Caruso's Grocery

4.9
60 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 Parm, 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. Caruso’s Grocery will be home to traditional Italian-American fare focused on execution and high quality ingredients – menu items include Chicken Parmesan, Penne alla Vodka, Mozzarella en Carozza, Sole Francaise, Garlic Bread with Four Cheese Sauce, and more old school hits. A joint venture from Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Partner Matthew Adler.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 60 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MollieJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly one of the best meals I've had in a long time. Strongly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!!!

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vipCMD111
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Italian food in DC! A must visit for any occasion!

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MISTY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Highly recommend the Chicken parm and calamari. Great service and drinks as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and the service was great.

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Ranya
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new go-to for comfort food & great drinks. It’s loud and cozy & the service was great even though they were very busy!

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vipCapitolLD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food was great. So many classics done well. Great service.

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MariaK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spicy Neapolitan Ragu, Pesti Ravioli, and Caprese are utterly sublime.

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience from start to finish food was excellent service speedy and attentive and great value
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vipMak5165
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met our close friends for a few drinks at the bar and then a leisurely dinner. Everything was perfect. Don’t miss their antipasto dirty martini and enjoy the bartender’s sparkling conversation! The tiramisu was delightfully light and not overly sweet. 1000 stars from a neighbor who is planning to make this our standard night out!

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SamanthaGiordanoKim
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved everything about this place. As New York Italians (from Staten Island!) this encapsulates all the northern Italian fare we were used to having at family dinners growing up, or on trips to little Italy. While our family is sicilian, and culturally we eat quite differently, this was just a solid spot. The drinks were amazing (between us we had the old fashioned, limincellotini, antipasto martini, and espresso martini - wow to all of them), and we also tried most of the pastas, the chicken parmigiana, the calamari and mozzarella en carrozza (!!!). It’s quintessential. It’s almost cliche. But the point is that it’s GOOD and the vibe is perfect. Service was also amazing. I’m so excited this is a spot in my neighborhood and can be a good stand in for my Sunday dinners if I ever feel like not cooking ;)

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Jerry
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I didn't realize how badly DC was missing a traditional "red sauce" place until Caruso's opened. Well worth the trip -- every detail was well done and the service was great.

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KellyH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Caruso’s to celebrate our anniversary. A great atmosphere, with wonderful food and service. They treated us at the end of our meal with a complementary orangechello and a card for our anniversary. The little touches did not go unnoticed!

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PhilipM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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vipBCfromDC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great new place!

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DrewT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Impressive, small space and excellent, attentive service from the staff. Food was very good and well-presented, and cocktails are phenomenal (especially considering they're 25% cheaper than most places!)

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BethB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! The food was terrific, and the atmosphere/vibe was great. Very good service, too. Definitely get the ragu! Recommend 12/10.

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EWBINDC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Perfect new addition to the Hill. Entrees a bit on the pricey end but love the food. Great kids menu.

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LukeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caruso's dining room is lively and cozy. Some Wednesday evening Italian classics were a nice treat to break up the week.

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vipmonicab
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best Italian food in DC. Wonderful and attentive service too. The cocktail and wine list is top notch. We are big fans of Caruso’s Grocery!

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vipWhitneyM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, phenomenal vibes. Will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was special - nothing mediocre - give them a shot you won’t regret it

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vipIGBmore
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and excellent food! Excited to get back soon

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vipAnon
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food - impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by the bar staff. We sat at a high table off the bar area. The service was impeccable and the food and drinks were great. I would highly recommend!

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vipGfromDC
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foid was great with strong flavors to enjoy. Service was awesome. Scott was incredibly and the wine recommendation on point. We were celebrating our anniversary and a surprise note from him was very warm. A place we will continue going.

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vipNicholas
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The ambience is nice and the food is adequate but not worth the price. Cocktails were lovely and service was lovely too.

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JohnK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived up to its billing as serving great, old-style Italian dishes!

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vipLisaK
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty dishes and generous portions. Very good waitstaff. Only complaint was the level of noise - I felt like I was shouting across the table. I’ll go back though. It’s nice to have Italian in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great, food (dinks, apps, salad, dinner) all delicious!

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EMM1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with the mozzarella, which is a delicious take on a breaded grilled cheese in marinara, and the Caesar salad that was the idea mix of ingredients, creaminess, and freshness. Good portions to share but not overwhelming. I got the chicken parm entree which is HUGE and comes with a side of delicious spaghetti marinara. The chicken was so tender and cheesy I wish I could’ve finished it all but wanted to save room for dessert — a homemade ice cream sundae. Service was prompt, attentive, and knowledgeable. Food was all delicious I can’t wait to try more items. Ambiance was great and as a first indoor dining experience in a long time, felt good spacing and adherence to masks by all staff.

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SaraG
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect meal! Amazing food, big portions, and reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A week later and we are still talking about this new amazing Italian restaurant! We thought we were back in NYC eating the classic dishes. The appetizers were delicious- the creamy burrata was nicely paired with garlic toasts and the mozzarella in carrozza was surprisingly different but just as delicious served as layers. The tomato and basil caprese was delightful too. They took a simple dish to a new level of yummy!

The entrees didn’t disappoint- all 4 in the party loved their meal. My veal francaise was a generous portion served with a healthy selection of fresh vegetables that were prepared perfectly. Again- a classic prepared perfectly. The desserts didn’t disappoint! How could an ice cream sundae be soo good? It is and its a must! Unless of course you can’t turn down a delicious tiramisu. We can’t wait to go back on our next visit to DC. Oh… almost forgot the housemade Sambuca and fantastic cocktails at only $10! Our waiter was attentive and engaging.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent… service, food and drinks

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CristinaB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian comfort food, impeccable cocktails & phenomenal service — can’t recommend enough!

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DianeH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The special cocktails are delicious and the food is good. The service is excellent and Caruso's staff is very accommodating. We got a personal note with our check, thanking us for spending our wedding anniversary at their restaurant.

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MichaelD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Attentive, professional and friendly staff. Don’t sleep on the chicken parm. Such a great new DC restaurant that has a classic Italian gravy.

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vipval20003
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Negroni and fried calamari were perfection. All the entrees were excellent. The salad and tiramisu portions were large and were shared amongst the three of us. Everything was delicious!

Caruso's Grocery
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thanks for the compliments, Val! Hope you again soon!

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AHew
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

So incredibly loud I couldn’t hear what the rest of the table was saying. It was too difficult to even yell over the volume of the music. The food was great, but it was hard to enjoy with the music volume that loud.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Definitely a great place to go on a special occasion. The drinks were great too!

Caruso's Grocery
Responded on May 26, 2021

We love celebrating special occasions with you! But, in our book, any day can be made into a special occasion if you really want! Hope to see you soon!

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Caruso's Grocery is rated 4.9 stars by 60 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.