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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Authentic (15)
Good for a Date (15)
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Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Romantic (12)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (10)
Casual (9)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (New Orleans)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Toledo)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excelent service and food. Wine list is authentic Italian a good prices. Great neighborhood restaurant 😃

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

One of DC's best kept secrets. A gem of an Italian restaurant. Authentic cuisine served by a delightful staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was good, not great but maybe depended on what you ordered. Service was very good. We just went for a quick, early dinner as had other plans for the night so didn't linger to enjoy dessert.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The waitress we had was very helpful and so knowledgeable about both entree and wine options. The food is delectable.
We haven’t been here in many years and were quite pleased to discover this gem still cooking up great fare in the same enticing hide-away. Love it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My wife's gnocchi was very good. My linguine with mixed seafood was bland and the shrimp was tough. The waitress did comp us the wine when I commented to her about my dish and I appreciated that.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always reliably good food; excellent, charming, and attentive service. It’s just a lovely spot for a quiet dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Could not have not had a better dinner or experience. The food was fantastic. Service was prompt but never intrusive. Always friendly. Perfect environment for sharing good wine, good food and great conversation with friends. Will definitely go back next time in D.C.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had a great time dining here. The hostess was remarkably welcoming, the food very good, service timing but not rushed. They made us feel special without hovering over us. Thoroughly enjoyable and would recommend for those who desire a quiet, peaceful meal with good food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our anniversary date here was perfect. The staff was incredibly sweet and accommodating, and the food was heavenly. It's a quiet, cozy and intimate spot with a huge variety of authentic Italian dishes and desserts. It just might become our anniversary spot every year.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Traffic has been a favorite of mine since opening and I love taking new friends there to surprise them and especially love returning with people who know and love it. Never disappointed!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very nice atmosphere and wonderful dinner and friendly service

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

What a find! From the moment we drove up to the quaint front door, we knew we had chosen the right spot. We were looking for food that was great but not "over cheffed" (I just made that phrase up!). Service, food, ambiance all were excellent. If you are looking for small, intimate and authentic this is a great choice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of DC's most authentic Italian restaurants with first-rate service. Everything on the menu is wonderful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Have worked in the neighborhood for years and just discovered it. Great rigatoni.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Business dinner originally scheduled for 10 grew to 12, and restaurant was gracious enough to hold table for 4 just in case it grew again. Food was reasonably priced and fairly good. Service seemed to drop off toward the end but maybe they were simply giving us space. Will definitwly keep in mind for next time.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Loved the " neighborhood feel /I would definitely return. I also liked the fact that it is a smaller place with tables close together -more of an authentic Italian feel

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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