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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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/

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 21, 2019

Ends: August 22, 2118

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

What 519 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner!!!

f
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as always.

s
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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.

p
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.

SP
Washington DC
14 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.

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

Always terrific!

OT
Washington DC
17 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.

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.

S
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.

RF
Washington DC
2 reviews
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!

KS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

s
Washington DC
30 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!

OT
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.

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.

b
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.

S
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.

s
New England
24 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

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.

d
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.

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

Always great food and personalized service.

s
Washington DC
30 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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

OT
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!

MG
Washington DC
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.

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.

t
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restuarants in DC to this day. I have never had anything less than spectacular food, wine and service. The mother and daughter that run the place are fantastic. A little slice of Italy in DC!

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