Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown

Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paolosristorante.com/
  • Phone: 2023337353
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:30pm (Bar - last call @ 1:30am - Pizzas served until 12:30am) Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:30am (Bar - last call @ 2:30am - Pizzas served until 1:30am)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Bill McPartland
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Paolo's can host your party of up to 45 guests with a special menu - please contact the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Lenny Hellebuyck 2023337353
  • Special Events: Paolo's fabulous Sunday Brunch - featuring Italian Benedict, fabulous Mimosas, even our Brunch Panini... Paolo sets the table on Sunday while you enjoy friends and linger over one more cup of Italian roast. Every Sunday from 11:00am - 3:00pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin Ave. & N Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown
The very first Paolo's found its home in historic Georgetown in the 1980's, and has been a Georgetown staple ever since. The bustling ristorante has become a corner fixture in this centuries old melting pot amongst politicians, travelers, shoppers and students. Dine outside and watch the world go by, or sit inside and watch your pizza being prepared in our fabulous brick oven, and most of all - enjoy! Located in the heart of Georgetown, Paolo's serves fine Cal-Italian cuisine full of exciting pizzas and exquisite pastas.
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Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (26)neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (12)good for groups (10)special occasion (8)great for brunch (8)late-night find (8)romantic (6)fit for foodies (6)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Lisadct
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The location is awesome and had great energy. Too bad god and service didn't match. Not terrible but not awesome either.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 Shrimp - Really?
    DCduoVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Don't expect anything more than average and don't expect portions to be generous. Shrimp gnocchi at $22 had just 3 regular size shrimp and the portion left my partner hungry. The Scampi at $24 had a whopping FOUR shrimp. Service is pleasant and sufficient, however once we were asked how our meals were, he never returned and eventually came by and asked of we were ready for the check. We had an appetizer to share, two bottles of wine and 2 gin and tonics for a table of four, so we certainly aren't afraid to spend money when dining. But all-in-all there are too many much better Italian restaurants in DC to keep this one on our list of future choices. Third time in several years and most likely our last ever.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much pepper!
    DPHA
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The menu looked great and overall the food had quality ingredients, but everything had too much pepper! everything we ordered tasted like pepper and nothing else... I would order without any pepper if I were to go back...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Spot!
    MJK2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have been to Paolo's several times this year and over the last three years. I have never been disappointed in the food or the service. Servers are friendly and attentive. The food is very well prepared and interesting. I was recently there for my birthday with my family and received a free dessert of my choosing. The server wished me a happy birthday several times, which added to a lovely experience. I plan on being a continuing customer!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outsatnding
    TimK
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were looking for an italian restaurant in the heart of Georgetown with great food, friendly service and outdoor seating. Paolo's delivered on all three and even exceeded our expectations. Highly recomend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice relaxing lunch!
    WhackVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We really enjoy Paolo's for a nice outdoor lunch though we are very disappointed that they have taken the seafood salad off the menu. Today we tried the mozzarella and tomato salad. The tomatoes were not as flavorful and delicious as they should be this time of year. We tried the P izza Angelo which is very good. The service is very good at here though and you are never made to feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no game
    TizLozVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Terrible pizza...extremely salted bread...I am Italian and I had wonderful and real Italian food in the US but not at Paolo's.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Onlime menu
    rjsva
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Don't look at the online menu- some food is not on the menu when you get there
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the same
    HouseofPlenty
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Visited this establishment a few years ago. Not the same, today. It lost it's charm. Very loud, seemed a bit run down and food was mixed. My son loved the lamb chops. As for the rest of us our food was just okay.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Paolo's, Georgetown, DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We visit DC every year and we make sure that we get to Paolo's for dinner on Saturday night. Food and service are always outstanding. It is on the corner of Wisconsin and N streets in Georgetown. Just love the atmosphere. It feels like we are celebrating an anniversary. I recommend the outdoor seating and always have espresso and dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, As Always
    amahkamov
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I came here for brunch with some friends from out of town. This place is wonderful...every time I have visitors from outside the area, this is where we go to hang out, drink mimosas, and eat fabulous brunch. The weekend specials are good, and the food is always delicious! Our waiter was outstanding as well. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the music they play here...it really doesn't match the vibe of the building and the setting in the neighborhood. I would recommend something more instrumental rather than top 40 hits. No biggie though!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely dinner as always at Paolo's
    Flamingogal
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Whenever I have guest in town and they want a Georgetown dining experience, I take them to Paolo's and we are never disappointed. The food is exquisite and the service is excellent. Our salads were fresh and tasty. My sea bass was absolutely delicious. My sister enjoyed the shrimp scampi. Wine list is excellent also. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 338 reviews are from the Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown reviews archive.
  • No complaints
    HBearVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Great setting, great food, good service, decent wine selection. Paolo's is a great spot for friends new and old to get together for a tasty treat.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great deal
    Anne
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Paolo's become one of my favourite weekend brunch spots, they offer grest deal for great food and excellent service!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must dine!
    Reddevil2n
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I travel to DC once a year for work and found Palo's a few years back one one of my trips. From that point on I have visited every time I'm in town and the food and staff are always amazing. The first time I ate there I thought it was the best food I'd ever eaten, and to this day I still feel that way. Spend the money and eat at Palo's, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food was very expensive for the quality that was served.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentine's Day for three?
    Noneen
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I took our college student to dinner on Valentine's Day and booked on Open Table. The restaurant called the day prior to confirm. No where was it stated that the evening was going to be a special menu - prix fix. We have been to Paolo's numerous times and enjoy their varied menu - not so with their idea of what should be served on Valentine's Day (no pizzas!). That being said, we each found something to eat and enjoyed our time together. Just beware if it is a holiday and they have a special menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but Chilly!
    Hungry
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Food was very good although it could have been served hotter: Margharita pizza; Fettucini and Linguini with Clams. Salads were very good. Server was attentive. Our table was located in front of the roaring fireplace which seemed to be a main source of heat in this restaurant during a chilly January evening. Don't know why the heat didn't seem to be working - or maybe it was insufficient as the restaurant seems to be a great one for nice weather with lots of outdoor exposure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Georgetown Go-to
    2tired2cook
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I went to Paolo's this past weekend because we were craving some good, authentically Italian pizza. Even in the winter, the stroll from our residence to the restaurant was quite pleasant, and when we arrived at the restaurant, it was lit up — along with Martin's Tavern across the street — and really showed the beauty of the urban neighborhood. We were seated and served water promptly. We ended up ordering (and splitting) a Caesar salad, Margherita pizza, and Mascarpone mashed potatoes (yes, it's weird, we know). Each dish was delicious and the perfect size to share — though the mashed potatoes are actually a side dish. The food's modern, elegant presentation also was quite impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food sub par and too loud
    New2noVa
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    The chicken (fingers) we ordered for my daughter off the kids menu ($8) were in edible. Gristle galore. They did, in their defense, remove that charge from the bill. There was a table of young "professionals" at a nearby table who were clearly three sheets to the wind at 4 on a Sunday afternoon. Overpriced and under delivered. We will not go back nor would I recommend it to anyone.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistencies hurt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Our party of four had two good meals and two okay meals. The service was somewhat slow. Not sure we'd go back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good but freezing when cold out
    smak
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We enjoyed our meal. Breadsticks were as good as ever, Service was very good and friendly. It was very cold outside and even the space heaters placed around the dining area could not bring the temperature into a comfortable range. don't go there when it's cold out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Special Events
    jenihansenVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Sergio - Thank you to you and your staff for helping making New Years Eve very special!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just right on a cold night
    GSR1VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We walked in from the cold and had an excellent meal in front of a warm fire. The service was excellent as was the food. The negative comment I had was that the music (alternative rock) did not quite fit the atmosphere. Fortunately, the volume was low enough that it was not and issue and did not detract from the meal or the conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in Georgetown
    ArnepDCVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    We went for an early dinner with friends after a nearby afternoon concert. Paolo's has a wide ranging menu from salads and pizzas to fish and steak. All of our food was excellent, and my lobster risotto was absolutely outstanding. The portions are very large, however, and only one of us was able manage dessert (an egg nog creme brulée), which was also very good. The only downside was the venue -- Paolo's has two rooms: the main dining room (which is always noisy in the evening) and a "garden room", which fine in summer, but which does not appear to have much in the way of central heating. So we all kept our coats on during the meal, and were warned by our food and drink. They have an extensive selection of scotches, by the way.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have been going to Paolo's
    arvaVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Have been going to Paolo's for YEARS. Last visit the quality had slipped, but based on the meals we had this time, quality has come back up. One pretty big complain tho. It was FREEZING!!! We did complain and were given a roundabout answer by the hostess. Then the manager came over. Apparently the heating system had broken down. They were using space heaters here and there, but they were insufficient; had to eat with our coats on and were all till quite cold. We should have been told this at the time we stopped in to confirm our reservation and given the option to go elsewhere. By the time we found this out it was too late to go elsewhere. Management should at least have offered free dessert! Server was very good, but other service lacking.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The chef kindly agreed to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    The chef kindly agreed to my request to substitute spinach for the onions and potatoes. However, the salmon was covered in olive oil And heavily peppered, making it in edible for me. I was very disappointed as I chose Paoli's based on past good experiences. My friend's food was almost cold and also not particularly tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Portion Size
    Esgoode
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    You might be curious as I was what the portion size of your meal might be (considering that it is a bit on the pricier side). Upon asking I was not given an estimate and what I was hoping from with the salmon turned out to be less than what I expected. Of course the salad my girlfriend got was large, but neither of us could picture what we were getting. Needless to say, I ended up still hungry and munching on the the delicious bread and garlic spread that they gave us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid performer
    DesignandDine
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Went for dinner after Black Friday shopping. Friendly staff, good bar, reasonable wine list. Flatbread was very good. Great Kale salad. Clams and linguini were very good indeed. Tasty mussels. Service was efficient and the dining experience was not rushed. All four members of our party enjoyed it. Vegetarian request by one of our party was graciously accommodated. Would go back if in the area again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good brunch
    PSBDCVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    The brunch menu is somewhat limited, but what is there tastes great. Plus, the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointed
    Pastalover
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Mi pasta was cold, and sticky. The meat sauce was weak. My husband's veal dish was a little grease.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit louder than expected. ..
    HoyaHen
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Girlfriend's parents came to town and wanted to take them somewhere nice. Well Paolos I thought would fit the bill. Well it used to be a nice place for conversation and the food was better. I left feeling a little disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable Evening
    HappyNeighbor
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Food and servcie were excellence. Noise level was more "energetic" than our preference but excellence of food and service outweighed noise concern.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The menu offered lots of choices;
    Brenda
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The menu offered lots of choices; food was excellent, served at a nice pace … not too fast but not too slow. Okay wine options. Didn’t have dessert. First time visitor, but it will not be my last!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stellar service, fantastic food!
    petsue
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Food was delicious and excellent quality - we all loved the spinach salad with strawberries and feta to start and the cheese tortellini with mushrooms! But the service was just as great - our waiter anticipated our needs without hovering. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening at Paulos.
    cliftondutch
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    A more unusual menu than the regular Italian , the food served was great quality with an outstanding taste. Couple that with a great range of wines and you have the making of a great evening. Definitely not to be mussed when in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We opted for sitting outside
    Felnerfoodie
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We opted for sitting outside and watching the sights as we dined. The service was very good, the menu contained many tempting items, and the ambience made me feel like I was sitting in a cafe in Italy. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Place!
    Marija
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    This was not at all a tourist trap one might expect in the heart of Georgetown. The service was very fast and genuinely friendly. The menu is not huge, but all three meals we had (a scallop dish, a pasta dish and a steak) were outstanding. Additionally, my son's penne bolognese from the kids menu was far better than kids food you usually get at other places. The wine list is also not large, but appears to be carefully selected - both chiantis we had were excellent. The atmosphere is great, and you can't beat people watching from their patio on Wisconsin Ave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice people watching
    bonesVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Made a reservation and when we arrived asked to be seated on the corner patio outside. We were told there were no tables by the hostess despite there being at least 3 open ones . when I pointed that out she gave me a look and then brought us out there. the food was other wise very good and the portions large-lots of families inside with their kids
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    We were recommended to come here by our cab driver - not usually my source of recommendations but he was right. A great place, fresh food and something for everyone. Attentive and welcoming staff and a bouncy atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.