La Tomate

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Since 1987, La Tomate has been Dupont Circle's neighborhood bistro, featuring affordable regional Italian cuisine in a warm ambiance.

A window-clad bar and dining room offer charming avenue views onto Connecticut avenue . Enjoy an extended season of “al fresco” dining on our lush outdoor patio.

La Tomate proudly inaugurated La Tomate Caffè adjacent to its current Bistro in which serves up brioche and homemade sweets, espresso, coffee drinks , traditional breakfast as well as artisanal-cut domestic and Italian charcuterie and panini.

We are committed to providing quality service and excellent food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We invite you to join us for breakfast a casual lunch, happy hour, dinner, weekend brunch or group events.

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l
Washington DC
138 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really good overall. They squeezed our party of 5 into a table for 4 but we managed.

Pastas were all great!

Bread good

Waiter was great in beginning but then forgot about us after awhile so desert and paying took longer than wanted

Place is soooo charming.

Really reasonable given quality of good

T
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We hadn’t been year in 30 years....it’s a great location and nice neighborhood place.
Good food and nice owner.

V
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The menu doesn’t have that many options, but the ambiance and decoration is great

B
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On vacation

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DL
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this gem on a food tour of DuPont a month ago. We liked the vibe so we were compelled to come back and do the full meal. We were seated in a window area that was charming. The wait staff was engaging and personable. We started with the eggplant spread, burrata, and meat balls appetizers. All three were spot on! The table bread with a blend of balsamic/olive oil complemented the appetizers nicely. We moved on to the main course. We were a party of four, we ordered the Ravioli, Fusilloni, and two orders of the Bolognese. Everything was fabulous! The pasta was cooked perfectly. The sauces for each dish was seasoned just right and blended with the pasta to make every bite an experience in food pleasure. We moved on to dessert. We opted to share a few desserts...we had the “donuts”, lemon infused cream, apple inspired crostada, and panna cotta. Each dessert had unique flavors. The donuts were my favorite but all the deserts we excellent. We complemented our desserts with cappuccinos for the perfect ending to a great experience. Do yourself a flavor, go check out La Tomate, your taste buds will be happy you did!!

D
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat on the patio under the heaters for dinner, the food was fantastic, the service was good. Would absolutely recommend this place!

LS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Food and ambience was great. Service was lacking.

o
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

New chairs! The chairs are so small and uncomfortable. I’d go back for the food. But if the chairs don’t get replaced, I’m not sure I’d go. I’m not a big person.

GH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite efficient and took care of mistake with grace and removed from Bill. GreAt

T
Pittsburgh
98 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening had by all! Loved our service and the special Birthday beverages ! The manager , Natalie was so delightful and made us feel So welcome !

k
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Quiet enough to hear others at the table talk. Good service. What more could you want

M
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I really enjoyed the food but we waited 45 minutes for it. They either forgot about us or our meals took a very long time to make. We sat outside and in general it was lovely.

T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was very sweet. He gave us complimentary champagne in anticipation of our wedding and offered some wedding advice. The appetizers / salads were very good (ceasar salad and calamari). The pasta dishes (rigatoni) was OK. It was more of a tomato sauce base, so lacked some of the creamy filling I would expect.

BR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening on the outdoor patio of La Tomate was excellent. We enjoyed a great Super Tuscan with the delicious soup, pasta, octopus and veggie sides we ordered. The service was outstanding and this is an excellent value. We will be back - there are so many more selections on the menu we want to try.

P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I dined here for an anniversary dinner with my partner. Overall, we had a very nice dinner. The cocktails were great and the prosuetto platter that we got was stunning and delicious. The rack of lamb plate was disappointing because the lam rack was quite small. Not worth the $28. The ravioli was good but too salty. A little less salt and it would be perfect. Our waiter was great!

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our seating, view, the service and the food were all excellent. It was a bit loud in the bar area primarily due to two women who were talking very loudly. Once they left, it was much easier to hear each other! We dined with out of town guests who said it was the best meal they had had while visiting DC.

TL
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food and portions matched the value. Service was polite, but slow. Ambiance was nice as there wasa choice of indoor and outdoor seating.

RA
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I've consistently come to this place for years. I love the outdoor dining in the hustle and bustle of DuPont Circle. The food is very good. Service could be a little smoother and more attentive, but, it's not problematic.

RH
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looks like the menu, the courses and the whole atmosphere had been refreshed.

Dishes presentation looks now even better, the food is delicious as always.

We had the tartar, burata salad and calamari and it was all great.
The desert of reduced apples, vanila Gelato and mareng was amazing.

Will return as we really love this place, a true taste of Italy.

BD
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, and a wonderful ambience.

DG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to LaTomate for many, many years. I have only been disappointed one time in 30 years with my meal, but that was the food, not the ambience or the staff. The chef is great, if only they could have wood fired pizza my dining experience would be complete!! I love the bar and the Happy Hour is also wonderful. I would highly recommend.

c
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always loved this restaurant, but recently they have aquired a new chef who is an artist both with food and decorations and La Tomate has become a really fine food restaurant...fit for foodies...as well as an even more romantic place to dine.

DT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The only drawback was that they seated us way in back with a view of a collection of what appeared to be pots and pans with paint on them. We found out later that it was an art exhibit. Weird.

H
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This jewel in Dupont Circle never disappoints. I'm glad it is still easy to find a seat and it is located in a quiet area, far fro the 14th st craze.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service! Very homey vibe & the hostess surprised us Prosecco on the house to celebrate our anniversary! Will definitely return to this restaurant again when I am in D.C & recommend to friends.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, good ambiance, comfortable outdoor seating, excellent service with good recommendations.

HZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my favorite meal of all the meals on this trip to DC! Wonderful!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Soy turista ya había cenado allíun viaje el año os viene pasado
La comida es muy buena aunque los platos muy pequeños

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SW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a lovely dinner. There wasn’t one standout dish on the dinner menu, but everything was tasy and fresh. The wine my father chose was fantastic .
Our waiter was a mixture of unprepared and unfocused. He was slow to take our orders, and when asked what the soup of the day was, he said he didn’t know, and he went to go ask someone. I thought that was odd, falling somewhat in the “You have one job!” category. I mean, one job as in knowing the menu and how to take care of diners.
The mascarpone dessert was incredibly delicious!!

MA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service attentive!

EE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A warm, hospitable home with quality food, excellent staff, and creative, diverse, and delectable menu.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and very accommodating to GF dining.

Will definitely be back!

E
Tampa
160 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service

OT
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice place for brunch. La Tomate has some great choices for brunch, and they are beutifully presented. Service is very nice, as well, and they had a great special for sharing an appetizer and a side, getting an entree, and a bottle of prosecco. Very good food. I will be back.

DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with an out of town friend

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

yes and I do so quite often, and will again after this evening

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food took a really long time to arrive. We were there almost two hours. Everyone was nice about it but I was a bit embarrassed as the host.

J
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Most of the food was overcooked and terrible. The octopus entrée was burned to a crisp and nearly inedible. The main course was OK but nothing to brag about, except for the past dish that was also very bad. In general, dinner was overpriced and badly cooked. You won't see me there again.

CP
San Francisco
125 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Tomate is likely my favorite neighborhood Italian Restaurant in DC. The waiter was very kind to us and allowed us to have a lunch menu item for our dinner. It was perfect. To boot we got to eat outside since the weather in DC this week was perfect!

GG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love La Tomate. It has the feel of an old fashioned bistro, combined with upscale Italian food.

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