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San Lorenzo, Washington, DC
Award-winning

San Lorenzo

4.7
4.7
231 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Come in and feel transported to the streets of Italy.

Enjoy light, wholesome dishes - beautiful stucco walls and black and white photos of the chef/owner’s quaint hometown. Chef Massimo believes in creating dishes that honor the heritage and flavors of his native Tuscany. The magic of this cuisine is the exceptional preparation — fresh, simple ingredients paired with unique herbs and seasonings for a taste that’s anything but simple. With over 30 years of culinary training - Chef Massimo delivers homemade pastas, sauces, Florentine steak, veal, lamb, fresh fish and exceptional risotto.

Stay tuned for the not-to-be missed tasting menus offered nightly.

Also inquire about the unique communal wine lunch experiences on Saturday afternoons that can be booked only directly with management because they book up quickly. If you enjoy dining in Chef Massimo’s ‘San Lorenzo’ home - know he will also come to your home for special occasions or even travel with you within the US and Italy.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, European
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 588-8954
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Massimo Fabbri
  • Catering
    We offer an array of catering options from full service dinners cooked in your home with linens, plates, etc. for 6- 100 individuals or even pick-up or delivery for corporate lunches, birthdays, or family dinners to incl. sandwiches, meat & cheese trays, Tuscan rubbed ribs or risotto.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a beautiful space for your special occasion whether day or night. We are a favorite for celebrating birthdays and anniversaries - whether at one of our standard tables along the white brick walls reminiscent of Tuscany or in our private dining space which accommodates 12-20 people. Buyout options are also available for up to 85 people.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Shaw
  • Cross street
    We are located on 9th Street NW between N & O Streets.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    We are 2 blocks North of the Convention Center and Mt Vernon Plaza metro.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • CHEF TASTING MENU - 6 COURSE MENU

    $145.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    ~ CHEF TASTING MENU ~ available ALL night 6-Course @ $145 + TAX & GRATUITY 4-Course @ $115 + TAX & GRATUITY Optional wine pairing at additional charge Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available **AVAILABLE EVERY NIGHT** Mon-Thu: 5:30 - 9:30pm Fri & Sat: 5:00 - 10:00pm Sun: 5:00 - 9:00pm EMAIL FOR QUESTIONS / PAYMENT -- info@sanlorenzodc.com

What 231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Italian

231 Reviews
  1. RodneyM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Some standout dishes especially the pappardelle with rabbit ragu and the carrot ginger soup with a lobster garnish. The wines by the glass were another strong area. Good matches for the food and selections with bottle age. The white wine arrived too cold and the other dishes were good or very good, but not great. In addition, the penalty for paying by credit card should be made known with the reservation confirmation as it’s twice the rate charged by issuers.

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  2. kiyamaria

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a special occasion for us, and overall, a nice dinner. We were greeted by a friendly host and hostess and led through the front dining area to a raised, more secluded area. I found it to be quieter as it was smaller and further from the bar, and I was delighted to be distanced from any potential cold breeze coming through the front entrance. We were promptly attended to, and found the service to be very attentive throughout our meal, though not very personable. We started our dinner with Select Spritzs. (Select is specific to northern Italy and we were super pumped to see this offering as it's difficult to find stateside). They were delicious, as expected, though very heavy on the ice, which was disappointing. For antipasti, we had the prosciutto, which was also great. Additionally, we had some bread, which is available on request. For our entrees we ordered the Risotto (lobster) and the Ravioli. Both meals were flavorful and enjoyed very quickly. I was ravenous from a full day of activities and not enough food beforehand. This restaurant serves an appropriate serving size - read: not an American sized serving. So, if you're really hungry you might want to order more antipasti, or you can try out the broccolini that we totally forgot to order. So what do you do when you're still hungry? You order dessert, of course. I had high expectations for this part of the meal. My husband ordered an affogato with Disaronno, and it was incredible (how can you go wrong)? I ordered the tiramisu and some limoncello. This is where everything took a nosedive for me. First of all, they were "out" of limoncello. (I later learned they aren't making it currently). Secondly, the tiramisu was dry and bland - incredibly disappointing for what I expected to be the star of the show. Not worth the calories (coming from someone who's been dairy-free for 5 months). Thankfully, I had a little espresso to cheer me up. Overall, I'd come again, but with more realistic expectations.

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  3. elra26

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food and that there were good vegetarian choices. Soups were excellent as well as the fried squash blossoms. Cocktails could use a bit more variety as the two we ordered tasted similar. Favorite thing was the maneskin playlist! Keep that up — love the Italian rock vibes!!!

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  4. MarcelaD

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, homemade style, delicious Very attentive staff, good cocktails! A gem

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  5. PhilipM

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall… okay dinner. Wine list is a list of extremes - some cheap ish wines and a bunch of higher end wines. We settled on 140 Amarone. That was closer to lower end. Good dinner dishes, but just good - not great. Heavy on the truffle. Service - sat at the bar (reserved three seats - very interesting) - Service was dismissive at best bordering on rude.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous service and amazing pasta. Quality ingredients. Definitely recommend!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Restaurant aesthetically pleasing, server was nice, food was delicious BUT small portion size

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very high prized and the food is not woo. Not recommended

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  9. Robert

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my go to Italian restaurants, great service, food, and atmosphere.

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  10. AlexandriaDiner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Is it possible to say, “oh my God” after every bite? If you’re dining at San Lorenzo it is absolutely guaranteed.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They have an up charge for utilizing a credit card which was unexpected

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  12. Tracey

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was wonderful! Stumbled across this place for an early business meeting and we were not disappointed. Great wines, fabulous pasta!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We lost our server mid meal, but the manager did a beautiful job taking care of us, and the food was wonderful! She did a great job making a bad situation better, and we appreciated her efforts. We’ll definitely be back.

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  14. FoodieJen

    Miami

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Portion sizes for entrees are pricey for being the size of appetizers. Flavors were good and fresh.

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  15. MiaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I celebrated my birthday with the family. The food and service were superb! We were there for lunch and enjoyed a delicious meal, nice wine, and attentive staff.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, and excellent service. Calamari, Prosciutto and bruschetta for starters. Risotto with lobster for main.

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  17. sarahq71

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waited 40 minutes for our table on a Friday night even though we had a reservation and had shown up on time. Other parties who arrived after us were seated before us. Food was tasty but portions were too small.

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  18. kyleh

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian outside of Italy! Come here every time I’m in DC. 4 years and counting.

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  19. AbbyP

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 recommended. Amazing food and great service.

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  20. BryanF

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall really very nice. Lovely apps and hearty pastas, but the dessert was uninspired. The lemon cake, which should have been the perfect end to a spectacular dinner, was dry and practically burnt. So much to celebrate here, just unfortunate to end on a bitter note!

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  21. bibkakacka

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A charming piece of Tuscany that is walking distance from the Convention center. Fish was great so as rabbit ragu pasta! A great selection of classic Tuscan wines available. Definitely a must to try!

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  22. Dineoutalot

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mosimo's little jewel of a restaurant never dissappoints. I drive in from Great Falls, VA to dine here. The Fiori di Zucca are always light and delicate and the Cream of Celery soup was a first for me and outstanding.

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  23. Gghh

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and great service. Only two unexpected things: we had a reservation but we were seated 20 mins later because it was busy; there was a 4% fee for not paying cash.

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  24. LeeR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Definitely would go outside a holiday like Valentine's, but well worth it.

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  25. Dani

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very nice restaurant. Really small inside though, but the food was tasty.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Price is extortionate for the portion size. Server seemed really bothered when told him about a severe nut allergy- he just shrugged it off so it made us uncomfortable. Paid a set price for a set menu (that we had to partake in) where we didn’t eat dessert due to feeling uncomfortable.

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  27. Anonymous

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I made reservations for Valentine’s Day 3 weeks prior. The food was decent and with a normal menu the prices are probably fine but they sprung up a Valentine’s Day tasting menu for $105 without notifying me at any point until I sat down at the table. They also warned me of a 4% credit card fee which I was fine with but did not warn that the fee also applies to debit cards. I don’t know if this is legal or not but regardless it’s pretty shady practice to charge fees on debit cards.

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  28. Wesley

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent options. Slightly small portion size for the price, but great taste, speedy service, lovely ambiance. Great time.

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  29. AlexL

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is fine, but the wine prices are too high. The cheapest bottle of red wine on the menu was $73. The average entre here is under $30, so the wine should not be nearly that expensive. I wanted to have a filling meal with plenty of pasta and wine before going out with my friends. That didn't happen. This place has the portion sizes and wine prices of a fine dining restaurant, but it is decidedly not fine dining. If they would offer a $40 bottle of wine and increase their portion sizes, this would be a great place.

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  30. Malik

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing experience! The staff was super friendly and made my wife's birthday a memorable one!

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  31. FoodFanDC

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Christmas decorations still up and it’s almost February. Waitress was really pleasant but seemed like our requests with others were a real inconvenience in an otherwise empty restaurant. I wanted to love this restaurant but it needs some improvement. The food was average overall and could be presented better but the pasta dishes were great.

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  32. Keith

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both the food and the service were really really good.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service. Great bottle of wine. Just what we needed for a special dinner celebration

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  34. ErinE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Washington. Highly recommend.

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  35. WilliamG

    New York City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    San Lorenzo is a favorite of mine when I am in Washington DC. Their off menu specials are guaranteed to be unique and tasty. I regularly bring friends and business associates here for dinner. It’s a jewel.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. SanjayP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pasta, Ravioli and meats were very good. Fish could have used little more flavour. Service was top notch.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cozy restaurant with very pleasant Italian music. It's a small but very charming restaurant. We were well attended to, the food was actually quite tasty and very well made. The price was in line with our dish.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. sch91

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice meal and experience overall! Service very fast and attentive. Pastas were good not great, a little overcooked. But we enjoyed our meal.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A place to be visited again, specially if you want to impress your friends and family. I highly recommend this place.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. LaurenH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I went there with a group of 6 people. We all loved the food, save for a couple of dry fish dishes but that didn’t spoil anything. The server was very nice but it seems like the restaurant’s policy is to clear plates as soon as one person finishes. We had three people still eating while the server and busboy were reaching over them blocking their food while trying to clear the table. My friend was asked no less than 3 times if he was done with his meal while still eating, which of course, made us feel a sense of urgency. We were not lingering longer than acceptable and there were empty tables in the restaurant so no one was waiting for our table. If the restaurant can improve on their etiquette, it’d be amazing. But it’s too expensive to have people hovering over us to clear plates before the whole table is finished.

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FAQs

San Lorenzo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 588-8954.

San Lorenzo is rated 4.7 stars by 231 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for San Lorenzo

1316 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001-4208

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    We are located on 9th Street NW between N & O Streets.
  • Neighborhood
    Shaw
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    We are 2 blocks North of the Convention Center and Mt Vernon Plaza metro.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Massimo Fabbri
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 588-8954
  • Catering
    We offer an array of catering options from full service dinners cooked in your home with linens, plates, etc. for 6- 100 individuals or even pick-up or delivery for corporate lunches, birthdays, or family dinners to incl. sandwiches, meat & cheese trays, Tuscan rubbed ribs or risotto.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer a beautiful space for your special occasion whether day or night. We are a favorite for celebrating birthdays and anniversaries - whether at one of our standard tables along the white brick walls reminiscent of Tuscany or in our private dining space which accommodates 12-20 people. Buyout options are also available for up to 85 people.
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