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Al Crostino

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U Street Corridor
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1926 9th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4108
+1 202-797-0523
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Elkridge, Maryland
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322 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Al Crostino is just one block off of bustling U Street, and it's easy to walk right past its unassuming exterior if you don't keep your eyes peeled. Walk through the entrance, and you're met with a cozy, bright dining room, friendly staff, and simple, modern decor. The wine list and menu both have some excellent options (I started with... More 

Thank Christopher M
York, Pennsylvania, United States
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Selected this restaurant after my son had tried it via Uber Eats. He ranted and raved so much about the octopus he ordered, he insisted he wanted to experience it first-hand. Glad we did! Wonderful experience! Warm and friendly staff happy to assist with food choices. Cozy atmosphere. I had the eggplant parm, my hubby had the spaghetti and meatballs... More 

Thank Cynthia S
2 reviews
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Went to Al Crostino before a show at Lincoln Theater. The "deconstructed" lobster lasagna was exceptional. Osso bucco like what an Italian grandmother would make. I could make a meal of the accompanying Cannellini beans! Branzino was very fresh and tasty. Great that you can have 1/2 orders of pasta dishes as a primi. Combined with very attentive and friendly... More 

Thank Mark S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

This place was a fantastic reminder of a 2015 jaunt down the Adriatic, with warm service and fantastic food/wine. Very much like my favorite Italian restaurants from that trip, though more expensive--I guess, factor in the plane fare and it's super cheap, even with a weak Euro.

Thank Austin N
Toronto, Canada
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Went to this restaurant a few nights ago with friends. It was a nice, open and modern setting with food to match. Scanty wine list to pair with food that favors lighter takes of Italian favorites- the bruschetta was large but somewhat soggy, the prosciutto focaccia a bit light on the prosciutto but tasty, the turbot with arugula special was... More 

Thank Priscilla P
Dayton, Ohio
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

This is an amazing place if you love italian. Service was top notch and food was best I have had. Fresh and flavorful. Do not miss the cance to come to this family resturaunt. Wish I had knwn about this one sooner.

Thank Stan T
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I'm an Italian-American who loves to cook - and I mostly cook the Italian food I grew up eating. My mom is one of the best cooks I know. When I go out to eat - I usually stay away from Italian restaurants--- except Al Crostino. The chef owner Julian is a first class Italian Chef. Every offering on the... More 

Thank Karen T
Northern Virginia, Virginia
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94 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Great Italian food option. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and were promptly seated. Service was wonderful. Short wine list, but we found a bottle that worked. Bread was the only disappointment of our meal. Scallop appetizer was amazing as was the swordfish and dessert. Wish we had room for one of the pasta options. We will... More 

Thank j0hnindc
Potomac, Maryland
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378 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We went for my birthday. The apps were very good--grilled octopus, flatbread and meatballs. Mostly pasta for mains--irregular shapes with mushrooms was the best. Otherwise, portions were somewhat small and pricey. Desserts were also very good, including the gift of tiramisu. Parking not so easy. Overall, we enjoyed.

Thank RonFG
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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103 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Excellent attention and you feel in family all time. Good selection of wines and you can accept recommendations from the owner and you go safe.

Thank José Odalis O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$32
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1926 9th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-4108
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighbourhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: +1 202-797-0523
Family-operated, Al Crostino is an intimate Italian restaurant located in Washington D.C. That exudes a 'la famiglia' atmosphere. This Neapolitan family offers a collection of flavorsome dishes, priding themselves on their homemade pasta, desserts, and their assortment of exquisite Italian wines.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?