Café Milano

4.6
2446 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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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
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P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating, comfortable, great service. The chef readily produced a substitute for a dish i found too dense.

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

Awful pasta & service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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M
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! The atmosphere and service are amazing -

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, excellent.

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

Never disappointed. Excellent service with genuinely delicious food. Thank you to our server for his great suggestions. The truffle pizza was scrumptious, the cacio pepe pasta was out of this world The veal chop with arugula- I have been dining on this for years and I never get tired of it. The bartender made perfect martinis and cosmopolitans. The chianti delightful and the chocolate mousse for dessert- yum. High energy and just a fun evening out. Back soon, of course!

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

If you have to wait 20 minutes to a table you have reserved standing up, it’s not worth to go to an expensive restaurant.

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PH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite go to restaurants in DC
My friends and I traveled quite a distance to get there and it’s totally worth it. We also were completely comfortable bringing there 13 year old son, the staff was great! Food is always the highest quality and creative delicious Italian cuisine. Excellent wine list as well. Both by the glass or the bottle.
Service is impeccable. Not usually a dessert fan, but here I make an exception. It’s like I’m back in Italy, the desserts are incredibly light and delicious!

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N
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Excellent service.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Milano is an outstanding restaurant. The menu is exceptional with a variety of options for any size appetite. The JJ salad is a must. The seafood offerings are always fresh and well prepared. The pasta is world class. The service is attentive and helpful. The noise level is high but you can work around it. We highly recommend this five star restaurant/

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Cafe Milano and would go every night if time would allow!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food and wine but the service was too fast with not time at all between a course and the other.
We were seated close to the windows and it was drafty.

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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night!! Ended up choosing to stay at the bar for dinner - was great fun!! Excellent food and service

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CL
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always! Another annual Thanksgiving dinner that was perfect from apps to desserts...thank you!

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L
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable experience. Great professional service. Delicious.

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N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall great food and excellent service.

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PT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Busy place so it was a little hard to hear when talking across the table. Service was good but they were so attentive that we felt a little rushed. The atmosphere was lovely and the food was very nice!

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Wonderful service, delicious food, excellent suggestions. Will go back!

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best in the known universe. Receives the Bishop 5 stars. I would highly recommend.

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M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Disappointed. Food was only average. Pasta was dense/thick/chewy and short ribs were tough. Prices were sky high and our table was constantly getting bumped into by bar patrons.

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PH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard mixed reviews of Cafe Milano; my husband and I, big Italian foodies, both thought it was really excellent. For a Saturday lunch, I had angel hair pasta and he had gnocchi with Gorgonzola, both classic and simple dishes done perfectly. We shared a delicious chocolate mousse dessert and a salad to start. The service was impeccable. It is a pricey experience, the only real downside to a delicious meal!

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Always take care of us

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

$56 pounded grilled veal chop was raw near the bone and completely unseasoned.
A fly flew into my friend's wine glass, and naturally she was no longer going to drink out of it. Assumed they would replace it (even with a lesser "house" Chardonnay), but we not only had to ask, but insist on it! With a $400 bill for 3 people, THAT is ridiculous.

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TL
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

While very familiar, our return visit to celebrate a birthday and have a date night was yet another special evening of very good food, wine, and atmosphere.

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KA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an excellent surprise. We were visiting my daughter in DC and heard tell of a new Georgetown restaurant worth checking. I am happy to report this place is fantastic and we will be sure to return soon.

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S
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service - never a disappointment!

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S
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We’ve been many times. This time we had a rude waiter and spoiled the night for two of our guests. It’s normally outstanding. We will return as it normally is top notch.

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RU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cafe Milano has great atmosphere and professional services. I like to entertainment my guests here. Convenient for parking.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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JD
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the neighborhood & it’s always a wonderful experience at Cafe Milano! From the impeccable service to the delicious food. This visit was for Sunday brunch. We had the poached eggs, seasonal salads & pasta. What a perfect way to end the weekend!

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CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was not worth the price. It was good but not great. The restaurant was so crowded that you could hear the conversations all around you. The service was ok but not what one would expect of a place like this.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was poor, my pasta dish was under cooked. When I made the reservation I indicated we were celebrating my sevendyeft birthday. There was no acknowledgement of the event during our visit.

We have been there before and had wonderful service and food. We will try again and hope this was an unusual circumstance. If this were our first visit it would have been our last

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EG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Prior to our most recent visit last Saturday, my family had great food at Cafe Milano. The food was actually excellent. This last time, the food was disappointing. Two pasta dishes were undercooked, not even al dente, as was the pizza. We were sorely disappointed. We made no complaint to the wait staff, which remains excellent, and thus, gave them no opportunity to correct the problem. Had we voiced concern, I am sure the staff would have made things right.

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D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very expensive but great food.

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CD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to restaurant delicious Italian food fabulous service and always worth the trip

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CE
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service delicious food. What more could we ask for?

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F
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Really (too) noisy (two TVs switched on at the bar!), and at some tables you have people at the bar standing up discussing just few centimeters far from your table while you site eating – really unpleasant.

That being said, service is excellent and immediate. Food is pretty good yet a bit expensive.

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LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went here while staying in Georgetown through a friends recommendation. The food, wine and experience was fantastic. Great homemade pastas etc!! Will definitely go back!

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LK
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was excellent, except we were sitting by a door and it was chilly. The staff had trouble remembering to close the door. We constantly had to get up and close the door ourselves.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was top notch. The waiter was absolutely fabulous and had great recommendations—he took good care of us and we’ll be back soon!

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