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About Notti Bianche
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.
Washington, DC 20037
Italian, Contemporary Italian
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
H Street, NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We share the valet with The University Inn. therefore our valet sign will direct you into the hotel's driveway. The bellman at the front of the hotel will take care of your car while you dine. Please pay the bartender inside of Notti Bianche for your reduced valet rate of 20$.
Street Parking is also available.
Foggy Bottom Metro Stop (blue and orange lines)
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
MFenaoui@universityinndc.com: (202) 337-6620
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
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.
Notti Bianche Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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.
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.
Even though the primary draw for me when I go to Notti Bianche is its proximity to the Kennedy Center, it does not disappoint in either ambiance or the quality of food and service. Our three different entrees were each done well, including the accompaniments. I will definitely return to Notti Bianche.
Food was excellent but service was just a touch spotty. Had to flag down our server several times because they didn't seem to be spatially aware of their tables. The only real downside was an after dinner dink that promised to be creamy and decadent, but came like watered down iced coffee that didn't graduate from bartender school. It was remade but that came out with the explanation of "...your server said you wanted a cold irish coffee." On the good side, the bartender actually came out to ask what we felt the issue was and how he could make it better and they didn't charge us for the drink.
This place was a trusted location for a nice dinner before walking to Kennedy Center for an evening performance. Until now. We had reserved a table for two an hour and a half before the show at KC, we were seated and waited for 15 min for a waiter. When I flagged the hostess and told her we have plans and would like to place our order now, she got irritated and told us that we will have to wait for an hour and a half (!) for our meal as they are very busy. Yes, they had full house (it's a small restaurant), but why is it our problem? We had to settle for a salad, olives and a cheese plate which was very disappointing. If you're planning to eat there before an event, be there at least two hours ahead of time.
We've eaten at Notti Bianche several times prior to attending performances at the Kennedy Center; and, while it's never been the epitome of fine dining, it's always been an enjoyable meal . . . until this past visit. The restaurant was obviously understaffed, with only one waiter, the hostess, and a busboy providing service for a crowded dining room.
On the positive side, the wine, the mixed drinks, the beet and caesar salads, the swordfish, and the side vegetables were very good. On the negative side, the scallops were seriously overcooked, the gnocchi was mediocre, and one person commented that her mussels had a strange metallic taste. She would have sent them back had anyone checked on our table once the entrees were served, but no one did. (She wishes she had because she was sick to her stomach for several hours that night.) When the hostess cleared the table, she did not inquire as to why one of the diners had left one and a half of her three scallops on her plate (almost $15 worth of seafood).
To top things off, we had to ask for the check multiple times over a period of 20 minutes. I realize that restaurants occasionally have off nights, but we left the Notti Bianche feeling that nobody there really cared whether we had a good or a poor experience.
Five of the seven of us who dined there volunteer weekly at the information desk at the Kennedy Center and have frequently recommended Notti Bianche to patrons who have asked for restaurant recommendations. Unfortunately, our most recently experience will not lead to future recommendations.
The hostess shaped our evening. She was very unwelcoming and even tried to cancel my reservation (even though I had an uber receipt which confirmed that we arrived within the 15 minute window). The food and service were also below average. With all that D.C. has to offer, I would not recommend this establishment.
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