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“Now THAT's Italian”

Ristorante Bonaroti
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Ranked #9 of 179 Restaurants in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: East Street
Reston, VA
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168 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Now THAT's Italian”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

What a great experience. So sorry we didn't find this place sooner as it's been there a long time. Let's start with the bread service. 3 types and lots of it. Creamy butter, too, of course, but the best part was that each person has his/her own personal oil/vinegar dish for dipping, so double dip all you want! The balsamic was so rich and tasty. Appetizers were wonderful. I had a special that was freshly made cheese. So soft, tasty and buttery. Parnter had soup with filled pasta - so yummy. Entrees were spectacular. Chicken parm with a side of spaghetti and meatballs - all wonderful. And veal gratinati - so smooth and rich.

Next time we'll try to eat less bread and save room for dessert.

Service was nothing short of excellent. The manager (owner?) stopped by our table more than once, and they were quite busy.

This is a great place for special occasion, I would think. We just tried it on a whim and so glad we did!

  • Visited September 2012
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Below average meal for setting”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

The setting of this restuarant is beautiful. My husband and i ate there this weekend for the first time, we looked it up and from the pictures and atmosphere it projected it looked like a decent place. Well the setting was decent but the food was horrible. I love italian food, i can your standard pasta dishes w/ no fuss. But when you arrive to a nice restaurant you expect great food, my husband's dish tasted as if it was a frozen-meal. He even compared it to his prior service experiences stating that even bootcamp 10+ years ago had better veal. (now that says something) my raviolli didnt taste like anything, the sauce was lacking falvor also.

the service was also badm it took 10mins for our server to bring us menus. WE understand it was a very busy place, but really? 10mins! once we recieved our food, he came around once to ask if we needed anything. We had to ask someone else for more bread, etc...Overall it was a bad choice for a meal on our datenight. would not recommend

  • Visited August 2012
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“One Elegant Experience”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

When we moved from Fairfax, VA to SC one of the things we knew we would miss was dinners at our favorite restaurants. Bonorati is one of the best. Let me tell you about it. We've been enjoying being guests there since the 80's and we have gotten to know the owner and host, Sergio Domestici. Sergio and his staff dress formally in suits and ties if not tuxedos, white table clothes, impeccable service every time - Sergio sets a tough standard.

The food is top notch and the wine list is superb. When they get ready to go over the evening's specials, make sure you are relaxed and ready to pay attention-it's a long story, lots of choices in every catagory; home made pasta dishes, fresh fish, and it goes on and on. Then you can look at the menu. You could easily go through a bottle or two of wine before you are able to make up your mind. Do not dispair, everything will exceed your expectations.

  • Visited July 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Best Italian restaurant outside NY”
Reviewed July 5, 2012 via mobile

From the moment you walk in till the final coffee this is the place for incredible Italian food. Business dinners, romance, their is no other place I would go.

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“Mediocre and way overpriced”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Had two pastas-one a half portion and two side salads. No drinks. Walked out with a $60 bill including tip which was ridiculously overpriced considering the food was mediocre, at best....I would never go back.

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