J. Paul's - Georgetown
J. Paul's - Georgetown

J. Paul's - Georgetown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://jpaulsdc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 333-3450
  • 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
45 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)vibrant bar scene (19)good for groups (16)hot spot (13)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (11)fit for foodies (7)romantic (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (4)special occasion (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • MothersDayAtJPauls
    JNoTheReviewer
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Was a great brunch for my mother and myself, waitress was excellent and so was the food. Would recommend for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere. excellent
    smiles
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Great atmosphere. excellent food. Also sports bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    EMEatz
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We had a very nice Mother's Day Brunch this past weekend. Casual atmosphere with excellent service. Salmon frittata, and crab eggs benedict were very tasty. Mac and cheese appetizer was enjoyed by all 4 of us. Very good Bloody Mary also. The surprise came at the end when they told us mother's ate FREE that day! Very nice touch which we appreciated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Good!
    psray
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Hadn't been in a long while, and had a large group in for the weekend. Needed a place that would suit a broad age and taste range, and thought J. Paul's would do the trick for a Georgetown Dinner. It was a great meal, great service and exactly what I'd hoped for. Thanks!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately, they did not
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Unfortunately, they did not honor my Open Table reservation and made me wait 50 minutes. There was a mistake and my table was given away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    It was mine and my husband's first time in DC so after a morning of exploring I remember a friend raving about JPauls. We googled the address, hopped a taxi and arrived at the restaurant. It was just how I had pictured it... a chill spot that resembled a pub. Our server was friendly and suggested the fish tacos, which were delicious! If you love oysters this is a good spot to go to. They had a few types of oysters (Blue Point being my fave) and they were half off during lunch! Overall great experience for lunch on our first day in DC.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Old Fashioned I've ever
    EMDCVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Worst Old Fashioned I've ever had. Food was pretty good though as usual.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is the Georgetown I know...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    J. Paul's is the quintessential Georgetown mainstay. I frequented it when in college. Couldn't really afford it then even with its modest prices for a restaurant in Georgetown. But I couldn't resist the fresh oysters, the good food, the atmosphere and the friendly staff. Fast forward 15 years later. I can now afford J. Paul's and truly enjoy what it has to offer, but don't due to time constraints. However, going back there after all so many years, it still feels the same. Open, welcoming, the bracing brine from the oysters sliding smoothly down along with a well made cocktail, followed by good food, well made, but never pretentious. A true classic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant not prepared for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Restaurant not prepared for our reservation. Gave more desirable tables to walk-ins. Only after creating a "little noise" was our reservation given the attention it deserved. The atmosphere is the draw here. Certainly not the food or menu which is typical bar food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch Was Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Great brunch, great service. Was exactly what we were looking for during our Washington DC trip.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    Sarah
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Not sure if I'm fit to offer my opinion. Although the wings and mac and cheese were yummy, not something I would write home to mom about. I know those were probably not the 2 things on the menu to try out first to make up my mind about J Paul's, but between that and the loud bar scene on the Saturday evening I went, it just was wasn't one of my favorites. But I would still try once more.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No waiting was taken right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    No waiting was taken right away a big plus. Server was great. Real easy to talk to. A fun and cool place. Good food specials, appetizers. Of course the oysters were "off the chain". Would come back just for them..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waiter introduced himself
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Our waiter introduced himself and mentioned that he’d rather not be working that night. He was relatively forgetful and inattentive (no pretzels for the table, no water glass refills, etc.) — I can only assume that this was because he didn’t want to be there — but wasn’t unpleasant. The food was reasonably good, but I don’t think we’ll be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Great People Watching
    SkylineScottVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    J. Paul's never disappoints us. The tables near the windows make for great people watching along "M" Street while enjoying a late lunch over the weekend. The Fried Green Tomato "BLT & A" with Avocado was delicious. The Cucumber Salad is a great substitute on the side instead of french fries -- it's really good! So were the Fried Oyster Sliders as an appetizer for two to share. There's also a wide selection of draft beers. Every time we have gone to J. Paul's with an Open Table reservation, we have always been seated immediately, and at a very good table. This is our favorite weekend brunch / lunch spot in Georgetown.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    One of my favorite restaurants in Georgetown - thanks for another wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for St. Patrick's day
    SfcrnVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Went for St. Patrick's day casual dinner. They had some Irish fare and beer specials. It was festive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu and fun ambiance!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    We really enjoyed the menu: great selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. The atmosphere is fun and energetic. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed a special evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    Enjoyed a special evening at J.Paul's. Look forward to visiting it again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gotta get the ribs!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Great traditional american food with a twist. The ribs are just delicious and you can't go wrong with the rib and crabcake combo.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ive been coming here for more
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    Ive been coming here for more that 20 years. The food and service are always oustanding. Great Crabcakes and fall off the bone Ribs. The pretzels are a great treat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oyster Shooters and Calamari
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We had the crab cakes and Calamari. The Calamari was outstanding and the Crab Cakes were good. Oyster Shooters are good also
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I ordered the fish and chips
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    I ordered the fish and chips and overwhelmingly underwhelmed. The fish had no flavor and the fries were too soggy. I feel like I could've made a better dish than this. The place was crowded and I was constantly bothered throughout my meal by both patrons and staff to move my chair. I would not recommend this place as it is overpriced and overcrowded.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always enjoy lunch at J.Paul's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Always enjoy lunch at J.Paul's when shopping in Georgetown. The mac and cheese is amazing. Always a crowd pleaser!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great place to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    Always a great place to go in Georgetown. The Prime Rib Dip is delicious! Great wine and beer selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed the special New Years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Enjoyed the special New Years Eve menu as a subset of the normal menu. Our meal and service were great, but dessert let us down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Year's Eve dinner was
    CKCKVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    New Year's Eve dinner was very good. We were surprised that there was a NYE menu (had assumed it would be a normal menu), as J Paul's website said nothing about NYE; however, the menu turned out to be pretty good. NYE festivities at the bar after dinner were very fun.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is consistent. Always
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Food is consistent. Always tasty and goo portions. Priced appropriately.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty food - try the Mahi Mahi Taco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    I took a date here and we ordered a dozen oysters, the mahi mahi tacos, and the 12 oz. prime rib. The food was great and full flavored. The service was ample but, the server didn't have too much of a personality which was okay I suppose. Overall it was a good meal and the service was prompt, but didn't leave a "WOW I must return!" impression just a "We'll be back sometime" impression.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chicken was burnt and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Chicken was burnt and the salmon was too sweet. Food was a miss this visit but the ambiance is great there as usual and drinks were god.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little loud, mediocre food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2012
    A little loud, mediocre food. All in all disappointing. Probably okay happy hour place, but not for fine dining.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classy atmosphere but not
    Sean
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    Classy atmosphere but not overly formal. Knowledgeable waiter; attentive but not intrusive. Prices reasonable. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An institution in Georgetown,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    An institution in Georgetown, great for a casual, fun night out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice time in Georgetown.
    DocMJD
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    Very nice experience. We had a large group and the service was very attentive. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • J.Pauls is excellent. If I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    J.Pauls is excellent. If I lived in the area,I would definitely eat here all the time! My daughter, who is a George Washington student, thought the Mahi Mahi fish tacos were the best she has ever eaten. I saw one of their burgers and I couldn't belive how good it looked. The salads and steaks also looked great. This was a great place for a sit down dinner, but it also looked like a good place to watch a game with friends. All in downtown Georgetown.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was good. Made a
    MoMo
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Service was good. Made a reservation and was promptly seated. Food was just OK. Tables are packed in, and the noise level is very high, which made it hard to converse. Loved the soft pretzels served at beginning of meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great meal...and
    pattyp
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    We had a great meal...and exceptional service! Loved it and will go back next time in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice choice for Happy Hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Did not live up to "the talk" in my mind, but still the food was better than average. It would not be a good choice for a romantic dinner, but more so with a group of friends, or for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big Let-down for a loyal customer
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2012
    Worst experience I ever had. I was trying to impress my visiting family with this restaurant. When we arrived on time, our table was mistakenly given away requiring us to wait 45 minutes only to take a table in the bar to avoid eating any later that night. The wait staff took over ten minutes to acknowledge us and our pretzels were delivered with our dinner. Terrible experienc in all aspects.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant was extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    The restaurant was extremely loud because they had the music volume far too high. It was difficult to hold a conversation with the people across the table from us. The food was pretty good, not great though. I went here 4 years ago and had a much better experience than this past one.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    RTorres
    Dined on 9/3/2012
    Our Waitress Brooke was fantastic! After a long day, this place re-energized. Food was very good, staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic