Aperto

4.5
238 reviews
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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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FL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food; not the classic Italian menu. Friendly atmosphere; great server.

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JP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went to Aperto for Valentine’s Day dinner. The food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was perfect. The chef brought out rose petals to the table and it was the cutest thing. It made for a very special night

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Helpful and attentive wait staff. Food is good

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fantastic, food was great as was the service.

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BT
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding. Great service, full bar, impeccable service. Felt like Italy.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were excellent. This restaurant would be celebrated in Italy. Expensive by DC standards, but worth it.

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C
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I go to Aperto, I am assured that I get outstanding food, and service is impeccable. The wait staff remembers you and what you like from your last visit, which I find outstanding. It is a gem in the neighborhood.

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FW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we entered Aperto, we knew that we were in for a special treat. The matre d’s reception was warm and delightful; service was attentive but not intrusive; and the food was out of this world. Aperto will be a frequent destination for us.

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Aperto at least four or five times, and have enjoyed it every time. The fish stew is wonderful - probably the best that I have had at any restaurant. The servers are friendly and efficient. As with other restaurants of this quality, the prices of the appetizers and desserts tend to be on the high side, so the experience of dining at Aperto tends to be pricey. Nonetheless, I strongly recommend Aperto.

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DD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening celebrating a birthday. Excellent food and extraordinary service. Especially enjoyed the opportunity to sustain conversation throughout the evening due to the minimal noise level. Restaurant provided birthday dessert descreetly. Highly recommend Aperto.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, but food was just ok. The food was interesting but bland. Overall a fine experience, but I’m glad we only paid the restaurant week $35 and not more.

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JU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. However, it was a bit expensive for us.

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CB
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I liked Aperto - I didn't love it. The service was superb and the general atmosphere is calm and cozy. We had the "Restaurant Week" menu: the fennel and orange salad was very nice and light. The pasta was a disappointment -bland. Both of us ordered the same dish and we agreed that it just wasn't that appetizing. I didn't eat dessert so can't comment on that. Perhaps we ordered the wrong dish - I would be tempted to try again - but I won't be rushing to do so.

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Aperto is a charming, undiscovered Italian restaurant serving the freshest fish in DC plus a host of other very well prepared dishes, particularly the pasta preparations, which are delicious and creative. The Staff is super friendly and competent, and the menu features a very nice and reasonably priced wine list. The food is as good as Fiola at half the price and without the pretentiousness. Also, while it is a small restaurant it is very quiet and has a great wine room for dining for special functions. I love Aperto and highly recommend it for lunch or dinner. Belissimo!!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at Aperto! The ambiance was wonderful; a comfortable , elegant space with excellent service. The food choices were interesting and varied and we all were very pleased with our choices. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

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n
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was empty at 8 on Friday night. Perhaps it has gone down hill since the earlier laudatory reviews. The lamb prosciutto was good, if salty. My wife's soup was not good, not worth finishing the bowl. My osso buco was good, sitting on a bed of much too salty risotto. FWIW, they should have given me a marrow spoon, since the included a marrow bone. My wife had a Caprese salad made with excellent sauteed peppers rather than winter tomatoes. Good winter tomatoes are hard to find.

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DC
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice choice for a celebratory dinner with friends. Well prepared food, great service and lovely room. Reliably good.

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n
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food in a warm and beautiful dining room. Homemade pasta was amazing as was everything else on the menu. Service was topnotch.

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BH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent classic Italian food with superior service quite close to the Kennedy Center. You can't ask for more except, perhaps, low prices. Aperto doesn't offer those, though it's better priced than others of its ilk and if you split a salad, each get a [very nice] pasta and a glass of wine, and close with coffee, a couple can get out the door for under $100, including tax and tip. Also a wonderful place for a business lunch, but all of the local lawyers already know that ...

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BA
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aperto was wonderful. Great service....Server suggested drinks, entrees and dessert, and all were wonderful. Food was delicious, wine selection was fantastic

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CM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great, authentic Italian food and excellent service. A lovely place for a quiet and delicious dinner.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wait staff at Aperto are simply exceptional. I was here for my 50th birthday, and they truly made it memorable.

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Liked ambiance. Food well prepared. Served
$20 appetizer NOT ordered. Assumed appetizer part of meal...ate it...paid for it anyway because ate it.

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CD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and very good location. Service was also very good.

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! We ordered seafood, the octupos was spectacular.

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I like to have business lunches at Aperto as they offer very good food (fish in particular) at reasonable prices in a warm, friendly and quiet ambiance....

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S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

The lunch for four people cost almost $400. I never thought of this bill!
I don’t think I will never go back there.

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CL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant, the servers are attentive and the food is always perfect. I specifically come for the tiramisu!

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NV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great. Drink preparation might need a little modernization. We were there on a Sunday early and it was overly quiet however it's a great atmosphere, lovely inside, and the chef did an excellent job with our fish specials and appetizers.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and so was the service and ambiance. We will definitely be back!

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IS
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As it turns out, I was welcomed by Chef Luigi upon arrival - attentive and friendly service, excellent food, fun place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was a bit mediocre for the price!

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s
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic fresh food, great Italian meal and a perfect way to spend Parent's weekend with our daughter. Thank you.

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R
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Great friendly service. Portions very small, value for money on the low end.

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l
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is very good, and there is a relative dearth of very good restaurants in the Foggy Bottom area. The bartenders are friendly, and make excellent cocktails. At happy hour, the cocktails on "special" are reasonably priced. But the cocktails off happy hour are way to expensive. $16 for a Negroni? It was a very good Negroni, mind you, but $16 is insane! The restaurant is not typically busy for dinner, and I think the prices may have something to do with it. I bet Aperto would be more popular if they would shave a few dollars off the price of the food.

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N
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The meal was yummy and the staff are friendly. It wasn't busy at the time but the room is cozy and comfortable.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome waiter and yummy food!!

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R
Mississippi
33 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Service was great, food was delicious. The seafood stew was outstanding as was the chicken and the ravioli. Gelato and tiramisu also very good. I can’t wait to go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, décor and service were excellent. Appetizers were very pricey for what you got but the entrees were wonderful and reasonably priced. We went early before heading to the Kennedy Center so it was quiet (and nice).

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OT
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food, excellent menu and wine list, great location and service. Highly recommend.

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