Giovanni's Trattu

4.7
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526 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Giovanni's Trattu may be the only restaurant in DC to capture the feel of Venice. Formerly known as Trattu, this cozy little restaurant provides the lighter cuisine of Northern Italy, which is known for its unique flavor. The extensive menu changes every fall, winter and summer. Seating 60 in the main dining room, Giovanni's Trattu is candlelight at night and it entertains guests with friendly style of service, providing classic Italian music. Highlighting the ambiance is a collection of colorful pottery and venetian masks that hangs from the walls. Giovanni's Trattu is ideal for private parties, business lunches and dinners, romantic dates and family celebrations.
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4.7
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4.6
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CG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good for a group. Quiet enough to hear. Food was great. I got the linguine with clams and it was excellent.

o
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere for a recent mid-week date night. The fried mozzarela appetizer was so-so, but the rest of the food fantastic. Especially enjoyed the Linguini Frutti de Mare (sorry if I'm misspelling it!), while my wife enjoyed the eggplant parmesan. The spiced pears with ice cream dessert was fabulous. Service was excellent. The tables are close and on a quiet night it was impossible to not overhear everyone else's conversation, which put a bit of a damper on ours. Will definitely go back.

N
San Antonio
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations and when inget there they were closed!!

DH
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to when in Washington! Service, menu, atmosphere - everything is always top-notch! I real gem in a city where everyone thinks they're a foodie!

AE
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always s the same comment:

Great veal scaloppini. Get hot bread and larger olives for the drinks.

NS
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was perfect, service was great and the food was comforting. Elegant and simple delicious Italian food.

UW
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is supreme. Food was good. The place is charming and unique.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dinner and delicious food! Could not have asked for better service and a memorable night!

d
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great overall

AG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came in to DC from NOVA with 3 other couples to see a show and have dinner. Had a hard time finding something close to the Mayflower Hotel where our evening started that had dinner seating available. I Searched online, found Giovanni's Trattu and they had an opening for us so I booked a reservation. We arrived 15 minutes ahead of our reservation and our table was all set and waiting for us. The ambiance of the intimate restaurant was very pleasing and the food and service along with the reasonable price, had us all agreeing we would come back for another visit.

CC
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, family style seating, so romantic prices without romantic seclusion. Some seats are tight fits but worth the close proximity to others

CD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best pasta I have ever had! Great date night location with my husband. A+++

PF
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Low key stalwart — enjoyed a fine Chianti and a seafood special. The way life used to be before people decided to reconcept it. Tragically, however, the Spumoni proved to be elusive— I will try again.

t
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Quaint and cozy place with pleasant and attentive service and reasonable prices. The food though was just OK. Not bad but nothing stellar.

SF
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my 50th birthday and our anniversary there. It was SPECTACULAR. Our waitress, Gallina, was wonderful. The food was delicious! It was such a special night. Best Carbonara I have EVER had! The BEST!!!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian food! Very quick service, our water glasses never ran dry. I thoroughly enjoyed my pasta and would eat here again.

TT
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening for the family! Fantastic food...we shared bites and all was a hit. Our waitress was a princess and made us feel so welcome. We will be back!

NG
Baltimore
84 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to giovanni"s for the first time and enjoyed it very much. The service was terrific and the ambiance quaint. The food was solid but not spectacular. I had the veal McCoy and wife had afredo. We woukd go again

C
Washington DC
705 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Great food, great price and excellent service!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the ambiance was cute. The wife loved everything about it.

TM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Regardless of what I order it seems to always become my new favorite dish.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent value. Good price for high quality meals.

BA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Good food, but not what I expected wrt standard-named dishes. Excellent ambience with step-down small quaint room. Very attentive service without being hovering.

BA
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great find on a side street off of Connecticut. Intimate setting, feels like a place with many regulars,

SF
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely service, great food, always a treat.

TP
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was super delicious, I loved the lasagna and the tiramisu! Authentic and classic. Service was great too. Lovely ambiance.

AE
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great Veal Trattu!
Martini tasted watered down and wasnt full.
Bread is awful.
Breadsticks in wrappers are just odd.

CF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be back

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Charming restaurant in a beautiful area with great service and delicious food. Will definitely be back. Nice Italian music playing in the background but not too loud.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little hole in the wall with amazing food!

DC
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was greeted warmly and seated right away.Our server was very helpful and answered all our questions. Food was delicious

LF
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband claimed he had the best osso bucco ever. It’s been a week since we visited and he still talks about it. We voted this restaurant as one of our best meals in DC. The service was excellent!!

C
Washington DC
705 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t possibly get better than Giovanni’s Trattu! Angel hair pasta with sausage and their exquisite garlic bread. Service is beyond compare.

RA
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good. Service was efficient but not especially friendly. Very small place with nice local feel

SJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, good service, relatively inexpensive, and a very charming atmosphere. Drinks did match the quality of the food, but it’s not really the focus.

DB
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pasta! We were looking for a traditional Italian place. This was delicious! It is small but quaint. Tiramisu was also very good!

c
Washington DC
462 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and its now on my fav list. First time here and took guests. Eggplant and mixed seafood were the starters with nice red wine. Dinner were pasta dishes that were excellent. Rigatoni with sausage, ravioli dish and linguini with clams. All perfectly done. Staff was very attentive even while it was completely full. Service, Staff and Food were great!

C
Washington DC
705 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How does it just get better and better?

Excellent service, chef is outstanding, decor is beautiful, food is amazing!

u
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I selected this restuarant for family while on a weekend getaway. The reviews stated that it was a quaint Italian restuarant. Quaint is an understatement. The chairs were uncomfortable, with plastic backing. Interestingly, all of the waitstaff appeared to be either Russian or Eastern European. I started with an Old Fashioned (or so I was told). It was actually some pink concoction which appeared to be made from a mix, as their was some powdered slurry residual settling at the bottom of the glass once I finished the strange tasting drink. To start the meal, we were served packaged breadsticks. No butter. We ordered two appetizers for the table; the garlic bread (slightly hard) and the fried mozzarella (palatable). I had to ask about the specials, as my waitress (Kata) did not offer to tell us about them. I ordered the veal chop special. When my 3 companions received their entrees, I was not served. After about 5 minutes Kata told me that mine was "delayed" and would be out in 5 minutes. It actually arrived 13 minutes later. This is 18 minutes after my party was served; by which time they had all finished their entrees, and then had to sit while I ate the overcooked veal (Of which I ate approximately 35% before giving up). The included pasta was apparently no made fresh in house. The included broccoli and carrots were cold. To make matters more interesting, while filling the water glasses, one of the waitresses poured about 4 ounces of water from the pitcher down the back of my shirt. She apparently didn't realize that she did so, as she did not apologize, or offer me a towel. I do have to give them an "A" for consistency, as everything was consistently awful!

CG
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet little place with great service and food. A real gem.