Filomena Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2013
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun special occasion restaurant.

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food on the buffet was was between good and ok. The service was a little slow considering that they weren't all that busy.

S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience2

I went here for dinner on a Saturday evening. The first thing I noticed was that the place was really loud. My friends and I had to scream in order to hear each other. The place was really interesting. It was filled with... unique decorations. Quite frankly that doesn't matter to me as much because when I go to a restaurant, I'm more concerned about the food and service, rather than the paintings on the wall.

Our server was rarely there. He took quite a while to bring us the menu and take our orders. I could understand that though, it was a Saturday evening and the place was PACKED. It was ridiculous. The food was great. There were so many selections too! My friends and I tried various dishes and they were all very tasty.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a fun, Washington landmark to visit. It was drenched in Easter paraphernalia. The food was served in huge portions and was very good, except for the dishes my husband and I happened to order were a little too rich. And the restaurant is very, very, very loud. I knew that going in so I was prepared. It's definitely somewhere to visit at least once.

OT
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food. Everything is so fresh and tasty. The staff make you feel welcomed as part of their big Italian family. They ask your name and address you by your name and shake your hand as a welcome. The maitre d' also thanked us for visiting and wished that we would come back. It was just a very fun atmosphere and nicely decorated for Easter. It was nice to see so many large groups celebrating birthdays. The ending to the meal with the amaretto and sambuca caraffes was extremely generous and such a nice touch. The portions and the service and the family feel made this restaurant's prices very reasonable.

GM
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2013
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My time at Filomena's was very nice. The food was great and authentic. The restaurant was vibrant and very active. The space was a little tight and the noise increased; however, the taste of the food made up for all of the distractions. Will definitely re-visit

CL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Words could not possibly convey how great a restaurant this is! Both Matre' D's (Dino and Mac) are outstanding professionals!!! The food and service are outstanding!!!

T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best Italian Restaurant in DC!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely amazing! Fresh foods, great selections, and BIG portions! A little pricey but definitely worth it!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2013
Overall2food3service4ambience2

this restaurant, used to be great, now is dated, stayed in time, bunnies everywhere,
too crowed. over priced for it.

S
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2013
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Noisy, crowded, food so so, very expensive
Desert selection good

AG
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2013
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal with attentive service. Shared a salad with my husband (INSALTA DI CORNUCOPIA). I loved the ShrimpGAMBERI DI PAPA ANTIMO and it is no exaggeration to say 100% crabmeat.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions were considerable. Waitstaff is outstanding. The best dessert I've ever had in a restaurant. Very loud but not annoying.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner reservations for 5:30 as we had tickets to the opera at The Kennedy Center at 7:30. Let's just say our dining experience was so wonderful we stayed past 7:00 and skipped the opera :-) All of our food and drinks (appetizer, shared salad, entrees, bottle of wine, desserts, and coffee), ambiance, and service were excellent. And our server, Sergio, was friendly, knowledgeable, and very attentive. We had a lovely time with no complaints and can't wait to return!

N
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Make your reservations early as this is a popular spot.Superb food--best Italian I have ever eaten. Three days later, I can still taste the outstanding flavors of my entree which was Tortelloni Di Michele. We began wiht Arancini for an appetizer, which was outstanding with a flavorful sauce.They are three very large balls and quite filling.I cannot begin to describe the flavors of the Tortelloni Di Michele. The beef is so tender and flavorful, it melts in your mouth. The sauce is divine--not too heavy and spiced perfectly. My only disappointment was that I could only eat about three of the huge homemade raviolis stuffed with meat as they are so filling. I would strongly suggest two people share one entree. Cannot wait to return

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Great experience

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2013
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was terrible, our server was not attentive at all and acted as if we were a pain when we asked for recommendations. Our waters were empty for a minimum of 20 minutes. When my date ordered a second glass of wine our server acted as if it was a hassle. When I asked for a scotch listing I was informed they do not offer a scotch list and was given no offerings, simply and rudely asked what kind of scotch I wanted. We also waited 15 minutes to be greeted and when I went to batthroom an employee and I crossed paths, rather than step back or to the side to allow me to pass they rudely motioned for me to move out of their way..I work at a different fine dining establishment and would have gladly spent far more if service was even decent.

A
Miami
44 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2013
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Great food, but extremely crowded tables. And, even with a reservation, expect a very long wait.

PL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2013
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Terrible service!!!! The waiter was inattentive and distracted! He rushed us through the entire meal. He did NOT even offer us dessert and coffee after the meal! Terrible disappointment due to the fact that we are only in the area once a year and usually look forward to dining at Filomena's.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique atmosphere, delicious homemade pasta, very generous portions, fabulous desserts!!

DD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grandma in the window making gnocchi grabbed our attention. So we went inside, down the stairs and found a lovely surprise of a restaurant. You're not only greeted by the mâitre d' but a window display of various desserts! From Tiramisu to cannolis! We were seated promptly (a party of 4). Every dish we ordered was amazing. We started off with a arancini (rice balls). My husband had the La Familia and I had the spaghetti and meatballs. All were sizable and delicious. No wonder this is a popular place. Even service was out of this world. We will return but this time with a larger army!

M
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is absolutely superb! Go with the specials.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This pre- and after service care given by "Open Table"structure is certain to remain of benefit for the three parties:
1)Open Table.
2) the concerned restaurant
3) the subsequent new and recurring clients.
The purpose being satisfaction to all.
Thank you.

A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Filomena. I have never been disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service was outstanding. We had a noisy table by the waiting area, so other guests were on top of us the entire time. the pasta was by far the best i've ever eaten anywhere.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding, authentic, made from scratch food! Great service as well. When you are tiered of the same boring chain restaurants, go to Filomena!

E
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2013
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The exterior appearance is a bit misleading with mama in the window making gnocchi and other homemade pastas. The experience was a bit like the Spaghetti Warehouse and Olive Garden collided. The portions were ridiculously oversized and there wasn't anything subtle about the meal. The pasta was swimming to way too much sauce and the risotto was more cheese than flavor.
In fairness to Filomena I spent several years living in Italy and grew to appreciate the simplicity of Italian food with the focus on flavors rather than quantity.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always consistent. Never had anything less than excellent.

EB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food! Try the home-made pasta and tomato sauce...yum! Service great. A bit too noisy and close tables for romance or conversation but very festive and fun.

b
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love filomena. The food is delicious- tastes both homemade and gourmet. Great local place. Famous people dine here. I would highly recommend. Penne con salsicce and gnocci are out of this world!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch buffet we good but not outstanding like evening dinner from the menu. Deserts were very good.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian we have had. Will come back when we're in DC.

MP
Chicago
171 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2013
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This restaurant was too hot, too dark and too noisy and what I chose was so rich I could barely eat it. The portion was enormous. This is an Italian restaurant that never heard of the Mediterranean diet.
The appetizer (that someone else ordered but I got a taste) of baked ravioli with tomato sauce was excellent though. My salad was overdressed.
My guess is if you stick to a homemade pasta and stay away from anything with cream sauce you may have a good meal.

B
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a party of 8 and we were treated exceptionally well and the food choices were all outstanding.

F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third or fourth time to Filomena's and I would go back again.

I have recommended it to many people and no one has ever been disappointed.

Three of us were celebrating the end to a very long day.

I'll be back for sure.

JG
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Awesome service. By far my favorite DC restaurant!!! Our waiter was Soprano. He was EXCELLENT!!!!

Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina, was dining there at the same time as us - I am a huge fan!

I can't wait to go back!!!!

h
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2013
Overall4food5service5ambience4

What a gem! The food is beyond delicious. We look forward to coming here for any special occasion. Love the liquors at the end of the meal. Can't wait until our next visit.

WG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sergio was a GREAT waiter and was extremely attentive. He gave us great suggestions for what to try and I couldn't have been happier with my first experience at Filomena!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to take my wife somewhere we've never been before for our six year anniversary. After looking around at all my options Fillomena kept popping out in my mind. I made the reservations at we were set. From the moment we walked in the staff was warm and courteous. We felt right at home. The food and wine was delicious. This will now be our go to restaurant for special occasions. You absolutely must make reservations though, or expect a wait to be seated without them.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have to come here at least once whenever in DC