Al Crostino

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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
52 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SO nice to know that this place is still SUPERB! Hadn't been in a while and have now been twice in the last month. Truly superb food and great value for the $$.

OT
New York Area
206 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family-owned and operated with a terrific menu of authentic home-cooked Italian specialties.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My only complaint is that the chairs are not very comfortable. Small, wooden chairs with no padding. Otherwise, great, intimate place with good food and excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with my daughter and son-in-law - the service was exceptional - the wine and entree recommendations by the waiter were great - it was so good that we all ordered the same entree again. Atmosphere was the best. I have been here twice now - the first time was with my fiancé - will definitely return.

s
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Al Crostino and have been there many times. The cooking is always excellent and it is overwhelmingly obvious the owners insist on purchasing only the highest quality ingredients.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was spectacular, service was a little slow, but again, the food was spectacular. The owner /chef who took our order was Great. I was frustrated at first when I asked for some grated cheese on my spaghetti with shrimp in a lemon garlic sauce, and she said “NO, you will ruin it” .......she was right. I get this dish quite often, and have always added cheese.....not anymore.

B
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both really enjoyed our dishes, the drinks, and the service.

f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

appetizer of special thinly sliced beef with arugula was spectacular and the sea bass melted in my mouth. The desserts are always wonderful. Our favorite restaurant in DC

MC
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem, in a nabe (DC's Shaw) that's got more action than most when it comes to options for great food. Owner/chef, check. Small spot, check. Solid delivery on menu promise, double check. Really enjoyed my dinner (squid ink spaghetti, it was WOWZER), and since I'm in DC a lot, Al Crostino's now on my list of gotta-go places when I'm there.

GN
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Crostino is amazing! Every dish is perfectly prepared and delicious.

AC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so lucky to find this fantastic, neighborhood restaurant. There are not many tables but we made reservation and our table was set and ready upon arrival. The service was perfect and the food was delicious! Would definitely recommend!

JS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, great wine choices and excellent service. Small, intimate setting makes conversation easier. Wonderful experience, we will be back!

OT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is amazing from the food to the service.

F
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A "Neighborhood Gem". A wonderful Italian restaurant with great people. Owner and Chef are very much the signature of this restaurant. Active, ever present, they make your dining experience much like a cozy neighborhood restaurant in Italy. Fish and or pasta are terrific, the baked eggplant will warm your heart. Enjoy!

RR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The homemade pasta and fish specials my wife and I ordered were fantastic. Service was well-timed and friendly, and the wines were affordable. The experience dining here is consistent as this is the fifth time we have eaten here and we've always left satisfied.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 25th Birthday! This place is a 100% the best!!! Everyone should go here!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food excellent, albeit a tad pricey for the neighborhood. Very quiet the mid-week evening we went. Service friendly and informative. Altogether, a very pleasant evening, but we probably won’t rush back.

P
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DC dinner in the neighborhood!

g
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always great food. It is a pleasure to dine there.

s
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful restaurant. We go frequently. We very much appreciate the warm welcome and personal service we receive.

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feel in love with the restaurant and owner.

d
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a treat to dine at this family-run gem of a restaurant. Unlike the corporate-run places, Al Crostino offers a warm, welcoming experience...like dinner at a friend's house, that is, if your friend is a genius in the kitchen. The atmosphere is cozy and calm; it's the kind of place where you might strike up a conversation with other diners.

The mother and daughter team create delicious, authentic Italian fare, using the freshest ingredients to be had. They happily guide you through the menu they have crafted, helping you find a dish to suit your palate. And be sure to pay attention to the specials...whatever they are, each one is sure to be a winner!

s
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS an excellent dining experience!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quaint and authentic restaurant, where you sort of feel like family

S
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, inclusive, welcoming hidden gem. I just love this place.

E
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove from G’burg, MD for a dinner date and from beginning to end everything was PERFECT. It’s a small, quaint place loaded with personality. The one female server was excellent with her timing & recommendations. The food was authentic and reminded us of our trip to Italy years ago. The food was sooo good we actually ordered another meal “to-go”. We will be back.
Thank you for an excellent experience.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh pasta. Great dishes. Excellent service. Everyone enjoyed!

KT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as always was amazing. I took old friends from Puerto Rico there - it was there first time! I had the homemade pasta - ravioli's . My friends had meat - the lamb special and the steak. They said it was definitely their best meal in DC! Al Crostino is definitely a restaurant that should not be missed! Food & Service are simply amazing.

n
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Crostino has quickly become one of my favorite go-to restaurants in Shaw. The food and service is both authentic and fantastic. I could eat here every week!

JD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Al Crostino was just simply lovely! The food was insanely delicious and the service was spectacular. You can really tell that the family that owns this small restaurant puts so much pride in their craft and the service they offer to guests. The space is great to bringing visiting family (which was the reason for my visit) or a date night. We had a lovely night here and will definitely be back – especially for the Rigatoni! :)

CL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for a date night. We enjoy coming back, again and again.

a
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely my favorite Italian restaurant in DC! This is not my first nor will it be my last time to Al Crostino.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic find in Shaw. Service was attentive, polite, professional. The chef came out and greeted everybody several times and created absolutely delicious dishes: our table enjoyed tender calamari skewers to start served on mixed greens and a touch of house olive oil vinaigrette, main courses were a handmade pasta in a light and flavorful cream sauce, lamb “lollipops” (chops, phenomenal!), and a veal chop special in a porcini cream sauce. The sauces all complemented the dishes without overwhelming and the meats were cooked perfectly rare/medium rare with outstanding grill flavor. They were out of the wine that we asked for but offered a better bottle at the same price to compensate for inconvenience. Limoncello, ricotta cheesecake, and homemade sorbet to finish. Overall delivered and I highly recommend!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood spot; really good food and attentive service. Limited number of tables made it feel intimate and homey. Chef came to every table and clearly is very passionate about the dishes. Would definitely go back!

PO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was adequate, setting nice. But price was high for what we got.

OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

It was hot in there and the food was mediocre. The server was good though. Overall it wasn’t anything special.

LC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service! The unlimited mimosas make the brunch even more amazing!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner!!!

f
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always predictably an excellent meal ! Service outstanding and personal. Our favorite by far !

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