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Café Milano
Café Milano

Café Milano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafemilano.com
  • Phone: (202) 333-6183
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Fabio Salvatore
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Café Milano now offers catering for private dinners and small off-site events. Please call for details.
  • Entertainment: Live music offered periodically.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Public Transit: Metrobuses # 32, 34, 35 and 36. The closest stop is Wisconsin Avenue and N Street. Foggy Bottom Metro stop, on the Blue/Orange line is the closest Metro stop. The DC Circulator can also be used as an alternative bus option.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Two public lots & street parking are available.
A word from Café Milano
Cafe Milano provides first-class Italian cuisine, facilitating all your event needs, from private receptions, corporate events, anniversaries & birthdays to fundraisers, seminars, & book parties. Semi-private arrangements are also possible in any of the private rooms or the main dining room.
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Diner Reviews
  • "great restaurant scene. Not for the hard of hearing. Food and service excellent"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We always visit you when in D.C. and we always sit at the bar. We came in last Saturday and had a blast. The bartender was awesome even though she was swamped. Very friendly and her menu recommendations were awesome. Great time. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Half empty on a Friday night, this place is clearly past its prime. Wanted a special night for my birthday and a new job but we were first seated near the kitchen door then in an un-airconditioned back room where they hadn't even bothered to light the candles on any of the tables or even set half of them. Got the real impression that unless you are a regular VIP then you are not welcome. We asked for a better table in the main restaurant but were told they were all booked -- yet half remained empty on this Friday night. Food was good but overpriced. Nicer restaurants with less attitude on 14th Street."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Cafe Milano does very little wrong and a lot right. The only complaint that I have is that the prices of appitizers and sides are a bit pricy but it they are great tasting so it is forgivable . If you want to celebrate a special occasion you can't do better."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "While the food was great the service was not up to what we paid. Many others in the are I would go to first."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I read several reviews while making the reservation and more than one had complained about haughty or even rude service. This was certainly not my experience. The wait staff were all very professional, attentive, and patient. We were seated promptly and our drink order was taken right away. My guest and I asked for a few minutes and, at the appropriate time, I simply made eye contact and the waiter came right over. The food was exceptional in a classic style. The restaurant is popular and loud. We asked to be seated inside and the noise level from large tables got to be a distraction. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion. The bill came to $190.00 including gratuity and we ordered only one glass of wine."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A great restaurant with terrific and diverse entree offerings and superb service."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "But not the quiet place I anticipated for a special dinner."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A "seen and be seen" place. Have to be a regular otherwise you are invisible. Main courts good but appetizers very pricy and disappointing."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were given the "cold shoulder" by the server. We told him we would like a bottle of wine, and he very arrogantly replied that they had wine for $2000 a bottle, implying that maybe we couldn't afford a bottle (I guess..I really don't know what his point was). During the course of the meal we heard that the President, Vice President, and Governor of Texas had recently dined there. The tables with large groups were getting lavish attention, while we had to flag down a passing server every time we wanted something. The food was excellent, but the attitude of the servers toward us made our experience unpleasant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The excellent service was the highlight of the evening."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "First Class, great food! We were taken great care of and out waiter was superb."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Amazing food! I absolutely loved it. I had the squash blossoms and then the veal ravioli. My friend had a pizza and it was also amazing."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The service was excellent and the food had a special depth of flavour."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Welcome and surprising find in G'town. A robust, traditional, classic venue that is welcoming and accessible to the neighborhood. Great service and superb food. Would welcome a bit of variety on dessert menu but with everything that comes before, you don't tend to miss it. Mangia!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Cafe Milano is a mixed bag of restaurant and seemingly happening place for DC'ssocial scene/climbers. We were looking forward to our nght out here and while the service was excellent our food was just okay and our dining experience tooloud. Overall, it was overrated and overpriced, to us."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food was lovely. Our waiter was aloof, bordering on rude. We felt as if we were imposing or had somehow offended him. I was taking my son out for a special lunch and from the standpoint of service we could have been at a Denny's."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "When we are celebrating a special occasion - we go to Milano. When we have had a long week - we go to Milano. Guests in town? Milano! We love it here. The food is delicious and of the highest quality. The capellini Ann Hand is so simple and probably the best pasta dish I've ever had. The staff are top notch, very knowledgable."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We took my parents to Cafe Milano for their 50th wedding anniversary, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The service was exceptional and the food was outstanding. My parents had the red snapper, a special of the day, which they both enjoyed. The serving sizes were the perfect portions. My parents repeated how much they enjoyed the evening, as did we. Thank you Cafe Milano!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good food, wait staff extremely attentive. It did get very noisy when the dining room filled up. Great location, affordable parking lot across the street."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Enjoyed Lunch with my friend in this classy place .Squisito!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is a grey place that has really good food and very friendly service. This was Father's Day so it was packed and hectic but we still managed a really nice lunch."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The good: The food was all delicious, and our request for a table on the outdoor east side patio was met. The bad: the table itself was pushed back almost into the alley, next to a sort of service area with an automatic light that came on and off with a loud buzz whenever servers walked past. Worse: While all the waiters were friendly to us when they did talk to us, for the most part they seemed to forget we existed. We had to wave our hands for SEVERAL minutes to get a waiter's attention to order, to get our wine delivered--it wasn't brought until we were well into our appetizers. Ditto with trying to order dessert, and then to pay the bill. We also witnessed an unpleasant argument b/n a waiter and busboy which brought down the mood."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Excellent fresh seafood, attentive service, desserts, coffee, pasta - all the best of what you traditionally find in northern Italy. We have never gone wrong here - a romantic dinner for two or lunch with a group of friends. A consistent favorite!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I recently took two new guests to Cafe Milano, and knowing these two were foodies to the extreme, I am pleased to share they were beyond amazed at the quality of food and service at Cafe Milano. Cafe Milano continues to be a favorite of mine, and once again they topped themselves with service beyond compare (I have misplaced my receipt but I think our server was Sayeed, I hope I am giving proper credit to him, as he was flawless). The stuffed zuchini blossoms, Veal Milanese, risotto with asparagus, the lemoncello dessert are just a few highlights; and the tagliatelle lemon butter pasta prepared in a pecorino romano wheel- this must be seen to be believed, and tasted to know you have gone to heaven. Cafe Milano is heavenly indeed- fabulous!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Always surprises me when I read a negative review because I've lived here for decades and Café Milano has been a staple in town for many reasons. They take the quality of their food very seriously and they should actually train the 'Café Milano' way of service. Lovely patio areas, very family friendly despite the white table cloths. Will always be a keeper at the top of my list."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I expected it to be expensive which it was. Had lunch. Food was good, service ok although the hostess was a bit cold. I expected the diners to be more professional, seemed more touristy. For the price the ambience is missing."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "While the food at Cafe Milano was very good, that quality was not reflected in the staff. From the hostess to our server, we were treated like second class citizens. While our server did apologize for being tardy in the beginning, he did nothing to improve our service as the evening progressed. It seems that if you are not a "regular", you don't matter as we observed him happily greeting other patrons with handshakes and hugs. After serving our coffee, he completely ignored us for over 30 minutes and we finally had to ask a manager for our check. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Cafe Milano has class. The service is outstanding, the food delicious, and a superb power lunch location."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Only reason to go here is to fluff your ego. If you want good Italian food in Georgetown, Filomena is much better and so is Il Canale. The latter of which is also much cheaper. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "the wait staff was slow, inattentive and non-respnsive. we were put into a corner table outside, which was fine except for the speaker right above the table. we asked no less than 4 times for the musice to be turned down. it was once but then turned up again. (BTW, it was nondescript noise). finally, a busboy got it turned down for good after the head wait person and our waiter failed. We waited for 15 minutes for the waiter to show to get drink orders. another 20 minutes for the drinks and so on through the meal. food was nice, but the atomosphere (lousy & loud music) cancelled it out. They weren't full...empty tables, so not too busy to provide service. No interest in assuring we had a good experience. NEVER be back!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "A dining experience like no other. Fresh authentic Italian food, impeccable service, and a scene that makes you feel like your famous! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our server brought so much energy to the evening that we lost time between courses. She was spot on when it came for more drinks, she didn't rush us through each course, and was very conversational throughout the evening."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Time and time again Cafe Milano delivers. This was a surprise birthday dinner for my wife. I had my in-laws flown in from Puerto Rico to join my sister-in-law, her husband and our two kids (9 & 12). The staff went above and beyond to help pull this off. Following the 5 minutes of tears and emotion, we enjoyed another stellar meal, great wine and an unbelievable ambiance. Thanks again Café Milano. See you again very soon for our next event. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My sister and I both went on an early Thursday evening visit to Cafe Milano. The dinner crowd had not yet arrived. We arrived on time and were quickly seated. The service was impeccable and prompt. Our meals were superb -- I have the Chilean sea bass and my sister had the ravioli. Both items were cooked to perfection and presented stylishly. The interior of the restaurant is well-designed and immaculate. This was one of the best meals I've had in a DC restaurant and I will certainly return here again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "That's about it! The food is just so-so and overpriced. The service however is great. It would be a great restaurant if the food matched the service! There are much better places with great food AND service."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "First time at this GT site. Nice patio and nice welcome. Service went downhill after that. While the foods were well prepared (pasta and pizza) and the tira misu was really good, the lack of service was nerve-wracking. Nothing was offered and had to be asked for: ground pepper, more oil, more bread, pouring of wine, menus, dessert menus... Uggh. The maitre d' was efficient and helpful on the wine but the rest of the crew: forget it. However chic the experience could have been was ruined by the seemingly dismissive treatment."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Sea bass Mediterranean was excellent. Soft shell crab not recommended, texture mushy. Excellent desserts, though pricey. Saturday evening was really busy, yet service was quite efficient. Surprised that a waiter served an entre to a member of our party by passing the dish in front of another guest instead of coming up from behind her to present it properly. Fresh bread which was good, was served without any butter or olive oil which had to be requested. We were not offered a refill on coffee; perhaps the restaurant felt it was time to turn the table over to more diners/$. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Good food, sort of a 1980s decor and menu though. We come here every year since we met here. Great food."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This was our first time visiting Cafe Milano and I can't say enough positive things about this place. The service was great, the food delicious and the ambience was lovely. Keeping my fingers crossed that my daughter pics Georgetown University so that we can become regulars!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014