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

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Romantic (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fun (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Casual (9)
Cozy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Healthy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Cafe Milano was a delight to dine in. Having been to Milan, Italy before, I looked forward to having some of that great cuisine once again and I was not dissapointed. This place is famously known as a gem, and for good reason.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Very disappointed in the uneven service on Saturday night.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Being italian and cooking italian food, I was not satisfacted with the food quality . Too American! ( untasty, too fast Service, few fresh foods, and no latin care of the guests)
We were triying to eat european food and found, again, it adapted to american clients.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

This tends toward a traditional Italian restaurant, not Italian-American. As such, the flavors are strong, and tend toward the savory/bitter. The olive oil was of a high quality and the bread was some of the better restaurant bread I've had in DC. The tiramisu was also tasty, and less bitter than some of the other things we ate, but the cappuccino was quite strong. Note that portion sizes are on the European side as well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The food’s always great, the service is always excellent and a lively crowd. My favorite place to dine in Georgetown!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and service are Wonderful. This lace never misses a beat. It’s a happening and exciting place to go. Lots of fun!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

10+ years ago this was a good restaurant. Now it should be retired. Noisy, wobbly table and chairs, mediocre service -- we had to share a bottle of olive oil with the couple sitting next to us -- pretty tasteless food with seemingly no attempt to make it look attractive. All housed in an unpleasant chaotic atmosphere. The opposite of intimate...more like a cafeteria or an airport restaurant. What else can I say?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was great. The dining room was a bit too dimmed so I would only recommend more lighting.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very lively seems to be a local crowd as everyone hugging everyone. We were sat at a table at a very busy corner, Food was lovely and service amazing. They will take good care of you. Wine list on the very spendy side. Two of us bill was almost $200.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Overrated Italian cuisine. Very accommodating in moving our reservation up by 2 hours. That is when the service turn poor. The waiter asked us 3 times in 5 minutes to get the food order in. Simply to turn the tables. The calamari was actually undercooked and had a glassine look and taste. I’m a serious cook & I know how to rapidly cook calamari. Ugh.... The veal Milanese and seafood black ink Pasta was excellent. The glass of $25 Cabernet was so poor; one could choke on it.
Overall, this restaurant is overrated and for the extremely poor service overpriced. We will never go back. Too many better DC restaurants to enjoy.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent food, service and very nice environment!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Always love it.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great places for dinner

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very lively and fun ambiance. Food good but portions a little small. Definitely a fun choice but maybe not a an all-star.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I thought the food was OK. Tomatoes on the Tomato & Mozzarella were not very fresh, but, the mozzarella was really good. The portion of the Risotto was smaller than I would have preferred. The Lemon & White Chocolate Cake needed more lemon zest.

The restaurant was pretty loud and difficult to hear your guests conversation even though we arrived early.

Overall not the best experience, but, with a 20-40 group of diners might be a lot of fun.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Cafe Milano has a great atmosphere and excellent service, but there food frankly isn’t worth the price tag. It was not bad, but there was limited wow factor and for a three figure meal, it left me wishing for more.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our waiter and staff were excellent. Tasted wine and they read my face immediately and knew I needed a new bottle and another selection. The food was delish! Great suggestions from our waiter and it was a hit!

Had the special red snapper and shrimp. Unbelievably wonderful. I’m very particular about my red snapper. This was very light and flavorful.

My husband had the ravioli which was fantastic and filling for him. I was quite surprised myself.

Overall experience was warm, inviting and comforting with wait staff and food. Will definitely be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Be prepared for an attentive staff that is there to serve your every need with a mere polite glance in their direction.
They are very professional and anticipate your dinning needs and desires.
This level of service makes one feel as if you are a regular customer with great importance in town where "everyone is important " 😎

It was an enjoyable dining experience !

The wine list is very good but comes with a premium price.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great ambience, great food — very “happening” DC insider spot.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Outstanding food and service. This place has been around forever a DC classic and I know why !!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Classic great service. Highly professional. Wonderful cuisine. Good people scene.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

A friend from out of town wanted to hit this perpetual hot spot, so I said sure, although I hadn't been there in several years. Nothing has changed (including the ear-shattering ambient noise). It's still good, solid Italian food of a 1990s vintage. Service is the best part, with everyone hitting their mark. My two starters were tasty: the sausage and mushrooms on soft polenta in a small cocotte especially so, then vitello tonnato, which I can't resist if it's on the menu (there was a little too much "salad" scattered on top for my taste, but it was easily pushed aside). Friend had the nice-looking green salad and the pounded, breaded veal chop (bone still attached) that filled a plate. It's not what I want done with veal, but the bites that came my way were tasty. Not much stargazing as most of the WH and Cabinet was in or en route Davos.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This restaurant is overpriced and overrated. No longer will I pay $65 for a fish (Dover Sole) or $24 for a glass of wine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We were expecting a list of other dishes that were in the online menu and were no longer available. The prices were also much higher than the online menu . Food was way too salty and small portions.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Wonderful service. Interesting menu

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We ate very well and the service from Candido -- who speaks four languages -- was outstanding. We followed his recommendation on one dish and it was the best of the four we ordered. The ambience is always lively, which is fun, but very hard to talk....

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent service with all male formal wait staff; the grouper with lobster risotto was very fresh although my risotto was very low on lobster . Lively atmosphere with business causal type dress. High Potential for celebrity citing.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The meal was excellent and the service perfect. The fish, pasta and grilled vegetables were all wonderful. We were there a quiet lunch on Saturday and enjoyed every moment. I hope my son gets into Georgetown so we will be back many many times!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always great service and food

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Disappointing. We dined at Cafe Milano a few years ago and had a lovely meal and experience. The service and food have dropped off tremendously. Unfortunately it's not anything special anymore.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Entree was nothing as described in the menu! Mains: lobster with pasta for $42- lobster was over cooked and pasta was under cooked. The other main was the fillet fish which was very average, can make it at home no need to go out and eat! The exception was that the meals were well seasoned. The dessert eas the standout, tiramisu.
The waiter was annoying and kept recommending things when we didn’t ask for recommendations and then he did not recommend the tiramisu and at the end he said that he would always recommend it as its the best???
He kept hovering around us at the end for a big tip! So not worth it!
Other waiters banging dishes on the table and bumping into our chairs when walking past.
Bad experience, do not go there!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

excellent meal, great service, food and wine was superb

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Smaller dishes were excellent. My lamb shank was far too tough and fatty, not to mention somewhat cold, to be worth the $54 price tag. For an otherwise superb night, that was a downer. My dinner companion's dishes were all perfect.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Dinner was outstanding and the service very good. The dining area was a bit chilly. Need insulated windows!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

All food was good. It could be great. But it could always be better. The calamari was tastles. The ravioli was quite flat. Lobster fettucini was not very flavorful. Black pasta was of good standard. Good lighting. Mediocre service, never asked how food was.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This used to be a favorite place of ours but definitely not worth the price. The calamari tasted burnt and not simply grilled as described.
The black cod tasted poorly with a very fishy aftertaste and not the quality I had hoped for.
The menu could use an update as well.
Our server was wonderful as always and we enjoy the atmosphere, but the quality of the food definitely has got downhill.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Overrated. Maybe being from New York has me jaded. Overpriced. Not worth it

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of my favorite places in DC. Has amaZing Italian Food, wine and ambiance. You may even be lucky enough to see a local politician or celebrity!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent service. Great presentation. One of the best carpaccios you can find in DC. Menu can use a refresh. Overall one of my favorite restaurants with great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Obviously the extremely busy night contributed to the food being average.Both Pasta dishes were Luke warm.Both also were clumpy in other words the pasta was sticking and was probably prepped ahead of time due to the over booking of patrons.A lot of people were waiting for tables.On a good note the service was very good.

Tags: Casual
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