Ristorante Bonaroti

4.7
1249 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 1249 People Are Saying
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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Sergio is the ultimate host.

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DO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine, amazing staff and an owner who is there mingling amongst the guests and helping out with orders, delivery of food.
Overall, just a great evening!

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RS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the Best. Never been disappointed. Upscale yet unpretentious. A true delight.

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LL
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

delightful evening, superb food. thank you bonaroti

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D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service.

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RD
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good as ususal and the service was excellent as always.

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LB
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - wonderful dining experience with impeccable service and delicious food. From the freshly made pasta to the Osso Bucco. All was wonderful. Thank you Sergio and BJ!

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

established in 1982, it just needs some renovation and updating. Its buried in a strip mall, so not so attractive...entry to the side in parking lot. Once inside, its dated. You forget all of that at some point because the food is authentic and fantastic. great owner and friendly service. top notch. the atmosphere was not great ... it looked and felt 40 years old. i hope they put some money in it to modernize...its the best Italian restaurant around!!

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R
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great restaurant and has a great reputation. The food is always amazing without question. My only complaint was the bickering between the staff. The bus boys were getting picked on by the waiter and the bus boys and waiter were getting picked on by the Big Boss. You can correct someone, but don't do it openly in front of your customers. It happened multiple times. I felt so bad for the bus boys that I approached them separately and gave them words of encouragement.

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

My wife and I love Ristorante Bonaroti and have been coming her for about 20 years. From the time you walk in you experience a warm, comfortable ambience and are treated with respect and pleasing attention. The service is impeccable and the food is outstanding. The menu contains countless choices of authentic Italian cuisine then to make your decision harder they present you with over a dozen dinner specials. Save room though, as the desserts are great. After dinner (or before) grab a drink or two in the small yet impressive bar which has a very friendly bar staff.

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MK
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant - food was very, very good. Wine list very satisfying. Four friends meeting dinner, wine. We highly recommend and will definitely return.

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FG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Not too busy for a Sunday night. Awesome location if you are planning to head to Wolf Trap afterwards for a concert.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great dinner! See the owner taking care of the costumers is a win. We share a delicious wine at the end of our dinner, food on point, we are definitely come back.

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal while in the area. Would certainly visit again if in the area

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AD
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here for special occasions and when we have guests in town. The food and service are both always exceptional.

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C
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Bonaroti meets the highest standards in all catgories -- that was so on this occasion, and happens every time.

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K
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happened across this on OpenTable and made a reservation-Yumola! The food is absolutely authenticity ITALIAN. NOT mass produced! Upscale but not uppity - although I wouldn’t wear jeans and a t-shirt - this is a place for “dining out”. Incredibly notable menu and the homemade bread basket they brought to the table never went empty. Many of the waiters are Italian as well. Old school in the very best possible way. A complete Vienna neighborhood gem - we will be back.

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H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for a birthday celebration.
Food was excellent. The Ceviche with octopus was a bit hit. The veal chop special was exceptional.
Sergio, as always, is an excellent and impeccable host. Thank you again for another wonderful experience.

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LR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like to dine at Bonaroti. One of my family favorites.

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S
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a traditional Italian restaurant with good food and very good service. We enjoyed the white tablecloths. The bar looks inviting, and does carry the full menu. We tried the fish specials, rockfish and halibut, and the sauces were very good, while the fish was tasty but a bit dry. I would try the veal next time, as these traditional dishes sounded very good. The main dining room is not large, so I recommend reservations.

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F
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A level of service that I rarely find anymore. My wife and I were taken care of at just the right level. Attentive but not overwhelming. The food matches with every dish a delight. Even the end of the meal comes with a bit of biscotti at the end. We try and go every time we are in that area.

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and serve were first rate.

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GA
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sergio and team always do a fantastic job. Service is excellent and the food is great. Try the Osso Bucco after a salmon carpaccio starter. Mixed with a great red wine, you will leave very happy!

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A table for 8 celebrating a special birthday and it couldn't have been a nicer, more personal setting to enjoy good company, good food, and superb service! Thank you to all at Ristorante Bonaroti's! We'll be back!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a must! The food is delicious, the service impeccable, and the wait staff and owner are superstars. I always enjoy dining here and very much appreciate the one-on-one attention. It is great for lunch and dinner and the price points are competitive and reasonable.

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RM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a wonderful experience. We had a large party and so ended up at a nicely arranged table in a back room. Service was exceptional and the menu had more than enough variety for everyone to find something they enjoyed.

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m
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was responsive. The food was very good. Lots of variety of foods. Lots of fish options. They kept the water glass full. The bread was good.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall a great meal. Having tried multiple Italian restaurants in the DC area, this one is definitely one I will come back to. The Fruti di Mare was excellent as was the burrata. All the dishes looked great and the service was fantastic.

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C
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality in all respects. Ristorante Bonaroti is always tops.

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f
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I have eaten here once before years ago - back then it was dark and food was just okay. I returned for a quick dinner with a friend and nothing much has changed. Mind you we were probably the first diners to be seated for the evening. Waiters don't seem to have much training in greeting the guests. Person that seemed to be "in charge" wasn't much different. Restaurant is dark inside and not welcoming at all (too dark, what are you hiding) and nothing has changed. Doesn't seem to have investment back into the dining area. Staff doesn't look happy to be working there and stand around huddled. Everyone seems to be walking around with no real purpose. We arrived for dinner and were given the "Bar Menu" and the "Regular Dining Menu" - both were equal in length and very similar - doesn't make sense and makes the diner feel like your kitchen would rather serve from the Bar Menu (again, doesn't make sense). This alone was not a great impression. The bread was cold and stale. The food seems to be microwaved - doesn't taste very fresh. So much sauce on our plate that it was difficult to really taste your pasta and veal (it could have chicken for all we know). It was just drowned and again you can tell when your white/creamy sauce is microwaved. Our area now demands that owners/chefs take pride in their restaurant - just because you have been around for years does not mean you can get comfortable. Seems like our local restaurants are struggling and making all profits from their bars and not really on the food. Sad decline really. This restaurant has the potential to be great... but much needed overhaul is overdue.

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MF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent in all dimensions--great food and service.

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JS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with Sergio and his team. Exceptional food and perfect service. We’ll be back soon

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DJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I needed a restaurant near the Wolftrap Filene center. I found this on Open Table. This is serendipity. The food and service were outstanding. The red sauce was very close to my mother’s recipe. (Brought back a lot of memories).

I would highly recommend for dinner. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth the indulgence.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Bonarati is the place to go for high-end Italian. The service was outstanding; the food was delicious. A great place where you are not rushed. As a first timer, this was truly an unexpected pleasurable dining experience. It is on our very short "go-back often" list. I saw a few people wearing t-shirts and shorts, however, this place deserves the courtesy of better dress from its customers.

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V
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Ordered a dish and it was so salty. They said they make it again but instead of making it again , they washed down the food I ate before. Nothing was added to the dish so it had no flavor at all! Very disappointed! They didn’t even offer to not charge! Pasta was over cooked and no flavor what’s so ever!
Waiters were rude! Ruined my special occasion!

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LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening!

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O
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We will be back!

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