La Tomate

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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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AdeleR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Particularly good pasta and fish dishes. Staff are helpful but do not hover.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as usually! Our favorite Italian food in DC!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience of dining at La Tomate was exquisite, special, supremely elegant yet simultaneously extremely comfortable & fabulous as always. It’s one of my top several favorites in DC. .It’s an unmatched dining pleasure. The ambience is so welcoming & glamorous from the very beginning, when the brilliant & classy owner Natalie greets you. She’s a gracious and supremely talented entrepreneur, who on your entry makes one feel like royalty & family. The fabulously welcoming atmosphere continues with the wonderful & charming bartenders & waitstaff & the gorgeous bar and restaurant decor. Then....the cuisine...ah the delectable cuisine. From the best Caesar salad to the scrumptious prosciutto to the mouth watering pastas to the incomparable branzino, rack of lamb & bacon wrapped filet, it’s difficult to choose from all of the delicious choices. La Tomate is fabulous. You’re should go their tomorrow & often.

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jennig
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Both of our bread plates were filthy. Dish I ordered wasn’t explained thoroughly but still was good. Bloody Mary barely had alcohol in it. I’ll probably go back to give it another chance

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FoodCritic
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unlike most of the wonderful Dupont Circle restaurants, La Tomate is different. It's quiet and not rushed. This is a great place to meet and really talk and hear from friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Vegetarian options weren’t available. Could be improvised with better pasta option.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Our service was incredibly slow, and two mistakes were made on food and drink orders. That said, the food was tasted great, but having to wait over 45 for an appetizer is completely uncalled for. The only time the service was quick was when they came to pick up the bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent meal!

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Josephd
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentines day at La Tomate and the evening was fantastic. The wait staff seemed like family, the ambiance was romantic and the food was delicious.

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PanchoVilla
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enen met the new
executive chef who is adding creativity to this long established DC restaurant. Delightful evening.

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vipAngelaQ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious Italian food! Ambience and service was better than we expected. Luis was attentive, knowledgeable - his recommendations were spot on.
The ceviche salad- amazing!
Linguini del mare - the best I’ve had- light, not overpowering in garlic or any one spice.
Cheese board- good choices of cheese and prosciutto

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vipBilly
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good food. We eat here regularly and will keep going. A great place to meet with friends.

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vipVeronicaS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente
We enjoyed everything

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, very nice ambiance and quiet! Only problem was the bill was wrong. We tried to split one third two thirds but both bills were two thirds so we were overcharged by one third. We got it straightened out without a problem

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vipAndreagpn
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hadn’t been for a while. The Pasta al Nero was just as good as I remember. Definitely going back more often.

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VicS
Baton Rouge
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As close to homemade Italian food as I’ve had. La Tomate was highly recommended and we were not disappointed. Enjoyed the service as well!

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LorettaE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was efficient and courteous. The food was appropriate in portion, served hot, and was tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the fettuccine bolognese!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food at this place is absolutely amazing. Each person in our party of four was blown away by their entree. The tartar salmone was a highlight as an appetizer too. Ambiance is quiet, relaxing and beautiful. Great place for a date too.

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viprudydale
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of the more charming Italian-American restaurants in DC, and long-lasting, which is not something to be overlooked. La Tomate offers a variety of seating set ups, from cozy, out of the way dining upstairs on its 2nd floor, to the glass-enclosed trapezoid that reaches out towards R Street, which is where my colleagues and I enjoyed the savory menu offerings for lunch on a quiet late holiday afternoon. Also noteworthy is that the wait staff are highly competent and attentive professionals of many years in the DC restaurant scene.

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vipMickeyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This was an extremely disappointing NYE experience. The restaurant did not advertise a limited prix fixe menu -- on social media or its own website -- but sprang it on us upon our arrival. Feeling like we didn't have any options as it was already fairly late in the day and the host assured us we would enjoy everything. We didn't.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

excellent experience in general. the starter portion (scallop) was tiny!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as usual at La Tomate

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vipAmericaEats022920
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justin was an excellent waiter. Friendly, well informed, attentive without being intrusive.

My friend greatly enjoyed his salmon, which looked beautiful and delicious.

As I have for over a decade, I had the Shrimp Nero, perfectly prepared shrimp w tomato sauce and squid ink pasta. Always fantastic.

Very much looking forward to the next time I get to eat at La Tomate.

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vipluv2eat
Washington DC
143 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
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

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Tlovesdrinks
Baltimore
21 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.

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vipVeronica
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

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Barbara
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

On vacation

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DanL
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!!

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vipDcbp
Austin
9 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!

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

Food and ambience was great. Service was lacking.

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ohmygoodness4
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.

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

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

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vipTina
Pittsburgh
104 reviews