Arucola Osteria

4.3
113 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
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 25, 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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A
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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
102 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
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 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
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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M
Washington DC
13 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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D
Washington DC
48 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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MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant neighborhood Italian restaurant. Somewhat limited menu.

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 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
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
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
362 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
26 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
30 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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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, reliable neighborhood restaurant that serves very good food and provides excellent service.

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WS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My family loves this restaurant. It is very friendly and accommodating. Don't be afraid to ask about menu changes or off menu items. It is great for families. Adults can enjoy fine Italian dining, and kids can have authentic pizza. Everyone will be happy.

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g
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good. We’ll go back.

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D
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Nice place and my other family member's food was good and looked appetizing; mine not so much. My salmon was not cooked all the way through and was raw at the end. Also my spinach was tough. I could've been cooked longer. The sangria was very good. I did like that everything was fresh.

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CF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food were excellent

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a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a good neighborhood restaurant. The food is good and so is the service. It has a nice ambience. It’s not over the moon, but a nice little place to go to before a movie or out for a bite. I’d go more often if they had whole wheat pasta, since I like to eat healthy and am a vegetarian. I’d also be more enthusiastic.

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F
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The tables were too close together. They had squeezed them in so as to make it most unpleasant to sit at our table, a table for two, but arranged so we shared a corner of the table, instead of across from each other. The table was not designed for this. There was no way to fit our legs under the table. We had a reservation, so should have been at a table designed for comfortable dining.

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g
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable. Good food, good service, good value.

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b
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wait staff are friendly and accommodating, but are hurried. Food is always delicious, and specials are varied and interesting.

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AC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We used to love this place, but they make no effort to accommodate our allergies, and we’re tired of paying high prices for mediocre food. Our server was sweet, but after we’d been over gluten free with her, and she’d gone to the kitchen to get answers to our questions, she offered us bread, so we reminded her we were gluten free, at which point she blushed and said she didn’t know what that meant. IOW she had had no training, which is very unusual in 2018. Won’t go back.

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