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
776 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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 tRead more
93% recommended
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Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,169 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
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 seasonalRead more
97% recommended
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Floriana

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
2,792 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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 inRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in District of Columbia

RPM Italian - DC

$$$$·Italian·
Washington DC
3,607 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
RPM Italian in D.C. continues the tradition of excellence set by the Chicago restaurant of the same name. The ultra-modern decor creates a clean slate for the elegant updates to trRead more
94% recommended
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Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,924 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 frRead more
88% recommended

Cesco Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,077 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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. TeaRead more
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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Ristorante La Perla of Washington

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
1,234 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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 emphaRead more
93% recommended
Best Value in District of Columbia

Osteria da Nino

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
1,065 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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 Read more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Washington, D.C. Area

Urbana Dining & Drinks

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Dupont Circle
1,455 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
Dupont Circle, one of the most well-known neighborhoods in Capital City, is also home to some of the best Italian in DC. Urbana, a casual Italian eatery, is part of the food scene Read more
89% recommended

Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
968 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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-bRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Ristorante Piccolo

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,263 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 Read more
94% recommended

Flavio

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
489 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
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 thatRead more

Ristorante Bonaroti

$$$$·Italian·
Vienna
1,566 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 fRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Carmine's - Washington DC

$$$$·Italian·
Penn Quarter
5,301 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
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. Read more
89% recommended
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Bellissimo Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Fairfax
1,197 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • 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. TheRead more
90% recommended

Il Porto

$$$$·Italian·
Alexandria
1,437 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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 isRead more
91% recommended

Fontina Grille

$$$$·Italian·
Rockville
1,035 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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 conversationRead more
96% recommended
Best Value in Maryland - DC Suburbs

i Ricchi

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,546 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 imaginatiRead more
85% recommended
Best Overall in District of Columbia

Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Manassas
728 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 awaRead more
92% recommended

La Panetteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
749 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Impeccable service and a cozy, old-world atmosphere keep diners coming back to La Panetteria. This Bethesda gem features a menu that pulls from the best of both Northern and SoutheRead more
93% recommended
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