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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Special 5-course prix-fixe menu. $85 p/guest (excludes tax, gratuity & libation). Please inform us of dietary restrictions. A credit card is required to hold reservations. For cancellations within 48hrs of the reservation, we reserve the right to charge the card on file $20 p/guest cancellation fee

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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

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (59)
Special Occasion (57)
Authentic (55)
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Neighborhood Gem (49)
Romantic (47)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Cozy (43)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Notable Wine List (31)
Business Meals (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Casual (24)
Worth the Drive (23)
Tasting Menu (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Comfort Food (18)
Fun (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Hot Spot (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Seasonal (7)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
People Watching (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

Restaurant seems sitting in a nice neighborhood. The dining room is nice and not overly big. The lunch prix fix was not a bad value. Although the price on opentable said it was $20, but in the restaurant was $22. I like the salad and like the green pepper sauce that comes with the sirloin. As we cook ellexcent steak (top steak house quality) with USDA Prime, the sirloin is bit of rough. But the steak came with exact the degree I want. Just the meat was not the top quality. However, for $22 a set menu, I can't complain. The tiramisu and cheesecake were both good. Again, we made top quality tiramisu at home, so the restaurant was not surprising good to me. Please don't get me wrong, the restaurant is in 4 stars level. They did a good job. Just I have been eating many good meals and it did not surprise me.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Meeting old friends

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Still best steak in DC (bistecca fiortena), with great wine list and excellent service tonight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food. Will definitely be back

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food. Really enjoyed the pasta tastings menu.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Well organized. Plenty of staff who knew what they were doing

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Wonderful staff, quiet, authentic atmosphere. Recommended the perfect wine pair with the absolutely wonderful meal. Awesome experience for taking my wife out for date night.
Thank you!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food here is so good! The meat was all cooked perfectly, and the blueberry steak was delicious. My only complaint is that I got the pasta sampler, which gives you 5 of their vegetarian pastas, and I think there are much better options on the menu than the ones they served us.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love this restaurant! A little pricey (especially the steaks) but if you share with someone, it works out alright! The balsamic steak is delicious and their cheesecake is to die for.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere and service. The food was delicious. My wife and I shared a pasta dish then each had a steak. The filet with balsamic reduction and the NY Strip with green peppercorn sauce. Both very good. Either make reservations or show up no later than 5:30 on a Saturday.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The specials are worth the price, try them. The daily fish is always delicious and styled prettily with veggies and a drizzle of a sauce/puree. The salads are incredibly good. The pasta dishes are nothing extraordinary but the pasta is tasty, and various entrees executed well.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Ottima scelta vale veramente la pena provare le svariate opzioni propose dal menù

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The experience is the best,simply said great
good,drinks,desserts and service.
Harold Black’s drink are simply orgasmic
the hottest speakeasy ever.so after or before
Please go.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

My daughter went to the original Aqua in Florence while there in college. She took us to the DC restaurant and said the food was as good as the original. The steak with Blueberry reduction is to die for - I know sounds odd but trust me!!! Bar scene nice and waitstaff very friendly and quick to assist. Plus the neighborhood is cool

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Once again, I had a fabulous dinner at Acqua al 2. This time I had the garbanzo bean soup, scallop risotto, a glass of pinot bianco, and torte al cioccolato. Everything was delicious. The scallops could not have been cooked more perfectly. I love this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve meal price fix was amazing!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Acqua al 2 never disappoints! We come here every New Years Eve and the menu service and venue are always fantastic.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve menu, food was awesome. Can't wait to go back and try their full menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Acqua Al Due never fails to please. The food is terrific, and the service is impeccable.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food never disappoints and the service is always on point. Yummy all around!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This was our third visit and each time our experience has been better. Thank you for the wonderful food and service.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We love this Italian gem on the Hill. The food is incredible, and we have tried much of the menu from appetizers (going with the burrata will always be a hit!) to pasta and the steaks and fish. Everything is spot on. The service is some of the best— always friendly and welcoming and never overbearing. We moved to the ‘burbs after living in the city for 20 years, and still trek back for Aqua Al 2.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My girlfriend and I dined at Acqua Al 2 last night and we really enjoyed it. We loved the three meat appetizer and the cheese plate. Acqua Al 2 has a wonderful ambience as well as knowledgeable and deft servers. I'll be back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went because we had been to the one Florence. Did not disappoint. Love the blueberry steak!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Filet in blueberry sauce was divine. Veal with mushroom without particular flavor and disappointing. Overall, a very pleasant evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our waitress was fantastic!!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My family celebrated Christmas eve and had the most delightful dinner. The wine and cocktails were terrific. I consider myself an expert Italian cook and ordered the gnocchi in a gorgonzola sauce and it was perfect - pretty close to being in Italy. It is rare to find excellent Italian food outside of Italy but this restaurant comes very close. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

May have been an off night but I won’t go back... recommended by a friend on the hill prior to an event. Very very disappointed. Some the sponge’est pasta I’ve ever seen in my life. Steak had to go back for cooking and balsamic extremely bitter for a quality. Shame

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food, service, and value

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Fabulous meal and drinks. Perfect for a get together with friends I haven't seen in a very long time.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I’d definitely go with the pasta here.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere. Perfect for a romantic special occasion date. The food was delicious but the entrees would be more appropriately valued for the price if sides were included in the price of the entree instead of a la carte. The food was delicious, but maybe a little overpriced. I had the filet with blueberry reduction; it was good, but the blueberry was a little overwhelming and could have used a lighter touch. The pear salad was wonderful.
The wine menu had many good options and our server made good recommendations. We split the cheesecake for dessert and it was a wonderful texture - not too heavy - and had a nice tartness.
Service was very good except for an odd moment when our date and I were kept waiting at the host stand, even though we had a reservation and entered first, while others were seated who came in after us. It felt like a snub, but maybe it was not intended that way .
I will definitely come back and recommend to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We had a yummy and delightful time at Acqua Al 2! The food was delicious and the restaurant is charming & cozy — a really nice spot to spend the eve in good conversation. I asked if I could have the pesto on their homemade linguini, which is a combination that is not offered on the menu, and they immediately said no problem! It was luscious! After dinner we walked over to The Folger Shakespeare Theater and listened to a holiday concert. Will definitely be returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Amazing food. Server was awesome.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Dinner after a matinee was terrific. The staff at all levels was above and beyond accommodating without being intrusive. The menu was challenging in a very good way because it was difficult to rein in an impulse to try everything! The food was perfectly prepared and served as if we were the only diners. Fantastic. Will definitely go back. Bravo!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

First trip to Acqua Al 2. Outstanding service. No pressure to order, no pressure to eat and move on, very friendly, answered questions, very attentive. Food was very good and portions were satisfactory. A little on the noisy side but you can still have a conversation. Having a speakeasy upstairs really topped the night off.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food and ambiance were absolutely incredible! Reminded us of our trip to Florence! We will definitely go back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I would recommend that this restaurant offer martini glasses. Somewhat disconcerting to order a martini and receive it in an old fashioned champagne glass. Otherwise food, wine and service are superb!!
--Picky-Picky

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food was okay, not very hot. Very overpriced for lunch. $84.00 with no drinks just water for 2 people. Waitress seemed rushed.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was excellent and a great value. The wine menu was a little overpriced but had a nice selection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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