Via Sophia

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Channeling the best of Italy, Via Sophia reimagines the osteria experience for downtown D.C. Our wide menu selection of approachable Italian cuisine is complemented by an Italian-imported wood-burning oven, serving Neapolitan pizza prepared by a master pizzaiolo. Classic dishes are paired with specialty cocktails, craft beers, and a discerning but approachable wine list. Dine in a lively, sophisticated setting with a high-end urban design, and feel like you’re part of a memorable, authentically European experience.
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Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We stayed at the Hamilton. Ate at the restaurant 2 times. Once just to have tea and cheese plate outside in late evening (nobody in group drinks alcohol) and twice for breakfast. I wish I remembered our waiter for Sunday breakfast. Excellent and very nice. One today was a short guy who was kind of abrupt but still ok. Prices not too bad for hotel restaurant. Not a big selection but what I’ve learned from going out is that restaurants with smaller, simpler menus usually are better. Food came nice and hot.

Watch because they put the gratuity in the check. We only had 3 people. I think I didn’t notice that the first 2 times so those guys got real nice tips.

TG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. The staff were warm and attentive. They have done a great remodeling from the previous owners. I really hope they have the well deserved success. I am absolutely adding Via Sophia to my go to dinning establishments.

CB
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always. The flavors sublime. GREAT Italian cuisine and service!

HH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This review is for brunch, not dinner. I have not tried their Italian cuisine, which may be much better. The brunch, however, was not good. A friend and I were looking for a pretty outdoor brunch, where we could catch up with each other. Via Sophia allows you to select outdoor reservations which it great! The patio faces a tree-filled park so it was very pretty. And the servers allowed us to sit and catch up as long as we wanted to (they were plenty of empty tables, so we weren't holding up other diners). So, reservation, location/setting, and service was all great. The food, however, was very disappointing. I ordered an omelet and had to ask for potatoes on the side (I guess it normally comes without any sides, which is fine but there was confusion when I asked if it comes with potatoes or anything). My friend got a chicken sandwich of some sort. She was not happy with her sandwich, said it was very plain, unflavorful. My omelet looked like a small frozen meal that they heated and put on a nice plate. I wish I had taken a photo, but we both said, 'huh... that looks weird'. It did not look fresh at all. As I cut into it and took a bit, I'm still not convinced it wasn't a frozen meal. The flavors were terrible. I don't know how else to describe it. If they had blindly thrown a couple of eggs in a pan, added some veggies and cheese, and dumped it on a plate, it would have been great and MUCH better than what I got. I'm not sure how you ruin eggs but... they did. The side of potatoes were good, so there's something.

Again, reviewing brunch not dinner. Great place for setting and service (and wine) but do not eat the brunch.

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

Great food & helpful staff! Disappointed that they don’t have gluten-free pizza.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a very novice server who tried hard, but broke wine glass, fumbled order etc. Mgmt was excellent though and comped is desserts.

L
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Staff was great dealing with food sensitivity issue. I would bump up a star but a drink was forgotten. Very nice & professional. Food was a bit different but in a good way.

GA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Got a pizza which was very tasty but service seemed very rushed.

PK
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cuisine! Chef Colin Clark really has outdone himself. Not only is the food great, the drink selection is top notch and the indoor/outdoor table service and bar area have a very hip atmosphere. I can wait to go back and try the brunch menu.

LS
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our sever was so horribly trained that our overall experience was nothing short of frustrating and irritating.

CW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bread was excellent, which is always an encouraging sign. We asked about half orders of pasta since we were going to split the bistecca fiorentina for two, and the server said they didn't do half orders, but the portions were small, and she would ask. I believe she said they ended up serving us the full portion (which was small for a full portion, but perfect for us), and they only charged us for one of the two pastas, which was nice (price listed seemed high if these were full orders). I thought the tortellini with fresh corn (which were not closed up like typical tortellini but presented as little cups overflowing with goodness) tasted like the perfect end of summer. The bucatini cacio e pepe was also very good. The steak was perfect -- the garlic cream it was served with was a particular hit. I liked the wine list -- good options without being too pricey. And the chocolate budino was the best dessert I've had in a while: the chocolate was not too sweet, and there was rosemary incorporated in the dish, which I have not had with chocolate before, but which really worked. Delicious.

m
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Via Sophia is a lovely, modern restaurant with both inside and outside seating. Service is outstanding. Appetizers (starters) are fantastic. If a guest in on a low carbohydrate diet, the menu offers little.
Pastas and pizzas are good. No veal, no beef, no shell fish, satisfactory fin fish. Excellent view of K street for people watching.

CH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great staff! Very accommodating and good service! Definitely would recommend

m
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This first experience at the recommendation of my DC based son was terrific! The food the personalized service and the amazing wine and food recommendations from the General Manager made the evening incredibly special! The evening was enhanced by the General Manager’s concern ( which extended beyond our table). He inspired his staff who responded magnificently.

MP
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great salads especially the stone fruit one. Pizza a bit overpriced and salty. Service friendly.

CB
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, the food was sublime. The highest level of Italian cooking I have experienced on the East Coast.

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

Pizza and pasta are delicious. Great atmosphere. Can be casual or for a special occasion.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Via Sophia is a welcome new presence in the neighborhood. The food is delicious: hearty yet elegant, with very subtle use of herbs and other accents. Service is highly attentive. And the ambience is bright and inviting. Have made three visits so far, and all have been terrific.

SB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, and the ambiance was attractive. Although we were seated a considerable distance away, there were two large tables of guests who were screaming at each other. They were having fun, but they really negatively affected everyone else's dining experience. The restaurant can't do anything about guests like these except not to use the noise enhancing interiors so popular with restaurants these days.

The antipasti, primi, and mains were excellent. The desserts were terrible. They were seriously overpriced: $12 each, which is twice to a third more than other restaurants of this caliber. The options were unimaginative. We ordered gelato and sorbet. I just spent 12 weeks in Italy, and this was no gelato. It was American commercial ice cream with icy bits. Italy gelato and sorbets have intense flavors. We couldn't tell if the "pistachio" was vanilla or pistachio. The sorbets were bland. We gather that they buy their gelatos and sorbets outside. Unless they can get good vendors (and at these prices, they should be able to get the very best), they should eliminate these items from their menu. They need to focus on imaginative and tasty desserts instead of routine and bland options.

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good pizza and bread! Salads were small and kind of "meh." Service could be better.

IS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have known that Via Sophia's culinary experience is superior, but I was blown away after experiencing it for myself. The brunch menu was exquisite -- filled with flavors I have never tasted. The food, most notably, was cooked to perfection, every bite was better than the last. Would DEFINITELY recommend every foody in D.C. to experience Via Sophia at least twice. BRAVO

TN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food; a little loud for a work lunch; would return

d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went solo one afternoon for an early dinner. Liked it so much that I returned 3 evenings later for Date night with my husband. Every thing is excellent- from cocktails and appetizers to entrees. The ricotta, duck & grilled peach antipasti is TO DIE FOR!

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Pizza in town by far.

CD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

the food and wait staff was very good, the drinks are extremely expensive my husband paid 14 for small Jack Daniels don't know if we would go back

NB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my birthday with two other couples. The ambiance is great, the food excellent and the service was spot on. Our waiter, Enzo, didn’t miss a beat! Personable, knowledgeable, and his presentation skills. Ask for him to wait on you if possible.

E
Pittsburgh
52 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Large open dining room and somewhat noisy but the food was great. Bruschetta with ricotta, grilled peach and honey, linguini with clams - (best I have had with a hint of lemon and a rich sauce), monkfish with a rich "osso buco" sauce with olives, potato and roasted tomato, and grilled salmon. Great osteria style dining.

S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reservation was for a business lunch. The noise level due to hard surfaces made it difficult to hear.

i
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar was bumping and the dining room was buzzy. Tight seating. Waiter was lovely. The charred corn and the pastas were the stars. Tiramisu was a fine finish.

AG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! The meal was delicious and the service outstanding.

MP
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the beautiful and tasty salads. Service has been always friendly.

SG
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff is attentive and efficient. Food is good, ambiance is nice.

SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent renovation and emergence of this new Italian restaurant inside the Hamilton Hotel.

AM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great fun and great food but not a good location in DC!

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Food was excellent, but ambience was unsettling. Loud rock music not conducive to a relaxing meal. It was hard to black out a loud conversation at the next table. Outside was better than inside.

s
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was very good. It took a long time for the food, especially appetizers. The waiter was very nice and good at his job but the it took way too long. The lighting was too bright.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try it for yourself don’t let someone’s comment sway your experience

g
Washington DC
126 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Had high expectations after the stellar review but were disappointed. Was seated outside on beautiful terrace, much preferred to very noisy and freezing inside. After twice requesting a wine list and waiting 15 minutes, went and got it myself from hostess. Commented to manager who seemed to not really care but did later apologize and sent a complimentary dessert. Food was, at best, ok. My tuna carpaccio was bland but my wife's caponata was good. We both had the chicken as our mains and it was ok, with a mix of vegetables which did not add to the dish. The best part of the meal was the charred broccolini which was flavorful and a large portion, although at $10 was a bit more expensive than the norm. Overall, our conclusion was that we will not be back here as there are far better Italian choices.

AK
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was delicious!

s
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The quality of the food was solid, specially the summer salad, but our server was not trained well and was unprofessional. We ordered a bottle of rose and the one he offered us was 3/4 filled (bottling defect) and when we asked him for another bottle we was frustrated. The restaurant only had one bottle chilled so we ended up waiting for the other bottle to get chilled. Also, the server came to our table and took one of the deserts we had ordered and put it on another table, which was unprofessional. Then we asked him about it and he went and brought us another one. I really don’t know how to justify this behavior.

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