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Al Dente, Washington, DC

Al Dente

4.4
4.4
1181 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.


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2 people

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Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 244-2223

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Catering is by request

  • Neighborhood

    Tenleytown

  • Parking details

    Free parking weeknights after 5:00PM and all day Saturday & Sunday. 50% OFF weekdays before 5:00PM with validation

  • Public transit

    Tenleytown/American University metro stop on the red line and the N2/N4/N6 bus lines.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Antipasti

  • Lentil Soup$8.95

    Olive Oil and Parmesan Cheese

    • Focaccia$5.95

      Baked Freshly in our Wood-Burning Oven, Sea Salt, Oregano, Rosemary, Parmesan

      • Baked Eggplant Parmesan$9.95

        Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella, Gratinee

        • Fried Zucchini Flowers$12.95

          Stuffed with Ricotta, Mint, and Lemon

          • Fried Calamari$12.95

            Fried Squid Rings, Tentacles, Hot Slice Peppers. Served with Tomato Sauce and Lemon

            • Polpette$12.95

              Meatballs "Al Dente Style"

              • Prosciutto di Parma$18.95

                Burrata Cheese, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

                Insalate

                • Roasted Beets

                  Baby Arugula, Buffalo Mozzarella, Grapefruit, Pine Nuts, Mustard Vinaigrette

                  • Small$11.95
                  • Large$16.95
                • Romaine

                  Anchovies, Crouton, Garlic, Parmesan Cheese, 5-Min Poached Egg

                  • Small$10.95
                  • Large$14.95
                • Spinach

                  Walnuts, Pancetta, Pecorino Cheese, Strawberries, Balsamic Vinaigrette

                  • Small$10.95
                  • Large$14.95
                • Caprese$11.95

                  Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Balsamic

                  Add Protein - Insalate

                  • Salmon$9.95

                    • Shrimp$9.95

                      • Chicken$8.95

                        • Steak$11.95

                          House-Made Pasta

                          Home Made Gluten-free pasta available upon request

                          • Calamarata$26.95

                            Squid, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil

                            • Mezzi Rigatoni$26.95

                              Cream and Black Truffle Sauce, Pancetta, Fried Leeks

                              • Gnocchi$23.95

                                Housemade Pork Sausage Ragu

                                • Raviolini Delplin$25.95

                                  Veal, Beef, and Pork Ravioli, Butter, Sage, Veal jus

                                  • Fettuccine alla Bolognese$20.95

                                    Traditional Bolognese Meat Sauce

                                    • Lasagnette$24.95

                                      Bescamella Sauce and Bolognese Sauce, Gratinated With Parmesan Cheese

                                      • Agnolotti di Anatra$28.95

                                        Duck Agnolotti, Porcini Mushroom Sauce with Butter and Sage

                                        • Farro Taglatelle$18.95

                                          Sweet Cherry Tomato Sauce, Basil

                                          • Cacio e Pepe$18.95

                                            Short Rigatoni Pasta, Melted Pecorino Cheese, Black Pepper and Butter

                                            Main Courses

                                            • Roasted Herb Marinated Salmon$26.95

                                              Smashed Potatoes with Crabmeat, Garlic Roasted Peppers, Lemon Vinaigrette

                                              • Grilled Branzino Filets$29.95

                                                Sautéed Spinach with Garlic, Salsa Verde

                                                • Cheeseburger$13.95

                                                  Tomato, Gherkins, House Cut Fries

                                                  • Lemon Chicken$24.95

                                                    Served with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

                                                    • Ribeye Steak$28.95

                                                      Rosemary-Balsamic Sauce, House-Cut Fries, Arugula Salad

                                                      • Veal Scallopini$28.95

                                                        Leeks, Fontina Cheese, Portobello Mushrooms, Marsala Sauce

                                                        • Chicken Parmesan$20.95

                                                          Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese

                                                          Side Dishes

                                                          • Sautéed Spinach$9.95

                                                            Garlic, Olive Oil

                                                            • Roasted Cauliflower$9.95

                                                              Garlic, Capers, Anchovy, Bread Crumbs

                                                              • French Fries$6.95

                                                                Pizza

                                                                Extra Toppings: $2.50 each - Anchovies, Black Olives, Cherry Tomatoes, Spinach, Arugula, Broccoli Rabe, Mozzarella, Fontina Cheese, Smoked Mozzarella, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Onions, Mortadella, Salami, Sausage, Whole Egg, Capers; Proscuitto di Parma - $3

                                                                  Neopolitan-Style Pizza

                                                                  • Marinara$12.95

                                                                    Tomato, Garlic, Olive Oil, Oregano

                                                                    • Margherita D.O.C.$13.95

                                                                      Tomato, Mozzarella Flor diLatte, Basil

                                                                      • Pepperoni$13.95

                                                                        Mozzarella Flor di Latte, Tomato, Basil

                                                                        • Romana$14.95

                                                                          Anchovies, Capers, Olives, Chiles, Tomato, Mozzarella

                                                                          • Napoletana$13.95

                                                                            Anchovies, Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil

                                                                            • Quattro Stagioni$15.95

                                                                              Olives, Mushrooms, Artichokes, Ham, Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Oregano

                                                                              • Prosciutto Rucola$13.95

                                                                                Prosciutto Crudo, Arugula, Tomato, Mozzarella Fior di Latte

                                                                                • Melanzane$14.95

                                                                                  Olives, Roasted Eggplant, Tomato, Mozzarella, Oregano

                                                                                  • Salsiccia e Rapini$14.95

                                                                                    Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Tomato, Smoked Mozzarella, Garlic

                                                                                    • Capriciosa$14.95

                                                                                      Artichokes, Pancetta, Pesto, Tomato, Mozzarella Fior di Latte, Basil

                                                                                      • Vegetariana$14.95

                                                                                        Grilled Vegetables, Smoked Mozzarella, Garlic, Tomato, Parmigiano Reggiano

                                                                                        White Pizza

                                                                                        • Formaggi$14.95

                                                                                          Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmigiano Reggiano, Garlic, Rosemary, Oregano, Smoked Mozzarella

                                                                                          • Piemontese$14.95

                                                                                            Fontina Cheese, Mozzarella Fior di Latte, Porcini Mushrooms, House-made Pork Sausage, Rosemary

                                                                                            Calzoni

                                                                                            • Polpette$13.95

                                                                                              "Al Dente" Meatballs, Mozzarella, Tomato

                                                                                              Family Style

                                                                                              $45 Per Adult. Children under 12 - $15 Minimum 3 Persons / Table. Chef's Choices To Share

                                                                                              • First Course: Three Appetizers

                                                                                                • Second Course: Three Pasta Dishes

                                                                                                  • Third Course: Three Entrees

                                                                                                    • Dessert Course: Chef's Choice

                                                                                                      Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                                                                      What 1,181 people are saying

                                                                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                                      4.4
                                                                                                      4.4 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                      • 4.4Food
                                                                                                      • 4.3Service
                                                                                                      • 4.3Ambience
                                                                                                      • 4.3Value

                                                                                                      NoiseModerate

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                                                                                                        john

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                        Food was plentiful and great. Outdoor service was great.

                                                                                                      2. GS

                                                                                                        GSCMJOE

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        217 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        217 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                                        Excellent lentil soup and Caesar salad. The entrees were sensational, she the veal and I the Farro pasta. Excellent food, great price.

                                                                                                      3. BS

                                                                                                        BlountS

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Food was outstanding. Ate outside; very quiet and pleasant. Service was very good.

                                                                                                      4. LL

                                                                                                        LindaL

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Friendly service, gorgeous food and a relaxing outdoor atmosphere. Highly recommend.

                                                                                                      5. JG

                                                                                                        JulietG

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Food was delicious, service was quick, ambience great. I would recommend 100%

                                                                                                      6. SK

                                                                                                        SusanK

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                        overall2food2service3ambience4

                                                                                                        The food was not up to par with the competition. My son's Cacio e pepe was like a bowl of butter soup. The bolognese sauce was very bland. Overall, we were not thrilled.

                                                                                                      7. b

                                                                                                        barrys

                                                                                                        St. Louis

                                                                                                        17 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        17 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Food and service just delightful

                                                                                                      8. C

                                                                                                        Caroline

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        It was a great lunch! The food was delicious, and everyone there was very kind and attentive. Looking forward to going back!

                                                                                                      9. C

                                                                                                        Casualdiner

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        17 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        17 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        We love Al Dente. Good cocktails and food and friendly service.

                                                                                                      10. RF

                                                                                                        RonnaF

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        12 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        12 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Wonderful authentic Italian food and good service. Neighborhood favorite!

                                                                                                      11. RS

                                                                                                        RuthS

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                        We enjoyed the outdoor table , service, and food.

                                                                                                      12. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience2

                                                                                                        We like this restaurant a lot. Have been coming here since its earliest days, when it was called La Forchetta. We very much like sitting on the patio, but the last two times we have dined there we found it almost totally dark after the sun went down. We couldn’t even read our check without a flashlight when it was time to pay and leave. By contrast, the patio at Chef Geoff’s is brightly lit. What’s the problem? Light the patio! Also it seems like the menu hasn’t really changed in about two years. It has gotten pretty tired and boring. The pandemic is no excuse for not refreshing the menu once in a while.

                                                                                                      13. GD

                                                                                                        GwenDCG

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        We sat outside, so no noise level. Lunch was good!

                                                                                                      14. M

                                                                                                        Masha

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        31 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                        31 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                        overall2food3service1ambience3

                                                                                                        The restaurant was bustle as usually lots of empty tables inside and out but the staff looked stressed. We asked for an outside table and they would not accommodate us even though they had many empty tables even though we requested outdoors on our reservation. They told us to wait and see if they could seat us outside after 30 minutes we decided to just sit inside even though there were empty tables outside. We spoke to the new manager who had a very bad attitude and blamed Opentable for the reservation hiccup but did nothing to resolve the problem. I think this new manger is the problem. All the waiters looked very unhappy not their normal cheerful staff.

                                                                                                      15. CR

                                                                                                        CR1119

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                        overall3food4service2ambience2

                                                                                                        Good food but showed up at 6pm for happy hour which ends at 7pm and only got to order one round of drinks before it was past 7. They brought out 2/3 of the food then it took another 25 minutes to get the other one. Overall just not great service and not worth the price.

                                                                                                      16. M

                                                                                                        Michael

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        12 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        12 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        The atmosphere is always pleasant and the food always good. It’s one of our regular haunts.

                                                                                                      17. LS

                                                                                                        LisaS

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                        overall1food4service2ambience1

                                                                                                        Even though we had a reservation the restaurant was extremely overbooked. They did not honor our patio reservation and then the food took nearly 90 minutes to arrive after we ordered. Food was tasty and the manager was very apologetic, but all in all a disappointing experience.

                                                                                                      18. JC

                                                                                                        JudyC

                                                                                                        Richmond

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Great food and service. Really enjoyed our meal there! Thanks!

                                                                                                      19. RF

                                                                                                        RonnaF

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                        Fabulous authentic Italian with homemade pasta. Wonderful waitstaff.

                                                                                                      20. N

                                                                                                        Noni

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        4 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                                                        The food was terrific. However it took a LONG time for someone to take our order, and the server who took the order apparently entered it wrong, so it took a LOMG time for another server to discover the error and get us our food. And the noise level was very high. To be fair, when the manager learned about the service issue, he apologized profusely and reduced our bill by a hefty chunk, so I assume service is normally much better. With the caveat about the very high noise level, I would recommend it because the food was so good.

                                                                                                      21. DS

                                                                                                        DavidS

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                        10 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on March 25, 2022

                                                                                                        overall2food3service2ambience4

                                                                                                        Disappointed as we were told the restaurant was “sold out”. Later told that if we would have booked before Wednesday for an indoor table we would have had a table for our family of four. l. Our reservation was booked a week in advance. I see that someone called earlier today yet no concern from the host about this poorly managed situation. It’s to bad. We used to be regular customers.

                                                                                                      22. CL

                                                                                                        CarlaL

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Great food, great prices and great ambiance. We picked Al Dente for a family celebration and it was the best decision - with youngsters and adults, the menu was perfect for everybody! Casual, chick and with a friendly neighborhood ambiance. Highly recommended!

                                                                                                      23. A

                                                                                                        Anonemouse

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        85 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        85 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Happy Hour at Al Dente is my new favorite thing to do! The menu is brief but there is something for everyone and the food was delicious. The service was genial in spite of a big crowd of customers. I recommend making a reservation if you're interested in outdoor seating.

                                                                                                      24. N

                                                                                                        Nick

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                        15 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                                                                        overall3food5service2ambience3

                                                                                                        Wonderful food Agonizing service--completely chaotic situation We waited for over an hour for our dinner to arrive Can't recommend to others based on our experience last night

                                                                                                      25. OT

                                                                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                        Philadelphia

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on March 2, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                        I picked this restaurant after finding it online, it was further away then expected but overall still great!! We came specifically for happy hour, their food was VERY reasonably priced, very delicious, and very filling. The drinks were flavorful and worth it! The manager was out and about trying to help and all the staff was very nice and respectful! We had a great time!

                                                                                                      26. M

                                                                                                        Mario

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        2.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                                                        overall2food2service5ambience4

                                                                                                        Quality of food not as good as it has been, pastas good Romaine salad tasteless , calamari needed salt & less oil, focaccia was really pizza but tasty, burger not good quality

                                                                                                      27. J

                                                                                                        Jjjj

                                                                                                        New England

                                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                        11 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on February 21, 2022

                                                                                                        overall3food3service2ambience1

                                                                                                        We were expecting a higher end restaurant from the reviews and menu. This was a hole in the wall restaurant. Bare bones almost like an old pizza place. The food was good and plentiful. They were out of bread when we got there. It finally came fresh from the bakery at the end of our meal. We were very excited for fresh baked bread when they finally served it. But it was terrible! Rubbery and no flavor. What a let down.

                                                                                                      28. P

                                                                                                        Patrick

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Went there with Family for dinner. Very lively atmosphere with a lot of young patrons. Food is good but for us is little bit salty, for other is maybe right taste.

                                                                                                      29. S

                                                                                                        Sheckie

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        24 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                        24 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                                                        overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                                        Overall, it was fine. The focaccia was amazing, and the pastas and cannoli were pretty good. We'd go back for the happy hour menu and given how good the focaccia was, I'd want to try the pizzas. Two misses - one small one big: the fried Zucchini flowers for $12.95 were a waste. Two "flowers" and some lightly breaded zucchini fries. But the biggest miss was a dessert called "Bugie" - fried dough with chocolate sauce, honey and powdered sugar. I was hoping for something like a beignet, instead we got a flavorless ribbon of fried dough with a light dusting of the toppings. It literally tasted like cardboard. Thankfully, they took it off the bill, but it really needs to be taken off the menu.

                                                                                                      30. P

                                                                                                        Patrick

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        8 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                        Went to lunch with family. Manager recognized us even went there only one. Food is great and service is standard but give extra credit to manager.

                                                                                                      31. D

                                                                                                        Dowzer

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                                                        overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                                                                        Service was terrible. We waited 15 minutes after sitting down before anyone took a drink order. Another 30 minutes before our appetizer - bread - came. We canceled our entrees. The bill was wrong. The table next to us (also only 2 people) left because they waited 30 minutes for someone to take their drink order after being seated. Unbelievably bad service for average food. First and last time going.

                                                                                                      32. S

                                                                                                        Sullidc

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                        7 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                                                                        overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                                                                        Not a review of the food just the service ....or the lack thereof. Sat down , ordered a couple of glasses of wine. Left after 25 minutes with still no wine.

                                                                                                      33. M

                                                                                                        Masha

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        31 reviews

                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        31 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Always wonderful…nice employees great food and ambiance, lovely service!

                                                                                                      34. d

                                                                                                        diner

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        3 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on January 30, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Sunday night dinner was very enjoyable and excellent service.

                                                                                                      35. AB

                                                                                                        AdrianoB

                                                                                                        Tampa

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on January 30, 2022

                                                                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                        Pasta al dente e frutti di mare freschi. Ci fosse stato un po’ meno salsa di pomodoro le mezze maniche sarebbero state perfette. Molto buoni gli antipasti, sia il prosciutto che la burrata e le polpette. Eccellente la focaccia. Torneremo

                                                                                                      36. PG

                                                                                                        PatrickG

                                                                                                        Washington DC

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on January 28, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                        Continues as a great "go to" option for high quality food at a reasonable price with friendly and helpful staff.

                                                                                                      37. R

                                                                                                        Ridg

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on January 23, 2022

                                                                                                        overall3food1service4ambience3

                                                                                                        Everything about this place is just okay. Food is an okay portion but it tasted flavorless. I got the lasagna and the fettuccine bolognese. The wait for food was a little long, but I imagine it’s because of a shortage of workers in the kitchen, but I wish we were put on notice about that because we were waiting for 30+ minutes and had to ask if they forgot about us. The customer service was just okay as well. They did just enough to keep us at peace. Overall, I wouldn’t go back but it wasn’t the worst of experiences.

                                                                                                      38. ZC

                                                                                                        ZarrinC

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        1.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                                                                        overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                                                                        Service was terrible, spoon were dirty and smelled eggs. I didn’t like this restaurant at all.

                                                                                                      39. m

                                                                                                        mrbrunch

                                                                                                        Cancun

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                        Dined on January 21, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                        staff was very kind and attentive--a great representation of what I'd expect from restaurant week in the DMV.

                                                                                                      40. MP

                                                                                                        MichelleP

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                        Dined on January 19, 2022

                                                                                                        overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                        Enjoyable place. Very good food. Really nice waiters :)

                                                                                                      Safety precautions

                                                                                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                        • 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

                                                                                                      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 4.4 stars by 1181 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                      Booked 13 times today
                                                                                                      Google Map for Al Dente

                                                                                                      3201 New Mexico Ave. Suite E NW Washington, DC 20016

                                                                                                      Additional information

                                                                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                                                                        Tenleytown

                                                                                                      • Hours of operation

                                                                                                        Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

                                                                                                      • Cuisines

                                                                                                        Italian

                                                                                                      • Dining style

                                                                                                        Casual Dining

                                                                                                      • Dress code

                                                                                                        Casual Dress

                                                                                                      • Parking details

                                                                                                        Free parking weeknights after 5:00PM and all day Saturday & Sunday. 50% OFF weekdays before 5:00PM with validation

                                                                                                      • Public transit

                                                                                                        Tenleytown/American University metro stop on the red line and the N2/N4/N6 bus lines.

                                                                                                      • Payment options

                                                                                                        AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                      • Additional

                                                                                                        Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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