Ristorante Bonaroti

4.6
1353 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.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came to celebrate our 25th anniversary and everything was perfect! The service we experienced was the best that we have had in quite a while. Food was terrific. I highly recommend this place for a romantic dinner or if you are craving authentic Italian food.

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j
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! My wife and I had not been to Bonaroti's in years and were we missing out. What a fabulous restaurant! We were greeted immediately upon entering and led to a great table. The service the entire evening was impeccable. Everything about this restaurant was awesome. The menu and specials were amazing, the wine list was excellent and reasonably priced, and the ambiance was perfect. They topped the meal off with limoncello and biscotti, which was a perfect ending to a wonderful meal. We will definitely be back.

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JO
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food and service. Top rate wait staff who gave great recommendations and even told us how to save money on our wine order. Will 100% be back!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grad school admission

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y
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is not an exceptional.
I think they have been changed over the years.
Choowon

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. Very good place for a business lunch meeting.

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PS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This classic Italian fine dinning establishment never gets old or goes out of style. From the moment you enter the front door you are made to feel like an old friend. The food is outstanding with an extensive list of nightly specials. So many great options it’s hard to choose.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this dining experience! As did everyone in our party. The food was delicious.

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CF
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great evening with delicious food and excellent service.

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B
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Never fails to please with fantastic food and service. Have recommended it to multiple people.

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LD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a customer of Sergio (the owner) for 30 years. Bonaroti is the best Italian Restaurant in the area.
Luigi D'Amato

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T
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were celebrating our daughters caregivers birthday. They had the wheelchair ramp ready for us when we arrived. Food has always been fantastic here and that night was no exception. Service was excellent as well.

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SH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Ristorante Bonaroti whenever we're celebrating a birthday or anniversary because we can count on the food and service. This past Sunday we were celebrating an anniversary and had great food and a wonderful time. The chef created a special dish for my brother-in-law that was perfect - pasta in a vodka sauce with grilled chicken. It wasn't on the menu, but was exactly what my brother-in-law wanted.

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C
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of this delightful dining experience was of five-star quality.

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m
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Many daily specials. portions are very nice sized and the little extras that they give makes it a memorable evening.

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M
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation. We arrived on-time. We were dressed appropriately. We had to wait several minutes before being seated even though there were empty tables in the dining room. When seated, we were put at a table that was not even set for service and was in a high-traffic area. I assumed the set tables in more desirable locations were reserved but some of them remained empty the entire time we were there.

The food was delicious. I had an Italian salad and the shrimp/calamari with penne in a red sauce. My husband had the portabella salad and one of the specials—rack of lamb with mashed potatoes and green beans. The lamb was cooked as requested and the portion was plentiful.

Our main course was served before our appetizers were done and when dishes were cleared from the table, they were stacked. Not what is expected in a restaurant of this type.

Our waiter was less than attentive. At the end of the meal, we declined dessert and requested our check. We waited a very long time without receiving the check. We then moved to the bar area where things were less hectic and asked to have our check brought to us there. The waiter offered to buy my husband a drink because he knew he was not happy but my husband declined.

While in the bar, Sergio (owner/manager?) came in and my husband told him we were not happy with the service and that we would not be coming back to the restaurant. My husband could have made his complaint in a gentler manner but he was upset (not loud or creating a scene). Sergio became defensive. He did not want to hear what the problems were and dismissed my husband’s comments.

While we were waiting to get out coats from coat check, my husband went to the restroom. During the time he was gone, Sergio came over to tell me that there was nothing wrong with the service we received.

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f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal but my wife thought hers was just ordinary and not worth the price. The service, however, was excellent. I thought the noise was rather loud and made it a little difficult for me to have a meaningful conversation.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food, all around a very good experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic !

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible! When confronting the manager, he dismissed us with a wave of his hand

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always receive the beast service and most delicious meals. If it is a special occasion the staff goes out of the way to make it a memorable celebration.

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JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. We consider Bonaroti as our favorite restaurant for special occasions.

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DT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. I know many people who love it. Service was very good. Food was nothing special. The pasta side dish was over cooked. Cost to quality was poor. I grew up in an Italian neighborhood in NJ. Maybe it’s me. As I said I know people who love it.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and it’s clear that many celebrate special occasions there. It’s like leaving Vienna for Cinque Terra for a few hours. Authentic food and Italian service in a warm setting. A breath of fresh air in an area with far too many chain restaurants.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good restaurant for special occasions. Great food and a great wine menu. A high level of service makes for a nice dining experience.

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DS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Bonaroti many times over the years. They never disappoint. In my humble opinion, the best Italian restaurant in the area. Very authentic food as if you were in Rome.

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful atmosphere, attentive wait staff. The food was wonderful. The wine selection is superb and the mark-up is reasonable. Overall, made our night very memorable.

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a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my moms 80th birthday and it was a great celebration.

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F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an excellent meal with a business partner. The food was great and the service superb. Great restaurant for a special occasion.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Way above the normal fare in the VA burbs. I am never disappointed with the service and the food.

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c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old world elegance with impeccable service - fine dining at its best. Ristorante Bonaroti's daily specials and 'special specials' always have something new and yummy! Their regular menu is excellent as well, all the favorites are ready to tempt your tastebuds!

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JC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

food was very good as was the service. noise level was very loud due to a large table of patrons.

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JE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was wonderful. All the waiters were very attentive and the ambiance was good. The tables are placed pretty close to each other though.

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

A quiet, pleasant atmosphere with attentive staff. The food was nicely presented but rather tasteless. The wine was good and the desserts very nice. I would be willing to try another dish.

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DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Bonaroti was almost 20 years ago and it continues to be flawless. The service and food are amazing. I've never been rushed from cocktails, to apps, to dinner, to dessert. The staff offers suggestions, gives you time to enjoy each course, and every dish and glass of wine has always exceeded expectations. The decor is older but classically elegant. I visited this week to celebrate a dear friend's promotion and everything was perfect.

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going here for over 25 years and it is the best Italian restaurant in the area. There are a lot of dishes to choose from. They have a long menu and the a specials list and and another daily specials list, certainly something for everyone. The food is always great and the service excellent. Sergio, the owner, is always in the dining room helping serve or talking to patrons. The restaurant is a little pricey, but it's well worth the visit. It's great for those special occasion dinners.

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DJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second dining experience (the first was New Years Eve). The food and service were stellar! Sergio has in my opinion the best restaurant in Northern Virginia!

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SP
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had not been to Ristorante Bonaroti for many years and were very pleased with our dinner. We will certainly put this fine Italian dining destination on our calendar in the future. It is a pleasure to dine at a home grown, read not chain, restaurant. The menu selections were enticing and I very much enjoyed my lamb chops.

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BT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a GREAT MEAL. Never had a bad meal. Must try if in DC area nearviennķkkķ

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EZ
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They do not make restaurants like this anymore. Formal yet down-to-earth. We felt pampered throughout our meal. EVOO & balsamic in a small dish for dipping the addictive focaccia. A glass or 2 of Sangiovese made me long for the adventure we had in Toscana. Can it really be 20 years ago? I had stuffed squash blossoms in a light tomato sauce as an appetizer. Hubby had stuffed mushroom caps. My Veal Milanese topped with a generous salad & Barry's Veal Saltimbocca ("jump into the mouth") were sublime. We shared a serving of 5 white asparagus spears. The Danesi Cappuccino was a special treat. Desserts were Profiteroles & Grand Marnier cake (the latter was our favorite). Complimentary snifters of Amaretto followed. Hoping to return soon!

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