Al Dente

4.2
1098 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 1098 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLina
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

outstanding service. Food does not seem to be as good as before. Margarita pizza is not the best anymore. pasta was ok but not as good as it sometime was for italian food. But service is great.

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vipPaulArmstrong
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are frequent diners at Al Dente and love it. Our favorite waitress is Jenny! We ask for her each time we dine.

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Neighbor
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our go to spot for a great pizza!

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vipWebbtyme
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our meal and server!

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vipGailL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Fun atmosphere and decor. Great for pasta dishes. Loved the zucchini blossoms appetizer!

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vipYUMMYTUMMY
Washington DC
190 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The drinks and starters arrived in a timely fashion but we waited for 50 minutes for the entrees. The place was not at all busy which makes the delay inexcusable. Manager kept walking around apparently unaware of what was going on. Some of the food was excellent, some just so-so.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, great service.

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kjp1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The outdoor dining area is lovely. table distance fine, conversations nearby not overheard. wait staff attentive but not overbearing.
I ordered eggplant parmesan which was served in a bowl rather than on a flat plate. The amount of eggplant was too sparse/ lots of parmesan/tomato sauce, too little actual eggplant. Tasty enough but I will not reorder. I advise serving on a flat plate and adding a small amount of some sort of pasta, to avoid the appearrance of "soup"

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vipTaii
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Pizza, pasta dishes and wine. Great outdoor space

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vipSuzy
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We understand that all restaurants are in need of additional servers and so appreciate the delays in service, but one would hope that asking three times over 15 minutes would elicit a response.
Otherwise , fine.

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viptommy
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Food. Good service. Nice outdoor seating. Prices high but everyone has high prices to make up for all the money they lost to Covid.

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MELISSA
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Happy Hour visit was outstanding! The neighborhood is also very nice

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salatime
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We keep trying happy because the prices are good, but the service is so inattentive. And you always have to ask for the happy hour menu. Don't hold happy hour if you don't want to make it pleasant. Food is good if you stick with salads and pizza.

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Julia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The host and waiters were great and they brought out tiramisu for my friend's birthday. I didn't love my dish, but that's just because I ordered something I wouldn't like. Great decor as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

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EatingWell
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Accommodated us nicely on the patio with friendly efficient service. Both 1st courses were delicious. Main courses were disappointing: bolognese was over seasoned with nutmeg, grilled branzino overcooked and under seasoned. Not what it once was,

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vipLASM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Al Dente on a Friday night. Scored a table outside - quite a festive atmosphere. We were too late for Happy Hour - which is great, by the way - so ordered off the main menu. We had the Bolognese which was quite good. We have eaten here many times and it is a go-to place for us.
They were busy but the service was still very good.

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salatime
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Happy hour prices makes it worth it. Good fried calamari, nice pizza selection, good wine/beer deals. Otherwise, the service is so slow and inattentive that the only thing that keeps you there is the happy hour pricing.

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PatriciaH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely restaurant; Friendly service, decent food for a good price and great atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

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vipTaii
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was quick and delicious. Great service by friendly waitor Roberto.

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LorenzoF
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Poor food quality and poor service. I ordered meat and they did not ask how I wanted the meat cooked, they did it overcooked. Not recommended.

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DCFoodie
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Al Dente is a neighborhood gem, and the service is superb. At a reunion dinner with friends the other night the fried calamari was a spicy hit, and the duck agnolotti with mushroom sauce was wonderful. Don't miss getting a side of focaccia -- even those who said they didn't want any dug into the basket of warm bread! The inside tables were not full, but it was still difficult to hear sometimes -- lots of hard surfaces -- so if you want more quiet, elect to eat outside or come at an off time.

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AMIE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best happy hour in town - half price pizza and wine

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Highly recommend this place if you love good food & good service!!

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barbarak
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The fire department was there, apparently there was water in the kitchen. It prevented pizza from being made somehow. That was unfortunate, but oh well. We found other things to order. After we got our drinks, the waiter told us the fire department was closing the restaurant and we had to leave. But, the waiter said, we could finish our drinks at the tables outside -- even though it was unusually cold (low
50s) and damp, and no heaters. Not what we were expecting, and didn't really want to do. As we were took our drinks and started out the door, the waiter made sure we paid for them first. Pretty tacky.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food has gone way down in quality and portions - actually horrible food - only saving grace is pizza !

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio during covid. Creat p ok ace to take family.

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vipDonnaA
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took us a very, very long time to get any service (25 minutes!) , but once we did, the food and drinks were excellent.
Al Dente definitely needs more servers!!

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BruceF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the gnocci and eggplant parmesian. Espresso could have been a lot warmer.

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WendyDCG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lentil soup

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KiCa
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Servers weren't attentive at all. Mother's Day advertisement was misleading and food subpar.

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FarisJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing happy hour place good service and good food ,I love the pizza definitely recommended

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EmadJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place good service friendly stuff ,good food tasty drinks

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MarkN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for happy hour my new spot
$25 for pitcher of strawberry Mojoto half price pizza

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YaraW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch at this place Beautiful patio as great service, food was really good , I had zucchini flowers for appetizer was the best I had, branzino very fresh.
Definitely coming back for more

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Cachi
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at 7pm for dinner and at 8:15pm we were still not served! The excuse was that the restaurant was full and that they were taking delivery orders! I guess they gave the delivery orders priority and we were left with no food and a poor excuse. Needless to say we left quite upset with an empty stomach. There was not a manager to put things right ...they seemed overwhelmed!

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Alyssa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Food was plain and unseasoned, service was horrible. I don't rate restaurants on Google but my god was this place bad. I made reservations and they acted like I was inconveniencing them by showing up for my reservation. then, we didn't receive service for another 20 minutes (not even water). had to flag down our server about 3 times throughout the night for more water, wine, check, etc. do not sit at the "chefs bar"- the servers won't even acknowledge you there. will not be going back here. not to mention it's full of drunk college students

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It was the worst ever. I was embarrassed for where I brought my dear husband!
The only eatable item on the menu was pizza. It should be just take out pizza place, not a restaurant. They can’t seriously consider their place an eating establishment. The service was horrid, the food was bad, the wine is not drinkable. You feel like you are at the train station with loud sounds coming from the open kitchen, the lights are so bright that it hurts your eyes.
I left the note in my reservation for a birthday candle, then I called in and reminded the restaurant about it. Nevertheless, the candle wasn’t brought up and no one remembered of the event.
The only reason I even decided to try the place is because it made it into the Washingtonian magazine. Now I know not to trust that source. I also contacted the magazine and shared my experience with Al Dente.

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MatthewT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Recommend steering clear of the caprese salad. Only one small sprig of basil to accompany half a tomato and cheese cut up with balsamic salad dressing on top rather than balsamic reduction. Table next to us chose calamari, which looked like a better choice.

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viplou07
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beet Salad was delicious and duck pasta dish was terrific.

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 4.2 stars by 1098 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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