Details

Dino

3435 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

202-686-2966

Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park

Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Italian

Opening Hours:
Monday through Friday opens 6 PM for dinner; Saturday opens 5:30; Sunday open 11 AM to 3 PM and open at 5:30 PM for dinner.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Cleveland Park

Price Range: Moderate

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.dino-dc.com

Best Dishes:
Creamy buffalo mozzarella from Puglia, with olive and red-pepper tapenades; light veal and pork meatballs in tomato sauce.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch

Happy Hour Details:
From open until 7 PM.

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

100 Best Restaurants 2009: Dino

No. 55: Dino

Cuisine: Rustic Italian cooking backed by one of the area’s best wine lists.

Mood: The glass-walled corner space—it used to be a bank—has its disadvantages, but when the wine is flowing and the place is jammed, Dino strikes a neat balance between the charm of a Little Italy–style neighborhood joint and the elegance of one of DC’s upscale Italian dining rooms.

Best for: A round of small plates and half pours of wine before a movie at the Uptown Theater or a leisurely, postshow repast fueled by lots of red wine.

Best dishes: Creamy buffalo mozzarella from Puglia, with olive and red-pepper tapenades; light veal and pork meatballs in tomato sauce; crispy fried squid; house-made fusilli with rich duck ragu; homey lasagnette made with pork, veal, and crispy bacon; a roll-up of rotisserie-roasted milk-fed pig, deboned and stuffed with herbs and garlic; superbly kept Italian cheeses; Nutella-and-mascarpone pot de crème; Venice-style ice-cream sundae with bittersweet-chocolate gelato, hazelnut gelato, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream.

Insider tips: Owner Dean Gold has positioned Dino as a premier destination for oenophiles. Wines more than $50 are a third off Sunday and Monday, and Tuesday and Thursday you can bring a bottle of your own at no charge.

Service: ••

Open daily for dinner. Moderate.

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