Tortino Mare

4.6
284 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Tortino Mare's Executive Chef is Noé Canales. Chef Noé has built an admirable reputation as a highly skilled chef. He has extensive experience and a successful track record highlighted by establishing Tortino, a well received and critically acclaimed Italian restaurant in DC. His influences are that of his heritage and his time spent in Italy where he learned Italian flavors and techniques. He is highly inspired by Italian cuisine and infuses this style into the dishes you will find at Tortino Mare. Why travel all the way into DC? Stay local. You will enjoy DC quality cuisine, flavors, and experience that Chef Noé brings to you right here in your own neighborhood.
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AB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. I highly recommend it!

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RS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Almost immediately upon being seated we were greeted by staff and even the chef who came out intentionally to do so. The staff was most accommodating, knowledgeable, and helpful. Our lead waiter went out of his way to provide great service and information about the menu; even with an adjustment with a mixup with one desert. The food was great - branzino, not farm-raised, moist, buttery taste even though de-boned as requested. So also was the rigotoni meatballs. On prior visits we have enjoyed duck breast’s, maiale and New York steak.

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

Great service & delicious food. Nice not to have to go all the way to DC to get this level restaurant, food and service

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tortino Mare is a restaurant treasure offering a varied menu, a cozy ambiance and friendly service. If you appreciate fine dining you will be pleased.

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j
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, excellent service. Very varied choices on the menu; we had veal shank and lamb ravioli, and both were terrific. Very attentive service.

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MK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tortino Mare is a true hidden gem. What a wonderful experience! The wait staff is so polished and attentive without being pushy. The calamari is the best I have ever had. The desserts are works of art! Bravo!

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DN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As usual, the food was superb and the wait staff quite welcoming and friendly. Upon request, the waitress still did not speak loudly enough in the very noisy restaurant when offering the specials. Very accommodating and much better when we requested a different person to provide the info. Wine was not delivered by the time our appetizers were served, but was immediately served upon request. Unfortunately, they mixed-up my pinot origin with my friend's chardonnay. All in all, another great dinner, but I do expect to be able to hear the specials clearly and have the correct wines delivered to the right diner. Easily fixed and hope they do so. Still highly recomnend.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive, knowledgeable staff. Lovely first visit and looking forward to going back...a hidden gem!

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EG
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tortino Mare is an non pretentious local gem. Consistently providing fine dining in a quiet relaxed environment.

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WW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. This restaurant and their staff are top notch. Fresh seafood and hot bread.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

4th time eating here. Flawless food!!!

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g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable, relaxed dining experience! Ambiance plus delicious food and excellent service!

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SS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This gem is hidden away in a tiny shopping center, just down from a laundromat. But don't let that dissuade you. It has an attractive and spacious bar, a couple of dining areas, including one with a view of the colorfully tiled wood (I presume) fired oven, and a menu ranging from pizza to fine fresh seafood.

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AL
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad to have finally visited after hearing so many positive reports. Service was excellent, servers obviously well trained.
Food was exceptional, wood grilled sardines with lemon and olive oil over fresh baby Arugula, mushroom Bisque with burrata, flash fried calamari with jalapeño...
Fruit de mare over house pasta was good,
Tiramisu excellent. Only complaint: servers don’t know how to make cappuccino, got a luke warm latte with no foam. If that’s the only problem.....
Ambiance lovely...already made reservations to return with friends!

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

Best Italian food venue I have experienced in this area.

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good!!! It’s a place not to miss. Chef Franklin did an awesome job

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OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The mark of a good restaurant is how they fix the things that inevitably go bad at every restaurant. We had a salmon that was slightly overcooked. The chef came to talk to us about how we like our salmon. Very nice. He fixed a problem. Also had a Linguini Frutti di Mare. It was delicious. Salad and tiramisu were fine.

All the dishes looked beautiful which helps the dining experience. They use a team service approach which resulted in excellent service.

Three less minutes in the oven for the salmon and it would have been a five-star review.

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ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

awesome place
highly recommended
we love this restaurant

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Birthday - great food, service is extremely slow

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f
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are so glad we found this place. The food is excellent. I knew right away it was Northern Italy style because we lived in Italy and its quite different than Southern Italy. Both delicious in their own right but it was obvious the chef was trained. Each dish was so creative and a pleasure to look at and a pleasure to eat. Now at the top of our favorites. We will be back again and again. If we could offer one loving suggestion. The overhead lighting is too harsh and needs to be put on dimmers with a little bit brighter candle on the tables. You know its pretty good if I have to pick that nit. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service and excellent food. Would highly recommend

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was superb and the waiters were very nice. We will definitely come back and also recommend it to our friends!

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DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to place for any occasion or just to go out, eat great food and enjoy ourselves. I always feel I have been served well when I leave. This is a great place in Manassas.

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RF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has become one of our favorite restaurants. Tortino Mare is a great value for of the delicious entrees they offer. The staff is very responsive and professional. Highly recommended!

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant closed due to a little snow on the ground and never called to inform us. We arrived there only to see a sign on the door.

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FL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a delicious meal at a reasonable price. Everyone enjoyed their food. The waiter was happy to help suggest a bottle of wine or help you decide what to order. The presentation of the food was great. The food was hot.

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k
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Wasn’t as good as our first visit, but still enjoyed our time there.

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ER
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. Phenomenal cuisine. Great small
restaurant feel. The noise level was a high but ok. Service was really good.

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FN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance of this place was warm and welcoming. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. Definitely coming back for more gatherings. Thank you.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time there, this time for Valentines and it was amazing!

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DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoy their food and the wonderful staff. They always make me feel more than welcome. Love the place.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Menu had variety of options. Service was very good as well. Great experience! We will be back.

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j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and pleasantly surprised how good the food was. would suggest adding another fresh pasta dish to the menu.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

GREAT food. Will certainly return.

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i
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great experience. Had the Tri-color salad and Burrata salads, followed by Veal Marsala and chicken for main course. All were excellent. Desert: Semifreddo and Chocolate Salami. Both highly recommended!

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KV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We hadn’t been here in a few months, and this visit was not up to the standard of our previous meals, which were outstanding.

We were there for an early Sunday dinner, and it seems like many of the regular staff were off (it was Super Bowl Sunday). Last time I was there we were offered a glass of Prosecco while we looked at the menu, that has apparently been discontinued. I had the grilled octopus app, which was very good. My fish special was ok, but was floating in a watery liquid that may have come from the side vegetables. Service was fine, but not as attentive as I remember. We’ll try this place again on a more “normal” day, but I was a little disappointed in the experience this time.

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R
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were both excellent. The only thing lacking was proper lighting. The high overhead lights were glaring. Wall sconces or dropped lights would greatly improve the ambiance. Even so, this is a hidden jewel and we will be back!

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b
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

New on menu was a duck and roasted pear salad. An unexpected delight. New servers did an outstanding job. Thanks to chef and kitchen staff for another enjoyable meal.

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LF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My daughter and I went for a Friday lunch at noon. At first, we were the only ones there and the restaurant was cold; we could hear them crank the heat up and it did get warmer. The service was good, although the waiter had to go back to ask the cooks the answer to a few questions we asked before ordering. Food was good and well presented, however, this place had no ambiance! The waiter said the restaurant was more popular in the evening and I think with more people there and by candlelight it would be much nicer. Pricey for lunch.

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Only complaint was no bread given to us before dinner. Otherwise service was great and food even better

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