Aperto

4.6
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305 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Chef Luigi Diotaiuti’s latest concept “Aperto” is named after the Italian word for “open”. Featuring an open kitchen, a comfortable atmosphere and honest Italian cuisine, Aperto offers Washingtonians the freshest Italian flavors with a contemporary twist . Aperto’s culinary philosophy combines Chef Luigi’s full-circle vision of providing patrons with the best from the past, present, and future of Italian cuisine while incorporating as many house-made, local, organic, free-range, and sustainably farmed products as possible. Enjoy a delightful Italian-inspired brunch, lunch, or dinner in our carefully appointed, inviting setting. Join us for an aperitivo - Italian cocktails created with our own line of house made liqueurs at Happy Hour or carry out our classic dishes for lunch or dinner. In a hurry? Our Express Lunch packs a robust punch for those on the go. The private room is the perfect location for exclusive Italian style events, and sidewalk dining for Al fresco diners.
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M
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant place to dine on high quality food. Friendly and accommodating staff.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

As others have stated, the food is way overpriced for what you get. We went on Valentines Day and the service was horrible. We legitimately didn't know who our waiter was and we had nobody to address simple things like our table not having silverware after our appetizers were brought out. The waiter dropped off the desert menu but didn't come back to take our order for 20 minutes (so we decided to skip desert). The waiter told us that they didn't have mashed potatos and when the table next to us received their food (before us despite arriving 30 minutes after), lo and behold, they had mashed potatos. Don't get me wrong - the food is acceptable. At those prices, it should be much better. The service ruins the experience though. Also, and a very minor point, the lighting is super bright - it ruins any sort of intimate feeling an italian restaurant of this supposed quality should inspire.

P
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was quite good. Staff was amazing. Music sound track had no identity. Went from island to Rick to Italian. Really needs a consistent music selection.

MP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Over priced at lunch

MM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food. Good service. Lovely ambiance. Typical DC pricing. Our server "Anas" is the perfect combo of attentiveness & cool distance.

WW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all ‘round

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For lunch or dinner, Aperto is a restaurant that never disappoints.

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful simple grilled fish one day, excellent seafood salad another. Very nice ambiance and knowledgeable, professional waiters.

f
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid dinner in a delightful truly Italian restaurant that provides lovely service, delicious food and an outstanding wine list. A favorite.

W
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time at both of Luigi's restaurants. I would recommend either highly, as both are exceptional every time we visit.

RT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and a show at the Kennedy Center. Mom, Dad and daughter. Dinner was delicious!!

NB
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Good food and service. The restaurant feels pst it’s prime, in need of refresh

L
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive wait staff. Made excellent suggestions regarding menu selection. Food and service were superlative

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was okay considering the price. But, the server was too much interested in making us order more food. He even served two bottles of sparking water without asking. I was with a business guest and didn't want to make it a scene. But, I felt uncomfortable, and I wouldn't visit the place again.

D
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. The dishes were expertly prepared, and the staff were consummate professionals.

R
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food. Pasta with lobster was incredible both the food and the presentation with the lobster shell in the plate for decoration. Excellent speedy service. A bit expensive but worth it.

JM
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great find in DC, close to Kennedy Center. Great menu and wine list. After visiting many noisy resturants elsewhere in the city it was nice to visit a quiet place where we could have a good conversation at the table. Service was excellent.

O
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience3

Solid food. Good wine selection. Professional wait staff.

f
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

food was very good and the service was great. The restaurant was not crowded when we were there, but it was still noisy. I imagine that with more people, the noise level would prevent easy conversation. Also, while the food was good, the prices were high for the product.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

AW
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, perfect service! The vine from Piemonte was excellent

MP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The entire evening was amazing ... excellent food, extremely professional, knowledgeable and engaging wait staff, and pleasant environment overall.

CL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Aperto for casual bites before seeing a show at the Kennedy Center, graduation dinners, and date nights. I always enjoy the food and hospitality, Tony is the member I look forward to most. This restaurant is always recommended when family and friends need a place to eat in Foggy Bottom, and this restaurant and Al Tiramisu are my top recommended choices for Italian in DC.

KB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Stumbled into Aperto, after GWU drop off for our daughter. Fabulous, thoughtful staff. Amazing food. Outstanding wine & cocktails. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening & have added Aperto to our “must visit” DC establishments. Thank you, Aperto!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really, really good Italian food. A little slow on the service side, but worth it.

AM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a great meal. One of my favorite spots for lunch near the office.

B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and good food. Highly recommended.

j
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went there during restaurant week and were very happy with our choice. The waitstaff was very attentive, the food was served timely and the ambiance was excellent. We had an excellent tomato soup, fine eggplant rollatini and the fish and past dishes were first rate. It is a good value for the price and we will definitely be back.

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire dining experience for three people was memorable. Our wait staff was impeccable, with their outstanding service and professionalism. Everyone knew the menu expertly and provided great recommendations.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for Restaurant Week which allowed us to try 3 courses at a good price. Food was good.

f
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during restaurant week with another couple. We received a warm welcome & liked the ambience of the dining room. My meal was excellent. I had the lamb meatball dish which I'd liken to having 3 meatball sliders with a delicious tomato sauce. Would have liked to try them on fresh pasta. Excellent service. One item - they do not have valet parking. We did luck out & were able to park on the street less than block away.

s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely dining experience. Fantastic food. Attentive service. We went on the early side for a Saturday night - 5:45 pm so noise level was great.

Will definitely go again.

SC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Menu is very small and food was ok. Not bad but not in a hurry to go back.

R
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! My friends and I had a really great evening :)

TO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were there on a night during the heat wave and were the only people in the back portion. It worked out well because we had a lot to talk about. The service and food were exceptional. The music could have been better, but it wasn't noticeable after a while. The menu had many options and portion sizes we're good.

AK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restraunt was phenomenal. Absolutely loved it and the service was so classy and kind

EF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to be perfect!!! Food was superb; very flavorable and perfectly cooked.

g
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place for a working lunch. Food is consistently good; pastas and fish are very nice. Service is professional.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A la hauteur de ce qu’on attend d’un bon restaurant

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w
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and terrific service. will go again for sure