Aperto

4.6
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292 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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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
11 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
93 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience3

Solid food. Good wine selection. Professional wait staff.

f
Washington DC
115 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
5 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
15 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
San Antonio
8 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
1 review
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
142 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
7 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
10 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

PM
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, a very nice experience.

TO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a biz lunch or dinner. Presentation and creativity appreciated.

t
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Overpriced for pirtions

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Have been there many times and loved it but this time was awful. Had a reservation and sat for 15 minutes before anyone poured water or asked if we wanted a drink. Food mediocre at best. Service poor, double charged on bar tab. Took very important guests there and we totally embarrassed.Really disappointed for the entire experience, unfortunately.

P
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Aperto several times and it never disappoints. Service is impeccable, and it's a cozy yet classy place.

G
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monday evening is a perfect time for a date night at Aperto. We had a quiet unrushed dinner lasting two and a half hours. The service was perfect and respected our desire to have time together and not be interrupted too much. Pace was right on. Food is excellent. I don’t think there is a bad choice on the menu. My second time here and it is now one of my favorite hidden secrets of DC in a great location.

B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were two couples who LOVE Aperto! We love the food but we also love the Maitre'd and staff. We are always made to feel special.

HM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aperto exceeded our expectations. The food was fabulous. There was a wonderful choice of fresh fish in addition to the menu choices. Would definitely recommend Aperto, and can’t wait to go back.

M
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A wonderful meal and nice people. We were a little late but they did a great job of getting us out in time for our show.

HK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Two worms fell from the ceiling. Terrific.

h
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service is always fabulous and friendly. The pace of service is great, even for a business lunch. We did not feel hurried nor were we worried about the time. Food was great, presentation is great - all good

ES
Washington DC
133 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Solid restaurant. Good for a business lunch. My appetizer of grilled sardines was nice, properly cooked - a little lacking in seasoning. My main of octopus was nice - the octopus was cooked properly and it was a generous portion. The accompaniment of white beans was overcooked, dry and unseasoned. My guests seemed to enjoy their meals. Service was fine.

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Very reliable.