RPM Italian - DC

4.7
2790 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
RPM Italian presents cuisine that is modern in approach and Italian in spirit, with dishes intended to be shared. Chef partner Doug Psaltis has created a menu which features a variety of cold and hot antipasti, more than a dozen freshly prepared in-house pastas, and a selection of salads, prime steaks, chops and slow-roasted meats. The restaurant also has an open bar area where guests can order a signature cocktail or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list. Sophisticated and chic, RPM Italian is perfect for a great meal or late night out.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It went well, really rnjoyed the service as always

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, service was a little pushy to order more

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MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambiance. The complimentary cake for Easter was a nice touch

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Easter meal and outstanding service. Will return for the pasta!

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The food and service was phenomenal. The place is pretty pricey and the drinks are way over priced. You could get toasty at other restaurants and bars for the price you pay for drinks.

I would definitely go again. There were so many good things on the menu.

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TS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

This is a highly overrated and overpriced restaurant that does not live up to expectations for the hype and price. We took our family here for Easter dinner. While the waitress was very friendly. She spilled water in quite a pile in front of the spot of an empty seat at our table and never wiped it up. She didn’t take dinner order until well after appetizers were delivered. She didn’t refill the kids sodas once. She failed to get the wine order before entree and asked for it after the entree was served. When you pay $46 for a steak, you expect better service. The meatball and spaghetti I ordered was bad. See picture. It was raw in spots. The spaghetti was over cooked and tasted rubbery, not fresh at all. The sauce was not special. Full of paste. Tasted like canned or jar sauce. The caprese salad failed to delight as well. I just ate in Old Town Alexandria at Landini Brothers. Now there’s fresh caprese salad! RPM was a huge disappointment. If you’re rich and like average, this is for you. If you’ve had great food before, this won’t live up at all.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter lunch

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best time! Food was excellent!!!

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KD
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was spot on. Great choice. Great GF pasta. Great Brussel sprout salad.

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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was fantastic. She was kind, attentive and on point. We sat at the bar before our reservation and had to ask several times to get service. No one was proactively helping us. It was not very busy at all either during that time at the bar.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Overall: the food is delicious, but the service does NOT match the price of the food. The complaints I have about the service are very bougie, but for a meal that can cost you anywhere from $300-$500, it matters (to me) how you are treated by the staff.

My BF and I went to RPM in the hopes that this could be our special spot for celebrating for years to come. We’d been to RPM one time before about a year ago and loved the experience. Unfortunately, the restaurant must be under new management, as the problems with service began as soon as I walked in the door. I informed the hostess that we were there for our reservation and my boyfriend was simply waiting on valet (oh yea, they had one person doing valet on a Friday night, so the line for the valet was around the block). The hostess said our table wouldn’t be ready for a while and told me I should take a seat. 3 different couples walked up to the hostess, w/out reservations, and were seated immediately. While I continued to wait, the hostess asked one of the bouncers to move from one side of the lobby to the other side (which was closer to me). My BF finally said something and they “magically” were able to find a table for us. Sadly, the hostess never gave us a wine/cocktail list. Our waiter was kind, however, instead of bringing out the courses separately, he brought all of our food at once. We were sitting at a tiny table so we were a bit overcrowded. Of course two of our courses were then cold by the time we got to them. The staff did not clear our plates as we finished them, so we spent most of the night just trying to make sure nothing fell off the table. Our waiter made fun of me for the temperature I asked for my steak (medium) and then brought out a steak that was well done. Our waiter informed me later that he has noticed personally that non-white patrons are treated differently than white patrons at the restaurant all the time and that was just customary. RPM is simply not worth the money.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was incredible

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I had in the notes that I was celebrating a birthday and no one acknowledged it

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Awesome food but atmosphere was very crowded and loud

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. But what made the meal stand out was our waiter. I wish I could remember his name to give him credit. He was super friendly, extremely knowledgeable and professional to a fault.

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D
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there a few weeks ago. The maitre’de remembered me and where I was sitting! You cannot beat customer service. The food is wonderful, very tasty and very filling. The Chocolate Budino is a must. Will be returning very soon.

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MK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Had a phenomenal meal here recently - there were 3 of us. The food was outstanding - we shared three different appetizers: The artichokes and beef carpaccio from the menu - both of which were delightful - some of the best we have had. We also had a stuffed squash blossom appetizer special - yum! For dinner we shared a large steak and two sides - mashed potato and broccolini - the steak was cooked to perfection for all - even though 2 of us wanted medium rare and one had it well done - they were able to accommodate that unusual request. I would however, fault our main waiter on their lack of attentiveness. Once we ordered - other than pouring our wine once or twice and dropping off a dessert menu, which he never came back to inquire about, we had to flag him down several times. I also think the atmosphere is a little noisy for my taste - I would not recommend it for an intimate dinner - but if you want a superb meal - go!

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New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a fabulous restaurant! My sister and I arrive much earlier than our reservations, but they were very accommodating in seating us earlier. Very attentive staff except when it started getting busier our water fill ups were forgotten. Excellent gluten free menu since I have Celiac's disease and my sister is gluten intolerant. They have a truly dedicated and separate gluten free menu. For starters we shared grilled oysters which were delicious. But, I must give a shake of our head. These oysters were discounted for happy hour, but "oh, no" not while we sat in the restaurant. We had to go into the bar to have the same oysters for $4.00 less. Tsk tsk on your customer service regarding this behavior even after speaking with the manager. Tsk tsk. We shared the lobster caprese salad and Cesear wedge salad. Delicious! The homemade gluten free fettuccine with bolognese sauce was out of this world! Had to ask for fresh grated cheese and no one came around for the pepper on our salads. Double tsk tsk. Had to save room for desserts which we shared the strawberry gelato with toasted pistachios and panna cotta with fruit. Both refreshing. We will definitely return and other family and friends are excited especially with homemade gluten free pasta! If only it could have been fresh homemade gluten free pappardelle, then it would have been perfezionare!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food. Poor service.

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l
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the creativity of this Italian food! Started with a couple of delicious appetizers- the Mediterranean Octopus, The Cremini Mushroom Pizza, the Truffle Garlic Bread and the Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad. Our table of 4 then went on to share 2 pastas...one that a friend recommended which I don't usually order as not one of my favorite pastas but this dish changed my mind! The Pappardelle Bolognese was fantastic! We all totally agreed. We also tried the Spring Pea Taglietelle which was nice but needed something else to pop it. The meal ended with a bang! The Torta Meringata..the signature salted caramel & vanilla gelato cake which is flambeed at the tableside with chocolate fudge cascading down the sides....so fantastic!!!

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SE
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality and taste of the food was outstanding. I had the chicken piccata. The portion was enough to share. The sauce was incredible. The server was attentive and efficient. Great vibe

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Soo, was phenomenal and truly made the evening memorable. From Giuliana Prosecco, straight through to Cappucino and a fabulous hazelnut dessert, the experience was delicious and truly unforgettable. Thank you for a fabulous night, a warm welcome, incredible food, and VIP service . We can’t wait to return!

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New England
45 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a visitor from out of town I was looking for something special and somewhat local. RPM Italian fit the bill nicely. Great food, great service, and lots of elegantly dressed clientele (with a few Washington Caps playoffs fans, too).

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BM
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and definitely coming back! Food was really tasty, great variety on the menu. Pretty lively/noisy so just pretend you’re at a table at a club and enjoy it!

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J
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! Lots of good food and great service.
Thanks John and Renee

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RP
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Despite our reservation being at 8, they didn’t seat us until 8:20 and didn’t even apologize.

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j
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The fried artichokes and chicken piccata were superb. The black and white motif for the room is attractive. One of the diners at our table feels linen table cloths would be more appropriate than bare wood. For $18, RP)M could be more generous with the size of its martinis.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Everything was great except our server wasn’t the best. He took forever to take our orders and generally check on us for water refills, additional orders, etc

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TH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Luxurious and delicious. A little noisy for the older crowd but the focus on taste eclipses it.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food in a restaurant that is a bit to reminiscent of a club for my taste. That being said, the strong aesthetic transports you from sleepy downtown DC to somewhere decidedly more interesting, making it a good spot for a date (our occasion), a business meal, or a night out with friends.

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y
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service! A little disappointed in the food!

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JC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Best italian food in DC! Recommend this place to anyone.

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, fantastic. Very good food. A bit pricey.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service and food, a little overpriced; good Italian wine selection.

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SB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

They've changed the lunch menu a bit. I prefer the previous fish option.

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RO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciate the vegetarian options in an elegant environment-

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AH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I recommend rpm Italian to everyone . I had salmon this time around. It was very delicious and paired with pistachio.
As always friendly staff and great service.

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S
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I hope they get better service. Extremely disappointed in the service. My server disappeared after handing me the menu & found out I was a solo diner. Saw him chatting with another staff member. Had to get his attention to place my order. He misstated one of the entree specials, did not know the components of the cocktails. I could tell he was making them up as he tried to answer my questions so I had to ask another passing server. When that drink eventually arrived it was the best part of the meal- cheers to the bartender! Food was well prepared, nothing special.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food!!! My girlfriends and I had an awesome time and looking definitely to go back!!!!

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NP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Favorite restaurant in DC! Our waiter Hayward was very good.

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