Al Dente is located next to American University
Excellent food, service, just a lilt noisy! Good value for quality.
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. 🤦🏽♀️
All very good as usual
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had an amazing dinner for my birthday. We shared the family menu, ate delicious, abundant food! Excelent quality for the money, worth visiting!
Of our party of 6, two were served their entree and the other four had to wait 15 minutes to get theirs. Totally unacceptable.
So great! Amazing food. Great ambiance. Check it out when you can!
Really good Italian food made with inspiration!
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.
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.
We have been here many times. It was very busy. Server detached and overwhelmed. Very noisy. Food was good. Surprisingly ungracious experience.
We always enjoy Al Dente. The food is very good and the service is very good as well. We'll be back!
We enjoy the food and the laid back environment. The service is always excellent.
A beautiful evening to sit outside...pizza was among the best in DC and the fig appetizer was delicious!
Chef Donna's wine dinners are amazing. The food and wine pairings are just exemplary. If you've never attended on of Roberto's wine dinners, you are missing a culinary wonder.
We frequent Al Dente for its excellent pizzas. The al fresco dining is especially pleasant in good weather. But indoor dinner on this rainy night was subpar. The artichoke was swimming in vinaigrette and was tough and fibrous. The soft shell crab penne pasta dish was a salty mess. While the single deep fried crab was OK, the sauce consisted of water, dozens of capers and dozens of black olives, as well as scattered boiled pieces of crab. A very poor creation. We will stick to the pizzas.
I dine here often with my wife and friends. Typically the food is great but I’ll get back to that in a minute. The ambience is to my liking, there’s a nice big woodfired oven that serves as the focal point of the restaurant. It may actually be fueled with natural gas, but it makes a great pizza, although I rarely order that because there are so many other great choices on the menu. The noise level will vary depending on the number of patrons that are in the place this was a Sunday night and it was pretty quiet. I ordered one of the specials described as red snapper and I felt that the fish was unusually tough it tasted almost like a rock fish to me. I commented to the waitress and she immediately offered to take the entrée back. The chef conceded that it did seem to be an unusually tough piece of fish and they prepared me a brand new entrée. It too was strangely tough although a noticeable improvement over the first cut. I was so puzzled by this that I had to go and doublecheck what I thought a red snapper was. What I discovered, albeit on the Internet, was that there is such a thing as pacific red snapper that is in fact a member of the rockfish family. So if that’s true, I guess I can’t really fault the restaurant for calling it red snapper, but for those of us on the East Coast we are familiar with rockfish and we are familiar with red snapper and those two fish are not the same thing not in texture, taste or appearance. While my entree on this evening was below what I typically expect I still have to rate them hi for doing their level best to please me. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant. I will just need to be a bit more inquisitive about what the heck I’m ordering.
The food was excellent and our waiter Peter was excellent too.
Great service, very good variety of Italian dishes all at very reasonable prices.
A neighborhood gem.
We went on Sunday for the Tuscan Wine Dinner. It was fantastic. Great food and wonderful wine pairings. Food is always fresh and delicious. Homemade pastas and tasty ragus. Their pizza is always excellent as well.
Neighborhood gem. Always a pleasure to dine at Al Dente!
Don't expect any "Wow" moments at Roberto Donna's restaurant but the cooking is quite solid overall.
The service was OK but the food could have been better. The pasta was too tough and the fish was on the dry side.
The noise level was high and the service was slow and spotty. Food was good, the salmon.
Waiter was attentive but we ordered meatballs (ordered a bunch of antipasti) which never arrived.
Delicious meal and great service. A neighborhood gem I will return to more often.
Very nice experience.
I was disappointed that my main dish came out luke warm instead of hot.. I have ordered this fish dish before and usually comes out very hot.. They manager asked me how everything was and I told him.. He did nothing about ! No goodwill gesture!
Wait staff serves food but no advice
Great food and and great value. Chef is amazing. Really enjoyed it
Great restaurant with great food
Had a couple fish dishes, pork, and pasta and risotto. Pasta and risotto dishes were excellent.
Great food and service
Waitress was friendly but not great. Forgot bread. She forgot my drink and we waited for a long time after we finished our meal for her to come back to ask if we wanted dessert or the bill. In fact she didn’t ask about dessert... just offered us the bill.
Al Dente is by far the best Italian meal in D.C. Their food is absolutely incredible!
This is such a neighborhood gem. We were there for Mother’s Day and it did not disappoint. Food was excellent. Server was attentive. Great selection of food, all perfectly prepared.