Tortino Mare

4.4
405 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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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
9 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
96 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
2 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
19 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
29 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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MarkM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

One of my favorite local Italian restaurants. Food was excellent as usual but service was really slow that night (Sat). Will be back again.

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appreciate the quiet to visit with friends. We were there starting at 5:00. Staff was great. We were not rushed. Food was delicious.

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SusanT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The staff was totally unorganized in serving and the kitchen unprepared. We received the appetizer and then no entrees were served to us. One server finally asked if we would like to order dessert, and I responded that we would like our meal first! When the food was eventually served, three entrees were lukewarm and veg overcooked. The fourth entree was hot. It appears the 3 were sitting aside waiting for the fourth. Our waitress brought the bill and said she was sorry but the restaurant was short staffed and kitchen had only 2 workers. Plenty of other restaurants to spend our money! We won’t be back.
It is a shame that the restaurant has declined as the first two times we ate at Tortino Mare, our meals were lovely.

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HenryD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food. I was thinking the service was a bit lacking. We had 6 people and didn’t have much sense of welcoming. The food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Steak was a little over done, wines were all $40+/bl but didn’t seem like a great value. Almost brought us another tables order and two waiters came by for our drink order.

Food was good overall

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vipBClarke
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing!

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KevinP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

No pizza in an Italian restaurant, seriously?

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vipSharonT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We went for pizza but oven is broken not until we sat down did the server mention the problem. Considering there were only 4 other parties the service was very disconnected.

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outstanding
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional as always!

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Stretch
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This family Italian restaurant is tucked away in a small strip mall. They have two dining rooms and a bar area. We sat in the main dining room area. It is a nice place for a special relaxing dinner. We ate on a Friday night and they were comfortably busy, but not so packed that the kitchen was overwhelmed or the service suffered. Each dish was fantastic. Presentation was great. Presentation on the dessert plates was top drawer. You must order a dessert to fully appreciate the effort and care.

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ChickenFarm
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This has become one of our local regulars. The food is great, they make a spectacular mojito and dessert is a must! My husband almost always gets the fish special and is never disappointed with his choice. I enjoy the calamari & the fettuccine Alfredo. Something different to try from the menu each visit. Dessert is presented as a art form, with delicious sauces decorating the plate of a tiramisu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stumbled on this place. What a hidden gem. Service and food was outstanding. I will be going back.

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ChelleMac
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants! Don't miss this hidden gem. The pasta is homemade ! Had the Alfredo this trip and will have it again!

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vipLcmazzit
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had heard a lot about this restaurant and finally decided to give it a try.
Overall it was very good - detailed feedback below:

Seating: I made a reservation a week ago and when we got there, the restaurant was pretty much empty.
We were shown a small table in the middle of the restaurant and when I asked for a booth (only one was occupied at the time), I was told no, that they were all reserved.
We were there for ~1.5 hours and one booth remained empty the entire time. Also, another couple came in shortly after us and was also shown a small table and when they asked for a booth instead, they were accommodated (by the same girl that sat us). Very annoying.

Ambiance: The inside is nice but could use some pictures on the wall in the main dining room to make it a bit nicer.
Also, it is rather bright. Dimming the lights and putting some candles on the tables would make a huge difference.

Service: Impeccable! Wait Staff was personable and attentive, best we’ve experienced pretty much anywhere!

Wine List: Would be nice if the by-the-glass list had a few more options for Chardonnay ie: Kendal Jackson or Sonoma Cutrer vs the Butterfield

Food:
Appetizer: We had the calamari and it was wonderful! Very tender with a light, crispy coating that included sliced jalapeños as well. Definitely recommend.
Main course: I had the lamb shank and my husband had the Frutti de Mare. Both were very good and the portions were large (we both took home leftovers). Lamb was fall-off-the-bone tender and very tasty and my husband really liked the seafood pasta (He was born in Italy so this is high praise). The sauce was light but thick and flavorful.
Dessert: We tend to judge any Italian restaurant by its Tiramisu and this exceeded expectations! It is homemade, the presentation was nicely done and it was a very light and flavorful desert. Expresso was strong and good.

Value: We thought the prices were a bit on the high-side so definitely not for everyday dining ($90 + tip)

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Tortino Mare is rated 4.4 stars by 405 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.