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Cafe Paradiso
Cafe Paradiso

Cafe Paradiso Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeparadisodc.com
  • Email: info@cafeparadisodc.com
  • Phone: (202) 265-8955
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm (11:00pm in the summer)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Samer Zeytoun
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We specialize in serving large groups and often cater corporate events. Please contact Walid Zeytoun to discuss menu items available in large format for your next catering need (WZeytoun@hotmail.com) or call 240-418-6647.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Elegant and modern--large, private room with exclusive bar available for private event rental. Customize your own menu and different bar menus available. Private bartender available upon request. MC set up available for private music and microphone use.

    We specialize in: engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and wedding parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woodley Road
  • Public Transit: Across the street from Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan metro stop (RED LINE)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking & Rear entry garage (hourly rates apply)
A word from Cafe Paradiso
Family-owned Italian restaurant (20+ years) offering fresh, creative, & exquisite northern Italian cuisine in a modern, yet elegant setting. Highlights include: daily homemade pasta, fresh and inventive seafood entrees, veal or filet mignon for the meat lover, and an extensive wine selection not to be missed!

We are steps from Metro, boast a spacious outdoor dining patio, and look forward to serving you!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Visit Cafe Paradiso every year, as its within walking distance of an annual meeting location. This vsit was not as great as we have enjoyed in the past. The weather may have contributed. Two of us had Veal that we both found a bit "greasy" and not tender. Pretty sure we were mistakenly poured caffeinated coffee too."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We actually ate here twice while at meetings in Washington DC. It is a short walk from either the Omni or the Marriott Wardman Park hotels. Dining is generally a half level up, which on cold nights is great, because any cold air entering the front door stays below the dining level. Intimate atmosphere, great service and very good food."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "When I feel like a good veal scallopini or a delectable moist salmon on a bed of soft potatoes, I walk over to Woodley Park and go to Cafe Paradiso. My table mates tell me everything else is also good but I never vary."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Was in DC for business and went out at 8:39p on a Tues night looking for a decent meal. Looked at posted menus outside and saw Cafe Paradiso had positive Open Table reviews. I was very glad I stopped. I knew I wanted fettucine but not exactly what I saw on the menu. The waiter offered his suggestion of substituting fettucine for rigatoni in a dish with broccoli rabe, olive oil, grilled shrimp and shaved parmesean. It was delicious! The bread had rosemary in it, and with the olive oil, was a perfect started. Dessert was a house made cannoli; crispy shell and delicious filling. Service was prompt without feeling rushed. A perfect meal!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "The waiter was rude and would not bring the check when it was asked for at the table. Instead, he tried to upsale on coffee and dessert--and I understand there is nothing wrong with that--but then went off in a huff when we said we did not want any and made us wait 20+ minutes for the check."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We had a reserved a large table for 12 a couple of nights in advance. The reservation was fine and everything was set when we got there. I think our waitress was a little green, since when the head of the party checked in with her, she never really caught on that he would be ordering the wine and appetizers for the table. It was almost comical, because the guests at the other end of the table would keep telling her to ask but she kept going back to them. Another example would be after he ordered the wine she started to pour it at the other end of the table without anyone sampling it. So a couple of dings on service but the food was first rate. I had the veal it was fantastic and we had an assortment of appetizers that were great."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Simple, fresh Italian meals prepared to perfection. Not a large menu but just enough to satisfy one's longing for the Italian basics."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "You can almost miss it, but look for Cafe Paradiso squeezed between the many small eateries on this block. Great menu, decent prices, and a wonderful warm owner (205-yr veteran in the biz) who takes an interest in his guests. They are professional and efficient in their service, generous in their portions and the chef has presented some delicious combos. Consistently good."
    Dined on 8/19/2013