Arucola Osteria

4.4
123 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Serving the freshest of ingredients, Arucola changes the menu daily. Each dish we prepare is completely homemade, from the pasta and the pizza, to the bread and our wide assortment of desserts.
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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to miss this place. They close at the end of March. Looking forward to the crab restaurant coming in it's place but definitely going to miss the fresh pasta dishes.

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SD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sorry to hear they are closing the end of the month for a remodel. It is GREAT the way it is. Not looking for new, modern, and more expensive.

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g
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A neighborhood standby. It offers tasty Italian food at a reasonable price. Fish is especially well done. Service is good. Not much in ambience, though.

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E
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best homemade pasta! Great ambiance, great food, great values. The service was good, but a little slow. Took 45 minutes to get our entrees. However, I can't wait to come back, so this is certainly not a hindrance to enjoying a wonderful meal here.

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OT
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Arucola is a great neighborhood restaurant that we often frequent when at the Avalon Theater. We had a reservation but were /2 hour early and still were seated. Our waitress was excellent and got us a better table which I really appreciated. The food was very good and we will definitely be back again.

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EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was really good, but unfortunately the service was really bad. We had to wait for 20 min until we could order. No one cam to check on us. We always had to wave a waiter to our table.

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WS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant

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EO
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A very busy, noisy, casual neighborhood place - but if you can hear your dining partners then absolutely worth it. I had the lamb shank; it absolutely melted in my mouth. And when the waiter say that I'd eaten everything but the plate he brought over the chef who told me how to cook it! We will definitely go back.

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b
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Arucola is a favorite of ours for dining pre- or post- a movie at the Avalon Theatre. The food is consistently delicious. There are always interesting daily specials. Our waitress this time was especially friendly and helpful. We will continue to frequent this restaurant.

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PF
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Tilapia and vegetables were great - fresh and well prepared. The cheesecake of the night was also very good.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It had been years since we were at this, our neighborhood, restaurant. One of the reasons we didn't go more often was the service. Many years ago, the servers were not as customer-centric as they could have been. Sometimes we even experienced surliness. Our waiter this week was friendly, courteous, efficient. We explained that we had a time constraint and he met the challenge without our feeling rushed. When I told him we'd stayed away for years, his reply was, "Shame on us!" I really appreciated that. We'll be back very soon!

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic lasagna. Creme brulee too. The homemade pasta is key to a damned good meal. Gladly going back.

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LA
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My chair was too high because my friend was sitting on the booth bench so it felt weird. I recommend getting chairs that are the same height as the benches.

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PT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Reasonable food, reasinable prices. Not fantastic but OK for a quiet dinner out.

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AR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

After a questionable restart if new owners, kitchen is back. Pastas are the best choice.

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GW
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Arucola remains a nice neighborhood option, food consistently good though some of the prices are out of whack. On this night we had trouble movingvtabkes even though it was not busy and the table they seated us at by the kitchen was very noisy. That is always an u necessary drag and the service ki d of trailed off from there.

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L
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here--delicious food, friendly atmosphere, great service. Free parking behind the restaurant is an added bonus!

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TA
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I dine here frequently and find dinners to be uniformely very good. The duck special on Saturday nights is excellent. I've been a patron for about 20 years and am rarely disappointed. My companions often wish there were more options for vegetarians. The pizza is excellent and the wait staff aims to please.

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d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food. Plenty of fish, pasta, meat and vegetarian choices. Service is friendly and efficient.

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GS
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was great, she had the lamb shank which was tender, seasoned to perfection and served at the perfect temperature. I had the quail stuffed with risotto that was "to die for." The rib bones were removed and the quail stuffed with risotto and roasted to perfection. She had a Romaine salad, fresh, well dressed and chilled. We shared an appetizer of eggplant ravioli; entire ravioli was eggplant served with a red sauce on the side. Sangiovese wine for two and espresso. Our server was doing double duty with tables on the second floor and at times had to be reminded where we were in out meal.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This was at one point a nice neighborhood restaurant with consistently decent food and friendly service. Our waiter was so poorly informed she wasn't clear on what bottle of Chianti I ordered - hint: there is only ONE on the menu! Our food came out cold, one plate with no salt, one overly salty... she literally called the tagliatelle "TAGALETTI" -- twice when serving it. Won't be going back with so many better options. It's no wonder why there was space available on a Friday night when every other good restaurant in DC was booked.

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JK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was acceptable but no bargain. Waiter forgot my side order. Wait staff was pleasant.

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food, particularly the seafood, is consistently good. Nice place to meet friends for dinner, which is what I did. And close to home, which helps!

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went early on a Wednesday, before a movie at the Avalon. Our waiter pointed out the Wednesday special: half-price bottles of wine, one of which we ordered. The food is fine, tasty, not pretentious, and the prices are quite reasonable for the DC area. We got there early enough to have a quiet dinner with no rush, and were out in time for our movie. It can get crowded on the weekends, but it's certainly a nice and do-able option for a mid-week dinner out.

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L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice place to visit after movie. Friendly staff. Decent food.

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M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food is uneven. Certain dishes are very good and are a good value. Other dishes are mediocre. Avoid ordering the pizza. Service is also uneven. Sometimes food comes quickly; other times it can take forever.

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MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant neighborhood Italian restaurant. Somewhat limited menu.

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D
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Arucola gets better all the time. We specifically enjoted our waiter Majiid - very helpful. I had only a main course - Risotto with frutta di mare surrounding it. Piping hot and full of taste. Mu wife had a cup of minestrone and then tagliatelli. We both enjoyed our dinners. We were sorry though that we ordered the house prosecco, it lacked flavor.

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

Pizza is generally very good at Arucola (and very reasonably priced), but on this visit it was better than usual---really excellent! I'm not sure, but I think Arucola recently changed hands and the past couple of times we've been there at dinner time in the past two months--from 7:00pm on--there haven't been a lot of diners. The menu has several changes, but overall it seems to be on a par with the Arucola of the past, just not as many patrons.

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G
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exotic italian food, different protein , great flavor , 100% satisfaction

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L
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant! Delicious dishes, friendly servers and good atmosphere.

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DC
Washington DC
370 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Two of our three entrees were “winners”-the fettuccine with clams and the chicken Parmesan (nothing special though). I had the special which was a gnocchi with sausage and shaved black truffle. I returned the dish and was not charged for it. I couldn’t find a truffle one, nor did it taste of truffle. I think I would stick with a more basic pasta dish next time.

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BL
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing! We both ordered pasta dishes because they have homemade pasta. One of the best meals I’ve ever had. It was busy so we had to wait for a server. I was beginning to think they forgot about us but the food made up for it. Can’t wait to go back!!

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TA
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've regularly dined at Arugula for the past 15 years and find it to be one of the most consistently good restaurants in upper NW with excellent service. There Sat. night special duck is made in the old fashion way and is excellent as are their fish dinners. Pasta is always al dente, pizza is excellent with many varieties and you simply won't go wrong with anything on the menu. Consistency in food preparation is not a common commodity and Arugula does this well. Their outdoor deck is a pleasant alternative to their cozy and comfortable inside room. I suggest reservations since it is a popular restaurant.

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SG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Portion of veal parm was about 2 oz. Cappicino foam was curddled. Squash Ravioli was sweet and not expected. We have been there before and had food that tasted like it was leftover from the night before.
We are disappointed as it was a regular place to go before the theater and with the new ownership the quality has gone down hill.

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f
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was too warm. They had the doors open to the patio and the AC was not sufficient to keep the temperature at a reasonable level.

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Really bland starters. The eggplant tower had undercooked eggplant. Unexceptional pizza. The main course, a branzino, was, however, nicely grilled and is recommended.

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h
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food is excellent and really one of the best around the circle. Wait staff are snippy and rude. Bussers are great and more helpful than waitress. Sometimes very busy but call ahead reservations are recommended. Sometimes it all comes together but last visit hosting friends was embarrassing due to rudeness of server.

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JD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good pizza, lasagna and calamari. Will be back!

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a
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

One of the best places to have an authentic pizza. Homemade pasta is also very good.

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