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About Aperto

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.

2013 I St NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Italian

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

Cross street:
20th

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$31 to $50

Payment options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 223-3600

Website:
http://www.apertodc.com/

Catering:
Catering: Personalized catering packages are available on an individual basis. Call us to create the optimal meal plan for your next event.

Public Transport:
Foggy Bottom station

Executive Chef:
Luigi Diotaiuti

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

Aperto Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.4

Ambience

4.3

Value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
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Worth the Drive (3)
Casual (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Fun (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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Food5
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 (Miami)·Dined on 14 January 2018

Chef Luigi is one of a kind. Everything here is absolutely to die for!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 January 2018

Overall, it was great. I was surprised when the bill came at the cost. The caprese salad was amazing. The chef used roasted red peppers instead of tomatoes which was yummy. However, I thought overall, it was overpriced. Albeit the food was very good, I would not go back again and pay that price - maybe it's just me but to give you a reference, the bill came to $360 (before tip) for 4 people. We did have drinks but no more than 2 a person. I'm Italian and love Italian food but I know where to go that is just as good for a lot less:)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on 6 January 2018

Wonderful meal, service and hospitality! Definitely recommend!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 January 2018

We had a pretty early reservation time (pre-theater) on a very cold night so the ambiance was probably not the same as a typical Friday. (We were the only table when we began and one of three when we left.) Cocktails and wine were good. I had a burrata appetizer which had a strange flavor - the cheese was more tangy/sharp than I've ever experienced for burrata and that made it mildly unpleasant. I followed up with the risotto of the day (mushroom) which made up for what it lacked in interesting mushrooms but being extra heavy/creamy. It didn't seem to be creamy from the starch of the rice but through cream and butter. I ended up only eating a third. Our waiter was charming although he did seem to disappear towards the end (which was odd given how empty the restaurant was). The menu wasn't particularly interesting so I had expected staple Italian dishes to be particularly good, but my husband and I both found our food lacking. Overall it was fine, but mildly disappointing. I wouldn't necessarily avoid the restaurant, but there are plenty of other places to go.

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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 January 2018

Great cocktails and food was excellent

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Food4
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 (Richmond)·Dined on 1 January 2018

Very nice restaurant. The fish of the day and grilled octopus were very good. There are a few non-run of the mill desserts that are good to sample. House made lemoncello is a must . Excellent service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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Food4
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on 29 December 2017

this is truly authentic Italian food served beautifully in a lovely setting -- it is right next to the hotel we were staying at so it seemed an easy choice -- even got to practice my little Italian -- Highly recommend for occasions that call for good food and good wine

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic
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Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 December 2017

The mesclun salad had a dressing that was a bit too tinged with vinegar.
the laganelle with lamb was very good, but the pasta was on the soft side, not aldnte. I must admit, however that it was part of a sort of stew and so perhaps it had to be softer.
Cake was fine.
I like the place and the wait staff.
I woke at night with much gas. Don't know why.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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Food3
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Service2
Value2

 
 (Orlando)·Dined on 28 December 2017

Thyme sauce ravioli was excellent but literally an appetizer portion for $27. And I often think restaurant portions are too large so am not looking for large amts. Lobster linguine was beautifully presented with nice pieces of lobster, but that’s where it stopped. Had blandish sauce and was far too salty. At $35 had the potential to be a great dish, but really fell short. Service was ok. Not warm or welcoming but competent. Would not go back. Felt like a restaurant that either is riding on an old reputation or doesn’t care because it gets 1x tourists.

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Food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on 27 December 2017

Great food and service, even our 4 year old grandson cleaned his plate... well close enough!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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Food5
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·Dined on 25 December 2017

Loved the food, staff and setting! A little pricy, would reserve for special occasions ☺️

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 December 2017

First visit. Everything was delicious and the service was just right. Attentive but not overbearing.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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Food2
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·Dined on 3 December 2017

Food was salty. Martinis were small and not made to standard. Saturday night and only five tables full. It was disappointing.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on 2 December 2017

My husband and I had an 8:00 pm Friday night reservation and were excited to try it after reading several raving reviews. When we got there Aperto was dead with only two tables full in the main dining room. The loud techno music (which reminded me of a hotel gym) was also disconcerting, as was our waiter’s attitude (who also seemed to be the host and bartender). The wine menu was reasonably extensive, but expensive by the glass. My husband ordered a glass of prosecco and I ordered a glass of Nebbiolo. We ordered a scallop appetizer. And for $19 we were extremely disappointed. The appetizer came with three scallops the size of quarters with some lightly dressed greens and a smear of cannellini beans. We almost left then and there. But ended up ordering the lamb Ragu and the Roman pasta, both which were tasty, but overpriced. And did I mention that the waiter was completely on attentive and had an attitude? Overall, very disappointed and would not go back again.

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Food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 1 December 2017

Very enjoyable dinner in an authentic Milanese atmosphere. An excellent wine list and the dishes are beautifully presented and tastefully prepared. Friendly and helpful service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 November 2017

I have always had a great experience at Aperto — for lunch or dinner. The service is impeccable and the food is superior. I’ve dined there with my daughter’s first boyfriend as we got to know each other, with co-workers for their annual reviews, and with my husband and daughter after a gallery experience. I recommend Aperto for a fine dining experience—any time.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 November 2017

Food was very good, a little pricey. Cocktails great. Service left a lot to be desired. Some waiters were attentive while others lacking proper attention.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 November 2017

My friend and I work near Aperto so we decided to try it for dinner. We had an amazing meal as the food was so delicious. My friend had branzino that was so fresh and cooked perfectly. I had the pasta with lamb ragu which is one of my favorite dishes. The food was superb- high quality, cooked perfectly and the best fish, pasta and lamb that we both have had! The waiter was wonderful, friendly and helped guide us in our selections when we asked. APERTO has excellent food, wonderful ambiance and priced right for what they deliver.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Romantic
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Food5
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Service4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 12 November 2017

I had a wonderful meal the other day. The waitstaff is well trained and attentive without being overbearing. The wine list was superb and had many options to choose from. There were many specials so make sure you are paying attention. I ordered the lamb and it was wonderful and cooked to the correct temperature. The food came quickly and I appreciated the open kitchen. Make sure you leave room for dessert as the Tiramisu was amazing.
Overall, I would recommend this restaurant and plan to eat here again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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Food5
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on 11 November 2017

Food was very good not cheap but with the cost.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on 9 November 2017

Fantastic meals and outstanding service and attention to detail.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on 8 November 2017

Wonderful food and service. Loved it.

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Food5
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Service4
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on 3 November 2017

Loved the Octopus. Owner/chef very hands on, actually took our order and served us. True Italian and clearly wants you to have an experience. Wonderful! Definitely enjoy!

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Food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 November 2017

Wonderful atmosphere. Chef came out to talk with us.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 November 2017

Excellent all around!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 October 2017

Very nice ambiance, felt European, food excellent; salads were fresh and delicious, everyone had a different pasta and we enjoyed sampling one another’s.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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Food2
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Service2
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 October 2017

Found it disappointing. Can't recommend it to anyone

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 October 2017

I was a huge fan of Primi Piatti and glad to say Aperto is a worthy successor. Two issues, there were a couple of ants on the table, which I trapped under a wine glass, and the pannacotta was not creamy enough.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 21 October 2017

Rare to find a place where you receive superior attention, food, and special cocktails! The lobster risotto made me weak. We were treated like royalty in the way Italian restaurants used to be. We laughed and said goodbye to the staff like old friends.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 7 October 2017

This place is a gem. Had dinner here 10/6 with family for special occasion. Great food, ambiance and service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 October 2017

I enjoy Aperto. I like the service and the food.
My guests (who did not get pastas) seemed to find ti to be good but not excellent. One found "too many" mussels in his stew. One thought his dessert should be bigger.
I hope the restaurant stays and continues to grow.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Business Meals
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Food3
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 (Richmond)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Food rather overpriced for presentation and quality.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 September 2017

The Manzo (prime beef strip loin tagliata) was excellent and exactly as ordered; perfect manhattans were mixed perfectly and service was attentive ... right up until the end of dinner, when the dining room filled up and things got busy. Then, everything fell apart. It was a good dining experience gone sour, and I doubt I would ever go back. Nothing's worse than finishing dessert, ready to wrap up the evening, waiting for the espresso you ordered (never to come) and then looking up to see your erstwhile server running around the dining room, totally overwhelmed and blind to your plight. We watched helplessly for a good long time while he ran from table to table, satisfying one request after another, and completely forgetting us, when all we really needed at that point was the check. We felt like captives because for a good 20 minutes, we were. There we sat, empty dessert dishes sitting there staring back at us, stuck with nothing to do but chat with each other about how sad the service had become, and watch the couple at the table next to us canoodle and paw at each other under the table cloth (well, barely under), and wish we were just about anywhere else. At least the server didn't bill us for the espresso that never materialized, but he didn't even acknowledge that he blew it off. And I say "blew it off" because when I signaled for the check long after my Gelato was just a memory, he said "Espresso?" (No, check please). It was that classic moment when the waiter realizes what has happened and writes you off for the evening because, I guess, he assumes (incorrectly in this case) that he has lost the tip. Life's too short to take another chance on this "contemporary Italian cuisine," sorry to say. Aperto is Italian for "open" but maybe this particular cafe should have kept its doors shut until they could hire enough staff.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on 7 September 2017

Came here for a birthday with friends and family, food and service were stellar as always. 100% would recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 September 2017

I've been to the restaurant 3-4 times and have enjoyed the food very much.
A critical friend did not enjoy his lamb chops and thought that the furniture looked old.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 20 August 2017

Burrata made by angels, and a pasta with a ragu that was divine. Wine list is limited, but OK, and the deserts coule be passed without loss.

Excellent!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on 20 August 2017

We were staying in D.C. and wanted a romantic 30th anniversary dinner. So we went to Aperto which was right down the street where we were staying. A reservation was made, we arrived early but did not have to wait, we were seated immediately. Tony came over and introduced himself as our server for the dinner. He asked what we would like to drink, my husband asked if he could suggest a wine, which he did, a rose'. He asked if I would like to taste it before we ordered it, yes, I said. I liked it. Tony brought a bottle and my husband tasted it first, then Tony poured it for us. We ordered a cheese plate that had several slices of different cheeses, slices of peaches and bread, yum, we also shared an Arugula salad which had beets, little orange slices and walnuts dressed with a balsamic lemon dressing, both were so good. Our entree was the Caccincino (spelling?) Seafood stew and a Linguine with Lobster. Both were excellent. For dessert we had an orange infused pound cake sprinkled with powdered sugar and glace'. Tony was great helpful, attentive and happy to be of service. If we return to D.C. we would definitely come back. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 19 August 2017

Excellent restaurant sort of hidden away near George Washington University. Great ambiance and food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 August 2017

We had lunch here, and the experience just exceeded my expectations in a big way. We all enjoyed our lunch.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 12 August 2017

We love Aperto, particularly for pre-theater dining because it's close to the Kennedy Center shuttle. It's very pretty, the service is attentive without being overwhelming. But the food is very good! Beautifully presented and very delicious! It's a "go-to" restaurant for us and we hope many other people discover it as it's fairly new.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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