Ristorante Bonaroti

4.7
1286 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
A well-kept secret nestled in the heart of Vienna offering elegant dining within a warm and intimate setting. Our classic Italian cuisine has been ranked among the best in the Washington, D.C. area. Bar featuring new appetizer menu.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm Sunday HALF PRICE WINE BOTTLES HAPPY HOUR FROM 4:00pm- 7:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 281-7550
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Please contact directly.
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Private party contact
Management: (703) 281-7550
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Street
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Entertainment
HAPPY HOUR FROM 4:00pm- 7:00pm
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Special events & promotions
WE ARE NOW OPEN SUNDAY'S STARTING FEB 10, 2013 4:00PM TO 9:00PM. FEATURING HALF PRICE WINE BOTTLES.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1286 People Are Saying
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DN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love this great place and drive from Annapolis to get here. The food is just the very best, great service and most of all, a very special owner who has become a great friend over the past 20 years.

Nothing better !!!!!!!!!!!!

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

We have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. Sergio continues to offer a first rate experience from authentic, delicious food to a warm, inviting dining room to outstanding service. It is our favorite special occasion restaurant where one is treated like family.

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TB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, nice atmosphere. There were a few large tables nearby to cause the noise level to rise, but we outlasted them and things quieted down. I can see this being very nice not during the Holiday times, probably less small office dinner here that caused the noise, either way, everyone was having a great time, great food, great wine list. Sergio is a one of a kind owner, hands on, stops by to see if all is going well. Our server was BJ, been there 11 years, he was great too. Certainly will be back. Thanks.

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J
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful new find for us. We do an annual Christmas shopping trip and look for a good restaurant to celebrate at the end of the day. The service couldn’t have been better. They let you take your time. The food was excellent.

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MA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening. The good was fantastic! My husband and I like to share plates and we appreciate the chef individually plating our appetizer, salad and entree! Thank you for going above and beyond. We had a bit of difficulty hearing our table discussions due to the noise level. But people were happy at our surrounding tables so people bring happy is a good excuse for noise!! We cannot wait to come back and we sure hope Victor is our server! He was fantastic!

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c
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We took a friend for his birthday to this restaurant. The service was terrible, and the food not much better.
Would not recommend.

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D
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian restaurant with a wide selection of pastas, fresh fish and steak. We’ve eaten here many times and it never disappoints!

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CJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Bonarati and Sergio are always great food and service. I have been there many times and hope to return many times in the future. Great for lunch but also great place to celebrate anniversaries

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R
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We go to Bonaroti about 3 times a year and its always good. We had reservations but had to wait about 20 minutes.

Worth the wait. Food is excellent. We had dessert too.

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Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Nothing has changed about Bonaroti since you went with your parents 15 years ago except that the service was simply poor. The restaurant was still charming, comfortable, cozy and the food was very good. It actually felt like the prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food and the portions. Unfortunately that snappy, quick and efficient service has been replaced with slow, unorganized and less-than-charming attitude that can put a damper on an otherwise lovely dining experience. If the half full dining room was any indication, others have experienced the same issue.

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PA
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a treat to go to Bonaroti's. Excellent seafood choices. My favorite is red snapper in parchment.
Everyone was very happy with their dinner and drinks. Have been going there for a number of years and the quality is always great. Great for friend conversations. Okay to linger and talk.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There is an old school charm to this place. The service is intentionally slow in the way that allows diners to have a relaxed and intimate experience without feeling rushed. The menu is extensive with a plethora of off-menu daily options that could suit any appetite. If you’re looking for a traditional Italian dining experience, you will not be disappointed here.

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DF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service, extraordinary diversity of menu options, excellent flavors and preparation of appetizers and entrees. Waiter was attentive and wonderful.

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PJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Hadn't been in 20 years. Heartened that it was still there but then disappointed in the food. Pasta with 3 clams and 5 mussels shouldn't cost $26. Seems like it was left under heat lamp for awhile. All in all won't go back. There are much better ones around.

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RJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience with great food and extraordinary service.

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BT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Bonaroti since they opened over 30 years ago. The food is fantastic, the service impeccable, and Sergio always does a great job on everything.

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BT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Finally found a 'local' Italian restaurant that is worth the drive and effort. Food is impeccable and homemade pasta 'finally'. Owner is fantastic and fun and wait staff is extremely helpful and cordial.

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D
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dine here whenever in town and it never disappoints! Excellent fresh fish and Italian specialties!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a warm welcome, and attentive staff throughout the meal making everyone feel like a long lost friend. The food was as usual wonderfully prepared with many menu options and appealing daily specials to choose from. The rack of lamb and osso bucco were exceptional, as was the tuna starter and lemoncello cake for dessert.

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RO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have enjoyed this restaurant with family and friends for over 20 years. It is our “go to” choice for special occasions.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our table next to entrance to private room had lots of traffic.

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VN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and great service. Best Italian in entire DC area. Host/owner takes pride in taking care of his guests.

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MW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding choices and flavors! Outstanding service!

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FF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been many times and NEVER disappoints. Sergio runs a great place and if you like homemade delicious food, this is the place for you. Staff is very attentive and knowledgeable.

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KM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Ristorante Bonaroti for our anniversary. The food was very good and very filling. They had so many specials which our server confidently rattled off. And they gave us a small desert in honor of our anniversary which was sweet. I would and already have recommended this to a friend.

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EM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner recently was better than ever. The service was outstanding. The selection was extraordinary.

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My business partner and I had a very delicious lunch along with excellent service.

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S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food and excellent service. Have dined here many times over the years.

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IS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A family favorite and, as usual, an outstanding dinner experience. Food was delicious and flavorful exemplifying true Italian flavors. Will be returning at earliest opportunity. Love this Vienna staple

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Here for our 35th anniversary. Always a special occasion that doesn't disappoint. Service a little haphazard at the beginning of our evening but still allowed for a well paced and pleasant evening. Complimentary anniversary dessert - thank you! Food on point as usual. We both ordered off the regular menu for a change rather than one of their many specials. If I had any complaint is the coffee needs to be hotter!! Luke warm just doesn't cut it at a place of this caliber!

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HS
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a wonderful romantic setting with excellent Italian fare.

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l
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, wonderful food and romantic atmosphere. You can never go wrong by dining here. Right in the heart of Vienna. Wonderful neighborhood gem!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was Awesome! Thank you for waiting it out with us. My mom had a great Birthday lunch.

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OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here several times, and it is always excellent. I could probably just eat their bread with their olive or sun dried tomato spreads and be happy. We always get their stuffed eggplant appetizer, but there are so many great choices on their menu, and we have never been disappointed. Elegant ambiance without being stuffy. Italian doesn't get better than this.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service always makes for a great dining experience

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R
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We asked for a quiet table and were seated next to a very noisy party of ten. It was difficult to carry on a normal conversation.

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ML
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and excellent service We were seated at table 40 which was very quiet

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit restaurant couple times a year. Food and service are always exceptional.

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PA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service and ambience were very good, but the food wasn't. It was good the first time we went there, but the service wasn't. So kind of hit or miss.

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ES
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place for a romantic evening. The environment is very cozy, with warm colors, decor, and lighting. The service was fantastic - my glass of water was never empty, and we never had an empty bowl of bread because the servers continuously monitored and checked up on us. The food was very good, but certainly not the best Italian food I have had. The tables are a little bit close together, so if you are handicapped or not confident on your feet, I would request a table with more room/space around for walking. Overall, I had a very nice experience at this restaurant.

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