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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Restaurant Month

Offering a three-course set menu from August 12th-September 1st 2019.
$33 per person (excludes 10% D.C. sales tax and gratuity).
http://www.alcrostino.com/menu/rw2019/

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 21, 2019

Ends: August 22, 2118

Availability: Mon-Sat 5:00PM-8:30PM

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We will be serving our regular menu for New Year's Eve along with dinner specials.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 534 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

s
Washington DC
39 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
39 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
2 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
5 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
1 review
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
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner!!!

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

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

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing vibe. Probably best Italian dinner in DC. Definitely a hidden gem.

SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Al Crostino many times and it never disappoints. We will be back again soon I'm sure

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always.

s
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

p
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific!

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

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.

S
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

RF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RH
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

b
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

S
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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