Al Dente

4.3
1065 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Guests can enjoy fresh house-made pasta, fresh fish and meat offerings along with Italian desserts. Al Dente also showcases Neapolitan pizza from the restaurant’s centerpiece oven.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1065 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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FarisJ
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing happy hour place good service and good food ,I love the pizza definitely recommended

EJ
EmadJ
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place good service friendly stuff ,good food tasty drinks

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MarkN
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for happy hour my new spot
$25 for pitcher of strawberry Mojoto half price pizza

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Alyssa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Food was plain and unseasoned, service was horrible. I don't rate restaurants on Google but my god was this place bad. I made reservations and they acted like I was inconveniencing them by showing up for my reservation. then, we didn't receive service for another 20 minutes (not even water). had to flag down our server about 3 times throughout the night for more water, wine, check, etc. do not sit at the "chefs bar"- the servers won't even acknowledge you there. will not be going back here. not to mention it's full of drunk college students

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It was the worst ever. I was embarrassed for where I brought my dear husband!
The only eatable item on the menu was pizza. It should be just take out pizza place, not a restaurant. They can’t seriously consider their place an eating establishment. The service was horrid, the food was bad, the wine is not drinkable. You feel like you are at the train station with loud sounds coming from the open kitchen, the lights are so bright that it hurts your eyes.
I left the note in my reservation for a birthday candle, then I called in and reminded the restaurant about it. Nevertheless, the candle wasn’t brought up and no one remembered of the event.
The only reason I even decided to try the place is because it made it into the Washingtonian magazine. Now I know not to trust that source. I also contacted the magazine and shared my experience with Al Dente.

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MatthewT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Recommend steering clear of the caprese salad. Only one small sprig of basil to accompany half a tomato and cheese cut up with balsamic salad dressing on top rather than balsamic reduction. Table next to us chose calamari, which looked like a better choice.

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viplou07
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beet Salad was delicious and duck pasta dish was terrific.

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vipLWinDC
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem of a happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dined outside....it was just what we wanted.

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vipLove2dineout
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Slow service had to ask for water and tea twice. Appetizer not even enough for one person let alone 2 person.
Eggplant Parm was more like CHEESY parm according to my friend.
not a great experience--only came here because Chef Geoff's was closed for lunch. I will not be back to Al dente.

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vipDianeN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had a late reservation, though still more then 30 minutes before closing, and they had shut down their pizza ovens, so no pizza. And then told us the kitchen was closed when we asked for gelato for dessert. They could have told us when they seated us and when they took our drink order that they weren’t serving their full menu. I had to settle for another entree option which was only OK.

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vipSamW
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food & attentive service. The baked eggplant dish is marvelous.

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Foodie99
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Everything was too salty

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JamalJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i just love this place amazinng mojito pitcher for $25 half price on the pizzas . my new spot for happy hour i will be here most days ,

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Richard
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place getting better and better , good food and happy hours specials , definitely coming back for more
Thank you

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tkhill
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was clearly amateur night in this previously five-star restaurant. Cold entrees were sent back and returned cold. Appetizers were ordered and only after announced as unavailable. The by the glass wine list hadn't been adjusted to show selections that were not available. The busboy tried to clear the table while one of us will obviously still eating.

Chef Roberto Donna should be embarrassed to have name associated with this mess.

Go elsewhere.

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vipLB59
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious pizza! Lots of diners meant a bit of a wait but the waitstaff was friendly and the atmosphere was great.

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CeCe
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Nice patio to seat outside but we ended up indoors because it was too cold. We had the bronzino. Average to poor, dry and not much flavor. The bread was good. The service was very good. I’m not going back.

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vippetelx
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Italian cuisine here has never been better. Master chef Roberto Donna is no longer a regular presence but whoever is running the kitchen is doing an amazing job.
Noise level inside us very high. Don’t go for a quiet intimate dibbed, go for the food.

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SaraH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for lunch to aldente i had great experience , I had the calamarata pasta and my friend had the mezzo rigatoni both dishes was delicious, service was very good and smooth, definitely I recommend this place also they have big outdoor seating will be good for nice weather, my new favorite place in town

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vipazulite
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food was extremely disappointing. The Caesar salad was badly dressed and had stale dried anchovies the duck dish was completely tasteless in a gummy sauce of some kind the Cascio Pepe was a very poor rendition of the dish sticky and More like Macau and cheese with none of the lightness that this dish has when it is well-made. The white pizza was terrific. We didn’t complain at the time as we had taken another couple oas guests and did not wish to embarrass them but this was really a very poor meal

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch menu and wherever you can drink in mimosas for $19 for 3 hours, good place for brunch with friends, my new spot for brunch

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JackW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to aldente for Dinner with my family, outside seating was full of people, amazing food and service all staff are friendly , I had the best zucchini flower in the city, great wine selection with good prices , definitely coming back for more
Great job

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SamanthaH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice day for good food.
The cocktail were out of the world for me . The fried calamari was great, the branzino was really good my favorite. THE Service was really amazing thanks to MUSTAFA great service
The place was full no tables available outside. Still do great job
Also the hey have nice outside seating

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TCollins
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful outside seating great for a conversation, great food that tastes like a homemade meal and the service is outstanding. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a cozy Lunch/dinner even great for a happy hour.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I’m a person that loves to go out and eat w my wife .... we love some good wine/food nice weather and a great conversation..... so we decided to go Al dente ...recommend by a good friend...and let me tell you guys Food and service was excellent we have the calamari.. lasagnett and Branzino everything was great we had such wonderful wonderful evening plus the stuff was very professional and amigable ...we recommend 100% for one of the best Italian places around Dc

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place and good service I had chicken Parma was really good , I will be back soon
Thank you

KJ
KatherineJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, great service and delicious meal.

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Richard
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food on this place amazing service and good ambiance, definitely be back for more food and happy hour

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Larry
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manager was great and the food was AMAZING!!! Can't wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Friday night. Had reservations. Still long wait. Another couple came after us and was seated before us. No hostess on duty to monitor reservations and seating. Server was pleasant but not attentive. Food comes, asks if everything ok and leaves. I had a request after sampling and would asked her but she was not around. Food was good but not outstanding. Popular spot with lots of customers and takeouts.

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vipMeleDC
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch date. Food was delicious and service was very smooth. We’re new in the neighborhood and it was our first visit, we’ll be back!

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Dissatisfied
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a terrible experience at Al Dente. Our food took 1 hour and 45 minutes to come out, with no explanation from the staff. The service was poor (our server actively avoided meeting eye contact with us when we tried to inquire about where the food was). Manager was there, but his from customers and did not address the issues. The food, when it finally came, was disappointing. Things were unevenly heated (microwaved, perhaps??) and just were not good. Will not return.

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KristenB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT food and FANTASTIC service! We will definitely be coming back soon!

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stellabritt
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Food was mediocre and the restaurant week menu's value was abysmal . The place was full of screaming college kids and the cacio e pepe I had was not, in fact, cacio e pepe (it was a cream sauce). I expected more :(

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

In efforts to support local businesses during COVID-19 and Restaurant Week, my Son and I decided to visit Al Dente. Our excitement was slowly diffused once we waited at the door to be seated for nearly ten minutes even though we had reservations. Not to mention, several of the staff saw us standing at the booth without enough care or concern to greet us or let the Host know we were there. Only when I decided to inquire with a staff member about the normal procedures is when the Host/possible Manager decided to give us attention. When I told him we needed some assistance, he asked was we Uber Drivers. REALLY?! What service allows kids to deliver food. As I looked around, I realized we were the only two individuals that were not Caucasian or Hispanic. So then it felt like I was being racially stereotyped. I would have left then but my son and I was too ready to eat and traveled from Woodbridge- we we're not leaving! Pushing pass an extremely disappointing start, we did dine on some pretty decent food. Unfortunately service was still proving not to be so good. Even though my son and I made the best of it we'll never go back! If you're African-American and NOT working for a delivery service BEWARE!

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vipLisaT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice bright space, service was attentive, and the food very good.

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vipJanoux
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining for lunch on election results day was the perfect respite for any Saturday. We usually pick Al Dente for inside dinner dining, but lunch worked out very well. We had salads to start that were really good, but much to big as a first course; we recommend you order them as a solo dish. Our main course was the veggie/cheese omelet for each of us, which we both highly recommend. We declined the potatoes as a nod to our diets, so cannot comment. We had such a lovely time, we will certainly return to the outdoor seating of this neighborhood fave. PS: The bubbly was perfect!

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vipSKelly
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal. Outside patio has nice ambiance.

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CarolineC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun to go for happy hour and remain - heaters work

FAQs

Al Dente does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Al Dente also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 244-2223.

Al Dente is rated 4.3 stars by 1065 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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