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Cafe Italia I

519 23RD St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
(703) 521-2565
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Ranked #128 of 675 restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Jeferson Davis Hwy
Transit: ART-ARLINGTON TRANSIT The ART of getting around Arlington. ART operates within Arlington County, providing access to Metrorail and supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles. CommuterDirect.com.FAIRFAX CONNECTOR The Fairfax Connector bus system runs seven days a week.
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66% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This restaurant was close to our hotel. It looked like a nice little Italian place so we decided to eat there. The first thing I noticed was that there was no aroma. I've never been to an Italian restaurant with no smell of the delights to come. The salad was just bagged salad mix, no cucumber, no tomato. I had... More

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plano texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was our first trip to DC, there on business/fun 6/11-6/15. I had this restaurant on my list to make sure we had at least one meal. It was just a very short walk from our hotel. The staff was very friendly, the atmosphere was very “Italia décor” and quite cute. Like a little café in Italy. Our waitress was... More

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Marietta GA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Fantastic food and service. We were staying in a hotel in Crystal City and Cafe Italia was a short 3 block walk. Best part, no struggling to find a parking spot!!! Food and service were fantastic. We started out with an appetizer of calamari which I thought was a little over done as it was rubbery. It was still good,... More

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Westwood Los Angeles County, California
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218 reviews 218 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This restaurant is sandwiched between a number of other cafes, serving various national foods, and across from the Portofino Italian restaurant, so you have a lot of alternate choices if you decide that you don't like the menu here. Access is very good, parking is somewhat of an issue, but there is a large parking garage around the corner next... More

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Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The menu and décor are quintessentially Italian food restaurant in a movie. The tablecloths and other decorations remind me of any Italian restaurant movie scene. There isn't much to say unless you have never eaten at such a restaurant. The service on my visits has varied. On this most recent trip the server was a little slow, and I actually... More

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Oxford, MS
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77 reviews 77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, close to the hotels in Crystal City. Great service and a good selection of wine. Good selection of Italian dishes and specials. I had the spaghetti with meatballs which was good, but I've had better. The sauce was a little watery and meatballs were just plain. My wife enjoyed her meal. Great bread. Small restaurant with good... More

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Frankenmuth, Michigan
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I love this place. Nice staff and good food. I had the Steak Marsala and it was very well done. The Marsala Sauce was excellent. I also had a caprese salad which was good and of course the bread was excellent. My waitress recognized me and she was outstanding as all the staff is here. Thanks Cafe Italia

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Spotswood, New Jersey
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

We were in DC for the weekend and found this gem. It's a small intimate restaurant. We started out with a salad, crisp and fresh. I had the jumbo shrimp primavera. The sauce was flavorful and the portion plentiful. My boyfriend had the baked salmon pescatore. He said the sauce had just the right amount garlic so that it wasn't... More

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Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I get to D.C. several times a year and always try to get a meal at Cafe Italia in Crystal City. It's a short Blue Line ride from downtown. My first time was in the 80's and I was looking for a Thai restaurant. Cafe Italia is located in a strip mall with five or six other ethnic cafes. They... More

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Germantown, Tennessee
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110 reviews 110 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Being in DC for the holidays. my son and I returned for our New Year's Day Feast. I must admit to being partial to smaller family owned/operated restaurants with character. Our friend Ana has moved on, but our friend Ben is still there. We could not ask for better service from Ben. We had a reservation for the last 8:00pm... More

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