Aperto

4.5
190 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
Chef Luigi Diotaiuti’s latest concept “Aperto” is named after the Italian word for “open”. Featuring an open kitchen, a comfortable atmosphere and honest Italian cuisine, Aperto offers Washingtonians the freshest Italian flavors with a contemporary twist . Aperto’s culinary philosophy combines Chef Luigi’s full-circle vision of providing patrons with the best from the past, present, and future of Italian cuisine while incorporating as many house-made, local, organic, free-range, and sustainably farmed products as possible. Enjoy a delightful Italian-inspired brunch, lunch, or dinner in our carefully appointed, inviting setting. Join us for an aperitivo - Italian cocktails created with our own line of house made liqueurs at Happy Hour or carry out our classic dishes for lunch or dinner. In a hurry? Our Express Lunch packs a robust punch for those on the go. The private room is the perfect location for exclusive Italian style events, and sidewalk dining for Al fresco diners.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian
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Hours of Operation
11:30am to 10:00 pm Monday-Friday
Dinner: 5:00pm to 11:00 pm Friday- Saturday
Sunday : 4 : 30 pm to 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 223-3600
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Luigi Diotaiuti
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Catering
Catering: Personalized catering packages are available on an individual basis. Call us to create the optimal meal plan for your next event.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
20th
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Public Transit
Foggy Bottom station
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 190 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Immaculate attention to every detail!
Aperto gets high marks! Exquisite!
The Salmon was perfectly prepared with a heavenly tarragon lemon sause!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Excellent grilled octopus, fish and the honey lavender Panna cota was delish!

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5.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Enjoyed an outstanding summer Italian seafood salad

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Food was delicious . I had the pasta special and it was outstanding . My table mates enjoyed their dishes also .

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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Pleasent, place, good service, quiet private place

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Had a great experience everyone was so helpful and accommodating. We came in with our 7 month twin grandchildren and they couldn’t do enough to make sure we were comfortable. Food was outstanding. I highly recommend this place for a great Italian meal.

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4.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Excellent service & superb food! Proximity to Hotel Lombardy is a plus for us. We'll certainly come back.

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1.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Working for many years in the 5 star restaurant and hotel business, along with being an editor for a travel and food magazine, I can honestly say that this is one of the worst restaurants for its price that I’ve ever dined it. The waitress was rude and left us for so long the greeter had to take our order. We had to remind them 4 times of our drink order. The pasta was over cooked and under seasoned. The chicken was passable. The bread was warm (highlight of the meal) but we had to request it. Nobody came to us to check on how our food was - I would have sent my pasta back. Understaffed, but as the restaurant was practically empty during graduation week and many conventions, it is clear to see why. Nobody bothered to say goodbye. Awful - don’t bother.

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1.0Dined on 20 May 2018

The food was not good - I would not come back here.

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Aperto accommodated our need for a rather quick meal as we were on the way to a concert at the Kennedy Center. Service staff was terrific. However, I wish the restaurant would permit corkage.

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Great Food! Great service! What a find!!

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Visiting DC for vacation & heard there were many great restaurants in the city. Of all that we tried, this would be the only one I would come back to. The food was terrific. Had the special lobster linguine. Service was attentive without being overwhelming. I had read some reviews complaining about prices, but all the restaurants in DC are higher priced than elsewhere. Keep that in mind.

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

First time there, decided to go since no problem getting a table. Waiter who took our drink order, never returned. We complained and had the drinks complimentary and another waiter took care of our dinner. It was very pleasant. The pasta is excellent. The poor start and first impression put damper on evening. Not charging us for drinks definitely helped when we looked at bill.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great service, very hospitable!

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5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Lunch Menu was very good

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Went here for a business lunch this week. I had never heard of this place before, but I was very happy with the meal. Had the Italian seaside salad, which was excellent. Great service as well. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on 30 April 2018

I can't say enough about this restaurant. I come to DC every three months or so and stay two doors down at the Lombardy. The restaurant, food, staff is impeccable!!! Fresh food, salads fixed to perfection!! We had the cheese ravioli. Magnificent!!! Service excellent and ver atte title but not pushy!!! We absolutely love this place. We will be back!!! Yummy yummy yummy!!!!

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4.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Aperto provided a good variety of foods and wines. Dishes are well conceived and prepared. Service personnel were very accommodating. It is on the expensive side, or I would go more often.

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5.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Food Wass very interesting and uncommon. Enjoyed the pasta dishes and the lamb chops.
Sardine appetizer and salads delicious. Serving staff very attentive, courteous. Wonderful ambience.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Service was great. Food was delicious!

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4.0Dined on 6 April 2018

I had seen prior reviews that raved about the service and the quality of their meals, although several commented the portions were small. Well they must be huge eaters as the 4 of us all had significant portions with our main entrees. If you like mussels as a starter they are excellent - served in a tomato base broth with plenty of bread to soak up the sauce. The fish were brought out on a board allowing you to choose your preference. I am a huge fish fan, and the unique "bream" was very good, although it could have used some of the leftover sauce from the mussels!!! A member of our group had the fish stew and devoured every bite. My wife had the rissotto with shrimp and loved it. The restaurant is where Primi Piatti used to be located. It allows for conversation across the table without having to raise your voice, and this was a Friday evening when the restaurant was nearly filled.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Outstanding food and great service. I ordered chicken, my wife ordered veal. Both were excellent. I definitely plan on returning.

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

very good menu, high quality italian cuisine, in particular excellent pasta and fish dishes; well presented, friendly and competent service; relatively fast, reasonable price; all in a very good experience;

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Wonderful beyond expectations !

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

A litle gem, with perhaps the friendliest service staff in downtown. Discovered this place almost by accident, and have been back several times. Excellent menu--creative, yet focused and exquisitely prepared and presented. The pasta is fresh and imaginatively paired with vegetarian or omnitarian choices, and the whole fish specials are not to be missed.

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Still a bit pricey for the food consumed

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5.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Great restaurant!! Delicious food and excellent service. Friendly environment from the moment you enter the restaurant. I highly recommend it!!

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

We stopped in by chance as we arrived in DC that afternoon. The food was good, staff friendly and convenient to our hotel, the Lombardy.

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

Great restaurant. Chef Luigi is a genius. Every dish was a gem.

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5.0Dined on 28 February 2018

Great food and service, totally solid. Not too noisy, either.

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5.0Dined on 22 February 2018

Excellent Chef and food! Service impeccable! This is my second time for dinner and I ordered a fresh fish which was delicious and perfectly prepared. Last time I ordered a pasta and braised beef that was also delish! Good wine selection too.

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3.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Food was fine. Service was fine. Location near Kennedy Center was useful. Overall, it is overpriced for the quality by far and if it weren’t in the location it is, would not be worth it at all I don’t think.

I don’t expect us to visit this restaurant again - but it’s an option for those looking to dine before an event at the Kennedy Center.

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3.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Food was good we both had the fish of the day, service could have been better- we asked for refill on ginger ale and a new ice tea when food was delivered but never received till we were done and then we had to remind him.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Very nice Valentine’s Day dinner. First visit to Aperto and will return.

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2.0Dined on 13 February 2018

snotty Italian; bad food; uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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5.0Dined on 8 February 2018

Fabulous lunch at this new Italian Resteraunt. Lobster linguine with interesting presentation of the lobster shell. Great service and willingness to change the sauce to oil and garlic rather than the tomato based sauce in the menu. I have had several earlier lunches here and all were excellent. Hard to find that level of consistency elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on 8 February 2018

First time eating here. The food was very good. The service was ok/good. They took drink and food order quickly, told us about specials etc. but fell short on follow up - they could have been a little more attentive to refilling water and ice tea. Also I ordered seafood stew that contained shells so they should have provided a bowl and utensils for removing the shells but I had to flag a server down and ask for it which took several minutes.

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3.0Dined on 7 February 2018

Came for a weeknight, pre-theatre dinner. The staff was attentive, friendly, professional. The atmosphere was nice. We each ordered a salad and the catch of the day. My husband had the snapper and I had the golden-eyed trout. The salads were nice, but not memorable. The fish was well-prepared, but the side dishes were very sparse and seemed to be a bit of an afterthought. We enjoyed it, but we were not wowed.

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5.0Dined on 6 February 2018

Aperto is the real Italian deal; authentic, satisfying Italian food served with style and verve. What a happy place!

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