Tortino Mare

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385 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Tortino Mare's Executive Chef is Noé Canales. Chef Noé has built an admirable reputation as a highly skilled chef. He has extensive experience and a successful track record highlighted by establishing Tortino, a well received and critically acclaimed Italian restaurant in DC. His influences are that of his heritage and his time spent in Italy where he learned Italian flavors and techniques. He is highly inspired by Italian cuisine and infuses this style into the dishes you will find at Tortino Mare. Why travel all the way into DC? Stay local. You will enjoy DC quality cuisine, flavors, and experience that Chef Noé brings to you right here in your own neighborhood.
What 385 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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4.3
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vipBrassie
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food - I had salmon with a sauce I would describe as elegant. The service was excellent.

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vipKeith
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food was tasty, but the service was not very professional. Our waitress was friendly and eager to help, but she forgot to bring half of our initial drink order and then brought a glass of one wine when I had ordered a bottle of something else.

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DanP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are there at least once per week. The food is great and the wait staff is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

High quality food in a relaxed atmosphere, staff are well trained and want to ensure a pleasurable experience. Don't let the strip mall location put you off, it's worth the visit.

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KenA
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed- a genuine taste of Italy - loved the Branzini

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MarkM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

One of my favorite local Italian restaurants. Food was excellent as usual but service was really slow that night (Sat). Will be back again.

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Appreciate the quiet to visit with friends. We were there starting at 5:00. Staff was great. We were not rushed. Food was delicious.

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SusanT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The staff was totally unorganized in serving and the kitchen unprepared. We received the appetizer and then no entrees were served to us. One server finally asked if we would like to order dessert, and I responded that we would like our meal first! When the food was eventually served, three entrees were lukewarm and veg overcooked. The fourth entree was hot. It appears the 3 were sitting aside waiting for the fourth. Our waitress brought the bill and said she was sorry but the restaurant was short staffed and kitchen had only 2 workers. Plenty of other restaurants to spend our money! We won’t be back.
It is a shame that the restaurant has declined as the first two times we ate at Tortino Mare, our meals were lovely.

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HenryD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great food. I was thinking the service was a bit lacking. We had 6 people and didn’t have much sense of welcoming. The food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Steak was a little over done, wines were all $40+/bl but didn’t seem like a great value. Almost brought us another tables order and two waiters came by for our drink order.

Food was good overall

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vipBClarke
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very nice dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

No pizza in an Italian restaurant, seriously?

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vipSharonT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

We went for pizza but oven is broken not until we sat down did the server mention the problem. Considering there were only 4 other parties the service was very disconnected.

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outstanding
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional as always!

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Stretch
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This family Italian restaurant is tucked away in a small strip mall. They have two dining rooms and a bar area. We sat in the main dining room area. It is a nice place for a special relaxing dinner. We ate on a Friday night and they were comfortably busy, but not so packed that the kitchen was overwhelmed or the service suffered. Each dish was fantastic. Presentation was great. Presentation on the dessert plates was top drawer. You must order a dessert to fully appreciate the effort and care.

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ChickenFarm
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This has become one of our local regulars. The food is great, they make a spectacular mojito and dessert is a must! My husband almost always gets the fish special and is never disappointed with his choice. I enjoy the calamari & the fettuccine Alfredo. Something different to try from the menu each visit. Dessert is presented as a art form, with delicious sauces decorating the plate of a tiramisu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Stumbled on this place. What a hidden gem. Service and food was outstanding. I will be going back.

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ChelleMac
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants! Don't miss this hidden gem. The pasta is homemade ! Had the Alfredo this trip and will have it again!

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vipLcmazzit
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We had heard a lot about this restaurant and finally decided to give it a try.
Overall it was very good - detailed feedback below:

Seating: I made a reservation a week ago and when we got there, the restaurant was pretty much empty.
We were shown a small table in the middle of the restaurant and when I asked for a booth (only one was occupied at the time), I was told no, that they were all reserved.
We were there for ~1.5 hours and one booth remained empty the entire time. Also, another couple came in shortly after us and was also shown a small table and when they asked for a booth instead, they were accommodated (by the same girl that sat us). Very annoying.

Ambiance: The inside is nice but could use some pictures on the wall in the main dining room to make it a bit nicer.
Also, it is rather bright. Dimming the lights and putting some candles on the tables would make a huge difference.

Service: Impeccable! Wait Staff was personable and attentive, best we’ve experienced pretty much anywhere!

Wine List: Would be nice if the by-the-glass list had a few more options for Chardonnay ie: Kendal Jackson or Sonoma Cutrer vs the Butterfield

Food:
Appetizer: We had the calamari and it was wonderful! Very tender with a light, crispy coating that included sliced jalapeños as well. Definitely recommend.
Main course: I had the lamb shank and my husband had the Frutti de Mare. Both were very good and the portions were large (we both took home leftovers). Lamb was fall-off-the-bone tender and very tasty and my husband really liked the seafood pasta (He was born in Italy so this is high praise). The sauce was light but thick and flavorful.
Dessert: We tend to judge any Italian restaurant by its Tiramisu and this exceeded expectations! It is homemade, the presentation was nicely done and it was a very light and flavorful desert. Expresso was strong and good.

Value: We thought the prices were a bit on the high-side so definitely not for everyday dining ($90 + tip)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent Italian regional restaurant. Love the grilled romaine Cesar salad. The service was excellent and our server Xecia was very friendly, promptly on getting our dishes and giving us good recommendations.

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vipVirginian
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a gem of a restaurant for the Manassas area. The food was excellent.

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PatriciaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Tasteful menu options. Delicious calamari and the dessert melted in my mouth. Mango sorbet 😘☺️
Great lunch time atmosphere for girlfriend chat. Wine selection very complementary to menu selections. We will be back!

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davidb
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was exceptionally delectable. The selection from the menu is skinny, not too broad, but that may be purposeful so as to perfect what they do offer. For the wine enthusiasts, make sure you purchase a bottle vice a glass. Two separate varietals I had by the glass were both oxidized. If you order by the glass, inquiring about when the bottle was open is a fair question to ask, and would be wise. 4.1 out of 5 stars.

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DianeR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time I have eaten at Tortino Mare, the food is absolutely amazing. The presentation of the meal is beautiful

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SheilaR
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I went there for lunch around 11:15 and it was wonderful, We inquired about the meeting room and the waitress took us in there and told us the menu that would be served.

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KimM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience4

We waited to order for 30 minutes. We then ordered and waited another 45 - 60 minutes. The waitress then came and asked if we ordered an appetizer. We told her we did not, we just wanted our food. She then said no one in the kitchen had our order, so we ordered again. Food came about 30 - 45 minutes later. We were there for three hours. She was nice, but told us there was no manager present and 3 waiters called in sick on New Year's Eve. Not a good experience.

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DanP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had great food and outstanding service. We will be going back real soon.

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CarlD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was much improved from past visits. The food and presentation is always great.

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Thuy
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A friend recommended Tortino Mare. It was our first time. We were there for lunch and everything was wonderful; the service was impeccable (Ms. Hilary tended to us). We had Calamari Fritti as an appetizer, it was done just perfectly (crispy on the outside, tender on the inside). I ordered Linguini Frutti di Mare and it was good to the very last bite. We'll absolutely be back and highly recommend others to give it a try.

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

This was a very memorable meal, strictly because of the food. It was not a special occasion, but the foot was excellent and presentation spectacular. Additionally, our server was well educated on the food as well as the chef/owner. I would highly recommend it to whomever enjoys great food.

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MarkB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Party of 8 for an adult birthday celebration. Food was very good. Service was good although waiter struggled with English causing some miscommunication that was easily resolved. I would definitely return for a large party or a family dinner. Overall friendly attitude!

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KarinD
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I would definitely recommend this little hidden gem to friends. I loved the ambiance and the feel that you were actually in Italy. Also loved the attentive staff and the fact that I could see the chef while he worked. I plan on returning again on a date with my husband.

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4l0vofood
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Because it is out of the way in Manassas Park, I tend to forget it's there. With the traffic, it is hard to get to during week days...with dark streets in winter, it is hard to see, and I often miss my turns, even with GPS.
The restaurant has always been good, although the fish portions are smaller than at other restaurants. I like the quiet atmosphere and the staff are courteous and attentive, making for an enjoyable dining experience.

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LawrenceM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Solid place to eat. Good wine list.

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WendyB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing! I was skeptical of the restaurant based on its location and outside looks, but once inside it was totally worth it. The service was prompt, courteous, able to explain all the specials in detail. Total professionals. The Chef is right in view, you can watch food prepared if you want or be deep in conversation at your table and never know he is hand making your meals. The best Italian food I've had in t his area! The other reviews that said it was a hidden gem are right. You can dress fancy or go casual, either way, the food is spectacular, not only in the preparation and taste but also the presentation. An absolute must for anyone who likes Italian food and trying different types of food. We are telling all our friends about this place. It is a MUST to try! It will become a favorite place to keep going back to. LOVE IT

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vipVickifromVA
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A+ Wonderful atmosphere and amazing, authentic food. The linguine Frutta di Mare is the best thing on the menu imo. The duck appetizer tonight was special and yummy. We never saw that on their menu before but it was delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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MoSW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding in every way! Service was friendly and efficient. My husband had shrimp Alfredo and I had tagliatelle bolognese. Both were delicious. Chocolate cake and gelato for dessert. Out of this world! Can’t wait to return. Highly recommend.

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