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San Lorenzo, Washington, DC

San Lorenzo

4.8
4.8
67 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Come in and feel transported to the streets of Italy with the beautiful stucco walls and black and white photos of the chef/owner’s quaint hometown. Chef Massimo believes in creating dishes that honor the heritage and flavors of his native Tuscany. The magic of this cuisine is the exceptional preparation — fresh, simple ingredients paired with unique herbs and seasonings for a taste that’s anything but simple. With over 30 years of culinary training - Chef Massimo delivers homemade pastas, sauces, Florentine steak, veal, lamb, fresh fish and exceptional risotto.

Stay tuned for the not-to-be missed tasting menus offered nightly. Also inquire about the unique communal wine lunch experiences on Saturday afternoons that can be booked only directly with management because they book up quickly. If you enjoy dining in Chef Massimo’s ‘San Lorenzo’ home - know he will also come to your home for special occasions or even travel with you within the US and Italy.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 588-8954

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Massimo Fabbri

  • Catering

    We offer an array of catering options from full service dinners cooked in your home with linens, plates, etc. for 6- 100 individuals or even pick-up or delivery for corporate lunches, birthdays, or family dinners to incl. sandwiches, meat & cheese trays, Tuscan rubbed ribs or risotto.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a beautiful space for your special occasion whether day or night. We are a favorite for celebrating birthdays and anniversaries - whether at one of our standard tables along the white brick walls reminiscent of Tuscany or in our private dining space which accommodates 12-20 people. Buyout options are also available for up to 85 people.

  • Area

    Shaw

  • Cross Street

    We are located on 9th Street NW between N & O Streets.

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    We are 2 blocks North of the Convention Center and Mt Vernon Plaza metro.

  • Additional

    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Vegan

Offers

  • WINE FLIGHTS - Come Fly with Us!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 17:00 - 21:00,Mon - Thu - 17:30 - 21:30,Fri - Sat - 17:00 - 22:30
    Come experience the different regions of Italy with a tour of our Italian Wines surrounded by walls that look all too similar to those of romantic Tuscany. Explore our wine list with a selection of 5 wines for $50/person - these include sparkling wines such as Prosecco and Franciacorta, white wines such as Pecorino, Petite Arvine, and Trebbiano, and red wines such as Brunello, Super Tuscan and Primitivo. Come to the bar @ Happy Hour or call in for other available times. And for a real treat, pair the wines with the chef's 4 or 6 course tasting menu (includes vegan/vegetarian/gluten free options). If you're lucky, chef may come out and taste with you and share some insights into pairing and stories about the wine makers he has met.

What 67 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • District of Columbia

    Notable Wine List

  • District of Columbia

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    San Lorenzo was recommended by a friend and did not disappoint. From the hands-off tasting menu experience to the knowledgeable wine pairing recs, we had a great night, leaving full and happy. Props to Christina for her guidance and welcoming demeanor. We will definitely be back when our family visits to treat them to some delicious food in an atmosphere that allows us to converse and connect.
  2. NN

    NiceNightOut

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Again, San Lorenzo lived up to its five star rating. Fresh Prosciutto for an appetizer. Squash soup was amazing and the Rabbit Ragu was impressive again. Finished off with a coffee and some Grappa to make the night complete. Met the owner and his wife who are both very nice and personable. Overall, San Lorenzo is a perfect night out and well work a visit!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely fantastic food and server. We are definitely going back.
  4. FB

    FrancescoB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great italian food
  5. PA

    PA2DCDiner

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious fresh pasta and drinks.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got the chefs menu and it was outstanding, as was the wine (recommended by our server). Great evening
  7. DB

    DuaneB

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food was fantastic. Tables for two were very close together so without trying I could hear the conversation on both sides of our table. It was so loud I had a hard time hearing our server.
  8. NN

    NiceNightOut

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were totally in line with all the previous ratings for San Lorenzo. We had the prosciutto freshly sliced before our eyes. The rabbit ragu was amazing and the pasta was made that day in the kitchen. Amazing! Perfect ambiance. My wife had the Prosecco spritzer and we finished with the pork loin sliced and grilled to perfection. The staff was so helpful. Overall perfect 5 star experience!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely recommend - this was one of the best meals I’ve had in DC! The service was great, extremely friendly and very accommodating. Will absolutely be going back.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, amazing food.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and atmosphere were very good. It was a little loud, and tables were fairly close together but not much else could be done about that given the space. Pasta was great! Proteins were a little dry but flavor was on point.
  12. PH

    PamH

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend told me it was one of her favorite restaurants and we must go. So we did and we were not disappointed.
  13. MF

    MosaicFan

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    All but one table was reserved for large groups. Felt out of place. The halibut was a bit dry.
  14. SS

    SamS

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 7 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious meal! The staff was fantastic and the food was amazing! Everything was so flavorful and tasty. I loved their butternut squash soup of the day so much I ordered it again instead of dessert. I want to go back the next time I visit DC.

    San LorenzoResponded on 14 October 2022Thank you - it was our pleasure!

  15. JC

    JoeC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christina the GM was great! She made the meal memorable with good conversation.

    San LorenzoResponded on 14 October 2022Thank you - it was so nice to have you! We hope to see you again soon!

  16. OF

    OmnivorousFoodie

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience both from the excellent service and by the quality of the food. We ordered the 6-course chef’s tasting menu and each course was flavorful and executed on point. We ordered the wine pairings too and they were very accommodating with our questions and engagement. We took a chance at booking a table at San Lorenzo to celebrate our 8th Anniversary and we are so glad we did!! What a neighborhood gem!!!

    San LorenzoResponded on 14 October 2022Thank you for the kind words. We really enjoyed being a part of our special dinner. We look forward to hosting you again!

  17. RP

    RonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing food, fresh, great ingredients and cooked to perfection! Will 100% be back on my next DC visit.
  18. VR

    VinR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The pasta lunch portion (Parpadelle with Rabbit Ragu) was tiny. For $26 too little food, maybe 80 gr of pasta. The pasta as product was good. The Ragu was no ragu, but a type of dry minced meat. I do understand that prices have to increased, but this is no reason to abuse your customers with tiny portions - the cost of my portion was not more than $3 for. $26 plate.
  19. E

    Elenore

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful in every respect. Our favorite Italian with consistent quality.
  20. DD

    DaceyD

    New York Area

    149 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I sat at the bar - reasonably comfortable seating. Had the squash blossoms to start; they were OK, a bit heavy/greasy. Then the pork tenderloin with mustard sauce, which was excellent. Finally, a nice grappa with a blueberry panna cotta, which I liked a lot. The bartender suggested wine pairings and the grappa; all of his suggestions were superb, especially a primitivo with the pork. Also nice people at the bar - I had a good conversation with a visiting conventioneer. All together, an excellent experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and wine was outstanding! highly recommend!
  22. EF

    EddieFreddie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous evening was had by all!! Food, service, ambiance were all perfecto. Can't wait to return for another fabulous evening.
  23. D

    Debbiedoesdctoo

    Washington DC

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So very good as always.
  24. GD

    GioD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Overall I was underwhelmed. The foccacia was stale, the broccolini were a few days past their prime and the steak had too much grissel and of poor quality considering the price. On the positive side the Ravioli, mango dessert and wine was very good. The stuffed zucchini flowers were about average (nothing special from others I've had in the past).
  25. MC

    MichaelC

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A manager came to us and offered her opinion on the menu and treated us to a taste. She was very pleasant and cool. I only wish she came to us before we ordered. Our waiter was great and very attentive, but was very short on answers. Not that he was rude at all - just maybe new to being a waiter. In any case, he was very attentive and checked in us multiple times. The pappardelle was amazing. The veal was very, very fatty, but flavorful. I guess that’s what veal is supposed to be. I would come back for sure.
  26. R

    Restaurantowner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was Amazing . Chef Massimo and his crew are doing it right!
  27. j

    johna2014

    London

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Business lunch for three people. We all had the sandwiches. Two of us had the combo that included the soup of the day. The soup was a cold velouté that was superb. The sandwiches were well prepared with excellent crusty Italian bread, fresh vegetables and the protein of choice (I had prosciutto). We didn’t sample the bar.
  28. j

    jay1

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I woudl have given 5 stars because the food and the service (waiter and waitress were fantastic, but tables are too close to each other - woudl prefer to pay more for the food but have a bit more space. Also, I woudl appreciate if the cork fee can be lower
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the place to eat calamari ; is your appetizer and makes you want to have it for dinner; over and over again!!! Fresh delicious perfectly portion food. From appetizers to dessert you just want to go back for more. The bread is fresh and deliciously light; perfectly paired with freshly pressed olive oil with kick!! Ask for Felipe; he is a well read foodie!
  30. JG

    JoshG

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Awesome meal, great music!
  31. H

    Hope

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must must must try the squash blossoms and rabbit pappardelle
  32. M

    Manana

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual excellent service and food.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Can’t wait to go back again.

    San LorenzoResponded on 16 July 2022Thank you for your kind words! It is our pleasure.

  34. L

    Laughriot

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Fresh pasta and interesting secondis and antipasti plus a short but interesting drinks list. A great place for a relaxing and authentic Italian dinner in Shaw
  35. R

    Rebecca

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful. The staff were terrific and very helpful. Will return next time we are in DC.

    San LorenzoResponded on 16 July 2022Thank you for your feedback. We hope to welcome you back soon.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had a great experience at this restaurant. The food was full of flavor and I’ve never had such good gnocchi in the US! Definitely recommend!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was incredible. A really nice Italian spot! Definitely will be coming back

    San LorenzoResponded on 3 July 2022We appreciate your thoughts and the time in writing us a review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

  38. RJ

    RJCJ

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The only flaw is the limited menu options for people who do not eat fish or meat.
  39. JW

    JasmineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was impressed with the food and the service alike, at San Lorenzo. The plates were unique and the food was impressively fresh. The servers were very accommodating and the GM Christina is a delight! I will definitely visit this hidden gem, again!

    San LorenzoResponded on 3 July 2022Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to host you. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

  40. w

    wjm1

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    As always, fantastic food. Lobster risotto might be the best dish in DC!

    San LorenzoResponded on 3 July 2022Thank you for your visit. If you should ever have a favorite dish that you would like to see on the menu or featured as a special for an upcoming visit - just give us a call 24-48 hours in advance and we will do our best to have that special dish! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Your support is appreciated!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

San Lorenzo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 588-8954.

San Lorenzo is rated 4.8 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for San Lorenzo

1316 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001-4208

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    We are located on 9th Street NW between N & O Streets.

  • Area

    Shaw

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    We are 2 blocks North of the Convention Center and Mt Vernon Plaza metro.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive Chef

    Massimo Fabbri

  • Additional

    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (202) 588-8954

  • Catering

    We offer an array of catering options from full service dinners cooked in your home with linens, plates, etc. for 6- 100 individuals or even pick-up or delivery for corporate lunches, birthdays, or family dinners to incl. sandwiches, meat & cheese trays, Tuscan rubbed ribs or risotto.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a beautiful space for your special occasion whether day or night. We are a favorite for celebrating birthdays and anniversaries - whether at one of our standard tables along the white brick walls reminiscent of Tuscany or in our private dining space which accommodates 12-20 people. Buyout options are also available for up to 85 people.

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