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“One of the great meals of my life!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Acqua al 2

Acqua al 2
212 7th Street Southeast, Washington DC, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)
(202) 525-4375
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Ranked #69 of 2,562 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Transit: Eastern Market Metro
Bowie, MD
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357 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“One of the great meals of my life!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Looked at menu and asked hostess if they accommodate dairy allergies. She was very helpful. Had a wonderful table outdoors on a great day. People at two nearby tables had their dogs, fairly common in Eastern Market/Barracks Row. I had a Finocchio salad, with shaved fennel, radicchio, pine nuts and one thin slice of parmesan, which was good, I could control how much or little I ate, and it wasn't a problem. They would have left it off if I had requested. Delicious! Only thing is that the fennel is sort of a light brown color, but that's how it is and tasted very fresh, just odd for a salad. They had several other choices, including Greek, Caprese, etc. I had the sirloin with "Mirtilo" sauce, a rich blueberry with consistency like pie filling. Sounds odd but super! Other choices for sirloins are balsamic vinegar reduction, a brandy cream sauce and just grilled. Tons of great sounding pasta choices. I had the $20 three course lunch, 3rd course is dessert, and they were nice enough to do something in place of the dessert, which they did not have to do, and I understand sometimes are unable to do. I would have been happy with a side of any cooked veggie. The salad and steak were well worth $20. For me, this will probably be a "once in a great while" lunch splurge that I really, really look forward to. It is worth the trip and indulgence. Also, exceptional server and other staff!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hands down, the best Italian food in DC!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

I LOVE Acqua! The strozzapreti are so incredibly delicious, they melt in your mouth. And every pasta dish I have tried (I try a new one every time I go) has been so delicious. The staff is friendly and the chefs are great at what they do! Great wine list and cozy bar area with a window overlooking Eastern Market. What a neighborhood gem!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Waterford, Connecticut, United States
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The Not So Hidden DC Secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This has to be one of the best Italian restaurants my husband and I have ever been to. Food was exceptional. We had the salad sampling, pasta sampling for 2 and dessert sampling, which were four/five different samples of pasta in different sauces, 3 small samples of different salads, and four small samples of desserts.

All were delicious!

If you're looking for a quite dinner, this isn't the place. It was very loud, which may bother some (not us).

Visited September 2012
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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105 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Delicious light Italian fare that is a bit different from the usual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Had lunch at the Acqua al 2, a very unique take on Italian cuisine. Had the fennel and pine nuts salad (something different and delicious), the pasta with porcini mushroom, and some creamy spinach ball. Pasta is cooked al dente, the sauce is light and savory and service is excellent. Rally enjoyed the lunch. Great ambience.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Virginia
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best Italian food on the east coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The service was wonderful. We tried one of the specials and it was excellent. The bread, appitizer and pasta dish was the best we have ever eaten. The restuarant is decorated in way that everywhere you look starts a new conversation about the piece or artwork! Highly recommend it!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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