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Café Milano

4.4
2230 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(202) 333-6183
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Franco Sangiacomo
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Catering
Café Milano now offers catering for private dinners and small off-site events. Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wisconsin Avenue NW
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Parking details
Two public lots & street parking are available.
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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.
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Entertainment
Live music offered periodically.
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.

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What 2230 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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3.8
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoshuaD 
4.0  Dined 5 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Very disappointed in the uneven service on Saturday night.

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GabrielleC 
2.0  Dined 5 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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vipcosmopobeth (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 6 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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MCMD (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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Laurainpdx (Portland)
3.0  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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vipBBQ5 (New York Area)
2.0  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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honestdiner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent food, service and very nice environment!

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vipTracyinVA (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Always love it.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Great places for dinner

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

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TALG (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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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Brady124 (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

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Toastthetown (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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vipChuck (Washington DC)
5.0  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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