Tortino Mare

4.6
421 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian


Why travel all the way into DC? Stay local. You will enjoy DC quality cuisine, flavors, and experience that Tortino Mare brings to you right here in your own neighborhood.
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KevinV
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I reviewed this place back in November, and have to reiterate my fears for the future of this very nice restaurant. We were there on Saturday evening, July 10 (during prime dinner hour) and including my wife and me there were a total of 9 people in the restaurant. The food was good, although the menu has fewer choices, and the servers were pleasant and attentive. It’s just very strange eating in what was essentially an empty restaurant on a Saturday night.

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vipMICHELELOST
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

One person got fish that had lots of bones in it and she complained to manager, and manager could care less and said that's how the dish is made. Not great customer service. The whole fish should of been taken off the bill and she she have gotten a better meal. The customer shouldn't have to worry about choking on a small bone when eatting. Was able to occupy a large group, which was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Homemade pasta is fabulous! Great food and service. We had a fantastic dinner and wine!

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ipoc
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the first time eating inside a restaurant since the start of the pandemic. Their menu seems to be a bit smaller than pre-pandemic, but it still covers all the bases. We started with the Grilled Portobello Mushroom and the Caesar Salad. Both were excellent. The Caesar has a large heart of romaine, which is slightly grilled. The smoky flavor really adds to the experience. Our main courses were the New York Steak with red wine sauce and Veal Marsala. Both were also excellent and were served with fresh vegetables. For dessert, we had Panna Cota and Semifreddo. Again, excellent. It's possible our experience was enhanced by the joy of eating in a really good restaurant again, but I don't think so. This was on a Tuesday evening, and it was not crowded, so it was pretty quiet. However, it had a continuous flow of customers, both dine in and picking up meals. Still a great place.

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vipWalterW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dine in restaurant visit since the Covid 19 shutdown and it had to be Tortino Mare! Service and the food were as excellent as it always was. We missed you and I am personally elated you survived the shutdown.

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Prills
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing food ! The beef carpaccio with burrata was fantastic! The service was incredible and very sweet! They gave us an additional appetizer on the house for our anniversary! Can’t wait to go back.

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vipLibrarian
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! We enjoyed everything from appetizers to dessert. The after dinner Lemoncello drink was very tasty. Our waitress was exceptional and the chef is fabulous. We cannot wait to go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully presented and delicious food and perfect service! I was worried because we had my two small children in the party, but the restarant and staff were so accommodating. Our server was wonderful and so kind to my kids. Love this place. Food was deliscious. Try the salmon!!

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RurikoSan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem!!!
Food is exquisite, classic ambiance excellent service!

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RaminF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

So so. The entire experience was so so. Tiramisu was great.

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vipMary
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Pre-COVID, we dined regularly at Tortino Mare. Our last few visits in late 2019 and early 2020 were rather disappointing. The food was still great but the service had become mediocre. One time we had no less than 5 servers. We dined at Tortino Mare for the first time in over a year on Friday the 5th. The food was delicious and our server was delightful. She was attentive but not intrusive. We also felt very safe as everyone was wearing masks and the tables were more than 6' apart. The only complaint is that it was really chilly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good was extraordinary as usual! Extensive wine list, knowledgeable staff!

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DanielK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was ok but the service was not prompt or professional

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TylerC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Over all the food was good....the service was Ext really slow and inattentive, the cost for value was way off. I will likely not return.

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lisak
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience last night celebrating my 84-year-old mother's birthday. The food was great and the staff was warm, pleasant, and accomodating. We were given a private room which helped us feel safe dining out with her with covid. They brought birthday balloons and a birthday dessert without us asking. This was a very nice touch. We very much enjoyed our meals and I would definitely recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience3

We booked for NYE after reading the online reviews which sounded promising. While the service and presentation was good, the food lacked flavor, texture, and quality. Having been to Italy and growing up in and around Italian households, this place missed the mark and we were extremely disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday and Christmas and all expectations were met we have been there on other occasions and are never disappointed.

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johnB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great meal and exceptional service. One of favorite places for special dinners.

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MariaC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed this, an alternative to getting together with family this Christmas.

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KevinV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like this place very much. We’ve been here a number of times,and have always been happy with the experience. With the pandemic, though, we haven’t gone out much and I’m afraid we aren’t the only ones. We were there on Wednesday evening, and from 6:00 through about 7:30 we were the ONLY diners in the place. It would be a shame to lose such a nice local restaurant, but I fear for its future if people don’t start getting out and patronizing them.

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vipKeithL
Central Coast
102 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and well prepared, and the service was excellent.

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ChelleMac
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. We both got the day’s specials and were so pleased. High end dining outside of DC Metro.

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LouiseW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The calamari was the best I have ever had! So was the taramisu! I had the tagliatelle. Delicious! My husband Had the lamb ravioli and our friend veal Marsala. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. I highly recommend this restaurant. The pizzas looked delicious!

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RoyD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The Linguini Frutti di Mare was not as good as we had heard. The shrimp were over cooked and old tasting. There were no clams and the spicy sauce was absent. The Veal Marsala was very tender with a flavorful wine sauce. The Grilled Portobello Mushrooms were tasty but over cooked - the char being slightly too dense. The Calamari Fritti was tasty, the fried jalapeño a nice touch, the spicy sauce a not at all spicy tomato paste. The Semifreddo was amazing - this is a must have. The Mixed Gelato was two steps away from dessert heaven. If you like sweet and sour, this is a great go-to. The room was clean and quiet, the service five stars. The Pinot Grigio Quadri was pleasant and crisp and a good choice for the seafood plate.

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JohnF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is a hidden gem! Food was awesome! Even the Cosmo was awesome!

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vipFrankL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manassas doesn’t deserve this culinary establishment! Outstanding Italian restaurant. From the appetizers, pizza to the outstanding Veal Marsala entree, excellent!

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BobS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Chef has a new restaurant and this one has fallen way off. Servers don’t know the menu, food was borderline terrible. Should have known things were bad when only one other party was dining. What a shame. Used to love this place. Never again.

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TonyK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great! I wish we would have found it sooner.

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JordanS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was phenomenal. We dined here on a Tuesday evening and had the restaurant to ourselves. We had a lovely table near the window and our server was very prompt and kind. All of the food (beef carpaccio, lamb shank entree, gelato trio) was excellent, and our service was perfect: present and helpful without being overbearing. At the end of our meal, our server even took the time to beautifully decorate a "happy birthday" plate for our dessert. We could not have had a better time. Thank you so much!

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FrankD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The meatball appetizer was very good. The grilled Cesar Salad was also very good. Are entrees were good but not great. Overall a very nice restaurant and experience we would eat there again.

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JasonC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tortino Mare is a GEM hidden in the neighborhoods of Manassas City. It's the perfect date place - the music, the ambiance, the service, and especially the food are all top-artist-perfection-notch.
The lamb ravioli is not to be missed.
This is a MUST-VISIT for couples, families, or any group wanting to have a memorable dining experience.

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Trusty
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the experience were great. The restaurant clearly observed social distancing, but also made us feel comfortable and well taken care of. For a moment, it felt like old times. The portions were generous and the flavor of the pork chops and the lamb were both perfect. We will come back to this restaurant again!

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JenN
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tortino Mare provides expertly prepared Italian cuisine. The servers are very attentive and the outdoor patio is a wonderful place to dine. Highly recommend!

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vipVAdiner
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I wanted to try something new for a birthday, but it was disappointing. We were excited to be outdoors on a night of beautiful weather. As this was our first visit to the restaurant, we were not sure what to expect. The outdoor space was very nice, and we were seated near a fountain. They did a nice job of spacing the tables.

So, the atmosphere was pleasant, but the food was not at all good. The bread was dry, crumbly and had no flavor. The fried calamari did not taste fresh and were very rubbery. The pepperoni pizza had no flavor. The pasta dishes were ok but just ok...nothing at all special!

I'm curious as to how this restaurant has such great reviews. I found the food to be quite the opposite!

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vipBrassie
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food - I had salmon with a sauce I would describe as elegant. The service was excellent.

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vipKeith
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was tasty, but the service was not very professional. Our waitress was friendly and eager to help, but she forgot to bring half of our initial drink order and then brought a glass of one wine when I had ordered a bottle of something else.

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DanP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are there at least once per week. The food is great and the wait staff is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

High quality food in a relaxed atmosphere, staff are well trained and want to ensure a pleasurable experience. Don't let the strip mall location put you off, it's worth the visit.

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KenA
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed- a genuine taste of Italy - loved the Branzini

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Tortino Mare is rated 4.6 stars by 421 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.