Café Milano

4.5
2508 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente servicio, nos atendio un mesero llamado Candido, muy atento y amable. La comida muy rica.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was outstanding. This was the second time I've been here and the food is consistently good. Service was not what you would expect from a top rate restaurant. Waiter was pushy. There were six pages in the menu and I was trying to decide, same with the wine list. Appetizers were excellent, but we were still eating them when the entrees came. When we were finishing, the bread was snatched out from under me. They just seemed to want us out of there. It was a Sunday night, it was not particularly crowded so I don't quite understand what the rush was. We were out for a pleasant leisurely meal but it was anything but. I was not the host but our host who was from out of town remarked are all the restaurants in DC like this? I told her no, there are some places that treat the customers with respect.

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ZH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Cafe Milano is an institution in Washington. I live in Europe and have visited the city many times but it was the first time I visited this restaurant. It is certainly a place when you go to see and to be seen, it is nice to see frequent clients around. But I found the food very mediocre indeed, I had a wagyu carpaccio and an Armani risotto, nothing to write home about. And there was plenty of servers around, yet the service was not what I'd like in such a place. Apparently the restaurant works very well, and I might go back for a glass of wine and a pizza with no high expectations.

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Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This, high end Italian restaurant, knows how to handle reservations and requests. We arrived and were seated at exactly 8:30 in the room we had requested. The menu had several specials as well as many choices for each course. We started with salmon tartare and roasted octopus and both were outstanding. For mains, we had a salmon special and grouper and both were prepared perfectly. We had asked for spacing between courses and our waiter handled it perfectly, checking with us about when to have our main courses prepared. We had a glass of excellent Italian sauvignon blanc and a bottle of red from Puglia. The evening was perfect and we will certainly be back again and again.

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T
New England
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Came in with my daughter for dinner during a college weekend tour. There was definitely a vibe going on with people who were known to them. We were seated far away in a corner. Ordered a drink. Tried to hold off on ordering our dinner but felt pressured. Our dinner came out in about five minutes! They were obviously trying to rush us out. Thought waiter was rude when I ordered a glass of wine. Food not fabulous. Would not return unless I was with friends that were locals.

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OT
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When making our reservation we notated it was a special occasion. It was as it was our first evening without our baby girl and we were spending it four hours away in DC! Little did I know by the end of the day we would be engaged.

Spending that evening at Cafe Milano was beautiful and special. From the beautiful women who greeted us at the door and took our coats to the lovely bus man and waiter who took care of us. We had a wonderful evening.

The food was delicious and we both tried something new and then at the culmination we were served with a gorgeous dessert on the house. Absolutely top notch service.

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RS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was wonderful

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day very impressed with the food. I will definitely be back.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love cafe milano. I always go when I have a special date night

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HM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Milano is a truly outstanding restaurant with great food, wine selection, ambiance and attention. The pasta at Café Milano is always prepared to perfection and the fish selection is excellent. It is the perfect place for a nice dinner. I highly recommend it.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time for Valentine’s Day. My date and I couldn’t have asked for a more extravagant meal.

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OR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had made a reservation for St Valentines Day and we went there with my wife. We had to wait for 10 minutes to get seated despite the reservation. There were as many employees as clients so the place was too noisy, hectic and chaotic with the employees running around all the time. The atmosphere did not look or sound romantic at all. We ordered a salad for like 22 dollars which contained some leaves and one small feta cheese. Both main courses did not taste well, moreover frozen ravioli from Shoppers tastes better. The dough was hard. The waiter did not once come to our table and ask if everything was good. Even when my wife and I were going over the menu he looked impatient as if he wanted us to finish quick and leave to seat the next client. He had not even gone over the menu with us. Basically without eating anything with meat or drinking alcohol we ended up paying over 100 dollars. The service, the food were worse than at any regular Italian restaurant in town.

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The risotto we initially ordered was undercooked and grainy, but both veal dishes we ended up with were fantastic. Staff responded to our food complaint promptly and cordially. Good experience overall

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was subpar for the price. Pasta was way too al dente, mushroom truffle pasta smelled like a wet rag when it arrived at the table.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The fire alarm went off for at least one hour during dinner. Ruined a special evening. Other than, “I’m sorry from the waiter”, which took until the end of dinner, that was all that was said. No other discussion, no discount...nothing. Poor response time from the DC fire Department. In addition, a sad response from a quality restaurant and the manager. Another guest at the restaurant saw me at the Kennedy Center shortly after dinner and said “Wasn’t that ridiculous?! I still hear the rigging in my ears!!”

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LS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was great, waiter very personable. Unfortunately, as our dinners arrived, the fire alarm went off - loud enough that you could not carry on a conversation. Nobody left and it took the fire dept a good 20 minutes to arrive, and when we left they had not yet figured out how to turn the alarm off. Multiple staff members stopped by to alert us that there was no emergency and it was not their fault. Wrong answer. Very disappointing that they made no effort to offer a comp drink, or take anything off the bill. Whether it was their fault or not, the issue had a negative impact on their clients. As someone who owned a service biz for 25 years, they should have made it right for their clients and then dealt with whoever was at fault.

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WS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

They lost our order and initially lied about it. It was disturbing to see others who arrived after us start eating while we were waiting. Eventually the food arrived, though our pasta did not have the requested extra vegetables. Once reminded, they promptly provided them.

Waiter and manager briefly apologized for the problems, but I feel a gesture like offering free dessert, or a discount on the bill, would have been appropriate considering extra 20-30 minute wait. No such gesture was offered.

This is a fine restaurant. We have had excellent meals and excellent service there in the past, and this meal, once it actually came, was also excellent. Everyone makes mistakes, and we will probably give them another chance in the future.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

tourist trap. servers are like vultures, over serving and over attentive. ambiance is good and location is nice but far better italian options nearby.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Fun vibe. Attentive wait staff

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EK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Paid 15.00 for bottled water when asked for tap. Could have lived with that because the water was actually good. Then the other server came and poured tap water into my glass with the bottled water. Main server saw that and just discussed it with that fellow, but said nothing to us. Also, I don’t appreciate the feeling that I’m not ordering enough food. If I just feel like an overpriced small portion of pasta so be it. This is one of those places that you feel welcome when you’re ordering lots of dishes. Additionally, I only had a hundred dollar bill and when I asked for change he seemed peeved that I was asking. I guess he thought his service and a salad and pasta was worth $100. There are too many good restaurants in DC that make you feel welcome. That’s a criteria I use for return dining. No reason for you server to make you feel uncomfortable. Ruined our night.

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MH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience for me and my date..

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We had to wait 15-20 minutes for a table even though we had a reservation and then were seated in the back corner by the fire escape. Food is good but overpriced.

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Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice, expensive, service polite, a bit slow. Noisy

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Café Milano is one of those places that live is always busy. We got there early and asked if either we could have our table or wait at the bar having a drink. We ended up being seated shortly after arrival in a extended room at the side of the main dinner room where the bar is. Food was absolutely amazing, but the temperature in the room was cold. Service was correct.

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p
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We always enjoy the food. It is fresh and delicious. However, we think that the price of wine and liquor is inflated. We think that $25 for a glass of 'house red' that is recommended by the wait staff is too high. If that wine is going to be the one "pushed" by the staff, they should inform the guest that it is indeed $25 per glass. The price for mixed drinks is pretty high on average also. However, we do love the food from pasta to fish. It is always good. The desserts are also fresh and excellent. Just ask for the price of the drinks before you order.

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wasn’t prepare to go to the place so I didn’t dress up to match the crowd here. Still receive the service I would expect from the restaurant. Food is great. Generous portion for restaurant week menu. It’s the Italian place where Italian people go. What else I can say!

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J
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta, fish and desserts. You will go right all the time. We were delighted with the service.

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Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Milano is my favorite restaurant in DC! If you don’t have the truffle pasta, you are missing out!

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GG
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Meh. I don't see why people rave about this place. And polenta is still just grits even if it is served on a fancy plate.

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a birthday dinner and as always, Cafe Milano did not disappoint. The service was excellent and the food delicious. We sat in the bar area and it was noisier than other parts of the restaurant. Next time I'll ask for a different location that is not quite as "energetic."

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful introduction to Cafe Milano during a restaurant week lunch.
We look forward to our return visit.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The cod we got was so salty it was basically inedible as well as the pasta. Very disappointing considering the reputation and price. However the service and atmosphere was great

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DH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and good atmosphere. Very quiet at lunch when we went. It was not crowded.

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant week lunch. Great Italian food with some modern flair.

Service was excellent!

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p
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, food, and value (restaurant week, lunch prix fix menu was $23.00)...We will be back, the food, wine list, and service made our date lunch delightful

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B
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with outstanding service, Cafe Milano is a great choice for fine Italian dining in Georgetown.
You can't go wrong with any of the food selections.

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Lots of smiles with service but not listening; Saying"perfect" and marching off before hearing if we felt it was"perfect ".
It was a birthday dinner and in both our reservation and greeting upon entry we noted this. Unfortunately, no acknowledgement was made of our celebration.
It felt rushed and pretentious. Given the price, it is not value for the money spent.
We have been going to Milano's for years; but as we live abroad much of the year we hadn't been for a few years. This was a disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Expensive, but that's what you have to expect for this kind of quality

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We adore Milano and this night was no exception!!!

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C
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good but quite expensive and they were rushing us to turn over the table after an hour.

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