our friends having a good time at our Italian Restaurant

Happy Hour

 Tuesday thru Saturday 5 pm ’til 7 pm in the Grotto Bar
All Day Sunday & All Night Monday

$8 signature drinks & Negroni  ~~  $6 wine, Bellini & spritz  ~~  $4 taps
$5 antipasti  ~~  $10 charcuterie board {serves 2-4}

Check out our Happy Hour Offerings

All-night Grotto Bar Specials:

Sunday & Monday  ~~  happy hour all night
half priced mussel pots ~ 1 kilo $10
Tuesday  ~~  half priced Dino Burger ~ 10 oz local beef $7
Wednesday  ~~  Panini Night {2 different panini of the day!}
Thursday  ~~  half price lasagne
{lasagnette, duck bolognese lasagne, manicotti or cannelloni}
Friday  ~~  $7 Negroni Night {chose from 8 variations}
 ~~  half price burrata & meatballs

In the dining room or bar all night!
Sunday – Tuesday ~ wine madness (50% off wines $60+ & free corkage!)


A mostly Italian Restaurant in Washington DC

simple cooking with an Italian Sensibility, featuring local produce, artisan products, sustainable seafood & humanely raised meats


  • I chose Dino’s for a Restaurant Week date because of its expansive gluten free options. There are plenty as a vast majority of the menu seemed to at least have a GF option without making it sound like a burden. Solid win in that department. The food was very good …. I had the steak entree and my date had the grilled eggplant parm. Both wonderful.

    Brad: Open Table Diner

  • Dino’s Grotto was one of the best start-to-finish meals I’ve had in DC in a very long time …. Bottom line: Delicious, inspired food, incredibly fresh, local sources, creative flavors. …. We will absolutely be back. There’s a lot more on the menu to try, and the prices were spot-on. Excellent spot for a date night, dinner with family, or a casual meal alone.

    Liz G

  • Dean Gold stood by our table to talk spices. Not in a coordinated press bit. Not to brag. The chef and owner of Dino’s Grotto in Shaw wanted to share his vast knowledge of traditional Italian fare, spices from the early Roman Empire, and ancient chef and gourmand, Apicius.

    Brandon Weight, Brightest Young Things