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Al Dente

Al Dente is serving Italian Cuisine by Chef Roberto Donna near American University.
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350 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
(350 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 350 reviews
5 stars
(122)
4 stars
(143)
3 stars
(64)
2 stars
(17)
1 star
(4)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Ambiance 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(203)
  • fit for foodies(160)
  • great for lunch(88)
  • great for outdoor dining(81)
  • kid-friendly(64)
  • notable wine list(60)
Al Dente Reviews List
Review 1 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 4/25/2016
 2007
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Review 2 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/26/2016
 2005
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Review 3 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 4 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/21/2016
 2006
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/21/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 5 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/15/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 6 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2007
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Review 7 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/17/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2015
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Review 8 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 9 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/13/2016
 2009
Special Features: great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 10 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/13/2016
 2004
Dined on 4/13/2016
 2004
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/13/2016
 2004
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 11 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2006
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2004
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2004
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 13 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/09/2016
 2007
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Review 14 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2006
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2006
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Review 15 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2009
Special Features: great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 16 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/04/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Good food but it was very noisy and had cold air blowing down on us. We asked the waiter about it but he said he couldn't fix it. Finally a busboy turned off the blower."
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 18 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 19 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Pasta Heaven

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Some of the best pasta dishes in DC. Roasted beet salad is first rate and enough for two. Service can be a little slow at times. Only real wish for change would be the high noise level. Your highest noise rating is "Energetic " -- that's not high enough! A better term would be "caution, ear damage ahead". Floor, walls, and ceiling all stone or hard material. Needs some softening."
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 20 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/03/2016
 2003
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Review 21 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2005
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I am a frequent diner, and this is the first time I have been compelled to submit a negative review. This was about the fourth time we have given Al Dente a chance, as we view it as a neighborhood place. The quality of service has been consistently poor. I believe the fault lies in inadequate kitchen staff or insufficient servers or both. Either one of our orders is wrong (or more than one) or there are unacceptable delays in delivery of food and drinks. The famed chef was in the kitchen this time, so he must know about the issues. It is well beyond an issue of new restaurant kinks. If the food were extraordinary, I might forgive these issues some. But the food is just pretty good. The chef should want and offer better."
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2005
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Review 22 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2009
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food was great! Efficiency of service was lacking."
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2009
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Review 23 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/02/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/02/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 24 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/30/2016
 2010
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Review 25 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 3/27/2016
 2009
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Review 26 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great neighborhood restaurant

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Of special note is a great waiter, bartender, sous chef who makes every visit to the restaurant special."
Dined on 3/22/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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Review 27 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Lost its magic?

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Will go back as it's a place in the neighborhood. But really, you can no longer just get a plain arugula salad (it HAS to have 1600 calories of other stuff thrown on top to precede a meal)? And really, you have to ask for bread in an Italian restaurant to then get two little pieces of stale bread? It used to be a place that was flexible and with a European spirit. Now it just feels like a typical DC restaurant that isn't as concerned about patrons as in the past. BUT I'll keep going back. They just should revisit their green salad, bad bread sort of thing going on now..."
Dined on 3/21/2016
 2006
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Review 28 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Loved it!! Calzone and pasta were delicious!!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/20/2016
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 30 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/18/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 31 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/16/2016
 2005
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Dined on 3/16/2016
 2005
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Review 32 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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Review 33 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/16/2016
 2009
Special Features: great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 34 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/13/2016
 2003
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Review 35 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2007
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2007
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Review 36 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/11/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 37 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/11/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 38 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2005
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Review 39 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2005
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2005
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Review 40 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 3/04/2016
 2004
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Review 41 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Al Dente is a neighborhood gem. Never disappoints."
Dined on 12/16/2015
 2011
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Review 42 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/06/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 43 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 3/05/2016
 2009
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Review 44 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/28/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Review 45 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/27/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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Review 46 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Enjoyed my lunch with a friend. Ordered the 3 course lunch special. Fried zucchini flowers are a treat. The ice cream has a rich creamy texture and flavor, but the pasta with Bolognese sauce was disappointing. I thought the sauce was mediocre at best. I'm not giving up. Looking forward to trying other offerings on the menu."
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2005
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 47 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 48 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Chef Roberto rides again

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Despite his recent travails, Roberto Donna remains one of the great Italian chefs. Al Dente is a great showcase for his considerable talents. The ambience is casual and the service friendly, yet professional. The menu leans simple, but the food is perfectly prepared. Antipasti, pastas and secondi are all superb and the wine list is Italian, well chosen and reasonably priced. Bravo, chef!"
Dined on 2/25/2016
 2001
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies
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Review 49 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/23/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 50 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Delicious

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Dined on 2/20/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/20/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Fantastic food. You cannot go wrong with Roberto Donna."
Dined on 2/20/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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