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About Savio's - Alexandria

Welcome to Savio's Italian Restaurant. We are a neighborhood favorite that offers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere that you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Featuring a friendly, professional staff of great people, who will make sure you enjoy your visit and that Savio's Restaurant lives up to our reputation for pleasant dining and superb cuisine. Our menu offers an inspired array of selections that is sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. It features a wide variety of items, including pastas, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, bread with Savio's herbed olive oil and home made desserts.

516 South Van Dorn Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am – 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 212-9651

Website:
http://www.saviosrestaurant.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, View, Wine

Savio's - Alexandria Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (3)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great meal of stuffed salmon and spinach tortellini with shrimp. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming of my infant. We will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I hadn't been in about a decade and won't return
There was really nothing redeeming after the bread. The service was slow throughout despite being fairly empty on a Sunday evening
5 of us ordered different dishes. The spaghetti with meat sauce for good reviews. The other 4 of us were disappointed with the taste of the food

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was very good (Italian), nice cozy atmosphere and excellent service.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food is excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful as well. This is a neighborhood gem!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

The servers noticed my friend and I were deep in conversation and ergo let us stay significantly after paying the check!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was good but not exceptional. Delivery of food was incredibly slow with only three other couples in the restaurant. This was a kitchen problem as the server was good. Not sure why this was so highly rated.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We had a nice time and most of the food was great. Service was very kind and we thought it odd that the place was so empty. Yes, in a shopping center, and although nice inside, I would strongly suggest some attention to the ceiling panel stains. We had the rigatoni and pizza. Both delicious! The bruschetta and bread basket were mediocre. The tiramisu was just wrong. It tasted like a nutmeg cake was used instead of lady fingers which also overpowered any chance of coffee liqueur or cocoa flavor- the reason to get tiramisu! So overall, great entrees... steering clear of the rest.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The outside of the restaurant leaves a lot to be desired. However, once inside, you walk into an overly-decorated, almost old-fashioned, restaurant that is comforting in its dated furnishings. I loved the bar, the small tables, the ambiance. Our reservation was for 5pm so the dining areas were almost empty, but you could imagine the wonderful atmosphere that it would have when full. The service was impeccable, not always the case even when business is slow in the afternoon. The food was very good and came out quickly, but not too fast. The carrot cake was to die for. All in all, would definitely recommend this restaurant as a change to the modern, sterile ones cropping up all over. Enjoy the ambiance and the service - they are a dying art.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 28, 2017

This place didn't look like much from the outside, but once you're inside it's quite a shocking difference. Great cozy place with awesome decor. I've been missing having a local Italian place since moving to Alexandria, and now I've found what I've been looking for. The service was outstanding and the food was great. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Kid-friendly
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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Authentic delicious Italian. Hidden gem in the areA!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Nothing wrong at visit. Food, service, ambiance, price was all fine. Nothing to write home about. Fine place for Italian food. But since I only get to go out once a month or less, I probably would not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Nice decor, soups tasty but sauces overpowered entrée

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Spur of the minute dinner with roomate...we both wanted Italian and they did not disappoint. Will be visiting again as it is only a few minutes away. Excellent veal parm with steamed veggies.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Very authentic Italian food! This is our second time here and we will be back for more!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2016

First time at Savio's - food was good, especially the bread with cheese sauce starter! We enjoyed the evening and the restaurant was very patient with our table - we were there for hours. Definitely recommend and look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Very basic dish. Very tasty.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2016

We have been coming to Savio's for about 20 years. We love the special for two which includes a bottle of wine. Staff is always courteous and efficient. We wish they had an outdoor area, but they are nicely decorated.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 16, 2016

Went there because of the high rating in open table. The food was much below average. The waitress was rude and seemed annoyed all the time. Oh, and don't ask for extra cheese; she will give you a nasty look. We'll never go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2016

This place is definitely a hidden gem! Service was superior and the food was beyond words as it was so AMAZING! I was skeptical as I have lived in the area for over 30 years and never knew this place existed. The fact that it is in a strip mall does not do it justice as when you walk into the restaurant you feel at home and then decor is authentic and superb! We will definitely be going back. We didn't have to ask for anything as our server was spot on with refills and was very pleasurable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2016

The food here is great and the atmosphere is nice, except for the nights when the band is blaring so loud you can't hear yourself think. Service is spotty. You are always going to have to ask for refills which is a pet peeve in my book. Still, the food is very good and it's a nice place to go for great Italian food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on March 8, 2016

From the time we entered the restaurant, the service was excellent. The food was delicious and the wine list for a neighborhood gem was perfect. We’ll come again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

I returned to Savio's after being away for several years and was terribly disappointed. My family and I had eaten there many times, because it used to serve reliably good Italian food. Not anymore. The kitchen apparently has changed, as has the quality of service. The food is barely edible now, and in retrospect I should have left it on the table and walked out. Consider this: a dry (no dressing) plate of lettuce loaded with grated cheese (supposed to be a Caesar Salad!). When I asked the waiter for the dressing, he brought a thick pasty gopp of stuff, which tasted like salty glue! I used plain olive oil from the table instead. Neither the chef nor the waiter seem to know the difference between pasta fagioli (which I ordered) and minestrone (which I received). When I told the waiter there must have been a mistake, since what they served was clearly NOT pasta fagioli, he took a spoon and poked around in the bowl and exclaimed "oh, there's a piece of pasta, and a bean". Seriously?! The ravioli with sausage was equally awful -- it tasted like leftover stuff that had been reheated a few times. Even the dessert (lemon cake) had a disgusting taste. Needless to say, I couldn't eat all that stuff, but since the waiter didn't seem to be interested in resolving the issue, and I wasn't in the mood for an argument, I decided at least to warn other people not to go there. A total waste of time and money, not to mention the memory of a disgusting meal!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2015

We decided to try this place only because it was close to where we were and it was also open on Christmas Day. Much to our delight, this place is actually pretty good! The food tastes very authentic and the sodium level was very low which is always a plus for me. We will go back again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2015

Had absolutely no idea this restaurant was here. NEVER judge a book by it's cover. Walked in and was immediately transported to another place (Italy perhaps?!) and was shocked by the transformation. What shocked my family even more was the food. Fantastic and our new favorite restaurant closest to our house!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2015

Food and entertainment were great! Could improve on the quality of iced tea. Nice selection of deserts. Liked being able to see deserts while deciding what to get.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Nice find. Was a little unsure going in as it's dated and Ina strip mall. Food was very very good! Service and staff were friendly as well. Will certainly go back when in the area. No complaints.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2015

Our group enjoyed most of our dinner. The exception was my wife's appetizer. Her comment was "I will never order escargot outside of a French restaurant again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2015

Great two dinner with wine special! Check it out!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 23, 2015

For the past 5 years, on my annual visit to Alexandria, Va., I make it a point to visit
Savio's at-least once and on every visit they never fail to impress me with their menu.
The food is superb and I exit the establishment completely satisfied. If you go once you will
definitely quote General MacArthur in saying "I shall return".

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 15, 2015

The place will not wow you with the ambiance or service. It is a little dated and it is not fine dining. However, when I need some good Italian food, I always think of Savio's. The garlic bread and ceasar salad are fantastic, we get it every time. My wife loves the veal marsala and I always order the spaghetti Bolognese which is cooked to perfection. The chicken parmesian is equivalent to what you experience in New York City. You'll love the food here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 17, 2015

Delicious food and great service! Paula was awesome!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 2, 2015

Located in a strip shopping center, when you enter, you feel transported to Italy. The food was good, the portions were large, the house salad and salad dressing were great. Warm bread, easy to spread butter or oil. Reasonable prices. Great service. Very nice place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2015

We loved the bread, and the appetizers were fabulous. We loved both appetizers. The Main course was not that great. My husband veal parmegiana was overcooked and my salmon with thin pasta was also a bit overcooked the salmon. The pasta taste was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2015

My hubby and I go to Savio's every year for dinner on Valentine's Day (not sure why we don't think to go other times of the year, though we don't eat out much). The ambiance is always nice – soft lighting, lovely Italian decor. They also have red balloons and other Valentine's Day decor. The food was delicious as usual, and the portions were generous. Our server Paula was sweet and provided good service. The dessert tray they bring out to show you the selection was so pretty (and delicious looking!) This is a solid dining spot in the west end of Alexandria that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a delicious Italian meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2014

We have eaten at Savios several times over the last few years and have never been disappointed. The service is always excellent and the food is outstanding. A truly wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2014

My husband and I went out to dinner here for the first time this weekend. We just returned from a trip to Italy in early September, and have been looking for Italian cuisine that would bring us back to the days of our vacation. THIS WAS IT! The food was authentic, delicious, and fresh. Best Italian food we have found in the area. We will definitely be back to try everything on the menu, one at a time! The portions are large and filling, and the price is unbeatable. Great job Savio's!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 25, 2014

We booked this restaurant with a quiet Italian dinner in mind. The shock set in as we entered the shopping center, which has seen better days. The restaurant is very informal with many families present (noisy children). Service is friendly but haphazard. The food is surprisingly good...excellent marinara sauce and herbed oil. Next time, we will not get dressed up to come to this casual restaurant with delicious food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2014

we go to savios a lot and always enjoy it.....feels like being in the city but you're not.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2014

What can I say--very good Italian food served promptly by a capable staff. Wine list is nothing to write home about, but their house chianti is good. Not for a big night out, but great for a "let's go out to dinner, I didn't get to the market" evening. Veal dishes are an especially good value.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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