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5534 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610
+1 202-244-1555
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good43%
  • Average26%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible2%
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“pasta” (24 reviews)
“veal chop” (4 reviews)
“antipasti” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5534 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20015-2610
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

I went back to Arucola after five years. The pizza was as good as the best I recalled,but the rest of the meal was a disaster. How can one reduce pasta to that formless texture? And the service was dreadful as ever: endless delay on...More

Thank Tripster1234
Reviewed 22 January 2018

We have dined at Arucola many times. Our last visit was disappointing. I don't know if it was just a bad night or the restaurant has suffered under new management. I had a shrimp scampi over pasta. It was unlike any shrimp scampi I have...More

1  Thank sabfish2014
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

After a film at the nearby Avalon, we strolled down to Arucola for a quick dinner. The place was jammed when we got there due to the post-show crowd, but we managed to get a table for four. Relatively quiet. Very friendly and capable waitress....More

Thank jaseaton
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Well worth the wait and the pasta is to die for. the Pizza is the original reason we came and we come back for more

Thank LarryBell
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

We’ve been coming here for years. The food was fine, but we always wondered why an Italian restaurant didn’t have more than a a few pasta choices. The service was often indifferent. The new management has stepped it up. Service is welcoming and competent. Menu...More

Thank Jeff O
Reviewed 27 October 2017

I stopped in at Arucola on a whim before a show at the Avalon Theater. There is some lovely outdoor seating, but I showed up a few minutes before they opened, and they let me sit at the bar. There were a few others there...More

Thank jmnhunt
Reviewed 25 September 2017 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

1  Thank UE_DC64
Reviewed 16 September 2017 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.

1  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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5534 Connecticut Ave NW, 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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