perfect, satisfied but not stuffed. Wine and drink complimented the food perfectly. Only downfall was odd location with not much else around. Cant have meal and then go for a drink without having to drive afterwards. Definitely worth the trip though, staff and servers were kind and helpful. Will go again with some friends when the time comes, not an every month stop for dinner.

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3.0Dined on November 13, 2015

The server was not as skilled and a portion of the most expensive pasta on the menu was appetizer size.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2015

Food here is top notch - you cannot go wrong - menu is so inventinve, check it out online. We got meatballs, different types of pasta, roast cauliflower, roast brussel sprouts, pizza, it was all sooo tasty. Drinks are great too. Love it.

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Food was ok. Service was fast, but somewhat sloppy. Prices were different from those listed on website. Did not meet expectations based on prior reviews.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2015

Having been here last week and having a reservation for next week, it is clear that I am very impressed by the food here. It is so great to find creative, high quality fare with a very pleasant group of servers.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

The food is creative and superbly prepared, the waitress knowledgable about the food and beers and this is a true asset to the area.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2015

This was my first time at this restaurant and it didn't disappoint. The food/tapas are perfect for sharing and there are a good amount to choose from. We also shared a pasta dish which was just enough. There are delicious seasonal cocktails or an extensive wine list. As for the atmosphere, it's cozy (modern rustic) with high top tables perfect for pairs or groups. Highly recommended. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2015

Saturday night dinner at the community table in the front of the restaurant, great seating close to bar and helpful bartender. While the number of entrees is limited, there are plenty of excellent choices otherwise, making it easy to share plates. We divided among our 4 the truffle fries, chicken liver toast, brussel sprouts, cavatelli and meatball tasting, along with a prosciutto pizza. Each dish was better than the last as they came out, and we were full at the end. The server, Holden, was excellent and knowledgeable about the food choices and drinks. We look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2015

Bar Sugo keeps getting better and better. Always something new and interesting on the menu/specials. Service is also a plus. Ask for one of Andrew's tables.

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