Notti Bianche

3.9
1592 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Uncover the enchanting tastes of gourmet Italian cuisine at Notti Bianche. With an extensive, world-class wine list and an inviting and romantic dining room you will experience an Italian dining experience like no other.
Located just half a mile from the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy a delectable meal and explore the best Washington DC has to offer.
Whether you are dining in the restaurant or on the patio, or even if you are a guest ordering room service, you will be amazed by the next level service you receive when you dine at Notti Bianche.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 9:30am; Saturday -
Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

The bar remains open until 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 298-8085
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Lodi
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Private party facilities
Private Dining
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Private party contact
MFenaoui@universityinndc.com: (202) 337-6620
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
H Street, NW
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Parking details
We share the valet with The University Inn. therefore our valet sign will direct you into the hotel's driveway. The bellman at the front of the hotel will take care of your car while you dine. Please pay the bartender inside of Notti Bianche for your reduced valet rate of 20$.
Street Parking is also available.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro Stop (blue and orange lines)
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Special events & promotions
With a convenient location close to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Notti Bianche is a top destination for enjoying dinner and show. We offer a special pre-theatre menu that comes with your choice of antipasti, main course, and dessert. This prix-fixe meal comes at an attractive price and is timed perfectly so you will not miss the opening curtain.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.9
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3.7
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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was unable to attend my reservation because when we showed up the restaurant was closed for renovation! Why was I allowed to book a reservation? Then I could not book another as it told me I was already dining! Very frustrated!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant

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LH
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

CLOSED. NOTTI BIANCHE IS CLOSED. Why did Open Table let us make a reservation there? They've been closed for several months for renovation, and I was surprised to see that it was possible again to make reservations, so I did, and when we arrived for dinner, IT WAS STILL CLOSED.

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m
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant has closed, either temporarily or permanently. We arrived for our OpenTable reservation, and the place was empty and the interior had been gutted. We walked elsewhere for dinner. OpenTable should obviously remove this restaurant as an option, at least until it reopens.

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f
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed for renovations. We were not notified! Very bad experience!

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BA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is more of a review of open table. Even though I made a reservation through open table the restaurant is closed, either permanently or for renovation. I should have been made aware pf this and should not have found out when I tried the door.

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KL
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

THIS PLACE IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS!!!! YET....Open table let me make a reservation. So, I ended up with nowhere to eat before the opera on Saturday night. Shame on open table, they should be aware of this

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Am writing this review to tell others that this restaurant is temporary closed for renovation. We unknowingly made reservation through Open Table, which did not indicate the closure. The restaurant and associated hotel is undergoing extensive work, so it could be closed for a while.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This location was closed when we arrived. Not sure why it's still taking reservations.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

What a weird experience. We went here before going to the Kennedy Center for a show the other week. I imagine it's why a lot of people come here as this was in walking distance. Our waiter was just strange and should only be working in the industry as a bartender as he had far too much sass and grit for a waiter. He would get in our faces and ask what we wanted. Now, I like eye contact and even I was getting weirded out. My date just decided to avoid all eye contact in general. He also kept asking my date his orders before me. I'm the woman, you're supposed to ask women what they would like to order first (hospitality 101). Our drinks were also oddly timed (or forgotten) as my wine came out about 10 minutes before my dates bourbon.

When we got the entree I was very disappointed. I got the salmon and it was such a tiny serving, plus the menu said it was in a dijon cream sauce, which it definitely wasn't. I never clean my plate, but I sure did then. My date had a chicken dish, he said it was good, but dry and needed sauce. We then shared a dessert as I was obviously still hungry.

At one point someone dropped a glass at another table and our waiter whose POSi screen and sidework station were right next to us started mumbling "well they broke that themselves, I didn't do it...". Super professional.

When we left we had to fetch our own coats from the closet, which is fine, but not what you expect you'll have to do. Just strange.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Very typical yet bland Italian food. Drinks not good at all. Waiter told us they are closing in the next few days for long term renovations. Overall I’d say you can have a better experience at a chain like Olive Garden.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Took an hour for our food to arrive and we were on our way tot the Kennedy center. We had to skip dessert and run just to make the show in time.

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KR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I wasn't impressed overall, service and food were fair. Wine list was very scarce, but the white wine (only one choice by the bottle) was very nice. The decor is "Cozy" but it's a bit like being in your parents unfinished basement. However, huge plus was quick dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. Valet parked our car at the restaurant and walked over to the show.

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Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food. Very nice mussels and wine. Close to the Kennedy Center so very convenient. Restaurant will close soon for remodeling, we were told.

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E
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Restaurant is within 10 minute walk to Kennedy Ctr, so, if you're looking for a reasonably priced pre-theater meal with food that is acceptable, but hardly gourmet, it is a good choice. Valet parking is available at the University Inn, within which the restaurant is located, and the price is $20, which is less than the KC's entry price of $23. Also, although you have to walk back after the performance, getting away from the KC and its still-congested garage, is much quicker. All in all, an okay choice for a pre-theater meal. Service is fine.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an easy place to frequent. It's not starchy or casual. Food is great, service is great and all for great value in Foggy Bottom. It was a pleasant surprise and a jewel of a find for me. An easy option for business meets or an intimate dinner date.

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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Thomas made our evening!! Excellent meals. Will return.

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RA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was average at best.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service

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AD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We decided to depart from the norm before attending a play at the Kennedy Center.
The dining space/Design was basic and bland. The house Chardonnay was delicious.
Considering I would have eaten anything on the menu I asked our server Joseph for a recommendation. He suggested the bolognese. It was simple with homemade pasta and was quite good.
My husband had the sword fish which he found to be dry although the melange of vegetables served with it were quite good.

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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Waiter was outstanding! Menu small and in need of a bit more variety. Expensive for what we got but food was good. Location is in a renovated basement. Did the most with what they have...overhead and exposed pipes and ducts.

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Sanely quiet restaurant. Everyone appears to provide service in an unobtrusive way. No insisting on introducing oneself on part of waiter, no endless requests for validation on our enjoyment of the meal. Just a quiet, good time with great food. We will enjoy this restaurant again. Particularly since it is a short walk to the Kennedy Center.

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M
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It is an excellent location near Kennedy Center. The food was ok, not particularly good and the service was disappointing.

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d
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The kitchen seems to have improved since I ate here two years ago.

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LH
San Francisco
111 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my pre-Kennedy Center go-to restaurant. Very consistent over the years for dinner. The grilled salmon was cooked PERFECTLY, and it was sitting on top of the most delicious risotto. The bread is good and served with a dish of olive oil with oregano (nice touch!). Two pet peeves - considering the price, the entree was pretty puny, and the glass of red wine I ordered was served too warm. (It might be heresy, but a little bit of ice cured that.)

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F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place. Great service, very friendly and attentive. Always very good food. Very cozy atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience. Keep up the good work!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and very attentive staff. Best for two-three people; large groups difficult to accommodate.

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CH
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice homemade pasta. Food was good. Service friendly, but could have been a bit more attentive. We had to ask for service several times and even the couple across from us noticed our wine glasses were empty and offered to pass our bottle which was close to the wall next to them. We were two ladies having dinner...unfortunately the table that seems to be ignored. But all in all, it was a nice evening.

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LV
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent and timed perfectly for the start of the opera performance at the Kennedy Center where we headed straight from the restaurant.

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c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food the main problem, dry gnocchi fried with virtually no sauce, over cooked and scorched salmon. No information on dishes not available until you order the dish. Seven guests and sic mains very bad. We were on our way to the Kennedy Centre thus not time for lengthy return and redo. In general a bad experience. Manager gave his card and to ask for him on our return, thus not willing to solve the problem. Will never go back.

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p
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and it was great for prior to our show at the Kennedy Center. Food was yummy!

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WC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, service superb, a little noisy. Recorded music a bit loud.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always a winner for a quiet evening out, particularly pre or post Kennedy Center event. Small and friendly with good service and good Italian dishes. Portion sizes always fit for humans rather than lions. Have been eating here for years and never disappointed.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The wait staff and ambience were very pleasant, however the food was not great. I ordered the Swordfish, which came out burnt. The gnocchi I ordered as a replacement was just ok. My mother's Salmon was undercooked and had some indeterminable ingredients in the sauce (pineapple?, beets?).

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Milon was an excellent and attentive waiter. Pasta dishes were delicious and staff was warm and welcoming.

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MM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service at Notti Bianche are consistently wonderful. It's our fourth visit, and each has been simply lovely and very reasonably priced.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This place is "fine". Service was fine, the atmosphere was fine, the food was fine. I just prefer "GOOD" or "GREAT" to spend $120.00 for 2 people.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I am sorry to say that I was very disappointed by our dinner there. We went before a show at the Kennedy Center and chose it in terms of location. My appetizer of the tomato burrata was ok, but the tomato was not very good and the balsamic glaze was almost nonexistent, I had to ask for more and then they brought me straight balsamic vinegar instead. My gnocchi with butternut squash purée was so dense and there was little to no purée. When I asked for more they brought me about 1 TBS worth. The gnocchi was so thick and flavorless that I couldn't finish my meal. The salmon was cooked well and as requested but the sauce was underwhelming.

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F
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner before going to see a show at the Kennedy Center. This was a wonderful gem to find within walking distance of the Kennedy center. The food was fabulous and everything was presented beautifully. The ingredients tasted fresh and were truly delicious. I would return there again. I enjoyed the experienced and have since recommended to my friends.

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