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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us this New Years Eve for an unforgettable evening! We will be offering a special NYE 5-Course Prix Fixe menu at $95 per person. (Tax & Gratuity is not included.) Check out the menu on our website. Limited reservations are available, be sure to book your reservation early to secure your table.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants and I love coming back regularly

WD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious salads, fish and yes that Bistecca Florentine! Great service at the table though the crowded bar was a bit slow to address our need for a libation. This is now on the favorites list. Reservations required most every night.

ZK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I invited couple of my coworkers to Acqua Al 2 for food and drinks. It was awesome food and drinks! We will definitely go back.

a
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a cosy friendly small restaurant with a variety of great dishes and always inventive specials.
You leave feeling well cared for after a great meal

KQ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Acqua Al 2 in Florence Italy, so once we found out that there was another restaurant that had opened by the same owner, we had to go there. The food was unbelievable!!! It was just like being back in Florence Italy. The hostess Claudia was so gracious and we were fortunate enough to even meet the owner. We can't wait to go back to Acqua Al 2, this is a gem of a restaurant in DC.

J
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved everything we ordered. We brought our own wine and paid a $25 corkage fee per bottle. Would have like that to be less costly, but still less than what they charge for their wines.

WD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch for a bestie. Waitress and other staff were super. Food excellent.

EG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A bit louder than usual due to several larger parties celebrating the holidays. Service and food was still wonderful.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and outstanding service.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service is incredible, but the servers really need to ask for orders more quickly. Lunch is too short a period of time to wait.

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining experience at Acqua was fantastic as always. This is one of the only DC restaurants I have continued to return to over and over again for the past few years. I love the cozy ambiance of the restaurant, attentive service and of course, the pasta. For the first time I tried the tasting of the five vegetarian pastas and it was a great variety of pastas/sauces, timed well, and wonderfully delicious.

M
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good a restaurant as you will find in DC. Never disappoints!

EF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious specials and Italian classic pastas; fresh salads; fabulous wine and a sommelier willing to take the time to talk to us about the wine we were drinking. Lovely experience.

JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, quick spot for a business lunch. Exceptional lunch special and staff.

GC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This has excellent Italian fare and a solid wine list with good wines by the glass.

A
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Love the pasta/steak/dessert samplers. Great place for a date night or a birthday dinner. Wonderful service.

l
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Service was welling meaning but hit or miss on performance. My meal was so salty I sent it back. They tasted it and agreed and responded graciously. They took it off the bill and comped dessert. However, for the price it was a disappointing experience overall

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will 100% recommend this any time someone asks for an Italian restaurant to go to in DC. Our favorite date night spot and the best Italian, ESPECIALLY pasta, outside of Italy!

ML
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

It would have been a 5 star experience, except that our server presented us with a check before asking if we wanted dessert/coffee/anything else. We had an 8pm reservation- we weren't seated until 8:15-8:20ish and he gave us the check at 9:55pm. There were no late reservations either. As a table of 4 women, we were slightly (OK, we were highly) annoyed, and am not sure I would go back. Really left a poor impression especially after a delicious meal.

KB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always delicious!

NB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

It took 22 minutes for a serve to come by and take our order. This was after asking other staff several times for someone to help us. Also, the restaurant had a bad mold smell.

JB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It seems to be very popular with people waiting for tables.. We had a reser so got seated immediately. It appears to be overrated. The food was not good. Service okay considering how busy they were but I wouldn't recommend

RF
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food, loved the option to sample salads, pasta, steaks, and deserts. A great choice for my birthday dinner! I highly recommend that anyone looking to try some delicious Italian food to check out this restaurant. Just beware it is not easy on your wallet, but worth it.

TG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic Italian menu. Save room for the tiramisu!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Was sat in a section with loud children, waitress was rude.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I’ve been to this restaurant twice and I’m not a fan of the food. It’s just ok. If you are looking for Italian in this neighborhood I would try Lavanga instead.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracias a Claudia

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D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was friendly, helpful and efficient. The lunch menu is a good value, and the ambiance is very Italian—unhurried, relaxing and upbeat.

JP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just as good as my memory of their original location in Florence. Did not disappoint one bit!

R
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Purchased the THREE SALAD SAMPLER and the FIVE PASTA SAMPLER. It seemed like a good idea, but neither the salads nor the pastas impressed. But they WERE filling, so could not make it to the DESSERT SAMPLER.

P
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good but not great.

J
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a lovely bday celebration. The staff were attentive and fellow patrons even joined in the singing and made my friend feel extra special (and embarrassed!)

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unfortunately we were seated in one of the smaller areas with a horribly noisy crowd who were way too loud. Its a shame because we love this restaurant and always have a great time. The food is still wonderful and the service excellent, just make sure they sit you in a quiet area or move to one so you can enjoy your friends’ conversations!

CS
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good but waiter seemed rushed and not welcoming. Noise level was too high. Bus boy was attentive and host station was friendly.

GO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food was just so bad in comparison to other authentic Italian restaurants. 2 stars at best! I will pay for a good meal, so it’s painful when I think of the money I wasted. And the calories! I was terribly hungry, but I could only choke down half!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just did.

PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh it's lovely there. Great food, great service, cozy ambience. Go!

MD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely outdoor dining and very rich flavors. Our server was all but absent and was the antithesis of good service when present. The only down side of the experience, too bad that can make or break the whole deal!

v
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had "Florentine Steak" for 2 on Oct 18. Was only time we found it be be as good as ones in Florence, Italy. Was not made traditional way on wood burning grill, but was excellent. Also loved the special appetizer of burrata with slices of citrus fruit and pomegranate seeds. Waiter very attentive. Left him a really big tip. Place a tad too tightly packed. Was about a 1/2 hour Uber ride from downtown DC, but would never miss returning there when in DC.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!! We had eaten at Aqua al 2 in Florence and were very excited to try the DC location. Our meal met every expectation we had... just like being back in Florence!

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