RPM Italian - DC

4.7
2840 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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BJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

After the server found out we weren't drinkers , we felt kinda forgotten about....took like 15-20mins to even order our food

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R
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, this is a great place for a special night out with friends or date night. The menu is focused on a few items, but based on what we ate, they are all done well. The lemon cake on the dessert menu is amazing. The dining room is very small and narrow; 2 top tables are practically right next to each other - coffee shop style - definitely not what you'd expect from a fine dining italian restaurant, but perhaps that's the point so you can see and be seen. The background music is loud, which when combined with the conversation noise, makes this a loud restaurant not appropriate for quiet date night conversation, if that's what you're looking for.

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LC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a conference for the week and ended up eating at RPM twice. We will definitely be back!

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LL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food at RPM was excellent, but our table waited over an hour for our food for a lunchtime business meal. Worse, the slow service was never acknowledged by the waiter or anyone else. I've been to RPM many times and received food much more quickly at peak times with a full dining room.

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

We came here for our daughter’s birthday dinner. The food was amazing! The service excellent! If you’re looking for a nice, more upscale dinner, I highly recommend RPM!

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LS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another marvelous meal at RPM. The Picatta Moderni was incredible. Terrific service.

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Waiter was extremely attentive meal was perfectly paced

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ND
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here for my law school graduation after have been previously, and it was an amazing experience. My entire family loved it, and they can be pretty picky. The food was amazing. I had Su as my server and she made the experience even more enjoyable, she was perfect. I can't wait to go back.

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LD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Our go to place when visiting our son in college in DC...we always request Matt Norris for our server as he is professional with a personality...a huge fan of the pasta carbonara, cocktails, meat and fish dishes and always the garlic bread. Great bar and elegant dining room; always great service.

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I would definitely recommend to a friend however I would let them know that the seating isn’t the best. I took my husband out for his birthday however our seating was terrible. We sat almost elbow to elbow with the people seated next to us.

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r
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. I invited two friends who stated they will be back to celebrate upcoming events.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!!!

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HH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RPM never disappoints and is one of our go-to date night destinations. Every waiter/waitress is crazy knowledgeable about the menu and cocktails/wine available, the food is always fantastic, and it's just a very nice looking place to go. I've never left not satisfied. The cheesecake is always one of my favorites ever and entirely underrated.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Portions for the price were not justified.

Ordered Lobster Fra Diavalo in recommendation by our server and it was very spicy and literally overshadowed lobster taste. Note: this probably one of the expensive entree.

Steak Frites: asked for medium it it came out as medium well / well done. Slightly burnt from outside.

Desert: ordered Torta Meringata. Again recommended by our server (the priciest desert on the menu). It was nothing but an ice cream cake that is put on fire and then pour chocolate syrup on top. Other than the lighting it on fire, there’s nothing good about it. Didn’t even use Belgian chocolate.

Overall: it was less than okay experience. Better places in town in terms of price and taste.

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Mother’s Day dinner with a party of 8. The service was excellent! The seasonal risotto, cowboy steak, fillets and bronzino were all well executed. The seafood tower was unbelievable, everything was so fresh and tasted delicious.

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NB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Overpriced for the quality. Soupy carbonara, slow and loud service.

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j
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the very best places in the city for Italian cuisine. The service is impeccable and the food is to die for. One our favorites.

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HA
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just had an amazing Mother’s Day meal with my mom, a friend and her mom. Everything was outstanding—the food, the service and of course the company. All of our dishes were beyond yummy—Lobster Ravioli (2 orders of deliciousness), Carbonara (superb) and Seafood Risotto (incredible). Deserts were right up there too—Cheesecake w/strawberry & rhubarb sauce, Cannolis 3 ways and the Italian version of beignets. We never felt rushed. Our server Matt was super attentive and made us feel like we were his only customers. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a perfect start-to-finish meal of amazing food, but it happened again today. Best surprise of all, the restaurant gave the moms a small gift at the end of our meal—delicious chocolate candy and a $$ gift card. Needless to say, we will return to RPM soon!

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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Service was good. But a bit of lag between courses. It’s holiday they were busy. Would definitely come again

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day ! Excellent food and top notch service!

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Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing. You have to try the flambé dessert at the end if your meal.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good, but the setup for tables made it very crowded--like a "sardine". We sat in the dining room and the noise level was high to moderate, so you could hear the conversations of the table surrounding in addition to them coughing, etc. Food quality was good, but when you lack the ambiance it makes for a mediocre night out.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Heyward was outstanding. I will always request to sit in his section on future visits to RPM Italian.

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M
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Really nice place but food just ok.

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c
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always great, but chicken parm tasted different . Super appetizers. Great staff.

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AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

happy hour deals are amazing for the normal price points! ambiance was fantastic and the bartenders were personable and fast responders. will DEFINITELY be back.

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience and the service was great! The food was good, but was not the greatest. But it was only for lunch, I’ll try to go there for dinner as our waiter suggested.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly I had the best experience here, our waiter Daniel was amazing and really accommodating! It was my husbands birthday and he took the time out to take a few pictures of us. Also he helped us pick our drinks and food according to what we like and were in the mood for. Daniel made this a great experience for us.. also the Veal, steak brussel sprouts and the garlic mash potatoes omgggggg gave me life! Definitely coming back!

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of the food was excellent! Expensive for pasta, but delicious.

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AH
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here’s the deal at RPM... you will never get a bad meal. The food is consistently made well and served with pride. My fish was exceptionally delicious, fresh and tasty. Our service was superb. James recommended a wine off the menu which was excellent and was also a very good value. So, whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just want to dine out for an evening, RPM is your choice.

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our server, Anton, expertly waited on 5 women who hadn't seen each other in awhile. He was engaging without being intrusive. He left us alone to catch up but would check in with us on a regular basis to ensure our needs were met. He rattled off the specials and described the choices on the menu without even thinking about it. The food was tasty and the atmosphere was welcoming. The appetizers were plentiful enough to share amongst us. Recommend highly!!

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food service environment. A+

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l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Mashed potatoes were to die for!!

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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and Awesome service! Will totally recommend it to my friends.

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DD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I arrived on time for a table and was asked to wait. I watched as the maitre d’ seated two other parties of two for the same time frame. She then offered me the option of waiting longer or sitting at a high top in the bar. Rather than wait longer we took the bar. It was disappointingly much different than dining in the dining room. It was noisy, the food took forever to come out, and the service was sub-par as the server came around much less frequently than the wait service in the main dining room. In the past I have rated RPM highly, but I didn’t appreciate being relegated to a subpar experience when arriving on time for my reserved table. I’m dropping it from 4 stars to 2 stars and do hope RPM improves its process for seating and chooses who gets tables at their reserved time and who doesn’t. Next time I’m given that choice of waiting or dining in the bar, I’m exercising a third one, using my feet to walk out.

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L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal meal, excellent service.

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SA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious great ambiance

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday was a good time

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S
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

Seating was beyond maximization and bordering on unsafe in the event of a medical emergency or fire. Multiple people were required to move and chairs lifted out of place for another person in a mechanical wheelchair. People were sitting so close to our table and person that my wife could not eat her dinner as she got extremely claustrophobic

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a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The eggplant parmigiana was amazing! I also loved the side of meatballs, no need to order pasta. I am not a fan of the smoky flavor cocktail trend, however. It’s NOT a margarita wouldn’t be my recommendation-for that reason.

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