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5534 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610 (Morrison)
+1 202-244-1555
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:30
Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Arucola is a small, friendly neighborhood place with good food, pleasant atmosphere and very reasonable prices. We tried it because we wanted lunch before a show at the Avalon Movie Theatre, less than a block away. The minestrone soup was exactly right, just a little thick and loaded with large cut vegetables, especially delicious with the house focaccia. My husband... More 

Thank dorothyb248
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
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50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

A wonderful treat for dinner. My friends, who live in the neighborhood of the restaurant surprised me to a wonderful dinner, great service, and a cozy table on the second level of Arucola. The pasta was wonderful. Though we were not hungry after completing the great dinner portions, we made the "mistake" of looking at the dessert menu. As we... More 

Thank Peter T
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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219 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My husband and I live around the corner from this restaurant and were excited to try it out after we moved in. The food is okay, the service was okay, but for the price, we just weren't impressed. We had one of those experiences where the table next to us got lots of attention, but we got almost none. Not... More 

Thank WFleet
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Arucola is a great place to visit on a cold winter night. We prefer to sit in the back, near the pizza oven and enjoy the heat and aroma of cooking. The pizza is excellent, in our opinion the best in the city, inexpensive, thin crusted with an excellent tomato sauce and spices. There is plenty of opportunity to add... More 

Thank Martin G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We frequently go to Arucola for a pre movie dinner. The other evening there were 6 of us for a meal, and we also ordered farily expensive wine. I casually asked the waiter if (as we were winding up our drinks), we might have some biscotti. Since we had just paid our bill, he came with exactly 7 small biscuits... More 

Thank DLP1212
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Visited with my brother in law who lives in Chevy Chase over the weekend. We dined early at Arucola as we had plans for the evening. Enjoyed a happy hour drink which was nice and and very reasonably price. I had the pasta and he had mussels. They were both very good although the mussels were very small. Overall we... More 

Thank Myirishpa
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We haven't been here in maybe a year. Big mistake. Dropped by for a late lunch and found everything to be really good. So good we came again the next day for supper with family member visiting from out of town. Even better. Tilapia for husband and trout for visitor and me. Large portions. Generous portions of salad for them... More 

Thank MotherJoyce
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

My wife and I had dinner here. We have dined before. We shared the grilled octopus appetizer. I would not order it again. The flavor was not bad, but it must have been overcooked. It was like chewing rubber bands. My wife had a special seafood lasagna for her main course. It was good; not spectacular. I had a grilled... More 

Thank sabfish2014
Washington, DC
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801 reviews
530 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in DC, with professional waiters and great food. The food is still pretty good, but the service continues to deteriorate. I gave this place 5 stars at one point and then 4. The service at our last visit was so noticeably bad that it's down to 3 stars. I have to... More 

Thank jxx9595
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

Wonderful, cozy family-owned restaurant with an excellent range of authentic regional cuisine, good wine list and delicious salads, fresh fish, excellent bread and amazing home made desserts. A real gem and neighborhood treasure.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5534 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610
  • Public Transportation: Friendship Heights closest Metro Station We are on the Connecticut Avenue Bus line
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-244-1555

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?