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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in Waterfront


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A photo of Carmine's - Washington DC restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Penn Quarter
Booked 54 times today
Located in the heart of Washington DC, Carmine's is known for its authentic Italian food. From the delightful Italian sodas to the extensive selection of wines, the restaurant promises an immersive Italian culinary experience. The menu, offering an array of classic Italian dishes, has been praised by reviewers for its high-quality food. Customers have dubbed it the "best authentic Italian restaurant" they've ever been to. They rave about the excellent service, with special mentions of knowledgeable and friendly staff. The family-style meals have received particular acclaim for their abundant portions, perfect for sharing. From the rave reviews, Carmine's commitment to delivering a genuine Italian dining experience is clear.
A photo of Modena restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Downtown
Booked 8 times today
Modena, located in the heart of downtown DC, is a gem of Italian cuisine lauded by diners for its splendid and innovative dishes. As diners reveal, the place stands out not only for typical Italian dishes but also for its creative takes on classic recipes, making it one of the best Italian joints in the city. Gluten-free options, including homemade pasta, are available and highly praised. The reviews stress the restaurant's "consistent and creative" fare, excellent service, and lovely ambiance, making it perfect for date night or special celebrations. Notably, the meals stand out for their beautiful presentation and deliciousness, with some even calling Modena's food the best Italian cuisine they've tasted outside of Italy.
A photo of North Italia - Washington DC restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • West End
Booked 74 times today
Located in Washington DC, North Italia offers a splendid selection of authentic Italian dishes. Reviews for the restaurant consistently mention the quality and taste of the food, with one customer stating that North Italia serves the "best Italian food in DC." The restaurant's menu highlights the depth and diversity of Italian cuisine, featuring items like 'Spicy Rigatoni Vodka', 'Cacio e Pepe Pizza', and a variety of fine Italian wines. The restaurant's service and ambiance have also been praised, making it a preferred dining spot for locals and tourists alike. Another reviewer recommended it as a perfect pre-theatre place due to its proximity to Kennedy Center.
A photo of Il Piatto restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Downtown
Booked 41 times today
Il Piatto, a standout in the bustling restaurant scene of Washington D.C., has been widely appreciated by its patrons for its authenticity and quality in serving Italian cuisine. Located just two blocks from the White House, it's ideal for those seeking to revel in the delightful gastronomic experience Italy offers, amidst a relaxing ambiance. Reviewers rave about their extensive selection, ranging from arancini and Italian Benedict to ragu and limoncello custard for dessert. Patrons emphasized the courteous and professional staff, the beautifully prepared dishes, and the inviting ambiance. With top-notch food quality, affordability, and a prime location, Il Piatto has won over the hearts of many.
A photo of San Lorenzo restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Shaw
Booked 20 times today
San Lorenzo has won acclaim as one of the top spots for authentic Italian cuisine in Washington D.C. From the wild boar gnocchi to the Linguini, each dish is meticulously and authentically prepared, leading one reviewer to declare it "The best Italian food in town." Other standout dishes include the calamari and the veal chop, the latter accompanied by one of the city's best Negronis. Beyond the excellent food, reviews also consistently highlight the attentive service and warm, old-school Italian ambiance that make dining at San Lorenzo an experience to remember. As one reviewer put it, "If you want a place with authentic Italian food and the love that comes with it, look no further."
A photo of Alta Strada- DC restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Mount Vernon Square
Booked 5 times today
Alta Strada- DC is a renowned Italian restaurant boasting an excellent reputation for its authentic taste and top-notch service. Patrons consistently speak highly of their remarkable dining experiences, praising the friendly and professional staff, the generous servings, and most importantly, the superb taste of the food. It is noted that the menu, although limited, is faultless, with everything from homemade pizza to fresh pasta earning glowing reviews. Favorites include the Linguini Bolognese, Chicken Parmesan, and the Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli. Visitors have dubbed Alta Strada the "best mid-priced Italian restaurant" in DC, proving that it truly excels in delivering a genuine Italian dining experience.
A photo of Corso Italian restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Arlington
Booked 5 times today
Cheesetique - Shirlington is highly recommended for its excellent American cuisine. Many patrons have praised the quality of their food, with one customer stating that the grilled cheese with Asian pear and prosciutto was the "best grilled cheese I have ever had." Others have highlighted their creamy mac and cheese, or the unique cheese curds and brie pear prosciutto grilled cheese. As the reviews indicate, the restaurant offers a variety of dishes, all with a strong emphasis on cheese. Overall, the dining experience at Cheesetique - Shirlington is enjoyable, with many diners expressing their intentions to return and savor more of their offerings.
A photo of Officina Cafe - Downtown restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Downtown
Booked 8 times today
Officina Cafe - Downtown is renowned for its exceptional Italian cuisine, providing a delightful experience for both business lunches and romantic dinners. Patrons commend the restaurant for its outstanding service and high-quality food. Reviewers have labeled their meals as "A+" and "very good," demonstrating the authenticity and dedication to Italian culinary tradition. The venue itself is praised for its charm, adding to the overall dining experience. Despite being slightly high-end, customers find the quality of the food justifies the cost, emphasizing its value for money. The restaurant's efficiency and friendliness further complements its tasty food and pleasant ambiance.
A photo of Mele Bistro restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Arlington
Booked 9 times today
Earning its reputation as a local gem, the Mele Bistro is celebrated for its delightful Italian cuisine. Reviewers rave about the fresh pasta, fish, meats, and specially made cocktails, consistently complimenting the high-quality food and attentive service. Ardent fans frequently comment on the marvelous bread service, delectable ravioli with light tomato sauce, and seafood medley in a garlic wine sauce. Customers also applaud the accommodating special requests and the wonderful ambiance, both inside and on the patio. The Mele Bistro experience is topped off by the staff's warm hospitality, resulting in many declaring it their favorite Italian restaurant in Arlington.
A photo of i Ricchi restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Dupont Circle
i Ricchi is a gem of a restaurant, boasting of authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant is recommended by reviewers as the best Italian restaurant in DC, delivering consistently high-quality dishes paired with friendly service. From the menu, standout dishes like "Rigatoni with 12-hour Beef Ragu", "Branzino", and "Risotto with Shrimp and Asparagus" are repeatedly deemed as "out of this world". The restaurant's fried calamari, in particular, is consistently hailed in reviews as the best in the region. The excellent service from the staff, including the owner, who personally interacts with patrons, adds a touch of personal warmth to the dining experience. The restaurant is also highly recommended for special occasions due its sophisticated ambiance and exceptional food.
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