About Café Milano

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.

3251 Prospect Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11.30am - 4.00pm Monday-Saturday - open at 11am on Sundays
Dinner: Sunday to Tuesday: 4.00pm - 11.00; Wednesday to Saturday: 4.00pm - Midnight
Lite Fair: Monday-Tuesday 11.00pm to midnight; Wednesday to Saturday: midnight to 1.00AM; Sunday not available
Bar: Monday to Thursday: 11.30am to 1.30am; Friday to Saturday: 11.30am - 2.30am; Sunday: 11.00am - midnight

Cross Street:
Wisconsin Avenue NW

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 333-6183

Website:
http://www.cafemilano.com/

Entertainment:
Live music offered periodically.

Catering:
Café Milano now offers catering for private dinners and small off-site events. Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Two public lots & street parking are available.

Public Transit:
Metrobuses # 32, 34, 35 and 36. The closest stop is Wisconsin Avenue and N Street. Foggy Bottom Metro stop, on the Blue/Orange line is the closest Metro stop. The DC Circulator can also be used as an alternative bus option.

Executive Chef:
Franco Sangiacomo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Cafe Milano offers four private rooms for receptions, buffets & seated dinners as well as full restaurant buyouts.

Café Milano Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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People Watching (25)
Good for a Date (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Notable Wine List (20)
Romantic (20)
Authentic (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Fun (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Casual (10)
Cozy (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Healthy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Was seated right next to a party for no reason. Plenty of available tables. Made the reservation well in advance.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We felt very rushed

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 8, 2017

A Georgetown gem. The wine list is extraordinary. I'll be back for sure!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Outstanding restaurant with delicious food and excellent service, not at all pretentious despite its well-deserved popularity.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Every personal touch in this establishment pays tribute to fine dining -- from the otherworldly quality of the table linens to the jaw-dropping consistency of and ingredients in the sauce. Small tomatoes glisten with perfection, delicate fungi are paired with watercress, and expertly prepared pasta manages to be both filling and light at the same time -- but all are flavorful and memorable. Waiters are warm and attentive without being heavy-handed nuisances. While not for cheapskates, when the bill comes it all somehow seems quite reasonable for the experience. I can still savor the wine in my mind's eye. Loveliness abounds.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Surreal wine price which is almost fraud, food is so ordinary, nothing special

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very poor service. Our servers were not attentive.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Cafe Milano is staffed with a warm and inviting hostess team. The wait team are very professional and helpful. The ambiance is comfortable and relaxing. Above all, the food was absolutely delicious and generous. I will be going back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The noise level was so high that conversation across a table for two was difficult.
From the table in the corner of the windows I enjoyed an unimpeded view of the splendid Christmas tree outside.
Valet parking service would be desirable. Having to walk up and down the ramp in the garage adjacent to the restaurant and having to pay $18 might discourage some customers from returning.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fabulous, attentive service We were there for our anniversary. The whole branzino that we shared was divine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Terrible service. Waited over one hour and 15 minutes to be served our main course. No apologies.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great evening all around. Happy to be able to walk there and back home. We will make it often.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Another wonderful dinner at Cafe Milano! We booked dinner for my sister’s last night in town. It was the best. Josh took great care of us. Will be back soon!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

seating is awfully arranged. The table next to us could barely move and same with us; small portions; was expecting more variety; our bill was off by $100 and to fix it the manager only took off $30, how do you make that mistake and rectify it with comping us $30? We had to be elsewhere and I wasn't trying to ruin the night so we left. Instead of linguine they put spaghetti in as pasta and when pointed out said it would take an extra 15 min to recreate it, which didn't happen as the waiter said it might take longer. Then lobster was added to our bill which I never asked for or received- and then charged me for it?? I ordered lamb!! The waiter then said that he could make up for all that was was wrong by comp'ing the desserts-that never happened. Was really looking forward to taking my husband out for a special birthday at this place and was extremely disappointed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The caprese salad and saffron risotto were delicious as were the chocolate and pistachio ice creams!

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner with the family

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Service was exceptional without being stuffy.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Lovely surprise. I️ stumbled on it and how terrific a place. Great ambiance and service.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Every time we go to DC we always go there it's our favorite Italian restaurant in DC great food and atmosphere people watching excellent restaurant and walk through Georgetown on the back to the hotel.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Cafe Milano is my favorite. The best restaurant in entire Washington, DC area

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Waiter asked for our dinner order 3 times before our cocktails even arrived...very rushed throughout the evening made it hard to enjoy experience

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

This used to be one of favorites when in DC. Main issue was lack of service compounded by issues with food. We were serviced more by others than our own waiter who was where??? Waiter never checked to see how meal was. One of our orders was barely warm. Busboy rectified but after it was brought back no one double-checked. No one checked on my companion's meal at all.

Food was OK but not stellar like it used to be. Really disappointed, especially at the price point.

There are good waiters there. The other person in our section was one. Unfortunately, we didn't get him.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went for the Sunday BRUNCH. Mildly disappointed in the limited menu, and the "buffet" part was even more limited. Not horrible, but not a great choice given the many other such "buffet-followed by one item off the menu" brunch choices in DC. If you like the free flowing wine, then maybe that will make up for the lack of choices.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very disappointed with the food. Pasta with lobster was dry. Dover sole disappointing at $65!

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food - Wine - Service was EXCELLENT. Looking forward to visiting again! The Lobster linguini was unreal. A must try. I have no picture to share but they do not skimp on the lobster. Big juicy chunks.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We chose this restaurant for a double date and it was fantastic. Our whole table ordered the ravioli and it was to die for. I would go back just to order it again. We also split the chocolate mousse and the tiramisu; both of which were delicious. The white tablecloths and candles made it a very romantic setting. Would absolutely recommend to other couples.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always enjoy the great food and wine at Cafe Milano. We were there for dinner and shared delicious salads to start. Loved the scallops, hubby had sea bass which was excellent. Our two friends loved the lobster and can't remember the other main dish, but it was reportedly tasty.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

All around amazing staff and food. I wouldn't change anything about our dining experience. Quality of food is outstanding. The staff just makes eating there even more pleasurable. Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We always have a great time at Cafe Milano. The pastas are fantastic. We like the atmosphere there. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Treated my son and his girlfriend to Cafe Milano. It lived up to the expectations.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent. Service especially attentive without being overbearing. Pricey but good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Beautiful Sunday brunch with a delicate and delicious buffet followed by a table-served entree. Our guests were thrilled!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I was in town for a conference and brought people to this restaurant. The waitstaff was superb from the minute we walked in. Our waiter was always around and available. We were immediately served drinks and the food didn't take long to come. Amazing food by the way. Have no complaints. It's on the pricier side though so know that before going.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Dined with friend from oot and ate outside on a beautiful fall day so, scenic, low noise, terrific food.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The evening was most enjoyable. Café Milano was more than just good food, it was a dining experience. Definitely will return when in Georgetown or DC area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Busy place with tables real close in certain areas. We spoke up and restaurant did all they could to accommodate.

Pasta dishes were so fresh and worth the calories. We remembered the restaurant as being a bit more formal so we ended up being overdressed.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I am a long-standing customer of Cafe Milano and it is consistently good. However, after 15 years of heavy patronage they never recognize me. I wonder why?

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Cafe Milano is a great Italian restaurant in the heart of Georgetown. We take our college son and his friends to dine there when we are visiting. Pasta and other dishes are wonderful, appetizers are delicious, and fun atmosphere. Restaurant is lively and always full. There is some outdoor seating, too. We will definitely go back again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I was very sad to find that upon our arrival, we were informed that they were having issues in their kitchen so they could not make any pasta dishes as well as some of the other entrees. It would have been more proper, if they had attempted to contact you prior to inform this news so we can either make other arrangements or decide to still go. We were celebrating both my mom's 73rd and my husband's 40th bday together -_- a rare occasion for a family get together(we do not live in the same coast).
With that said, we still enjoyed their food - good quality. Just really wished that we could've had more of a variety of choices in our entrees. We were forced to choose three pizzas.... because we couldn't order pastas or other entrees on the menu.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very nice. The food was delicious. Highly recommend any of the pasta dishes. All homemade pastas. Lovely, but extremely noisey

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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