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Al Dente

3021 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20016-3518
+1 202-244-2223
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (25 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 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate to be seated at the bar in front of the kitchen for the recent Piedmont wine dinner at Al Dente. After a uneventful ride in from Annapolis we were seated right in front of the stove as the dinner was being prepared....More

Thank napman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have now visited Al Dente several times, sometimes for bruch, sometimes dinner. While most restaurants have bad days, this restaurant seems to strive for high standards ever time, and at an ultimately very decent price. The tasting menu in particular was exceptional, with wonderfully...More

Thank Chaledou
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our party of four enjoyed this special set menu one evening during the two weeks before Christmas. It can only be ordered for the table, and we had all agreed beforehand. A handful of DC restaurants offer this Southern Italian Christmas Eve specialty only on...More

Thank mrsagf
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Sat next to a longtime DC resident at another restaurant and inquired about Italian food and he said this was the place. A little off the beaten path, in a small retail center. It was early afternoon and was not crowded. Immediately seated at a...More

Thank Jack M
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Consistently good quality but a bit to expensive for what it offers. Nice outside seating, somewhat cold interior.

Thank GG_fromDC
Reviewed 24 November 2017

Grou went here for lunch on my visit to American University. I had Pantofola and it was too large for me to eat half. Quite delicius. Price not bad for DC; $13. Salads are expensive by comparison. Serve was ok.

Thank samtrip12345
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
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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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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