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Giovanni's Trattu

4.3
340 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 452-4960
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Connecticut Ave. NW and 19th St. NW
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Parking details
Street parking and public parking garage on M Street between 18 th and 19 th Street.
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Public transit
Farragut North Metro Station (Red) Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red) Farragut West Metro Station (Blue, Orange)
Additional
Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 340 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Very nice dinner before NSO at Kennedy Center. Restaurant was quiet to begin and filled as we were there. We had salmon and swordfish and both thought it was very good. We will go again on another trip to Washington.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We have dined at Giovanni's Trattu many times over the years. Great ambiance and dependable Northern Italian cuisine. At my last visit, I had an excellent dry gin martini.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful meal.... great service... we go there every time we are in DC....love this place!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent Italian food with a good, short, reasonable wine list. The staff is always congenial, and service is prompt and good natured.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We reserved a table at Giovanni's Trattu for our anniversary dinner as it is close to DuPont Circle where our son lives. The on line reviews were excellent with the exception of a notation for the small wine list. The wine list is indeed "short". Nevertheless, we loved this restaurant! The service was excellent, the food was excellent and the atmosphere very cozy. There may be 12 tables in total. With the exception of a small mix-up in one order, this was a flawless dinner execution! We certainly will go back on our next trip to DC.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Overall it was good Italian cuisine but not a very creative menu. Most importantly the pasta was overcooked and the sauce lacked enough flavor. Wine list was mediocre. At least the prices were fair for the area.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Out waitress Katerina was fantastic . She was personable and acomodating from the minute we sat down. This was our second time back because our first time was excellent as well.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was just average. The plates were very overpriced.

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The food is OK (but nothing great) and the service is good but there is a bad smell in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It’s our favorite restaurant in DC. Food is amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Awesome food. Neighborhood gem for sure. Could not have been better!!!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Lovely restaurant, attentive and friendly staff, home style Italian cooking, hearty and tasty.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Very attentive service and reasonable prices. Located in the basement of a more residential area. The veal and chicken parm were very good.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great Food with excellent service. Our server was attentive but not over attentive. The food reminded me of that which we enjoyed in Venice and Sardinia. Nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We loved our evening at Giovanni's. The atmosphere was cozy, the food was fabulous and the service was top notch and prices were reasonable. I highly recommend Giovannis!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Thank you another wonderful evening. I brought a business colleague to my favorite DC secret restaurant and of course, they did not disappoint. Friendly service, great food, quiet atmosphere to have important conversations - all make for a recipe for a successful evening!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We were walking by and decided to stop in. We were seated promptly and service was excellent. The food was good though not as spicy as we like but that is just our preference. The portions were a good size, enough to be satisfying but not enough to feel over full. Over all, it was a pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Wonderful meal, service, and atmosphere. Cozy but not cramped. Truly a neighborhood gem. Will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was good, definitely made in house, but not worth the price. Also the service was slow; it took 20 minutes for us to just get water. However, our waitress was very nice when she was around.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We came here for Valentine’s Day and had a wonderful dinner! The service was awesome, the food delicious, and we enjoyed our evening immensely. The noise level is moderate, which we didn’t mind, but is something to take into consideration if you are looking for a quiet restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I went to celebrate Valentine's Day. The pre-fix menu was innovative and very appealing. The wine selection complemented the entrees and both the red and white we were served were delicious in their own right. This restaurant is a real gem!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was really good but they gave us huge portions which on a normal night would be great because that means left overs the next day. Only at this restaurant I asked our waitress numerous times to wrap up our food but she ended up dumping both mine and my girlfriend's food. That was probably $20 in food just thrown away. The only compensation they offered was to make one meal again which I refused because I didn't have time to wait. They also offered dessert which I agreed to but when the waitress returned to the table she only brought 1. I was furious at this point, A. 1 dessert costs $7.50 and B. They didn't bring one for my girlfriend. The food was great but because of the service I don't think I will be returning to this restaurant.

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The restaurant smelled like dog, noticeable from the first step inside the door. Food was good, but we were the only people in the restaurant at 6 PM on a Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent in every way ! Great food, attentive service, warm welcome, fully respected our discussion & privacy. Look forward to recommending & coming back !

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I had eaten at this restaurant many many years ago and was hoping I would be as impressed as last time. The food was good but I would not say it was outstanding. The service was excellent, but the restaurant is dated. It was sad to see only a few diners. I can't help but think if they updated their look it would be better attended.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Had overseas friends staying at Dupont Circle Hotel and wanted a dinner place close by. It had been about 15 years since I had been to Trattu and I had good memories of it. I was quite pleased to find it largely unchanged. Service was prompt, menu was varied enough to give lots of choices and both food and value were great. A little noisy, but that's because it was packed on a Thursday night, a good sign that they maintain a good customer base.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, but there was an permeating stench in the restaurant, most likely mold because it is in a basement. The smell was strongest in the bathrooms, which were not very clean. My overall impression was too marred by the smell to ever go back

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Fan Favorite! I always try to stop in for a dinner when I'm in town. A nice change from the typical DC scene. A small, intimate place with outstanding service and food. Whether it's a slow night or the restaurant is full, the quality remains the same. Step inside and your blood pressure immediately goes down. You will not be disappointed in this relaxing little gem.

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Giovanni's Trattu is a great option for a quiet dinner in what is otherwise a neighborhood populated by overpriced steakhouses. Is it the best meal you'll ever have? Probably not, but good food at good value.

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1.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Wow. I was very surprised at the food after reading the good reviews. Yukky frozen calamari, overcooked pasta, slow service (despite being only half full). Not a good value at all.

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3.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Fish stew and veal were very well prepared; service was lackluster; no bread with olive oil was brought to the table until after drink orders came and I had to ask. No little extra touches of helpfulness. Quality of food good.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Bright, cozy, authentic traditional Italian neighborhood restaurant in a small space. High caliber service and good food. Tables are very close to one another, so don't plan on private conversation. We had the gnocchi and the fresh ravioli; both were excellent. The menu seems unlimited and covers all traditional fare. Service was very attentive and friendly. Prices were a little high but otherwise family-friendly. Great location two short blocks south of DuPont Circle.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

A little out of the way spot, but the food was delicious and the service was extremely friendly. A great place for a great, laid-back meal.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

. Excellent meal. We love the ambience and the service. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

A real gem. Authentic cuisine from the Veneto area of Italy and beyond. Staff is friendly, attentive, but not intrusive. A great value.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Great meal at a reasonable price. Our waitress, Lilly, was friendly and attentive. A wonderful Italian meal in a nice neighborhood.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

In all the years I’ve lived in DC, I never knew this restaurant existed, tucked away on a small street off Connecticut Avenue between Dupont Circle and Farragut. We were meeting an old friend for dinner and looking for a quiet spot. Giovanni’s Trattu filled the bill, a sweet Italian neighborhood restaurant that looks like a throwback to another era, homey and European with a touch of festivity. The service was welcoming and the food was good. I especially liked the spinach that accompanied my veal marsala, and our friend enjoyed the agnolotti with mushrooms. The food won’t set the world on fire, but the overall experience was very congenial.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Great internet find...it's easy to see why it's an established eatery! Thanks for the great evening.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food, very nice service. Relative small and little space for privacy.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

It was a birthday dinner. Everything about Giovanni’s Trattu is fantastic. The owners are often there and greet diners and make sure all is to their pleasing. It’s a hidden gem in DC.

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