Acqua Al 2

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$31 to $50
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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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FS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this place. Great food, great service and great atmosphere! Thank you for staying so consistent.
Note: the wine list is great as well!

D
Charleston
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and friendly, attentive service. Loved the October specials!

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

I love Acqua Al 2- My husband and I attend for every event we can (if there's a table available.) The service is outstanding and the food is even better. It's a little noisy in there so you may need to speak up when talking at the table- but it doesn't really matter because once the food gets there you won't be speaking- it's THAT good. Try the blueberry steak! It's one of the best things I've eaten in my entire life.

ND
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The food was good, but the service was absolutely atrocious. I’m not sure if the waiter was trying to emulate the European way with no niceties, no table touches, and never cracking a smile but it didn’t work. Really put a damper on what could’ve been a lovely meal.

I
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was exceptional. Shariff was our waiter and took such good care of us.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the best birthday dinner at Acqua al 2. If I am comparing it to the original in Florence, the details made me feel like I was in Italy. From the traditional unsalted bread, the paper placemats, and the plates on the wall- everything was perfect. The food was amazing as well. We split the cheese and charcuterie platter, and clam linguine and balsamic steak. For dessert we had the hazelnut semi frozen dish. Again, everything was perfect. I will definitely be back.

J
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very authentic Italian food!! Always a good time!

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

From out of town, but whenever we come to DC we make sure to eat here. Food and wine are very good. This time we had the steak and the herbed chicken. Both delicious.. Our server Sharif was outstanding. All in all, a very nice evening.

AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I usually LOVE this restaurant. Great food and atmosphere, but this last time we had horrible service. We waited about 30 minutes before someone approached our table to welcome us and take drink orders. Then it was another 30+ minutes before anyone returned, a different person, and took drink orders again. It took a long time for drinks to come from there. Then we ended we waited for the check for quite some time and finally had to get up and ask for it.

SF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. But we felt rushed. Also restaurant is extremely loud so conversation was difficult. Last, we ordered 1 take out meal (pasta) to bring back to our hotel to a member of our party who wasn’t feeling well and it came with no bread, cheese or utensils- wth?!

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and cute with delicious steaks. Recommend the first steak in the cream sauce, asparagus, spinach, and the chocolate mousse and lemon custard.

ZG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe the most authentic Italian restaurant in DC. I have only been to Italy once, but this meal transported me there. I swear there is an old Italian grandma in the kitchen making this stuff. The staff was kind and attentive and worked well as a team. The vegetarian pasta tasting menu was a great deal and very delicious, although there was a little bit of a wait between a few dishes. I took my parents and they were very impressed. Plus it has a great location right across the street from Eastern Market.

t
Washington DC
137 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Brunch menu was not very extensive and unimaginative. Although the restaurant wasn’t crowded, service was slow.

E
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Going to be honest the Washington location doesn’t hold a candle to the Florence Italy one. Our service was sporadic. The food was fine but nothing special.

H
Indiana
26 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from the moment we walked in the door. The food was reasonably priced and the wine selection is abundant. The waitress was engaging and informative. We would highly recommend Acqua.

CA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best.

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was amazing- but it’s not a romantic location. It’s bright and the service staff are mediocre.

A
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really a great date-night spot. Super-cute restaurant with authentic good. The wine list was great, with lots of options. We loved the tuna tartar and the burrata apps. Steak was great as was the pasta dish. Can't wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was incredible — hard to beat — but unfortunately, the restaurant lost our orders and our dinner lasted almost 3 hours as a result. Our waiter was great about it and the manager compensated us with some free wine. Although the food was delicious, the long wait was a bit of a bummer. I will definitely be back and hopefully it’ll be quicker.

FB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burrata is a must, and you cannot go wrong with any pasta dish

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Salads were very plain for 11 bucks nothing to write home about. Fish was very tasty. All and All just Okay

AC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service. We went for a bachelorette and they surprised us with lemoncello after our meal! So sweet!

l
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Carpaccio was a little over chilled and needed shaved Parmesan. Otherwise delicious. Server was nice but seemed to pay less attention to me as a single female than other diners who were couples. Overall very satisfied.

I
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic. But both our pastas arrived and they were not very hot (almost left out for a bit too long). Been here many times and this is a first

LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner!! Atmosphere was charming, food delicious (especially dessert) and service exemplary!!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The waitress was nice and suggested a watermelon salad which was good. I ordered pasta and it was so salty that every bite I cringed. It seemed the waitress got busy with other tables and didn’t check on me until I had eaten part of the pasta. I boxed up the rest but threw it away. I was so thirsty from all of the salt and really regretted going to this restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst dining experience so far.

I’ve been in the one in Firenze many years ago and I wanted to repeat that good moment from my past. I’ve never been so deceived!

Their “assaggio di primi”, their “specialità”, was a bad joke! Disgusting! Store bought dry pasta, undercooked lumpy “gnocchi” and lousy sauces; my ten year old daughter has done a better job.

Save yourself from a disappointment, don’t go there!

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved Acqua Al 2! We ordered a bottle of wine based on our waiter’s recommendation - it was the perfect red to accompany our meal & well priced. Everyone who passed our table would stop to ensure our glasses were filled and our meal was to our liking. We each ordered a pasta entree and shared the trio of steaks. We finished with the hazelnut crunch bar for dessert. You can’t go wrong with anything you order off their menu! We will definitely be back! Thank you for a lovely date night!

CL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food closet place to Italy I’ve found in the city

MD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We did the tasting of the five vegetarian pastas and one of the NY strips. Two of the five pasta dishes were really good. The strip was delicious.

KS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to the original restaurant in Florence Italy. So glad there is one state side to enjoy. The food is AMAZING!!! Get the trio salad, trio pasta and trio steak. You won’t regret it.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was in town for brothers wedding. Was given recommendation from good friend to eat here. May have been the best dinning out food I have ever had. Calling it restaurant food would be and insult to this place.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE ACQUA AL 2!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it!!!! Special experience with exceptional service, excellent food, and phenomenal ambiance. My fifth time there and I’ll be back next time I’m in town. Thank you AA2!!!!

j
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, as always!

AS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Anastasia, was fantastic and truly made a memorable experience for our group. We had a wonderful time with great food and vino!

G
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had the best meal here! Our children have been to this location and the one in Florence. They raved about it and now we know why! The food was outstanding! The blueberry steak was phenomenal! The pasta sampler platter... out of this world! The wine was lovely. What made this meal even more special was our beautiful waitress Amirah. She was so knowledgeable and professional. She gave us great recommendations and was so friendly. She made our special night even more memorable! We’ll be back next time we’re in town. 5 stars for sure.

MS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to have excellent food and atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone.

P
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Yes, BUT...
> The atmosphere is good, but depending upon which chairs you pick on the patio, you may be uncomfortable.
> Wait staff varies considerably. We've had excellent wait staff, and not so great. Sometimes the wait staff seem to be genuinely listening to us, and sometimes they seem to be going through the motions.
> We've heard on numerous occasions (not just from the WaPo article but also from people) of their being the (unfortunately not too uncommon) culture of sexism and harassment there. Friends have told us NOT to patronize the restaurant. We continue with the hope that the issues are in the past/

MR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This was my third time at Acqua, after two previous delicious meals with great service. Perhaps it was a fluke, but the food this time was subpar and the service was horrible. I arrived at our reservation time to be told that I would have to wait until my dining partner arrived even there there was plenty of open seating. We then waited half an hour at the table before anyone even offered us water, let alone a drink or food order. At the end of the meal, I paid in cash and was answered by a disgruntled waiter who refused to return with exact change, stating that they normally do not accept cash, which meant I was either to tip nothing or double what I would for extraordinary service, not to mention bad service. Will not be recommending this restaurateur in the future as I think that the service and food have unfortunately gone downhill.

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