Sfoglina - Downtown

4.7
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337 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sfoglina (sfoal-YEE-nah) is a casual Italian trattoria and pasta house, named for the artisans and Italian cultural icons that carry on the tradition of rolling sheets of pasta by hand with a rolling pin, a technique passed through the generations.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We will be serving both our all day menu and our Christmas Eve specials. Our Christmas Eve menu is available online at www.sfoglinapasta.com/menus. We look forward to hosting you!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We will be serving both our all day menu and our New Year's Eve specials. Our New Year's Eve menu is available online at www.sfoglinapasta.com/menus. We look forward to hosting you!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 337 People Are Saying
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DW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cute atmosphere. Tables a bit close together. Very fast service. Food comes out quickly. Nice gluten-free selection. Reminds me of the food in Florence Italy. Blood orange tangerines sorbetto was out of this world.

KS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Tables allow for NO privacy. Food is good but not great

RG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to many good Italian restaurants in NYC but this one is amazing. Excellent food, great service. Will definitely return next time I’m in DC.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Horrible service. The dining room was not even at full capacity but had to hunt waiter down to refill water, get check, etc.

Appetizers came out same time as entrees.

Food itself was subpar. Had the Arctic char and stomach was upset the entire day after.

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

Outstanding in all aspects. Fantastic food and service. I had the linguine, my husband had the short ribs, our daughter had the bucatini. We also had the roasted Brussels sprouts and fig and prosciutto appetizer. Everything was amazing. We like to carry on a conversation over a meal. We were sitting near the bar area. Would have liked the music to have been turned down a little more but it wasn’t bad noise-wise. Overall a great experience.

R
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

All of the food was very good with no complaints from our party of four. Service was well below expectations and will likely stop us from returning.

AD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

For the food, yes. For the service, no. Waiter kept inquiring if we wanted to order even when we explained that we would be taking our time. Also
Pushed us to order without even completing to bring our drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is among the best Italian food in DC. It’s also a low key, comfortable venue.

RG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was attentive. Overall the food was good and presentation was appealing.
I highly recommend the Polenta Cace Pepe the portion size was surprisingly large for a nibble classification and the dish hit the palate with an explosion of flavour.

M
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I am disappointed! I used to love going to Sfoglina. I am Italian and obviously look for good Italian restaurants. However, on Saturday when we went to Sfoglina downtown it was a semi-disaster. The waiting stuff was in hurry, not paying the right attention to us and other customers. For example, i ordered a drink and they grabbed the menu from my hands without asking me if and what i wanted to eat. I was still eating my appetizer and they took it away to give me the first course I ordered. I complained.. however, this is not the way a "theoretically good and popular italian restaurant treats its customer.

C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Our waiter was terrible. Never checked on us, notched our drink order, never refilled water glasses and didn’t bring us bread. We’ve visited the original location near Cleveland Park and loved it. This one was a big miss.

MT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious meal and terrific experience all around. Gratis desserts were such a nice touch.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time trying Sfoglina-Downtown, but I have been to the other location in Van Ness for lunch. I am happy to say that my guests and I greatly enjoyed this experience as well!
Our waiter Nemma was excellent. He did a great job outlining the dinner specials and assisting us with his recommendations on which dishes paired well with each other.
The food was delicious, filled with subtle flavors and cooked perfectly. The Pappardelle Noodles (Lamb Ragu) was our favorite, and a dish I highly recommend others order.
The surprise complimentary drinks and dessert were a very kind gesture of the restaurant management to provide us with, and my guests were impressed with the service + consideration given to customers.
The restaurant's dinner ambiance was lively, but I could still easily hear the waiter as well as my guests.
I definitely plan to return to this restaurant in the future.

BB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Staff seemed to not be synced up right. Support team filled some but not all waters and primary server didn't greet table for over 5 min after we sat down. During those 5 min nothing was brought to table or was the table checked on - like did we want a cocktail or anything else before our server could get to us. Also where our table was located there was no ambient music like in the main dining area and bar. So walked through an energetic and exciting area upon entering the restaurant and into a quiet more subdued area that felt like back of house even though it was far from it (by the front windows). Overall good experience and would recommend but clearly the restaurant has the talent and capabilities to exceed expectations for any guest coming in. Thank you!

M
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The highlight was the fresh pasta which was very well made. Overall though it was if the chef was torn between authentic Italian methods, continental cuisine of our parents, and Italian-American recipe.

CJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for a place with ambiance, good food and service, Sfoglina is the place to go. My wife and I patronized this restaurant to celebrate our 25th anniversary! The service and food was great! From the host to the servers were very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and gave great recommendations. Oh and by the way, the lemon cake was scrumptious. I would recommend this place for any occasion.

AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I love the ambiance. It’s not our first time eating in that restaurant. However we invited our friends that were visiting us from Boston. Waiter keep forgetting bring us wine, forgot to bring us coffee with dessert and 2 items that we wanted to order for dessert they didn’t have it . Excuse he had was rain and machine that is making gelato doesn’t work due to rain. Who knew that!!!

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience in every respect! I was raised on Italian cuisine, have high standards when eating out, and am often disappointed. Happily this was not the case here. My pasta dish was perfectly prepared, and had the homemade flavors I was looking for. The deserts we shared were also excellent. I will definitely be back for more.

SS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beet salad was excellent and the pasta was phenomenal!

h
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my son to Sfoglina for his birthday. We had the meatball special appetizer and then shared the three pastas. The food and service were excellent. Each pasta dish was unique and tasty. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Also had an excellent Manhattan. Will surely return.

NG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Menu online was slightly different than in person- which made all the difference considering our dietary restrictions with meat. Even what we did get was not tasty at all! Sadly, we will never come back.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious food..homey but elegant!

t
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Was surprised at the negative reviews for Sfoglina Downtown since we had such fantastic times whenever we dined at their Van Ness location. Complaints about the service are accurate, however. Starting with the valet who couldn't be bothered to pull himself away from texting. Had to actually get out of the car and go fetch him.
The lack of attention continued inside. We were ready to leave when no one had offered us water or taken a drink order after almost fifteen minutes at the table. This was a trend that persisted all evening on what seemed to be a moderately busy Sunday evening. We had to remind people about the drinks, the wine, and the olive oil. The food, especially the pasta, was sublime as always.
Look forward to the Rosslyn location opening since I doubt that we will return to the Downtown location.

PM
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Love it.

C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint was that I requested "Birthday celebration" for both of us....me 79 my partner 82 & we had to order dessert and we sang to ourselves.......

RZ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed in the service and food. Not to mention the short pours at the bar. Food was served before any plates were on the table. The first wine selected was not available. Descriptions of food was not accurate. I have never had carbonara served with a cooked egg on top. food was luke warm at best. I will go back to the van ness restaurant will not return to the downtown venue. We sat at the bar at 5 and heard the dishwasher run at least twice before we went to our table. My husband had
something in his scotch and they said sorry let me
get you another one with even less of a pour. Sorry but I was very disappointed with this restaurant.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience!

J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice atmosphere at dinner time. Great classy Italian food in a trendy location. I love the decor and definitely try the chocolate cake for dessert! I recommend!

A
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is always excellent. Family style traditional Italian dining. Service was a little slower than normal, however the food and overall experience is excellent!

N
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Nothing special. Went for my birthday which they didn’t acknowledge. Arctic char was very good but small portion. Pappardelle with ragu sauce is saturated. Farro salad was too soppy wet.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dinners we've had out in DC for quite some time and hands-down the best pasta we've had since we were in Italy. The ambience is charming and romantic without being pretentious. The food balances savory and bright with traditional flavor pairings that still bring a dynamic sensory experience to every bite. And yes, you can feel the love that went into that pasta while you eat it. Service and management were top notch. They have new favorite customers!

DD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a very convenient Italian restaurant with a varied and creative menu. There should be something for everyone - the quality is good and the service is also very good. For those located downtown, this should be a staple go-to place.

SJ
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very salty pasta.. and frozen seafood. Doesn't taste that good and over priced.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my close friend there for dinner and had a delightful time! The service was wonderful and our waiter was so kind and attentive. Food was phenomenal and I'll definitely be going back!♥️

S
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was amazing except the table was a little small and packed very close to neighbors. The food and service more than made up for it though.

b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent but potions were small for the price. One in my party ordered ravioli dish for his entre and there were only 6 small pieces in his serving despite its $28 pricetag.

GD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dream about this place. Food is amazing. Love this place!

NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, all the time!
Great food, all the time!

TP
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! Great food and great service, I'll definitely be back!! :)

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was good but we felt extremely rushed to get through our courses.

The food was good but not as flavorful as I had expected.

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