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For 2
7:00 PM
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Giovanni's Trattu

324 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

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

Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
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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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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)
Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 324 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
3.0  Dined 7 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.

Shay (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Oklahoma City)
5.0  Dined 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.

LarryGR (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 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!

MichaelB (New England)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  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.

vipFrancoCajunFoodie (New Orleans)
5.0  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 !

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

KDBDC (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  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

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

vipCapitolHill (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

vipfoodie4life (Washington DC)
1.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  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.