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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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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
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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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2016

We wanted a group dinner for our staff and board members who came together from across the country for our Policy Forum. The staff were attentive, respectful, and took care of us well. We would definitely use them again. It is not many restaurants who would respectfully manage a group of 25 so well.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 4, 2016

We had a group of 25+ in town of a Forum we were attending. On short notice Cafe' Paradiso was able to accommodate our large group without breaking us down to smaller tables which was a big plus because many were volunteers that we brought and it gave all a chance to get to know one another. All in our group raved about the quality of the food and left full and very satisfied. The only draw back to the experience is that we had a few plates come out a bit late, but given the size of our group, and the fact there was another group in the room of equal or greater size, this is understandable. Our server handled this quite well and was attentive throughout the evening, making sure we were all good. We will certainly keep this on the short list for future trips to the area. All in all a great dining experience

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2016

I am in this neighborhood once a year for a conference, and every single year I come here for the Saturday dinner. The food is delicious and the staff is attentive! It can be noisy on the main level, but you could call ahead and ask to be seated upstairs if you prefer quiet. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

First experience here to enjoy The Jazz Boyz. Food was excellent. The feeling was very intimate.

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smlnmyt (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

We had a nice dinner here that was not very expensive for 9 people. We were glad we reserved ahead of time since there was only one table on the lower level that was appropriate for a mobility impaired person. Don't let the reviews that say it's expensive fool you. We had 3 bottles of wine, two mixed drinks, two appetizers and two desserts with the 9 entrees for less than $350!

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SFdinners (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

Café Paradiso is a good restaurant. The menu has a large selection from appetizers to entrees - something for everyone.
The food was good - not great. The service was fine and the ambiance is nothing to write about.

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Cuda (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on October 22, 2015

Excellent food. Busy and popular place. Were out of the sea bass Tow of our group really wanted.

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John (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2015

We had a work group of ten. The staff was attentive and the food was very good. They have a short but decent wine list. Being the host for my group, I asked for feedback and heard only positive comments. I would definitely recommend.

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vipErinCH (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2015

We had a lovely summer evening sitting on the patio. Attentive service. Nice wine list with moderate bottles. My husband and I both had the veal saltimbocca which was well-prepared. My daughter had the chicken parmesan and we wished we had gotten that! Fresh fettucini, well-prepared chicken and a well-balanced marinara. Tiramisu was well-done as well. A very happy, lingering evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2015

Group of 15. Had a great time. Service was outstanding! Food was wonderful. We WILL be back!!

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