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Cafe Paradiso

3.9
68 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Add some flavor to your day at Café Paradiso. This bi-level restaurant serves classic Italian cuisine in a relaxed space, complete with outdoor seating. Chef Samer Zeytoun champions an appealing menu that features appetizers, soups and salads and homemade pasta, alongside gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. Visit for dinner and indulge your sense in some pasta with meatballs or a juicy filet mignon, served with mashed potatoes, asparagus and a cherry sauce. Flip open the drink menu and choose from a nice selection that includes cocktails and wine.

A crowd pleaser, Café Paradiso is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant's roomy interior combined with its expansive menu makes it a nice pick for family adventures. You can dine indoors or (depending on the weather) outdoors while enjoying the view. Café Paradiso is open Mondays to Saturdays.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation


Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner:

Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm (11:00pm in the summer)
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Phone number
(202) 265-8955
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Samer Zeytoun
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Private party facilities
Second floor private dining area with full bar for parties of 40 or more. Semi private for smaller parties. Private dining area fits up to 75 people for sit-down dinner or 120 for buffet-style reception.
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Private party contact
Will Zeytoun: (888) 506-8973
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Catering
We specialize in serving large groups and often cater corporate events. Please contact Walid Zeytoun to discuss menu items available in large format for your next catering need (WZeytoun@hotmail.com) or call 240-418-6647.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Woodley Road
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Parking details
Street parking & Rear entry garage (hourly rates apply)
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Public transit
Across the street from Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan metro stop (RED LINE)
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Special events & promotions
Elegant and modern--large, private room with exclusive bar available for private event rental. Customize your own menu and different bar menus available. Private bartender available upon request. MC set up available for private music and microphone use.

We specialize in: engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and wedding parties.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 68 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.9  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Food was excellent especially pizza dough appetizer and canolli dessert Cauliflower risotto is not good though Amazing service

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

Excellent meal, but a bit pricey for the area. Very noisy as well...it was difficult to carry on a conversation.

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vipCeeh (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on July 19, 2016

Good, fresh food. Presentation was very nice, but the actual dishes seemed amateur (like something I could have cooked in my own kitchen)...I suppose this could have been expected given the price range. Server was great, although he hovered a bit.

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BrianB (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

We chose Cafe Paradiso mainly because it was close to our hotel but it turned out to be a great dinner spot. We had a very nice waitress and the food was quite good. I had the chicken paradiso, which is a stuffed chicken breast. It was delicious. We will go back again when we are in town.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

We went to Cafe Paradisio to celebrate a birthday. We had to add one additional person to our group of 7 and they accommodated us easily and with a smile. Service was great, food was delicious. They were out of champagne but had a good wine selection. The pasta was fantastic and the cheesecake was pretty good. Would definitely go back for the pasta.

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MatthewS (Miami)
3.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

I have had very good experiences at this restaurant over many years. This one was less so (the food was just eh - somewhat taste-less), but I will go back, and I would still recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on July 5, 2016

When the food came out I was told they were out of gluten free pasta. I'm not sure what they were going to serve me. Additionally, there was nothing done to make up for this poor performance by the staff. I had to watch our party of 9 eat while I waited for them to correct their error. Unacceptable. If the kitchen is out of food they should let the customer know before meals come out. This is restaurant 101. I will never recommend this restaurant. If they can't do this simple task then it's hopeless. The customer was not treated special.

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vipRebeccaW (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2016

Great dinner for a large group. The staff could not have been more friendly & catered to our every need.

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vipasset25 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 16, 2016

Sat outside, which was great on a weekday spring evening. The service was good but the food is mediocre for the price. I expected better given the rave reviews from other diners. We had the scallops and the frutti di mare. Careful attention is paid to the proteins of each dish but the supporting cast is weak. The pasta sauce tasted like spaghetti-os, and the risotto was dry and needed seasoning. There are surely better places for the price.

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vipOrca (Columbus)
3.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

Went in needing dinner while traveling. Attentive service and good basic Italian fare presented attractively. Would go again. good value.

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