Al Crostino

4.8
563 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Al Crostino restaurant will be permanently closed October 1, 2021.
We would like to see all of you to extend our sincerest thanks for making this place home away from home before our door closes.

To the LGBTQIA community, we thank you for your support. You made Mamma Juliana an important part of your lives. Al Crostino was a place you could grow with. We had the privilege of seeing couples who had their first dates here to having and growing their families. We are so happy to have witnessed all of your important milestones. If you see us tear up just know this place meant a lot to us because we were all apart of something genuine. Thank you for sharing your lives with us! See you soon! Seating times are: 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm, call us for reservations at 202.797.0523

Al Crostino is an award winning restaurant which serves authentic, modern Italian fare. Featuring House-Made pasta, grilled fish and meats.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 563 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent!!!

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AnnetteK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made last minute reservation and were running late - so glad we made it! Food was remarkable from the apps to entree to wine recommendations and even dessert. Chef Juliana and her daughter were fabulous hostesses as they made the experience very special. We will be back!

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vipDuVallD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the atmosphere are wonderful. Gracious hostesses and delicious selections on the menu. Definitely ask for specials of the day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. Great place to catch up and just have a simply fantastic meal. Ambience is quiet and good for catch-ups. The food is always spectacular. Staff is so friendly and attentive.

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KevinA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight! Eating here makes me feel like I've been invited into the home of a relative who happens to be a great hostess and chef. I fully trust anything Juliana. Just sit back and let her and her team take care of you.

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vipMichaelW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juliana is amazing and the food is equally as amazing! You can't go wrong at Al Crostino!

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iwalon
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

excellent food. simple and delicious. the vibe is ok!

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vipBlakeL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my parents here - Juliana met us at the door and was super friendly! The atmosphere is quiet and delightful - perfect for a date or just a relaxing dinner with friends. The food was just AMAZING...she cooks everything from scratch with just the right ingredients. WOW. And dessert....got the Tirimisu - hands down the best I've ever had! Definitely a MUST GO.

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vipWazza
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

SO nice to know that this place is still SUPERB! Hadn't been in a while and have now been twice in the last month. Truly superb food and great value for the $$.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
209 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family-owned and operated with a terrific menu of authentic home-cooked Italian specialties.

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shirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My only complaint is that the chairs are not very comfortable. Small, wooden chairs with no padding. Otherwise, great, intimate place with good food and excellent service.

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MarcD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with my daughter and son-in-law - the service was exceptional - the wine and entree recommendations by the waiter were great - it was so good that we all ordered the same entree again. Atmosphere was the best. I have been here twice now - the first time was with my fiancé - will definitely return.

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vipDELUSO
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Al Crostino and have been there many times. The cooking is always excellent and it is overwhelmingly obvious the owners insist on purchasing only the highest quality ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was spectacular, service was a little slow, but again, the food was spectacular. The owner /chef who took our order was Great. I was frustrated at first when I asked for some grated cheese on my spaghetti with shrimp in a lemon garlic sauce, and she said “NO, you will ruin it” .......she was right. I get this dish quite often, and have always added cheese.....not anymore.

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Brad
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both really enjoyed our dishes, the drinks, and the service.

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food4two
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

appetizer of special thinly sliced beef with arugula was spectacular and the sea bass melted in my mouth. The desserts are always wonderful. Our favorite restaurant in DC

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vipMightyCasey
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem, in a nabe (DC's Shaw) that's got more action than most when it comes to options for great food. Owner/chef, check. Small spot, check. Solid delivery on menu promise, double check. Really enjoyed my dinner (squid ink spaghetti, it was WOWZER), and since I'm in DC a lot, Al Crostino's now on my list of gotta-go places when I'm there.

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vipGoNavy
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Crostino is amazing! Every dish is perfectly prepared and delicious.

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AnneC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so lucky to find this fantastic, neighborhood restaurant. There are not many tables but we made reservation and our table was set and ready upon arrival. The service was perfect and the food was delicious! Would definitely recommend!

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vipDCShippy
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, great wine choices and excellent service. Small, intimate setting makes conversation easier. Wonderful experience, we will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is amazing from the food to the service.

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Frankieo
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A "Neighborhood Gem". A wonderful Italian restaurant with great people. Owner and Chef are very much the signature of this restaurant. Active, ever present, they make your dining experience much like a cozy neighborhood restaurant in Italy. Fish and or pasta are terrific, the baked eggplant will warm your heart. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is run my a mother and daughter pair that are both from Italy. They bring their love of Italian cuisine and deliver it on a plate with great service!! This is my FAVORITE Italian restaurant in all of DC, and I’ve been here for 16 years now. I can’t say enough about their restaurant and food!

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RobertR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The homemade pasta and fish specials my wife and I ordered were fantastic. Service was well-timed and friendly, and the wines were affordable. The experience dining here is consistent as this is the fifth time we have eaten here and we've always left satisfied.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 25th Birthday! This place is a 100% the best!!! Everyone should go here!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food excellent, albeit a tad pricey for the neighborhood. Very quiet the mid-week evening we went. Service friendly and informative. Altogether, a very pleasant evening, but we probably won’t rush back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I loved this place. Mom and daughter are super cool! I had the pasta alla carbonara and loved it! Was there with 3 other girlfriends for bottomless mimosas brunch and it was great! Will definitely be back.

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Pop1
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DC dinner in the neighborhood!

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vipgenes
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always great food. It is a pleasure to dine there.

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vipDELUSO
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful restaurant. We go frequently. We very much appreciate the warm welcome and personal service we receive.

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vipKellyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feel in love with the restaurant and owner.

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dcdiner
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a treat to dine at this family-run gem of a restaurant. Unlike the corporate-run places, Al Crostino offers a warm, welcoming experience...like dinner at a friend's house, that is, if your friend is a genius in the kitchen. The atmosphere is cozy and calm; it's the kind of place where you might strike up a conversation with other diners.

The mother and daughter team create delicious, authentic Italian fare, using the freshest ingredients to be had. They happily guide you through the menu they have crafted, helping you find a dish to suit your palate. And be sure to pay attention to the specials...whatever they are, each one is sure to be a winner!

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vipDELUSO
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS an excellent dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quaint and authentic restaurant, where you sort of feel like family

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Stephanie
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, inclusive, welcoming hidden gem. I just love this place.

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Eatnrun
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove from G’burg, MD for a dinner date and from beginning to end everything was PERFECT. It’s a small, quaint place loaded with personality. The one female server was excellent with her timing & recommendations. The food was authentic and reminded us of our trip to Italy years ago. The food was sooo good we actually ordered another meal “to-go”. We will be back.
Thank you for an excellent experience.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh pasta. Great dishes. Excellent service. Everyone enjoyed!

KT
vipKarenT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food as always was amazing. I took old friends from Puerto Rico there - it was there first time! I had the homemade pasta - ravioli's . My friends had meat - the lamb special and the steak. They said it was definitely their best meal in DC! Al Crostino is definitely a restaurant that should not be missed! Food & Service are simply amazing.

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notafoodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Crostino has quickly become one of my favorite go-to restaurants in Shaw. The food and service is both authentic and fantastic. I could eat here every week!

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vipJilanneD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Al Crostino was just simply lovely! The food was insanely delicious and the service was spectacular. You can really tell that the family that owns this small restaurant puts so much pride in their craft and the service they offer to guests. The space is great to bringing visiting family (which was the reason for my visit) or a date night. We had a lovely night here and will definitely be back – especially for the Rigatoni! :)

FAQs

Al Crostino does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Al Crostino also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 797-0523.

Al Crostino is rated 4.8 stars by 563 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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