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
784 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
96% recommended
Romance in Washington, D.C. Area

Siroc Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,173 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
100% recommended
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Floriana

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
2,871 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
  • Outdoor Eating
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
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

RPM Italian - DC

$$$$·Italian·
Washington DC
3,607 reviews
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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
96% recommended
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Café Milano

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
3,024 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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
89% recommended
Hot Spot in District of Columbia

Cesco Osteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
1,100 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Outdoor Eating
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
92% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Maryland - DC Suburbs
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Ristorante La Perla of Washington

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
1,254 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
98% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Osteria da Nino

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
1,118 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Urbana Dining & Drinks

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Dupont Circle
1,457 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings
  • Happy Hour
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
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Mele Bistro (formerly Village Bistro)

$$$$·Italian·
Arlington
1,009 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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
97% recommended
Italian in Virginia - DC Suburbs

Ristorante Piccolo

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
2,311 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
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
96% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Flavio

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
505 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for Birthdays
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
88% recommended
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Ristorante Bonaroti

$$$$·Italian·
Vienna
1,615 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Romance
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
98% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Carmine's - Washington DC

$$$$·Italian·
Penn Quarter
5,302 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
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
1,215 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
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
92% recommended

Il Porto

$$$$·Italian·
Alexandria
1,534 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
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
94% recommended

Fontina Grille

$$$$·Italian·
Rockville
1,068 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Outdoor Eating
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
94% recommended
Neighbourhood Gem in Maryland - DC Suburbs

i Ricchi

$$$$·Italian·
Dupont Circle
3,566 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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
88% recommended
Best Service in District of Columbia

Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Manassas
753 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
98% recommended
Best Overall in Virginia - DC Suburbs

La Panetteria

$$$$·Italian·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
749 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
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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