Aperto

4.4
252 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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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible food very disappointed left the first five min we got there

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F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was not good. My ravioli was dry, very bland, not flavorful. Very expensive for the quality of food that was served.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. Food was top notch and service was impeccable. Would definitely come here again and recommend it for anyone looking for a good quiet high quality dining experience.

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M
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

I have visited this restaurant several times before and always enjoyed the food and the service. Not sure I will return anytime in the near future. Maybe it was a Sunday evening. But we waited a very long time for our entrée to be delivered. There were very few people in the restaurant (maybe only Four or five tables occupied) so, I don’t know what the holdup was. There was no apologies from the waiter for the lengthy delay. Quite frankly this was a little disappointing.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and personal service. Delicious food and drinks and a very professional decor.

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JJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited there with my husband and 6-year boy. The service was perfect, particularly kids friendly. The food was excellent. I loved today's risotto with shitake mushrooms and scallops the best!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and the food and service is beyond amazing. Get the mussels and grilled octopus. The Lamb chops are also excellent.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Keep up the Good work! I would highly recommend your restaurant to my friends and colleagues in New York, DC and elsewhere.

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D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was expensive for what it was. Service was wonderful wonderful wonderful though.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely greeting as we entered. Waitstaff superb. Authentic

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

Wonderful meal with friends from out of town.

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VE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant. I’ve been several times for lunch during the work week. The ambiance and professionalism of the long-term staff make for an elegant experience -even with a brisk business lunch. However at peak hours they can seem a little understaffed which is why I gave service four stars instead of five. Food is 5 star every time. I personally don’t care for the saltiness of the house-made prosciutto (lamb or duck), but every other menu item i’ve had is exceptional. The house wine offerings are also quite good and appear carefully selected for quality, not just value.

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EE
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aperto is one of those gems that is hiding in plain sight. Great food, well prepared and served. It is actually possible to enjoy a leisurely meal and have a quiet discussion in a postive environment mere stps away from Pennsylvania Avenue. First class.

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FL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Helpful and attentive wait staff. Food is good

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CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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 9, 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
4 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 26, 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 26, 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
109 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 24, 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
153 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
20 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
31 reviews
Dined on December 14, 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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K
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped in based on a friend's recommendation while on vacation in DC. Loved the food! We'd definitely come again.

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 5, 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 23, 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
9 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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