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Cafe Italia - Arlington

3.6
153 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (161)
  • Good for Groups (63)
  • Kid-friendly (52)

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About

Café Italia in Arlington, Virginia specializes in serving authentic Italian cuisine. Serving the Arlington area for more than 40 years, the restaurant offers a casual, homey dining atmosphere.

Café Italia serves lunch and dinner daily with an additional brunch service offered on the weekends. Brunch at the restaurant includes lobster bisque, cheese omelet, Italian omelet, garden vegetable calzone and spaghetti carbonara. Lunch and dinner at Café Italia features an array of starters, soups, salads, pizza, pasta, main entrées and kid friendly fare. Main entrées offered at the restaurant include salmon alla griglia, shrimp scampi, linguine and clams, butternut squash ravioli, zuppa di pesce and lobster ravioli.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
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Phone number
(703) 521-2565
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Cross street: Jeferson Davis Hwy
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Neighborhood
What 153 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.6
  based on all time ratings
3.5
food
3.9
service
3.5
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FCfromArl (Washington DC)
2.0
Dined on July 15, 2016

Very disappointing, mediocre experience at best. Service was good, food just fine and ambiance nonexistent. Would not recommend or go back - too many other choices in and around Arlington.

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vipHame (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on July 6, 2016

It's an unpretentious neighborhood trattoria that's been there forever. The prices are reasonable and the food is traditional American Italian - nicely prepared and served in a low-key and friendly manner. Dinner salad and bread are included with your entree. The calamari fritti is perfectly cooked. It's a great local standby for regular dining and is also great for a group or a family dinner.

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vipMarlaC (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2016

Love the old charm of this restaurant. Have been there a few times and enjoyed it every time.

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fm110 (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on June 17, 2016

After visiting the competitor across the street one month prior, this return visit reassured me that this was our go-to Italian restaurant on 23rd St. The staff was friendly, the food was very good, and overall we enjoyed our dinner on the covered patio. We look forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0
Dined on June 10, 2016

Typical Crystal City tourist restaurant. Have seen this place busy on numerous occasions so I've been wanting to try it. The lobster bisque tastes like it was frozen, my pasta meal tasted a bit bland. Service was quick and great.

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vipWillB125 (Washington DC)
1.0
Dined on June 8, 2016

The house wines (Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio) were very nice. The chicken Marsala was awful as was the chicken piccata. Just barely edible.

Friendly service but we will not be returning.

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Dianne (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on May 25, 2016

Great go to place with a small group. Casual but good service and dependable food.

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vipAlanK (Washington DC)
3.0
Dined on May 15, 2016

Food was good, service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on May 10, 2016

Waitress Glenda tool good care of us. She made good recommendations that were very tasty - the F. B. I. and the bolognese. The home made Italian salad dressing was good too. Another successful meal at Cafe Italia!

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Jack (Richmond)
5.0
Dined on May 8, 2016

Very friendly. Yolanda the hostess made you feel like a long lost friend . There was nothing to complain about. The waiter was very attentive. Good place to go to.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
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Cross street
Jeferson Davis Hwy
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(703) 521-2565
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Entertainment
PIANO & SAX MUSIC by THE ARROW DUET

Come and enjoy an evening of great songs played every Friday/Saturday.



ACOUSTIC GUITAR ENTERTAINMENT by Ron Recinos

His songs are based on a variety of guitars and styles fusing folk, funk and reggae, with hinted...



Join us every Sunday and enjoy our delicious food, ambiance, and our live music.
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Catering
Cafe Italia has knowledgeable staff to help you to delight your guest with an exceptional customized menu for your special occasion. Whether you’re hosting a corporate brunch meeting, a business luncheon, a social gathering ~ we can help you every step of the way. Cathering Menu upon request
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Parking details
Parking Information:
* Street parking is free after 6 PM on weekdays and on Sundays
* Located within just blocks of National Airport, Crystal City Metro, and Pentagon City, and just 2 miles from Washington D.C.
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Public transit
ART-ARLINGTON TRANSIT
The ART of getting around Arlington.
ART operates within Arlington County, providing access to Metrorail and supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles. CommuterDirect.com.FAIRFAX CONNECTOR
The Fairfax Connector bus system runs seven days a week.
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Executive chef
Fermin Cevedo
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Private party facilities
Host your gathering events at Cafe Italia Ristorante. Whether
you're planning lunch, dinner or cocktail reception, we will deliver! Our restaurant section have been design to fit small and large groups.
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Private party contact
Sal Flores: (703) 521-2565
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Special events & promotions
Cafe Italia charming sections have been designed to host any private event. Book your event with us and let our experts help you taylor a special menu to fit your budget and delight your guest with exquisite food and our charming decor.