J. Paul's - Georgetown

J. Paul's - Georgetown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://jpaulsdc.com/
  • Phone: 2023333450x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:00am
    Friday: 11:30am-3:00am
    Saturday: 10:30am-3:00am
    Sunday: 10:30am-2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Tom Crenshaw
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The 1889 Room at the original J. Paul’s in Georgetown has become an institution in Washington, D.C. Enjoy private dining in our 1889 Room, located on the 2nd floor of J. Paul’s. Its mahogany walls, wood floors and eclectic style give the room a warm, classy and cozy atmosphere. Long, magnificent windows overlook historic M Street, in the heart of Georgetown. This room is great for all occasions: birthdays, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, celebrations, business luncheons, cocktail parties, and even televised sporting events.
  • Private Party Contact: J.Paul's Private Dining 202)339-6833 x
  • Entertainment: Lively bar area is perfect for every occasion, and there's a large private meeting room upstairs perfect for corporate events or private dinner. and of course, liven up Sunday with brunch at J. Paul's! From Hangover Hash to the J. P. Scramble, you won't leave hungry! Our signature Bloody Mary cannot be beat, and our Irish Coffee is a real eye opener. Join us, Sunday's from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin Ave.
  • Public Transit: Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Located in Georgetown Park Mall, entrance on Wisconsin Ave. Parking Lot on corner of Wisconsin Ave and M Streets at PNC Bank. Street parking available throughout Georgetown.
A word from J. Paul's - Georgetown
J. Paul’s is Washington’s quintessential turn of the century American Dining Saloon. The J. Paul’s bar in Georgetown is itself a 100 year old mahogany shotgun bar, built by the Brunswick Balke Coolander Company and was previously housed in a grand saloon in the Chicago stockyards. Many will swear over their scotch that Al Capone himself bellied up to that very bar. Antique brass elevator doors from New York’s Waldorf Astoria frame the back dining room.

A few short blocks from the Potomac River, in the heart of fashionable Georgetown, the original J. Paul’s has become an institution. Every day, politicians, journalists, artists, business people and Washington personalities share tables with students, tourists and ex-Pats in the nation’s capital. Don't miss out on a visit to this DC institution!
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J. Paul's - Georgetown reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)vibrant bar scene (18)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (14)good for groups (14)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (9)romantic (8)special occasion (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (6)fit for foodies (5)great for outdoor dining (5)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Expensive
    Fooooooood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Expensive and small portions, the bartender was great though
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Kuhns6
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a relaxing dinner with our sons whom are students at Georgetown. Great service and food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place.
    Rach
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I am kind of obsessed with J Pauls. Such an awesome atmosphere on so many levels for all different tastes. Food is divine. Beer and alcohol at the bar in general is great. Love the look of the place and the windows open in the warm weather. Just everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food in Georgetown
    MacFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    You can't go wrong with this restaurant, good food, good service and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep on Truckin"
    MG5561
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have been to J. Pauls several times before. First time using Open Table to book my table, and it worked like a charm. Food is good, great beer selection, right in the heart of Georgetown.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre food, friendly service
    EPendle
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This place is nothing special. Our server was very nice, but the food was pretty mediocre.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gone downhill
    DiningInDCVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I first visited JPauls in 2003 and have been popping in occasionally ever since. It was much more restaurant focused the last time I was there. They pushed the raw bar, there were no TVs, and there was a quiet din. When I visited last week it was nothing like that. It seemed more like a sports bar, the food was totally unexceptional (in fact I felt ripped off), and it was very noisy. I don't recommend it and I probably won't go back. Too bad, I had fond memories.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    hekkhbVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went there looking for some "after a crazy night" food....and we found it. The chicken and waffles are outstanding, and the breakfast burrito looked really good. Oh and they bring some corn bread mini muffins... doesn't get much better than that!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • J-P's Seafood crushes it
    Killertuna
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Possibly the best callamari I've had. Tuna w mash delicious. Seeker cab sav my new favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodfoodseeker
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always love the charm of this great building. The food is outstanding. We ordered lots of their appetizers and raw bar delights.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good location, nice food
    BobV
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    seating was too cramped. food was good, but overpriced. was looking for more authentic New Orleans fare. this wasn't really a special occasion place. no parking available.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Enough
    ToudelooVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    But don't get the buttermilk fried chicken salad. :( Service was great.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but Average
    TKae
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    J.Paul's has the feel of a cookie cutter chain restaurant. The food was average at best. A plus: I was seated promptly even though it seemed as though they were very busy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Time
    HoyaSaxa
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As a college student, this place has a great dinner menu that I can afford without breaking the bank. The bar has a great array of alcohol and the restaurant part is beautiful and gives off a romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    dineindc
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went to celebrate my graduation from a master's program. The location is great, the food was excellent, and the service was also very good. I have never been disappointed by J. Paul's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large Group on Saturday Night
    LRC2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a reservation for seven people which included three kids and four adults. Thankfully we were seated in the back room which was not nearly as loud as the rest of the restaurant and we had a big table to spread out in. We had a great time. Appetizers came very fast which was a Godsend considering we had hungry kids, our server was attentive but not intrusive and our food came out quickly and everything was correct. We were hosting friends from out of town and it was a great opportunity to catch up and have a great meal. Given how busy everything was that night - we were grateful there was a time and space to accommodate us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible food and service
    r2d2VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We are regulars at J Pauls but Sunday brunch was terrible. We got horrible service - the waiter did not come to take our drinks order until ten minutes after we were seated. we were all seated crushed together. the food was cold and had no salt.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thunder
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    very average bar food. Matt was our waiter and was quite good. Noise level was too much. A little on the dirty side and the bathrooms were gross
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    ang29boo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As always, I enjoyed my time at J Paul's. We came about a half hour before our reservations, and were seated without hesitation, as they were already prepared for us. We had 2 children with us and they were placed with kid's menus, although neither ate from them, as they were small enough to eat off of their parents' plates. We had a great waiter, Tom, who was pleasant and checked on us frequently. Although the pretzels weren't as good as they usually are, we had a great time, great food, and the ambiance at J Paul's couldn't be a nicer place than to celebrate a birthday, or any occasion!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On decline - better options elswhre
    MaKr
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Sunday "brunch". Disappointing. Showing all the signs of a place on its last legs. Owner cutting corners in the kitchen and in the bar. Restaurant nearly empty. Eggs Benedict rubbery overcooked, covered in a congealed mystery orange sauce....barely edible. Bloody Mary weirdly had an 8" full celery stalk in a 6" narrow glass; watery tomato juice; no flavor. Sunday kitchen and bar staff must be amateur hour. Better options exist elsewhere on M street.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • soontobemrsmulllings
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The crab soup and prime rib is just amazing...would definitely go back again. However it's not kid friendly..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 283 reviews are from the J. Paul's - Georgetown reviews archive.
  • A Georgetown Icon
    Boze43
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    One of my favorite places to show off to people who have never been to DC. Quintessential Georgetown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    ScoutyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Decent for a relatively inexpensive, casual Georgetown meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit
    CharlotteVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This was our first visit to J. Paul's. Food was great with an excellent variation of selections, service was good too. We will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My wife and I had eaten there many times before. The food was always good. We had not been there is quite a while so making reservations for Mother's Day was perfect. My wife had checked the menu the night I made the reservations, a week before Mother's Day. The cost of the meal increasted $4 and it was not what we had remembered. We may or may not give J Pauls another try - probably not. BTW we had the Eggs Benedict.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Overall pretty good-crab cakes and ribs were tasty. Pretzel is a nice way to start.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special requests
    Specialrequests
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    For the first time, I entered a special request upon making my reservation, asking that a candle be placed on one of the desserts as one in our party was celebrating a birthday. Well, it was completely ignored! I will not return to this restaurant and I wonder what is the point of asking if there are any special requests when making any open table reservation?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Buster
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Enjoyed so much we went back a second time. I would like to add it is very expensive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Spot
    afoodie
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Nice casual spot where you can get some pretty good food. I got the Baby Back Ribs and really liked them. My mom got the Crab Cake and it looked really good. My brother got the Mahi Mahi Tacos and they also looked great. Would recommend this place for dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    Run1EatRepeat
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Consistently great service and excellent food. This was the 5 time I've been here in the past year and J Pauls. Perfect for small groups 1-6. The best raw bar in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Random Dinner outing
    Leitch
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were in Georgetown for a little day shopping and decided to meet up with friends for dinner. J.Pauls had a reservation open for 4 so we snagged it. The food was decent, but overall ambience was great! We had fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never a Bad Time
    fatboy
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    You have to have an oyster dish if you go, the shucker standing by the entrance only adds to the ambience. Our waitress was super-friendly and attentive. She also appeased our group of 8. We were here celebrating our friends birthday, and when she told us they were about to bring out birthday cake, we requested she bring out a pickle with a candle instead...and she did it (LOL!)...then actually brought out cake! Anyways, good bar food, though I ordered the wings and a burger. Cannot give input for the dinner plates. Only negative of the entire experience was our table. I was in a group of 8, and we were seated in a long, skinny table. It was hard to have a conversation inclusive of 8 people w/o a circular table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went here for Valentine's
    iCheryl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went here for Valentine's Day. The food was very tasty. But the service kind of sucked. The waiter seemed very aloof and ruined my date's soda by pouring water into the glass and never offered another one. They try to have two separate restaurant going : one bar and one more romantic, but the noise from the bar area (music, people, crashing dishes) overflows. Probably will not return or recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed visiting the restaurant
    David
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Enjoyed visiting the restaurant with friends. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    russ
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Bloody Mary's were weak and bland. Had to request tabasco and hot sauce to give them a little flavor. Brunches, their version of eggs benedict and some other type of egg dish, had little flavor and were less than hot. Would not return
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not As I recall
    misunderestimated
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    They have truncated their menu to more of a sports bar theme. Not the fine dining Georgetown experience I remember so fondly from years past. Loud, young crowd drinking at the bar pretty much took over the place. Disappointed former fan
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy as usual!
    Julie
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Menu is great, tweaked every few months and food is delicious. Great service and ambiance!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went to J. Pauls with my
    JPaul25
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    I went to J. Pauls with my family on Christmas night. It was one of the few places open. I had been there before and had a very nice dinner with my daughter. Christmas night was fun...we sat at a big table in front of the Christmas tree. The service we good..a little slow but probably due to the holiday and short staff. Food was also good but was much better the last time i was there. All in all we had a good time. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • J Paul's A Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Haven't been disappointed yet! Right on M St, energetic bar area and separate sit-down dining area. Food is always good. Will be back when more friends are in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    DCdogs
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Food choices were limited and quality was poor. The wine we were offered was not availble. The hostess was not good at accommodating our reservation; she wedged us as the only other table in the room in between two parties of 10, and did not honor our request to be seated at a more hospitable location even though better choices were (discovered later to be) available. Fortunately, the waiter was friendly and capable and saved the meal from a total disaster.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate