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Al Dente

3021 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3518
+1 202-244-2223
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good33%
  • Average14%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (6 reviews)
“pasta” (22 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3021 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3518
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

I met two friends at Al Dente for drinks and dinner recently. I have not been here before but live close by. Good location with indoor and outdoor seating. There is street parking for two hours and a pay parking lot next door. Beers were...More

Thank Explorer1904
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Chef Roberto did not disappoint. We came after a show at the Kennedy Center so it was very quiet. The menu was impressive but the family style intrigued us. After a brief explanation from our server we were all in. If you are adventurous, have...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Arriving after an early night at the theater, we were hungry. Our group agreed we would try the family style tasting menu, at $45/person. That meant the chef would choose our dinner -- three appetizers, three pastas, and three entrees, with three desserts. A great...More

Thank Ellen F
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Chef Roberto Donna has been delighting Washingtonians for ... mmm, lots of years ... and he hasn't lost his touch. His newest venture, Al Dente, serves outstanding Italian cuisine on New Mexico Avenue, near American University. The menu has a long list of classic dishes...More

Thank Foodie33140
Reviewed 4 July 2017

First off, we were here early at about 545 on a Monday night. Not crowded at all. But then we try to avoid the prime time. Good selection of wines and across all price points. After a nice bottle of wine we tried the meatball...More

Thank ivytravel
Reviewed 2 July 2017

This is the only place you should go for authentic Italian food. When you have the talents of Roberto Donna cooking for you, consider yourself fortunate. He is a master of Italian food. On top of that, he is humble, generous and extremely talented. A...More

Thank CoronaOldTown
Reviewed 27 May 2017

The service was inattentive and slow. Our friends said it was like this the last time they went too. The food was good and tasty. Nice choices on the menu. However, the presentation was "interesting." I ordered a beet salad with romaine lettuce. It came...More

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Looks modest from the outside, and there are no white tablecloths, but the menu is extremely diverse, the wine list is vast, and the attitude and service of the staff is excellent. I will remember this one.

Thank suitcasepro
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Stayed down the street from this restaurant while visiting my son. Being a Chef myself and owning several restaurants (4) I was disappointed at the quality of the food I was served. The pasta; that was definitely fresh made was horribly undercooked. Just as it...More

Thank Gladys G
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Went here with some friends and loved everything about it. We ordered six appetizers and six mains. All 12 were excellent. My favorites were the seafood pasta, the octopus (appetizer) and the liver. The restaurant is laid back, the service is great and the food...More

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19 October 2015|
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Response from AlDenteDC | Property representative |
Casual to business casual is fine. This is a family neighborhood restaurant, although we never mind being the excuse for you to be able to dress up :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
11:30 - 11:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3021 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3518
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-244-2223
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