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Ristorante Piccolo
Ristorante Piccolo

Ristorante Piccolo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.piccolodc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 342-7414
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Arnaldo Rubio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Strolling violinist every Friday and Saturday evenings
    Strolling guitarist Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 10:30pm
  • Special Events & Promotions: We have a beautiful party room with bar for up to 70 guests, and a semi-private room upstairs with use of balcony seating for up to 30 guests. Call our Events Office at 202-289-4084 for reservations/questions/menus. Images and details are on our Private Dining page.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: M Street
  • Public Transit: Arriving every ten minutes, from 7 a.m. to midnight everyday, the red, black, and yellow-striped Circulator bus. Get to and from Georgetown via M Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. $1.
    Blue Georgetown Metro Connector bus picks up from Dupont Cir & Rosslyn Metro to M Street in Georgetown. We are near the corner of 31st and M Streets.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot and street parking.
A word from Ristorante Piccolo
Established in 1986, Ristorante Piccolo is a romantic and unique Italian trattoria with walls of sun-blessed amber hues, full of the warm-hearted wines and food that match the spirit of Italy, loved by Washingtonians and visitors alike! It is a tiny gem just off the beaten path in Georgetown, offering one of the best seats in Georgetown—a second-floor balcony overlooking Georgetown and the historic C & O Canal, and is a very popular spot for rehearsal dinners and celebrations. Piccolo will happily surprise you with its excellent food, service, wine and atmosphere--with three cozy-lit fireplaces, 2 beautiful wall water features and unique ironwork throughout, adding to the warmth and romance of the restaurant. A strolling violinist sets the perfect mood for romantic dining on Friday and Saturday evenings, and can also be hired for that special party. Piccolo has recently won TASTE OF GEORGETOWN's Best Entree, & a Diner's Choice award from OpenTable for Most RomanticContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant on 31st NW in Georgetown just off of M St. is a great find. It's a quaint place with two floors for dining including a cozy balcony upstairs and fireplaces on the ground floor and features a large varied menu of Italian-inspired dishes incorporating some touches of classical French preparation in the sauces. Daily specials add to the choices. The service is impeccable and gratious and what one would expect to find in a restaurant with a much higher price point- as Piccolo is reasonably priced for excellent food and service. The wine list compliments the menu and offers several choices by the glass. This was my first visit, but I can assure you I will be back as there are so many delicious choices to enjoy."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Although our favorite server Maya was not on duty, we were greeted by a very friendly hostess and placed with Omar-who was great! We received a very special welcome from Piccolo's great assistant manager Moh. He immediately sent over two glasses of champagne-this even before we opened the menus. The Calamari Fritti appetizer started dinner-delicious! My wife ordered the Gamberi Ameberi-fresh broiled shrimp with garlic, bell peppers, peas in white wine and light cream sauce over angelhair pasta. I had one of the dinner specials-Bistecca di Lombo-which was London broil brushed with olive oil, (YES) perfectly grilled and topped with lump crabmeat, bernaise sauce and served over mashed potatoes with arugula. Our night-5 stars! Always SUPERB!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food was good but not the best I have had. My wife agreed. Sat on balcony on a beautiful night overlooking the action on the street below. It was our anniversary. I write that in the Open Table reservation but the restaurant didn't mention it. Ok if they don't do that type of thing, but was a bit disappointing."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great food, good service. Enjoyed Jim Deal, their violinist."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very good menu and excellent food, the service was first class, the ambience also and a very reasonable price for what we enjoyed"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food was delicious. We had 3 pasta dishes and one chicken piccata. The service was good. She was knowledgeable and helpful in our choice selections. There was a large party of 16 with an infant that was unhappy being there so it made for a less than enjoyable meal. Overall a nice time and will return."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food was bland and overpriced and the seafood entrees were overcooked. Service was very poor. Our waiter brought out the wrong food to the two of us, and did not return to the table once to check on how everything was once the correct entrees were brought out. In addition, we ordered a bottle of wine and when we asked to have the bottle corked at the end of the meal, our waiter took out a cork from another random bottle from his apron. There are too many good restaurants in DC and I would not recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Our food was delicious. Our was just a bit snippy. Didn't pay attention to the small details of our needs. Got one of the orders wrong. Then had to wait for the right order to come out. She did offer free desserts for the wait we had for our food. Atmosphere was great. Nice restaurant....we will try again when we are back in Georgetown."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We had another great meat at Ristorante Piccolo. I won't repeat myself re: the service and ambiance which are both great. I just want to make a specific note about the gnocchi with mushroom /cream sauce that my boyfriend had (it was a special). The gnocchi was well cooked and the mushroom cream sauce was delightful. Thank you Piccolo for another great evening."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I had a great time here. The food was amazing the staff was friendly. I already recommended this place to a stranger looking for a place to eat with her friends their last night in DC."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food was very good, but not necessarily great. The service was adequate, but not really impressive. The menu is pretty extensive and I would go back to try more dishes."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We made a reservation for a Monday on Open Table, and good thing they did. We arrived on time and they gave us a great table in the corner of the restaurant near the window, as their patio has room for only 3-4 2-person tables, and would have taken 30 minutes to be seated there. However, the restaurant was so busy it was turning people away shortly after we arrived. On a MONDAY! Good for them. Our order was taken quickly, and the food also did not delay. I am excited to eat here again."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "There appeared to be only 2 wait staff so giving the benefit of the doubt we will write off the incredibly slow service. First course was cold. Second was bland. No bread. No wine. Horrific odor began mid meal. Some issue with the septic system. Men with buckets and mops running up and down stairs. Never going here again."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "delicious.... always great !!! service is especially good... all food highest quality and consistently excellent,..."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I never write negative reviews on open table, but unfortunately I have to say that my meal at Ristorante Piccolo was served very late and very cold. It was almost inedible - and had been touted as one of their specialties. It is in a neat building in the heart of Georgetown - but I guess there was a reason we were able to get a reservation at the last minute."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was my fourth visit for dinner at Ristorante Piccolo; however, I was very disappointed in the service this time. We were seated on the main level in the front area. The server was late bringing us menus, did not explain any specials or wines, and did not check on us at all. When we asked for the dessert menu, he actually said they don't have a dessert menu, which is a lie because I have been there before and seen a dessert menu. This is unfortunate because the food was delicious- we had the veal and the lamb chops as well as a pappardelle al fungi. I do not plan to visit this restaurant again anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were visiting Georgetown and selected this restaurant from the ratings in Open Table and everything was exactly as stated. Great food and atmosphere. Very friendly and attentive staff."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Ristorante Piccolo is not only one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Georgetown and all of D.C.; it's one of my favorite restaurants throughout Washington. It's lovely and not overpriced, great wine list, and fantastic appetizers, entrees and specials. Some nice desserts too. Plus a violinist who walks around to play for different tables!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My daughter and I visited Ristorante Piccolo on our visit to Georgetown. We loved all the appetizers and our pasta dishes. We had a wonderful meal and evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our dining experience was great. 1st time & would definitely return & recommend. Great food & service."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We tried Piccolo based on the review from Open Table. We were not disappointed. Every aspect of the evening was beyond our expectations...delicious food (the best lasagna ever!), the wait staff, and location. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This restaurant had one of the worst waiters I've ever seen. They were not welcoming and treated us like a disease. Plus my pasta was bland and over cooked. Just terrible."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Birthday dinner for my wife. All the staff were friendly and attentive. The food was terrific. We are both vegetarians and there were many dishes to choose from. Would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I had our first date here eleven years ago. It was good then, even better now. David the manager heard we were celebrating our five year wedding anniversary and came over and have us extra attention. To top it off the food was great and priced well. Great time and great food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food and a very friendly waitstaff that is not afraid to give you recommendations and take care of your every need. I recommend them. I will eat there again."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I travel from NY to DC on occasion and this is one of my fav restaurants in Georgetown. Set on a local side street,comfortably away from the hustle and bustle. Food is always great, service is attentive without being intrusive. Generally busy but relatively quiet. Looks like mostly locals, not touristy at all. Highly recommend this neighborhood gem! Check it out!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Excellent dining establishment for special occasions and more. Attentive table service and staff. Highly recommend Ristorante Piccolo for family dinners, special occasions like high school or college graduations, birthdays and anniversaries. Lovely menu selections and specials of the day. I particularly love the handmade pasta. Or try the veal. Lots to choose from. Whenever we have something to celebrate in my family, this is where we head for a picture perfect evening, start to finish."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food and service was outstanding. We started dinner around 7pm on a Saturday. The waitstaff let us take our time ordering appetizers and dinner, giving us time to enjoy our wine and such. When we first arrived the restaurant was quiet and there was plenty of space to get to your table, by the time we left it was a little noisier and the aisles were a little cramped with all the seats in the restaurant being occupied. The only real downer was the violinist that came around right in the middle of a conversation and he was just a little obnoxious."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food and ambiance. All three of our dinners were excellent. Excellent bread, great seafood pasta but I did't like the cannoli as the shell was rock hard. Everything was really nice until it was time to pay. Our waiter and a few other staff hovered around a large table and ignored our attempts to get their attention. We really enjoyed the dinner until we couldn't leave as our waiter was too busy to bring us the bill."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service was amazing! So classy and made us feel so comfortable. Sat on the balcony and then they moved us inside when it started to rain. Food was wonderful. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Delightful experience. Food was very good. My lobster raviolli was tasty but temperature of food was cool. My family of 5 enjoyed their meals as all food was served piping hot except for raviolli"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Reunion? Birthday? Graduation? Other special occasion? Here's the restaurant for you. A classic Georgetown pleaser. Begin with a few starters for your group. Like Melanzane al Formaggio di Capra (grilled eggplant/cheese), Calamari Fritti, and Piccolo Antipasti, perfect! Continue with fresh pasta, meats and more. My favorite? Vitello Piccata (veal scaloppine sauteed with garlic in a lemon caper sauce.) The salads could be stronger, but they're simple and fresh, for sure. And, the menu, wine list, service and dining ambiance are winning elements. Indeed, Ristoranti Piccolo hits all the high notes for special occasions and more. Can't wait to return! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Really authentic Italian food, great wine ... Fabulous meal!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food is fantastic and the service is very professional. We enjoyed the delicious bread with olive oil, the roasted eggplant appetizer, and for entres, the mushroom risotto with chicken and the sage ravioli. The almond cake for dessert was scrumptious! Our server recommended a perfect wine. I highly recommend Ristorante Piccolo!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Piccolo has an excellent menu with changing ever changing daily specialties that never disappoint. Quaint Italian taverna atmosphere and smiling attentive service makes this restaurant a favorite of ours when we visit Washington/Georgetown. Dine out on the upstairs balcony for a special evening experience."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This restaurant has the perfect ambiance for a romantic evening! Along with that, the food is absolutely incredible! Everything was so fresh and flavorful. A must for any romantic date night!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We arrived and asked if any outdoor seating on their terrace was available. Since it was all full we agreed to be seated at the front of the restaurant next to a window. This was a bad decision as for the rest of the evening we essentially felt forgotten by the wait staff. The food was sub-par at best and certainly not worth what we payed for it. The two salads we ordered were drenched in a rather bland vinaigrette dressing and the ingredients were of incredibly low quality. It was clear that little if any effort was put into presentation of the salad as well. For the main course I tried the ravioli stuffed with lobster. While of slightly better quality than my salad, this dish was also quite disappointing. I recommend against eating here."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I have avoided this restaurant for two years because my previous experiences were so awful. however, after seeing several positive Opentable reviews, I decided to try it again. It is much improved. The pasta with seafood was very good and the service also was solid. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great choice for dinner. The service is friendly and appropriately attentive. The dishes are well-made and served in good portions. Great ambiance. Solid choice in affordable dining out in the otherwise touristy Georgetown."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I had the grilled calamari over linguini in a tomato sauce. Tasty, but the calamari were rubbery. Tiramisu, the house speciality, was pretty tasteless. Supposedly, the cake portion was to have been soaked in expresso, but there was no coffee flavor. Service was excellent. We ate very early, so noise level was low."
    Dined on 5/11/2014