Acqua Al 2

4.7
3232 reviews
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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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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve never had a meal I didn’t like here! Today, I opted for the spicy fusilli and it was out of this world. Our server asked if I’d prefer mild or full spice, and I went for full spice. I was NOT disappointed.

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F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Acqua al 2 made our anniversary special with a free dessert and overall a delicious meal. But we ordered the vegetarian pasta sampler (and felt like our server could have provided more information about it), and we felt a bit rushed as each portion came out before we could barely finish/appreciate the previous portion. Also with a different server bringing each portion, my husband didn't receive the hot sauce he'd requested.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Acqua Al 2 was excellent! The food and ambience were excellent. Fortunately, these factors outweighed the rudeness of our waitress.

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BT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with our kids. Two live in dc. We live in New York. We eat at Acqua every time we visit dc. The food is delicious and the service is excellent. Highly recommend.

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MB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Chicken and steak were chewy 😢
Waiter was never around when we needed him
They had run out of peroni beer, I would have thought a staple in any Italian restaurant -poor
Just very poor overall

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L
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group was quite impressed with the atmosphere, service and food. Acqua Al 2 is second to none!

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TR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Overall, most of the food was overcooked. The chicken was dry, the pasta was rubbery, and the cheese spinach balls were burnt in spots on the top. The spinach side was bland. With a bill getting close to $200 I'm not impressed at all, and would not return. The only pro was that the server was very polite and nice.

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WD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Aa2 is an all time favorite of mine. My friends and I go straight to the salad tasting menu, the pasta tasting menu and then one (it’s a monster) Bisteca Florintina. Delicious. Nice wine list and professional servers who are friendly attentive and retiring rather than hovering.

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

A fabulous evening with friends over a lovely bottle of wine and a spectacular meal! The gnocchi were perfectly delicate, light and fluffy pillows which allowed the the sauce to shine. The fusilli was cooked perfectly al dente gently coated with an eggplant red sauce. For the secondi, we had the soft-shell crab special and the sliced New York Strip! After dinner, we had some amazing specialty cocktails at Harold Black. Perfect evening

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WB
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good from the appetizer with eggplant, to the pasta and chicken and the vanilla bean custard! Service was great as well. I will be back!

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered the Brunch frittata with prosciutto, which was terrific. The eggs were firm (not runny), as I prefer and the salad on top made for a light breakfast/lunch repast. The ambiance hearkens back to a Europe and the service was terrific (accommodated my celiac dietary needs). Only recommendation would be that the brunch menu also include a list of brunch drinks (mimosa, etc.).

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TA
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The green peppercorn NY strip was amazing. The service was fast and courteous.

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C
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, it was a little noisy, but in that everyone is having a good time way. The food was amazing, the bread and oil were delicious, our server was very attentive. We ended with dessert, but we as so full from the meal, we couldn’t even finish it.

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SR
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, ambience and service. Highly recommended.

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TW
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Easily the worst service I have received in years. Doubt if I return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food

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EW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

While we were looking forward to our celebration dinner at Acqua Al2, we were were not overly impressed with the whole experience. A couple of things, the waitress while polite, she was not warm and rather than spending even 20 seconds to be engaging or even explaining the daily specials to us was instead immediately firing info and questions at us like she was very pressured for time, and each time she returned to the table it was the same. Second, the pasta while tasty was fairly firm and some parts very stiff/dried out like it had been sitting or "freshened up" not actually freshly prepared for my meal. Third, my wife watched a server drop a spoon on the floor and rather than get a clean new one, brought the dropped one to a table two down from us. Lastly, we paid our bill by CC (picked up and returned by a manager?) and once outside our waitress who happened to be there stopped us and asked how we paid, while the point of the conversation was to make sure we did not leave cash and go as they do not accept cash, the whole conversation was awkward and unneeded as when she left our bill at the table she could have taken 10 seconds to tell us they do not take cash. We are unlikely to return, there are other local options that are a better value and experience.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Seating was 45 minutes after reservation Service was slow, needed to flag staff in order to get order taken Too crowded too flow unpleasant

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Very loud and couldn’t even hear the person across the table. Service was slow and we didn’t. Get the carrot soup ordered as an antipasto. Food was not the best for any of our meals. All around a disappointing evening out

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding option for authentic Italian in Capitol Hill.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife an I went to the original restaurant in Florence and when we found out there was one in DC we were really excited to go. The was just as good as we remember and a lot closer lol.

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Apart from the service, our experience was just ok. We found it to be over priced. It was a bit loud as the tables are seated very closely. The Caprese was good, as was the creme brulee, but our entrees were underwhelming.

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing, from the cheese plate to the main dish. Our server was also great, very attentive but never annoying. I told him at the beginning of the meal that I would like a second glass of wine with dinner and he made sure to bring me one with my main course without me having to ask again. The ambience was great - very spacious, not loud, and very clean. Overall a great experience - would definitely go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food is terrible. The service was okay. Their wine prices are ridiculous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our anniversary and had a great meal. Try the Blueberry Fillet...FABULOUS

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C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

After visiting the "mothership" twice in Florence, I'd been wanting to try the DC location for a while. It lived up to my expectations! Cute, cozy, charming restaurant, great outside seating on a warm spring night, varied menu full of options -- easily something-for-everyone. The eggplant appetizer was the best and in spite of intending to get pasta, I got one of the specials that night, softshell crabs, which was a huge, fabulous, flavorful dish. Will be back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal with my daughter.

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JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious. Our server had great recommendations. They even made something special for my picky eater.

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AG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acqua al 2 never ever disappoints. Fell in love with this place in Italy, and happy to be moving close to this DC location. Food is literally fantastic and so is the service.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as always!

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RM
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here! Our date night was crashed by our toddler and they were very accomdating so we could still enjoy a nice dinner on their patio.

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SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food we ordered was quite delicious. What we were a bit surprised was that when you order chicken with mushrooms that is all you are going to get. No pasta side, no bed or rice, no vegetables, just a hunk of meat.

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CV
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fileto al mirtillo is a must have!!! Our waiter was super friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The food tasted just as delicious as the Florence location.

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JB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Because it was so loud inside we requested and got an outside table. Not much a crowed restaurant can do about noise but we thank them for accommodating our request to move outside.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and friendly people

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall, it was a good experience. The service was great and it was a cute little building. The food was just average though. In particular the ragu was a disappointment. The spicy tomato pasta was good but not worth coming back for.

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SR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Acqua Al 2 is at the same price point at The Red Hen and the food just isn't as interesting. The staff is lovely but other than the squash pasta, most of the dishes were pretty standard/average flavors.

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b
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely place, great food and attentive service. Pretty loud however - not easy to carry on a conversation given the noise level.

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C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent as always. The lunch svelta menu is an amazing deal. I would have love to have given this 5 stars, but our server kept forgetting about us.

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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great and will def be back

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