Make a booking

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM

Aperto

4.4
172 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary Italian
Top tags:
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary Italian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(202) 223-3600
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress Code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive Chef
Luigi Diotaiuti
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Catering: Personalized catering packages are available on an individual basis. Call us to create the optimal meal plan for your next event.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighbourhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
20th
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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 172 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Quiet
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Service was great. Food was delicious!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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;

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Wonderful beyond expectations !

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Still a bit pricey for the food consumed

Report
Helpful
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!!

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 28 February 2018

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

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

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

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on 13 February 2018

snotty Italian; bad food; uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
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!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on 6 February 2018

Menu is nice and diverse. My guest liked his pasta with veal ragu. My grilled calamari was not hot enough and altho some of the big pieces were nicely cooked others were mealy. Service was excellent for the first half of the meal then made a steady decline. My tea was forgotten for all of dessert and then promised as we received the check.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 1 February 2018

Great food! We stumbled on this place thanks to open table- what’s near me with an open reservation. What a great meal!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 30 January 2018

The food and service were excellent and the staff was friendly and attentive. Great for dinner as parking is very easy. I think that prices could be somewhat modified. Vodka on the rocks was a generous portion but $14.00 is more than I've paid even in New York. On the other hand, Limoncello and after dinner drink was gratis and much appreciated.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

Great service and amazing service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Great find!! Went for Restaurant week but ordered a few of the daily specials...amazing! Fresh high quality ingredients and presentation fantastic!!!

Only complaint they did not have our reservation..strange since I had a confirmation. But seated us with no problem, after I showed them the confirmation.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

The food cooked to perfection and the staff was friendly and always made sure you were always taken care of without being over you all the time.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

We tried Aperto as part of Restaurant Week in DC. We were thoroughly impressed and will be back soon.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Sensational food! Best ravioli I have ever eaten. Food quality superb! A wonderful dining experience. Highly recommend this authentic dining experience!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 26 January 2018

First time there, but won’t be the last! Very warm, attractive place and the staff was very friendly. Food was very good.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

lovely dinner during restaurant week. Tony, our server was professional and helpful. following his suggestions, we chose the grilled squid and a delightful lamb pasta dish. Both were delicious.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on 25 January 2018

Food was very good. Service was mediocre. Server seemed distracted

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 23 January 2018

First time eating there during restaurant week. Food was wonderful and service was outstanding. I would go back there to eat again.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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:)

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 14 January 2018

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 6 January 2018

Wonderful meal, service and hospitality! Definitely recommend!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 4 January 2018

Great cocktails and food was excellent

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
5