Café Milano

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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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CC
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food at Cafe Milano is always fantastic, and it was again during our last meal. The overall experience though was off, and that was disappointing. We had 8:30 reservations and had to wait 15 min for our table on Saturday evening, which is acceptable. We were seated at 8:45, but we had to chase our waiter to place our order for wine (9:05). In turn, they no longer had the wine we had ordered. So at 9:20, 50 minutes after our reservation time we were finally served a glass of wine - and then asked if we wanted to order our meal... So though the food was great, it was not the usual dining experience we are accustomed to.

Café Milano
Responded 21 hours ago

Dear CharlesC, Thank you for posting a Cafe Milano review. We appreciate all feedback and while the recent visit was not up to your expectations and our standards, we want to apologize for the service. Otherwise, we are pleased that both Chef Franco's cuisine and Milano atmosphere were to your liking and hope you make a return soon. Should you need any reservation assistance, please reach out to me personally at 202-333-6153. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was delicious. Waitstaff was arrogant and unhelpful. Almost seemed bothered to be there. It’s too bad. I used to enjoy this restaurant.

Café Milano
Responded 21 hours ago

Thank you for your feedback on a recent Cafe Milano visit. We appreciate your kind words regarding Chef Franco's cuisines and have passed them along to Chef. However, we apologize for lapse in service that evening as catering to our guests is paramount to the Milano experience. Please consider a visit again soon so we can show you what we do best; should you need reservation assistance, do reach out to me personally at 202-333-6153. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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KK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful lunch in every way!

Café Milano
Responded 20 hours ago

Dear KK2017, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of a recent Café Milano lunch. They are a unique part of our restaurant - especially when spring arrives and the patios open! We are pleased the experience was to your liking and expectations and our standards. Do make plans to return soon and should you need reservation assistance, please reach out to me personally at 202-333-6153. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Café Milano

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BL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, great service. Never disappoints for a special night out.

W
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good time had by all

Café Milano
Responded 20 hours ago

Thank you, Williedell. We appreciate hearing those very words. Visit again soon. Spring will be here and the patios open in full swing. Sincerely, Will Carter Guest Relations // Café Milano

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g
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious lunch with great service from entering to exiting.

Café Milano
Responded 20 hours ago

Dear Generallyons, We are grateful for your kind words on a recent lunch at Café Milano. Specifically, we thank you for the compliments on cuisine and service, both cornerstones to our uniquely held hospitality. Do make a return visit soon. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Café Milano

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KK
Boise
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent. I will definitely return on my next trip to DC.

Café Milano
Responded 20 hours ago

Dear KatieK, Thank you for choosing Café Milano on your last visit to Washington, D.C. We hope your time here was as enjoyable as possible. We also appreciate you taking the time to post a review and the kind words. Feedback is critical to us and we take all guest experiences to heart. Should you need assistance with reservations on your next trip to the capital, please reach to me personally at 202-333-6153. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Café Milano

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YW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RW Lunch was very good.

Café Milano
Responded 20 hours ago

Dear YWyw, Thank you for reviewing your recent Restaurant Week lunch experience and we are pleased it was to your liking. Chef Franco spends a great deal of time selecting the menu each RW, so we are glad you enjoyed it. Please plan a visit soon! Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Café Milano

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BR
London
40 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the things I love about Cafe Milano is that we are sure to have a fine dining experience. The service, food and ambiance are top notch. This is my go to place for client meetings and dates with my husband.

Café Milano
Responded on January 16, 2020

Dear Ms. Weitzel, Thank you for your kind words and review of the visit today at Cafe Milano. We take all visits seriously and note all suggestions; we are grateful. I have passed along your positive feedback to Mr. Franco and he is humbled. Your very points, ambiance - service - hospitality - cuisine, are our benchmarks. Please reach out to me personally for next visit at 202-333-6183. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It's been a while since I had last been in Cafe Milano. I was hosting people from abroad and thought it would be a great safe option; I was wrong. Service was very slow even though there were several empty tables. We had to repeatedly ask for basic items such as water and bread, and it still took more than 40 minutes to get a bread-stick. Food was good but for the price, I expect a much better experience.

Café Milano
Responded on January 15, 2020

Dear Argie, Thank you for feedback on a recent Cafe Milano visit and we appreciate all reviews. I have forwarded your comments on Chef Sangiacomo's cuisine; he is humbled at your kind words. However, I apologize that the service was not not what you expected and what we usually deliver. While your guests were from abroad, we do hope you visit again and soon. Please reach out to me personally at 202-333-6183. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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TL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They took great care of us at a luncheon celebrating our engagement -- including a lot of special touches like a complimentary toast, card and dessert! We upped the headcount at the last minute and they were so accommodating. Our table was great (round) as we were all able to visit!

Café Milano
Responded on January 15, 2020

Dear TLGS, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent Cafe Milano visit. We are so pleased you had a wonderful experience with us and certainly on this special occasion; congratulations again on your engagement! If not sooner, come back on your first anniversary. Should you need assistance with reservations, please contact me personally at 202-333-6183. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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EG
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were impeccable. Great place to wine and dine someone!

Café Milano
Responded on January 13, 2020

Dear ElaineG, Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We appreciate your kind words regarding Chef Franco's cuisine and our service. Cafe Milano takes your dining service, and all of the elements that it comprises, very seriously. Do make a return visit soon and should you need any assistance with reservations, kindly reach out to me personally at 202-333-6183. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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TO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, incredible food. Can't wait to dine there again!

Café Milano
Responded on January 13, 2020

Dear TimothyO, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on your recent Cafe Milano experience. We are grateful for your kind words on our cuisine and service, both of which we take seriously! Do make a return visit in the near future and reach out to me personally if I can be of assistance at 202-333-6183. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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JH
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Milano is a medium sized, cozy restaurant with a very romantic ambiance. The menu is extensive and easy to find something appealing. Good wine list from affordable to over the top. Our food was awesome. I had the grilled calamari salad to start and I’m not sure how you make calamari taste that good. The same can be said about all our dishes. Candido, our waiter, just made the evening with his service and jovial personality. Reminded me of the professional waiters I’ve encountered while in France. The prices are what you would expect for a very upscale Italian restaurant.

Café Milano
Responded on January 13, 2020

Dear JimH, Thank you for taking the time to post a review on your recent Cafe Milano experience. We are grateful for your kind words on our cuisine, our wine, and our Candido! I shared your review with him and he is humbled. The calamari is one of our most popular items; your party made an excellent choice! Reach out to me personally if I can be of assistance at 202-333-6183. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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FP
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dinner! Thank you!

Café Milano
Responded on January 5, 2020

Dear FreddyPIII, thank you for your kind words, we owe our longevity to loyal guests like you. And thank you for your support. LAURENT

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AR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve!

Café Milano
Responded on January 3, 2020

Dear AmyR, Thank you for your kind words regarding New Year's Eve dinner at Cafe Milano. We are pleased to have hosted your party on a wonderful night and hope to see you December 31, 2020. In the meantime, I am happy to make reservations for you personally at 202-333-6183. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service to food and available wines was excellent!

Café Milano
Responded on January 3, 2020

Dear Daniel, Thank you for your kind words regarding New Year's Eve at Cafe Milano. We are pleased to have hosted your party on a wonderful night and hope to see you December 31, 2020. In the meantime, I am happy to make reservations for you personally at 202-333-6183. Regards and Happy New Year to you and your family, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Pasta was ok, risotto was ok. Sever wasn’t that nice. We expected a better food/service overall.
He did not suggest or recommend any food/drinks

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Candido is the best!
Awesome night.

Café Milano
Responded on January 13, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on your recent Cafe Milano experience. We are grateful for your kind words on the evening and especially, our Candido! I shared your review with him and he is humbled. Do make a return visit in the near future and reach out to me personally if I can be of assistance at 202-333-6183. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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PM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner on our Anniversary, service outstanding!

BC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Someway disappointed that table was not ready upon our arrival. Had to wait for table.
But food and overall experience was favorable.

Café Milano
Responded on January 3, 2020

Dear BillyC, Thank you for reaching out to us regarding your recent Cafe Milano experience. We appreciate the constructive feedback and apologize you had a wait. Our staff tries to make every effort in seating on time and as you can imagine, the weekends can become challenging. Please contact me directly to make arrangements for your next reservation; I am pleased to assist you. Regards, Laurent Menoud 202-531-0653

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b
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Poor service, waiter did not ask us if we would like drinks,

Café Milano
Responded on January 3, 2020

Dear BryanP, Thank you for reaching out on your recent Cafe Milano experience. We appreciate the constructive feedback and take the visit, specifically our hospitality and service, very seriously. That said, please accept our profound apologies and know we want to make amends on a return visit. Kindly contact me personally should you need reservation assistance at 202-333-6183. Happy New Year to you and your family, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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a
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I was there for Christmas Day buffet. Milano is always better than the rest, even when serving a buffet. Buffet eating is not my favorite thing but on Christmas Day there is little choice. Milano's service is always way above par as it was this time. There were lots of people there and I am sure everyone felt well taken care of. I know my party of 3 did. Waiters were helpful in every way. The food was very good, even if not quite up to dinner standards. It was terrific and we all enjoyed being there. I especially appreciated the assistance of the waiter in helping us find a taxi which is difficult on Christmas Day. Bravo!!

Café Milano
Responded on January 4, 2020

Dear August, Thank you for your kind words on Christmas Day Brunch at Cafe Milano. We are pleased your party was happy as it is always so well received our guests . Please visit us sometime in the near future and should you need assistance with reservations, please reach out to me personally at 202-333-6183. Happy New Year to you and your family, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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F
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I don’t usually like buffets but Cafe Milano’s Christmas Day brunch was Fabulous. Every.single.item was delicious.

Café Milano
Responded on January 3, 2020

Dear Foodie123, Thank you for your kind words regarding the Christmas Day Brunch at Cafe Milano. It was quite a spread. We love hosting that Brunch particularly as it resonates with our guests every year. What was your favorite item? Happy New Year to you and your family, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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LA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Xmas. Wonderful buffet

Café Milano
Responded on January 4, 2020

Dear LucasA, Thank you for your kind words regarding the Christmas Day Brunch at Cafe Milano. It was quite the spread. We love hosting that Brunch particularly as it resonates with our guests every year. What was your favorite item? Happy New Year to you and your family and we hope to see you soon. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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MC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at Cafe Milano is always a joy. The service and ambience are far above the typical highly rated “newer” restaurants. It is both elegant and comfortable. The food is always top notch. Our salads were fresh and perfectly dressed. We had four different pastas and each was uniquely delicious. The wine list has a range of choices with good values to be found

Café Milano
Responded on January 4, 2020

Dear ManalapanCharlie, Thank you for your kind words regarding your Cafe Milano luncheon; they are quite relaxing, especially in the sun-filled dining room. We are pleased your party found the experience enjoyable and invite you back in the near future. Please reach out to me personally should you need assistance with reservations at 202-333-6183. Happy New Year to you and your family, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent and so was the service. Pastas were delicious and there was an impressive list of specials. The atmosphere was a bit underwhelming, there were two giant tv screens broadcasting cable news in the dining room, not exactly a plus in my opinion, kind of distracting, but overall a great experience.

Café Milano
Responded on December 25, 2019

Dear Lyzzkat, Thank you for taking the time to send in a review and we appreciate your constructive feedback, noting your points. I have also passed along your kind words on Executive Chef Sangiacomo's cuisine. We hope to see you in 2020 and Happy Holidays! Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Overall,the food was excellent. Our server needs more training on staying attentive and customer service focus.

Café Milano
Responded on January 4, 2020

Dear DonitaH, Thank you for your feedback from a recent Cafe Milano visit. We have shared your kind words with Executive Chef Sangiacomo and he is humbled. Additionally, we appreciate the constructive edits on service, which we take very seriously. Please do return when it is convenient and should you need assistance with reservations, contact me personally at 202-333-6183. Happy New Year to you and your family! Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we always have a lovely time at Cafe Milano! Great service and delicious food.

Café Milano
Responded on December 25, 2019

Dear Camille, We are grateful for your review on a recent Cafe Milano visit. We take the dining experience seriously and hope you return soon. We also shared your comments with Executive Chef Sangiacomo and he is appreciative. Warmest Holiday Regards to you and your family! Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion! Excellent location, cozy yet elegant atmosphere, impeccable service, delicious/ authentic Italian cuisine. Highly recommend!

Café Milano
Responded on December 25, 2019

Thank you kindly for your review on recently visiting Cafe Milano. We take the entire dining experience seriously and hope you return soon. We also shared your comments with Executive Chef Sangiacomo and he is humbled. Happy Holidays to you and your family! Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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JK
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything... food was outstanding. Service was better. Such a fun night with our family!

Café Milano
Responded on January 4, 2020

Dear JudiK, Thank you for your feedback from a recent Cafe Milano outing. We certainly are grateful that you chose us for a family meal. Additionally, we appreciate your kind words on the Chef's cuisine, which we shared with him. Please plan a return soon and should you need reservation assistance, kindly contact me directly at 202-333-6183. Happy New Years to you and your family, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Overpriced but food was good and was of high quality.

Café Milano
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to reach out regarding your recent experience at Cafe Milano. We appreciate the constructive feedback, which we take on seriously as it helps us strive to improve on all aspects of who we are. I have passed along your kind words on Chef's cuisines and he is humbled. Please return in the New Year and Happy Holidays to you and your family. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and wonderful

Café Milano
Responded on December 25, 2019

We appreciate your review of the Cafe Milano experience. Do return in the New Year and Happy Holidays to you and your family! Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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CD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We feel so festive
And at home at Cafe Milano. Very grateful for Laurent and excellent staff. Our luncheon was superb as always.

Café Milano
Responded on December 25, 2019

Dear ConnieDC, We appreciate your review of Cafe Milano. The restaurant is in a joyous holiday mode and we're happy you enjoyed it. I have also shared your kind words with Laurent as well as Executive Chef Sangiacomo; they are very grateful. Please do visit us in the New Year and Happy Holidays to you and your family. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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g
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great for our annual Christmas Lunch at Cafe Milano. Thanks to all for a great meal.

Café Milano
Responded on December 25, 2019

Dear GoodStuffFood, Thank you kindly for your review on recently Cafe Milano. It sounds like your Christmas lunch was a success and we hope you return soon in 2020. Happy Holidays to you and your family! Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday celebration

LA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Georgetown restaurant. Always good—reliable.

Café Milano
Responded on December 20, 2019

Luann, thank you for you kind words and support Laurent

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was impressive. I especially LOVED the tomatoes brought out to put on top of the bread accompanying the charcuterie board. They were so fresh and delicious:-)

Café Milano
Responded on December 16, 2019

Dear Sharece, Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review and we appreciate your support. The charcuterie board is among the most popular from the menu, so we are pleased you enjoyed it. We take the entire dining experience very seriously for our guests and believe it shows. Please do return soon and should you need anything, kindly reach out to me directly at guestrelations@cafemilano. Happy Holidays and regards, Will Carter // Guest Relations, Cafe Milano 202-333-6183

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just went to cafe Milano for a birthday dinner for my husband and I and the food and service was outstanding! I ordered linguine with lobster and my husband ordered the veal Milanese and both we absolutely delicious and we had a burrata cheese appetizer. The bartender made us great specialty cocktails and the bar was really nice to sit at to enjoy a few drinks before our dinner. It was an upscale dining experience but fun and lively environment.

Café Milano
Responded on December 20, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review and we appreciate your support. The linguine lobster is among the most popular from the menu and a signature dish,so we are pleased you enjoyed it. We take the entire dining experience very seriously for our guests and believe it shows. Please do return soon and should you need anything, kindly reach out to me directly at guestrelations@cafemilano. Happy Holidays and regards, Will Carter // Guest Relations, Cafe Milano 202-333-6183

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

The restaurant is over priced. The food was okay, nothing special. It was very loud in there too making it very difficult to hear each other. The one thing I did appreciate was the coat service. The waiters kept coming to our table so many times it was disruptive. Never going back again. I’d rather go to a mom and pop place where the food is delicious and affordable.

Café Milano
Responded on December 20, 2019

We appreciate the time you took for constructive feedback on your recent visit to Cafe Milano, especially the coat service. We apologize that the dining experience was not to your approval, but your points are noted. Please do return and allow us an opportunity to showcase what we do best, the whole dining experience. You are welcome to reach out to me directly at 202-333-6183. Happy Holidays to you and your family! Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations, Cafe Milano

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