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Al Dente, Washington, DC

Al Dente

4.3
4.3
1218 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

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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

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What 1,218 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. AS

    AmyS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious and the service was prompt and friendly.
  2. C

    Chrismi

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    I gave another chance to Al dente for the second time with my two kids, but this restaurant is not for us. Since we leave close, I will order and pick up the food and not dine in. Even my kids said that they don't want to go back there. Very disappointed 🙁
  3. A

    Alice

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Four of us dined at Al Dente. Unlike some poor reviewers, I found the service to be very good. We were asked if we wanted a drink no fewer than THREE times within the first five minutes of our being seated. (We were not a drinking party, but eventually two of us ordered a glass of wine.) The food was OK. I had salmon on a patty of potato and crab meat. I would not order it again. The salmon was undercooked, and the potato and crab meat combination did nothing for me. I was treating the others in my party, so they had no "complaints" about the food. The squash blossom appetizer was not worth the price. Only two squash blossoms were served.
  4. JG

    JoyG

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I have been to Al Dente before and had the Branzino before with spinach. This time it did not have the flavor it has had in the past. It did not have much flavor, I'm sorry to say. Service was very good. I'm wondering if there's new management or a new chef or maybe Roberto Donna is not involved anymore. We were happy we could get outside seating. The bread wasn't as good as I remembered either. I remember them having focaccia, but they didn't have it this time.
  5. GD

    GwenDCG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside - good food and nice service
  6. C

    Chrismi

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    I went there with my two young kids. I had a reservation for outside, but it was very cold, and the usher helped us to find a spot so we could order and go back home with the food instead of dining in. We waited for more than 45 minutes to get the food. People who arrived at the same time were served more than 30 before us. My 4-year-old son went by himself to tell the manager that he was hungry and he wanted to eat. I hope that it’s not like that every Friday.
  7. N

    Nancy

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience1
    The food and service is always very good. Happy Hour is a really good deal. Although we were seated outdoors, each time the door opened a strong smell of bleach/ cleaner came from indoors.
  8. CL

    CarolL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a great meal!
  9. MU

    MarginallyUseful

    Washington DC

    146 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great food, reasonably priced, very pleasant overall. Have gone back here many times, the Caesar salad, pizzas and pastas are all excellent. Service is good. The outdoor tables are more pleasant than inside, but inside is OK. Overall, perhaps not worth a long trip, but if you want a reliable and very good place in northwest Washington, this is a great option.
  10. GS

    GSCMJOE

    Washington DC

    232 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    232 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Dinner for 8 at Al Dente was flawless. Great wine list and mixed drinks, salads, appetizers were fresh and had a genuine Italian taste. We had 8 different entrees and we shared...all were served at the correct temperature and had a fresh and home cooked taste. The pasta, made in house was to die for...my fettucine alfredo with chicken was excellent. Prices will not break the bank, superb service.
  11. M

    Mike74

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    We had the pizza, and this style is not to my liking. Very thin, tough crust that was hard to chew. Toppngs (pepperoni and cheese) were a little greasy. Could only eat 2 slices, my partner only one. The chairs are hard, thank goodness I always bring my own cushion. Central pizza fire does make n attractive setting, but would not go back.
  12. p

    pmar

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was terrific as usual. Good value particularly during restaurant week.
  13. A

    Appreciatingdiner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love sitting on the shaded patio. All food is excellent whether ordering from the Restaurant Week menu or regular menu.
  14. ED

    EvelynD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was attentive, and had great recommendations. The food was amazing! Service was great all around.
  15. C

    Caitland

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food was not good. The was no welcome at the door. Staff looked confused. At one point we were told that we couldn’t be served because the kitchen was closed (8:30pm reservation from OpenTable) , but they were still serving others. We still got our food but it was a terrible restaurant week experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Tiny portions over priced. Only go for happy hour. Server was super rude had to ask multiple times to get drinks refilled
  17. i

    ilovefood7

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Our server was very attentive and knew the menu so well. I will definitely go again.
  18. MJ

    MissingJapan

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely to sit on the Al Dente patio and enjoy a leisurely lunch on a summer afternoon. Food was great and fresh.
  19. O

    Oscar

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was not exciting - calamari just fried pieces with almost no calamari inside, the scallopini was strange and not very tasty and the duck dish had no pasta with it. Plus, too expensive.
  20. DP

    DanaP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We sat outside. The service was good. I really have no complaints.
  21. MS

    MarioS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just wonderful! food, service, everything!! Just wonderful! food, service, everything!! Just wonderful! food, service, everything!! Just wonderful! food, service, everything!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Happy Hour! Gréât food and prices
  23. C

    Casualdiner

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, we had a really fun time at Al Dente. Great drinks, great food, and great service!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Al dente was a great experience from start to finish! The ambience in there is lovely! Nice and romantic so great for a date night! I was able to park with ease. Food- I cannot complain! I got the lasagna and cauliflower, and my friend got one of the pasta and I believe fried zucchini. I forget the cocktails we got both both were fantastic! I would definitely go back again! Server was kind as well and they were always clearing off the dirty dishes. I also love a place that comes with bread :)
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The food was delicious but everything else was very mediocre. It was a slow Wednesday night (6:30pm for my fiancés birthday dinner) and there weren’t many other people in the restaurant but we rarely saw our waiter. He was missing for such long periods that when he brought the check I just handed him my card without looking at it because my fiancé and I wanted to leave already. Food definitely took a while to come out (even the bread we ordered) but everything was delicious so it was worth it. I don’t know if it was COVID staffing shortages or what but for such an expensive meal we’ll just get takeout from here in the future.
  26. KJ

    KevinJ

    Houston

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great neighborhood restaurant, good food, friendly service. Fairly quiet during the week. Plenty of secured parking and they validate the parking.
  27. M

    Mauraj

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Lovely outdoor space and excellent service, nice wine list that is not overpriced. Menu seems a little stuck, nothing seasonal/special but mostly good except the shrimp on the salad - completely overcooked and tiny (they comped the shrimp after we mentioned it - very nice gesture). Also the beet salad had a minimum of beets. Salmon delicious as were the zucchini flowers.
  28. EA

    EmilyA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Al Dente for a special birthday dinner for my husband with our children and grandchildren. While this was our first time at Al Dente, it was even better that we could have anticipated.
  29. W

    Winifred

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was super nice! Very comfortable space. We will return
  30. MK

    MauraK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always good, especially the pizza. Happy hour pricing makes it an incredible value, too. Outside dining a big plus.
  31. S

    Susannetta

    Washington DC

    72 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    The restaurant was deserted except for a noisy large table, and two tables of 4 plus ours, which made the atmosphere less than pleasant. The menu was unchanged, which I always find creepy. Although Al Dente is convenient I will not recommend it.
  32. A

    Anonemouse

    Washington DC

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    My friends ordered pizzas which they really enjoyed. Needing to avoid gluten, my choices were limited but I too enjoyed my romaine salad with huge shrimp added. The high noise levels, inside and out, were a surprise but not impossible.
  33. JK

    JenniferK

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and love the outdoor patio. The happy hour menu great value!
  34. b

    bfrtech

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good outdoor seating & great happy hour deals. Give it a try!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    This was not what I was expecting and wouldn’t plan to be back . If you enjoy flys , nats , dead bugs in the window , and dirty dishes . Then this is the restaurant for you !! Oh and do not plan on getting the Cacio e pepe , because they will be out . We were not not given a happy hour menu and had to ask for one . Also the servers are not aware of all the alcohols offered. I asked for the Mezcal on the rocks , the server was confused . I had to explain to her and show her on the menu . Still confused she went to ask someone and was able to get it . Service was slow and I had to flag down our waiter multiple times . Our server also decided she was going to wait to put part of the order in . She did later apologize for this , but still wished she would have asked first .
  36. C

    Casualdiner

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We always have a good time at Al Dente. The drinks are delish and the food is excellent. One of our favorite spots!
  37. RS

    RuthS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone enjoyed
  38. C

    Casualdiner

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Al Dente. Always relaxing and delicious!
  39. BT

    BruceT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Two entrees were warm, not hot. Quality of those was mediocre. Quality of other entrees was good but not great. Nice outside table, good ambiance, great to be able to spend a long leisurely dinner in a nice atmosphere.
  40. LC

    LewisC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza was tasty. Outdoor seating was nice, good atmosphere. Service was fast and pleasant.

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 4.3 stars by 1218 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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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