Nero

4.7
56 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Nero is set in the lively DuPont neighborhood of our nation's capital. From our classic Roman mural to the industrial hanging lights and grand chandeliers, our restaurant and lounge bridge old-world charm with mid-century modern elements. The menu, peppered with Italian and Indian influences, showcases classic dishes from both cultures such as burrata paired with roasted tomato and samosas with lamb or potatoes. With plenty of small plate options and gourmet pizzas, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Experience DuPont nightlife at its finest with over 20 brews and 32 wines on tap, in a setting the emperor himself would take pleasure in. Ciao and Namaste
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Went there for dinner. It was not that busy but the music was so loud that you could barely hear the other person I was with. The drinks were good but the food was alright. Our pizza was burned and the pizza fries seemed somehow burned on top and not fully cooked underneath. Our server was very nice however it seemed weirdly slow considering there were only 3 other couples eating.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best customer Service ever!!!!!! They ran out of ranch the waitress went to go get some and came back super fast. They go above and beyond.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was perfect...

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cynthias
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Nero went above & beyond to make our holiday staff dinner memorable. They were attentive but not meddlesome and kind & generous. The special cocktails were interesting blends, and every one we tried was delicious. They have a wonderful wine list. The food was prepared to perfection and outstanding. Thank you to Nero for providing good cheer and good care to our party.

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AndreC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good atmosphere! If you are looking for a nice late night lounge this is the spot.

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vipAmanda
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Nero was great- the food was delicious, the ambiance ( they had decorated everything in fall decor with real candles lit) was warm and nice, and the service was stellar. Highly recommend!

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ShaquitaC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience. Service was great! Ambience perfect

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vipfoodieforlife
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing vibe. The decor is modern but incredibly cozy. Staff was friendly, and the cocktails were great. Definitely a new favorite.

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MaryK
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pizza I have ever had!! The service was amazing too! Can’t wait to go back!

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Toni
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the ambiecnce is mazing, however the seating is not conducive to eating. The seats lounge way too far back and the tables are very small. It's better to go and just drink.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for a great happy hour spot?
Here it is Nero - Washington DC!

Located in DuPont Circle with both indoor and outdoor options.
Awesome vibe, GREAT cocktails and food and excellent service.
They handcraft all of their cocktails and the happy hour menu is full of options for everyone.
Go check them out, you won’t be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They servers there are the most amazing people I have ever met. They have a customer for life

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SarahR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating! Yummy and fun spot with superb cocktails

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vipSaraouniaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was amazing and made sure that our 1year anniversary was fantastic. Thanks again!

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RogerG
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, nice outdoor seating area, and good food. Very pleasant dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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vipOde2Nesta
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Restaurant did not seem to know that we had a reservation and there was no space available for my three person party. They added a chair to a small table which was ok but not ideal as the seat narrowed the hallway and made it difficult for others to pass through. The server disappeared after taking our initial order so we were only able to order one drink each. No one came to ask us how we were or if we needed anything for about an hour. We had to flag someone down to get our check. Then had to flag down another person to actually ring us out. The food was good but not worth the neglectful service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Book the reservations two weeks in advance. When I got there I was disappointed to find out We weren’t going to get seated. The manager fail to notify myself and everyone that made reservations that night. Their excuse was they had an Private event schedule for that night.

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LeahS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Nero for my 21st birthday and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The service, food and seating was amazing. I loved everything about this place. Definitely recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place

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KeithF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Stopped hear for Friday happy hour on my wife’s birthday. The service was outstanding, and the vegetarian samosas rocked!

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vipArlington
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this place. Came for happy hour with friends. Food was good, cocktails were inventive. Our server was Elaina, who was fabulous! She gave good cocktail & food recommendations & tended to our party. We never felt rushed or bothered. Atmosphere of the place is casual/hip with varying age groups but mostly young. I’m on the older side but didn’t feel out of place. Try their wine dispenser — it’s cool.

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JeffR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great vibe. Good service, good food, great place for a date.
Unhappy though that manager did not check us into OpenTable.

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vipShelby
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

They were out of ingredients for four different cocktails that we tried to order from the menu. Drinks ordered as a group took 10 minutes each to be delivered individually, and we were the only people in the bar. Kitchen closed at 8:30 pm

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YVJF
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a confirmed reservation through OpenTable, but when we showed up they said they were closed for a private party. I left a voicemail regarding the situation and no one called me back. Disappointing.

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vipKatieW
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I don't know whether it was because they're still finding their footing or what, but the experience we had here was NOT GOOD. The service was by far the worst part, but honestly the food wasn't that much better. Do not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. I love this place.

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mayam
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, a
Amazing service

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vipLisaK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bar crawl aside, we were seated outside and had a wonderful time

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LaveenD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb place, a true hidden gem! You will have fun here!

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AvaJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nero was wonderful! Small and intimate with great ambiance! We came for a date night and all of the food was delicious. My favorite was the shrimp risotto my boyfriend loved the pizza fries and samosas. The drinks were also delicious and our server was nice and attentive. We’ll definitely be back soon!

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vipOptimisticJD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The drinks were good, but the food service was very poor. I ordered a pizza and it arrived after my date finished her meal. They made no effort to apologize or acknowledge their mistake. I will not return and won’t recommend it to anyone else.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Bit expensive but everything else was great. Very good cocktails

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LeksG
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot - get the Tandoori pops! Also great wine selection

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Happy hour is great

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a nice birthday dinner with a friend here. Thank you for the great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Good happy hour prices, wine was nice, cheese plate didn’t change my life. Service started off great, then we were ignored.

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AFirstTimer
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Chose Nero as a spot for my birthday. Walking inside it feels cozy. The food was decent, the drink list was full of variety and delicious. My one take back is working on space for multiple parties. I booked a group of 9 and was informed there was a large group before mine, so once getting there the seating was in the back, a little cramped and kind of awkward. We made the best of a situation though--ended the night with some cake and shots, compliments of the restaurant.

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Kirstone
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

No one else was there on a Sunday evening.
Like a ghost town. Out of several items on the menu

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vipShubhans
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time at NERO and once again had a great time. Experience of tasting wine on your own with friends was a lot of fun. Food was excellent, prices were very reasonable and service was outstanding. All in all, great experience. Must try!

FAQs

Nero offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 964-6201.

Nero is rated 4.7 stars by 56 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.