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Acqua Al 2

4.6
4.6
3432 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Hours of Operation Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 525-4375

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ari Gejdenson

  • Catering

    Acqua al 2 has private dining rooms that can accommodate both sit-down dinners and standing receptions. The entire restaurant is also available for buy-outs. Offsite catering can be arranged in advance. Contact our events team at events@acquaal2dc.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Eastern Market Metro

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Pranzo Alla Svelta

3 Courses for $25. Available Tuesday - Friday

    1st Course

    Choice of:

    • Zuppa del Giorno

      • Insalata Caprese

        • Insalata Greca

          • Insalata Mista

            2nd Course

            Choice of:

              Panini

              Panini's are served with an arugula salad

              • Pomodoro, Mozzarella, e Coppa

                • Prosciutto e Formaggio di Capra

                  • Melanzane e Parmigiano

                    • Funghi e Formaggio al Tartufo

                      Pasta

                      • Rigatoni alla Melanzane

                        • Topini al Gorgonzola

                          • Orecchiette agli Spinaci

                            • Riso ai Funghi di Bosco

                              Sirloin

                              • All' Aceto Balsamico

                                • Al Mirtillo

                                  • Al Pepe Verde

                                    • Alla Griglia

                                      Pesce

                                      $10 surcharge

                                      • Fish of the Day

                                        3rd Course

                                        Choice of:

                                        • Cheesecake

                                          • Tiramisu

                                            • Barretta di Gianduja

                                              What 3,432 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              4.6
                                              4.6 based on all time ratings
                                              • 4.6Food
                                              • 4.4Service
                                              • 4.4Ambience
                                              • 4.4Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              1. MD

                                                MsDeniseoftheDMV

                                                Washington DC

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on March 14, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                My experience was wonderful the food was excellent and I can not wait to go back.

                                              2. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Richmond

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on March 13, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great as always

                                              3. AL

                                                ArtL

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 10, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Very enjoyable. Good food and friendly and excellent service

                                              4. CL

                                                ChrisL

                                                Charlotte

                                                8 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                8 reviews

                                                Dined on March 10, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing, old world authentic Italian food, better than my Nonna's even!

                                              5. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New Mexico

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on March 9, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious food and staff who are there when you need them and gone when you don’t.

                                              6. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                3 reviews

                                                vip
                                                1.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                overall1food5service1ambience3

                                                The host immediately met our party with a rude attitude. The host was completely put out when we asked to seat us at a different table that was available. The waiter gave us our check without offering dessert

                                              7. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Atlanta

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 7, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food was amazing! The pasta sampler is a must try :)

                                              8. CS

                                                CapitolScot

                                                Washington DC

                                                6 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on March 6, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food, great wine and even better service!

                                              9. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                11 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                11 reviews

                                                Dined on March 6, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This is our favorite restaurant in DC! The food is always tasty and it’s classy and kid-friendly.

                                              10. CK

                                                CKMarin

                                                San Francisco

                                                165 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                165 reviews

                                                Dined on March 6, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                We had a good dinner here a few nights ago. Started with the Burrata which was yummy. One in our party had the gnocchi with Gorgonzola and the others had the pasta sampler. While the sampler was good, I think next time I’ll just pick the pasta that sounds best as the sampler was a lot of pasta. We will likely be back next time we are in DC.

                                              11. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 5, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                All of the staff was super welcoming and made us feel at home! Very much recommend to anybody that lives in DC. Ambiance, food and the people are all a great vibe!

                                              12. WS

                                                WilliamS

                                                Washington DC

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on March 3, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Acqua Al 2 was right up there with the best Italian spots in DC. A bit more of a traditional Italian experience and the food was truly exceptional. The blueberry reduction on the steak is a winner!

                                              13. l

                                                lvmckeon

                                                Chicago

                                                34 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                34 reviews

                                                Dined on March 2, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                excellent Italian restaurant - great selection, good service, fair prices, and terrific red sauce - the true sign of a great Italian restaurant

                                              14. AC

                                                ACIC

                                                Washington DC

                                                13 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                13 reviews

                                                Dined on March 2, 2020

                                                overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                Had a 7:30 rez. Seated after 7:50. Busy and frenetic. Not wonderfully relaxing. Upcharged when we remarked that 3 tiny triangles of cheese on a $24 antipasto platter was not enough. More cheese please cost us, of course. Pastas less than stellar as we remembered. Blueberry steak was amazing and star of the show. With so many great Italian options in DC, not sure if we will be back. Very underwhelmed.

                                              15. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Authentic Tuscan cuisine in a nice atmosphere. Very friendly staff.

                                              16. r

                                                robert

                                                Chicago

                                                136 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                136 reviews

                                                Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great atmosphere and food.

                                              17. AG

                                                AndreaG

                                                Richmond

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Acqua Al 2 was fantastic! My daughter and I enjoyed your sister restaurant in Florence when we visited, so I was not sure if your DC Acqua Al 2 would live up to the standard we enjoyed in Florence, but it did!!!

                                              18. TL

                                                TonyL

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great spot for a date night. Offerings for vegetarians and meat-eaters. For the latter, get the fillet with the blueberry reduction.

                                              19. CK

                                                CharlesK

                                                Washington DC

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on February 29, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Every dish has never disappointed

                                              20. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                8 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                8 reviews

                                                Dined on February 25, 2020

                                                overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                Service is very slow and deteriorating, and many mistakes and aggravations are now par for the course. Some dishes are excellent but in general it is extremely expensive for what you get.

                                              21. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                9 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined on February 23, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The six of us had a wonderful night. We loved the spinach ball appetizers, a burrata, two kinds of gnocchi, mushroom fusilli, the fish and the steak. The chef generously sent us a free house-made pasta with wild boar and it was just amazing. The $90 Nebbiolo was perfect. How on earth did the two gnocchis (pesto and gorgonzola) be the exact same but have such different flavor profiles. I’ll be in Florence this summer and will absolutely plan on going to the original restaurant! Thank you!!!!

                                              22. SC

                                                ScottC

                                                Washington DC

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                Food was excellent, had a gaff on recognizing our anniversary but the manager made it right! Will be back!

                                              23. l

                                                lakerealtor

                                                Birmingham

                                                33 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                33 reviews

                                                Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Took my daughter and her two roommates for dinner and everyone enjoyed. Food and service were excellent. Will definitely return again and again.

                                              24. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Incredible service!

                                              25. TL

                                                TomL

                                                Washington DC

                                                11 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                11 reviews

                                                Dined on February 21, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food, menu and service I’ll be back!

                                              26. J

                                                Jack

                                                Washington DC

                                                9 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                9 reviews

                                                Dined on February 21, 2020

                                                overall3food4service1ambience2

                                                Service was mediocre at best. Waiters and support staff had too many tables to take care of. When I made the reservation asked for a quiet corner table or booth and when we came in the person at the front was glib and said, “we have you over there and there is no one on either side.” I said, you know in 15 minutes those tables will be filled.” He gave me the too bad look and dismissively walked away. He turned off both me and my business client and lost our monthly business.

                                              27. j

                                                johhnny1

                                                Miami

                                                76 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                76 reviews

                                                Dined on February 21, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                We have been to the restaurant about four times and it never disappoints. Like a very good Italian the sauce is the key and with the san Marzano tomatoes this sauce is at the top of the charts. We had fantastic eggplant parm that wasn't over fried or over done. The linguine vongole was delicious with tender clams and we finished our entrees with a well cooked and tender chicken breast with porcini mushrooms. The service was smart, unobtrusive and professional.

                                              28. SC

                                                SpartacoC

                                                Washington DC

                                                21 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                21 reviews

                                                Dined on February 17, 2020

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                Great food Great place

                                              29. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Dallas

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on February 17, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                It was amazing! Timing of food was spot on. Wine was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meals. It was a wonderful evening.

                                              30. w

                                                wahaas57

                                                Chicago

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on February 17, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                As an out of town couple, we asked our server for some recommendations and all of them were wonderful selections. The service was always timely, the food was perfectly prepared and seasoned. The marinara sauce was just the right amount of spicy hot. If you love authentic Italian cuisine, this is worth a stop in DC.

                                              31. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Central Texas

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on February 17, 2020

                                                overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                It was aight

                                              32. GP

                                                GiannaP

                                                Washington DC

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The Bistecca alla Fiorentina was an absolute must-have. I am still drooling just remembering it!

                                              33. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing delicious food

                                              34. KI

                                                KIMMETHJ

                                                San Diego

                                                17 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                17 reviews

                                                Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Staff, food, service excellent all around.

                                              35. KR

                                                KarimR

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Ambiance was very romantic and the food was amazing. Service was great with a server checking in on you frequently, but not to the point where it got annoying.

                                              36. c

                                                ckandersen

                                                Washington DC

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Portion sizes were generous, food was properly prepared and very good. Wait staff were helpful with selections, friendly, and personable. Would definitely go back.

                                              37. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Washington DC

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great atmosphere and food. We got the blueberry steak and spicy pasta and both were great!

                                              38. r

                                                rebeccaofdc

                                                Washington DC

                                                24 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                24 reviews

                                                Dined on February 13, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Absolutely fabulous dinner and place! My 2nd time and had the special meat for 2 (actually for 4). T-bone plus filet which continued to cook on the very hot plate. Large cheese tray was very nice. Very top food cooked perfectly and delivered wonderfully. Plus, the place is not pretentious.

                                              39. L

                                                Lauren

                                                Baltimore

                                                14 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                14 reviews

                                                Dined on February 13, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we loved every minute. The service was incredible and the staff could not have been nicer. I look forward to going back once restaurants open back up.

                                              40. DB

                                                DavidB

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 12, 2020

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had a table of eight and were served family style of salad, pasta and steak. The wine and food were outstanding. We brought a birthday cake and they served it for us. A perfect evening.

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                                              Acqua Al 2 is rated 4.6 stars by 3432 OpenTable diners.

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                                              Additional information

                                              • Neighborhood

                                                Capitol Hill

                                              • Hours of operation

                                                Hours of Operation Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

                                              • Cuisines

                                                Italian, Steak

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Elegant

                                              • Dress code

                                                Smart Casual

                                              • Parking details

                                                Street Parking

                                              • Public transit

                                                Eastern Market Metro

                                              • Payment options

                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Executive chef

                                                Ari Gejdenson

                                              • Additional

                                                Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                              • Phone number

                                                (202) 525-4375

                                              • Catering

                                                Acqua al 2 has private dining rooms that can accommodate both sit-down dinners and standing receptions. The entire restaurant is also available for buy-outs. Offsite catering can be arranged in advance. Contact our events team at events@acquaal2dc.com.

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