Al Crostino

4.6
507 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Al Crostino is an award winning restaurant which serves authentic, modern Italian fare. Featuring House-Made pasta, grilled fish and meats.
Owners and Chefs, Juliana & Lina Nicolai transport you and your guest to the city of Naples in a intimate, cozy setting with one of the best service in the city.
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Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific!!! Couldn’t have enjoyed our meal more!

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PS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Neopolitain cuisine. Always get a great meal and great service.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of DC's best kept secrets. I'm torn between wanting to keep this exclusively as a neighborhood gem and wanting the whole world to know how fabulous Al Crostino is.

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SP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant in the Washington Metro area. Fabulous in every way. Family owned with amazing staff. A Must stop.

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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific!

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food in a lovely old rowhouse. Hidden gem - not crowded on a Saturday night so I hope they continue to do well.

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Decent service, food tasted great, but we left hungry and went elsewhere for more food right after - small portions and low value for the high pricepoint.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch was VERY well prepared (choice of available entrees, Groupon used) and the mimosas were yummy. Calamari was really tasty and NOT at all chewy. Will definitely be going back.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love going to Al Crostino! Never had a bad meal & the owner is wonderful! I count it as a regular haunt! Guaranteed good meal! J’adore Lemoncello to end the experience!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal restaurant. Terrific service and amazing food. Great for special occasion or romantic dinner.

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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb cooking, extremely pleasant setting, service is outstanding…..you’ll definitely get to talk to the owners. We have been many times and have ALWAYS had an excellent meal. In particular, you can tell the ingredients have been selected with care by the owners, who, are ALWAYS there. Great place!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing service! Such a cute little hidden gem - definitely planning to come back.

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RH
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great groupon, great atmosphere for a small intimate group. Food was good and bottomless mimosas was a plus. I would recommend it to a friend.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What I will always remember is the joking and helpful staff. 3 of us found the restaurant, tucked under a club called "Secrets.' at 8:30, just as a couple we know also came in. The owner set the 5 of us up at a great table by the window. Good food, wine. 3 orders pasta bolognaise, 1 stuffed red pepper and one chicken Milano, all very tasty and presented well.

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Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Al Crostino is a bright and cheery place with delicious and authentic Italian food. We received a warm welcome and everyone enjoyed what they ordered: stuffed roasted pepper over beans, focaccia, seafood grill, lamb chops, pasta, apple tart.

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food suggestions. It’s like eating in a true Neapolitan restaurant in Italy

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MC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything. It’s very cozy. Food quality 5 star and the waitress was great, recommendations spot on.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We received a brunch groupon as a gift for Al Crostino and were excited to try a new place! The restaurant is very cozy, quiet, and intimate. Our server was top notch continually re-filling our mimosas and checking in on our table. The food was okay - not good, or decent - just okay. For the prices, I would hope there would be something about the dish that would make it unique to that restaurant or special (ex. tator tot bowl needed something else).

With that said, I would go back for brunch just for the bottomless and with the Groupon! The mimosas, service, and venue itself were great. Would recommend as a spot for people looking for a boozy brunch.

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Always great food and personalized service.

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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Veal chop Milanese was absolutely superb, as was the fettuccine bolognese. Service couldn’t have been better!

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RD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A place to appreciate a great meal, service and wine. The staff is friendly,engaging and spot on recommendations, they really make you feel at home.

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D
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The place is not outstanding to be sure. However, the people are wonderful, the food is very good and the atmosphere is very intimate. The wine list was a bit limited. I would recommend it for overall experience.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Open table should update the number of dollar signs on this restaurant - we had no appetizers, and one of us didn't order an entree, and the total for four people ended up being well over $50 per person.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend had never been before and loved it - very happy to introduce her to one of my DC favorites

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JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu options. Excellent pasta dish with cauliflower and pancetta. Rolled pork with asparagus on polenta was exceptional as was the lamb chops with broccoli rabe. Dessert of ricotta cheese tort was light and tasty.
Service is always warm, friendly and helpful. Food is elegantly served. Good value.

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KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Everything was quite good with the one exception that the restaurant was very cold.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing and so was the service. My only small complaint was it was a little chilly but the restaurant had just opened so it probably got warmer as the evening went on. Definitely check it out!

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E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh Italian. Homemade pastas are amazing. Intimate setting. Surprisingly elegant expense for the area.

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JE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I saw this restaurant on groupon for 50% off so it’s good. But without the groupon it’s just Average food, expensive for what you get.

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DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great staff, will definitely return!

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JG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Small portions, but satisfying.
Mimosas good, light & refreshing, but definitely not worth $20/person.
I do not think the pasta was homemade, which is disappointing given this is an Italian restaurant.
Carbonara was not a creamy consistency, more of an olive oil blend w/ egg blended in. Very tasty, just a different way of presenting the dish.
Chicken & waffles were a large portion and very good.
Swordfish wonderful.
I asked for a side of bread and was told "we don't have any bread"...I think this was odd for any restaurant.
Would come back again.

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SP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Juliana’s special pasta is the ultimate said our guest. A must!

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JD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lena was great
And food too

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ED
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely intimate setting, service was impeccable food was outstanding. We had the fresh fish special in parchment and the seafood pasta dish. The pasta is to die for! The fish and seasonal veggies cooked and seasoned to perfection. We were not certain about wines but the owner made a suggestion on a reasonably priced bottle of Italian red that was so good we ordered a second bottle. The only disappointment was the octopus appetizer, while delicious and well plated, there was a sparse amount of octopus, certainly not more than a single tentacle, cut into small pieces surrounding a mound of greens. Not worth the price being charged.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m so sad that I’ve lived around the corner for years and never been here! Great service, amazing food, a new personal favorite!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and our waiter James was excellent! The food was delicious. Cozy in size and well decorated. Will go again!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was freezing cold

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J
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the second time we went there. The food, service and atmosphere are great. Parking is the main problem however.

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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding restaurant! Chef and co-owner Juliana Nicolai is ‘FANTÁSTICA”!!!!!!

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RE
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Reasonable prices. Friendly and attentive waitstaff.

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