Acqua Al 2

4.7
3185 reviews
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Italian
Acqua al 2's DC outpost brings the same authentic Tuscan cuisine you would find in it's home city of Florence, Italy. With a wide array of vegetarian pastas, hand-carved steaks, and fresh seafood, Acqua al 2 is perfect for a celebratory dinner, or casual dining al-fresco on the patio across from historic Eastern Market.
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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pasta in DC!

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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. This time I had the eggplant sauce on pasta. Wonderful.

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MC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent but expensive, especially their wine list.

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JF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I had a fine meal here, but it was underwhelming given all the hype this place receives. What was bad? I found the restaurant really noisy and the pastas were good but definitely not close to the best I've ever had. Also, not a big deal, but, the waiter left all 5 menus on the already-cramped table until half-way through the meal. We got the 5-pasta sampler, which was a fun way to try the menu, but the penne alla vodka tasted like mac-n-cheese and my mushroom pasta had 2 mushrooms in it. What was good? I thought the shells with creamy butternut squash sauce was delicious and the ambiance is cozy and romantic on a cold night.

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K
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant exceeded all expectations. It was so amazing! The pasta, steak, and dessert tastings are all delicious. This might be the best restaurant I've had in DC.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! One of the best meals I can remember. It’s my favorite restaurant in all of DC!

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was phenomenal.

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. The medley of 5 different pastas was a satisfying surprise. Excellent service and lovely decor. Overall an excellent value. Reservations highly recommended.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great steak dinner. The only negative was the noise level.

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J
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beef ravioli was incredible as well as the sea bass...romantic joint full of life.

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EG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Service was a little iffy - probably due to the fact that we were 10 minutes late to our reservation and it was about 10pm.

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MK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Steak was great, the risotto was meh. The overall ambiance was really nice, and the speakeasy upstairs is really cool.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I studied abroad in Florence and went to the main restaurant several time which was amazing!!!! It was so cool to go to DC and feel like I was transported back! The food was just as incredible and the ambiance was almost as great as Florence!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent taste with wide variety of choices. Salad trio and four cheeses and desserts allowed us to sample so much. Service was suggestive and efficient.

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SS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food. Solid service. The wine list is great but VERY expensive.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service. My boyfriend and I came here for his birthday and were very happy we tried the filet with blueberry sauce along with the pasta tasting. We left very full and happy. The only improvement I would make is with the pasta tasting menu, we had no idea what we were eating. The food runners just dropped the plates and left before we could even get a name of the dish.

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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Waited 15 mins for our table; waiter was very inattentive; food superb

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience. Met a friend from out of town. Dishes were all fresh and service was excellent. I am lactose intolerant and Oscar our server had intimate knowledge of what dishes contained dairy. The Blueberry steak was terrific in flavor and presentation. Looking forward to going back.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food is mediocre at best. I was looking forward to the dirty martini, but it wasn’t dirty enough.

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Vegetarian pasta sampler was lame-- first course about 10 small tubes of plain pasta. Rest were small and came way after everyone else had finished eating. "Chef choice" apparently means waiting for someone else in the restaurant to order pasta, no matter how long that is, and taking out a scoop.

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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Early reservation (5:30 pm) and felt like we were a little rushed. But overall very good service and of course amazing food!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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HP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing - we had a risotto dish as well as Penne vodka. both were great.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Italian I've had in a very long time.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our special occasion restaurant (this time:wife’s birthday!) and it was great as always

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good lunch value at Acqua al 2

Recently revisited Aqqua al 2 by Eastern Market and was impressed by the restaurant, which I remembered as being a good evening dining spot on Capital Hill (where there are, of course, many to choose from). The prix fixe menu at $25 is quite a bargain; I had an excellent soup and a nice pasta main course. Truthfully, it was too much for lunch and I couldn't finish my dessert, which was too hard to cut with a fork in any case. I sampled my lunch mate's steak but found it too tough for my taste, and the blueberry sauce seemed overpowering. So I'm not a fan of the meats here, though other people sitting near us seemed to enjoy theirs. The kitchen is inventive at least but with some misses among the hits. You won't go away hungry here and ordering from the main menu may be enough to satisfy anyone. Overrall, a really good meal -- and our server was terrific. Although she recommended the blueberry-suaced steak, she picked up on my hesitation and recommended some delicious alternatives. Though I think the restaurant could improve some of its items, no major complaints and a lot of pluses.

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K
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very accommodating. The flavors in the pasta dishes were pleasant surprises and were much more flavorful than anticipated.

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F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and the balsamic steak was excellent!! Definitely would go back in a heart beat!

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t
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acqua al 2 was wonderful! The ambiance of the space itself is super cozy and cute. The food was phenomenal - especially the blueberry fillet and all the pastas we tried. The wine selection is also great. We had our server recommend wine that paired well with our food and he did a great job. Highly recommend this place!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was poor

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T
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our first date at Aqua Al 2 several years ago and this time we got engaged there! The entire team treated us like gold for the entire night, and the meal was superb, as always. We appreciate the kindness, attention, and hospitality of Aqua Al 2 and we’re looking forward to celebrating many anniversaries with AA2!!

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a wonderful time at our favorite restaurant in DC.

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

amazing great we loved it! food, wine, noise level as OK, good waiter, we will go again for lunch or another dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing blueberry reduction sauce steak!!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table even though we made reservations. Then, when we were seated we didn't have a waiter visit our table within 15 minutes. I had to ask the hostess where our waiter was. The manager was really nice and kept checking on us throughout the night. The food was delicious. If we hadn't had those hiccups at the beginning, I would have really enjoyed my experience. I would go back, but if the service lacked again, then maybe not.

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NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, but more expensive than an average nice meal out. The service was very good and our waiter was very knowledgeable. Our table was in a less desirable spot. There were 6 of us and reservations had been made 5 days ahead and confirmed. My side of the table faced the kitchen while my husband faced a service area. It looked like there were tables in quite, charming spots that would have been preferable but were not available when we arrived.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere, a bit expensive, but will not break wallet.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mom and dad. They are very picky. They loved the food, wine and atmosphere. Dad and I did the tasting menu. Everything was fresh, tasty and light!! We will definitely return.

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acqua Al 2 was delicious! My boyfriend and I went there for a celebratory dinner, and it was everything we had heard about an more. The pasta was amazing, the steak was delicious, and the desserts were the perfect way to finish the meal!

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EB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not as good as it used to be. Last 2 times were mediocre at best. We liked to come here for the 45oz porter house. Was one of the best steaks I've had in a restaurant, not anymore.

Thought last time was a fluke. But 2 poor meals and service in a row, especially when u spend $500. And only $54 of that was alchohol. Will not be returning or reccomending.

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