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Our Signature Bucatini with Spicy Neapolitan Ragu - Caruso's Grocery - DC, Washington, DC

Caruso's Grocery - DC

4.8
4.8
656 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Located at 914 14th Street SE in Washington, DC.

Caruso’s Grocery is modeled after the classic, Italian-American "red sauce" joint. You know the one: red banquettes, a killer chicken parmesan, Sinatra pouring through the speakers. If you’re looking for modern interpretations of a chef's take on the classics, you won’t find them here.

A joint venture from Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Partner Matthew Adler.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Market Cuisine

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 661-0148

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Adler

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Cross street

    14th and Pennsylvania Ave SE<br />(Entrance is on 14th Street)

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Potomac Avenue

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day 2023

    $95.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Our Valentine's Day prix fixe menu is packed with all the standard Caruso's hits and lets you customize your experience! Please reach out to hello@carusosgrocery.com with any questions or if your party is larger than 6 guests. Price is $95 per person (plus tax & gratuity). NOTE: A cancellation fee of $25 per person may be charged if your reservation is canceled within 48 hours of your reservation. Additionally, we will not be offering an a la carte menu option — ONLY the prix fixe menu will be served.

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What 656 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Italian

  • District of Columbia

    Best Value

  • District of Columbia

    Italian

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  1. MK

    MariaK

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fabulous meal at Caruso’s. One of the things I love best about dining here is their consistency in taste, quality, vibe, and service. I never have to worry whether my friends and family will enjoy whatever they order. They ALWAYS do.
  2. DT

    DoreenT

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love, love Caruso’s Grocery! Fabulous food, ambiance and terrific service! I could eat there every evening!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fantastic time at Caruso’s Grocery! From the cocktails to the food to the service, everything was spectacular. The one exception was the bread which was chewy and underdone, but when everything else is as good as it was that was an afterthought. Our server Scott was super attentive and gave great recommendations. The cheesecake was the perfect way to end a meal!
  4. T

    Tykie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Affordable and filling.I wanted to try everything but ended up with the garlic bread calamari and baked cavatelli.my girl had the mushroom alfredo and they were both great.Drinks are good too
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Solid classic Italian- the bread is not toasted nor served warm which is very strange, also a little too difficult to get a reservation considering the restaurant had a couple open tables at 7:30 on a Saturday. Would definitely make it a regular spot if not so hard to gain entry.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    They’re achieving what they are trying to do here. Flavorful, classic red-sauce Italian American food. It’s priced fairly, which is nice because a sit down meal in DC is impossibly expensive these days. Also our server was really sweet. I’ll be back. Cheers.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of if not THE best classic Italian in Washington D.C.
  8. KT

    KTee

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Caruso's on a busy Saturday night and while it was busy in the main dining room, we had opted for a high top table near the bar (chosen while making the reservation) and it was both cozy and offered a good view of the bar. The service was not overbearing - it was just enough. Timing of the meal was perfect, and we never felt rushed. The tomato and burrata salad was ample -we shared it as an app, and for my main meal, I got the linguine and clams and opted to add shrimp on it ($7 upcharge), which made it even better. The creme brulee with orange was a nice touch for dessert and it is huge, so definitely shareable.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food was not worth the price. A disappointing, middling attempt at creating a modern red sauce joint.
  10. K

    Kody

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caruso’s had been on my list for some time and we finally got around to trying it. Everything we ordered was executed at a high level. Caruso’s is the type of place where you want to try every dish on the menu because you know they will all be tasty.
  11. R

    Rafael

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service and food were great!!! The only issue is that our reservation was for 7:30 and they sat us on our table at almost 8pm - everything else was great and can’t wait to return!
  12. JJ

    JoJo

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the veal and chicken parmigiana, soo sooo sooooo good! 12 out of 10! But they need to get rid of the sundae ,,, because it was too sweet. Great place for a date!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Caruso’s is fantastic and I’ve been back multiple times. However, most recently I had a poor experience in which we got asked to leave our table as soon as we finished our food (and we had ordered a ton of food, drinks, and dessert). We had barely gotten two minutes to keep chatting after they took away our dessert and they asked us if we could leave the table. I understand the restaurant gets busy and over-bookings happen, but it felt quite rude for a restaurant of this caliber. It does make me think twice about coming back again in the future.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always Caruso’s is the BEST! Get the espresso martini, garlic bread and crema brusciata!!! The pasta is amazing and large portions!
  15. DM

    DocMiller

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in DC....and next to an equally amazing location The Roost. So many choices, but Caruso's Grocery is the place for an outstanding Italian experience!
  16. S

    Shelley

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The final part of our (34th) anniversary staycation in DC - what an amazing find! We’ll be back ASAP! The burrata was delicious, the Alfredo with mushrooms and shrimp was fantastic, and the spicy Neopolitan ragu was wonderful!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service!! Will be back
  18. A

    Aybra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 experience. The service was excellent the minute we walked through the door. The wine list had a lot of different options, the food was delicious. The atmosphere was romantic but appropriate for everyone. We will definitely be returning!
  19. T

    Tyler

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, service, and food!
  20. JR

    JonathanR

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was terrific! We highly recommend!!
  21. TD

    TamaD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    New Years Eve dinner was stated as $95.00 each. Only to find out it’s not that amount it’s significantly higher for tax and gratuity which was never stated in any Reservation. Disappointed in the lack of transparency- would have gladly paid cost. Now just feel like taken advantage of. Won’t be back.

    Caruso's Grocery - DCResponded on January 8, 2023Hello Ms. Day, Thank you for your note. Our NYE dinner reservations required prepayment, so when you made the booking through OpenTable, the final price of the dinner was listed prior you confirming the table. We make no effort to not be transparent. Best- Caruso's Grocery

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    NYE experience. $95 per person for a 3 course meal (technically 4 because of the garlic breads with cheese dip). Full portion apps, dinner, and dessert for EVERYONE! Food was good and flavorful! Options for the courses were fair and included seafood, beef, chicken, and non meat options. Waiter we had was amazing and recommended a good wine! Hostess and staff were pleasant and constantly walked around making sure we were comfortable and removed any unwanted plates. Latinos were cooking and serving (loved that as a Latina!) and the restaurant itself was clean and noise level was regular! Would def recommend & cant wait to come back to try the regular dining experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, one of the better Italian restaurants that I’ve been to in DC. The spicy Neapolitan ragu was my favorite dish!
  24. BM

    BreeM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carusos has delicious, down to earth, Italian food. Excellent gluten free options. The chicken they add to the pasta dishes could be improved. Everything else was near perfection.
  25. s

    shazam

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious, everything we ordered. Will go again
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food is fine. Nothing to write home about. Service was really rushed. Felt like they were trying to get us in and out under and hour.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food in the area!
  28. S

    Stevie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is just so so good. Service is precise and timely. Highly recommend.
  29. c

    caitlynl

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All food and drinks were amazing. I loved the Alfredo, they had their own personal twist to it and it was so wonderful!
  30. KM

    KathyM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic, can’t wait to go back
  31. P

    Presley

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite dining experiences in all of DC! The food, service, and ambience are all exceptional. A great spot for both a date night and to share a family meal, Caruso’s never disappoints!
  32. JK

    JeffK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fresh and delicious. Service team was friendly and attentive. Have eaten here about 20 times since they opened and the food and service are awesome.
  33. DJ

    DianaJ

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our 6th time at Caruso’s. We’d eat there daily if we could! Server Scott was great, on par with the food. Love going there but don’t want to tell everyone because the reservations are full!
  34. K

    Katy

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    everything was delicious - great service and a cosy atmosphere
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food
  36. EH

    ErinH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was perfect and the food was delicious. I only wish it was easier to get a reservation
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great vibes - can’t wait to go back!
  38. PJ

    PatrickJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing! newly training server was transparent and human, if not a little under-educated on wine list and menu. Overall great dinner, will definitely return / recommend.
  39. OL

    OperaLover

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, service, sophisticated ambience. NOISE was too much, though. We had requested a quieter table in corner and were set in the middle of the room,.
  40. S

    Shanghai1999

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The entrees we had was absolutely delicious (both were pasta dishes) but the antipasto was a huge disappointment. It was an appetizer at an entree price, but was sorely lacking. I don’t mind paying for a good dish, but this lacked many traditional antipasto items, namely salami, prosciutto or other Italian meat. The wine by the glass and beer selection is sorely lacking. We likely will not be back. Too bad, because these things could easily be fixed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Caruso's Grocery - DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 661-0148.

Caruso's Grocery - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 656 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Caruso's Grocery - DC

1401 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003-3030

Additional information

  • Cross street

    14th and Pennsylvania Ave SE<br />(Entrance is on 14th Street)

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Market Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Potomac Avenue

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Adler

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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