Filomena Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Celebrating our 36th Year! Established in 1983 Filomena is one of Washington's most Landmark restaurants located in the heart of Historic Georgetown overlooking the C&O Canal. Voted one of Washington's Top Best Italian Restaurants. Named in Forbes 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers. Featured on The Travel Channel and Food Network. Lunch or dinner, our old-world cooking styles and recipes brought to America by the early Italian immigrants, carefully passed down from one generation to the next, alongside the culinary cutting edge creations of Italy's foods of today.

Filomena is perfect for the business luncheon or the elegant candle light dinner.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ellen Boorstein’s. 65 th

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a wonderful time, Peter was just fantastic he made our experience one more time incredible.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal place! Love going whenever we visit

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Halloween decor a little early was off putting. Service was above average but could’ve been better. Food and drink were incredible. They seem to overfill restaurant which leads to high noise levels and some discomfort moving around

TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a unique and fun experience! The seasonal decor/decoration is over the top...which maybe too much for some, but the service, food and overall experience was excellent. Portions are huge so take home is a likely outcome. Our waiter Daniel was a true professional. A must if you love classic Italian!

p
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Very loud - could hear the person across from you. Too much food!

K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beet Italian ever! The service is wonderful. Very personable. We have been coming here for over 25 years and have never been disappointed and not left hungry

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a friend from out of town who has tried on different occasions to visit Filomenas. When she called that she was coming I immediately knew I had to make reservations and make her dream come true. She was very pleased as I was to enjoy great service, quality of food, and of course overall experience as it is always excellent! I can’t wait to return, and she is already looking for an excuse to visit again! 😆👏🏼

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

Great food and excellent service definitely lived up to the hype!

CC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting the city

SF
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As other reviewers have noted. The portions are huge. We grew up in NY, now live in Seattle and have enjoyed many wonderful Italian restaurants over the years. Filomena ranks up there with the best of them. The strawberry spinach pecan and goat cheese salad was perfectly dressed. The homemade bursts divine. My husband thinks Filomena’s osao buck May be the best he’s ever had. Everything was superb—yes dated decor but that’s part of the charm. Only thing I would change: slightly smaller portions at a lower price point. But heck, getting two delicious meals out of our evening at Filomena’s is a wonderful outcome. Waitstaff were attentive, never intrusive—clearly, professionals. All in all, wonderful spot.

JD
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with some family, and this place was highly recommended by a friend. Kudos to her. All 4 of us loved our dinners. Unfortunately, I don’t live in the area so I couldn’t take my scrumptious leftovers. Quite an interesting restaurant inside, wonderful staff and a lovely evening. Recommend this place highly

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

I love veal and their veal chop pounded to the size of a dinner plate and served as veal parmigiano is some of the best veal I have ever had!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Filomena is one of the best restaurants in DC, and may be the best value. All of the food is unbelievably delicious and while the price tag is high, the portion size is very generous. They also have a great wine list. The waiters are knowledgeable and hospitable. It is pretty dark in the restaurant and tends to be very loud, making it hard to hear the waiter and your companions, but the food is more than worth it. You’ll have leftovers for multiple meals to come.

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

Wonderful restaurant! The food is fantastic!! Our server was delightful and very helpful. I look forward to going to Filomena’s any time I am in Washington!!

JH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Gnocchi , loved it . The place was everything we hoped it would be .worth the drive and price .might go again before our week is over

DM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and they are very generous with their portions. I would definitely go back.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this place by googling”manicotti” and “Washington DC” because this dish is not normally served in American restaurants. They have THREE types of manicotti! It is very popular, and our reservation was at 9. We arrived early, and they took us 20 minutes before 9, so we only waited 20 minutes. Food is wonderful, I had cannelloni with shrimp, my partner the manicotti, and they were excellent. Other things: Osso bucco, fish and veal dishes, and little comments accompanying each meal on the menu. Very noisy and crowded, but the decor (crocheted placemats, servers from Villeroy-Boch, individual lamps at each table) made the ambiance cozy and personal. Moderately expensive, but considering the location in Georgetown, appropriate. Beware! The portions are huge! We were impressed, and would definitely eat here again.

D
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the finest Italian restaurant I have dined at. Since I am from the New York City/North Jersey area, I am extremely critical of most Italian restaurants out of that area. Filomena probably exceeds most of the restaurants in the NY metropolitan area, and that is saying a lot! It is an Old World restaurant with gracious service, HUGE portions, and fabulous food- from appetizers through dessert!!

Y
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance, and of course the food!! Always brings back so many memories of all the Italian meals I’ve had growing up... best Italian food!!

MS
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed Filomena Ristorante. The tables are very close together, so it is not the most private dining experience, but that being said, they make it quite comfortable, and it doesn't seem they pump the restaurant with loud music, so it wasn't bad at all. The food was outstanding! I concur with other reviewers, the portions are very large. Splitting a meal is very doable, although my husband and I did not do that because we wanted to try more things. The dessert we shared was also outstanding. Beyond the food, the other real star of the experience is the outstanding wait staff. They anticipated our every need without us even realizing they were close by. Great experience all the way around!

PD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This was my second experience at Filomena. My first was lunch during a weekday, and it was very pleasant. But my second was with my son on a Saturday night. The noise level was deafening. While I expect this at many restaurants in Washington, Filomena presents itself as fine Italian dining. Deafening is not what you expect at most of Washington's high-end restaurants. Moreover, my son and I both had more than half of our entree on our plates when various staff began to stop at our table, asking "would you like us to pack that up for you." This was rather startling when you have more than half of your entree on your plate, and are merely engaging in conversation with your son. The entree's here, at least many of them, range in the $30-$40 range. I think we could expect much more in the way of noise level, ambience, and service at that price point.

CH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Fabio, was terrific! He checked on us regularly and was very helpful to one in our party who has a dairy allergy. He was courteous and friendly. We will definitely request his table when we return.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Falta luz en algunas partes del local
Por lo q no se puede leer el menú también falta luz en los baños

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

This is a special restaurant for our family of three. We go there for each of our Birthday’s. September, December and February. We have been doing it before our Daughter was born 16 years ago. We love the food and have always loved the personal service. Unfortunately Friday September 6, 2018 celebrating our daughter’s 16th we received not of it. Albertp fid not even introduce himself though we have had him numerous times over the years. The food was just as delicious as years prior, just no table cloths on the table, twe would request something and the waiters would not listen and walk away, food was cold when arrived. Huge disappointment fir a $200 meal with only one alcohol drink as I was not feeling well and never asked my husband if he would enjoy another?

RB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're in the DC area, this is the place to go for out of this world food!

DD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was really good, well seasoned and the portions were huge. The décor could use a refresh. I know this is a well established restaurants with celebrities so they may not want to veer too far from what they're known for but it doesn't look like it's changed much from the 80s.

RM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and exceeded my expectations. Portion size was huge. The wait staff was attentive and quick to address the needs of the table.

OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal!

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Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, huge portions

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is top 5 in my lifetime - have had the chance to dine here 6 different trips, each better than the last. Food, experience, staff all top of the line !

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Filomena was everything I read about! Amazing homemade pasta, hot food, interesting ambience. It was very crowded and tight, so our neighbor overwhelmed us with his conversation, which put a huge damper on our very expensive date night. Otherwise was happy to enjoy leftovers the next day!

CT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

They have the best veal ever and the chocolate hazelnut cake is amazing!

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent gluten free options!

L
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant, food, people, enjoyed our visit very much.

DT
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the kind of Italian food you dream about. Perfectly prepared. Served promptly.
Phenomenal taste. Inspired creativity. Our waiter, Riverio - I think, was beyond top-notch.

The restaurant has received many accolades. It deserves every one of them.

One last observation. It can get loud in the restaurant but it's no louder than a Sunday family dinner at home. The seating is a little tight. Again, not much more than a typical Sunday dinner. The difference is that at home you can make room for the baby's high chair or stroller, plus at home waiters/waitresses aren't moving about. Bottom line: I would think twice about bringing a very young child. When we were there every one of the little children were crying. It was difficult on the baby and parents.

OT
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing dinner! The portions were HUGE and we had lots of leftovers, but everything we tried was delicious. Service was excellent!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I have ever had!

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