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About La Tomate

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.

1701 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Bistro, Café

Hours of Operation:
Bistro: Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Caffe: Weekdays 8.30 am - 8 pm Weekends 9 am - 8 pm

La Tomate will be open on Thanksgiving

Cross Street:
R

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 667-5505

Website:
http://latomatebistro.com/

Catering:
A perfect solution for your catering needs, La Tomate a wide variety of catering solutions, from pastas, to entrees and salads, as well as individual or mixed platters from our Prosciutto Bar: a connoisseur selection of imported and domestic cured meats, cut to order on an artisanal hand slicer. Vegetarian options including fresh and creamy buffalo mozzarella, are also available.


Parking Details:
Laz Parking

2001 S Street NW

Washington DC, 20009

(Between Connecticut Ave. & 20th St.)

Hours: Weekdays after 5pm, Saturdays & Sunday is closed (However we offer a six dollar credit to park at a garage of your choice)

Public Transit:
Red Line, Dupont Circle

Executive Chef:
Domenico Apollaro

Additional:
Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
La Tomate provides on-site banquet facilities for all your special event needs, from private luncheons, receptions or dinners, to corporate events, wedding showers and birthday parties. We offer private and semi private spaces.

Catering services are also available for your parties at home, business lunches, cocktail parties and dinners.

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La Tomate Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (17)
Authentic (16)
Good for a Date (14)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Casual (7)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
People Watching (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely delightful, great food and service. Warm inviting atmosphere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

As always, friendly, efficient, professional and also very PERSONAL service from everyone from the host, the waiter, and the bus boys! ~ thanks for another wonderful evening!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

La Tomate has been in the DC area for a very long time. I had not been here for many years due to the explosion of new restaurants. I have to say I was overall disappointed for my Valentines dinner. Although the branzino was good other restaurants are offering better quality and tasting dishes. I was really disappointed with the buffalo mozzarella appetizer. It was tasteless. My dates pasta dish was ho-hum. The portions are small but the price high. La Tomate had its time but it's now past.

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food3
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great experience. Great food! Staff helped make my husbands birthday special!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I am a regular Happy Hour customer. This time I had a cabaret concert nearby to which I was taking my spouse and two friends. I was greatly impressed with the nice table they reserved honoring my request (I said if possible); by the friendly welcoming of Jonathan, the manager; and the excellent service and fun sense of humor of our waiter Rashid. Overall, an enjoyable experience. I will definitely come back. Thank you Jonathan and Rashid for the great dining experience. Juan

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Happy Hour, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Good food, good value, slow delivery of entrees with no update from waiter, hence the service rating. But they did generously make up for the problem, and we'll definitely return.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a reservation for 9:30pm after taking the Moonlight Monument Tour. Our cab driver was a little confused on how to get there, so we were about 5 minutes late. We were acknowledged as soon as we walked in by a man that looked like he was just relaxing at the bar. He greeted us then sternly said, “I will be shutting down the kitchen at promptly 9:45!” By this time I gather that he must have been the manager or owner, regardless, kinda rude.
Our waiter was kind and friendly and poured our bottle of wine generously...making sure we didn’t take too long finishing it. We ordered quickly, we ate quickly and we left quickly.
The conversation going on at the bar between the bartender and a customer was vulgar and political and not professional by any means.
And....we weren’t the last ones to leave the restaurant. A group of ladies that were there before us were still there after we left. Maybe they should have been the ones to be rushed.
Overall, the food was tasty. The server was nice. What could have been a great review was ruined by the manager/owner? being pushy and rushing us up-front.
Mind you, this restaurant was talked about on a Big Bus Tour and was where Chelsea Clinton had her first date...with a ton of Secret Service Agents around. I thought it would be a cool place to visit, but it’s just regular, nothing fancy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent neighborhood restaurant - great pasta and seafood too as well as other menu items we have tried..

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent Italian, as it has been for 30 years. Jonathan runs a great restaurant, very professional, very cognizant of the best choices for that day.

Have been enjoying the shrimp with squid ink pasta for several years now. Excellent, always. Very nice dry white wine.

An absolutely wonderful birthday lunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

La Tomate continues to be my go to restaurant in Washington. Impeccably consistent with great service, food, and ambiance. I love this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

La Tomate was a great little Italian spot! The seating is interesting, as there are many parts of the restaurant to sit in and each seems like a different feel. The area by the bar is usually more busy and cozy at night. We ended up sitting on the upper level which was nice. The service was absolutely perfect and the food was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Third time there, possibly again, not sure. Waiter over-worked and never checked with us after server brought the food to see if we were okay...we weren’t. Girlfriend’ entree wrong, I had to get up and go find the manager. He made it right, but still a pain. Appetizers: bruschetta too hard and difficult to eat, calamari good, olives good and Caesar salad very good. Entrees were tasty. Mixed drinks no alcohol. Gets back to service. This was a problem the other two times...slow and NO follow-up to see how we were. I guess we return because of the entrees.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Its not amazing, hip, or particularly posh. It is a great place to drop in for good pasta, solid appetizers and entrees. Even all around. Priced fair as well! the staff is very friendly.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

La Tomate is a neighborhood gem as much for the wonderful service and friendly atmosphere as for the delicious food, the great out-door-on the avenue dining in good weather as well as the cosy atmosphere that makes a person or a family gathering feel special no matter what time of year it is!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great location at DuPont; friendly neighborhood dining spot for locals and visitors. Dependable quality Italian fare and a classic bar. Always a pleasure to eat here!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is one of my very favorite restaurants in the Dupont Circle Area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were there to celebrate a friend's son's birthday. He turned 6! The staff was understanding, pleasant and aimed to please our little celebrant!

The food and service were outstanding.

Very please!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fantastic Service and great specials. Everyone was very nice the host, bartender and waiter.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent choice for Christmas dinner.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great choices for special seafood Christmas Meal! Perhaps, you should consider as a special more frequently to supplement standard menu.

Thanks!

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I have been to La Tomate several times and every time I eat there I enjoy the meal immensely. This was my first time having brunch and it was no exception. The bottomless mimosas were wonderful and the food was delicious. We had a lovely window table where could watch passersby and enjoy their incredible food. Their prosciutto makes you wonder whether you are in Italy. And there service is old world courteous.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always consistent. Have been coming for years - almost 20:)

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent and varied lunch choices. Two soup specials were quite good. All three of us had a different glass of wine. The House Pinot, Chianti and Cabernet were all commendable.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Expensive, poor value for price on every level. But quiet and pleasant service. Used to be wonderful...wont return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The service was good as always. My only complaint is that the food was too salty.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Excellent eatery two blocks from DuPont Circle metro. Terrific food and the wait staff is very attentive (without being obnoxious). Just an overall wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

La Tomate is always in our plans when we visit the city! Best caesar salad anywhere! Food and service are amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Attentive service, excellent food, comfortable ambience, completely reliable

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The wait staff was unbelievable. So friendly and making sure we were satisfied with our meal. The hostess even gave our 5-year-old a cookie. Reminded me of being part of big Italian family.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

La Tomate never disappoints, it has a unique personality and they actually serve dinner not "tapas" style mini dishes. If you want to get away from the craziness of 14th st and enjoy a tranquil venue, this is the place to be.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The service was nice and dishes were also great. We enjoyed our dinner very much.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our first time. What a gem. Branzino was excellent. We enjoyed the excellent food. The knowledgeable made for a pleasant evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My favorite in DC! The best! Bon Apetito! The food is fresh, the wines choices fabulous! The staff best ever.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Comfort Food, People Watching, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I have been there many times over the years for business and personal dinners. I have always enjoyed it. The food is very good, as is the atmosphere and service. I do like the ravioli....

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wonderful restaurant near Dupont Circle. Unfortunately the service was very uneven: slow, forgetful, a bit sloppy here and there.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Below average food and very disappointed! I ordered my pasta bolognese and within three minutes of my order my food arrived. The plate was super hot which leads me to believe they don’t make it to order. They have pre made sauce and microwave it! The wine selection wasn’t good and neither was the food selection . I will honestly say that this was my only bad meal while visiting Washington.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Thank you La Tomate for another great experience. Food, service, and ambiance all above expectations. The salmon entree and the pasta special were both delightful. Dining on the patio is a must!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The evening was perfect. We had a great table outside on a gorgeous night. The server was excellent. The timing of the meal was perfect and they made the birthday celebration so special. And the meal was fabulous. Everything was excellent. My new favorite restaurant. Local feel, authentic and I felt like I as in Europe. Outstanding. It is truly a neighborhood gem with a downtown vibe.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful Italian food and delicious fish dishes in one of the best locations in town. Excellent value and great view of those ambling up and down Connecticut. This is a neighborhood treasure.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Consistently tasty Italian food in a pleasant, convenient location at Dupont Circle Metro, lovely staff.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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