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Cafe Italia I

519 23RD St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
(703) 521-2565
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Ranked #202 of 692 Restaurants in Arlington
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
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Dallas, TX
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110 reviews 110 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

For a few years now, Café Italia has been an Arlington destination. Although we live halfway across the country, we feel part of the "neighborhood." There is something special about its combination of atmosphere, service, good food, and genuine friendliness. We love the sincerity and lack of pretense. I think this was our fourth or fifth visit, and it was... More 

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Shoreline, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

My Dad and I had walked past this restaurant several times over the years while on either business or vacation without stopping. It is clean, but does not make much of an impression from the street. Big mistake! When we recently went to Washington DC on vacation, our hotel shuttle driver highly recommended Café Italia. We made a point of... More 

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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I ate there twice. The veal piccata was outstanding. On my return trip I had special 3 course dinner/$24.95, which included a glass of wine. Excellent value.

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Sorry, I did not like it. Starts with a vary slow service, no grappa in the bar and the food was liked it was just microwaved.

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San Antonio, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I visit every time I'm in the area. Lots of delicious choices. Once I did get food that wasn't hot but the waiter immediately corrected it.

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Dallas, Texas
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172 reviews 172 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Had a group dinner here. Service, food, and drinks were just wonderful! Come here four years ago and it's still all-good! Do go there!

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Arlington, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We live in Crystal City; we have many choices for Italian restaurants...Cafe Italia is consistently excellent. I am on a salt-restricted diet; eating Italian food out is a challenge but the wait staff listen carefully; the kitchen staff listen and prepare carefully. Everyone serves to please...the eggplant parm, manicotti, veal picata..even the garlic bread can be tailored to individual needs.... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This used to be a great Italian restaurant. However, it has changed for the worse. The bread was no longer the Italian with the crispy crust. The Italian dressing on the salad was yellow and not very tasty. My eggplant parm was terrible with very tough eggplant. Overall, it was a disappointing meal.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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177 reviews 177 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We're slowly trying all the restaurants on 23rd street and finally made it to Cafe Italia. The front of the restaurant looks really different from the back. Walking to the back of the restaurant I started to smile when I saw the decor and spotted the live music (we ate here on a Saturday night at around 9pm). We ordered... More 

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Alexandria, VA 22304
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Today, September 25, 2014, is my birthday. Searching the internet for a local Italian restaurant I decided on Cafe Italia in Crystal City. Today being a Thursday I noticed that they had a $8.95 lunch buffet. When my wife and I arrived at the restaurant and inquired about the buffet I was handed a $12.95 Lunch Special and informed there... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Italia I

Address: 519 23RD St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2517
Phone Number: (703) 521-2565
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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