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The Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

Washington, D.C., home to leading diplomats and top politicians, also serves up some of the country's most unforgettable meals. Upscale restaurants neighbor local favorites that have been plating up hearty pasta plates for decades. But where are the true foodies of the city eating out? We dug into our data to unearth the real tastemakers—the diners we know are going to the best Italian restaurants in DC. Here’s where they’re dining now in the capital.

Restaurants:Al Tiramisu, Siroc Restaurant, Floriana
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Dupont Circle, Downtown
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Al Tiramisu

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
694 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Warm, welcoming, celebrity hangout, Al Tiramisu serves up authentic Italian flavors. Since the restaurant opened in 1996, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti has brought classic, rustic cuisine tRead more
91% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
10 people mentioned the Linguine

Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,053 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
Siroc Restaurant, located just off of McPherson Square, offers a casual, intimate atmosphere that leaves pretension at the door. The food is classic and innovative, with a seasonalRead more
99% recommended
47 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Floriana

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
2,576 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Enjoy going “home” to eat when stepping through the doors of the converted row house that is the front of Floriana. Dupont Circle is home to some of the best Italian restaurants inRead more
93% recommended
78 people mentioned the Gnocchi

RPM Italian - DC

$$$$·Italian·
Mt. Vernon Square
3,076 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
RPM Italian in D.C. continues the tradition of excellence set by the Chicago restaurant of the same name. The ultra-modern decor creates a clean slate for the elegant updates to trRead more
95% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
74 people mentioned the Garlic Bread

Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,675 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
For a night out, dressed up to the nines, an evening at Cafe Milano can't be beat. This intimate eatery combines the best of Milanese fashion and food with a decor that features frRead more
93% recommended
Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area
24 people mentioned the Veal Chop

Cesco Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
978 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Delightful dining in Washington, D.C. extends well in to the surrounding areas with Cesco Osteria in Bethesda serving up some of the best Tuscan-inspired dishes in the capital. TeaRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Maryland - DC Suburbs
14 people mentioned the Calamari
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Ristorante La Perla of Washington

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
1,136 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Chef Vittorio Testa brings traditional Italian cooking methods to fresh, high-quality ingredients at Ristorante La Perla of Washington. This five-star Italian eatery puts the emphaRead more
59 people mentioned the Testa

Osteria da Nino

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
889 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Sicilian influences are everywhere at Osteria da Nino, one of the best restaurants for Italian in DC's suburbs. The Arlington, Virginia, location means diners leave the hustle and Read more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Virginia - DC Suburbs
27 people mentioned the Calamari

Urbana Dining & Drinks

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Dupont Circle
1,398 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Dupont Circle, one of the most well-known neighborhoods in Capital City, is also home to some of the best Italian in DC. Urbana, a casual Italian eatery, is part of the food scene Read more
100% recommended
28 people mentioned the Bellini

La Panetteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
748 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Impeccable service and a cozy, old-world atmosphere keep diners coming back to La Panetteria. This Bethesda gem features a menu that pulls from the best of both Northern and SoutheRead more
93% recommended
14 people mentioned the Calamari
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Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
867 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Warm and whimsical encapsulate the decor at Mele Bistro. Patches of painted and exposed brick contrast with the raw, natural polished wood of the bar and white linen tables. Oven-bRead more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Washington, D.C. Area
39 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Ristorante Piccolo

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,065 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Ristorante Piccolo in Historic Georgetown turns any night out into a romantic occasion. Book a table on the second-floor balcony for a stunning view of the C&O Canal to complement Read more
93% recommended
36 people mentioned the Calamari

Flavio

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
415 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
Flavio offers an unpretentious atmosphere that blends industrial decor with classic Italian food. Exposed brick and uncovered tables put the focus on an affordably priced menu thatRead more
82% recommended
14 people mentioned the Calamari

Ristorante Bonaroti

$$$$·Italian·
Vienna
1,424 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
One of the capital's best-kept secrets, Ristorante Bonaroti is in Vienna, Virginia. This classic restaurant welcomes you with the Italian hospitality that is such a big part of a fRead more
98% recommended
Best Service in Washington, D.C. Area
13 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Carmine's - Washington DC

$$$$·Italian·
Penn Quarter
4,992 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Southern Italian is on the menu at Carmine's in Washington, D.C. Located in the Penn Quarter, a night at this family-friendly restaurant is accessible from every area of the city. Read more
85% recommended
Good for Groups in District of Columbia
95 people mentioned the Calamari

Bellissimo Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Fairfax
1,090 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Good for Anniversaries
The unassuming facade of Bellissimo Restaurant hides a long list of culinary delights. The carpaccio di carne is bright, peppery, and covered in a healthy sprinkle of parmesan. TheRead more
90% recommended
Romantic in Virginia - DC Suburbs
23 people mentioned the Calamari

Il Porto

$$$$·Italian·
Alexandria
1,278 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Exposed brick, white tablecloths, and a massive fireplace turn Il Porto Ristorante into a dining spot that is nostalgic and cozy. Its Old Town location in Alexandria means there isRead more
93% recommended
19 people mentioned the Calamari

Fontina Grille

$$$$·Italian·
Rockville
893 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Sit back and relax at one of the white-clothed tables at Fontina Grille. The warm wood tones and muted lighting create an intimate atmosphere that encourages congenial conversationRead more
93% recommended
Italian in Maryland - DC Suburbs
161 people mentioned the Fontina

i Ricchi

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,393 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
Exposed beams, dark wood, plenty of patio seating, and intricate murals create unique spaces inside i Ricchi, an authentic Tuscan restaurant in Dupont Circle. The menu is imaginatiRead more
89% recommended
87 people mentioned the Calamari
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Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Manassas
654 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Fine dining is at its best at Carmello's. This elegant restaurant combines the flavors of the Mediterranean, Portugal, and Italy for complex plates with an unexpected twist. An awaRead more
95% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
13 people mentioned the Sparkling Wine