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Primi Piatti

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Dupont Circle
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2013 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-1804
+1 202-223-3600
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Bethesda, Maryland
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74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Primi Piatti has excellent fish and pasta choices for lunch and dinner. Also I recommend the veal chop. I have eaten here numerous times and found the meals consistently very good to excellent. The waiters have been very good and know the choices well and make very good suggestions.

Thank Ken B
Key Biscayne, Florida
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

I went to lunch with a friend and we both ordered a Fettucine al Nero: Black Ink Fettuccini with Crabmeat, Shrimp, Garlic, Olive Oil, Chili. The crabmeat is conceptual; the shrimps are 4 but the olive oil is plentiful. Double expresso and a bottle of sparkling water. No salad. No dessert. $40 per person with tip. A ripoff.

1 Thank Jose A
Washington, DC
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I recently had a nice lunch, sitting outside at Primi Piatti. Had the whole grilled branzino which was cooked well and filled me up. Seasoned waiters who did a good job. My only complaint about Primi Piatti is that it seems slightly too expensive for what you get--especially at lunch. Mid twenties - $30.

Thank AnitafromDC
New York City, New York
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Saddened my heart that my experience went so poorly at this well rated and long standing establishment. Whoever the man was in the white shirt who seemed to be the Matre D of the moment was entirely rude by his nasty facial expression toward us when we kindly told him we would be ready to sit when he was ready... More 

Thank Nina N
San Francisco, California
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101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Good, authentic cuisine. This is not a chic restaurant. It's been around for years. Our pastas were great. My son loved his pizza. The portions are perfect. Started with bread and olive tepanade. If you've been to Italy, you know what to expect.

Thank boobot1
Marysville, OH, United States
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner here on. Friday evening. Service was outstanding! We had calamari as an appetizer. Lightly breaded and delicious. My husband had black ink linguine with shrimp, which he said was delicious. I had branzini in a white wine sauce--also quite good. Coffee and dessert to finish off. Cannoli for my husband and chocolate hazelnut cake. Awesome.... More 

Thank Cheryl S
Williamsburg, Virginia
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

A charming restaurant right on I street in DC. It was a warm evening and we sat at one of the street tables. The food was very good and the service even better.

Thank auric08
Torrance, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

The restaurant was right next to our hotel. We both ordered a special - one an excellent veal chop and the other a marvelous mushroom risotto finished by the chef at tableside. Gracious staff and atmosphere made for a truly lovely dining experience.

Thank Wendy J
Williamsburg, Virginia
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

I was attracted to Primi Piatti because I had read many favorable reviews; it was located 150 fee from my hotel; and it has al fresco dining. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. The food is fresh and well prepared. This is a delightful Italian restaurant for al fresco dining. Pricing is reasonable. This restaurant is worth a visit!

Thank notjustaknitter
Bucharest, Romania
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776 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Benn here several times, both business and friends, both large groups or just lunch for two. They were able to accommodate almost everything. Pasta ragu, tomato soup, branzino are my favorites. The service was always professional and the wine list comprehensive. Don't want to mention the desserts...

Thank Aburel

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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$50 - US$60
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2013 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-1804
  • Public Transportation: Three blocks from foggy bottom and farragut west Metro stations
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-223-3600

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