Ristorante La Perla of Washington
Ristorante La Perla of Washington

Ristorante La Perla of Washington

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.laperlaofwashington.com/
  • Phone: 2023331767
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:30pm - 12:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Vittorio Testa
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Reserve your own Private Dining Room for any occasion. Please call Chef Vittorio Testa personally at 202.333.1767 and ask to reserve this special room. Based on availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Vittorio Testa 2023331767
  • Entertainment: Listen to a recorded variety of music all the time during business hours.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 26th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW
  • Public Transit: We are located within a walking distance from the Foggy-Bottom Metro Station which is serviced by the Blue and Orange Lines.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet Parking for a very low price at dinner. Street parking options are also available.
A word from Ristorante La Perla of Washington
The restaurant of choice of many distinguished diners and restaurant critics, Ristorante La Perla of Washington, located near Georgetown at the tail-end of the historic Pennsylvania Avenue, takes its diners on a culinary journey through Italy with elegant decor surpassed only by authentic mouth-watering Italian masterpieces. During Lunch and Dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while prime meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables roast to treat diners to a little bit of heaven, with a long lasting memory for your taste buds, thanks to the vision of famous chef Vittorio Testa, who has kept alive the Italian culinary tradition for over three decades. Chef-Owner Vittorio Testa will make you feel like you're dining in his house. The waiters exceed expectations, and the space is garnished with painted tiles and Venetian glass to make every dining occasion a memorable one. There's also Private dining and Outdoor seating when the weather permits.
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Ristorante La Perla of Washington reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (37)romantic (31)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (26)notable wine list (14)good for groups (10)great for lunch (8)great for outdoor dining (6)late-night find (6)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Good food, not service
    TryThisMaybeVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Had been there before so willing to try La Perla again. The experience was not great due to just ok service. . When wait staff ignore a table, don't take orders, don't refill water glasses, management needs to take note. The floor staff needs to deliver better service for the quality kitchen staff. The prices not out of line had the service been good. The food is good. Fix the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mezza-Mezza
    pubfan
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    La Perla has delicious food served in a pleasant ambiance that is very good for conversation. The decor recollects dinner at Nana's. The owner Mr. Testa is personable and greets all his guests. Unfortunately the service is amateur, which for a restaurant at this price point can be a deal-breaker. I probably won't go back.
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  • Delicious Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    Great for a date night but on the expensive side. Food was definitely worth it, true Italian. I will absolutely go back
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Because this restaurant often
    Carol
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    Because this restaurant often gets mixed reviews, we want to report a great meal with great service. We should note we went early (4:30) on a Saturday evening so the restaurant wasn't very busy so the noise wasn't a problem and the food was great and the service attentive without being oppressive - just what we like. We liked the bread; we liked the veal. The ambiance - maybe some would say over-the-top but we focused on food and friends.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food. Extensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    Excellent food. Extensive menu. A bit pricy but still highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very good place...we felt
    JuanjoVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    A very good place...we felt very comfortably attended right from the beginning. Excellent food..Tortellini Alfredo, Carpaccio,the Mozzarela&Tomato salad, and the Profiteroles, all to be recommended..Top class service...Thanks. We will come back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a gem of a restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2012
    This is a gem of a restaurant as much for the facility, itself and for the service. The food was quite good, said to be local and fresh. It was somewhat pricey e.g $15 for two slices of tomatoe and cheese in the Capresse salad. Pacing was appropriate for "dining not eating" which is how I prefer dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/16/2012
    This was my second time at La Perla and the quality of the food exceeded my expectations this time around. We had the ravioli and tortellini that was amazing. Great service and the chef even came by to congratulate my wife and I on our anniversary. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beats olive garden, barely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    So it was overpriced for the quality of food. It wasn't that it was bad but it was not the best Italian food. The spaghetti was over done and the bread was bland and uninteresting. The fettuccini was over-salted and the eggplant parm was smothered in cheese and only vaguely resembled an eggplant. The cou-d'état was that the ambiance was awful. The fountains emitted steam and glowed differente neon colors. The ceiling was cardboard tile and the tiles on the wall were equally tacky. The sever was gruff to me because I was young and only lightened up after he saw a platinum Amex in my wallet.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive, but wonderful food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    Expensive, but wonderful food. I could do without the Italian opera excerpts (I love opera, just not as atmosphere), but otherwise our early reservation ensured an experience free of mindless or boisterous chatter from other tables. The food is exceptional.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely restaurant, Lovely evening
    Legallady
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    We attended with adults and children and had a lovely experience. The staff is gracious, knowledgeable, patient, helpful and courteous. They never say no. It reminded me of the days when customer service was important and the customer was always right. The restaurant is beautiful (and cool- it was over 100 degrees that day). The food was fabulous and dessert was the perfect end to a perfect evening. Half of our group of six was from Connecticut and they thought the evening was perfect, too. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic/Traditional Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    Nice personal touch and attention. The menu is full of many enticing options. Every food item we ordered was very good and satisfying. I would recommend the wine selection over bar drinks, as the cocktail ordered was far from the mark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Best Italian restaurant in Washington DC....you don't have to look at a menu, ask for whatever dish you want, and they will make it. My favorite is Scalapini Gorgonzola (sp?)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant. Really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Great restaurant. Really enjoyed it and everything was extraordinarily fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What an absolutely divine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    What an absolutely divine dining experience! The service was excellent, the food prep terrific and the attention by the staff was totally on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food, service, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Fabulous food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate