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1671 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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Geranio Restaurant redefines Italian Cuisine in Old Town Alexandria by serving Chef/Owner Troy Clayton's modern Italian Cuisine in a warm romantic atmosphere. You will be catered to by professional & unobtrusive staff with more than thirty years of combined experience serving Geranio's guests. Geranio's Wine Spectator Award winning wine list will provide the perfect compliment to your meal.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(703) 548-0088
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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
Troy Clayton
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Private party facilities
Geranio Restaurant has several attractive private dining options and caters to all types of business dining, rehearsal dinners as well as birthday and anniversary celebrations. Several rooms can accomodate 15 to 55 people and smaller groups can often have a portion of the smaller rooms privately.
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Private party contact
Troy Clayton: (888) 916-0619
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Limited availability, please call for details.
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Cross street
Columbus Street
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Parking details
Garage parking available on Alfred Street. Parking validation is not provided. Ample street parking near the restaurant.
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Public transit
King Street Metro
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Special events & promotions
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Private Room
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great food and value! This was a nice night out for me and my visiting Aunt, who loves Italian. We ordered cocktails and appetizers first - drinks were strong and the bisque was delicious. For our mains, I ordered the smoked chicken fettuccine and she ordered the mushroom risotto - both were amazingly flavorful! I couldn't stop eating and had to have them take it away so I could fit in dessert. We ordered the homemade tiramisu and creme brulee - both tasted of quality ingredients and were nice and light to end our dinner. Their wine selection is great and they have a nice selection of affordable bottles.
The service was the only part lacking. It took more than a few minutes for our waiter to even stop by our table. In fact it was a bit of an awkward wait as he kept passing us by and didn't even acknowledge us. Finally we were able to order, but we kept having to flag him down for everything, ordering more wine, ordering dessert and getting the check. The service waiters did a great job of keeping our water glasses filled and clearing our plates, but the main waiter was not great.
Overall, pretty much right on par with other reviews - poor service but great food. So while I recommend checking it out, come in with a mindset that service will probably be sub-par. Also sign up for the emails, as you will get a 20% off coupon for dinner. Definitely good value!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined 3 days ago

We did not know it was the last night the restaurant would be open. The food and service were horrendous. Very disappointing. We had been there many times before and brought a couple to celebrate our anniversary. Felt like we were taken advantage of.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We love the attention of the staff and the delicious food especially the seafood and lobster risottos and the osso bucco. The fire on a chilly evening was a nice touch.

MaryMartha314 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Sadly, although we have had good dining experience in years past, our party of seven was disappointed overall, especially because of a number of issues:

(1) We were not given any explanation as to why we weren't seated upstairs as we specifically had requested. We had guests who had concerns about climbing the stairs as well as hearing conversation, which is why I requested upstairs.

(2) When my husband inquired and asked why we were not upstairs when he arrived, he was ignored, which was rude. That night, there was an unoccupied table available upstairs during the entire time we were dining.

(3) As anticipated, the noise level downstairs was generally too high for our party. My husband has hearing problems, and he was not comfortable.

(4) My husband had problems with his order that were ignored by our waiter. Only after several complaints about the dish not meeting his expectations did a different waiter address the issue and removed the item from our bill.

(5) One of our friends lost personal items when leaving the restaurant. She had to return to the restaurant the next day and go through the soiled linens in order to find her lost items.

So, although we have been dining here since Geranio's first opened, I don't think we'll be returning. Very sad indeed.

vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was very good

Freddie (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Fabulous food, fabulous restaurant! Owner/chef actually waited on us and was incredibly attentive and gracious! Highly recommend this restaurant!

OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

it started very well, made reservations for 8:30pm got there and was seated quickly., order food a bottle of wine, the wine and bread came., at 10:00pm the waiter ask was I ready for my tiramisu., i'm like i've never received my meal, the manager was nice, gave the bottle on the house with an extra glass of some port at the end of the night after we got are food, my dae (wife) still payed without her get the service right attitude, a wonderful night for me, date night aka date school she was showing me how to treat her, i love my dae

JasminM (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Overall a wonderful experience especially for my first restaurant week. However, it seemed they wete under staffed. Our waiter only came to our table three times. We luckily received excellent service from other waiters. Would highly recommend for a date night. We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I have been coming to this restaurant on a regular basis. this is the first time we were seated upstairs. we are seniors and it is a steep flight. we saw another couple with a boot and cane being seated upstairs also. one of my party got up to go to the rest room and missed the step. the light is not bright and the floors are old dark wood. no staff person came over to see how she was and was not interested in her well being. there was absolutely no concern and was not happy to bring her some ice to put on her knee. unfortunately it dampens one's desire to go to such an establishment. I can no longer recommend this restaurant to my friends nor will I go there.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

A delicious meal during Alexandria Restaurant Week and great value. We will certainly be returning even when it's not Restaurant Week with the lower prices. Service was excellent.

Nerdman (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We had a lovely time. Pork, swordfish, risotto, lobster bisque - all top notch.

vipOT4you (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Geranio’s is always a treat. My friends and I ordered 3 different entree salads and each was delicious. The chicken, salmon and shrimp were perfectly prepared. The crusty homemade bread, served warm, completed a great lunch.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Average experience at an above average price.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Went for restaurant week with a group of 4 and had reservations. The table we sat at was so small that we couldn't all fit our legs under it without stepping on each other's feet. Pretty uncomfortable. It took almost 30 min to order and another 30 min to get our first course. I was never offered a refill on wine and had to flag the waiter down to get another glass which came 15 min later. The food was OK. Lobster bisque was fine, mushroom risotto was cooked well, they specifically tout that their salmon is served medium rare unless otherwise noted, I ordered the medium rare salmon, you know...the house specialty, and was served the driest most well done salmon I think I've ever had, after that the house made tiramisu was fine. There are way better Italian restaurants to go to in Old Town.

alex (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The Restaurant Week Menu was great as was the service . Always a desirable restaurant for us.