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Birthday dinner was wonderful
Café Milano is a truly outstanding restaurant with great food, wine selection, ambiance and attention. The pasta at Café Milano is always prepared to perfection and the fish selection is excellent. It is the perfect place for a nice dinner. I highly recommend it.
I had made a reservation for St Valentines Day and we went there with my wife. We had to wait for 10 minutes to get seated despite the reservation. There were as many employees as clients so the place was too noisy, hectic and chaotic with the employees running around all the time. The atmosphere did not look or sound romantic at all. We ordered a salad for like 22 dollars which contained some leaves and one small feta cheese. Both main courses did not taste well, moreover frozen ravioli from Shoppers tastes better. The dough was hard. The waiter did not once come to our table and ask if everything was good. Even when my wife and I were going over the menu he looked impatient as if he wanted us to finish quick and leave to seat the next client. He had not even gone over the menu with us. Basically without eating anything with meat or drinking alcohol we ended up paying over 100 dollars. The service, the food were worse than at any regular Italian restaurant in town.
The risotto we initially ordered was undercooked and grainy, but both veal dishes we ended up with were fantastic. Staff responded to our food complaint promptly and cordially. Good experience overall
Food was subpar for the price. Pasta was way too al dente, mushroom truffle pasta smelled like a wet rag when it arrived at the table.
The fire alarm went off for at least one hour during dinner. Ruined a special evening. Other than, “I’m sorry from the waiter”, which took until the end of dinner, that was all that was said. No other discussion, no discount...nothing. Poor response time from the DC fire Department. In addition, a sad response from a quality restaurant and the manager. Another guest at the restaurant saw me at the Kennedy Center shortly after dinner and said “Wasn’t that ridiculous?! I still hear the rigging in my ears!!”
The food was great, waiter very personable. Unfortunately, as our dinners arrived, the fire alarm went off - loud enough that you could not carry on a conversation. Nobody left and it took the fire dept a good 20 minutes to arrive, and when we left they had not yet figured out how to turn the alarm off. Multiple staff members stopped by to alert us that there was no emergency and it was not their fault. Wrong answer. Very disappointing that they made no effort to offer a comp drink, or take anything off the bill. Whether it was their fault or not, the issue had a negative impact on their clients. As someone who owned a service biz for 25 years, they should have made it right for their clients and then dealt with whoever was at fault.
They lost our order and initially lied about it. It was disturbing to see others who arrived after us start eating while we were waiting. Eventually the food arrived, though our pasta did not have the requested extra vegetables. Once reminded, they promptly provided them.
Waiter and manager briefly apologized for the problems, but I feel a gesture like offering free dessert, or a discount on the bill, would have been appropriate considering extra 20-30 minute wait. No such gesture was offered.
This is a fine restaurant. We have had excellent meals and excellent service there in the past, and this meal, once it actually came, was also excellent. Everyone makes mistakes, and we will probably give them another chance in the future.
tourist trap. servers are like vultures, over serving and over attentive. ambiance is good and location is nice but far better italian options nearby.
Great food! Fun vibe. Attentive wait staff
Paid 15.00 for bottled water when asked for tap. Could have lived with that because the water was actually good. Then the other server came and poured tap water into my glass with the bottled water. Main server saw that and just discussed it with that fellow, but said nothing to us. Also, I don’t appreciate the feeling that I’m not ordering enough food. If I just feel like an overpriced small portion of pasta so be it. This is one of those places that you feel welcome when you’re ordering lots of dishes. Additionally, I only had a hundred dollar bill and when I asked for change he seemed peeved that I was asking. I guess he thought his service and a salad and pasta was worth $100. There are too many good restaurants in DC that make you feel welcome. That’s a criteria I use for return dining. No reason for you server to make you feel uncomfortable. Ruined our night.
It was a great experience for me and my date..
We had to wait 15-20 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation and then were seated in the back corner by the fire escape. Food is good but overpriced.
Nice, expensive, service polite, a bit slow. Noisy
Café Milano is one of those places that live is always busy. We got there early and asked if either we could have our table or wait at the bar having a drink. We ended up being seated shortly after arrival in a extended room at the side of the main dinner room where the bar is. Food was absolutely amazing, but the temperature in the room was cold. Service was correct.
We always enjoy the food. It is fresh and delicious. However, we think that the price of wine and liquor is inflated. We think that $25 for a glass of 'house red' that is recommended by the wait staff is too high. If that wine is going to be the one "pushed" by the staff, they should inform the guest that it is indeed $25 per glass. The price for mixed drinks is pretty high on average also. However, we do love the food from pasta to fish. It is always good. The desserts are also fresh and excellent. Just ask for the price of the drinks before you order.
I wasn’t prepare to go to the place so I didn’t dress up to match the crowd here. Still receive the service I would expect from the restaurant. Food is great. Generous portion for restaurant week menu. It’s the Italian place where Italian people go. What else I can say!
Pasta, fish and desserts. You will go right all the time. We were delighted with the service.
Cafe Milano is my favorite restaurant in DC! If you don’t have the truffle pasta, you are missing out!
Meh. I don't see why people rave about this place. And polenta is still just grits even if it is served on a fancy plate.
This was a birthday dinner and as always, Cafe Milano did not disappoint. The service was excellent and the food delicious. We sat in the bar area and it was noisier than other parts of the restaurant. Next time I'll ask for a different location that is not quite as "energetic."
A delightful introduction to Cafe Milano during a restaurant week lunch.
We look forward to our return visit.
The cod we got was so salty it was basically inedible as well as the pasta. Very disappointing considering the reputation and price. However the service and atmosphere was great
Wonderful food and good atmosphere. Very quiet at lunch when we went. It was not crowded.
Restaurant week lunch. Great Italian food with some modern flair.
Service was excellent!
Exceptional service, food, and value (restaurant week, lunch prix fix menu was $23.00)...We will be back, the food, wine list, and service made our date lunch delightful
Excellent food with outstanding service, Cafe Milano is a great choice for fine Italian dining in Georgetown.
You can't go wrong with any of the food selections.
Lots of smiles with service but not listening; Saying"perfect" and marching off before hearing if we felt it was"perfect ".
It was a birthday dinner and in both our reservation and greeting upon entry we noted this. Unfortunately, no acknowledgement was made of our celebration.
It felt rushed and pretentious. Given the price, it is not value for the money spent.
We have been going to Milano's for years; but as we live abroad much of the year we hadn't been for a few years. This was a disappointment.
Great food and service. Expensive, but that's what you have to expect for this kind of quality
We adore Milano and this night was no exception!!!
The food was good but quite expensive and they were rushing us to turn over the table after an hour.
We felt a little rushed tonight by the staff. The food was delicious though!
Always great — service, ambiance and food.
The food was amazing and the service was fantastic. Mustafa and the staff did a wonderful job accommodating our large group. His suggestions on the menu were spot on. They even let us order off the menu like true Italian restaurants. We can’t wait to come back!
Fresh pasta and salads were excellent. However, the steaks and venison were mediocre at best. Very high price for quality of meat compared with other restaurants of similar stature. Was very disappointing. We all agreed after the meal we should have ordered pasta.
Also - waiter did not take drink orders. Very odd beginning to a nice meal. Because of timing, we had to skip cocktails. Another disappointment for what should have been a celebratory evening.
Lastly - music in background is kind of a disco-electronic pump reminiscent of a 1980s nightclub. We found it amusing as it reminded us of Saturday Night Live skits; however, it was kind of annoying after awhile. Apparently it has been playing for decades. Maybe that's part of its charm? Otherwise, very nice and festive atmosphere albeit a bit loud.
All in all, I'd go back, but definitely stick to Italian fare: fresh pasta and salads.
Cafe Milano is a perennial favorite. Busy, alive, vibrant atmosphere. It never fails to deliver.
Impeccable wait staff and wonderful fine dining for a special occasion. The veal ravioli is amazing!
Overpriced for what you get. Equivalent restaurant in New York has entrees that are 15-20 pct less expensive. Wine ordered at same time as food but arrived only after entrees. The waiter tried to make things up with free cookies for dessert, but it will still be a while before we return .