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Acqua al 2

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212 7th Street Southeast, Washington DC, DC 20003
Eastern Market Metro
(202) 525-4375
Website
Today
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 120
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Worth the trip!

Three friends and I took the metro from Crystal City to the Eastern Market. From there, the restaurant was an easy walk of 2 blocks. Make SURE to get a reservation - this place is busy. Also, kind of loud. Menu has a lot of choices and it was fun trying to decide what to order. Waitstaff was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
denisen18
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Three friends and I took the metro from Crystal City to the Eastern Market. From there, the restaurant was an easy walk of 2 blocks. Make SURE to get a reservation - this place is busy. Also, kind of loud. Menu has a lot of choices and it was fun trying to decide what to order. Waitstaff was very good... More 

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Washington, DC
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good food and a nice atmosphere in this neighborhood restaurant. We ordered a wide variety and loved some the food.We didn't like the gorgonzola gnocchi -- much too rich. The spinach cannelloni was excellent! The chicken with artichokes was good. Overall, I would recommend.

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coronado
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130 reviews 130 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I loved Acqua al 2. It was lively and fun, with several rooms and an outdoor patio. Because the evening weather was not warm, we sat inside--and I look forward to that patio on another, warmer visit. Service was cheerful, friendly, professional, and prompt. Between us we had a filet steak, fresh clams with linguini, riso (like risotto) with parsley... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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142 reviews 142 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

For the celebration of my youngest son's college graduation his older brother picked this spot for our family celebration. It just does not get any better than this. The restaurant specializes in tasting portions for many stages of the meal. After starting with the Caprese salad I thoroughly enjoyed the tasting of three steaks- all finished differently. The meal would... More 

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Bethesda, MD
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125 reviews 125 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Aside from the very good waitstaff, I appreciated the variety in the menu and the small details that make a meal masterful. The wine selection is very nice, not overwhelming. I had the ragu with filet mignon, and there was actually more meat than pasta! Bravo!! My friend's cannelloni mascapone e funghi was very, very tasty and we made sure... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Nice restaurant with secluded function rooms, great for groups. I was impressed by the patience of the staff and their efforts to accommodate fancy requests. Above all the food: great fresh taste, especially the grilled branzino, real porcinis that live up to expectations. Unlike many restaurants, this place does not relie solely on salt to give extra taste to its... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

What is not to like -- homemade pastas, a great wine list, fresh salads! We had four at our table and shared a bottle of moderately priced red wine. We got two of the salad samplers to share with three chef's choice salads each, all of which were great. For dinner, two shared the five chef's choice vegetarian pasta and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I've eaten here a dozen times and it keeps improving. If you have any sort of problem, ask Patrick the manager and he will correct any shortcomings. Reservations are highly recommended. If I book online with TA I can usually get a good table. There is a pasta sampler for two people of five dishes of pasta, which changes each... More 

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Scituate, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We had good meals but not outstanding. The best of the dishes were the filet with blueberry reduction and the grilled chicken over greens. The service was slow (although we were a large party) and a little awkward.

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Ari G, General Manager at Acqua al 2, responded to this review

Hi Karen, This is Patrick the GM here at Acqua al 2. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We really value them and use them to get better everyday. I was hoping you might have some additional details regarding your meal, that we could have improved upon. You mentioned the service was "slow". Do you mean... More 

Greenville, South Carolina
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Found this place as were walking around the neighborhood, after just arriving for a week's stay. Two couples, one from CA, us from SC. Early evening, place was very crowded but we were seated in the back room very quickly. A bit noisy, low ceilings and brick walls add to that but comfortable seating. Very professional wait staff, patient while... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 212 7th Street Southeast, Washington DC, DC 20003
  • Public Transportation: Eastern Market Metro
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: (202) 525-4375

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?