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 our events team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.View Private Dining Details
A credit card is required to hold reservations on Mother’s Day. For cancellations within 48hrs of the reservation, we reserve the right to charge the card on file a $20 per person cancellation fee.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
I've been to Acqua many times, and usually I have a great experience. However, today's service and attentiveness was pathetic. To begin, it took the server 20 minutes after we were seated to come to our table to take our food/drink order. On top of that, it took an additional 45 minutes for our food to come out. While waiting, the server did not check on our beverages nor provide an explanation for the delay. When it did arrive, half of our table didn't have proper utensils for eating, so it took another 5 minutes for the server to come around and realize utensils were missing, and bring them. For those with pasta, the server did ask if folks would like cheese, two people at the table said 'yes'. The server never returned with the cheese. Lastly, three people had ordered the 'lunch special', which included the dessert. Dessert was only brought out for one person.
When we asked why the restaurant had fallen apart during the lunch hour, we were told that there were four large parties that all ordered at the same exact time, and the kitchen was backed up. However, I've booked a party at the restaurant before. And no later than three days in advance, the restaurant requests a pre-set menu, so as to expedite service the day of the event. The restaurant knew these parties were coming, yet failed to prepared for today's lunch hour.
I'm not exactly sure what was going on today over at the restaurant. What I do know is that we will be dining elsewhere, and do not plan on returning until Acqua resorts back to providing dependable and quality service.
I've been here three times and have loved my experience every time! Always a good meal.
We were in town to celebrate a birthday and Acqua was recommended to us. It did not disappoint. We had a party of 7 and each person enjoyed the meal. Some very creative entrees like steak with blueberries--a big hit.
Match day for medical school
Fantastic food-salad, main courses and dessert. Even the cocktail was great. Wonderful flavors
Great experience! Food service and ambiance were all excellent.
Loved it. After we tasted Acqua al 2 in Florence, Italy I was very surprised to find it here in Washington DC too. The food was authentic Italian, the selection of wines was great, service really good and kind. I can really recommend it, would go again tomorrow!!
I came here alone in Oct 2015 and had a blast. So when my husband and I came for a trip we decided to return. As always, AMAZING service from all personnel, and great food and coffee! We had caprese salad, wild boar, herbed gnocchi, dessert flights, and coffee. The manager went to all of the tables, and was a great personality! While this restaurant is on the pricier side, I believe it is 100% worth the price if you want fantastic food, service, and atmosphere!
I had been to their sister restaurant in Florence and have always wanted to try this restaurant. The food was authentic Italian, great wine list and wonderful service.
Four of us enjoyed dinner at Acqua Al 2. Each one of us enjoyed our food immensely. The pastas were especially delicious. We also had terrific service. I look forward to returning for dinner again soon!
My sister and I are visiting my cousin for the weekend and wanted to have a nice dinner out. We ordered the Greek salad, gnocchi, eggplant rigatoni, steak trio, tiramisu and hazelnut chocolate bar. Everything was delicious! We will definitely be back to eat here!
Such a great place. Amazing food. Attentive service. Can’t wait to return.
Easily my favorite restaurant in the DC area. If you come at the right time of year, you might be able to get pappardelle with wild boar. Highly recommended.
Take advantage of the knowledgeable wait staff regarding wine. And try the filet with blueberry reduction.
This place is awesome! We went to the one in Florence a few years ago and have been looking forward to trying the DC counterpart. We were not disappointed. Everyone bit as great! Try the pasta sampler!!
I didn’t think the food was as good as I remembered. There was a burnt under taste to the eggplant Parmesan and to the spinach appetizer.
One of the best Italians places I’ve ever ate at. Even the waiter was Italian! They also have one other location located in Florence- so you know you’re getting the real deal. There also seems to be a lot of history there. Lots of vegetarian and wine options as well.
Food was very good. Tuesday lunch time was very busy.
Would have been nice if waiter had explained some items on the menu but he didn’t seem to have the time or inclination. This was our first visit and we had to refer back and forth between the $22 menu and the regular menu for translation.
Acqua was suggested to us by a friend who had lived in DC, and our expectations were totally exceeded! Amazing value for the level of quality, service, and atmosphere. We loved our hand made pasta dishes, and our server suggested the perfect beer pairing with my gnocchi. We can’t wait to go back!
Wonderful service and absolutely delicious food, got a bit noisy at points but it wasn't a problem. Loved the dinner.
Really outstanding service and the best steak in DC EVERY time (bistecca fiortena). Great wines. Son thoroughly enjoyed birthday.
I love this restaurant. Believe I've eaten here ten or fifteen times, and not a single bad experience. I can't rate Aqua Al 2 highly enough.
A lovely dinner and experience that will bring us back for sure! Every item we ordered was fantastic. The burrata is the best I've ever had and I love how they seasonalize it accordingly. We enjoyed the two special pastas and of course the blueberry steak. I've converted my steakhouse loving father into a fan of Acqua al 2 by bringing him here!
Excellent food. We brought out of town friends who also said it was one of their best meals in DC.
Food and service was fabulous!
We have been to Florence and fell in love with the restaurant there and looked forward to visiting the one in DC. My birthday celebration incluced a trip to DC to visit the newest museum and to eat at Acqua Al 2. Our Italian waiter, Ido, was excellent and was very interested in our experience. We had the salad sampler, pasta sampler, and a glass of house red wine, all very good. Looking forward to our visit again and will request I do.
Lunch at Acqua is always good, particularly when you can sit outside and enjoy the sun. Alas, last visit was cold but food is good and the Pranzo alla svelta lunch menu is great. And inexpensive.
Great lunch. The soup if the day was incredible. So was the pasta. Desserts were good, but nothing spectacular. The place is beautiful and the staff is very nice and accommodating. Will be coming back
Aqua al Due seems to have become a “factory” churning out good meals but nothing special. Service* was fine but nothing special.
*The bartender was exceptional.
Not bad, but nothing special or worth the expense, or expectation that it would be a a special evening out.
The food was amazing and the waiter was great. My only complaint is they wouldn't allow us to add a chicken breast to the pasta orders which was new to me. Not many pasta dishes included meat or chicken.
Last visit we tried the pasta sampler & dessert sampler and loved it. This visit we tried the salad sampler and the steak sampler. The salads were good but not exceptional. On the steak sampler we liked the steak with arugula and Parmesan best. Maybe it’s us but we really didn’t care much for the steak with the blueberry reduction. We ordered a panna cotta and cheesecake for dessert. They were both outstanding!
We live on the Hill and love this place. The food is quite good, the atmosphere is warm and lively, and the wait staff is very friendly and accomodating. Eating here is always a nice experience!
Fantastic food and service
Over the summer I was studying in Firenze and Acqua al 2 was my favorite restaurant there! I was so happy to hear about this sister restaurant in the States. My boyfriend and I made the trip down to D.C and although the monuments are cool, eating here was what I was looking forward to the most. I was skeptical because I didn't know if a restaurant in the U.S could match my experience in Italy, but the D.C location did not disappoint! The food was delicious and the staff was so friendly. I really felt like I traveled back to Italy. We were in D.C for two nights and ended up coming again the second night because we just didn't think any place could top this one!
I wasn’t prepared for the type of menu offered to us. In retrospect, we should have ordered differently (family style instead of individually).
Service was great! Before coming to the restaurant, I made the mistake of cancelling my reservation and called the restaurant as soon as they opened. The hostess wasn't able to pull back my opentable reservation at first but was able to get me in the system.
Our waitress was spot-on! She was personable and made sure that we enjoyed our food and let us know that she is there to accommodate our needs. The food was also fantastic. The ricotta/spinach balls with tomato sauce and cheese was the best thing I ate there and I recommend sharing the appetizer with someone else, as it filled me pretty quickly.
My family enjoyed their entrees very much. My father had the Artic Char and said it was delicious and my aunt had the fusilli with spicy sauce and it was definitely spicy! I had rigatoni with mozzarella and eggplant. I wasn't used to the eggplant being mushed up but it was still tasty. The pasta was cooked to perfection, just al dente!
My father and I each had tiramisu for dessert and it was really good! If I lived anywhere near D.C. I would love to go more often.
Delicious food, excellent service. Friendly, accommodating staff. Definitely recommend.
SPECTACULAR! Had dinner once before so came for lunch/brunch. Simply divine