Café Milano

4.7
3139 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Dear Cafe Milano Guests,
It is a great delight to welcome you back to our restaurant! As always, we remain committed to a safe clean work environment for all guests and employees. Thank you and Buon Appetito!

Due to social distancing guidelines, space and limited tables; OUTDOOR DINING will have a two hour time limit per reservation. INDOOR DINING is now also available during phase two with social distancing guidelines.
DINE IN

Monday through Sunday 11:30AM – 10:30PM

Reservation: OpenTable | 202-333-6183 | guestservices@cafemilano.com

CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE
We are open for Contactless Curbside Pick-up service. A la Carte dishes complimented by an array of sparkling, white, rose, and red wine options. We kindly ask that orders are placed a minimum of 30 minutes in advance. You may also place your order for delivery or pick-up online at https://www.trycaviar.com/m/cafe-milano-23104
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3139 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJohnL
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute of it. Real treat.

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TiaD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

While the restaurant had potential to be a lot better, it lacked a few things for us. While charging above $30 a plate the restaurant lacked good service, we waited pro longer periods before being checked on, we asked to have one of our meals boxed we did not get it until we asked where it was and we noticed it just sitting boxed up on the bar as if they had forgotten, we ordered coffee and cappuccino after dinner, we received burnt coffee and milk and coffee not a cappuccino. We expressed our concerns, we received a mediocre apology, we wouldn’t recommend it for the price and quality.

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vipHeathcliff
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable with professional service and wonderful food.

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AlexD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Overrated, there are MUCH better Italian restaurants in the DC area

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NemoB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overall I was not impressed with the drinks and food. Started out with cocktails (Martini and Milano Mule). Presentation was nice but not the best drinks. The bread for the table came in a small paper bag. One slice per individual. Well the meal were disappointing from presentation to taste. I would not recommend this for a date or any occasion.

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DynisF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence

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vipMonikaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always. My girlfriend and I had a delightful evening. The food and the ambiance. I enjoyed some new things on the menu! As things open up more I feel that Milano always caters to the guest experience and makes things as enjoyable as possible. They always make me feel welcome and at home. The reason I keep going back!

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Kheater
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The food was not worth the hype. Food was heavy, greasy, and flavorless... disappointing considering it’s very pricey. Ambiance was good, cocktails and dessert were good too... but appetizers and mains were pretty blah.

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vipBIby
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants. unfortunately, that night I didn’t have a good waitress.

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vipkenneths
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great time great to see them starting to open up again

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful early Mother’s Day dinner at Cafe Milano. For starters we both had the butter lettuce salads which were fresh with great presentation and lightly dressed.I had the veal and spinach ravioli and my husband had the salmon which he said was delicious. We were both very happy with our meals and the service. We dined on the patio and really appreciated that the warm bread was served in individual bags and that our silverware was presented in a sterile clear package. Our cab and white wine choices were both very good as well.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service is great and some dishes are yummy. Carpaccio was good but Pizza is extremely soggy

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vipmike
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were ample choices, the service was excellent

MA
vipMontezA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great evening at Cafe Milano. I wish we could have corked our own wine though.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Overrated for what it really offers. Service staff was “doing us a favor” each time we requested something (rude!). The bathroom was atrocious (worse than a gas station toilet - it smelled bad, no TP in stalls, YUCK!). For the price they charge, I would recommend go someplace else. The food was nothing special either. I would not recommend this restaurant (not for the food, not for the service). No second chance here.

***Update: since my posting of this review, the restaurant reached out to us and offered us our next meal as a guest of the restaurant. We did turn down the offer because this review was not meant to gain anything. I commend the restaurant for taking the feedback seriously and hopefully others will have a better experience than we did.

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vipCafeMalano
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was there for lunch. I would have liked to see some 'brunch' dishes, but none. I think the prices were fairly high for lunch. I ordered the lobster soup, but was disappointed as it was 'heavy' and no sign of lobster within the soup. I will try again, as the service was outstanding as was the neighborhood charm and they had lovely seating options too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything we had was wonderful. Issue was, everything we had wasn't necessarily what we ordered. We ordered the same mocktale twice but got 2 distinctly different mocktales (needed to drive home), one of which wasn't even on the menu so we to this moment don't know what it was. It didn't seem like the servers of bartenders knew what they were offering. Also the paper menus and digital menu's were vastly different, which might cause even more confusion.

We were sat at a hot corner which was a bit chaotic, but meant amazing service by everyone but our actual server who was a bit checked out of us, much bigger tickets elsewhere I guess. That said, the sommelier was the nicest gentleman ever and made us feel right at home.

The kitchen was also awesome in splitting the risotto that we got for an appetizer for us.

All in all, the night was great but long. I would come here for the experience and not the speed.

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vipDabass
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering

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Gigi53
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at a restaurant in months - because of the pandemic. A lovely evening out with old friends!

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vipScottM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It has been several years since I dined at Cafe Milano, I forgot how great it is. Cafe Milano has been in Georgetown for a long time and with so many new restaurants opening in the area, I kept trying the new ones. I always liked the food and service at Cafe Milano. My wife and I had lunch at sat outside. The service was impeccable, as it should be a a white table cloth restaurant but that is not a given these days. The menu has all the classic Italian dishes and more. Our dishes were outstanding, both appetizers and the pasta dishes; dessert was even amazing. It will be returning to Cafe Milano sooner rather than later and highly recommend it to anyone that loves expertly prepared Italian cuisine.

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vipGerry
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Milano is always excellent - but this time it was “above and beyond.” My guest and I showed up late for our reservation and it was the busiest night since the pandemic started. Nevertheless, we were given a perfect table and the service was extraordinary.

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vipAlainaHall
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Service was t great but food was good!

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Colee63
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time at the restaurant. Everything was great.

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vipAnnabella
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu and service as always, nice outdoor seating on a sunny spring day.

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LisaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE CAFE MILANO.....IT IS MY GO TO RESTAURANT FOR EVERY CELEBRATION!!!

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JoeC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We had reservations for inside. We asked if we could be seated outside because there were numerous empty tables. The manager advised that it was "sold out" and they were holding those tables for reservations. We were disappointed, but we sat inside. For the next hour as we ate we saw those 5 or 6 empty tables outside remain empty. So that was frustrating and disappointing. I understand that sometimes people make reservations and then don't show up, but I think the manager should have moved us outside. He made me feel like a second class citizen because I had only made my reservations a couple of hours in advance of our dinner. Our waiter was excellent though, friendly, funny, and attentive. The food was good but not outstanding and a little overpriced. So would I recommend this restaurant to others, no probably not.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laurent and his. Team were fantastic as always!

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vipGPLu
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Seeing family.

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vipTechfoodie
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

For the K street crowd and power dinners so it was overpriced.

Beef carpaccio was massively overloaded with cheese and arugula

Lobster pasta was disappointing. Bland and doughy. Waiter removed the cost of the entree from the bill.

Breaded Veal cutlet and the red snapper were both delicious

The lemon tart was also delicious.

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vipChrisMosh
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No restaurant in DC takes better care of its regulars than Cafe Milano. I come from a family of restauranteurs from Italy and watching Laurent greet and catch up with everyone reminds me of watching my father and uncle as a child. He's a natural leader and a brilliant host.

Try the Risotto; it's world class.

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vipTomS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

pasta was bland, we were not offered bread and oil like other table

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KaterynaA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Bad service, really bad service. The waiters were rude

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viplinda
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful place to be outside and enjoy a lovely meal w friends !

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amyr
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Ordered the Osso buco and the meat was tough, generally it’s supposed fall right off the bone .
My wife’s pasta with meat sauce was bland.
However my sons lamb chops were amazing.
Not sure if it’s becuse they were extremely busy or May of just had a bad day.

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vipRobinG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Milano is an outstanding dining experience each and every time I have the pleasure of going there. The service and food and customer care are simply wonderful!

JP
vipJaimeP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!! Try the octopus.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Great menu. Delicious food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Thank you for taking such strict covid precautions! Plexiglass stands between the tables were much appreciated.

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vipJopyxis127
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely ambiance, attentive service, homemade pasta. We had fish stew and lobster with linguine, with a delicious bottle of wine. A little expensive, but well worth it. Would definitely recommend Cafe Milano

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Café Milano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 333-6183.

Café Milano is rated 4.7 stars by 3139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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