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Permanently Closed - Ristorante Murali

281 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. From Venice to Pentagon Row in Arlington, Virginia, Ristorante Murali gives you the opportunity to experience fine traditional and modern Italian cuisine in a Venetian setting with rooms depicting murals from the canals of Venice and hung with exquisite Murano glass chandeliers. Conveniently located minutes from Washington DC and close to Maryland. Metro accessible with a large parking facility. Pentagon Row offers seasonal entertainment from ice skating in the winter to live concerts in the summer.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 415-0411
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Luis Antonio
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Ristorante Murali offers set menus for catering.
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Parking details
Underground public parking and outdoor meter parking
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Public transit
Metro "Pentagon City Station", Metrobus
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

We each had a glass of wine - Chianti and Sauvignon Blanc - both tasty. We shared the grilled octopus and vegetable bake. We have had this in the past and was excellent before which is why we ordered them. However neither was quite as good as before , but still very good. We also split the tiramisu and decaf coffee - both exceptional. Not a lot of places do excellent decaf so we were very pleased.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

First visit here-party of three. We were greeted cordially on arrival and seated at a small round table that seemed too small for our party of three. The table bordered on the path to another dining room and was quite close to the bar. As result we were situated in the middle of lots of activity, traffic, and noise, making conversation difficult. A couple of times, the staff bumped into my chair while moving to the back dining area or the bar.

After a lengthy wait, we were finally approached for our drink orders. Drinks were delivered some five minutes later. When I asked to order appetizers, it seemed to surprise the waiter. The bruschetta and calamari were tasty and well presented. I ordered a pasta dish, my wife, a salad, and my friend, a chicken dish. All were delivered in a timely manner, were attractive in appearance, and seemed properly prepared. The food was tasty, but not exactly memorable. For dessert, we had coffee and chocolate cake that seemed dry and heavy.

Overall, I had higher hopes for this place. I doubt I'll be back.

vipLike2eatout (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

Murali's is our go-to place when we are meeting friends from out of town It just want a good meal. It is convenient to get to, lots of parking, consistently good food, and great service from Maher, my favorite server. He makes you feel special. There are lots of choices at Pentagon Row, but only one good Italian restaurant.

vipLily (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

Took my spouse on a date to this neighborhood gem in Pentagon Row, Arlington. We had the linguine with clams which was very tasty. We also had the jumbo shrimp with Spinach sautéed in white wine and garlic. Both meals were very delicious. Service was very welcoming/friendly. The service was well paced- the server was always around when needed but not too often. The restaurant has great outdoor sitting.

Mela123 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 21, 2017

Das Essen war leider enttäuschend. Ich bin Italienerin und weiß dadurch, dass die Lasagne die ich hätte nicht gut war ebenso nicht die Pizza die mein Freund hatte. Der Service war nett und das Ambiente auch nicht zu bemängeln!

vipDean (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

Caesar salad was good but skimpy on portion size.
Entree came out very quickly and felt rushed, even though restaurant was not very busy.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

Where do I begin.....I ordered a filet mignon cooked medium well..... Needless to say I was served a piece of roast that no where near looked like what I ordered. They folded a piece of steak in half and cooked it well and served it to me. (WRONG)!!!!
My friend ordered the Crab Ravioli.... It tasted as if it was straight out of the freezer! On top of that it was no crab no where in sight!
As I told the waiter, he caught an attitude like I was this crazy person! I asked for the check and asked him why is there a gratuity charge? He told me because it's food and brushed us off staying" I have other customers" .
I was so embarrassed!!!!!
He was rude and very unprofessional​ about every thing!!! I will NEVER GO THERE AGAIN!!!!
Oh I tried calling the owner/boss with no luck. He was out of town until the 16th, which is yesterdayday. I left my number and name!

OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
3.0  Dined on June 5, 2017

Disappointing average. Had the special prosciutto bruschetta. The prosciutto appeared to have been cooked!?! Weird. Entrees included chicken marsala and pumpkin ravioli. Both were fine. Not good, just okay. Highlight was the waiter. Super nice and very attentive. We don't need to return.

GoodFoodIncompetentStaff (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 1, 2017

The restaurant was dead. Th food was great: we had the ravioli portobello and the lasagne. But service was slow and inattentive.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Restaurant was closed

vipLike2eatout (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2017

Murali's is our go-to place to meet friends or when we want good Italian food and great service from the staff.

vipEdwardTjGerety (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 21, 2017

As always, the service was top notch, the food a pleasure to the senses and stomach. The variety of the wine list and off the list is enough to make any foodie happy.

Foodies (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 10, 2017

The restaurant needs updating. The couches were in bad shape and smelled old. The service was good and decent food.

vipLegalSharker (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2017

Service was offer the top. Food was fantastic. Great Pentagon City gem.

vipLike2eatout (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 30, 2017

Murali's is one of my favorite restaurants to meet friends because it is off a metro and the food is good and the noise level low. This visit, there were two very large groups in both dining rooms and my friends and I had normal level conversation. One friend had the Crabmeat Ravioli and commented how delicious the vodka cream sauce was. I almost always get the Portabello ravioli because it is usually so good. This time either my taste buds were off or the dish was. Don't get me wrong, it was still good, just didn't seem to have the umami taste I look forward to. I admit to one puzzle every visit. Except for one server (who is also GREAT at his job), neither the manager nor other staff show any recognition that I'm a returning customer. I'm not detered, however, and will return soon.