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5534 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610
+1 202-244-1555
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good42%
  • Average28%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal chop” (4 reviews)
“pasta” (20 reviews)
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5534 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am surprised by some of the recent negative comments. I used to find Arucola's food disappointing but with a great location and nice outdoor seating it was still worth a visit every one and then. And the pizzas were good. . But this week...More

Thank UE_DC64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Caprese salad with 1 lonely basil leaf, otherwise dried herbs. Bland grilled fish. Undercooked potatoes. Soggy creme brûlée. Has to ask for bread, butter, silverware. Hadn't been in a while. I see now that ownership changed, and what a difference it has made.

Thank Calistav
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Arucola used to be very good. Under new management we found the food to be disappointing. We shared a starter of Vitello Tunnato which was OK but we could have dispensed with the large pieces of sliced red onion dumped on top and would have...More

Thank Foodie33140
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Our waiter was named Milan. He is from Serbia and super cute. The food was amazing. I had a limited time risotto with scallops. My friend had pizza. They were both amazing. Highly recommended!

Thank VandiEnzor
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Heard about the home-made pastas and oven-fired pizza, and outdoor dining and we agreed we should try it! Not disappointed as we have gone back multiple times for the pasta and seafood, as well as unbelievable desserts made in their kitchen. You feel comfortable both...More

Thank Q5005FFjohnt
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant where you can just grab a perfectly cooked pizza from a wood burning oven or delicious soft shell crabs or a veal chop that has tremendous flavor. Good selection of draft beers at the bar. They make their own pasta and bread...More

Thank mijomurray
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Ok food. Some main dishes nice, appetizers and desserts disappointing. Wine ok but too expensive. Ambience mediocre. Service ok. Much too expensive for what it offers.

Thank GG_fromDC
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Arucola is a small, friendly neighborhood place with good food, pleasant atmosphere and very reasonable prices. We tried it because we wanted lunch before a show at the Avalon Movie Theatre, less than a block away. The minestrone soup was exactly right, just a little...More

Thank dorothyb248
Reviewed 13 February 2017

A wonderful treat for dinner. My friends, who live in the neighborhood of the restaurant surprised me to a wonderful dinner, great service, and a cozy table on the second level of Arucola. The pasta was wonderful. Though we were not hungry after completing the...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 13 February 2017

My husband and I live around the corner from this restaurant and were excited to try it out after we moved in. The food is okay, the service was okay, but for the price, we just weren't impressed. We had one of those experiences where...More

Thank WFleet
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5534 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610
  • Public Transportation: Friendship Heights closest Metro Station We are on the Connecticut Avenue Bus line
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-244-1555
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