Sfoglina Van Ness

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sfoglina 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. Sfoglina is a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Sfoglina Van Ness! We will be offering both our Christmas Eve specials and our all day menu for Christmas Eve. 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 at Sfoglina Van Ness! We will be offering both our New Year's Eve specials and our all day menu for New Year's Eve. 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 454 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
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l
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our third visit. Very attractive interior with a nice energy snd ambience. The tables with cushions seats are way too low for the table. Friendly service. Ordered 2 pastas and a little over “cheesed” on one. Very interesting soft serve desert. I feel that they rush you a bit to get you through meal quickly.

BL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. A real dining experience at a good price. Knowledgeable servers and great food.

c
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu-very creative, excellent service and scrumptious food!

JA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was my mother's 95th birthday and the staff and manager treated us very well. The food was delicious and it was a fun experience for all of us.

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Excellent service and handling of special birthday surprise.

GG
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sfoglina never disappoints!

R
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were warmly greeted, taken to a nice table. Everything was totally lovely except two things:
Our server - young woman (who was followed by what appeared to be a trainee) came over to our table many times and interrupted our conversation to ask how things were. We were trying to have a special dinner and conversation and she had no sense of how annoying this was, breaking the mood each time. She didn't wait for a break - just barged in.
Second, we had just started sipping on our drinks when the appetizers came. Then the main dish. Felt like the plan was to get us out of there as fast as possible.
Food was lovely, ambiance lovely, and other staff were friendly and appropriate. Thanks and hope the next time these two factors are not in play.

l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

It was very disappointing. The food and wait staff were not like they used to be.

e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sfloglina has become the go to place for my husband and I when we want to take friends and enjoy dining. The beautiful decor, attentive servers and the quiet make it a lovely place to enjoy a fine meal. The appetizers are my favorite part of the menu, fresh ingredients with a modern twist. Highly recommend the restaurant.

t
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super tasty Italian (especially for the area)- cute vibe, extremely friendly staff, out of this world swordfish!

CG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood so Sfoglina is our go to nice restaurant those few times a year when we want something special. It never disappoints. There is a reason it is so busy! Everything I have had there has been delicious, the service is excellent and the ambiance lovely. I have been there for birthdays, for anniversaries, and just because we want a nice evening out. Highly recommended.

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Adorable restaurant!!

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TJ
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner, the service was exceptional, the food wonderful. We plan to visit over and over again.

RG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

We have been 4 other times and everything was always great; service was terrible this time.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

As with most DC restaurants, this one tries too hard and complicates dishes that should be simple—they should take a page from neighborhood Italian Restaurants in NY: classic dishes, well-prepared with top notch ingredients...and with real Italian waiters who know the food and the wine

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Very good vibe and great food. The staff was very patient with us as it was a first date and we stayed beyond closing without realizing it.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The mosquitoes were awful! And our waiter seemed to forget about us.

L
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall satisfied and we had a nice evening out, but there is room for improvement. Food was superb - excellent handmade pasta. The only weak dish was grilled figs - only one fig cut in thirds! And didn't taste grilled - and a $16 price tag - the dish needs improvement. Grilled calamari on the other hand was presented beautifully and tasted wonderful. Service was the real weak point - friendly enough but just not very polished. Waitress needed to repeat everything and still didn't seem clear about what we had ordered. My appetizer was delivered and partner sat ten minutes before his arrived. Mine was the fig, so we shared that little taste, but for the prices we were paying, the waitress should have checked on the table and ensured appetizers arrived together. Great table on the enclosed patio and very friendly greeting when we arrived. We'll try again, but service is a deal breaker for us - for these kind of prices it needs to be excellent.

T
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were in town visiting and our guest was in the mood for Italian. Sfoglina seemed to be a good choice for a carb fix. The restaurant was quaint and decorated tastefully. Italian bread with oil for dipping was good. We ordered grilled calamari and burrata mozzarella as appetizer. Both dishes were good but small i.e. four pieces of calamari. Pasta dishes tortellini pork bbq, squid ink linguine with lobster and also a veal dish. The dishes were good but portions are really small for the price charged. Don’t come thinking you can share your dish, it’s not that kind of Italian pasta house, more like a tasting menu. While we enjoyed our meal, we probably won’t return. Service was really good, very attentive.

RC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ll definitely be back when we’re visiting DC again!

F
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing every time!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I have always enjoyed this restaurant. But, this time was different. Well the waitress was pleasant, the service was not up to expectations. Although other tables were offered bread, I was not. My appetizer and my main course came together The one separate plates. I was never asked about my meal. And my check was brought without asking if I would like coffee or anything to drink. The food was very good for the most part, although for the first time the calamari was unusually tough and rubbery. I won’t give up And this restaurant because I’ve had many very good meals here. But if this had been my only experience, I would not go back.

D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

My complaint was aggressive staff that tried every 5 minutes to take our plates when I had made clear we were not finished and were taking our time. Restaurant not full so no reason to push us constantly. VERY annoying.

E
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively, cozy but elegant neighborhood gem with excellent pasta dishes.

D
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent hand made pasta. Service was great. We added people to our reservation and they accommodated is even though they were busy.

M
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Were there for our anniversary - staff went out of their way to get us to a quiet table, and it was a delicious dinner. Love this restaurant!

AW
Denver
64 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would recommend to friends, tasty and good sized (not minute or overpowering). Great service and eclectic clientele.

JB
Cincinnati
65 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Four people for dinner and everyone enjoyed their appetizers, entrees and desert. Food was excellent!!! Waitress was not very engaging with the table which was the only negative. She was there when you needed her but not much else. Overall a nice evening

EG
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place! Freshly made pasta dishes with a good selection of non-pasta options and vegetarian variations. Delicious veggie drinks and amazing tiramisu. Definitely worth the visit. We were there for lunch on a weekday with friends I have not seen in many years. It was definitely a special place for the occasion.

KH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It couldn’t have been better!! It was our anniversary and we were treated like royalty.
We’ll definitely return.

c
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at this restaurant is the closest thing to traveling to Italy. I appreciated the refined yet relaxed atmosphere and the service was top notch. The hand made pasta was incredible and the prosciutto just melted in our mouth. Make sure you leave a little room to try the chocolate hazelnut cake.

DI
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always know I will get great food and service here

SM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Server appeared to rush us the entire dinner. Kept wanting to remove our menus, plates etc. When we asked to not be seated in an aisle way and to a different table for two (it was 540pm) it seemed like it was an inconvenience that we even asked. Just not the service we expected at your restaurant. disappointing experience

KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Disorganized service. We ordered wine when we sat down. When the server delivered our appetizers, we had to remind them to bring our wine. The server delivered hot pasta dishes to the couple next to us, but the women had no fork - they had to ask twice and wait 5 minutes for a fork. We had to ask for more water twice. The wine pour seemed like 4 ounces, not the usual 5-6 oz. The prices look reasonable at first, but then you realize your $28 main dishes include no sides, which are +$8. The food was wonderful.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Sfoglina. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal and they treated the birthday girl (my mom!) very graciously. Delicious hand made pasta and plenty of options for vegetarians. Great service. Beautiful plates and cups.

T
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A birthday lunch for a friend with friends. Lovely time with great service and a birthday dolce for the honoree. It was a quiet time, so we lingered and enjoyed ourselves. Lovely service with good food.

BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Consistently very-good-to-excellent at this location. Chef Trabocchi and Maria have achieved something relatively rare in the restaurant business. They have been able to hire, develop and retain the people critical to ensure his food is consistently cooked his way, and served to his standards, across a growing number of higher-end eateries. This original location of Sfoglina is lovely and the best restaurant in its area. Dishes are creative without emphasizing innovation over flavor. They are almost always delicious and prompt hyperbolic reactions from friends and colleagues I take there. The same is true for the other Fiolas, Fiola Mare and Del Mar. They are all higher-end restaurants so not really what anyone would call a "great value" but they aren't trying to be that. These are restaurants that are worth the money because they uses such great ingredients and take such care in using them to created wonderful dishes. Anyway, an excellent dinner and dining experience, per the norm.

AG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

T hi e food was incredible and the service was exceptional! Can’t wait to come back!

AC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

such a GREAT experience! I'm a fan of Fiola, Fiola Mare. Decided to go to this restaurant to meet a friend who lives in Van Ness. We sat at the bar, service was perfect - the pasta was out of this world and branzino tasted as if they'd just caught it. Perhaps best of all, someone who seemed to be the chef saw me eyeing the desserts and gave my friend and I a sample of their gelato which was the dreamiest most perfect dessert I've had in AGES. Perfect from start to finish!

TT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not think of a single fault during our dinner. The food was delicious, the staff was very friendly, professional, and courteous. And the atmosphere was intimate and fun at the same time. Will certainly be coming back.