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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

My friend and I ordered the prefixed lunch and wasn’t provided our desert he just gave us the check

AK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food from Chef Clark, unobtrusive service.
We will be back!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautifully decorated. The service was excellent. The drinks were very well prepared and the food was delicious. Overall, it was a memorable dining experience as NCAS a great evening with our friends.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!

BP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The menu approximates eating in Northern Italy and the food was tasty. That said, if I had eaten a meal I would have ordered in Italy, I would need a mortgage. Antipasta, 1st plate, 2nd plate without a drink would easily be $75. The cocktail (their version of a Manhattan) was quite good.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went here for a special occasion. It has good atmosphere. The bar area seemed nice. The food left a little to be desired. Oddly basic menu and the pizza seemed to be made of a wheat dough. Not really a fan.

BS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. Our server Isaac was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about the wines and we loved his recommendations. His recommendations for the appetizers and entrees as well as dessert was right on target. The food was delicious and I loved the linguini and clams. We celebrated my husband's birthday and he absolutely loved the restaurant and experience. I would highly recommend and will definitely be back. All in all it was a great experience. Isaac was fantastic!

s
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day with my wife was already special. I didn’t completely enjoy the tasting menu because we are both vegetarians and I hope there’s more for all in the future. It’s been a very good place to eat and I will be back I’m sure!

J
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Absolutely delicious food. Costs a pretty penny but it is worth it. Personally, I didn't really like the rap music playing.

JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing time at Via Sophia. The steak tartar was to die for! Made course was the gnocchi and that was the best gnocchi I’ve ever had. Gotta try the bruschetta as well! Overall 10/10!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went there for a birthday celebration. The staff are awesome, food and dessert was phenomenal. Thank you for making the night special!

s
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Via Sophia on Saturday night. Reservation for two at 9PM. The restaurant had a lively bar and several tables of diners. Drinks were strong and delivered quickly. We ordered two side salads (not on menu), the roasted brussel sprouts and the Parma Pizza. But before our order was completed we changed our mind to the Cacio e Pepe pasta dish. First - salads were superb and beautiful with tiny edible pansies on tops. The brussel sprouts were the best I have ever had, and I order them a lot. Perfectly seasoned and roasted in a creamy dressing of some kind. The waiter (Enzo) delivered our pizza, but it was then replaced with the pasta dish. He was so sweet and let us try the pizza, just for reference. WOW! Was that pizza ever delicious! The Cacio e Pepe pasta dish was nice, but pretty peppery. We shared the dish and finished it up, but I wish we had stuck with the pizza. Enzo our waiter was attentive, fun and worked with all of our requests. He was great!!! It was a superb dining experience and I will go back again soon....... maybe even tomorrow soon.

G
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

For a four star-Hamilton hotel, the restaurant is also 4 stars. Services is the biggest issue I seen there as far as knowledge of the food and interaction experience (expect the host! very nice older gentleman and proper). I been there several times and I will go again. Price of the food is reasonable. I hope it will reach to my 5 star review one day.

N
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Sophia was amazing! The service was great - they treated us so well. We felt like the most important table in the restaurant. The duck was fantastic, and they were very accommodating to my dietary restrictions.

c
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had dinner celebrating our cousin's recent retirement. We are from New York and I found this restaurant on Open Table. The restaurant was close to our hotel and the appetizers and dinners were very good. We had the grilled calamari (which my husband really liked}, I had the Burrata and the red onion marmalade was absolutely delicious and our cousin had the caponata as appetizers. For our dinners we had the gnocchi, the cacio pepe and the chicken matone. Every meal was done very well and quite tasty. For dessert, we had the tiramisu and the affogato. I would go back to this restaurant if we are in DC again. Our waiter was Issac and he was a delight - pleasant and very helpful. A great dining experience!

DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious clam linguine and very friendly service. I would return here.

Y
Coahuila
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Queríamos pizza y nos lo encontramos en e camino...valió la pena! Las entradas muy bien presentadas y deliciosas. El personal con excelente actitud y disposición, la pizza deliciosa. Muy recomendable!

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LH
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Issac was amazing! Great food.

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hilda was fantastic and very accommodating. Food was colorful, flavorful and beautifully presented.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Cool. Good food. Service was meh

SS
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although the restaurant has a full and delicious sounding Italian menu, we were in the mood for something simple - and Via Sophia’s pizza hit the spot perfectly. Both my colleague and I opted for the Macellaio pizza, topped with s variety of charcuterie and buffalo mozzarella. Great crust, thin, crispy and chewy at the same time, plus high quality toppings. The service was friendly and the tables nicely spaced, making private conversation easy (always a plus in DC!). A very pleasant experience in a very convenient location.

FH
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The chef seemed to be trying too hard -- the simple pasta dishes were a little too heavily embellished. The already too noisy restaurant was made worse by obnoxious music. The waiter was efficient and the staff welcoming.

BR
Dallas
62 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good experience - service was slow but very friendly. Food was delicious. Great cheese board.

OT
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great staff and service. Food is tasty, make sure you get the pasta al dente to prevent overcooking of the pasta, trust me it will come out perfectly. The pizzas are tasty and the soup presentation and taste are great! And, in a hurry, great working lunch place.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The place smelled like heavy cleaner had been used to mop the floors.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Pasta here was horrible. My mom had never had a cacio e pepe and it's a very easy and delicious dish so I suggested she tried it. She took one bite and scrunched up her face. I looked at it and it definitely did not look right. I tasted it and WOW it was terrible. Italian pasta dishes are so simple that you can definitely taste from the first bite whether it is delicious- or whether the chef majorly F'd something up. This dish was so bad. Firstly it had WAY too much pepper. Basically inedible. The entire dish was dark colored from all the pepper- it should be a nice bright yellow. It was also terribly lacking in pecorino cheese. I don't think their chef knows anything about Italian pasta.
Also- they do have gluten free pasta but the servers are not very knowledgeable and had to go ask the chef which sauces he could make with the gluten free pasta. The server actually told me at first that there was NO gluten free pasta I could have, just rice.
Anyways, I had some type of "duck ragu" but it was neither a red sauce nor a white sauce, there was barely any sauce just oil and meat. The whole dish was so very dry and flavorless. For some reason this "sauce" also has pieces of pancetta in it- they tasted well past their prime and I'd probably get sick eating them so I left a pile of gross pancetta at the bottom of the bowl. I lived in Italy for many years and I would never recommend this spot to anyone who loves Italian food. I'm pretty sure even Olive Garden can make better pasta than this place. Maybe their pizza is good(?)

S
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Interesting menu with solid choices if looking for something different

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Menu is grey type printed on cream paper. Nearly impossible to read. Waiter barely spoke to us. Not attentive. Branzino excellent.

CB
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fusion of flavors on rustic Italian cuisine!

M
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were disappointed that we were overcharged for the bottle of wine we had ordered. When we brought it to the waiter’s attention an adjustment was made. But this shouldn’t happen!

TL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service attentive, thoughtful and prompt, the Montepulciano was superb.
The experience was definitely fine-dining not a hotel restaurant. A great addition to DC dining.

E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to have Thanksgiving dinner. Wonderful choices and delicious food: everyone could have their favorites. So grateful for special restaurants like this one.

CN
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had the Thanksgiving menu on our first visit to Via Sophia. The food was outstanding, definitely worth every penny. Highly recommend the duck gnocchi which is part of their normal menu. We will definitely be back!

JL
Washington DC
269 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was my first visit to Via Sophia, and I was quite impressed with the food! Really enjoyed the butternut squash ricotta appetizer, and then the pasta with wild boar ragu! Both were fantastic! Shared the porterhouse for two with my friend. It was cooked perfectly to medium rare, but was nevertheless on the dry side. Overall though, it was a great meal, and the service was excellent also. The only downside is that the space is very noisy. Fortunately, there weren't too many people when we were there, so it was tolerable.

GM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Via Sophia was a real find in the crowed DC restaurant space. I chose it after reviewing several menus at various restaurants and went because of the crudo. It was truly fantastic. Khadija the resturant manager gave me a warm welcome when I arrived and Issac my waiter provided exceptional service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter and host was really friendly.... the service was great and the calamari was absolutely amazing... salmon was good -!: the hand made pasta is also amazing... I love every moment of my time in this restaurant

W
Pittsburgh
28 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice Italian restaurant. Authentico! The only negative was a bit of noise.

JM
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One if my most enjoyable dinners at a new restaurant in ages.
The food was terrific. Each course was delicious.
Enzo, our server could not have been more gracious.
Their corkage fee is fair and the room much less noisy than most newer dining spots in DC.
I look forward to a return visit, doon

DS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about my visit to Via Sophia was outstanding.
Our server, Tyler, was very knowledgeable and attentive.
I look forward to dining there again soon.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, presentation. Ahmed is an excellent manager.