Café Milano

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Cafe Milano provides first-class Italian cuisine, facilitating all your event needs, from private receptions, corporate events, anniversaries & birthdays to fundraisers, seminars, & book parties. Semi-private arrangements are also possible in any of the private rooms or the main dining room.

CORKAGE FEE POLICY
Café Milano allows corkage of two bottles (750ml) or one magnum (1500ml) maximum per table, from Sunday to Thursday, of any wine not already represented on our wine list as a service fee of $50 per bottle.
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4.6
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4.6
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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The service was fine but it took very long to receive our food and it was warm not hot when we did receive it. It’s soooo loud at this restaurant that it was hard to have a conversation without shouting. Two of us out of 6 people dining had headaches afterward. This restaurant was highly recommended to me but for the prices they charge and for what we received I don’t believe it’s worth it and unfortunately I will not be returning.

Café Milano
Responded 2 hours ago

I am disappointed to hear we did not deliver the level of service and hospitality you expected of Cafe Milano. We take this very seriously and are committed to restoring your confidence and look forward to welcoming you back as our guest for the opportunity to redeem ourselves and ensure your next visit is within your expectations and our standards. Additionally, we have quieter tables available. Please personally reach out to me at 2023336183. Regards, Will Carter / Guest Relations

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J
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food matched by the service. One of the best restaurants anywhere!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fernando was excellent as well as the rest of the staff and the food was absolutely amazing!! Perfect date night for any special occasion!!

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Meh. Food was very good but not worth the price. Service was erratic. Loud.

Café Milano
Responded a day ago

I am disappointed to hear we did not deliver the level of service and hospitality you expected of Cafe Milano. we take this very seriously and are committed to restoring your confidence.We look forward to welcoming you back as our guest for our opportunity to redeem ourselves and ensuring your next visit is in keeping with your expectations and our standards. Please you can reach me at 2023336183 or 2025310653. Laurent Menoud Restaurant manager

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F
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Came for a birthday lunch. Appreciated our table in a quiet spot and their remembering special occasion by bringing a piece of tiramisu and a candle. Considering that the restaurant was not full, surprised it took so long for food to arrive but we’ll worth the wait.

f
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Milano has been a DC fave of mine for the last ten years at the least. They never disappoint. Today, I had a pasta with a saffron sauce and crispy bone marrow along with some wonderful buttered broccolini, fabulous bread with soft center and crusty crust with beautiful EVOO, and a cappuccino that I adored. The restaurant comped us a tray of dessert cookies and candy that was fabulous - at least 6 different kinds of cookies from chocolate chips to dark chocolate squares with pepper, meringues, and some biscotti that when dipped in the cappuccinos were just delectable. My companion had a veal chop, still on the bone but pounded flat that was so good, he didn't want to share! Cafe Milano is a great (not pretty good or good but GREAT) restaurant. I wouldn't dream of eating anywhere else!

JW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn't have been happier with our experience. The food and service were superb. We were seated in the smaller dining room to the left of the front door and it was great. The noise level was low which allowed for easy conversation for us. Some might prefer sitting in the larger dining room to be seen or see someone of celebrity, but the only person I cared about was the gorgeous lady sitting across from me, and I could see and hear her just fine!

JH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful romantic place in Georgetown. Food was truly outstanding, though portions were smaller (actually a good thing) and expensive. Not the place for every dining out event due to those costs but for an annual night out it was great!

ML
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an 8pm reservation on a busy Friday night but due to a change in plans showed up over one hour early. They not only cheerfully accommodated us, they even gave us an excellent table. Food and service were also excellent.

m
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Milano is always my “go to” dining spot in Georgetown. Food is great, service is wonderful, and atmosphere is fun and lively!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall an excellent experience. Highly recommend

T
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Food was ok, but they purposively stuck us at a table in front of the door to a private dining room with a noisy wedding going on. They surrounded our table with service tables piled with food. Because of the tight space they constantly bumped into our table and knock our belongings on the floor. And the noise from the wedding party was unbearable. A terrible experience with not a word of apology from staff or management. We will never go back!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting DC

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

As New Yorkers, we are accustomed to excellent trattoria-style Italian food, and Cafe Milano serves a very good version of this cuisine. Our only reservations about the restaurant are, first, that the ambiance is nothing special; second, that as well-dressed but first-time patrons, we felt a certain "welcome stranger" attitude in being seated amidst empty tables in a corner of the restaurant, where we were soon joined by a couple with a very young child; and third, that by New York standards, certainly, the food, while very good, is significantly overpriced. That said, the restaurant was very full on a Saturday night, so they are obviously charging what the traffic will bear.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The service was superb and the food was even better.

K
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, Cafe Milano was the perfect place for our family celebration. The food was outstanding and the entire wait staff was attentive without being intrusive.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food! Perfect afternoon spent with family!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot in DC

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C
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect —as always......
Sandi was a wonderful server....

G
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We have gone to Cafe Milano for many years; this meal was a terrible disappointment. We first had trouble with them on our previous visit, when we couldn't order pizza because their pizza oven wasn't functioning. But it apparently was never restored, because the pizza we ordered - which used to be one of our favorites -- was terrible. It was served cold and undercooked; we sent it back and it came back only warmed up and still terrible! The "Prosciutto" topping was tough and chewy, and the cheese tasteless. One other order -- seafood with risotto -- also came cold. When we complained, it was just heated up and then served on the same plate, but now so overcooked that the seafood was inedible. Only one dish we ordered out of three (lobster linguini) was up to expected quality. Moreover, service was surprisingly poor. We asked for still and sparkling water for the table; we only got sparkling and had to ask twice for still. We requested butter for our bread; 15 minutes later we had to ask again to get it. Waiters who took our bad dishes back were not apologetic, as if they were used to this and considered it unremarkable. And since they just heated up the same dish without regard to ingredients or outcome, they were not much help. Overall, an AWFUL dining experience, at a very high price. We would now be embarrassed to take any guests there, after years of being proud to do so.

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Had to tip someone to get them to honor RSVP

TR
Salt Lake City
47 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Cafe Milano is great! The atmosphere, service, cuisine & wine are A+ (even a cigar, outside, is welcome). We ate like many of our Italian friends do, & shared an appetizer, salad, pasta, a meat dish & a little gelato. Our experience, as always, was amazing!!!

r
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A fabulous spot in Georgetown to see and be seen. Service was excellent but the food was average in quality. All in out party had fish and while the presentation was lovely, the entrees were just satisfactory. I was disappointed with the house Chardonnay by the glass. It was definitely not the quality befitting this level of establishment.
Still, I’d be back in a New York minute because of the coolness factor.

k
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great dining experience! Food and service excellent. Our group of 5 thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

WR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We showed up for our reservation at 8:30pm this past Saturday, 10/26, and we had to wait more than 20 minutes to be seated. What’s the point of making a reservation? In addition, I’m 8.5 months pregnant, and no one offered us anywhere else to sit in the meantime.
Once we were finally seated, we were placed near an opened wall towards the front entrance of the restaurant where servers and other customers were constantly walking past our table and bumping into the backs of our chairs. Our own server knocked my Louis Vuitton purse off of the back of my chair multiple times and never bothered to pick it up. Also worth mentioning was my husband and our friends ordered drinks, and the server forgot one of the drinks. When we asked him where it was he proceeded to argue with us that no such drink order had ever been placed. He was extremely rude and seemed disinterested in serving our table with the same “effort” he appeared to put forth with the tables around us.
We picked Cafe Milano based on its reputation as we came with another couple who just moved to the area and wanted to show them a great evening with great food. There was much to celebrate with them purchasing a new home and us with our first baby on the way, and Cafe Milano not only ruined our expectations for the evening, but also ruined our dining experience. Needless to say we won’t be returning, and we will be telling others of this awful experience with such a “highly recommended” restaurant. Terrible.

RM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An unforgettable meal during vacation in the DC area. Don’t miss the risotto with white truffles - it was the highlight of the meal. Three spectacular pasta dishes - Fettuccine Alfredo, Gnocchetti, and Linguine with Lobster. And ending with the best Tiramisu and Pistachio Gelato we’ve ever had! Quite an eating experience!

J
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Nice welcome. Bar was lively and fun as we waited for our party. Our waiter was excellent, including his wine recommendation. The menu choices provided a lot of options. My wife had delicious lamb chops and I had an equally delicious veal chop. Sprung for dessert which we don't usually do and were not disappointed. Great spot for people watching. Service and vibe were wonderful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my daughter’s play

M
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding! Awesome food and service! Perfect evening!

RP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a must visit. Their service is phenomenal with attentive and friendly staff who are only second to their food. The gnochetti is better than some I’ve had in Italy. I’m in DC for work often and will take friends and colleagues here anytime possible. You will not regret a meal at Café Milano.

DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience in Milano: good food, professional staff and a very nice atmosphere. We would recommend this restaurant to anybody. And we will be back, too!

U
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food fait-maison pasta did not disappoint, excellent white truffle special

B
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and wine, although the mark-up on the latter was a bit excessive,

AM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

While the service was very good, we were not overly impressed with the food. The appetizers (we had the octopus, the calamari and the burrata), the mains were a bit disappointing (veal Milanese, beef short ribs and the signature pasta dish with seafood). Ambience was fine but nothing amazing either

w
Richmond
189 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

OUTSTANDING!!!! A place to see and be seen. Food is excellent and the wine list is better than many of the other restaurants in DC.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always enjoy Cafe Milano, been there 1/2 dozen times in last 3 years. Service is usually great, not tonight because of large party seated next to us. We were a party of 2 and somewhat forgotten. For usually great but was good, not great this time. Always a busy, buzzing atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
262 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the BEST Italian restaurant is Georgetown. Everything is always fresh, the white truffle pasta and thinly sliced Parma was delicious. Hot bread with silky olive oil and the best meatballs and sauce anywhere. The Dover sole and snapper were perfectly prepared and the dark chocolate gelato was a perfect end to the meal. The service is impeccable and the buzz is always fun. We will be back as soon as we can. Love love love Cafe Milano

LE
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We had a reservation for 7:45 and we were taking out our son out for Family college weekend. We waited an hour to be seated as more important people came in. It was beyond frustrating.

LG
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service.
- the pounded veal is out of this world!

TG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! Will eat here every time I’m in Washington, Tim G

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