RPM Italian - DC

4.8
3096 reviews
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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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I talked up RPM to my friends because I love Lettuce Entertain You and I was really excited to try RPM! The food was the best part of the experience. We had to wait for our table for 20 min past the reservation time despite having a reservation. We weren’t the only ones either! The foyer was crowded with many parties waiting to be seated. As soon as we were seated our server came over to welcome us and bring waters but said he would come back and promptly forgot about us. We waited 10 more min to place our drink order and by that time we wanted to order all of our food because we were all very hungry.

The server was nice enough but the entire dining room seemed to have flipped at the same time and had several tables arrive when we did. He was very preoccupied.

The food! As someone with celiac disease, I really appreciate a separate Gluten Free menu and it was wonderful! To see all the options! I had the shrimp scampi and a couple of appetizers that were marvelous!

Being in the hospitality industry myself, I can appreciate spending more money for quality food and dining experiences. First impression here was tarnished and I as I mentioned earlier, the food was the best part! Will most likely try it again but will probably not any time soon..

DB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner in bar area .....energetic and excellent menu options and service. Disappointed in small martini....where'd they find those mini glasses?

LP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience! Went for birthday and anniversary dinner celebration and it was spectacular! Food, service, atmosphere were all excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere great food and a real buzz. Staff very attentive.

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

All good except for a stupid valet system using the internet that was a pain for the diner and the valet that wasted everyone’s time 😩

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

RPM hit the mark in every aspect one would look for in an enjoyable evening out. The food, ambience, and service were spectacular. Everyone in our multigenerational party from 10-91 years old had a great experience. We plan to return!

KN
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Air was a great meal, outstanding service and a wonderful experience all around

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the worst restaurant weeks I’ve been to. Really small portions. Not worth it at all. Save this restaurant for a special occasion

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

our 1st time visiting RPM and we enjoyed it. Our server was fine but another server stop at our table to greet us and she help us enroll in your App. She was so sweet as was the hostess's. We reserved a table next month for our 34th anniversary dinner. We're hoping the experience stay the same.
Thanks you

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a simple date night that turned out to be an amazing experience

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

Rpm is always a great experience. This time was exceptional. Our sever Hayward was over the top and always went above and beyond. Certainly could not have asked for a better time.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal!

KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Daniel was excellent. The meatballs were great. The chicken parm was ok. The gelato was ok. The garlic bread and cocktails were great.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Based on what I have heard of this restaurant and reviews online our expectations were high and we felt our experience fell short.

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I think it's a matter of what you order. Unfortunately, the dishes we ordered this time around were okay but I could have made that at home. Nothing special at all which was a shame.

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and service. Enjoyed Happy Hour and dinner during restaurant week.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had to wait a really long time to get food even though it was an off hour for lunch and they weren’t that busy. The meatballs appetizer was delicious. Chicken parmesan was very underwhelming — would not order again.

M
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

They did a very good job with the restaurant week menu and the staff was wonderful. We also ordered items from the regular menu and they were disappointing, the garlic bread which was recommended was so bad I was surprised. It is hard to believe that a place that does everything so well could serve such a poor, bland and greasy bread that they brag about

M
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was impeccable!!!

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

RPM is by far my fav Italian in DC! The impeccable service, welcoming ambience, outstanding food and extensive wine list all assure a memorable experience!

MM
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant Week is my favourite time to try new restaurants, and that's how I ended up at RPM Italian! I went with three friends (only one had ever dined there before). From our appetizer, main course, and dessert, we enjoyed it all. It was a fun night out in the city!

KK
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! I really enjoyed dc restaurant week at this restaurant.

DA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and the food was good!

N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was really expensive, and not terribly high quality. Ambiance was fine, but maybe not my style. Service was excellent.

BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service!! Great food!!

KP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous. Service, fabulous! My first time there, will definitely be back. I'm also interested in hosting private dinners there too.

LS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was absolutely engaging and took very good care of us

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Will come back

RK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great. Matthew was a great conversationalist. The food was good but it lacked a vegetable. We would have to pay for that separately. I left less than satisfied. It is not your typical Italian Restaurant, it is more new age Italian which is good but not great.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited RPM during DC restaurant week 2019. Food was amazing, especially the sea bass. I think I may have found a new favorite restaurant!

l
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lunch. Great restaurant week choice. Or anytime. Really impressed.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had reservation had to wait 15 minutes.

RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had wanted to go to RPM for awhile now...our waiter, our food and ambiance were excellent. I will go back to try other foods. I was there for restaurant week and although the food was super excellent just wished i had a wider selection to pick from...but YEAH, loved it.

N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was OUTSTANDING! I went for Restaurant Week and it was such a treat. Service, ambiance were excellent too. Location was easy. I've been to the one in Chicago which was equally excellent. GO!

ES
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited RPM for Restaurant week and I loved it! Perfect setting for a nice intimate date. The ambiance was great. The food was amazing (I had the meatball appetizer and seabass as an entree). The drinks were strong but taste good too! The only thing I can say is the cheesecake was very small. But I definitely enjoyed the experience!

KP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food - best garlic bread in DC!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and we truly enjoyed the ambiance!!

R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I wanted pasta and it was date night for me and my significant other. After seeing a movie in Chinatown, RPM was the perfect place to go to relax and enjoy a meal, or so I thought. The restaurant is lovely with low lights and an air of sophistication, and there is a patio with large umbrellas. We sat outside and absolutely loved it once I switched out the stained cushioned chair for a cleaner one. It is nothing like sitting outside downtown DC with a light breeze, background sounds of cars whizzing by, people talking and walking at a fast pace, and the weather was pleasant.

Prior to arriving at the restaurant, I viewed the menu online. I limited my selection to two antipasti and two entrees. Between the prime beef meatballs and calamari, I choose the calamari. We enjoyed the fried combination of squid and vegetables which included fried lemon which we could have done without. The calamari was light and crispy. We had it served with a red sauce (Pomodoro) and a creamy aioli, the Pomodoro tasted the best. I just wished the dish had more calamari minus the lemon.

For the entrée I chose between the mushroom risotto and Maine lobster ravioli. I ordered the ravioli and could have sworn I heard the server say it was served with a lobster stock, but it came with a tomato base that was overwhelming for the delicate lobster ravioli; it was so disappointing. I sent it back and replaced it with mushroom risotto. It tasted as if the rice, sauce, and other ingredients did not have time to blend and develop a good flavor. The rice was hard, the sauce had an odd taste. After two or three bites, I had enough and sent it back. My dining companion had spaghetti and meatball. The pasta was too thick and saturated in sauce. Also the meatball was very tender but more like mushy. He sent it back.

When I read the Yelp reviews for RPM, Yelpers raved about the cheesecake. I really wanted to try it but based on the meal, we decided to call it a night.

FP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The place is freezing cold, waiter was inexperienced repeating the very long list of uninteresting specials of the day as if he were on a mission! Not to help us though. Some other kind of mission. Food portions very, very small and crab pieces were chewy. Bartender seemed inexperienced too. First Old Fashioned came without any orange peel. Ordered a second and reminded the waiter to please put orange: came with an orange wedge, not orange peel. Bad! Really bad and totally overpriced. By the way we live 3 blocks away, at Citycenter, so we are familiar with the area and its prices. But not for this lousy service and food!

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