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Al Dente

828 reviews
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$30 and under
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Al Dente is serving Italian Cuisine by Chef Roberto Donna near American University.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
11:30AM to 9:00PM Sunday - Thursday
11:30AM to 10:00PM Friday - Saturday
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Phone number
(202) 244-2223
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Roberto Donna
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Parking details
Free Parking weeknights from 5:00PM and all day Saturday & Sunday.
50% OFF weekdays before 5:00PM.

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Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 828 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BonneVivante (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Absolutely delicious...from the appetizer - stuffed, delicately fried squash blossoms, to the main - pillowy tender gnocchi, to the dolce - decadent, chocolate gelato....I was very pleased with all 3 courses. Truth be told, I was not really expecting the gelato to be anything extraordinary, but I was wrong - it is special enough to warrant a visit of its own. All in all - a VERY delicious and satisfying meal.

vipGSCMJOE (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

Super satisfied with every aspect of dining at Al Dente. The red wine complimented our meal intentions, was priced reasonably and was truly a great Italian wine to compliment our meal. I began with an exquisite lentil soup that was a meal unto itself. My date enjoyed a salad of crisp Romaine lettuce, grated cheese and anchovies. Her entrée was homemade pasta in a light red sauce with seafood; shrimp, scallops, tiny clams. My to-die-for entrée was duck in a light red sauce with homemade pastas. The pasta at Al Dente is light, made to perfection and compliments any of their entrees. Being 100% Italian I can testify that the pasta is not dried or frozen but made on the premises. I shall return!!

vipAVLVisitor (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Party of five celebrating two birthdays. Had 11 AM reservation. No wait staff on property until 11:30. Didn't have all advertised brunch beverages. No birthday dessert not even a candle. Overall Disappointing.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

We have been long time lovers and supporters of Al Dente but unfortunately our most recent meal left us reconsidering our admiration. We arrived early for our reservation, and rather than disrupting their schedule we opted to have a drink or two at the bar before sitting down to eat. However once it was time for our meal the hostess insisted that we either sit at a table right in the middle of the restaurant traffic and right by the bathroom. Granted the restaurant was nearly empty (not even half of the tables were filled), and when we asked to move (before we sat down) she offered another table tightly squeezed next to a young family and we did not want to encroach on their space. While we were quite annoyed we knew that the food was good and we stayed. We ordered a pizza to start and then pasta for our entrees within 5 minutes our pasta was at our table but the pizza (our appetizer) was no where in site. My lasagne was a piping hot soupy mess with barely any pasta and to be honest looked disgusted. When the pizza finally arrived we were nearly done and asked for it to be boxed up so we could take it home. After all that our meal was over $100 and we left annoyed and unsatisfied with the experience. (Myself and one other person)

Unfortunately we are seriously second guessing our love and patronage of this restaurant. It is frankly overpriced in terms of service, food, and atmosphere (there were tons of kids running around the whole place). Be warned that the food might be good at times but the prices are far too high. After the meal we wished we had gone elsewhere for the price.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

We love Al Dente. The food is interesting, the service is great and the food is wonderful. It is a very reasonably priced restaurant. Chef Donna is a master.

AWGF (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Although we have dined at many restaurants in Palm Springs, including some of the most expensive in the valley, Al Dente is still our favourite. We find the atmosphere cozy and inviting, the food excellent, and the service of high quality. We always feel welcome and the staff genuinely care about providing customers with a excellent dining experience. In addition to the regular menu, the specials each night are also a treat. The ingredients are fresh and the dishes exemplify creativity. We always look forward to seeing what the chef has created.

vipYoko (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

The kitchen was slightly off: the first course came immediately but the pasta course took 20 minutes and clearly had been sitting under heat lamps. Service was inattentive including a big error on the bill (changed without an apology)

vipACambier (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

Terrific as always. The family style menu is a must. The chef makes the best selections.

SL24 (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on October 17, 2017

I was very disappointed by my experience at Al Dente. I planned a dinner date to catch up with a friend and by the time I arrived, I was starving. There was no one at the concierge to take me to my table which was unprofessional.

I also had to ask the waiter to bring us with bread...which was being provided to everyone else around us. This was 15 minutes after seating and the restaurant was basically empty so this should not have been a problem. The bread was very mediocre as well as the olive oil.

About 15 minutes after ordering, my friend receives her meal, brought out by a server. The server put her plate down and said nothing at all to me to assure my food was on its way. Then we proceeded to wait another 25 minutes for my pizza to arrive BUT this was only after my asking the waiter if my food was coming out anytime soon. The other tables around us received their food in a timely manner.

Overall, as the only person of color in the restaurant and amongst the staff, I felt that my skin color certainly played into the quality of service and respect provided to me. I do not recommend Al Dente and will never again spend my money there.

vipMini (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

server was not properly trained and did not know much about the menu.
Food was not prepared as requested and had to be sent back .
No one cared about the delay and bad service!!!