Acqua Al 2

4.7
3100 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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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us this Valentine's Day for an unforgettable and romantic evening! We will be offering a special V-Day 5 Course Prix Fixe menu at $85 per person. Check out the menu on our website. Limited reservations are available, be sure to book your reservation early! Tax & Gratuity is not included.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friend from out of town came to visit and we tried the restaurant together for the first time. Did the restaurant Prix Fixe. 100% recommend this place.

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BB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!
We wish we had known about it (& the one in Florence) earlier, since we have missed out on many great meals. In a recent conversation with a GWU graduate student about favorite restaurants in D.C., she raved about it and said it was the very best restaurant of the many she has patronized. So we checked it out for lunch ASAP.... & we agree with her rave reviews!

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HJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome. If possible, I hope to give 10 stars!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Visited for Restaurant Week. Some dishes were great; others were disappointing.

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

If you're looking for better-than-average Italian food, this is your place. Great cheese plate and good pastas. We went for a birthday, however, and they did nothing to make the occasion stand out. No candles, no dessert on the house, no elements that would make the occasion memorable. We expected more.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Went to Acqua Al 2 for restaurant week and was disappointed in the menu. The only two red meat entrees are upcharged 10.00. Portion for the Fish option was Rediculously small. Salads were skimpy as well. I understand the cost is good at 35.00 but you can do better with the menu selection for restaurant week!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! We love Acqua Al 2, and it was a perfect experience to celebrate my husband’s birthday!

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ido was fantastic! Filet & Ribeye were outstanding. Pasta tasting was plentiful

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NY
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boyfriend and old boss. Enjoyed not being rushed after we were done. All of the food delicious and beautifully presented. My ragu was fabulous as was the Greek salad. So many good options. Hope to go back soon. Just a bit pricy but that’s normal for this type of meal and service. Oh - and they have very good wine :)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here & it’s as close to teleporting to Italy that I have found! I studied abroad in Florence where the original is & it makes me feel like I’m around the corner from the Duomo or could catch a train to Venice after- both in experience and quality. The Gnocchi is a MUST.

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing but good to say about this place. Was recommended to me by someone and loved it. I try to go Whenever I’m in DC For business. Friendly and professional as soon as you walk through the door. Food is excellent and the price is right.

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SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was really excited to go to Acqua2 on a friends recommendation. It was a good solid restaurant, but lacked the flavor I enjoy in top end Italian restaurants. The desserts were the best part and I would say they were very good.

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RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely solid for almost any occasion.

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WR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been wanting to do dinner here for a while and we finally made it. Let’s just say it did not disappoint. The service was wonderful, and the food was even better. We did the salad tasting, as well as the vegetarian pasta tasting and steak. It was all amazing. I’d highly recommend this place for a date night or special occasion. They have great wine selections as well.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner! All three entrees were outstanding: a fabulous veal chop; a filet mignon with balsamic reduction that was prepared exactly as ordered; and a ribeye steak teaming with flavor. Appetizers and the dessert plate were mouth watering. Professional service and warm ambience completed the great experience.

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

Positively delicious....every single thing our group of four ordered. Pasta sampler. Filet sampler. The steak Florentine for 2 was to die for! Cannot wait to go back!!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I’ve had cocktails here and can definitely recommend them for that. However, my experience eating there was not good. The food was fine (nothing special, honestly) but the service ruined the meal. I had made reservations (not needed early in the evening on a Saturday) and was given a seat for myself and my guest in the very back of the restaurant, literally in the middle of where the servers were going back and forth to take care of their business, even though there was plenty of seating elsewhere where we would not have felt so in-the-way and unwelcome. To top it off, we were then joined by 2 families with crying children. Not the families’ faults, but especially with a reservation I think we should have been offered something other than the equivalent of the kids’ table. What really soured the experience, though, was our server. We had never had dinner there and were enjoying chatting and looking through the menu but felt rushed the entire time—multiple times he asked if we were ready, and fairly aggressively. I’ve never felt so rushed in a restaurant, especially a half-empty Italian restaurant. He was also very rude to the busboy who had come to kindly refill our waters and watched me like a hawk while I was completing my bill. I’ll return for the bar but not to eat.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is fantastic. The ambiance, the food, the service, could not have been better. Our waiter was knowledgeable, attentive and provided excellent recommendations. The food was spectacular and very authentic - if you’re looking for a true Italian experience come here.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I LOVED this restaurant! The reason for my 4 stars is because I ordered chicken breast, and I unfortunately had to send it for some extra time in the oven. When I first cut into it, it was very pink and underdone. I love a good medium-rare steak, but chicken has to be cooked through or it can make people sick. Once I brought it up to our waiter, he promptly took it back to the kitchen, and then shortly returned with it perfectly cooked.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter picked this place as choice# 1 to celebrate with my wife our 33rd year anniversary. The food was really great and the service outstanding, we had a great time.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love their stake and pasta menu. I ordered the course menu. Food is tasty and the price is reasonable.

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PP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite DC restaurants (and Florence!). We were here New Year’s Eve and had a wonderful time - and looked like everyone else did as well. Food and service were exceptional as always.

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s
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The New Year's Eve pre-fix dinner was nice- all the food was done very well and beautifully served. Our waiter was excellent. The only down side was that we felt a little rushed; one of our courses came while we were still eating our current one.
Otherwise, would definitely go back to try some of their Italian specialties. Very atmosphere!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, one of our regular staples

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s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acqua al Due is still one of my favorites in DC and it certainly did not disappoint. I wish I had known about the set menu for NYE, but it was still wonderful!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food!

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L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Fantastic food

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GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, had a problem with a bottle of wine and they made it all good with a replacement. Excellent food and ambiance. Nice bar for drinks ahead of time. I will be back!

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service! Spinach ball appetizer is outstanding.

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WJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Cozy. Great spot for a date or a family meal, as well.

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l
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. One of my favorite restaurants. It never disappoints. Pasta sample is always a must!

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MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I love this restaurant and have been to this location as well as the one in Florence a number of times. The food is always delicious and the service is usually wonderful, but on this particular occasion our service was atrocious. I found our waiter’s manner to be condescending and curt and the pacing of our meal to be rushed. They picked up plates when food was still on it and we consistently felt like we were being rushed out the door. I would not hurry back here based on the service we received last night.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was terrific, ambience was comforting, but more importantly, the food was OUTSTANDING
! Highly recommend the fillet mignon in the blueberry reduction. Wasn’t overpowering with blueberry, just enough sweetness to make it scrumptious. Had the roasted potatoes as a side that I kept dunking them in the flavorful blueberry reduction.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for belated Christmas celebration with family and loved our experience! Everyone was over the moon for their dishes, the homemade pasta was incredible & service was great. Would definitely recommend and will be back soon

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RL
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The blueberry filet was absolutely delicious. The service was on point and they didn’t rush the ordering process at all. Our server offered great suggestions and explained everything in great detail. Overall, we will definitely be going back.

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KF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant in Italy and were excited to try the DC location. It was a special night with Mom’s and Daughters who had spent semesters in Florence. We were seated on time but immediately found our server to be a bit passive and very unprofessional. She never wrote our drink order down so thereafter it was never correct. She also did not check on us throughout the meal. Lastly, when asked how to order she steered us very wrong and we overordered pasta for the table which resulted in being too full to eat our main entree. All in all for the price we paid and the value of the service it was very disappointing.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the steak and burrata. Chicken dish was bland and asparagus side was not great. Have had better food here, but stilll really good overall. Will definitely keep coming back.

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a
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambience, decorations, and service! Lamb chops and all the pastas were perfect.

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L
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Attention to dietary issues appreciated. Enjoy the gluten free option.
Wait staff very friendly and prompt.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding, from the terrific appetizers and pastas, and the fantastic branzino special, to the warm cozy atmosphere and our lovely waiter.

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