Giovanni's Trattu

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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DupontDiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. If you are worried about your safety during the pandemic, this place is very careful and safe. Highly recommended!

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LuccaP
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend; The atmosphere is perfect for nice quiet dinner with friends or a date. The menu is extensive and serves many classic Italian dishes (which are all excellent). I have been to Italy several times, and I have yet to find a place that brings me right back like this place did.

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MarkK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and great service. Cannot recommend highly enough

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GarrettB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience, truly a gem in the heart of the city. Amazing Ambience and professionalism.

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vipJenny
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved my experience here. I was worried about indoor dining, but the restaurant had hand sanitizer in multiple locations. The food was fantastic and authentic, and the service was wonderful too. But what sticks out to me the most was the ambiance and the decor. It was the perfect combination of aesthetically pleasing and cozy. Would absolutely come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy atmosphere, good food and reasonable priced. My family has been coming here for years and always an enjoyable experience!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
735 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extraordinary. Still the excellent service and the food is exceptional! So glad they are open.

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vipRanDC
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We missed Giovanni's while it was closed due to COVID-19 and we couldn't wait to be back. We had a great dinner. As always, the food and the service were great though we were the only people in the restaurant the entire time we were there. Please, go to Giovanni's! We need to keep this gem of a restaurant alive.

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MarkK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent place! Great food, great service. We go once a week and can't recommend it highly enough

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vipCraig
Washington DC
735 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A slow night for Giovanni’s just means greater excellence from the chef and the servers! Fantastic as always.

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vipRanDC
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE Giovanni's!! It has quickly become our weekend go-to restaurant since we discovered it last year. You need to make a reservation - it's a small restaurant and they have to turn away walk-ins. The food is exceptional and there is a great variety. The service is spot-on and friendly. Ask Katarina for a recommendation - you'll love whatever she chooses. One of the best parts of Giovanni's is that it isn't loud and you can actually have a conversation.

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RobertV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giovanni’s Trattu is a great place to go for quiet conversation with excellent food and service.

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RobertL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at Giovanni’s Trattu for forty years. Not only do I get my eggplant parmigiana but my guest are always pleased with their choices.

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vipJreview
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Seems to be a good place for a date. Most of the people we saw were there for business meetings maybe because it was during the weekday lunch.

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Maulikmehta123
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. The Pastas are OUTSTANDING

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vipFlash
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent atmosphere & very accommodating.

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vipRoberto
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was outstanding--the food, the ambience, and the service. And the place was quiet enough to eavesdrop on other conversations if you wanted to. I'll be back.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
735 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was wonderful as always. Beautiful staff, chef willing to accommodate any request.

Food was exquisite.

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FrancineC
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! Delightful and adorable. Food and service wonderful! Tiramisu was awesome!

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Mesi
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! We always enjoy our nights at Giovanni’s.

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Anne
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Really excellent service - attentive and friendly, but still gave me and my SO plenty of space to enjoy dinner uninterrupted. The food was decent - it didn't stand out in a bad way, or in a great way, but it was generally good Italian food. Great place for a classic date.

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suprazeus
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went for Valentines Day and had been previously. This time wasn’t as good as the last time. We actually ordered the equivalent to the Valentines Day 3-course special a la carte and it actually ended up being less than the special. The agnolotti was good and my wife had the carbonara. It is reasonably priced though the portion sizes are not what you expect from an italian restaurant.

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vipCynthiaG
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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oldmarriedcouple
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
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.

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vipNelson
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations and when inget there they were closed!!

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vipDanielH
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
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!

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vipAnEducatedrestauranteur
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always s the same comment:

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

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DoloresM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I took our daughter who lives in DC out to dinner at Giovanni’s Trattu last week. I merely looked for a restaurant close to the hotel in which we were staying and felt after reading several of the reviews on Yelp that this was the place for us.
I am so glad we went because we absolutely loved it. The ambiance was cozy and friendly and our waitress was so helpful and friendly as well
The food was excellent. My seafood risotto was wonderful as was my husbands lasagna and my daughter’s pasta dish. Tiramisu was one of the best I’ve had!
I would gladly return , in fact, my daughter made a reservation for herself and her boyfriend for Valentine’s Day on the spot!

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vipNikkiSta
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipUWSider4
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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vipdiningdiva
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great overall

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AnnandaleGal
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.

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ClarenceC
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

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CDowns
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+++

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PigsFly
Washington DC
58 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.

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tfluegs
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.

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StacyF
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!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 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.

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vipTouringTesla
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!

FAQs

Giovanni's Trattu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 452-4960.

Giovanni's Trattu is rated 4.7 stars by 549 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.