Al Dente

4.2
1151 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Guests can enjoy fresh house-made pasta, fresh fish and meat offerings along with Italian desserts. Al Dente also showcases Neapolitan pizza from the restaurant’s centerpiece oven.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1151 people are saying
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Ridg
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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ZarrinC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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

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mrbrunch
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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MichelleP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

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Henry
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service excellent. Great pizza. Unfortunately, could not get a plain side salad with lettuce & other greens. Salads on menus were too exotic and all had nuts. Spinach was only green choice.
Otherwise, a very nice experience for a Saturday night.

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Commander3
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

THE TABLE WHICH FORCES I/2 OF THE PARTY TO FACE THE WALL COULD BE IMPROVED BY THE MATRE DE.

THE WAITER WAS EXCEPTIONAL, AND MADE THE EXPERIENCE PRIMO!

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LisaP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, especially the homemade pasta dishes. Friendly and bright!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

A 55’ minute wait for really mediocre pizzas. A manager just not concerned, a pizzaiolo on the phone while making pizzas, a waiter trying his best to compensate but to no avail. There isn’t even bread or cheese to make you less hungry while waiting for the food.
We know that restaurants are understaffed because of Covid. But the poor service and attitude can’t be excused by the pandemic !

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vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
208 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love the lentil soup! Salads always crisp, fresh and excellent house dressing. Best pizza in DC. Pasta dishes are especially tasty given the pasta is made in-house. Service was A+.

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DougD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Way too noisy inside. Couldn't hear a normal conversation. shifted to outside which was a little chilly until heater warmed up the area of our table in about 15 minutes.

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vipJillW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I had not been since covid and food has taken MAJOR decline since Roberta Donna left. The dishes are not really the same. I really don’t recommend going

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vipCapitolFile
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Perfect spot for family and friends getting together for a casual meal. Delicious Italian fare - pizza and pasta dishes are outstanding. Service is very attentive and parking is easy. All makes for a relaxing good time!

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vipWinifred
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food exceptional - everything was delicious
With nice outdoor seating!

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OKay
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was looking for moderately-priced, Italian-kitchen restaurant. Range of dishes was very good. Wine list showed interesting Italian wines.

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Hsolfoodie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service.

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AnnieChiquitica
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top quality, as always!

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ilhant
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food. This is the DeChiara & Roberto Donna style of Sicilian authenticity we have been craving for. The last time I remember this authenticy at Capri Italian Restaurant in McLean.
Calamari, seafood/clams/mussels pasta and pizzas... Tomato sauce is beautifully done as expected. This was the first time we made it there and we'd be definitely going back.

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vipneighbor
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This restaurant used to be very good - it has evidently declined.

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peats
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food. My only complaint is that waiter and bus person constantly wanted to remove plates from our table when others at the table were not finished eating.

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vipDanI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, good service. Can’t take that for granted anymore.

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greg
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Busy Friday night - prompt seating, good service, Calamarata - seafood/pasta dish was top notch, great place.

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PatrickG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for the money. It is a relaxed place to go with family and friends.

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BettyB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipDanielS
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was just ok. Place was loud and disorganized. We had party of 5 and they packed us into a 4 top in between two 6-8 tops.

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RickOfDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good experience. I would go there again. However it is pricey for lunch, so I put only a fair value.

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DonalO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant to have lunch outdoors on a warm sunny day!

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vipDCSteven
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Al Dente has long been a solid neighborhood Italian resto with first-rate pizzas and pastas along with hidden gems like the lentil soup, focaccia basket, calamari, risotto specials and the like. The wine-by-the-glass menu is also far more varied than most informal Italian restaurants. It feels like both the food and service have gotten a bit more perfunctory at Al Dente as the years have gone by. But it's still a good choice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening

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vipMichelleC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was ok..disappointed they did not have 3 out of the 5 desserts on their dessert menu

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vipDcdoglover
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

It took us 15 minutes to get a glass of wine. The maitre’d was aware of the problem and did nothing. At the very least , we should have been comped for the wine when we eventually got it.

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Letts
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We waited almost an hour for our food, pizza was undercooked, but the salad was good. If u go, go before 6:00 or after 8:00.

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vipSteveRosslyn
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The kitchen seems to have lost a step. The wine and service carried the day.

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vipMasha
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Very poor service wait staff no where to be found. Food is slipping … must be using cheaper ingredients. The meatballs tasted differently and the sausage in the pizza was terrible and different too.

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vipTaii
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very busy on a Saturday evening. Our waitor had a great demeanor but was extremely busy, covering a large territory. Result, service and kitchen service was slow. Management needs to consider adding more staff for busy evenings.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Service was not good. Dinner came out one meal at a time with 15 minutes between first and third dinner being served. Lasagna was soupy and salmon was way over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Literally the worst service I have had at a restaurant, ever. The staff, including the maitre d, were mostly absent, then rude and dismissive when they very rarely appeared. It took over 45 minutes from ordering simple food (pizza, plain salad, soup) for the food to appear and no one checked in on our party in the meantime. We had young children who literally could not wait that long for their food and started to cry.
It was the lunch hour on a Saturday and there were maybe 4 other occupied tables, so the restaurant was not busy. We also had a reservation, so it's not like the restaurant was unprepared for our arrival.
The food tasted good when it finally arrived, but by then it was too late to salvage any enjoyment out of the meal. Some dishes were not going to come at all, but were finally given to us in takeout bags on the way out--1.5 hours after we first sat down.
On a stressful day for our families, what should have been a respite became a complete disaster. We received the complete opposite of hospitality. This place should close and let a friendlier neighborhood restaurant take its place. We will not go back.

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BrianK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dirty ladies bathroom. Entree eggplant parm burned

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vipUpperNWfoodie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We had an 8:15 reservation for 2. We watched as the bustling restaurant emptied out before we were served our entrées at 9:40. We were patient and hadn’t complained because we know that many restaurants are having staffing issues, but when the manager came to our table as we were finishing our entrées and asked if we’d like another round, I asked if I could get a half glass of wine since I was nearly finished with my meal. He replied that the restaurant doesn’t serve half glasses and suggested that we order a glass and split it, apparently not noticing that my daughter was drinking beer. I smiled and asked if that was the case even if we had waited over an hour for our entrées, to which he brusquely said, “Everyone had to wait tonight, we were very busy.” This in a dining room that was now empty except for my daughter and me. I was stunned at his attitude and lack of professionalism. For a half glass of wine he could have ensured a happy ending to our dining experience and customer loyalty. We won’t be going back anytime soon. P.S. We tipped the waiter 15%, as this was not his fault.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best happy hour deals in town. Great people watching if you sit outside

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious Pasta!!!

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

Al Dente is rated 4.2 stars by 1151 OpenTable diners.

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

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