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About Acqua Al 2

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.

212 7th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 525-4375

Website:
http://www.acquaal2dc.com/

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. Contact Teija Cheung at Teija@mindfulrestaurants.com for more information.

Public Transit:
Eastern Market Metro

Executive Chef:
Ari Gejdenson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Teija Cheung
Teija@mindfulrestaurants.com

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Private Dining

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. Contact Teija Cheung at Teija@mindfulrestaurants.com for more information.

Acqua Al 2 Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (78)
Authentic (62)
Special Occasion (60)
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Neighborhood Gem (60)
Romantic (55)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Cozy (43)
Notable Wine List (40)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Worth the Drive (30)
Good for Groups (30)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Casual (25)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Business Meals (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Fun (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Hot Spot (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Local Ingredients (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Bar Seating (9)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Continues to exceed all expectations.
The Bistecca is still the finest steak in Washington and the White Truffles with pasta are a must when in season.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

We got there around 1:45 on a Tuesday afternoon. It was not crowded. We were there to have a date and leisurely lunch. The waiter had good suggestions, however, he seemed to be in a rush. It made it somewhat uncomfortable.

The food is amazing and we have been there several times. The previous wait staff was AMAZING! Maybe he was just having a bad day. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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food5
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service2
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

One of the very best Italian restaurants we have ever had in the US. Great food, great service, and loved the atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The only negative was the bread, which was tasteless. Acqua can do better.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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food4
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is a great place. Both the food and the staff are always excellent.

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food5
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service5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The portions here were huge. Fortunately my daughter and I split the rib-eye because I wouldn't have been able to finish it myself. I thought the meat was a bit under cooked, so go with medium if you want medium rare. My husband got the three steak option, and that was very nice. Inventive sauces on the meat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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food5
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value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We give it a big thumbs up (have also really enjoyed Corduroy and Black Salt but I can't think of any others). Steak, fish, and pasta were all excellent. The salad and soup were also great. The wait staff was upbeat and helpful, too.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Authentic Tuscan cuisine and decor. Great for special or every day dining. Staff is fantastic.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Romantic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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value4

 
·Dined on November 21, 2017

Duo tables are small and tables are close together. Service was acceptable but spare. Ambience is nice but promises much more than the food delivers. Our food was good but no better than any other small Italian restaurant. Noise level is moderate to high. Not the place for a nice romantic dinner. But if you have money to spend and like things more boisterous, this may be your place.

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food3
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service3
value2

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Never disappointed. Fresh ingredients and well prepared. Service is responsive without being intrusive. One of my favorites when I’m looking for something genuine and not trendy.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Wonderful food and impeccable service. Will be back next time I am in DC

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wife’s Birthday

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Birthday! We love this neighborhood go-to place!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Dessert and salad servings were very small. Bread was mediocre, served with plain olive oil. Nothing special about the entrees either. Our service was excellent, however. All in all, I didn't like the $150 check for two of us, that included no cocktails and just one glass of wine each. Not a good value.

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food3
ambience3
service5
value2

vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great dinner! Never got past the first since the portions were large.

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food5
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Florence. I didn’t know if the DC one would be up to par but I wasn’t disappointed! Amazing food. I cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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food5
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed Aqcua Al 2. From the food, to the friendly staff, to the on point service, it was not only one of the best Italian meals of my life, it was one of the best dining experiences of my life. We will be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Have been here many times - biatecca fiortena is still best steak in city. Not even close. Always a fun tjme but service very slow/inattentive this time.

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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is great, nice portions and the quality is great. The noise level was too high. You could think that this is not a problem of the restaurant but from its customers but the host could comment (very friendly) to big parties that they are being too loud.

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food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing... simply amazing.

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food5
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service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was okay, the wine was very good.

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food3
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service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A neighborhood gem that presents creative menu items that are well prepared and taste great in an unpretentious space that is genuine in decor albeit a bit tight. Not fancy, just high quality food, served enthusiastically.

Good value and a safe bet for a very satisfying experience.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food4
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service4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We always have a great time and this is the "go to" holiday restaurant for us. Than you!

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Everything was lovely!

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service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

loved the pasta dishes...very flavorful...delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Cherif was an excellent server and very helpful. He helped us make great selections.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food, service, and wine were wonderful. Wish I could bring the restaurant home to Boston

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Have been here for several birthdays over the years. This was just a friends night out. We were in the front room and it was a busy night - so it was louder than normal.

Three of us had appetizers or Prime Piati, which were delightful. The other person had a nice salad that was tasty. We had stakes and one fish order. Everything was superb.

We were all too full for desert. Two of us split a bottle of Nozzole - Chianti Classico - very nice.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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food5
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent as always. Let the waitstaff take care of you and you will be genuinely pleased. Excellent food and service time and time again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always great food and service. A bit noisy for quiet conversions at times but great place to eat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Our food was amazing and we had great service. Wonderful experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing food and amazing service. We went with the cheese board, pasta sampler, steak sampler, and a bottle of Cab. I wouldn't do it any other way. 10/10 Fantastic

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fantastic service, amazing food. Wonderful experience. Highly recomend!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My favorite Italian restaurant in the city! The atmosphere is cozy and unique. The blueberry steak and peppercorn steak were absolutely delicious. The pasta dishes were also generous and rich. Great value for an amazing dinner. I brought my family here while they were visiting the city.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great from beginning to end. Wine suggestions were spot on. Enjoyed it all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Once again, exceptional food and service!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have eaten at the original place in Florence twice , so was happy to see it stateside..food was just as good, as was the service..had the steak sampler, pasta sampler and dessert sampler..all good, fun to taste so many different dishes..as usual, the filet with blueberry sauce and with balsamic reduction were great...maybe next time will try something different..

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy
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food5
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

It was a good experience. Food was good but not for the price. Could have used more food for the amount paid. Service was awesome. Waiter knew all important details

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A party near us was so loud we had to yell to hear each other. 2 of us left with hoarse voices after trying to communicate during our dinner. The staff should have cut them off from their alcohol or asked them to keep it down. The food was amazing, as always.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food.

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