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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Miami
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
65 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

CB
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
12 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
51 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
66 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
19 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
123 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.

z
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Loved the food and the ambiance. A tad noisy but not so much so that we could not have a conversation. The service however was not good. I was seated immediately and had to wait a few minutes for the rest of the party. The waiter stopped by an took my drink order but did not light the candle on the table or pour water. When the rest of the party arrived the waiter was no where to be seen and my friends waited for about 10 minutes without water or a drink which again was not horrible but just not at the same level of the food. The hostesses were lovely and I would return as the food was some of the best I have had in DC at that price point.

I
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We had high expectations based upon a favorable review by the Post's food critic but alas, it was not to be. The restaurant is attractive and compact. The noise level is very loud. But ultimately the food and the service drive the review. As for the food, we followed Sietzema's recommendations and order a pizza and linguini and clams. The pizza was fine but undistinguishable. As for the pasta, we were served a half portion rather than the ordered full portion which was addressed promptly by the waiter who apologized, commenting that the chef was not working that evening and things were not running smoothly in the kitchen. Hmm. When the full portion was eventually served, we encounter overcooked pasta swimming in sauce with a few tiny clams (without shells). A total disappointment. The highlight of the dinner though were the deserts - an olive cake and gelato. As for the service, very attentive but somewhat amateurish. Bottom-line: if we are going to listen to music at the Hamilton we would eat at the restaurant; otherwise, we will choose other destinations for our dining pleasure.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ordered a seasonal salad, the whole branzino (shared), cacio e pepe, and brocclini, cake and gelato. Initially, service was very good; the waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. However, only one dessert arrived. We waited to enjoy the gelato anticipating the other would arrive. Also, we would like to have had one more glass of wine, but the server never checked back after dessert was ordered. We salvaged the melting dessert and flagged someone dow for the check. The food was so well prepared and delicious, we’ll go back, but next time seek out a manager at the first hint of service issues.

M
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional on all levels. Ask for Enzo; you’ll love the guy!!!!!

JT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I will try this restaurant again--the food is very good, and probably excellent. The noise level in the bar area was excruciating, and the restaurant proper, somewhat less so, but still enough to materially affect the meal. The night I was there, there seemed to be an unusually large number of large parties, which somewhat overwhelmed the dining room management, contributed to the noise level and delayed our seating for a noticeable time. We were given free glasses of Prosecco which was nice, but neither one of us likes Prosecco and the glasses were already on the table, so they ended up wasting it. The waiter was very good.

AB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit and it was just as good as the first time. I love the new updated space and my pasta dish which was recommended by my server was just as she said - a hit! Looking forward to a third visit next month!

7
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food and a vibrant scene at this new 14th street restaurant. I loved my gnocchi with crab and scallops and would likely order it again - nice portion and loaded with crab. The pappardelle was very good as well and we shared the burrata to begin our meal. I really love the decor but with no soft surfaces, it's extremely loud. Seems like sitting in the back towards the pizza oven may help. Service was good. Highly recommend if you don't mind the high decibel level.

TD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Noise levels are, as almost everywhere these days, excessive, but my guest and I were at least able to hear one another amidst the din. The food was quite wonderful, and the service was friendly and attentive without being the least intrusive. Altogether a very pleasant experience.

WB
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal and dining experience I had during my week in DC! Everyone working there was smiling, energetic, friendly and made the night fun. The food was incredible, every single bite. We started with the Parma Pizze, then each had an entree (I had the chicken, my husband had the pappardelle, followed by a shared slice of olive oil cake. The food was plated beautifully. It was clear that a lot of thought has gone into Via Sophia. Special nod to the lovely, endearing woman who served us coffee. Her genuinely perky attitude left us grinning over our coffees. Such a treat.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Service ok. Tables are too big . Very loud !!!! Food was good

BB
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Via Sophia is delightful! We shared the spring harvest salad with a wonderful dressing and both ordered pasta. Quality of the food was outstanding plus the staff is warm and friendly. Will definitely return on a regular basis.

PK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, innovative takes on Italian classics (burrata, pasta). Great chicken dish that Tom Sietsema also raved about. Excellent wine list and innovative cocktails - I had their version of an Old Fashioned made with Pear Williams, outstanding. Our waiter, also terrific...friendly and knowledgeable...even though he was swamped. Probably the most value for money in downtown, certainly compared to the Fabio Trabocchi empire (Sfoglina, etc...all great, but he squeezes every last dollar out of his customers). Centrolina is better...but much harder to find a table.

p
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the remodeled space and the food was delish! The noise level, however...a different story. We could barely hear each other talking. The beautiful room has a lot of hard surfaces which contributes to the irritating acoustics. Via Sophia would do well to introduce some nose absorbing materials to mitigate this problem.

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