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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (35)
Special Occasion (34)
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Good for a Date (31)
People Watching (30)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Romantic (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Authentic (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Fun (15)
Worth the Drive (10)
Casual (9)
Healthy (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Cozy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 hours ago

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 8 hours ago

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

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined a day ago

Thanksgiving dinner with the family

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Oh so delicious! Friday night was a lovely night, not typical for October, and we ate outside on the patio. We had amazing risotto dishes and excellent service. It was a fun first time trying the restaurant and we'll be back!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

This was the best Italian menu I've seen this side of Italy. The staff were incredible, the wine paired beautifully and the ambiance was fun, fast paced, and vibrant. I'll be back and take friends and family. Already recommended Cafe Milano to my brother who will be in D.C. In a few weeks!! Cannot wait to be back, my new staple for Georgetown.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Casual, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Fabulous - We went on Monday night to celebrate a birthday! Great atmosphere - always fun and great service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, People Watching, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Energetic atmosphere, great food and service. Not inexpensive but worth it.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have been to Café Milano before and love to return for special occasions. It was a nice autumn evening and we were able to sit outside which added to our experience. As always, the food was excellent and the service wonderful

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As always, the service at Cafe Milano is outstanding. You’re treated as well as the famous people who frequent this restaurant. The food never disappoints and they carefully cater to allergies.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Cafe Milano continues to be the best, liveliest spot in town. After the show/movie you can go and there is life! The food is still really very good. Drinks are expensive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Visiting Café Milano is a great opportunity to have a pleasant atmosphere, fine Italian cuisine and an impeccable service in one place! We were really impressed! And I had one of the best saffron risotto, I've ever tried! Definitely, will recommend to experience this lovely restaurant!

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I have been to this restaurant several times. My last two visits have been disappointing. The service was subpar, especially for a restaurant with a well known name. The food was average and for the price not worth the time. I could have enjoyed the food more had the service been so poor and cold.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Our hotel recommended Cafe Milano. It was as close as we have come to authentic Italian food since our trip to Italy! Wonderful meal!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

One of the best meals I've had here. One of my colleagues was able to order a four course meal (not on menu) that was fantastic from start to finish. Great time.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Spectacular meal. Service and experience

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Cafe Milano is my favorite Italian restaurant in Washington, DC. The pastas are always perfectly prepared al dente, and the flavors are clean and delicious. I had the pasta with black truffles and porcini mushrooms as my main course. The flavors were perfectly balanced. As they brought it to the table, the scent of the generous portion of truffles wafted over first, promising the pleasures to come! The appetizer portion was large enough for me as a main course but a man may want to order a larger portion. I combined it with the citrus-marinated salmon first course so I had a perfect amount to eat, for me. While not inexpensive, it is priced very favorably compared to the price of similar porcini and truffle pasta dishes at comparable restaurants in NYC and CT. The menu is extensive enough to give you a great choice in every category but it is not so large as to overwhelm. I am always left wanting to come back to try other items. The service is exceptional and personal. Even though we come infrequently because we do not live in DC, we are always treated as well as their "regulars." They know how to make you feel special and appreciated. Great people watching too as many of our political leaders also enjoy Cafe Milano.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Too noisy for conversation, too dark to read menu without phone light, food average, expensive.

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