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Al Dente

Al Dente is serving Italian Cuisine by Chef Roberto Donna near American University.
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287 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
(287 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 287 reviews
5 stars
(102)
4 stars
(115)
3 stars
(51)
2 stars
(16)
1 star
(3)
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(170)
  • fit for foodies(141)
  • great for lunch(73)
  • great for outdoor dining(71)
  • kid-friendly(52)
  • notable wine list(52)
Al Dente Reviews List
Review 1 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/03/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 2 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/21/2016
 2005
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Review 3 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 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 1/31/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 4 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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 5 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2005
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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 6 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
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 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 7 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dinner with friends

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 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Six of us gathered Friday January 29 for an impromptu dinner at Al Dente. Everything was hopping at the restaurant. Despite the busy scene the staff quickly found our reservation and seated us. Our waiter took orders for refreshments and left us with menus. When he returned with drinks, he answered all question, made some recommendations and carefully took orders. While our food was being cooked he returned to check on us and replenished our drinks as requested.
The food arrived, was beautifully presented and tasted even better. Everyone was delighted.
In sum, really good staff (attentive, polite, and knowledgabe); food was very good and presented beautifully; ambiance was comfortable not showy ; total cost of the evening somewhat pricey."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2016
Special Features: neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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Review 8 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
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 1/30/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 9 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 1/26/2016
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 10 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/18/2016
 2007
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Review 11 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/25/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/25/2016
 2009
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 1/25/2016
 2009
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent Food and Service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"This is a go-to place in the neighborhood near American University. The food is outstanding and the wait staff is much improved from last year. Our server was well informed about all aspects of the menu and very pleasant. Because of the large number of families who come to Al Dente for their superb pizza and Italian entrees, I would recommend that the management considers family nights or family specials ( i.e. 5 to 6:30 pm) or separate the seating in the restaurant so if you are a couple you do not end up seated next to groups of young noisy children and their parents. They do have some bar tables, but not enough to accommodate all the couples when it is crowded."
Dined on 1/25/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

As usual an enjoyable meal.

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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Our neighborhood fave with consistently good food and wonderful pizza."
Dined on 11/18/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 14 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 1/19/2016
 2011
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 15 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

The food is good but is priced at an elite level.

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"The service was attentive but presentation was not up to the quality nor PRICE of the food. Hate the fluro tube lights on the perimeter. Seems to be struggling for identity----fancy family pizza joint or foodie bistro"
Dined on 1/17/2016
 2005
Special Features: kid-friendly
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Review 16 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2010
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Am glad to have this in the neighborhood.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/14/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 18 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food not great

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Dined on 1/09/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2015
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"This was my second visit and I don't think I will be going back unless for a pizza which is a shame because we leave near by. We ordered a pasta and a fish - both were below average. Desert was okay at best. Very overpriced for such a mediocre meal. Service was not great either - we had to wave our arms and call after the waiter each time we needed an attention."
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2015
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Review 19 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
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/09/2016
 2006
Special Features: good for groups, fit for foodies
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Review 20 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2011
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2011
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 22 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 23 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

As usual a great place for food

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We dine here a lot and I enjoy it all the time. This time is was good fish for one of us and a great pizza for the other. The meatball appetizers were fine too."
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 24 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Overpriced and food has no taste

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"The beet salad came as a plate filled with argula, few bits of beet under the pile, along with two bits of cheese. For $16.00. The waitress did not mention that the pizza ordered also came with a large pile of uncooked raw argula on top, except to "joke" about it when the pizza was delivered. The pizza had very little on it, but argula, but it was a least cheaper than the bad salad. The pasta with boar mead was coarse shredded meat and in a tomato sauce that had no seasoning, so there was nothing to tame the game taste of the boar. All in all very good company at dinner, but poor food. The service did not volunteer information, but was friendly with lots of smiles and attentive. The bar looks nice so it could be great for a drink or beer and pizza. But for anything else, I do not recommend it."
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2005
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Review 25 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Feat of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, 2015

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"This was our second Christmas Eve at Al Dente. We brought five newbies and wanted them to love it. Not meant to be.
The Italian tradition of seven courses of seafood on Christmas Eve is an enjoyable novelty to most non-Italians; that alone can take a restaurant quite far. But, an hour long wait for a reserved table -- in 20 minute increments, which effectively keeps one captive from ditching and eating next-door at Chef Geoff's -- is a lot to ask. When finally seated, the restaurant's apology was two baskets of bread. Really? Is it unreasonable to expect that a 7.45 dinner reservation could co-exist with a 10pm Christmas Eve mass, 10 minutes away? And, wouldn't a bottle of wine or a round of desserts have been a more generous offer for the disruption in our holiday plans?
Apart from the inconsiderate, delayed beginning, the food was inconsistent and not as imaginative -- nor as generous (there's that word again) ---as 2014. The first three courses were lovely and well-timed. Following that, delicate clams were smothered in a bowl of salty sausage and tomato sauce; gnocchi with shrimp was delicious but scant; branzino, too, was tasty but scant. The seventh fish is actually not a fish at all, but the Italian sweet, struffoli, which were as leaden and dismal as my own mother's. Last year's were lighter, more refined and more palatable. In any case, they are neither a fish nor a proper dessert.
Don't know if we'll return to Al Dente for Christmas Eve next year. The $49, seven-course meal was a good value last year, although service lacked. This year service was good , but the wait and uneven quality and portions were hard to swallow. I'll bet that old saw has been used in food reviews longer than the wait for our table."
Dined on 12/24/2015
 2007
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Review 26 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 12/28/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/27/2015
 2002
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Review 28 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/28/2015
 2004
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Review 29 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
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/27/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 30 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/24/2015
 2013
Dined on 12/24/2015
 2013
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 12/24/2015
 2013
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 31 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/24/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 32 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 12/21/2015
 2006
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Review 33 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 12/19/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 34 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/19/2015
 2005
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Review 35 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 36 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
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 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 12/18/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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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 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/15/2015
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 38 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/14/2015
 2013
Dined on 12/14/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/14/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 39 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
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/08/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 40 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Pizza

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
"Consistent in making great thin crust pizza. We love it. It's delicious!"
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 41 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/11/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/11/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/11/2015
 2015
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Review 42 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 12/05/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/05/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/05/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 43 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 12/04/2015
 2007
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Review 44 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
Dined on 11/29/2015
 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 45 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
Dined on 11/29/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 46 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/24/2015
 2005
Dined on 11/24/2015
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/24/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We always enjoy eating here. Kudos always for the pastas. On Thanksgiving they served a fixed price meal. We enjoyed tasting all the dishes but way too much food for the two of us. We will certainly go again."
Dined on 11/26/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 48 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Roberto Donna still a Master Chef

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/22/2015
 2004
Dined on 11/22/2015
 2004
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Chef Roberto Donna may have traded his haute cuisine restaurant for a more "simple" approach with this more modest one, but his exacting standards are absolutely still in full display at Al Dente. He himself is there most of the time and his quality standards are not diminished. The pastas are nothing short of sublime and there is always something new to try, albeit seasonal, in the entrees or the appetizers or pastas. And the servings are quite large. I have never been disappointed at Al Dente."
Dined on 11/22/2015
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 49 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 11/21/2015
 2015
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"As always, best kept secret in the DMV"
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2015
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Review 50 for Al Dente
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/20/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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