The Best Italian Restaurants in Washington DC

The OpenTable Team

Washington, D.C., home to leading diplomats and top politicians, also serves up some of the country's most unforgettable meals. Upscale restaurants neighbor local favorites that have been plating up hearty pasta plates for decades. But where are the true foodies of the city eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We dug into our data to unearth the real tastemakers—the diners we know are going to the best Italian restaurants in DC. Here’s where they’re dining now in the capital.

Restaurants:Al Tiramisu, Siroc Restaurant, Floriana
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Dupont Circle, Downtown

Al Tiramisu

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
849 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem

Warm, welcoming, celebrity hangout, Al Tiramisu serves up authentic Italian flavors. Since the restaurant opened in 1996, Chef Luigi Diotaiuti has brought classic, rustic cuisine t...

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97% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,185 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic

Siroc Restaurant, located just off of McPherson Square, offers a casual, intimate atmosphere that leaves pretension at the door. The food is classic and innovative, with a seasonal...

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100% recommended
Best Service in District of Columbia
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Floriana

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,066 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Enjoy going “home” to eat when stepping through the doors of the converted row house that is the front of Floriana. Dupont Circle is home to some of the best Italian restaurants in...

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95% recommended

Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
3,262 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot

For a night out, dressed up to the nines, an evening at Cafe Milano can't be beat. This intimate eatery combines the best of Milanese fashion and food with a decor that features fr...

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87% recommended

Cesco Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,186 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Delightful dining in Washington, D.C. extends well in to the surrounding areas with Cesco Osteria in Bethesda serving up some of the best Tuscan-inspired dishes in the capital. Tea...

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92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Maryland - DC Suburbs

Ristorante La Perla of Washington

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
1,295 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Cozy
  • Authentic

Chef Vittorio Testa brings traditional Italian cooking methods to fresh, high-quality ingredients at Ristorante La Perla of Washington. This five-star Italian eatery puts the empha...

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Osteria da Nino

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
1,226 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List

Sicilian influences are everywhere at Osteria da Nino, one of the best restaurants for Italian in DC's suburbs. The Arlington, Virginia, location means diners leave the hustle and ...

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100% recommended
Italian in Virginia - DC Suburbs
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Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
1,077 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

Warm and whimsical encapsulate the decor at Mele Bistro. Patches of painted and exposed brick contrast with the raw, natural polished wood of the bar and white linen tables. Oven-b...

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100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Ristorante Piccolo

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,450 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Ristorante Piccolo in Historic Georgetown turns any night out into a romantic occasion. Book a table on the second-floor balcony for a stunning view of the C&O Canal to complement ...

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90% recommended

Flavio

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
568 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot
  • Great for Lunch

Flavio offers an unpretentious atmosphere that blends industrial decor with classic Italian food. Exposed brick and uncovered tables put the focus on an affordably priced menu that...

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93% recommended

Ristorante Bonaroti

$$$$·Italian·
Vienna
1,722 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

One of the capital's best-kept secrets, Ristorante Bonaroti is in Vienna, Virginia. This classic restaurant welcomes you with the Italian hospitality that is such a big part of a f...

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97% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Carmine's - Washington DC

$$$$·Italian·
Penn Quarter
5,338 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food

Southern Italian is on the menu at Carmine's in Washington, D.C. Located in the Penn Quarter, a night at this family-friendly restaurant is accessible from every area of the city. ...

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90% recommended
Good for Groups in District of Columbia
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Bellissimo Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Fairfax
1,269 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

The unassuming facade of Bellissimo Restaurant hides a long list of culinary delights. The carpaccio di carne is bright, peppery, and covered in a healthy sprinkle of parmesan. The...

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95% recommended

Il Porto

$$$$·Italian·
Alexandria
1,703 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

Exposed brick, white tablecloths, and a massive fireplace turn Il Porto Ristorante into a dining spot that is nostalgic and cozy. Its Old Town location in Alexandria means there is...

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89% recommended

Fontina Grille

$$$$·Italian·
Rockville
1,154 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Sit back and relax at one of the white-clothed tables at Fontina Grille. The warm wood tones and muted lighting create an intimate atmosphere that encourages congenial conversation...

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98% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Maryland - DC Suburbs

i Ricchi

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,615 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

Exposed beams, dark wood, plenty of patio seating, and intricate murals create unique spaces inside i Ricchi, an authentic Tuscan restaurant in Dupont Circle. The menu is imaginati...

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97% recommended
Best Service in District of Columbia
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Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Manassas
785 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays

Fine dining is at its best at Carmello's. This elegant restaurant combines the flavors of the Mediterranean, Portugal, and Italy for complex plates with an unexpected twist. An awa...

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92% recommended
Mediterranean in Washington, D.C. Area
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