Al Crostino

4.7
452 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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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Fish, Meat
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Hours of operation
Monday closed

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,

Sunday:
Brunch 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 797-0523
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Juliana Nicolai, Lina Nicolai
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Catering
Chef Juliana will design a catering menu suited for your needs and wants, with the option of hiring wait staff and bartenders. Each catered small bites item is $8 per person, main course pricing depends on your dish selection.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
U street
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Parking details
Public lot located on U street, next to Nellies Bar
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Public transit
Metro: Shaw Howard Station Green/Yellow Line
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Entertainment
Full bar upstairs. Private dining allowed to bring in their own DJ/live music.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Celebrate your special occasions with us. With our no room-fee private dining, you can enjoy planning for graduation, holiday, rehearsal and business dinners with more ease and flexibility.

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What 452 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Amazing food.

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JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Electricity went out but it didn’t affect service, food or ambience. Owner and staff attentive and personable and professional. Excellent wine recommendation.

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s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb restaurant! Outstanding supervision by the owner and her family!! Extremely attentive service nd excellent cooking!!

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with CUA freshman as a last supper. Outstanding small menu and caring hosts and service. We will return in the coming years

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VH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Al Crostino offers fresh Italian food and an outstanding selection of wine. The owner will personally take care of you. I love this place!

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H
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch and it was amazing! The menu is small, but still a good selection. We ordered the carbonara and chicken and waffles. Both were superb. We never had to wait for drink refills on our bottomless and the chef/owner even wandered around assisting tables. It was a very pleasant brunch!

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SV
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointing. The food and drinks were not what we expected and the prices were exaggerated. The service wasn’t particularly friendly either. Not to recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really GOOD! My favorite Italian Restaurant around town👍

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D
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious as always. Am from Pennsylvania but visit Al Crostino at least once a year. Always good service, excellent food and good drinks.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a neighborhood gem!!

We always love going to Al Crostino. Great Italian food/wine and attentive service. Celebrated my birthday here and they really went above and beyond! Thanks Al Crostino!

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H
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went hear with a small business group for dinner. All of us loved our meal and the wine. This is a cozy and authentic restaurant that won't disappoint. The food is swoon worthy, the service impeccable and the owner is a delight. I love that the menu changes with the season and the pasta is homemade.

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SP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant in the metro area. Juliana, the owner, knows how to make you feel special, serve amazing food and be a delightful host. Go today!!!!!

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OT
Washington DC
125 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pastas outstanding. Main courses were very good. Mozzarella was excellent and well seasoned, but deserves much better/riper tomatoes to accompany it. Server seemed a bit overwhelmed at times. Overall an enjoyable experience. Thanks.

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OF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and romantic ambiance. Julianna not only prepares amazing food, but she is friendly and welcoming...loves to engage with her customers. We just love that about Al Crostino. It’s a place where food is made with great thought and much love!

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was out of this world. Truly authentic Italian food!

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SP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new summer menu is spectacular. Loved the new chicken entree. Delicious and special.

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The location provides an intimate environment for two or a group of 8 but the food and price leaves a lot more to be desired

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T
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual. I’ve loved this restaurant for 13 years. Yum always

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Incredible pasta dishes. Nice neighborhood feel. Local regulars were warmly greeted.

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W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Well taken care of by staff and chef/owner. Our go to Italian couple date night.

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BF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I've visited Al Crostino several times with friends. We've always been very happy with the experience and the food . . . just excellent.

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Sunday brunch.

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D
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Mama is in the kitchen and all the pasta is homemade. Family owned - and you can feel the love!

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food, and service!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Decent food. Good service. Wine pours a little stingy. Nice neighborhood place. Good tiramisu.

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fantastic and the lemon cello martinis are a great start to dinner.

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PN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gang at Al Crostino is amazing. The food, the wine, the atmosphere... I can't say enough good things about Juliana, Valentino, and Lina. They treat us like family every time we visit. Over the past 10 years, we've never had a bad meal--always a great culinary experience!

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R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Great service. Wonderful experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Although open table said there were only a handful of tables open when we reserved, we ended up being the only table for the hour and half we were there (7:30-9). It wasn’t a problem, especially since we didn’t have to waited about waiting for food or trying to find the waiter. The food was delicious; however the stuffed mushrooms were over priced for the serving size ($14 for 2, 1/2 inch mushrooms). Overall, I was happy with the evening and we got donuts for desert from the store a couple doors over.

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A
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Pasta noodles seemed to be cooked from a $0.99 package from Safeway. It's hard to recommend an "Italian" place when it can't even do noodles right... Service was okay.

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GS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch... I had my reservations but immediately were erased by the friendly service!
The Brunch menu is limited but the two entrees we had were PERFECT! I guess they don't need much more, however, some sweets comfort entrees could be included.

Mimosas were fine... bottomless! :-)

Service was the best, He did all possible to be sure we had a great time and indeed we had it!

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CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a local favorite of ours. We have taken a wide range of people, including business colleuages, family and friends. The food is excellent, the serivce first rate and a low key friendly environment.

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BD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Al Crostino is one of the best Italian meals in the DMV! The food is absolutely delicious and consistently fantastic! Aside from the amazing food the service and the absolute warmth we feel from the owners and the staff each and every time makes us come back time and again.

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SP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious. The service fantastic. I love this restaurant!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional Italian food freshly prepared. They made special accommodations for daughter who is vegan which was much appreciated! Very pleasant dining experience.

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FD
Denver
65 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were from out of town and chose this restaurant based on online research of the award winning Italian restaurant. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious. The service was very attentive. The portions were on the smaller side which makes them relatively pricey but the quality helped justify the cost. When we return to DC we would like to dine there again.

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SP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for quiet business dinner or a date night.

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OT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was horrible! No presentation or flavor whatsoever...an overpriced hot mess! Will not be back!

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TT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, I selected this restaurant because of Open Table and the amount of points I would earn. Much to my surprise, everything about the place was amazing. We were greeted by the Chef and our server and immediately seated. The octopus starter was the best I've ever eaten. The pasta dishes were superb. The food reminded me of being in Florence again. One of the best pasta meals I've had in a very long time. Bravo and I will definitely be back!!!

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GH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. As usual. We had a great experience.

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