La Tomate

4.3
534 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Outdoor Eating
Since 1987, La Tomate has been Dupont Circle's neighborhood bistro, featuring affordable regional Italian cuisine in a warm ambiance.

A window-clad bar and dining room offer charming avenue views onto Connecticut avenue . Enjoy an extended season of “al fresco” dining on our lush outdoor patio.

La Tomate proudly inaugurated La Tomate Caffè adjacent to its current Bistro in which serves up brioche and homemade sweets, espresso, coffee drinks , traditional breakfast as well as artisanal-cut domestic and Italian charcuterie and panini.

We are committed to providing quality service and excellent food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. We invite you to join us for breakfast a casual lunch, happy hour, dinner, weekend brunch or group events.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Bistro, Café
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Hours of Operation
Bistro: Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Caffe: Weekdays 8.30 am - 8 pm Weekends 9 am - 8 pm

La Tomate will be open on Thanksgiving
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Phone number
(202) 667-5505
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Domenico Apollaro
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Catering
A perfect solution for your catering needs, La Tomate a wide variety of catering solutions, from pastas, to entrees and salads, as well as individual or mixed platters from our Prosciutto Bar: a connoisseur selection of imported and domestic cured meats, cut to order on an artisanal hand slicer. Vegetarian options including fresh and creamy buffalo mozzarella, are also available.


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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
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Parking Details
Laz Parking

2001 S Street NW

Washington DC, 20009

(Between Connecticut Ave. & 20th St.)

Hours: Weekdays after 5pm, Saturdays & Sunday is closed (However we offer a six dollar credit to park at a garage of your choice)
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Public Transit
Red Line, Dupont Circle
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Special Events & Promotions
La Tomate provides on-site banquet facilities for all your special event needs, from private luncheons, receptions or dinners, to corporate events, wedding showers and birthday parties. We offer private and semi private spaces.

Catering services are also available for your parties at home, business lunches, cocktail parties and dinners.
Additional
Bar Dining, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 534 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

This was a real find after the theater. Great service. Lovely setting. Interesting, delicious menu. Can’t wait to dine outside when the weather cools. This is going to be a regular stop in the future. A totally enjoyable experience.

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4.0Dined on 23 July 2018

Food was outstanding and innovative. Much fancier than it used to be. But the service, although pleasant and competent, was very slow. Nonetheless, it was overall a fine dinner and certainly worthy of a return.

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2.0Dined on 22 July 2018

I HAVE BEEN COMING HERE FOR YEARS, WHEN GEORGE WAS ALIVE. I TRULY THINK THEY HAVE LOST THEIR WAY. I ALMOST THINK THEY FORGOT WE WERE THERE. NO MORE

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Everything was lovely! The food is delicious and authentic; we loved it!

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

La Tomate has a new chef from Italy and has upgraded its's menu to include some very creative, delicious, gourmet meals in addition to its good, comfort food pasta and Italian dishes.

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Always loved La Tomate. Have been going here for over 20 years. Recent new chef and new menu! Only makes what was already great even better.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Delicious food and great service! We tried some new menu items and were very pleased.

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

La Tomate is a few blocks from my home and has always been a great place to go especially for the beautiful patio. However in the last year the Manager Jonathan has brought in a new chef who is making significantly fabulous culinary upgrades and changes. He is transforming the food and experience into something spectacular. I find myself craving the homemade pastas and amazingly fresh fish dishes with inspired sauces and sides. I understand they’ll soon be making homemade breads (my fav) so I’m looking forward to this. My only possible negative comment is that their wine list, while very nice, could be expanded. Back to the good - Service is fabulous and the bar tenders are great - Their Gin Ricky with a little elderberry lacquer is amazing. As I’m writing this I’m starting to crave their food so heading down for lunch on the patio!

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

We've been eating at La Tomate a long time but had not been there for a while. They have some new menu items and they did not disappoint. In particular, we had the new foglie d'ulivo, a pasta shaped like a leaf with crumbled sausage, tomatoes and dollops of burrata cheese. HIGHLY recommend that one.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

It was a great evening at La Tomate. New items from the relatively new chef, and they were good. The garlic soup was excellent, as were the lamb chops. Loved the verdicchio wine. My dinner partner had the pork medallions, also an excellent choice. It was a very pleasant evening, and will be repeated quite soon!

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

The Sunday brunch menu was full of appetizing items. It was beautiful to sit outside and observe the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

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2.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Only OK but prices fair

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4.0Dined on 28 May 2018

This restaurant has improved with the hiring of a new chef who really knows how to cook excellent Italian food and the presentation is terrific

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

All service providers were extremely nice and helpful. The portions were on the smaller side. Would return.

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2.0Dined on 26 May 2018

The service was very poor. The food was okay, but certainly not worth the price. The pasta selection was fairly small given that it’s an Italian restaurant. The worst part of the evening was that the waiter seemed wasted. He was very slow to bring us food and was clearly trying to rush us out of the restaurant even though we were sitting outside and there were other open tables. I would not go back or recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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5.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Excellent home made Italian food & seafood. Beautiful outdoor seating. Excellent and unusual desserts.

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4.0Dined on 23 May 2018

Happy anniversary dinner served capably by Justin was delicious & enjoyed on the patio .. beet salad appetizer, lamb chops, polenta & asparagus tasty! The complimentary tira misu was a 😋bonus

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3.0Dined on 20 May 2018

The dinner was fair. Salmon dish was very small and not the best piece. The Italian dish was fairly tasteless.

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4.0Dined on 18 May 2018

As always, excellent although disappointed that they did not have my favorite dessert: Aspasia.

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1.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Service was slow and almost non existent. The food was poorer. Bread and meal were dry. The caprese had no flavor.

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

It had been awhile since my friends and I had gotten together and one of them suggested we meet up at La Tomate (again) but I made the reservations to ensure we wouldn't have to wait for a table. The location is easy to get to with METRO (Dupont Circle) and, although there is outside seating, I decided we would sit inside (plus, it was a bit rainy but they do have an awning that covers some of the outside area....maybe NEXT time on a nice, Summer evening!)

Food was wonderful (I had the salmon) and loved, loved, LOVED the Lemoncello Blush as my drink for the evening. The ambiance and location was great for an evening for friends to catch up on what's been going on (Gee! Was it over a year since we last saw each other??!) We were able to talk and hear one another and our waiter/server gave us plenty of time to decide, drink, and eat without feeling like we had to get in and get out. Friendly and accommodating place! Excellent selection of food -- especially since one friend has gone "vegetarian" these days.

Would return to this place for another meet up! Another wonderful evening for friends to catch up!!!

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Mothers day

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2.0Dined on 13 May 2018

The food is fine when you finally get it, but service is so terrible that when it arrives you probably will have lost your appetite. My review is based upon a recent Mother's Day visit to the restaurant. The restaurant acknowledged that there were problems with service that day, but nothing should ever disrupt service to that extent.
We will not return to the restaurant, and will discourage others from going there.

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Food: excellent
Ambiance: we sat outside and wanted quiet and that's what we got
Service: they weren't authentic Italian, but very friendly and focused on having us enjoy our meal
Noise: got a table outside and away from other tables. Perfect!

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3.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Was totally disappointed.
it used to be much better as I remember....
No more for us.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

New chef, amazing food! Pasta is delicious. Attentive and friendly staff. Great outdoor seating. Hadn't been before today, but I will be back :-)

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Lovely restaurant service is very good. Food is varied and enjoyable. All dishes needed some spice. But eat here whenever in dc.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Caesar Salad excellent, Calimari fantastic, Lamb Chops wonderful, Bread very nice, however my date’s CAPELLI D'ANGELO was barely edible. The ball of pasta was pressed together, barely warm, and had no flavor. She doesn’t like to raise a fuss so wouldn’t let me send it back. The “bacon” on it was cold and tasteless as well. At no time did anyone stop by and ask how we were doing until we finished.
I’ve been there four times and have been pleased, so I was very surprised this entree was so bad. We may go back.

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5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

Great for all occasions. Terrific location.

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Celebrating the third anniversary of our move to DC.

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2.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Im confused by the positive reviews. Some dishes are inedible (cheesecake) and others are simply poorly cooked ie mushy pasta and tough, un-flavorful, meat.... shocking given the price point.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Great new chef!

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4.0Dined on 23 April 2018

We had not been to LaTomate for a number of years and did not remember it fondly. But we agreed to meet a friend there and were pleasantly surprised. The service was excellent and the food a very good effort to be Italian (full disclosure: we lived in Italy for nearly a decade and find "authentic" Iatalian cuisine hard to find in the U.S. LaTomate did a pretty good job and we'll willingly return the next time we are in the DuPont Circle area.

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5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Met up with ab old friend- ate great prosciutto and talked for hours- pasta with duck ragout - excellent!

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5.0Dined on 16 April 2018

The food was delicious, the wine excellent and the service outstanding! Very comfortable and welcoming.

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3.0Dined on 16 April 2018

I reserved for two seats but usually when I show up without reservations I get a better table. The one I got this time was a round little white table close to other tables which makes you uncomfortable because you sit too close to others.

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

The food was fantastic. Had an issue with my order, it got lost in the kitchen, so everyone around me got their food and nearly left before I even got my salad. The waiter was useless in straightening this out. But once I asked for the manager, he got things moving and covered my main dish along with a glass of wine. So in the end they made it right. The 3 star service comment is about the waiter- not the manager. He did his best to apologize and make it up to me. So great recovery!!!

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

On Sunday the grill was being repaired and only part of the menu was available. We shared three choices from prosciutto bar and each had a pasta: the seafood pasta made with squid ink and the Venetian ragú, served on papardelle in place of the menu’s listed rigatoni. Both pastas were tasty.

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1.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Expensive and disappointing. The food was so unimpressive. Not even the olive oil was good.

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

On the first beautiful Spring day there couldn't have been a better spot for lunch. We opted to sit inside but the wrap-around Windows made it perfect. The restaurant has a generous covered outdoor dining area as well. My guest had ravioli, I chose the ahi tuna salad. Both were exquisite. This longtime Dupont restaurant is a gem. Highly recommend. Service was 5-star. Ask for Anthony.

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