G by Mike Isabella
G by Mike Isabella

G by Mike Isabella

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gbymikeisabella.com/
  • Phone: (202) 234-5015
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mike Isabella
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Mike Isabella Concepts offers Italian catering in the style of G Tasting. Please email events@kapnosdc.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th and W
  • Public Transit: G by Mike Isabella is located 3 blocks from U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station (13th st & U st exit).
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: G by Mike Isabella offers Valet Parking Thursday, Friday, and Saturday beginning at 5:00pm outside the Kapnos W Street entrance. Please note that Valet Service ends at close of service and is $15 per vehicle. Street parking can also be found nearby.
A word from G by Mike Isabella
G by Mike Isabella offers a four-course Italian tasting menu featuring an antipasti board, pasta and meat courses, along with a supplement option.

Each week, Chef Isabella presents Sunday Gravy, a recreation of his family’s traditional end-of-the-week feasts. Expect classics like crispy calamari, a classic Caesar salad, house made spaghetti served with pomodoro sauce and a traditional meat gravy with meatballs, sausage and pork shoulder.
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G by Mike Isabella reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (18)romantic (12)notable wine list (9)hot spot (7)great for lunch (3)good for groups (3)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • julieringkVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    What a treat! Can't say enough good things about the tasting menu. The food was delicious and adventurous and a great value at $40 for 4 courses. Loved the antipasti board especially! You may want to call the restaurant before dining, however, as there are only two choices per course. The menu last night was terrific.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The tasting menu was great. Every course was delicious. The short ribs were amazing. Also, it was the best salmon I have ever had. The dessert was the perfect combination of chocolate and peppermint. Thanks for a wonderful night!!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NomieVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Sunday gravy is a wonderful experience. It reminds me so much of Sunday dinners growing up. The food is delicious and generous and really hits the mark. You will never leave anything but full to the brim after this meal. The fritto misto was wonderful, as was the mozzarella with sunchoke jam. The pastas, we had both, were perfect and the meats in gravy, eggplant parmesan and garlic bread with sautéed mushrooms were just a dream. Go.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • We loved it!
    Barbara
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Delicious and excellent service. But we were headed to show and did not leave enough time to savor tasting menu. Leave time!! It's worth it. and cocktail delicious too.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • a great deal
    chrissieVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The $40 tasting menu has a great cost-value ratio.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great meal
    groth13VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had not dined here before. The tasting menu was excellent and really interesting. Of the four of us, two were vegetarian and one only eats gluten-free. The restaurant could not have been more accommodating. Would heavily recommend. We will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Overrated
    Aegisprncs
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    While the food was good we were dissapointed because we expected outstanding. We should have ate at the sister restaurant next door called Kanopos. That place was banging! But I digress. The service at G was over solicited until they got a full dining room then it was next to non existent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxed evening
    Peter
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My friend and I were really looking forward to dining here. We arrived early around 7:15 p.m. and were seated immediately - it was Saturday and relatively empty but filled up later on. Opted for the wine pairing. The antipasti was good. The primi was a choice of either spicy italian sausage canneloni or mushroom mezzaluna and both were good. The secondi was either pork or artic char. The pork was good but a bit spicy and the artic char was also good but the gravy/broth was a bit overpowering. The chocolate mousse cake with salted caramel ice cream was a winner - absolutely delicious. Good wines with each course and portions were just right. Sufficient time between each course. A relaxed enjoyable evening overall.
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  • Service needed help...
    AlthompsVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We waited 30 min for the app course & then all the food for the main course came 10 min after that (5 dishes). The food was good, but so much came so fast that we didn't have time to enjoy. The garlic bread was cold & the mushroom & cheese was never melted, so it was like a cold sandwich. I don't think that was how it was intended. I'd try it again on a better night!
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  • Tasting Menu is Terrific
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We've had three meals at G on the Tasting Menu, and each time the choices have been imaginative, offering a clear choice for all tastes, and every course has been delicious. The Tasting Menu is a great way to sample the full range of a very talented kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great anniversary dinner
    roseslark
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had a wonderful experience with the Tasting menu for our anniversary. It was a weeknight so it was quiet, and we got lots of attention. The appetizer platter was outstanding, with really complex and amazing flavors in each of the six! different little dishes plus the two cured meats that my husband LOVED. It had everything from a smoked beet crustini to a grilled cauliflower "giardiniara" (that I really can't tell you how delicious it). We tried each of the primi and secondi between us, really enjoying each one. My arctic char dish was a surprise and delight. My husband really enjoyed his wine pairings with each of the four courses, which were generous and varied. Our server even made me a special mock-tail since I'm pregnant.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious and Different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The tasting menu was fabulous and was a great deal for $40. There were so many different flavors and ingredients throughout the night and the food was beautifully presented. Its a dining experience -- we were there 2.5 hours -- and really enjoyed it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • barnVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    this is my fourth visit to G and I continue to think its a great place for no fuss no muss dining. Easy choices, the wine pairing a must. Small place equals great service, Amelia is a gem. Will be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Sunday Gravy!
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    What a fabulous idea...transforming Mike Isabella's sandwich shop into a Sunday night trattoria serving a family style Italian dinnef. Great food, more than generous portions, great fun.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food and service, tacky dining area. The restaurant is awkwardly laid out as a sandwich shop by day (with ambiguous hours), and restaurant by night. The ambiance detracted from the great quality of the food and service, making what was otherwise an excellent meal seem cheap.
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  • hungryinDC
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have never stopped in a G for a sandwich but did the 4 course tasting menu the other night and were very pleasantly surprised. Having recently moved from Chicago we have been a bit disappointed in the DC food scene but my husband declared the pork shoulder course perhaps the best dish he has had here in DC. The waiter was polite, informative and had an appropriate level of interaction, courses came out at an appropriate pace and most importantly were delicious. It was restaurant week so the price was just 35 bucks per person, but even outside RW it is only 40, a amazing deal considering the quality and quantity of food! We have more then once spent twice as much for dinner in DC and had half as good a meal.
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  • Deliciousness
    KLuv
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Tasting menu was delicious. Portion size was appropriate, didn't get overstuffed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe I don't want you to know
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Have been telling everyone I know who appreciates GREAT food about evenings at G. Wed-Sat evenings turn this exceptional sandwich shop into a wonderful prix fixe dining experience at a great price. Sandwich shop ambience is completely overwhelmed by the food, experienced wait staff, and enjoyable wine parings. We are also excited about trying "Sunday Gravy" as well - but haven't gotten there yet. This is a gem -- but a small space, so maybe I don't want too many of you to know about it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Average and Noisy
    kinincVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    There was a group of 6 women who were literally screaming for 30 minutes after we arrived and no one asked them to settle down. Our waiter changed our seat and gave a complimentary Cava but really!! We had a 4- course menu during restaurant week. The antipasto was good, both pasta courses were average at best. Pork was good, fish average. Chocolate desert was excellent, Tiramasu tasteless.
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  • Restaurant Week Flop
    ck718
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Perhaps this was just another case of restaurant week gone wrong, but our food was pretty bad. Since the RW menu was pretty similar to their normal tasting menu, I thought it would work out, but our meals were very disappointing. The appetizers (Squid ink pasta & goat cheese gnudo) were so salty it was hard to eat them. I got snapper for the main, my friend got the pork. Both were okay but nothing to write home about. The snapper was a little over cooked and flavorless, then doused in an extremely rich sauce, not very balanced. Got tiramisu for dessert, which I love, but after taking a bite, we decided this one wasn't worth the calories. Love Mike Isabella, but this was not a great dining experience. Sad since I'm right in the neighborhood.
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  • Great food and great service
    NiciEats
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I went out to dinner with 3 other friends for restaurant week and this place was great. They offer 4 courses instead of 3. All three were great, but dessert was amazing. The service was great. Our server was friendly and able to kindly answer all of our questions, and we had a lot of them. I'd definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise! A great dinner spot
    FMJOYCEVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The idea of ponying up $60 per person for tasting menu + wine felt a little weird when we first arrived at G. I mean, it definitely has plenty of the sandwich shop elements that you can't just hide for dinner. However, the small seating area is charming and well laid out. The staff is attentive and chatty and the bathrooms are beautiful (shared with Kapnos). We were so glad we did the wine pairing - every glass was delightful and it was a bargain for $25 per person for 3 glasses of wine (to go with our antipasti course, starter and entree) plus a lovely muscadet for dessert. All the food was well prepared, beautifully presented and delicious. We loved the gnudi and the snapper. Desserts are awesome! Worth a trip and fun for foodies.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fun and Delicous
    pwindc
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The tasting room at G has a fun vibe with high quality tasting menu. We had a great time and and enjoyed a wine pairing as well.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food great, service meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    A little slow. 4 course tasting menu took 2 hours.
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  • fantastic anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Couldn't have been happier with our dinner at G's. Service was great, the food was amazing... it was everything we had hoped it would be.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the G by Mike Isabella reviews archive.
  • Tasting Menu was fun
    jackofalltrades
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Enjoyed the tasting menu a lot. Great way to get to try a variety of dishes. Crispy pig's head and ravioli with mint pesto filling were notable, but the lamb shoulder was the top of the mountain.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    z4wl
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    From the moment we walked in, until the moment we left the service was superb! The tasting menu was spectacular and quality overall was perfect. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service and price
    DCDiner
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was creative and delicious. Service was attentive and passionate about food. For the price, this tasting menu can't be beat.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love so much, don't want to share
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The sandwiches at lunch are unbelievable -- especially the hot ones made with baby animals, like suckling pig (but also the roast cauliflower). Dinner is an Italian tasting menu. At dinner, the food is all beautiful and carefully prepared with interesting, subtle flavors (not your typical, heavy-handed Italian). This has become one of my favorite DC spots. I love it so much, I want it to do well. But don't keep me from getting a reservation!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful experience!!
    babsy23
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Staff was very friendly, attentive and professional. A slower explanation of the tasting menu would have been great - but otherwise - great job. The food was ah-mazing. We did not feel rushed to finish our meal. We had a great time
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Loved the food and the service was great - I highly recommend G!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great meal, great value
    DBinDCVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My wife and I love this place! Second time dining, second great meal. Very inventive menu items, and a great value at $40 prix fix for 4 courses. The chef, Elliot, is a genius with pasta.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A tasting menu with wine pairing is a nice way to enjoy a meal without too much thought. The reasonable price for both made this a very nice experience overall. The food was tasty. The options were there to satisfy different tastes of the diners. The service was great, without a rushed feeling at all. My only wish was that the server would have spent a bit more time explaining each course and its wine.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    DCmbVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We booked this reservation to celebrate a birthday on Thursday night. The tasting menu for the week was great. We like the fact you have an option for each course and the optional wine pairing makes it easy for a group. Every course was great and tasty. Service was great and personable. The corn ravioli was my favorite offering this week. Dessert options were really good. Carmel sundae was a favorite at the table. We will coming back. A great outing with good surprises to eat and keeping this in mind for a night out in the future!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Dinner
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    G is known as a sandwich shop, but also is a very good organized menu in the evenings--consisting of appetizer, pasta, fish or meat, and dessert--all for $40. On this evening we had a really nice roasted corn ravioli and striped bass--generous portions. And dessert was also great--but so was the appetizer, consisting of about 6 different things--antipasto style. Wine list is excellent.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit of florence on 14'th street
    pkaryaVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The concept of a sandwich shop becoming a tasting menu restaurant at night might put some people off. Don't let it! The food and wine pairings were delicious. I think the corn ravioli was the best that I have ever eaten.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • barnVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very clever use of the daytime sandwich shop and a fitting companion to Kapnos. Excellent food and great wine pairings which I would highly recommend. Can't wait to go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good & Creative
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was good, nice mix, service pleasant. Short on a few wines.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So impressed!
    AmyBVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We loved every bite of this experience. The food was innovative and plenty, not to mention very reasonably priced. It was a dining adventure and I can't stop raving about it. I would not have picked pork cheek or pasta with snail ragu off a menu ordinarily, but the tasting menu allowed me to sample some extraordinary bites. It was not very crowded (but should have been), so should not be difficult to get a table and try this out for yourself. I was also under a bit of a time crunch, and the staff did everything possible to accommodate us. But I would have enjoyed lingering longer over this meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Wow- what a find!
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food and excellent service. Yes, you do need to bring a pillow if you can't abide hard bench seats that service the daytime sandwich shop, but great evening dining adventure and wine pairing at a very reasonable price. We'll go back soon!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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