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About Giovanni's Trattu

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 live music from a guitarist/singer who roams from table to table, providing the perfect sound for any occasion. Highlighting the ambiance is a collection of colorful pottery and venetian masks that hangs from the walls. While Giovanni's Trattu is ideal for private parties, guests who seek a more intimate experience may sit at one of two tables in the small out door garden.

1823 Jefferson Place NW
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Between Connecticut Ave. NW and 19th St. NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 452-4960

Website:
http://www.giovannistrattu.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking and public parking garage on M Street between 18 th and 19 th Street.

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

Giovanni's Trattu Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for a Date (13)
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Authentic (13)
Romantic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cozy (10)
Casual (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Healthy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2016

It was a very quaint restaurant with a lot of character. Authentic Italian food was delicious!

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Was surprised at how crowded the restaurant was on Christmas Eve. On-street parking spaces were plentiful on my walk to and from Giovanni's Trattu, which is unusual on a Saturday night here in DC's Golden Triangle. Started with a very tasty mushroom soup-of-the-day and got the rigatoni with sausage for my entrée. Service was friendly and efficient. When the waitress delivered my second after-dinner drink, she noted with a smile that she should have asked if I were driving. I assured her I lived nearby, "within crawling distance".

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food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Took a group and everyone enjoyed

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food4
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service4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Quaint, comfortable, authentic. I dined there for a quiet birthday celebration and felt welcomed and well taken care of during my experience. One of the servers was seemingly Italian and I felt as if I were back there again.

The food was authentic and amazing. I highly reccomemd dining there.

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food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

We have gone several times and each time has been wonderful. We had an early dinner, it was nice an quiet. The food and service was absolutely wonderful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2016

Our first night in Washington, visiting from Australia, and it was fantastic. Amazing food, great service. Scallopine meaks, Lasagne and salmon all outstanding.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun
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food5
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value4

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2016

We really enjoyed this tiny neighborhood gem. The garlic bread with Gorgonzola cheese was amazing. The portions were perfect and place just adorable.

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food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Great value. Small but charming. The food was wonderful and authentic.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 16, 2016

A little jewel in the heart of DC. Excellent food, ambiance and service!

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food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Appetizers were great - calamari was tender and not chewy. Everyone really liked their meal. We would highly recommend that POLLO ROLLATO ALLA BIONDA and the LINGUINE ALLE VONGOLE PICCANTI. Service was very good also. Thanks for a great evening. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

I was looking for a good & reasonable Italian restaurant in the DC area. This restaurant was such a nice surprise!! It was so quaint. The Eggplant appetizer was very good. The Fettuccine Bolognese was excellent. The Chicken Marsala,even though it had no mushrooms it was really delicious!
Dessert was heavenly... Canoli Tiramisu.
Wine by the bottle is reasonable & the staff was outstanding!!
We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2016

A wonderful menu and the staff were very helpful when I and my friend both chose to order off-menu.

We had dinner on a Saturday night and the restaurant was full and lively. Service was a little patchy. The veal milanese was spectacular... just like mama makes it. Will definitely dine there again.

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food5
ambience5
service4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Such a tiny place but full of coziness. The service was impeccable and attentive, and the food was amazing, from our starter to dessert to wine. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a romantic, quiet place for a fabulous meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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value4

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2016

This has become one of our go to spots when in DC. Overall we really love it, but occasionally there is an unexpected disappointment. Last month it was the waitress; usually everyone is very attentive and pleasant, she was rude and severely lacking. This last visit we placed one order for osso buco. The meat was unedible. We later found out it was to be the last order of this dish for the evening. We sat down at 6:30 so I think this was a judgment error on the part of the chef. I will try again one more time since the food is so good when everyone is executing properly.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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food3
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2016

My eggplant was fantastic. This is a great go to restaurant when you want authentic italian food. Has a NYC feeling when you walk down the stairs. Our service was outstanding. Lilly is always such a doll.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Tried this restaurant for lunch and will definitely return. Great food, service and intimate atmosphere. A bit old fashioned but still dishing up classic good Italian meals!

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food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2016

A favorite lunch spot, veal saltimbocca my favorite, but soups, salads and pastas all good. My companion enjoyed the chicken picatta special.

Tags: Business Meals
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food4
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service4
value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Great service from the minute we walked in. The food was good, served without a wait yet we weren't rushed to give up the table even though the place was full. Would definitely go back.

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2016

A recent dinner at Giovanni's Trattu confirmed that it remains one of Washington's finest, but generally unknown Italian restaurants. The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. The service is outstanding. I can recommend this restaurant with great enthusiasm.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2016

I thought the whole experience was outstanding. I enjoyed the food, the service and would come back often. I will strongly recommend this restaurant to all my family and friends. They will have a great time. There are not many Italian restaurants in the DC/Baltimore area and I have added this to my list of favorites.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Authentic
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2016

This is a very good choice in the K Street/DuPont Circle area. Quiet. Good food. Handy to the office. Been there for both lunch and dinner. Works for both.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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food5
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service4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Always reliable...I visit Giovanni's every time I'm in DC. This time, I met family members who also dined there about 7 years ago....and the hostess remembered them! Such a warm, welcoming, authentically Italian environment. Food and service are excellent. We lingered long after dinner and no one rushed or bothered us. My only concern was the faint odor of something old or moldy; but not enough to keep me away.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 19, 2016

The food was very good but this restaurant is in a basement with fairly low ceilings and was really loud.

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2016

The food and ambience are perfect. I have always liked this restaurant and wanted to introduce it to people unfamiliar with it. They loved it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

The food was great and the service really good as well

The appetizers and the pasta were really good

However a little pricy

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2016

It's easy to miss this little gem, as it's on a small street between 18th and 19. But what a wonderful destination. Terrific food - the osso bucco and veal saltimboca were excellent. The service is friendly and attentive without being overbearing. It's a small place, so make a reservation. You see people in both fancy and semi-casual clothes - everyone is treated as family. This is my new neighborhood fave!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Dined here often when we lived in the District, so dinner tends to be a trip down memory lane. It did not disappoint! Trattu remains a reliable source for solidly good Italian comfort food, with friendly service in a cheerful, homey environment. Salads were fresh and nicely dressed, pasta appropriately al dente, chicken parm a traditional staple.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2016

Nice place to catch up with colleagues. Food is consistently good and the wait staff does not hover. Veal saltimbocca is my go to entrée, never disappoints.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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food4
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 (Gloucestershire)·Dined on August 24, 2016

The service was very attentive. The food was amazing. Great flavors and I could tell it was homemade. I loved the Caesar salad and Gnocchi with Pesto sauce.

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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2016

Took one hour to get our pasta dishes.

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food2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Amazing experience. Thank you!

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food5
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service5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 26, 2016

Waiters were really nice and food was awesome.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2016

A very nice, small restaurant featuring a wide selection of No. Italian menu items. Very good food and pleasant service.

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vip
 (Little Rock)·Dined on July 21, 2016

Excellent as usual. One of the best restaurants in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2016

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday. Neither one of us had ever dined here before but after our first visit we'll certainly be back! You could tell that our meal was made from scratch and was wonderfully prepared, and they were kind enough to bring us a complementry desert. A slightly larger wine selection is the only recommendation that we could make. Wonderful place to eat with great ambiance and I highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
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value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2016

A real treat !

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Great classic Italian! Lasagna was fantastic as was my daughter's penne pasta. Tiramisu was light and delicious. The inside just needs a little updating but would recommend for great food and service. Carafe of house wine was good and a great deal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2016

Our family really enjoys Giovanni's Trattu. We have had two good dining experiences. We will still go back and hope for better on the next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food4
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service3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2016

I enjoyed going back to Giovanni's after some years . It's the right place a place for good traditional Italian recipes. My friends from out of town truly enjoyed their meals. My favorite one was my beef carpaccio.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 13, 2016

I really loved this place! The owner was very friendly and helpful, and the food was excellent. I had the Trout special, which was delicious - much better than I expected. It is a small place below street level, so it is quiet; you wouldn't know you were in downtown DC. Strongly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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