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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (85)
Special Occasion (68)
Authentic (62)
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Neighborhood Gem (57)
Romantic (57)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Cozy (42)
Notable Wine List (39)
Worth the Drive (34)
Good for Groups (30)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
Casual (28)
Tasting Menu (26)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Business Meals (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Fun (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Great for Lunch (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
People Watching (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Seasonal (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Wife’s Birthday

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Birthday! We love this neighborhood go-to place!

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined a day ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Amazing... simply amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was okay, the wine was very good.

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 (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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 (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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 (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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·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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·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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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed the dinner. A bit pricey, but good food, good atmosphere. Good if you're looking for a nice place to for an anniversary or special occasion.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Simply fabulous! Loved the blueberry reduction on the filet!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Never disappointed and always a must when in DC.
We make sure we a reservation because Acqua al 2 is so popular.
We have introduced many people to good food, good service & a fine experience who have made it their favorite place also.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My wife and I really enjoy coming to this restaurant. We first went to the Acqua al 2 in Florence, Italy, and both these locations have never disappointed us. We always recommend the 5 vegetarian pasta samples (to share), the Filetto al Mirtillo, and a tasty wine to accompany your meal. The staff have always been very nice and professional. It may be a little pricey, but it is totally worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I like the mood and feel of the place but found the food less than impressive. Had an antipasto appetizer with mushy bread for the bruchetta, and the meat was not what I would consider high quality. Pasta was 'one note' as my friend put it. Decent but I wish it had more flavor. It was nothing memorable.

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

Restaurant is extremely loud. Hard to have a conversation. The service was slow and inattentive. And then the waiter brought the check without asking us if we wanted dessert, which we did.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I must admit I was a little disappointed. The pasta was salty and I felt very rushed. I did not even finish my meal and they were bringing out dessert and putting dessert menus out on the table for Friday even gotten all my food. I don't think I will go back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent experience and food. Great service as well as timing of the service. Attentive but not overbearing. We had visited the location in Florence this spring so when in DC had to visit. We were not disappointed. And great to have some Brunello again!

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Four words. Filet with balsamic sauce....
You will not regret it. Love this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was my now fiancée second time coming to this restaurant within past few months and it was excellent once again. I needed that night to go so well because right after I had actually proposed at the Lincoln Memorial and the experience at the restaurant really helped me prepare for that big moment.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Always a pleasure dining here. We will host my son’s rehearsal dinner here and have decided to dine often to taste a variety of items before finalizing the selection. They do not disappoint. The pasta is the best in DC and the service is amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I am honestly just waiting for the weather to be cool enough that I can warrant eating as much of their pasta as I can.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Lovely, as always. We had my favorite waiter, the drinks were nice, and the pasta tasting menu was a lot of fun. Plus we sat in a little corner I'd never noticed before, which made the meal feel very intimate.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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