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Al Dente

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

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Gift Card
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 828 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Most of the food was very delicious!
Waiter was very charming, but forgot the cheese plate, we ended up having it for dessert. He was very apologetic and offered to take it off bill ( and did)
I put on open table that this was a birthday (special occasion) but no mention of it at dinner. I also updated our reservation because one person canceled, restaurant did not get the message.
I know my review sounds a little negative, but I have eaten here many times and I think the food is always very tasty and the staff is very accommodating .

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Awesome as always. Roberto is a master. Our go-to for authentic Italian. The duck sausage special was particularly good. And the Ribollita was better than my grandmother's.

FrenchSpeaking2 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised on this visit although we have been there a while ago

The food quality and the value are just outstanding

Keep up the good work Roberto !

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Al Dente has good authentic Italian inspired food. Well prepared and presented. Upscale ambience, somewhere between casual and formal. Courteous and well informed staff. We went last night for an early Valentine’s Day dinner. We ordered excellent appetizer with dates, prosciutto and goat cheese, pasta bolognese and gnocchi. The service was great, the food was excellent and the dining experience was well Taylored to our needs. We have fined here several times and have had similar experiences.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent pasta, as usual. Love this place.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was great! We go out to dinner frequently throughout DC and our expectations were surpassed that evening at Al Dente . The pasta was fresh as was all the food. Even the gluten free pasta was fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant as a fun and casual outing with very good food!

vipBuongustaia (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Roberto Donna, best Italian chef in town! Never misses.

vipChipper2 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We were seated neear the back wall a few feet away from the bar. There were some students at the bar who were so noisy that our could table could not hear each other speak and had to keep repeating things. I ordered the halibut and found there was only a small bit of actual fish in the dish - most of it was cipolli ans mushrooms, and fish that was there did not taste very good. The romaine salad was good, but otherwise the meal was disappointing.

vipGSCMJOE (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Always a hit , never a miss at Al Dente. Starting from the fresh an succulent beet salad to the extra dry vodka martinis that were prepared to perfection, the evening was on divine dining experience. Her entrée was the veal shoulder and mine was the roasted Cornish hen with Italian sausage and rapini...both tasty and well presented. My meal was complimented by a very tasty Italian Montepulciano red wine. I am looking forward to my next visit and sample some of Chef Donna's exquisite home-made pasta.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

First time to restaurant. Food interesting, pretty, and very tasty. Look forward to going back and trying more food and the wine offerings.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Fabulous, as usual. My wife commented that we really should come here more often. Very good, authentic Italian. And the place was jammed.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

I am a regular at Al Dente because this restaurant is fabulous from their dinner to their brunch to their happy hours. My favorite pasta is the Mezzi Rigatoni, which also can be made gluten free.

ebte (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Altho a New Year's Day Brunch menu appeared when I checked the restaurant's website, I was disappointed that brunch was not available at 1 pm on New Year's Day. When I looked more closely (after eating), I saw that the New Year's Day Brunch pdf that remains online was for 2016 or 2017. The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived. My guests and I shared a tasty eggplant dish (very little eggplant, lots of cheese). I had a meatball sandwich - a bit sloppy, but also tasty and cheesy. My friend had a large salad with 3 or 4 shrimp and her son a hamburger. I had an alcoholic drink that was nothing special, and the three of us shared a delicious dessert - a chocolate bomba - chocolate-covered ice cream and cake, with some raspberry sauce. Bottom line, not the brunch I was expecting, and close to twice as expensive, but we did have good-tasting food and decent service. Al Dente remains a pleasant place with good food.

Brooklanddiners (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

The Seven Fishes dinner offers wonderful food and the best bargain around at only $55. Every course was outstanding. Don't miss it next year!

vipGSCMJOE (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

The best homemade pasta in DC. Excellent wine list and the salads are large, crisp and well garnished and dressed. Do ask about their daily soup or their tasty and elegant minestrone.