The Bottom Line
Dino is a casual Italian restaurant located just a block away from the National Zoo in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. The innovative menu features a wide selection of dishes. The restaurant is known as a neighborhood favorite for great food and an excellent wine list.
This restaurant closed in 2014
- Creative menu offering a nice selection of Italian fare
- Reasonable prices
- Quiet and casual atmosphere
- Great wine selection
- Street parking is difficult to find
- Address: 3435 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20008
- Phone: (202)686-2966
- Metro: Just steps from the Cleveland Park stop
- Hours: Opens 6:00pm Mon-Fri, 5:00pm Sat.-Sun. Last seating 10:30pm Fri.-Sat., 9:30pm Sun.-Thurs.
- Reservations: Suggested. Only reserves part of the restaurant so walk ins are welcome at all times.
- Parking: Street parking suggested north & east of the restaurant. Parking lot across the street charges $3 per hour.
- Prices: Appetizers $4-14; Entrees $11-44; Sun-Thurs 3 course meal available for $24 if ordered by 7:30 pm.
Guide Review - Dino Restaurant Review - A Washington, DC Italian Restaurant
Dino is a small Italian restaurant featuring the flavors of Venice and Southern Tuscany. The menu includes a variety of warm and cold starters with traditional items such as antipasti, olive and prosciutto, and some unique offerings such as a Tuscan crepe: chicken, artichoke, roasted tomato, smoked mozzarella, pesto & tomato sauce and a wonderful Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup. An extensive menu of Italian cheeses is available as well. Home made pastas can be ordered in a full or half size. They are uniquely prepared dishes such as Pappardelle ai Cinghiale,(ribbon pasta with wild boar) or Lasagnette al Ragu (pasta, pork & veal ragu). Other entrees include chicken, fish, lamb, beef and vegetarian specialties. For dessert, you'll find a nice selection of Italian specialties such as tiramisu, gelato, and biscotti and warm chocolate souffle cake.
The restaurant, which accommodates a total of 104, has two dining rooms, each with its own ambiance. The first level offers plenty of natural light with large windows. The bar area can accommodate 15. The second level is a bit more colorful and cozy and includes a private dining room, accommodating up to 30. There is also patio seating in the summer.
Dean Gold, the owner of Dino, has a pretty good website that he keeps up-to-date with specials and restaurant reviews. The menu changes often, so it's a good idea to check their website to view the latest selection.
Reviewed July 2007. Prices are subject to change.
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