Café Milano

4.6
3298 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!

Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11:30AM – 10:30PM

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3298 people are saying
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PADad
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a late night dinner. The service was outstanding, as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most iconic restaurant in DC - always a wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was excellent as always. The service, unfortunately, was the worst we’ve ever experienced at Cafe Milano. We waited 15+ minutes to place a drink order and only then after flagging down the bartender. The rest of the night followed suit. Disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Much appreciated!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was absolutely phenomenal. Best Italian food I’ve had outside of Italy!

LM
vipLisaM
Phoenix
91 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Food was great, service not so much.

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Trulyknows
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My daughters birthday

EW
vipEmilyW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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vipMartha
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting under cover at the side of the restaurant, it was quiet, you felt like you were outside and it was a beautiful Sunday morning. The service and food was A+

JS
JamieS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cant miss at Cafe Milano! Always great food and the best staff.

LS
vipLuciaS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very knowledgeable and had wonderful wine recommendations. Everything was delicious and beautifully plated.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service great. All waiters and waitstaff worked well together ensuring myself and others at my table always had still or sparkling water. Salt on tables but no pepper-would think makes sense to have both on table (with pepper being fresh ground)-when ask they gladly come and provide. Tables relatively small and quickly gets crowded with entrees, an appetizer and a few alcohol beverages. Went on a Friday night and had a “lounge” feel to it with lively crowd and decently loud music. Do not expect a quiet intimate place for dining.

JD
vipJasonD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sophisticated Italian food with great service and location.

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vipbfrtech
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good, fresh tasting meal. Good selection of wines, cocktails & beer. nice, good looking crowd.

MG
vipMarylandGuy
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous all around

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

The food was good but the overall experience was disappointing!!! The waiter was impatient and we felt rushed for spending 500.00! It was clear that the the staff was about turning tables not the customer experience. We have been regular customers for years but likely won’t come back. The high pressure atmosphere is catering to undiscerning tourists who unknowingly get cycled in and out. Unfortunate.

TG
TracyG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great waitstaff

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Fred52
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pricey but classy place. Good service from the host, hostess and bartender.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal on a beautiful summer night. We dined outside and had a great dinner. From The stuffed zucchini blossoms to the Wagyu steak to the cocktails - all amazing.

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chris
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful birthday dinner there! The food was delicious and the atmosphere of the restaurant was great.

DA
DonnaA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dining experience - great and delicious food, fabulous service, and nice atmosphere.

JA
vipJamesA
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The menu is outstanding. I could eat there every night trying different items. Last night I had the Tagliatelle Ragu and the Branzino. Both were delicious. We drank a reasonable Chianti Riserva which was also delicious. If you are in DC Cafe Milano is a must!

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lsutigergirl
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Well, I had very high expectations for this restaurant. It came highly recommend, but was a complete fail from the beginning. 1. Sat us under and leaky pipe, but then
Moved us to a much NICER table, after asking that we move our table and chairs in the isle, close to a family with 2
Small screaming children, UH NO! 2. The waiter was mostly absent and it took forever to get our cocktails. 3. They never brought bread or olive oil to table until we reminded them 2 times. 4. The first course was tasty but lobster extremely tough and not worthy of the $45 cost. 5. We ordered The fish prepared table side. The waiter hastily prepared it as if he were in an open market seafood shop. Disgusting!! It was FULL
Of bones due to the rush of the preparation and therefore could not be eaten!!!! They did remove from the bill because they FORGOT to bring/order, from the kitchen, our sides that arrived 25 minutes after the fish was butchered!! Bill was $203.00 before tip! We had no entree! Bottom line…….. this restaurant may look good on paper but it’s a total disappointment!! It’s loud, waiters are rushing in all directions
And food was not prepared with the precision of a fine dining establishment… will not be back!! There are many other Italian options in DC area, I suggest you try one of them:)

UPDATE. The day this review posted, I was contacted by the Customer Service Manager for Cafe Milano. She was very apologetic and concerned about my dining experience. (The events of the meal were confirmed. she had spoken with the staff to discuss what went wrong and how it could have been handled differently.)
She offered to send me a gift certificate to return, in the hope that the next visit will go off without a hitch! I agreed, and look forward to giving this restaurant another chance!
This is wonderful customer service and a restaurant that clearly cares about their customers, in my humble opinion! She was so nice and I can’t wait to give it another try:)

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Anon
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overpriced food. We decided to try the restaurant because of all of the hype. There are SO many less expensive, better tasting Italian restaurants in DC with better service. Some of the food were too salty, others too bland. Mediocre tasting food at best. Glad we tried it just to say “we did it” but won’t be coming back.

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vipSpottedog
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredible!!! Entrees are a bit pricey, but so worth it fir a special occasion.

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vipmitch
Los Angeles
107 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All of the food and wine was exceptional; service also superb. Our only complaint is probably not rectifiable- it was just too warm in the semi outdoor area where we were seated.

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vipDick
New England
204 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely out of this world food. The portions are just the right size. Service was excellent. After a noisy, loud party left, the we could have a pleasant conversation among the 4 of our party. The desserts selections was a spectacular way to finish our meal.

Great place.

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EvanC
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The restaurant checked many of the staple fine dining boxes. I appreciate the call during the week to confirm the reservation – the hostess very kind and polite in modifying the reservation from 2 to 3 guests.

The food quality and presentation were very good – particularly the veal ravioli and burrata was excellent.

The timing between courses, cleanliness/maintenance of the table was perfect.

The downside to the experience is the waitstaff not really wanting to be there. We were having such a nice time and the waiter couldn’t have been more gloomy. And it was more than just the waiter it was also the food runners. There was no is this your first time dining here?/food or wine recommendations. We were told to look at a list for specials. And when inquiring about desserts – we were told two favorites – simple the tiramisu and chocolate cake.

I know it is a very difficult time to get servers, dish washers, ext. I just think it is important to know that even when all the other boxes are being met – all it took is the waiter not being warm/happy/passionate to be the impression I have of the restaurant. Also, the communication at the end of the night was poor regarding needing to not be outdoors any longer. I would really recommend having your maître d have those conversations because whoever was telling us we had to go by midnight lacked grace and also seemed like he would rather be another place than there.

Café Milano
Responded on August 24, 2021

Dear EvanC – First and foremost, thank you for your feedback, as this is the best way to keep us on our toes. Before, during and long after the pandemic we will always strive to offer only the best in service, and we are disappointed that we missed the mark on this occasion. Thank you again for helping us improve and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again very soon. Allyson.

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Deanna
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waitor was not as service oriented as I expected but overall great food.

PG
vipPatriciaG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Pésimo servicio, abandonados sin atención, el trago que pedías les tomaba 30 minutos traerlo, los platos principales tardaron hora y media en llegar, la pasta más cara que era con trufas australianas y cuando finalmente llegaron los dos platos LAS TRUFAS NO TENÍAN NINGÚN SABOR, NINGUNO, Se la hicimos probar al maitre Y TUVIERON LA DELICADEZA Y LA HONESTIDAD DE NO COBRARNOS LOS DOS PLATOS DE PASTA CON TRUFAS
en todo caso la experiencia de pasarlo bien y comer rico no fue posible

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vipGstreet
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Milano does not disappoint!!

From soup to nuts it was a great experience.

JS
JohnS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent by Omar. Anniversary celebration and they made it special.

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Manny
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impecable service and delicious food. Cafe Milano never disappoints

LI
vipLifeIsShort
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love Cafe Milano, Now that they have outdoor seating we can avoid the indoor noise which can be quite loud. Cafe Milano will always be on our list.

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vipFoodx1
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We always like coming here. We went there for restaurant week. Value was outstanding. Dessert was outstanding, octopus appetizer was very good, entree was good, but steak was a little tough. Swordish was very good, but pureed chickpeas were a little too thick. Outstanding restaurant, outstanding service and really great waiter. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!

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vipPass
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s okay. Nice spot in Georgetown but food was just okay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always great to dine at Cafe Milano. The food is delicious and the service is amazing! We had dinner there to celebrate our anniversary and they gave us a card and desert on the house, it’s these gestures that make me always want to come back. We also host business dinners in their private dining rooms and they seriously don’t disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and enjoyed our first experience at Cafe Milano. The food was as we expected, but the service was excellent. We arrived and hour earlier than our reservation, but they they found a way to seat us, even with a packed house. We’ll be back!

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KarenI
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Umberto made a celebratory evening exceptional. Without a doubt one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. The attention to detail to each of my guests throughout the evening was TOP NOTCH!

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Dianem
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Cafe Milano was a major disappointment. Service and drinks were good. Atmosphere good. However, the food was terrible. On the menu it states that if you are getting pasta to order then please give them 20 minutes for your order....My husband and I both ordered pasta dishes and our food came out in literally 5 minutes! Pasta and lobster seafood way overcooked and chewy. The red sauce in the bolognese had no flavor whatsoever.
Save your money and go elsewhere to eat. Their are many other restaurants to choose from in and near Georgetown. Not worth the prices.

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Café Milano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 333-6183.

Café Milano is rated 4.6 stars by 3298 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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