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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 113
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 18
    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
Most recent review
Authentic Italian

Being a little Italian girl, I love my Italian food. It is hard to find a great Italian place that is authentic. Aqua Al 2 scores high on both accounts. The food was authentic, the atmosphere was great, the wine selection was decent and I would come back again. Our friends who took us there have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
LondonGauker
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California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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203 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Being a little Italian girl, I love my Italian food. It is hard to find a great Italian place that is authentic. Aqua Al 2 scores high on both accounts. The food was authentic, the atmosphere was great, the wine selection was decent and I would come back again. Our friends who took us there have been raving about their... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We went for my friends 40th birthday and we were all very impressed! They had a blood orange and tequila drink that everyone wants to recreate. The burrata and grapefruit app was awesome. I got the tile fish. Everyone got something different and everyone loved what they got.

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Washington DC
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Ragazzi.... I don't give a lot of 5 filled in circle reviews. But your consistency (I've been about 6 times) and quality of food, charming service, great bartenders... auguri. Avete guadagnate 5 circoli pieni. 5 circles from me. I'm a tough sell on Italian food- because I am of Italian blood (well... half Italian...) and my mom and my grandmother... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This little restaurant is right across the street from Eastern Market -- the vibe is brick and a little dark, but cozy. The dishes are prepared with care and attention and are very good. The wine choices are excellent and the wait staff is knowledgable and attentive. Highly recommended.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

One of my favorite places in DC. Great food and atmosphere. The staff very friendly and polite which is another thing that makes this place so special. Reservation is recommended.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This was my second visit to this restaurant and it was great! Wonderful pasta, cute atmosphere and very good service. Parking was easy and it was just a cozy and charming place on a cold bleak winter night. Impressed with the kitchen and the staff. Very authentic italian--not like the one in Florence, which is also wonderful but different. You... More 

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Washington
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Pastas were top notch, and portions just right. Tiny bar, but cozy with a big picture window of street/Eastern Market. Go with seasonal specials, we had a burrata with spaghetti squash that was an unusual blend of savory and sweet. The cheesecake is super light and fluffy.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

In Washington DC with friends for Christmas. The restaurant is an easy walk from the Eastern Market metro stop. Had a reservation but arrived early for drinks in the bar. Not many people in the bar so we were surprised that the service was not attentive. As the bar started to fill up, the staff spent most time chatting with... More 

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New York City, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Acqua al 2 was touted as an upscale Italian eatery. Frankly, anything but. It was a 45 minute mediocre, at best, "extravaganza." I choose my terms carefully. My chicken cutlet in port wine sauce was abysmal. A pounded out thin, thin sliver of overdone chicken laced with inexpensive balsamic. A horror. My wife enjoyed her pasta dish, and graciously shared... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Acqua al 2 is expensive but outstanding, pleasantly atmospheric without the formality that similarly high end restaurants often have. Sharing among four people we had: * Buffalo mozzarella caprese appetizer:excellent fresh tomatoes (especially out of season) and high-quality mozzarella * Two salads, fresh and garlicky * Shrimp over flat pasta special entree (2 orders): very sweet succulent shrimp * Pasta... 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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?