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Posto

4.1
1047 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

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Join Massimo Fabbri and company at Posto, a neighborhood Italian eatery that stands by its food and its concentrated service. A friendly staff awaits. Dishes come out hot and fresh. Pizzas and pastas are made with regional and seasonal ingredients with loving hands.

Experience the pride of Italian cuisine in Washington, DC. Posto will always go the extra length to make sure that every guest leaves happy and satiated. Bring friends, lots of them. Bring all of your family. Or, just bring yourself and your appetite, because a vast menu of fresh, traditional Italian cuisine awaits. Pair veal bolognese with the perfect full-bodied wine. Laugh the night away and make it an evening to remember. There's no better way to spend an evening other than with Posto!

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm at bar only. Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Pre-theater menu: Monday - Sunday from opening to 6:30
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Phone number
(202) 332-8613
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Massimo Fabbri
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between P & Q Streets NW
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined on June 10, 2015

The grilled calamari starter was outstanding. Tender, seasoned just right. We made a pre-theater meal out of starters, but there is a pre-theater dinner menu as well for $29 between 5:30 and 6:30. And, Posto is on the same block as Studio Theatre. So convenient. We will definitely return and taste more dishes. Excellent service and warm welcome, too.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2015

Absolutely wonderful experience. Staff was attentive but not rushing. Treated us to prosecco as it was our anniversary. Our favorite spot in DC.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2015

PreShow. Good service, pedestrian food. Salad suffered from to much arugula & not enough anything else. Bread was okay with only olive oil. Spinach pasta was properly al dente. But the veal bolognese sauce had nothing to distinguish itself. Solo sat me at front window... yay. Server greeted me in Italian and was very pleasant. The tiramisu was good.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2015

We ate here before going to a play at Studio Theater, which is next door. Posto has a great 3-course prix fixe menu for theater goers. The salad was wonderful as was the sea bass and the tagliatelle. We had blueberry sorbet for dessert, and it was delicious. They have an extensive wine list, and the service was great. The only problem is that the restaurant is so nice that you're tempted to stay too long and might miss the start of the play!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2015

Posto is my new favorite restaurant in Washington. Great food, service, ambiance, and reasonably priced.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2015

The food was good. But the service was terrible. Our server was pretentious. She had a superiority complex. We had to ask for a napkin two times, never got it. Finally we asked the bus boy to bring us a napkin and place setting for one of the guests at the table and he did it.
Later on in the evening we asked the server for water refills at least twice. Never happened. She clearly

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2015

If you want to be sure to get good food, this kitchen has been as consistently good as any we have tried. They do not have the huge menu that many Italian places seem attracted to, so everything is attended to. Last time there we had duck breast with rhubarb sauce. Clearly rhubarb sauced isn't available in a can. This was fresh, well thought out and delightful. I even asked for more sauce. We have a favorite server, and even when he isn't working we have found the service to be attentive and unobtrusive.


You won't be unhappy here.

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2015

Had an 8:00pm reservation and didn't get sat until 8:35pm. The hostesses had no idea what was going on or how to manage the situation. Once at the table, our waiter would disappear for long periods of time. We had to get the manager a couple of times so we could actually order some food. The food was solid once it actually came but I will not be returning to Posto. Life is too short and there are too many good restaurants with good service to deal with this place.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2015

Chef Massimo Fabri brought his greatest hits to Tosca's casual sister restaurant in Logan Circle. Excellent pizza, focaccia, salami, and small plates are excellent sidebars to the extraordinary pasta, meat and fish offerings. Massimo energetically oversees the dining room. He wants to make sure that everyone has as good a time as he does. We did and, judging by the packed house, so did everyone else.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

I was meeting a friend at the bar. You will never go wrong here. The food is fantastic and the service top notch. Massimo Fabbri has brought some of his signature dishes with him and has pumped up some of the classics from his home country. We left full, happy and thrilled to have eaten there. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

We went early on a Sunday evening, and it was mostly families, some with younger children when we got there. It was turning over into couples as the night progressed though.

Food was excellent, especially the goat cheese/goat leg ragu gnocchi and the grilled calamari appetizer. We actually saw the calamari come out to another table right before we ordered and added it on. Tasted even better than it looked. Artichoke and eggplant parm small plates were also delicious. I'd say that 3 or so of the small plates would make a solid first course for 2 people. Prices are very reasonable for high quality food like this.

We had our 5 month old daughter with us, who is very curious and grabby right now. Servers were extremely attentive and placed dishes, wine, and even new silverware out of her reach but within ours. They were also very careful to remind us which plates were hot. We felt very welcome with a small child, which is not always the case on 14th St, but the restaurant is large enough with quiet corners and outdoor seating and a distinct bar area that you can easily have an intimate dinner or drinks here.

I guess I'm still used to two-tops crammed in inches away from each other in NY Italian restaurants, but the ample space for each table and the high ceilings really gives this place a comfortable atmosphere for any occasion. Definitely a great place for a group outing, we'll be back when family or friends are in town for sure.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2015

Appreciated the willingness of management to accommodate my no salt diet requirement , even though most of the menu selections already contained salt. Only the fresh fish options were available, alas not the Italian preparations that are highlighted on this menu. Nonetheless, my filet of salmon was flavored beautifully and a cauliflower salad was the only side. My friends enjoyed the 3-course special for the dinner of salad, calamari, sea bass and nutella ice cream.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2015

Was disappointed this last time I was there with some co-workers. The food seemed very institutional. The one highlight was the bread and the appetizer we had. The main course was not great.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2015

Great time to relax at bar before the guests arrived. At table salads to start and dinner were lamb chops, and pasta dishes. All good. Good place for dinner

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2015

Caught up with friends and enjoyed a delicious meal. The service was spot on and the ambiance is truly urban. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2015

Excellent pasta and service with personality!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2015

We have season tickets to studio theater for the last 10 years and have been going to Posto for as long as it's been there. We often try other restaurants and 14th St. and love many of them, but Posto is reliably great.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2015

We have eaten dinner several times at Posto before going to the Studio Theater and have always enjoyed it. The pretheater3 course meal is a good value, with a choice of soup, salad, small pasta or polenta for a first course; pasta, chicken or fish for the second, and gelato or sorbet for the 3rd. I really like the grilled Branzino and my husband enjoyed the polenta and tagliatelle with veal and tomatoes. The chianti available by glass is very nice. The service is excellent, but unobtrusive. Overall, great reliable neighborhood spot.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2015

We love Italian and Posto was a great find in Washington DC.

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2.0Dined on March 21, 2015

Small portions, large prices. Not worth the money and not worth the effort to go there. We'll most likely not return.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2015

With all the new restaurants oon 14th Street over the last few years, Posto, one of the original ones, is still hold its own. The food is terrific, the service excellent and if you go early, it's very quiet. The special pre-theater menu is well worth the $29 price.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2015

have not been to posto for quite a while had a memorable meal!! will return soon

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

The food was excellent at Posto. On Valentines Day, my girlfriend and I both enjoyed our meals (I had the pork chop and she had the Cavatelli). Our only complaint was the ambiance - it was very bright and could kind of feel like we were in a hotel cafeteria rather than a romantic Italian restaurant on Valentines day. In short, loved the food; the ambiance was off. Would definitely go again.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2015

Having been to Posto a couple of times before, I had admittedly high expectations for Valentines Day. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. We had an early reservation, and the restaurant was fully staffed but half empty when we arrived. Inexplicably, the hostess sat us inches from a wait station. It was like having a romantic table for four with two people we didn't know. Not an ideal seat, especially given the 20 other free tables.

I nicely went to the hostess stand and asked to be reseated because of the less than romantic table and extra company. Again, inexplicably, the hostess moved us to a table right next to where three servers were hanging out and chatting while waiting for the restaurant to fill up. We had moved from a table for four to a table for five. This time, however, we were excluded from the ongoing conversation which was taking place a couple of feet directly behind us. We again went to the hostess stand, but the move to the more intimate out-of-the way and free tables never materialized, and the staff maintained there coffee clatch. While the problem dissipated about 45 minutes later when the place got busy, the hoped for ambience was pretty much shot by then.

Food-wise, the fettuccini with wild boar ragu special was absolutely delicious. The lamb chop special was, in contrast, another big disappointment. I love lamb and was really let down when my chops came very rare instead of the requested medium.

All in all, Posto was a big bummer on Valentine's Day. We don't plan on going back. M Street Cafe (with which I have no connections) would have been a better pick for the price point, quality of food and great service. It's much easier to get reservations there, too. It was a mistake to go to Posto that night.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Posts has a wide variety of menu choices including pizzas and pastas. Their wine list is
Very good and servers are eager to please.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Friendly, helpful wait staff, good food imaginatively presented.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2015

It is refreshing to have a restaurant on 14th that you do not need to make reservation for weeks in advance or have to wait an hour plus for a table. The food was delicious, nice and quiet atmosphere, and great service. I will be coming back!

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2.0Dined on January 30, 2015

Good service and bread. Small portions for price. Spartan interior. Too noisy!

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2015

Nice ambiance, so convenient for Studio theater. Food is okay, not great. But pizza is good, with a nice thin crust but mine was burned (not just a few char marks, burned). Service was our issue--staff standing around conversing with each other rather than attending to their guests. Long waits for drinks, little follow up after meals were delivered and another wait for check. We almost missed the start of the play. With so many choices on 14th, I wont be going back.

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3.0Dined on January 22, 2015

food is lovely, and it's great for talking because the tables are far enough apart that there's privacy, and it's not too loud. But they got my order wrong and the waiters left us abandoned for long periods of time.....

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2015

I was choosing a restaurant for a dinner before a play at the Studio Theater. I had been there before and It was always good. This time I had the pre theater dinner for $29 and it was excellent. I had an interesting salad with bits of fennel, a branzino with some luscious things underneath including chestnuts and a very vibrant pear sorbet. My friend was happy with her meal of chicken and blueberry ice cream that tasted like chocolate to us. I'm not a fan of small plates that seem to dominate 14th Street and it is nice to just have excellent real food. One could graze on the appetizers here also.

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2015

A bit pricy but fine if you are going to the theater.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2015

We ordered the prix fixe meal before a Studio Theater performance. The meal was excellent and the service friendly but not obtrusive.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2015

Great food, nice staff, but we were the only people in the restaurant and it took 45min for our food to come out.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2015

I've been eating at Posto for several years & it's always superb. The soups & salads are inventive & perfectly balanced. The pastas are outstanding & the fish is always cooked perfectly with great accompaniments (love the roasted chestnuts). The service is friendly, thoughtful & 100% professional. Lots of new restaurants have opened on 14th St, but Posto is still the best by far, with excellent quality & great value.

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3.0Dined on January 10, 2015

Pre-theatre menu was a good value. There wasn't anything particularly special in the offered choices, but all were pretty good.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2015

This restaurant, like Tosca, has very good food and a quiet graceful atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2015

Service was great, wine was excellent, Italian for was outstanding!

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2014

We went on a Monday evening after Christmas. At 6:30, it was quite empty, but it started to fill somewhat after 7. The food and service though were excellent.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2014

I only ended up going to Posto because Le Diplomate was full for the night. I'd never tried Posto but I was soooo happy I did. They had a notable wine list that stayed true to Italy for the most past and the service was great. I was a tad turned off initially because the place was so empty on a Saturday night... but it filled a little more during the meal which was nice. The food was PERFECT. I have never in my life had a better cooked piece of swordfish - fresh, not chewy, bursting with flavor, no fishiness. It was really a treat. Everyone who tried a bite remarked on how amazing it was. I really didn't expect that coming from this place but happy that was the case. I will definitely be back.

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