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Al Crostino

1926 9th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4108
+1 202-797-0523
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average2%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“tiramisu” (6 reviews)
“osso bucco” (3 reviews)
“pasta” (10 reviews)
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1926 9th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4108
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My party of 5 had an amazing evening celebrating 2 birthdays at Al Crostino. We have been frequenting this restaurant for many years and consider it to be the best Italian restaurant in DC. Owned by a mother-daughter team, they consistently deliver fresh, authentic dishes...More

Thank jtmurrayrealtor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has great food and excellent pasta and competent service. I recently had parpadelle with lam ragu which was excellent.

Thank chrisV9772TA
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We ate here this evening. Small family owned & run Italian restaurant. I almost never give 5* in every category however this place was wonderful. Service, food everything. If we lived in DC we would be regulars. Definitely worth trying it out.

Thank Boggio
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Went on a recommendation and were not disappointed. Staff were friendly and efficient. Food selection was limited but our choices were good. Portions were small by American standards and quite expensive. It is more of a special occasion venue.

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We celebrated a friend's birthday here and had a great experience. The upstairs was reserved for the party, including the upstairs bar. The menu had VERY authentic Italian food so hard to chose. I was tempted to simply order two appetizers, the oven-roasted octopus with...More

Thank Mary A
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Al Crostino is just one block off of bustling U Street, and it's easy to walk right past its unassuming exterior if you don't keep your eyes peeled. Walk through the entrance, and you're met with a cozy, bright dining room, friendly staff, and simple,...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Selected this restaurant after my son had tried it via Uber Eats. He ranted and raved so much about the octopus he ordered, he insisted he wanted to experience it first-hand. Glad we did! Wonderful experience! Warm and friendly staff happy to assist with food...More

Thank Cynthia S
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Went to Al Crostino before a show at Lincoln Theater. The "deconstructed" lobster lasagna was exceptional. Osso bucco like what an Italian grandmother would make. I could make a meal of the accompanying Cannellini beans! Branzino was very fresh and tasty. Great that you can...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place was a fantastic reminder of a 2015 jaunt down the Adriatic, with warm service and fantastic food/wine. Very much like my favorite Italian restaurants from that trip, though more expensive--I guess, factor in the plane fare and it's super cheap, even with a...More

Thank Austin N
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Went to this restaurant a few nights ago with friends. It was a nice, open and modern setting with food to match. Scanty wine list to pair with food that favors lighter takes of Italian favorites- the bruschetta was large but somewhat soggy, the prosciutto...More

Thank Priscilla P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$32
Brunch, Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1926 9th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4108
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighbourhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: +1 202-797-0523
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Family-operated, Al Crostino is an intimate Italian restaurant located in Washington D.C. That exudes a 'la famiglia' atmosphere. This Neapolitan family offers a collection of flavorsome dishes, priding themselves on their homemade pasta, fresh fish, desserts, and their assortment of exquisite Italian wines.
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