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La Bettola Italiano

3.9
3.9
85 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
LaBettola is an authentic Italian Cuisine, specializing in combining modern Italian cooking with traditional meticulous methodology. Every ingredient is prepared with your satisfaction in mind. We do not pride in or seek to pull in large number of people, our mission is to put a simple smile on the faces of those who honor us with their business. Instead of sales goals, our restaurant sets satisfaction goals, and every single one of our employees is invested in that achievement: The achievement of satisfaction. The happier the people who pass through our doors, the more fulfilled we feel. So in your decision to dine with us at our restaurant, please remember that more than anything else you could say to us, we will anxiously await a satisfied "we will be back" phrase. In return, we will go back to work, and ensure that your next visit is just as fulfilling as the last.

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2 people

11:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am

  • Phone number

    (703) 271-0032

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Private party facilities

    Did you know we have a beautiful second floor private area? Our lovely event space can seat up to 40 of your guests in a relaxed and intimate environment. Come and join us for a delicious authentic meal with your loved ones in celebration!

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (844) 994-1367

What 85 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. f

    faainva

    Atlanta

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty good, large portions, friendly service. Our “goto “ for Italian in this area.
  2. s

    stewahol

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a nice little restaurant. The ambiance was relaxed and quiet. The food was excellent and my family enjoyed our visit.
  3. GS

    GfromSC

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Charming little place right off the main strip in Crystal City. The lobster ravioli was some of the best I've ever had and I appreciated the generous bisque like sauce. Also the delicious rosemary bread was fresh and hot from the oven and the Chianti was just like I remember from Italy.
  4. K

    Kelaura

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The worst service I’ve had in a restaurant in decades. Extremely slow. Multiple tables took 2-3 hours to be served so it wasn’t just us. Clear mismanagement of the kitchen. Food is below average at best. Salty and flavorless. It came out cold. Servers started using plastic cutlery because they “ran out of clean stuff.” Manager was dazed, confused, and rude. 45 minutes to get a salad 1:30 minutes to get a pizza and some cold ziti. The bread was good but it took 45 minutes and we had to ask for it 3 times. Waiter added an automatic 22% tip to the bill without our permission for a table of 3. Give me a break. Save your money. This is a one star disaster.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience and amazing food!!
  6. K

    Kelaura

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst customer service ever. Poor management. It took three hours to serve a couple salads a pizza and some ice cold ziti. I submitted a review last night snd they told OpenTable our family didn’t attend. But I have the receipt to prove it. Don’t go here. It is horrible all the way around. There were numerous tables with the same experience. To top it all off they added a 22% tip without our permission. It was a table of 3 and less than $100. They knew the servi ce was bad. And they took their top anyway. Ridiculous.
  7. NR

    NinoR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service, good prices, super fresh breads
  8. f

    faainva

    Atlanta

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was super, nice portions. Will dine there again.
  9. BL

    BobL

    Atlanta

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Not the fanciest place around but the food was good and the waiter attentive.
  10. KM

    KMoH

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a memorable experience. My date and I enjoyed the restaurant’s ambiance. The food was great and the wine was plentiful.
  11. AR

    ArlingtonResident

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Very poor service - it took our waiter exceedingly long to bring us water, drinks, etc.
  12. j

    jcanddc

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Food was terrible and service was also terrible. Would not recommend.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband & I were staying in VA for Spring Break with my son & his friends - we were visiting the VA/ DC area all week! La Bettola restaurant was fabulous! Everything we ordered was delicious! Wait staff was very attentive & quality of food was extremely good! We ate out lunch & dinner everyday- the 4 boys kept saying La Bettola was one of their favorite!
  14. DM

    DatewithMomma

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and experience. Portions were large. Waitstaff and management were very personable, kind and accommodating. Good came out quickly and hot. We will go back when we are in DC
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, nice quiet area, attentive staff
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a GREAT meal and experience. Highly recommend. The food is absolutely delicious !
  17. RF

    RFCA

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food. All hot flavorful and satisfying. I will go back. It is small and a little further up 23rd but worth the transit. Bread they serve outstanding. Waiter attentive to exactly right degree
  18. GL

    GreyLight

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    The server speaks so quietly it is hard to hear her (even though the restaurant is quiet), she seems very unsure of things. Maybe it’s a language barrier but overall it’s great. The food is great and the bread is amazing! I have been twice and the enjoyed the food with the exception of the fried entree a friend received, that looked like it came from a frozen box. My entrees were great though.
  19. ML

    MattL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious, with wonderful, personal service.
  20. JS

    JamesS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Great food and service.
  21. HS

    HarrietS

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is made from scratch and delicious. The service was polite, friendly and never had to ask for anything. The temperature outside was cold but inside was warm. Having our own room sealed the deal. Walking distance from Marriott Crystal City. We will be back!
  22. SD

    SunnyDay

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Group of 13 in our party. Great food and very friendly staff.
  23. CF

    CFroe

    Washington DC

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We had a family dinner that included two children. The menu had many options for them. Our server was attentive, helpful and charming. All entrees were generous in size and prepared deliciously. I liked that they included steamed broccoli. The freshly baked bread was a beautiful addition to our meal. The evening was perfect.
  24. L

    Lynnielaw

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very quiet at 1200 pm. Very enjoyable. !
  25. KD

    KaijaD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    They were very accommodating to our group of 14 that needed a reservation on a Sunday evening. The entrees took more than an hour to come out, which was tough for our schedule. But the food was delicious and the host was wonderful.
  26. H

    Hoyajon

    New England

    20 reviews

    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Do not even try to go here. We made our reservation about one month before in order to get a good pasta dinner the night before running the Marine Corps Marathon. When we arrived, no table was ready. Our party of 8 was kept waiting outside for maybe a full 30 minutes. Finally, we got two tables, but they were separated, and we had to split into two parties of 4. So the evening started off. Service was slow and inattentive. The staff did not get our orders right. And the food was disappointing. Starting with the appetizers, I cannot recommend any of them. The calamari was wan, rubbery and bland. The stuffed mushroom caps were supposed to have crabmeat in them, but the only trace of crab I actually detected was a bit of shell. The caprese was not well put together, with almost awful tomatoes and mediocre mozzarella covered by a pesto. None of them were worth the price. The main dishes were similarly disappointing. The pastas, while saying they were homemade, absolutely were not. Felt like they were boiled from dry. The Pesto Genovese was absolutely pedestrian, having zero pine nuts and just about as much flavor. The red sauces were watery and tasteless. According to another diner in our party, the meatball was dry and bland. Even worse, the kitchen totally forgot to send out my side salad and side meatball. I cannot recommend any of the pastas. Two of our party got veal dishes, and they reported them to be satisfactory. When it came time for the check, the staff tried to charge me for the meatballs and the dinner salad that never made it to the table. I got charged a standard service fee for having received awful service. I don’t want to put any pictures of this place here, because the experience was so incredibly unpleasant. I will never darken this establishment’s door again.

    La Bettola ItalianoResponded on October 30, 2019Thank you for your review! we are very sorry to hear you were not satisfied with our service and the quality of the food. Also we did not take reservations on 26 October we blocked all due to marathon marine in the area we told all customers who called we were taking walking and first come first serve on that day. We are always looking to improve and will definitely share this feedback with our team. We hope you will come back and dine with us again so we can show you an improved experience.

  27. CL

    ChristopherL

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb, as always. Best Italian joint in Crystal City, by far.

    La Bettola ItalianoResponded on November 2, 2019thank you for taking time to share your feedback with us

  28. JG

    JerryG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service. The waiter took great care of us, and comped a piece of cake to our birthday girl. Everyone at the table remarked how good the food is.
  29. f

    faainva

    Atlanta

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    My wife and I enjoyed dinner here for date night. Good value for the money, but was not serving alcohol, had a sign for Apple Pay, but machine not working, sometimes the music was a little to pound. All in all we will be back.
  30. PZ

    PatrickZ

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Excellent welcome and attentiveness. Food took longer than expected. Tables, chairs and menus were a little old and tired. My wooden chair was worn to the point that it was rocking back and forth and a bit unstable. Dining area was small and quaint. But the cash register is right in the midst of the dining room and the device used for card transactions was loud and noisy (beeping when entering card info); very distracting to diners. Food was average. Hot and moderately well presented, but somewhat bland. It wasn’t bad food, just not particularly interesting. I wine list, but they had a small collection of decent wines. The only problem was that with no wine list you were forced to ask the waiter the prices - which is a bit awkward. All in all, it was an average experience. This could really be a quaint and great little local Italian restaurant with a few minor changes and upgrades.
  31. DN

    DeniseN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Visited from NY and would definitely return :)
  32. KB

    KimB

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This was our first visit and we will be back! Enjoyed our dinner very much.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was run by one server as they were understaffed but he did a phenomenal job keeping up with seating guests, taking orders, running food and drinks, settling the checks and making us feel welcome. The food was fabulous and the price was very reasonable. I enjoyed the small dining room and was happy we stumbled across this on our vacation.
  34. LS

    LaurieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were visiting and looking for a restaurant near our hotel. We really lucked out. It Was a great dining experience. Food was great. We are in our 60’s and My brother joked that it is only the 2nd restaurant that we have every agreed has great food.
  35. N

    Neds

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Overall very good service and friendly staff. The food took about an hour to come out, however it's important to note that I was in a party of 15 people. The appetizers were delightful and the entrees were not bad
  36. BM

    BrianneM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious and the service was great! We were the only patrons inside, a lot of people were picking up orders though. I will definitely come back (maybe just order for take home!)
  37. PM

    PabloM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sooooo good! And excited about the leftovers.
  38. SC

    StephieC

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous. They accommodated our large group with 3 tired kids upstairs & were quick to offer food & beverage suggestions.
  39. MP

    MelissaP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was super impressed with the food & staff. I’m not going to lie I was a little scared when I walked in & the place was empty. But everything was amazing.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was very good but very hot. Almost too hot to enjoy.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

La Bettola Italiano does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

La Bettola Italiano is rated 3.9 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

11:00 PM


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Google Map for La Bettola Italiano

558 23rd Street S, Arlington, VA 22202

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American

  • Phone number

    (703) 271-0032

  • Private party facilities

    Did you know we have a beautiful second floor private area? Our lovely event space can seat up to 40 of your guests in a relaxed and intimate environment. Come and join us for a delicious authentic meal with your loved ones in celebration!

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (844) 994-1367

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