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Café Milano

4.7
2963 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

Please note that our service times have changed.
Monday through Thursday 5PM – 10:30PM
Friday through Sunday 11:30AM – 11:30PM
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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2963 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.3
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CoBrA2168
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was recommended to us by a tour guide we met in the Amalfi Coast last year. We came here for our anniversary and it did not disappoint. Food and service was exceptional! Can’t wait to return.

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vipDianeC
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely, elegant (outdoor) meal with really great service

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vipSMCsr
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always.

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vipBobB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

a very good overall night there--service and attention from arrival to departure was outstanding--special thanks to Will

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vipGstreet
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Cafe Milano delivers. From soup to nuts it was a lovely experience.

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vipMamaPeach
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I celebrated my husband’s birthday here. It was a splurge for us. But it was worth it. The restaurant took covid precautions seriously and their commitment to safety was clear. The entire staff was friendly but not fake. They genuinely seemed happy to provide us with great service and a great meal. The food was wonderful and the portion sizes were healthy but not over the top big. We will be back! It was a perfect evening. A+

Café Milano
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear MamaPeach, First, I send belated Birthday Wishes to your husband and thank you all for spending it with us at Cafe Milano. We deeply appreciate your kind review of this weekend's visit, especially noting our strict Covid safety protocols. Without a doubt, the entire staff puts public health precautions as our top priority. Please return soon and enjoy another "A+" Milano experience with Old World Milanese cuisine and great service! Our regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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vipDavidp67
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food but the prices are ridiculous. Might be cheaper to fly to Rome and have dinner.

Café Milano
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear Davidp67, Thank you for your review of this weekend's Cafe Milano experience. We certainly appreciate your kind words on Chef Franco's cuisine. He and his staff put in a great deal of time on each course, from "antipasti" to "dolci." In fact, next month marks 28 years of operation in D.C. for Cafe Milano and we are humbled. Please do make a return soon and reach out directly should you need assistance wit reservations at 2023336183. Our best, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Very clean. Will return.

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vipgoodfood
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding—burrata salad and house salad, along with rockfish fillet special and veal. Service was excellent—attentive, but not intrusive, particularly since we were seated in a back corner of the restaurant. The waitstaff was terrific, even providing a blanket to help keep my wife warmer. We would go back again on our next visit to DC.

Café Milano
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear Goodfood, Thanks for the very kind feedback from last week's Cafe Milano visit. Our meals, under Chef Franco's inspiration, are the freshest and "made from scratch." For 28 years, we take pride in the Old World Milanese style. The rockfish and veal are extremely popular! We also appreciate your high marks on our staff and their service. Please do return to D.C. soon and let us assist with reservations at 2023336183. Gratefully, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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NicolleS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food isn’t great. Not great selection for appetizers or salads. Great tiramisu

Café Milano
Responded on October 19, 2020

Dear NicolleS, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your Cafe Milano visit. We appreciate the kind words on parts of the meal, however it seems we missed the mark on others. I apologize for that. In an effort to understand more, could we speak when you have a chance please? I can be reached directly at 2023336183. Thank you, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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vipEdwardP
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience - beautiful venue - exquisite & attentive service...and it’s truffle season 🤗

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vipNickname
London
102 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Bit of Sh*t show with people walking into the restaurant from all angles! Should not happen! Service was good, food was great! Wine list is massively over-priced and limited. The outdoor dining was hideous, as it was pouring rain and windy. No reason to have all the windows open. NOT the GREAT place I remember!

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vipNeal1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

having nice music playing gave it a cool fund vibe, for that will come back.
and food was good.
but service fair, maybe they were slammed, but that was disappointing

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vipJefferyW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Server, Jose, was about as awesome as you can find. The GM, Laurent, and the owner, Franko, both came out to make sure we were taken care of as if we were VIPs. Superb food, exceptional service, and inviting atmosphere. Top Notch as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Amazing food. Amazing company. Cafe Milano never disappoints. Highly recommend visiting. They have gone out of their way to not only make you feel special, but make you feel safe during the pandemic. The food is incredible and the staff is wonderful.

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vipMary
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cafe Milano! Always an excellent experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual yet elegance in every corner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time that we went and it never disappoints This is by far the finest Italian Resturant we have ever gone to and the finest food
The Resturant and staff are authentic. Forget that it is a who’s who in the political world the service and attentive nature of the staff is unsurpassed. It was my wife’s birthday and they went out of there way to make it special
We will continue to go to this Resturant every opportunity we can

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GhizlaneB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC, a true classy GEM that has been around for years and still holds the same standards. Impactable service!!! Mustafa is a SUPER STAR !!!! Laurent and team are fantastic. I highly recommend Cafe Milano to anyone looking to have a delicious dinner, amazing service, and great ambiance.

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vipAishaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. Staff at Milano was so accommodating as I was bringing my mother to the restaurant. I feel safe going there in midst of Covid, as they have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of their clientele. We had a wonderful time celebrating my sons bday! Food as always is excellent and ambiance fabulous. Grazie Cafe Milano!

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vipBensreview
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 19th Wedding Anniversary was made memorable right up to the large sparkler in our tiramisu! Cafe Milano never disappoints.

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Nick
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Ambience is always a treat at Cafe Milano!

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vipCarolE
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love this restaurant but because of the restrictions currently it was a less than stellar experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicest spit in Georgetown

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived early and was seated right away. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable and had great recommendations. We had both the black and white truffle with pasta that was out of this world.
Also, the veal parm and the branzino. Everything was A+++ cocktails too! Will be back

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vipAnonymous
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent!! Sat at a table out front on Prospect St which was very busy and the only downside to a wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go back!!

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vipdcluv2dine
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service was excellent, will be returning.

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vipMonikaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience with Cafe Milano has always been wonderful. It has been my solid go to for 20 years for a fun and elegant evening. During COVID, I have dined at Milano both inside and outside. Both have been wonderful experiences that have made me feel very comfortable and well taken care of! They go above and beyond with not only safety precautions, but food and drink preparation, and above all customer satisfaction!! They aim to please and do anything it takes to make sure you’re happy! Recently I dined there and it was a bit chilly out, we had heat lamps close by and my friend and I were warm and toasty. Our server Mustafa was attentive and so pleasant! He recommended our dinners from the specials and even brought out wine for my friend that he said paired well with the meal! He brought me more cocktails without me asking and even a shawl because it was getting colder out. They don’t rush you (which is a problem at other places during COVID) and are just awesome. This really is my go to spot right now and will be for years to come. They treat you like you deserve to be treated! Very happy.

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vipeatdc7
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food and drinks were fine but expensive. Nothing I'm dying to have again. Even the bread was just o.k. Service was outstanding

Café Milano
Responded on October 6, 2020

Dear Eatdc7, Thank you for the high marks on Cafe Milano's service -- I also believe we have the best in town! Please come back so we can ensure we're meeting your expectations in the other areas. Do reach out for reservation assistance and enjoy our patios with this beautiful weather. For your convenience, our main line is 2023336183. Have a wonderful night! Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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Corey
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and service. Decent COVID considerations and innovative use of QR codes to avoid sharing menus. The desserts were nice as well.

Café Milano
Responded on October 6, 2020

Dear Corey, Thank you for the "5 Stars" on your recent Cafe Milano visit. Fantastico! I also believe we have the best servers and cuisine in town, Old World style! Come back when you can and please reach out for reservation assistance directly at 2023336183. My best, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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vipDumbartonOaks
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

Café Milano
Responded on October 6, 2020

Dear DumbartonOaks, Thank you in every way for this extraordinary review of a recent Cafe Milano visit. And "5 Stars!" ... We are humbled by your feedback. Please return soon and do reach out directly should you need reservation assistance at 2023336183. Grazie, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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vipCharlesJohn
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oustanding....classic Georgetown....It is just a chill, smart, reliable spot and one that I always enjoy spending a quiet weekend morning at enjoying outstanding food and exceptional discreet service.

Café Milano
Responded on October 6, 2020

Dear CharlesJohn, Thank you in every way for this extraordinarily generous review of a recent Cafe Milano experience. We certainly appreciate your kind words as well. Feedback is critical to every single staff member as it navigates the waters for improvement. Please do come back and kindly reach out directly should you need reservation assistance at 2023336183. Grazie, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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SusanK
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service with incredible respect for Covid guidelines.

Café Milano
Responded on October 6, 2020

Dear SusanK, Thank you for the review of Cafe Milano. First and foremost, we deeply appreciate your notice of our attention to health and safety precautions for both staff and guests alike. That, we take as priority. Also, we are grateful for the kind words on our cuisine and the overall fun of Milano. We feel it's a pretty special place too. Please come back soon! If you need assistance with reservations, kindly reach out at 2023336183. Our best, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We asked to be seated outside, but without an option were seated inside..

Café Milano
Responded on October 6, 2020

We apologize that you were sat inside on that rainy Friday evening but hope you understand, given limited outdoor seating that is also protected. Of course, we sense the disappointment and please do know that is done with guests' comfort, and safety in mind, while maintaining highest food quality. We invite you back sometime soon and please allow us the opportunity to assist with reservations at 2023336183. Our best to you, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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vipJason
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurants. The service is the best. We were so well cared for. The measures taken to feel safe and remain healthy are best of class. Excited to go back soon!

Café Milano
Responded on October 6, 2020

Dear Jason, Thanks for the overwhelmingly positive review from your Cafe Milano experience. The staff is pleased that as your "favorite," Milano is still hitting the mark -- we're almost 28 years old this fall! Most notably, we appreciate you took notice of our health and safety precautions for guests and staff alike -- a priority for us. Please come back this fall and kindly let us know if we can assist with reservations at 2023336183. Our best, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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JeffR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was impeccable. Amazing wine list. Unfortunately the entree , while good, was not worth the price with portions being very small.

Café Milano
Responded on September 24, 2020

Dear JeffR, Thank you for the positive words on a recent Cafe Milano visit, noting our Wine List and trademark service. I apologize that the main course was not to your liking. We try to stick to the Old World recipes of fresh ingredients and from scratch; at times, we will miss the target. Please return however when you can and should you need assistance with reservations, kindly reach out directly at 2023336183. My best, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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SaraM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal, great outside seating. Staff was terrific

Café Milano
Responded on September 23, 2020

Dear SaraM, Thanks for the kindest feedback from your recent Cafe Milano visit. I shared your thoughtful words with my colleagues and they are sincerely appreciative. The Milano staff works tirelessly on curating a lovely meal, on consistently reliable service, and on creating a great memorable experience. We are pleased you noticed and hope you'll return soon. Kindly reach out directly for reservation assistance at 2023336183. Regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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MAJH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went for husband’s 65th birthday. He had heard about the restaurant for years and wanted to try it. When we checked in we saw a group with a small dog checking in behind us. 🤨 Due to covid we requested outdoor seating and got a table on the sidewalk which did not have a fancy ambiance. Also, there was a large dog at a table close to us 😒😒. We like dogs but not a restaurant like Cafe Milano Service was very good. We ordered the Mozzarella Di Buffalo Campana to try the buffalo mozzarella. It was creamier then the mozzarellas we are use to but the appetizer was nothing special. For dinner we ordered Ravioli Cavalier, Tagliata Di Wagyu, Short rib and Petti di Pollo. The portion was good, presentation nice. Overall it needed more season. We had a nice time. Covid did effect the experience.

Café Milano
Responded on October 6, 2020

Dear MAJH, First, Happy Belated Birthday to your husband and thank you for coming out to Cafe Milano! We appreciate your feedback and while we were successful in seating you on the patio as requested, there seems to have been an issue with a dog present. Cafe Milano is a dog friendly establishment for outdoor seating. This also includes service dogs, per DC law. Let's connect further on your Milano experience at 2023336183. My regards, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a special occasion!

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JeffreyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. I was disappointed that smoking was allowed on the sidewalk and on the patio. With the open widows the smell of smoke easily found its way into the dining area which ruined the experience. Smoking should not be allowed near a dining establishment especially in the era of COVID.

Café Milano
Responded on October 6, 2020

Dear JeffreyS, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your Cafe Milano experience. While the evening seemed to have been a success, smoke from the patio marred the visit and I apologize. For future reservations, we have a Non-Smoking patio area designated for our guests and, as well, make every effort to honor all seating preferences. Please reach out directly and we can connect further; I am happy to assist at 2023336183. My best, Will Carter Guest Relations // Cafe Milano

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Café Milano does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Café Milano also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 333-6183.

Café Milano is rated 4.7 stars by 2963 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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