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Caruso's Grocery

4.9
4.9
449 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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.

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Booked 6 times today

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–9:00 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

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What 449 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. JV

    JulianV

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal food. Best Italian restaurant I have been to in a long time. The staff is extremely attentive and friendly. The Alfredo and chicken parm are amazing. I live in NJ and would not hesitate to drive back just to eat here.

  2. s

    ssnsailor

    Richmond

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very good food, great location. Scott, our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. A highly rated restaurant. I recommend this eatery.

  3. PD

    ParulD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great setting. Great service. Food was spectacular! We loved all our dishes!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    OUTSTANDING! From the drinks to the entrees, everything was amazing. I can’t wait to come back and try the entire menu! Do yourself a favor and don’t skip this one. A couple of highlights: garlic bread, Mediterranean margarita, and ravioli.

  5. MD

    MartinD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    As advertised, Little garlicky, I mean if your on a date prepare for that. Garlic stayed with me for a couple of days, but other than that the food was delish, place is sweet.

  6. PS

    PaulS

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is amazing. Highly recommend for delicious Italian food, some of - if not the- best in DC.

  7. C

    Courtney

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My fiancé and I have been going to Caruso's about once a month since we discovered it. The food and service are always amazing but this last visit was a little more unique.... We went here the night of our anniversary and the little things the staff did to make our night special was amazing! When we arrived we were given a complimentary glass of champagne and the staff wished us a happy anniversary (which was such a nice touch and I was not expecting). At the end of the night when we couldnt decide between two deserts they threw the one we didn't choose in on the house. I can not recommend this place enough. We've visited about 4 times now and every time we walk out just raving about how great the experience was.

  8. RG

    RandyG

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Italian spot in DC proper! The meatballs are outstanding!

  9. MR

    MichaelR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Annoyingly loud. Everything else was great! Nothing more to add.

  10. H

    Hhifoodie

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Our go to restaurant

  11. A

    Annie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food and service were both very good. We got to have a nice leisurely meal without feeling hurried. Caruso's Alfredo and house-made digestifs are recommended!

  12. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, excellent service, but music too loud

  13. MW

    MarkW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place to dine! Great service and amazing food! We have a reservation to go back a 3rd time!

  14. K

    Kiki

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    The food was fine but nothing we can't make at home. It was terrifically loud, conversation required raised voices. Service was spotty: wrong meals delivered, beverages after food. Would recommend to someone who doesn't really cook and wants some decent Italian.

  15. RR

    RoxanneR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, reasonably priced, friendly staff with nice atmosphere.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Highly recommend! Best Italian food in the city and the atmosphere just makes it even better. Worth the wait for a reservation! 11/10

  17. M

    Mhilt126

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and food were outstanding. Best old-school Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill.

  18. MD

    MichaelD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went here for our anniversary second year in a row. Everything was amazing. Great fast attentive service. Garlic Caesar has tons of flavor and a great way to start the meal. The spicy Neapolitan ragu was amazing, as was the baked cavatelli. Caruso’s knows their gravy! We took some leftovers home so we could try a dessert. The Nutella cannolis didn’t disappoint, clever alternative to a traditional. Can’t wait to come back, definitely before our next anniversary 😃

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Caruso’s is my favorite spot in DC. It’s excellent Italian without the frills or stuffiness and is a great spot for entertaining visiting friends or family.

  20. RD

    RandyDavid

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated our 36th anniversary and the dining experience was a perfect complement to our favorite day of the year.

  21. H

    Hhifoodie

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service, and tasty meals!

  22. k

    kgindc

    Washington DC

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Impossible to pick a favorite dish here - they are all so good!

  23. ES

    ElaineS

    Vancouver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    good variety of choices, tasty chicken and veal. would return!

  24. S

    Sham

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing meal. Host, service, food, drinks were all absolutely fantastic and welcoming. Only minor point of note is portions are filling, but not enormous, which is what I think of when I think of “red sauce” joints. Garlic bread and Neapolitan Ragu in particular were amazing.

  25. EC

    EmilyC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very friendly waitstaff and bartender, super efficient kitchen, loved the food and old school Italian grocery ambiance

  26. k

    kgindc

    Washington DC

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my go-to Italian restaurant in DC! It is consistently excellent and welcoming!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were both incredible!! The staff was so kind, the food portions are large and the ambiance makes you feel right at home. I can’t wait to go back. (Get the garlic bread and crème brûlée)

  28. i

    iliketoeat

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is delicious. Service was good. Planning to back already.

  29. C

    Cassie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely love this place! Some of the best Italian food in the city. Drinks are also delicious and reasonably priced. Get the ragu and alfredo!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely food, the Tricolore salad is my new favorite! Perfect meatballs! The Amaro Old Fashioned was also perfection. It is a bit loud but overall a lovely experience.

  31. s

    sydneyc

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. Could be great for a causal or nice lunch or dinner. Everything we tried was amazing.

  32. L

    Leon

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing time at Caruso’s Grocery. The hosting staff was very polite, as well as helpful and accommodating with our needs, since we have an infant. Food was fresh and delicious, and the portions are generous. We had an amazing Mother’s day experience, we’ll definitely come back soon!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best restaurant in DC. Bless you, Chef Matt Adler!

  34. R

    Ronnie

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The food is so good!!!

  35. B

    Bexley

    Washington DC

    234 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    234 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    A new place for me. I had read about it. Hard to get a reservation. It has a nice atmosphere and the food was really good. Waiter really nice, too.

  36. BA

    BATestKitchen

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious handmade pasta, best penne alla vodka I’ve had in a while. Great service, our waiter was absolutely charming. The cocktails are all classic, well made and only $10, which is a steal in DC. I will definitely be back.

  37. BK

    BrKH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Whether drinks, appetizers, entrees, or desserts are not matched within Washington DC. We enjoyed calamari and tomato burrata for appetizers. Followed by Spicy Neopolitan Ragu and Linguini with Clams, followed by Espresso and Tiramusu. Everything was impeccable from a timing and service perspective as well. Make your reservations and enjoy what others grew up with when they were able to experience Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All the food we had were so delicious and the service was very attentive! Calamari was lightly battered and crispy even after a while, Garlic bread was totally bomb!! With cheesy sauce! We couldn’t stop eating- dangerously addictive app!! We had three different kinds of pastas- shrimp scampi, Alfredo and seafood diavola. It was very hard to pick what’s the best! I picked seafood diavola, my bf picked alfredo, and sister picked shrimp scampi :) Each pasta has its own well balanced flavors. Love all the pastas!! For dessert, cheese cake was very good! It’s not too dense nor heavy- chocolate cannoli was sooo delicious too!! and house made limoncello was very smooth and delightful! It is very popular place and I can see why- it is definitely worth of making reservations even a month ahead! We will totally come back!! Our favorite Italian place!! Thank you!!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks were delicious, as always. Highly recommend this quaint spot for an every day dinner or special occasion!

  40. MR

    MROW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, fantastic atmosphere, phenomenal food. The Alfredo was to die for and the calamari is us must!

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
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

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

Caruso's Grocery is rated 4.9 stars by 449 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Caruso's Grocery

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–9:00 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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