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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Ristorante La Perla of Washington reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)romantic (32)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (29)notable wine list (14)good for groups (13)great for lunch (9)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (7)scenic view (4)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food disappointingly average. Service sloppy. Expected more by reputation. As good a meal can be had at any number of mid market Italian places. Light years behind Tosca or Cafe Milano
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  • Anniversary Keepsake will return'15
    mo2vee
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This restaurant is our favorite for celebrating our anniversary. We will return next year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was good Food was good
    Lboca
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I enjoyed the meal and service. A big broad menu with many specials.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    TBird
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Wonderful from start to finish. Great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Consistent Excellence
    Pauline
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Throughout the years I've been a patron of the restaurant, La Perla has maintained consistency in its excellence of service and culinary art. Wether you drop in for a casual lunch with a friend or special dinner occasion with a group, the attention to the customer, the level of professionalism of the staff, the exquisite quality of the food, the classy, elegant, yet warm and relaxing atmosphere of the restaurant never fails. It is always consistent. There are many famous and world-renowned restaurants in Washington, D.C., but La Perla by far is the winner bar none. For those diners with food (esp. severe) allergies, La Perla chef Victor and the staff are exemplary in their care/accomodation and genuine understanding of this concern.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Andrea
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had made a reservation and noted that it was our anniversary, requesting a private table. When we arrived, the host pointed out the table he had picked for us- it was left of the front door, away from the rest of the parties dining that evening and quiet. Our waiter was fantastic, answering any questions we had and attentive if we needed something. The food was INCREDIBLE and rivaled some of the food we had in Italy the year prior. The flavors were layered, complimentary and delicious. Chef Testa came out to greet us and ask about our meals; he was cordial and genuinely interested in our feedback. At the end of the meal, we were presented with tiramisu with a sparkler in it to celebrate. It was a nice touch. We will be back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    CasualDiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was excellent and they have a large selection of items. The service was great. Their dessert selections could be improved.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Terrific
    DougGVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food and service here are always great. The chef personally visited our table twice during the meal to be sure that we were completely satisfied with the food. The selection is wide and varied. Our chocolate cake at dessert was a little dry - our only minor complaint. Everything else was fabulous. I would definitely recommend the restaurant and will plan to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Authentic Italian in DC
    PBandJVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    In a city that really has an absence of concentrated, good Italian food, La Perla offers a nice change of pace and delicious and authentic Italian food. The food is rich, but so very delicious, so bring your appetites and enjoy the well paces and relaxed experience of simply enjoying food as Italian do. The service was great, wonderful recommendations, and the quality of the food was so remarkable, that I cannot think of another Italian restaurant that comes close in terms of taking a piece of Italy and transporting it to DC.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Chuck in Fairfax
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This was an important dinner meeting and the steak had to be sent back TWICE. Asked for medium and got well done. Asked for medium the second try and got rare. When I tipped the valet I gave him a 20. I asked for 10 back...got $2!
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  • Glad I went back
    DeeDeeBVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Haven't been to La Perla in many years and am so glad I returned. The food is delicious, the service is outstanding, and the atmosphere allows for great, lingering conversations. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post-theater dining
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We dropped in after seeing "Side Show" at the Kennedy Center and were seated at a very good table overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue. She started with Clams Casino and I the onion soup. She was delighted by her Linguini Vittorio, especially after the chef himself came out to ask how she liked it. I got the sausage with with brocoli rape and found it very tasty. Our attentive waiter, Nemanja, brough her a chocolate dessert with a sparkler after he heard her mention that she was getting a cannoli to go as part of her month-long celebration of her birthday. The house-made orange infused liquer was so tasty that she tried to buy a bottle to go, but was thwarted by the liquor-license rules. We will return after future Kennedy Center plays.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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  • La Perla - a great find for me
    dinnerout
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It was my second time to La Perla. The whole experience was excellent. My only thoughtful comment might be on the religious display in the front - as a Catholic myself, I recognized those in the pictures - and question whether this is the best front display to put in a restaurant serving the general public. Excellent meal, Excellent service. I recommend big time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just As Advertised
    Fined9erVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A quick ride from The Willard - wait staff very attentive, food was super and ambience did not disappoint. My wife and one of our grown daughters and I did a long weekend and it was the perfect spot for a special/nice dining experience. Pastas were fresh and perfectly coked and my veal chop (offered off menu) was great. Absolutely recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place
    Mick
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were in DC for the weekend with my parents and went to La Perla on Saturday night. We were a bit nervous as we had lived in Italy for 5 years and have not found a good Italian restaurant yet. However that changed last Saturday. The food was excellent the service amazing. We were even given limoncello after our meal! Definitely recommend it and we will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Interesting chef. Friendly and chatty. Home made ravioli. $6 valet parking. Wait staff quite good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid old school Italian-American
    Dunkerbeck2VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    A little cheesy decor but food is solid. Not great but solid.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Varied menu; good food; great service. I would recommend this La Perla for a special occasion, holiday or quiet place to have a conversation over lunch. The wait staff is accommodating to requests and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating 62 years
    michelinVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Perfect place to celebrate something special. The ambiance was wonderful. Food scrumptious..service could not be better. Owner and chef came to check although the meal. Waiter excellent
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Good Food but Pricey
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    When the host knows your name before you enter the restaurant, that's great service. And that marked the night I was at Ristorante La Perla with a business colleague. The food was good, albiet a bit pricey. The chef came out to talk with the guests about their meals, which I found impressive. The service, overall, was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • Uninspired Service
    tlccc2808VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I have never had a waiter who had zero desire to provider service. Felt like we were at a Denny's restaurant not a fine restaurant which we had hoped for. Having the owner Chef come out to the table was classy and probably saved the dinner, food was ok to good but they really need to get the service staff trained, changed or both. Zero personality and with attitude, doesn't matter how good the food is, if the people serving it don't want to be there it wont matter. We asked for a table outside and was sat in great table, buss boy brought out table mats and utensils rolled out infront of me and a huge glob of tomato sauce staring back at me. I flipped the table cloth over to get a clean side and there was another one! Amazing
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  • Best around!
    ClevelandparkguruVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent food, excellent Service. This is the place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best
    JonSnow
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    From the service walking in the door, to the delicious, well... everything on the menu. This place is one of the best kept secrets in all of DC. It's a great date spot and it's in a great location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Viva La Perla
    cordjones
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Having been to La Perla at least a dozen times previously as part of a large group, I am never disappointed by the quality of the food; the owner/chef, Viktor, is a genius. On this occasion in a small group, however, the service was inadequate: we had to remind the waiter to bring a salad; the wine didn't come until AFTER the main course was served. Little things. Overall, if one wants a truly exceptional meal, this is the restaurant to go to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Classic Italian
    notlawd
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I highly recommend La Perla for dinner before going to the Kennedy Center. The location was easy to get to, yet nice and quiet with plenty of parking. I went for my anniversary and the wait staff was super accommodating and friendly. The food was very classic Italian, and they seemed open to slight substitutions as the only thing that is pre-made is the lasagna. The décor is fairly opulent, so this is a good spot for a romantic celebration, or for anyone that likes the "old school Washington" feel.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great food, not-so-stellar service
    Food2Do
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our dishes were all delicious, but unfortunately our waiter was inattentive. He didn't bring us bread until we asked (other tables got it with their water), and asked how the food tasted before we had even taken a bite. Check out the gnocchi with mushroom truffle cream sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    NikkiVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Amazing food- so fresh. I love this restaurant.. It makes me feel like I am in Italy. I would eat here every night if I could!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    LuvEverythingVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    For years I have driven by this place and it looked busy. So finally with some friends I suggested we try it. We sat down and for at least 10 minutes mine showed up other than the menus and wine list. Then the owner comes over to talk and says you're pretty to one if the two woman. Just rude!! The bread comes to the table and the Italians bread tastes like some cheap brand I'd buy at a supermarket. The waiter comes after I motion him over. The 1/2 order is taken. When the appetizer comes we give the order. The mussels were nothing special with 3 pieces of shrimp. My veal bone was bland. Our friends said there's was so so. Never waste your time and I have to say we fine a lot at a strong number of 4 & 5 rated places.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 186 reviews are from the Ristorante La Perla of Washington reviews archive.
  • Something's missing
    paigeappleVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Le Perla was good, just not great. Food was fine, but waiters seemed pretty uninterested in the whole agenda. Not rude, but not engaged, either. With so many good Italian choices in the city, I probably wouldn't put this near the top.
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  • Great food, excellent service
    FoodAficionadoVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Greeted by the chef, who's been at the restaurant for 40 years - works 7 days a week. Shows in his food. Amazing place.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price!
    CarpediemVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    While the food was very good, the prices seemed high compared to better looking restaurants -- this place is very "dated." The "artwork" on the walls (while that is personal taste -- but so is food) was distracting! To me the restaurant seemed a bit pretentious -- and they didn't have proper stemware to serve a rare Napa Cabernet that I brought from my cellar .
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  • very pleasant
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Had a lovely meal; very good food and ambiance. Service was attentive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ambience and Decor Great
    rwvadocVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I've been here several times and enjoy the decor and the atmoshere of the restaurant. Very beautiful decor. My meals have generally very good but my wife's Lobster Ravioli had a bit of a chemical taste which suggests that fresh lobster is not used in preparation? It is a busy friendly place and I will continue to go back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Experience!
    Bret
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were in town for the Nike Half-Marathon this past weekend, and had dinner with friends. We really appreciated how accommodating they were with disability. The food was phenomenal. We highly recommend the chicken parmesan. The valet parking was also inexpensive and very convenient.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be sure to chat with the chef
    janelex
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The restaurant is lovely.I had the mushroom risotto which was truly made to order.it would have been really good if they had used a variety of mushrooms, rather than just plain white mushrooms with very little flavor. When the waiter asked about dessert, i asked him if they could make me plain Zabaione. The waiter's response was an immediate No. I was just commenting to my companion that his answer should have been "Let me ask the chef." At that moment, out of the kitchen comes this short, gray-haired man who had to be the chef! What a sweet man. I flash my nicest smile and ask him if he could make me some plain Zabaione. His answer: "Of course." We shake hands and I thank him. Not only do I get the perfect dessert, he never charged for it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The pearl
    Foodie36
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    When we arrived the chef greeted us. The restaurant is beautiful with old world Italian charm. The service was impeccable, and every dish was delicious. Chef Testa's sauces were phenomenal - he put his heart and soul into every dish.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly a gem...
    Albert
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Everything about La Parla was wonderful, from the welcome throughout the entire experience. Food, service, ambiance... all great... sorry it took so long to discover it. Already on top of my list of DC favorites for Italian food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Great Dining Experience
    Randa
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was our first visit to this lovely restaurant. We went with another couple and enjoyed the wonderful ambiance as well at the superb food. Although it is expensive, we will save this for a special occasion in the future.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Ams24
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The chef and owner of restaurant comes out of the kitchen and personally welcomes his customers. Everything is made fresh daily by him. All fish are wild caught and flown in (nothing is farm raised). Everyone in our party had different appetizers and main courses so we could taste each other's meals. Everything was EXCELLENT. Apparently this restaurant seems to be a known place in DC by all VIP. The staff was also excellent and quite attentive. I would definelty return here on my next visit to DC. Quite a find!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the symphony
    FoodofileFrankVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    An excellent experience from being greeted by name, to the exceptional service to the excellent salads, main courses of chicken Marsala and chicken with lemon sauce to the tiramisu and cappuccinos, our conversation with Vittorio Testa and the complimentary lemoncellos. One of the best DC dining experiences we've had. We look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.