Ristorante La Perla of Washington
Ristorante La Perla of Washington
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Ristorante La Perla of Washington

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.laperlaofwashington.com/
  • Phone: (202) 333-1767
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Dinner
    Monday - Friday: 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm

    Happy Hour
    Monday - Friday: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Weekend
    Saturday & Sunday: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Vittorio Testa
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Ristorante La Perla located in Georgetown is famous for its banquets and catering. La Perla offers services like private dining, banquets, wedding catering, event catering and private parties. We can cater to any needs that a customer could desire. You can come to us or we can come to you. We will develop a menu that exceeds your expectations. Please call 202-333-1767 to inquiry about any of our services and to learn more.
  • Private Party Facilities: Reserve your own Private Dining Room for any occasion that includes meetings, events, family functions, birthdays etc. 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 2023331767x
  • Entertainment: We have eclectic selection of soft background music that plays through lunch, happy hour and dinner.
  • Special Events: We can accommodate any of your needs that include weddings, private events or catering.

    Ristorante La Perla located in Georgetown is famous for its banquets and catering. La Perla offers services like private dining, banquets, wedding catering, event catering and private parties. We can cater to any needs that a customer could desire. You can come to us or we can come to you. We will develop a menu that exceeds your expectations. Please call 202-333-1767 to inquiry about any of our services and to learn more.

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 $6 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
  • Wonderful
    SybilVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I enjoyed everything about La Perla. The service was great and the owner chef visited every table. The place is just the right size. I believe the servers were Italiano and I found it difficult to understand them at times. The lobster and shrimp soup was delious. I also enjoyed the coconut shrimp and seafood lasangua. La Perla is a bit pricy but worth every penny. I will visit La Perla again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was amazing! Highly recommend the Veal Parm! The Chef came by our table to check on our meal. The location was great if you are looking for a nice place to eat before going to the Kennedy Center for any events!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian at its Best!
    ClevelandparkguruVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Gotta to go if you have not been there. Pasta and the Trout were the main dishes. John at the bar will always help you with the wine you need. Service is Tops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot!
    VMIGrit
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Took some business colleagues there for dinner on St. Patrick's Day. Excellent service, food, presentation, and even a personal visit from the owner/chef. This is my second trip in 12-months with the same results on my prior visit. Definitely recommended for an authentic Italian experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Post Bach Dinner
    CapHillTravellerVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    After the Bach Consort's fabulous performance of the St. John Passion, we returned to La Perla for a tasty meal. Selections of burrata, meats, and crispy calamari fritti started our meal. Our main courses consisted of tender osso buco, a veal chop, and a fillet of branzino prepared al forno (in the oven). The Chef always make his way to our table to extend greetings. Our dinner was topped off by some Grapa, Casada Cake and a Tira Misu. The service provided by Shahrokh was stellar. We look forward to returning to La Perla of Washington soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Perla is truly a "PEARL"
    BEAUVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    La Perla is truly a "PEARL" - the food, the service the ambience all outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Georgetown and Foggy Bottom
    luvgoodflavorsVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I had passed this gem walk from Georgetown to Foggy Bottom. When I made a quick change of plans, I made reservations on Open Table and I thank my lucky stars! The ambience, which has the flags of the Sienna palio horse races and other Italian themes but retains a bright uncluttered air, is wonderful. The service was impeccable even BEFORE Chef Vittorio made the rounds. My son said that the Chicken Parm/pasta were the best of his life...and he has had great Italian food all over Italy and at his nonna's home. My husband and I both chose the branzino which was simultaneously delicate and yet full of taste. I had the pasta fagioli for my soup and an arugula salad which were second to none. Will be coming back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The chef came out to talk to us. The food was delicious We were even offered an after dinner drink. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Excellent food and service. Veal was amazing. Pasta excellent. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Dining Experience Yet!
    JaJackson4RC
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We can't say enough great things about this wonderful restaurant. My partner and I went here to celebrate our anniversary in March 2014. We were immediately greeted with a smile and escorted by the host to our table. We were 15 minutes early but that didn't seem to matter! Our server was Shahrokh and he was fantastic. He explained the menu and answered all of our questions with ease. Chef Vittorio Testa himself came out and talked to every table in the place, including ours ... such a friendly and warm gentleman. The atmosphere is so peaceful and romantic here. You can actually have a normal conversation without screaming across the table. The food ... wow! Everything we ordered was flavorful and cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eccellente su tutti i livelli
    MaxxVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    I first had dinner at this restaurant with Quincy Jones. I have since returned to dine on two different occasions. The service, atmosphere and food is excellent. I look forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous italian food
    FOODIEVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    never had a bad meal here. it is pricey but in this case, you certainly get what you pay for...wonderful Italian dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Traditional Italian Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I considered La Perla an traditional southern Italian restaurant with great seafood and pasta. The service is excellent and the owner/chef is very personable. The lasagna was amazing as well as the mixed seafood over pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too old
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    DC is not known for Italian. This is passable but nothing more
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Perfect choice for pre theater (Kennedy Center) dinning!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Washington1
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    As a proprietor of a business myself , I appreciate great service. Not only that but a warm and inviting atmosphere, wonderful food, expertly prepared, and we cannot wait to come back to Perlas.I love a good veal chop and I just want to know how they do it so well. It was moist and flavorful and with a great Cabinet, we loved the evening..Just want to go in the kitchen and see them do it..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly superb
    FirozeVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A delightful restaurant located by the bridge that connects Georgetown to DC. Parking can be challenging but valet parking is offered. TAs you walk in you are looking at a display case of mouthwateringly delicious cakes and desserts. Once shown to your table the service is unassuming but efficient. There is a huge tile motif on one wall with a fountain breathing a gentle bubble of smoke. A huge bar to the right of the fountain offers respite to those waiting a table or wishing to linger after a meal. Looking on Pennsylvania Ave traffic is always interesting and a good spot to people gaze. The food is very good & your waiter can guide you through the menu. Expect to see the chef wander out for a chat in person or the President!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely :)
    MyValentine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My dining experience was very nice and personal. You get to meet the owner/chef of the restaurant and he is adorable. The food tasted fannnnntasic, although the portions were not as filling. Also, it was very expensive, but it's worth the nice experience and good food. I would definitley recommend this place for a special occasion and if you expect to be full when you leave I suggest you bring about $200- $250 to eat well. I loved it :) :) P. S. I ordered the Fetticunie cream pasta with the lobster, veal, and shrimp and it was amazing. :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Live that the owner/chef circulates the front of the house.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • The Best just keep getting Better
    abolling
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    This year, I planned to take my wife of 23 years to lunch for Valentines day, before the Valentines day rush on the 14th. I had been to La Pearla 6-8 years ago and had enjoyed the meal, so I thought I would try them again. Their location is conveniently located off the main ave near the exit to Whitehurst freeway and with an 11:30 reservation parking was ample. The atmosphere was great and the food was exceptional. The server did get my wife's order incorrect. They recovered from this miss step by actually reading the special note I had inserted in the open table reservation, " please bring my wife something with chocolate, it's our 23rd anniversary....and they did. Anthony R. Bolling, JD, CCIM Managing Director KW Commercial
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best old world, authentic Italian
    Baligula
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Every dish delicious with care... doesn't get any better.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before Kennedy Center Friday
    Bill
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We love Italian and had tickets for an 8pm concert at the Kennedy. La Perla was a perfect choice. We were early enough to be among the first for dinner. Service was all that you would want. Even met the chef! Food was perfect in every respect. Wines were excellent. Be prepared to pay for this experience. $$$
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian In The DC
    CapHillTravellerVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Truly amazing excellent ambiance excellent wine list excellent staff all in all, EXCELLENT!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely dining experience
    Concetta
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Three friends and myself decided to have a "girls night " out culminating in the musical "Flashdance" at the Kennedy Center. I chose La Perla for its nearness to the Center and its reputation for fine Italian dining. All the reviews were right on target. From the moment we stepped in the door, we were charmed by friendly greetings, a lovely table and a menu of delicious entrees. Our waiter offered attentive service without being pushy and helped us set up a memorable dining experience from appetizers to desserts. Although this restaurant is more expensive than some other nearbye Italian eateries, I rely on my Sicilian mother's adage....you get what you pay for! La Perla delivers quality service, food and ambience all at the same time!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Gem
    SportiDog
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    A little bit of Old World Italian with excellent food and service. Went to dinner before a show at the Kennedy Center. Had the shrimp parm and medallions with a Caesar salad. The whole experience was calm and relaxing with the delicious food. We saw a number of choices to order and will be back again to try those. The service was very good in getting us out on time to our show without rushing. This is definitely a keeper.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Anniversary Dinner
    DocJLK
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The service was exceptional and the food spectacular. We can't remember when we have had classic Italian food that was so delicious. The Manhattans were perfect too
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great way to kick off 2014
    BonnieB
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My new husband and I decided to have a nice, romantic New Year's Eve lunch -- then head home to a cozy evening to watch the ball drop. La Perla fit the bill wonderfully. The food was great, the service excellent. I had a lobster ravioli special that was rich and light at the same time. My husband had an unusual chicken dish with avocados and olives that he raved about. The bread served throughout the meal was hearty, fresh and slightly chewy. We then strolled through Georgetown until we hailed a cab home. Simply a perfect start to the New Year.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Din4two
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Food, service, wine list, are excellent. Staff is very friendly. My date and I were very impressed. No wait to sit down. Chef and owner comes out to ask how our meal went. A must when in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Italian
    JeffcVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    The chef and owner, Vittorio, stopped by our table. No complaints from us, only praise. Perfectly creamy burrata with sweet beefsteak tomatoes and herbs, though better without the addition of prosciuto. Excellent Caesar salads -- something extra, not sure what. My osso buco was tender and flavorful, while partner's linguini alle vongole was fresh and delicious. Fabulous cassata -- sponge cake, ricotta, other ingredients, and rum, very sweet. Most special was the place itself, decorative Italian, waiters in black tie, elegant table settings. A wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Italian in DC
    CapHillTravellerVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We have been wanting to try this place for years! friends invited us and we've been kicking ourselves ever since for not going sooner! The food is excellent and the menu is expansive - large that is The service is outstanding Excellent wine list Well worth going Finally - good Italian food in DC and it's been here for years!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef Testa at his best. The
    SandmanVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Chef Testa at his best. The food was great -- from veal to seafood and pasta. Cannot top the coconut shrimp. All was complemented by bottles of Il Borgo wine -- Chef testa's own blend.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great classic food
    JimGVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    La Perla has a fairly classic menu with traditional fare and a few twists such as wild boat. The quality was very good but not overly creative. Went on a Sunday night. Restaurant was half full and low energy but offset by some very nice decor. Mostly older crowd.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school Italian gem!
    AZDocG
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We chanced upon La Perla one evening as it was down the street from our hotel and we wanted to. Walk to something nearby in cold weather. Fairly non-descript from the outside, but elegant (if a bit dated) inside. Lobster ravioli, calamari, and snapper fiorentina were superbly cooked and flavorful. Even the simple marinara was special. Owner / chef Vittorio Testa made the rounds at one point, stopping at each table to inquire on the food and exchnage greetings. We will return on our next trip to DC.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    FredPSquared
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The restaurant was basically empty during the entire lunch hour we were there (mid week). Not a good sign. Service was great, but the entrees were just ok, and clearly not worth the high price. I'd try somewhere else the next time.
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  • Bravo!
    Agedlikefinewine1
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We knew we wanted a good Italian meal, so I researched Italian restaurants near our hotel. Chose this place based on reviews and their menu. We also considered Filomena's, but could not get a 7pm reservation through Open Table, so we decided to just go have a drink and check it out, as it is a Georgetown institution. It was Sat. night, and they were mobbed. The foyer area was packed, as was their tiny bar. Though charming, and festively decorated for Christmas, we were glad to leave there and head to La Perla, where we were able to get the 7pm res. time.The restaurant did not disappoint. It was beautiful, and the food and service outstanding. Not sure why they weren't mobbed too, but better for us. The owner/chef even made a table visit!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Delicious food, quiet atmosphere, good service, and sweet chef who always says "Hello". We took some friends this time and they said they'd definitely go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    misslola
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    This is a great spot for a celebration dinner, a hidden gem. Excellent service and attention to detail. Many menu options and daily specials. A bit pricey but a very nice treat on my birthday with family. My lobster linguini was delicious. Save room for dessert!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Perla is a GEM!
    GregandKim
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We found this restaurant through an Open Table search and we were not disappointed....IT WAS AWESOME.... the owner/chef is delightful. FABULOUS FOOD.... Wonderful atmosphere.... Can't wait to return to DC to eat there!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    Dusty
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Reviews were right on. I enjoyed the rustic decor and the neighborhood charm. Food and service were both terrific. Portions were perfect and not overwhelming. They made everyone in the place feel like a VIP. Deserts where spectacular.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Cella
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The service at the restaurant was exceptional. I will definitely be dining there again. I got there prior to my reservation and was still able to be seated.
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    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.