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La Tomate

487 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Bistro, Café
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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
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Phone number
(202) 667-5505
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Domenico Apollaro
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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.

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Cross street
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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)
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Public transit
Red Line, Dupont Circle
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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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Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 487 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

vipNunureview (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Juan15 (Washington DC)
5.0  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

vipJNHPS (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
3.0  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.

Fording (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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

vipcioppino (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

vipDiner128 (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

Jess (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

vipSparseService (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

vipmhpmd (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

vipcarolgalaty (Washington DC)
5.0  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!

JoeG (Richmond)
4.0  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!