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Paolo's Ristorante - Reston

Paolo's Ristorante - Reston Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paolosristorante.com
  • Phone: (703) 689-4981
  • Hours of Operation: Kitchen Hours:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

    Bar Hours:
    Thursday - Saturday: Bar open until 2:00am
    Sunday - Wednesday: Bar open until Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Steve Benincasa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call for details
  • Private Party Facilities: Newly remodeled party room with room for up to 60 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Leonard Hellebuyck (202) 689-4950
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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: Mercury Fountain
  • Public Transit: Fairfax connector
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free public lot
A word from Paolo's Ristorante - Reston
Shopping, commerce, and history abound in Reston, and Paolo is right there!

Come in and surround yourself in blond woods, rich marble or view it all from our magnificent bar. Paolo is waiting with fresh pasta, incredible entrees and sinful desserts!

Paolo's offers pasta dishes with an American flair, grilled meats, unique wood-fired pizzas, sumptuous salads, excellent wine selection and fabulous desserts. This particular location has a view of the Mercury fountain.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I'd never heard of this place before and only went to it because I was looking for somewhere in the Town Center that didn't seem like it was a chain restaurant. It's kind of tucked back in the corner across from Clyde's so it's a little hard to see the sign from the street, which is why I've never noticed it before. I had the lasagna bolognese which was EXCELLENT. I was so surprised at how good everyone in my group's good was. The Cyrene brule for desert was also very very good. The calamari appetizer was only ok for me. It came with buffalo sauce instead of marinara sauce which was a little weird to me given that this is an Italian restaurant, but it was ok."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I went there with my family for my daughter's birthday. We sat outside; it was the first weekend of the Reston Concerts on the Town series. The band playing was a Beatles cover-band. So, we had great music. The food was good; however my porkchop was cooked a little too much. The service was great. The only thing that could be better was if the table was bigger. It was a table really meant for two adults, and we had 3 adults, 1 child and 1 baby crammed around the table. It made it very hard to have all the dishes on the table without some acrobatics."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "First, the quality of the food and the choices were awesome. The prix-fixe is the only way to go. Truffle risotto, espresso-rubbed skirt steak, stuffed prosciutto, all of it was simply divine. The brunch is not a cattle-call buffet, but rather served in courses like tapas. My advice is to take your time, go with a large party, sample everything you can and your Sunday AM will be divine."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "It's been a few years since we've been to Paolo's, but it is better than ever. It was a very busy Saturday night, but the service was still very good. Our waiter was attentive and the food came out in a reasonable amount of time. The risotto was very creamy and the gnocchi were light and the truffle flavor was just right. The desserts were fabulous! All in all, it was a nice Saturday night out."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Have not been here in a couple of years and went for the outdoor dining…however new menu and great experience from the food, service and our waiter Kevin was friendly and knowledgeable. We both had the meatball pasta dish…was delicious. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was very good, desert was excellent. Service friendly."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Food; drinks; service; ambiance. All outstanding. The Cosmo paolo's excellent. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The Mother's Day brunch was expensive and nothing special. The food was cold and didn't have much flavor. The waiter was very nice and helpful, but the hostesses were very aloof and obnoxious. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Not your everyday Italian Fare! Unique dishes made with very fresh ingredients. Service was impeccable. If you have a choice, ask for Jason B!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed Easter Brunch. A few healthy low fat vegetable options would have been great but it was worth $32."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "It had been several years since we went to Paolo's Easter Brunch, but this year we went ant it was great! They had new items on the buffet menu, and there was plenty to choose from. Sampled lots of stuff, and there wasn't anything bad on my plate. I noticed everyone else in my party finished up all of their food too. I would recommend attending this special brunch, but plan ahead. Reservations fill up fast the week before Easter."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The service was excellent and the complimentary fresh, warm bread sticks and tapenade were wonderful. A little pricey yet comparable to others in the Reston Town Center."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I travel to Reston every 2-3 weeks on business and always make it a point to eat at Paolo's when I'm there. This past week my wife came with me to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival and she wanted to try Paolo's too. We had a wonderful meal (Spaghetti and Meatballs). When the chef checked in we struck up a conversation and he brought a variation on his typical meatballs to compare. Made the night memorable. Paolo's is consistently good and is reasonably priced, especially when compared to others in the Reston Town Center."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Me and my wife had dined here for dinner before, and finally decided to try the brunch. Great choice. The food was excellent & the service outstanding. A nice variety of Italian dishes on the menu and if you come hungry, well worth the "all-u-can eat" price. For a small additional price you can enjoy the "all-u-can drink" option too. If you have just two drinks, you make out on the cost. Although, wouldn't recommend the bloody mary. In fact, that was the only thing we could say wasn't fantastic. We definitely will be back. The decor is nice and atmosphere pleasant. They have a nice outside eating area around a fountain too. This time we dined in as it was cold out. Long story short, great food and service and highly recommend the brunch."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I dined there with my daughter a few weeks ago. The server brought out the wrong order twice and then gave us the wrong bill as well. The food is marginal at best and the decor has not been touched in at least 15 years. There is better Italian in a box at the super market."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A party of 4 from work in northern VA had a wonderful meal at Paolo's. The espresso steak salad was terrific (don't let the name fool you... I'm not a coffee lover, but this was fabulous). From the soups to the meals, pasta dishes (and fresh grated parmesan cheese) as well as the fabulous donuts for dessert, we thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Our service was great too."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "It has been over a year since I last dined at Paolo's in Reston Town Center. In that timeframe the menu has changed and the prices have increased. Fortunately the quality of the food and good customer service have pretty much remained the same. I will definitely return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Waiter was more careful about telling us exactly how the chef will prepare each entree than the chef was actually preparing each entree."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We went on a Friday evening and the noise was deafening. The food was fair. The service was very good. We don't plan to return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The level of noise was too much for a decent conversation. One had to shout to be heard. Our waiter was what I would call a hustler. He poured the entire first bottle of wine into four glasses and immediately asked if I wanted another bottle."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Paolo's is still pretty good, but not quite the upscale Italian place it used to be, though you wouldn't know it from the prices. Our salads had good ingredients, but were not exactly inspired. The shrimp risotto was good, but we suspect the beef in the beef ragout was frozen. Service was OK if a little inexperienced."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Salmon was great. Caesar salad too much dressing, seemed not fresh. Service excellent. Ambiance, good except a bit noisy."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant at random, I would say it is more a bar with a restaurant attached. The waiter was very helpful, allowing me to taste the different wines. You will receive soft Breadsticks and Olive Dip whilst you wait. The starters were very tasty, but the mains were not great. My husband had the Medallions & they were cooked to perfection, however you don't get a lot of it, I had the chicken Pizza & was very disappointed they used thigh of the chicken meat I would much prefer they use Chicken Breast as this gives the pizza a fresh taste. The Red Velvet cake was out of this world! So Theres good & bad points. The Bar is very busy, seems young & vibrant, I would definitely go back for a drink. Just maybe not for the food."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Mixed feelings about this establishment. Service was very good. Regarding food, the breadsticks were very good as was the fettuccine carbonara. My wife had the minestrone soup and shrimp risotto. Both very good. The downside of the meal was the caesar salad. We went to Paolo's for lunch and the salad tasted bitter, looking as if it was leftover from the previous evening. If not for the salad, i would have given 4 stars for the food."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "it was our first time, and we liked it very much. a little pricy, but good food overall."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Finally food that actually tastes Italian. Great atmosphere with lots of options on the Brunch menu or you can do the unlimited Brunch and choose multiple items (as many as you like) and they come served as small plates so that you can taste several items."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Aside from a large noisey group (10-12), the back room was very nice for a Valentine's Dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was able to book a 9:30pm reservation at 3:00pm on Valentiine's Day. I was happily surprised with the special occasion menu and their availability. The restaurant was a bit loud for my liking, but overall, the experience was enjoyable."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When I lived in Reston years ago Paolos was a bright spot In the RTC .. such is no longer the case. Time seems to have pasted Paolos by, while Clydes still is consistent with their quality of food and service my Valentine'Day Dinner at Paolos will probably be my last. From $17 dollar martinis to very average entrees ...pasta dish was dry and my wife's veal was very greasey. We were totally disapointed. And this was the restaurant were my wife and I first dined together some 21 years ago, so needless to say it was quite a let down . R. Goode"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The menu of the evening was awesome. We had a great date night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "They seemed a bit understaffed for a traditionally very busy night, and unfortunately our waiter forgot about us all evening. Our water glasses remained empty until we pointed them out, and after waiting 30min for the waiter to return to run our credit card (while we sat with no food and water just looking around for someone to notice us), he returned the payed-bill and promptly walked away with out a word.. EXTREMELY RUDE, ON VALENTINES DAY?! In terms of food, their fryer broke and we were told our calamari would be just a few minutes longer, which was correct, but it would have been better if they had not brought us anything. The squid itself was tender, but the fry was soggy and actually pretty gross. The food was in general over salted."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Cannot remember my servers name but he was excellent. We were in a hurry and he provided excellent service per our request. Would say his attentiveness made the experience. Atmosphere and ambience was also pleasant."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We were looking for brunch place in Reston, wanted an all you can eat, and this place came highly recommended on Yelp. Had unlimited menu items and bottomless drinks for $35 each. Food was great and very quick. Service was exceptional. Next time we'll all come hungrier!!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "My husband and I went here because the wait at the other restaurant was too much. We were seated immediately. We like the fact that you can see the kitchen from almost any table. The manager came over to our table and took extra special care of us after we were given the wrong menu. The food was pretty good and we would visit again."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My client was very late in arriving, and the wait staff was attentive without me feeling bedeviled. Food was quite good."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Paolo' is one of my favorite places to eat. The food is consistent and the wait staff is always nice. The only draw back is the acoustics. It is so loud in there, that's it's hard to have any type of relevant conversation."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Dinner was very good, I had the swordfish and my friends had lobster ravioli. They loved their dinner. They wished there were a couple more ravioli. I wished my plate had some green veggies."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were able to get our reservation 24 hours before. The atmosphere was lovely and food was delicious. The waiter was very accommodating. Overall, a good choice for our New Year's Eve dinner."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I enjoyed dining at Paolo's during NYE. Pros: good, quick service Good pasta Food was mostly good Cons: my dish had shrimp, which was slightly overcooked Weird red lighting (entire restaurant was also a bit dim)"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "New Year's Eve was our second trip to Paolo's and we were not disappointed. Good food and friendly service."
    Dined on 12/31/2013