In Washington D.C., Fiola is a Michelin starred restaurant providing the community with a dining standard of elegance and luxury inspired by Italy. The wine program at Fiola is nationally recognized. Centrally located on Capitol Hill, the restaurant serves the likes of diplomats, politicians and other sophisticated diners with great ambiance and great food.
The bar and patio seating at Fiola offers guests a number of a la carte menu items to enjoy with a fine beverage. The dining room menu provides multiple courses that change daily to suit seasonal ingredients and to ensure a new experience on every visit. Happy hour specials are available every day.
I was part of a group of 8, and we were most disappointed. For such an expensive meal, one would expect the service and overall dining experience to be exceptional and exquisite.
Our waiter was dismissive and unattentive. I've eaten at restaurants a fraction of this price and received far superior service. The food was good, but not enough to make up for the blasé service.
If you can afford Fiola, then you have a plethora of other high-end D.C. restaurants from which to choose. I would go elsewhere. We would not return.
What has happened to this place? This is NOT fine dining. From the service level, to the preparation to the presentation, Fiola is a far cry from it once was. With a prix fixe at $150 plus $125 for a wine pairing, you would think that food would be served warm, plates and glasses would not sit empty and God forbid the Captain (waitress more apt) would ask you how your food is or if you would like another drink. After 30 minutes, we had to ask the manager for a piece of bread on a Monday night when the place was 3/4 empty.
Maybe its sister restaurant Fiola Mare has cannibalized the excellent production that use to be Fiola. Or Perhaps Chef Trabocchi's empire has grown to a point where quality control is suffering. There were too many misses for this to be attributed to simply a bad night.
This is the most disappointing fine dining I ever experienced in a Michelin star restaurant. We went here for our anniversary and spent around $350, including 20% tip.
We were given a limited menu so my partner asked the server for a full menu. The server said that we must be just used to American-Italian food and emphasized that this was authentic Italian. Little did he know that my partner lived in Italy for one year and we just returned from Italy three months before hand: he was condescending in the manner he imparted this information. After she revealed her background, he quickly said that he didn’t meant to be ‘pedantic’—which was his way of apologizing, but it missed the mark. He further advised us that the chef and majority of people in the kitchen were Italian. We don’t care what nationalities are represented in the kitchen so long as they prepare a dish worthy of a fine dining meal.
I'm not a food critic but I do cook at home a lot and dine out internationally (we traveled to 9 countries just this year). The food is 1 out of 5 stars (we felt suspicious that what we had was frozen and not fresh). I suspect they only cook fresh when they feel someone could be a Michelin star representative.
The first two dishes served were the Alaskan King Crab Salad and the Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio. The crab salad had mismatched flavors and the crab was chewy. The yellowfin tuna was bland. They served us 1 tiny piece of bread each with insufficient olive oil poured in our bowl. Two dips and the bread absorbed all the olive oil. Jesus broke a bigger piece of bread than what was on our place.
The beef cheek tortellini was a disaster. The tortellini tasted chewy, doughy and frozen.
The Soppressata Veiled Monk Fish had no flavor and tasted frozen. The Squab Saltimbocca was tough, chewy, dry and tasted like a rubber Michelin tire. If Gordon were to visit this place, he would immediately shut it down. The dinner was a complete nightmare. I recommend against going here.
great experience. Sommelier was great and wine tasting option made the meal even more enjoyable. We were treated very well with a glass of champagne compliment of the house because of our anniversary.
Wonderful staff and astounding food. Everything is impeccable.
Although we would have liked more options, all the choices on Fiola's restaurant week menu were good: gazpacho surrounding an island of quinoa, burrata with corn, arctic char with eggplant, steak. Desserts were also winners: a kind of deconstructed tiramisu and a dark chocolate and fruit confection. Our waiter couldn't have been more personable and helpful. If you're looking for a (very) high concept cocktail with a lot going on, drink the gin tonic fiore rosa (the aged negroni was also a big hit at the table). Restaurant week is a cheap date by Fiola's standards, but we got first-class treatment. That's why we'll be back for the regular menu.
I know Restaurant Week selections are few and the portions small, but this was bad. The portions were miniscule, the selections limited to two on the appetizer and dessert, and (altough this is not the fault of the restaurant) to make things worse their A/C was broken.
We visited during Restaurant Week and had a fabulous meal and experience. Great food and great service (and we have high standards for both). We'll be back.
Lovely setting, delicious food, wonderful service.
Wonderful experience. Very attentive staff. Excellent food.
Outstanding dinner during restaurant week. Chose gazpacho soup, beef tenderloin, and chocolate and cherry. All were delicious. Wine was excellent as well. Our server, Stanisla, was also terrific. Well done, Fiola!
Food was pretty tasty albeit tint portions, assuming due to Restaurant Week. I would go back for a regular dinner meal.
I had a great experience! The food was delicious and amazing service. They even remembered that I had visited their sister restaurant, Fiola Mare, and really treated us well.
Had a wonderful milestone birthday celebration! We were given a wonderful table even if there was a misunderstanding from party size from OpenTable, accommodated surprise visit from family during dessert, suggestions by staff were exceptional!
It is the best service I have experienced since Jean Louis in the late 80s. It was very good without a patronizing or officious air. The food was delicious and artful.
This restaurant is phenomenal. It is a foodies paradise.
My wife and I went to Fiola to celebrate her birthday, and we had an excellent time. The service was top-notch, and the food was absolutely incredible. I really cannot say enough about the dining experience overall. I would recommend Fiola to anyone. It truly is one of D.C.'s great restaurants.
The food was excellent but we waited an hour to get our appetizer and then an hour between following dishes. he service was poor and not at the level of this kind of restaurant in DC
Fiola has to be one of the best restaurants in DC and in the nation. I went with a friend and we had the four-course dinner. Unlike many other restaurants, Fiola's portions are pretty large. We really should have done the three-course dinner instead. We were both too full to eat dessert. The service was excellent too. Thumbs up.
Food is quite good. Service is a bit slow but the food makes up for that. Good location in the heart of the capital.
Food is extraordinarily good and service is the best I've experienced. Everything was marvelous.
Extraordinary food presentation and quality. A very enjoyable experience.
Absolutely incredible food and service. We'd go there again if we lived in the area, but unfortunately we were only visiting.
The staff was friendly and helpful; we really enjoyed speaking with our waiter. The sommelier came by to give us some great wine recommendations, which we took and were very happy with. The manager also came over a few times to check how our food was and we enjoyed speaking with him. Everyone was very friendly and wonderful. All this added a nice personal touch that made us feel so welcomed and at home.
The food was outstanding: perfectly cooked, beautifully presented, and perfectly portioned. We were pleasantly full and very satisfied by the time we finished our meal. Our waiter had some great recommendations on what to try and she was absolutely right about how good it all was.
We went on a Sunday evening, which had live jazz and that created such a nice atmosphere. We stayed for a few hours to enjoy the music and some wine, and never felt rushed. It was lovely.
I should also note that Fiola is located very conveniently. It's only a short, two-minute walk from a green line train station (archives/navy memorial), and also includes valet parking (though, we took the metro because it was easy for us).
If you get the chance, this restaurant is a must.
Perfect setting and great food for any occasion, just be prepared to spend $$.
Best dining experience we have had in DC. The tasting menu was creative and incorporated many different surprises in every dish. The regular menu was just as exciting. Outstanding selection of wines for pairing. This was our first time eating at Fiola and a special occasion. We were treated like we dined there every night. Our server anticipated our every need and he contributed to making this a dining experience we will never forget.
Everything was wonderful. The service was impeccable as well as friendly and solicitous. The food, superb, creative, and beautifully presented. We would definitely return and recommend it highly to all who will listen!
Wonderful food, terrific service . Overall what we have come to expect and enjoy very much from Fabio.
Food was great and tastes were wonderful but, well simply stated, for $400 for 2 (drinks included) and a phenomenal reputation preceding we felt that something was just off. Wish we could place our finger on exactly was off or what 'coulda - shoulda' been there to warrant a more memorable special 40th anniversary dinner...just felt like the kitchen and staff were sleepwalking and going through the motion(s). Pity.
This is an elegant restaurant. We went to celebrate a birthday and the whole experience was exceptional - the service, the food, the atmosphere.
Food was outstanding and presentation was amazing. Very pricey, but worth it. Great cocktails as well (I had an amazing Manhattan)
We ordered wine by the glass. Although we never requested a wine menu the cost per glass was over $40. In hindsight we will request the wine menu prior to purchase. Also we ordered the 2 and 3 course menus but were charged incorrectly for two course items. We did not review the bill until the next day when we also discovered we had also left our credit card at the restaurant. The manager had locked the card in the safe. When we went to retrieve our card the manager corrected the additional charge and reduced the bill substantially. We will return. The food of course was outstanding.
I had the Maria Menu for lunch which was 3 courses and an extraordinary value. The chef offered an amuse bouche of seasonal baby vegetable crudites with a tonnato sauce that was refreshing bonus to a perfect meal. The service was proud and attentive but discreet. I would definitely return.
Overly chatty waiter. Food was very good but not to-die for.
Nothing I would not recommend. Foie gras was divine
Wow! Great meal and our waiter Mo was the best! Excellent food and ambiance. Highly recommended.
Top-notch cuisine with nice ambiance to match but pricey, of course. Had the 4 course prix fixe option and was more than satisfied with the amount of food plus the chef added in an extra surprise courses at the beginning which was a very nice touch. Nice wine list, too, but even cheapest half bottle of red is over $50.
Fiola's top-notch cuisine and service made for a memorable and delicious anniversary dinner.
The food is a little too extreme. Flavors tend to blend together. Fantastic service though!
Outstanding in every way. Food is sublime, service polished, atmosphere elegant but not over the top. One of DC's best.
Fiola is a very special restaurant. It is very upscale. The food is presented beautifully and is absolutely delicious. Don't forget to save room for the amazing desserts!
The servers were always there when you needed them. All were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
I was delighted that I chose Fiola for my birthday!