Al Dente

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$30 and under
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Italian
Al Dente serves theItalian Cuisine by Chef Roberto Donna. Guests can enjoy fresh house-made pasta, risotto, fresh fish and meat offerings along with Italian desserts and a selection of gelato. Al Dente also showcases Neapolitan pizza from the restaurant’s centerpiece oven.
Al Dente is located next to American University

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef Roberto presents the most authentic Italian cuisine on the east coast.

S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Dente is a neighborhood restaurant that serves up a good variety of Italian food. They concentrate on doing a few things well. That keeps me coming back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was inattentive. Every request was received with difficulty. My date is allergic to shellfish and changing the accompaniment of the salmon to spinach was made to seem difficult, though I have done that many times.

j
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was below par, food was decent at best. We will not come back.

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

Very nice Valentines Dinner!

K
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the delicious pizza and calamarata pasta during Happy Hour - great value, and service by Alena is excellent. We stayed this time with our guest for dinner in the dining area, and that too was excellent value, and perfect for conversation. Will return. Chef Donna is a great Executive Chef.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty

Fixed price menu for valentine was great

Service by the Asian waitress was impeccable and attentive

m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The menu on open table didn't match the restaurant brunch menu at all. It was completely different. After arriving at the restaurant, we decided not to eat there. What's the point if menus don't match?

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food that is among the most Italian of all local approximations. High quality ingredients and lovingly prepared. Service has improved over the years, I'm happy to say.

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambiance is bright and cheery...re food, the menu presents a generous variety of choices..entrees, pizzas, pastas and a separate menu of today’s specials...a signal of an alert and caring chef in the kitchen. The portions were abundant..and the food was DELICIOUS. The server was pleasant and attentive but not a helicopter...Both my partner and I are older but, at our request, we were seated at a table against the wall so we were able to converse despite a robust noise level ( Hey, it was a Friday night in well-heeled NW DC). Al Dente is not inexpensive..I think the pastas may be a bit overpriced...but the freshness of the ingredients, the skill with which they were prepared, and the faultless service all combined to make a delightful, satisfying evening.

N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the menu - even when we try new things they are wonderful! Terrific service - a happy setting!

s
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food so so. 7-yr-old was served a plate too hot to touch. FROZEN rock hard tiramisu. Won’t be back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottimo cibo e bella atmosfera, consigliato vivamente.

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F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went with friends on New Year’s Eve and ordered the fixed price 6 course dinner. Every course was excellent, but standouts included the scallops carpaccio, the lobster soup and the risotto. The $50 per person price, which included a champagne aperitif, was a bargain! The ambience was rather too casual - perhaps a table cloth for such a festive occasion and such special food? It was nice that the noise level was low and we could converse easily. The service was polite and non-intrusive. What a delicious, enjoyable evening!

j
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is delicious and flavorful. The bean soup is out of this world. Our salmon delicious. I requested more bread to swipe the tomato based sauce as well as the anchovy-olive our flavored cauliflower side dish. I try to eat here once a month!

CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seven fishes special Christmas menu was superb! Great to see Roberto Donna in action.

LL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food and wine for the seven fishes Christmas Eve dinner with wine pairing was excellent except for the service. Server didn't tell us about the availability of wine pairing (we learned about it on their website), two courses and wine were brought before the prior course was finished, (had to ask them to slow down).

k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Christmas Eve Seven Fishes Dinner at Al Dente. Everything was wonderful. We love starting the Christmas celebration at Al Dente.

B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice Seven Fishes dinner. Modest portions but quite satisfying. They offer the Seven Fishes dinner for a full week prior to Christmas.

MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto Donna is still the Best Chef in DC. The 7 Fishes 7 Course dinner was fantastic. Every course was excellent & unusual. He’s always creative. @ &55 this was a bargain compared with the downtown Italian restaurants. We’ve never been disappointed with a meal prepared by Roberto & his kitchen crew. They’re poetry in the kitchen 👍👍👍😘

SW
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tasty food, good service, nice ambience - who could ask for more?

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious and the service was at tentative. The menu is varied and food preparation outstanding

JL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love the food at al dents. One of the best Italian restaurants in the city by far.

JT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pizza was excellent. The food here is always very good and I always have a pleasant dining experience.

GS
Washington DC
148 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Chef Donna makes the best pizza in DC. Being 100% Italian I can say this without any hesitation. Started with Romaine salad and two martinis. She ordered the Romano pizza and I the Napolitano. They crust was cooked to perfection, the toppings and the sauce complimented the crust. Two glass of Montepulciano red wine and cappuccino complimented our meal. Great location and great food!

RM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service for my moms 85th birthday. Thank you.

k
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, service, just a lilt noisy! Good value for quality.

MH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had two entrees and a pizza. We specifically requested the pizza be "well done" as a thin crust should be; and not soggy... as many tend to be. The server asked if we wanted the food brought all at once-- I asked for the pizza to be brought first if possible. The server said something like that wasn't going to happen... I thought this was because of the time it might take to bake the pizza. However, when all our food was brought to the table... the entrees where piping hot the pizza was tepid and soggy. 🤦🏽‍♀️

c
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All very good as usual

GG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent - great selection. Atmosphere was a bit spartan - reminded me a little of a fast food restaurant. Tablecloths would have been a good touch.

f
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was ok, nothing special. The Ceaser salad was great, the salmon, just ok, Our waiter was very attentive. Would I go back? Yes, next time I am in the mood for Italian.

KH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always outstanding at Al Dente. The service has been spotty in the past but at this visit it was excellent. The wine list is also superlative. The only change the restaurant could make is to dim the bright lighting a bit.

GS
Washington DC
148 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always enjoy dining at Al Dente. The homemade pasta is a hidden treasure in DC. I had pasta with wild boat and a red sauce and vegetables that was superb. My date enjoyed a pasta Bolognese. We shared a large, fresh Romaine lettuce salad with homemade croutons, anchovies, hardboiled egg. Started the evening with two expertly crafted martinis and during out meal a superb red wine.

SN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We came around 1pm and it had been raining in the morning so we figure that is why it was not busy. Service was great and attentive. We had the bottomless brunch which I highly recommend. Food and drinks were delicious . Would recommend to anyone.

a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had an amazing dinner for my birthday. We shared the family menu, ate delicious, abundant food! Excelent quality for the money, worth visiting!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Of our party of 6, two were served their entree and the other four had to wait 15 minutes to get theirs. Totally unacceptable.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! Amazing food. Great ambiance. Check it out when you can!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Really good Italian food made with inspiration!

T
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food is always good but they were very busy Friday night and the service was very slow and the noise level was at shouting.

ED
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow and servers seemed frantic. Food was good. Was a bit too noisy to have a conversation with my elderly mother, but she liked the ambience nonetheless.

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