Permanently Closed - J. Paul's - Georgetown
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A few short blocks from the Potomac River, in the heart of fashionable Georgetown, the original J. Paul’s has become an institution. Every day, politicians, journalists, artists, business people and Washington personalities share tables with students, tourists and ex-Pats in the nation’s capital. Don't miss out on a visit to this DC institution!
Friday: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday: 10am - 2am
Sunday: 10am - midnight
Terrible - the restaurant was closed. We made the reservation on open table two months ahead of time. We even received a confirm the day before from JPauls and open table. We showed up at the restaurant at 7pm on Christmas Eve and it was closed. Awful way to end J Paul’s many years of business - why would open table accept reservations if the restaurant was going to close.
We got there and were told by the man at the door they were closed for good. Permanently. It was a busy night right before Christmas and now we had nowhere to eat. Everything had 1.5 - 2 hr wait.
Been going to J Pauls for many many years. Sorry to see it close at the end of this year. Georgetown won't be the same.
Took a party of 15 for a Christmas meal and they seated us quickly and accomodated a number of seperate checks. Food great and waitress was fabulous.
eh. went for brunch and just ok. small selection and even made smaller because no waffles available. had to go find server twice for more coffee and the place was empty so not because she was busy. food average. prob won’t go back. too many other choices.
Hostess wanted to cram 6 of us into a booth. They were reluctant to sit us in the dining area and seated us in the bar area. I was taking 5 teenagers out for the night and the bar area didn't seem appropriate, but they would not seat us elsewhere. The food was decent, but the server never came back to check on us. We had to flag him down every time we needed anything. They were super fast when you asked for the check. As soon as they knew we were ready to leave they were clearing the table before we could even get out of the way.
I would love to say that everything was great, but how can it be when your waitress is extremely rude. Lady with short yellowish hair rushed my order, when I asked her the size of the crab cakes she mentions crab cake size in a sarcastic manner, didn’t give me the time to explain to her that I couldn’t have tomatoes or pickles. When she would come to the table she would refer to my date instead of asking me if I would like anything more. Extremely rude, the food was ok, but I wish I could have had better service... the food was okay, but if you have a rude waitress it just ruins the whole dining experience...
The only thing I didn't like about this restaurant, was the food. It just didn't have any flavor to it. It's a nice place to have a date at, but what's the point if the food isn't good?
Service was not good. It took an hour to serve a bowl of soup and oysters... also, it’s incredibly crowded, the tables are too close together. The food was pretty good but I’m not sure that I’d go back.
The service was really good. although we had to keep asking for basic things, Our waitress was pretty quick at getting us what we needed. The atmosphere was very cozy and energized with the out of town (Holy Cross) football team dining there. The food was good but I thought it was over priced for what it’s worth. Presentation was pretty nice though. I really enjoyed the calamari and the Mahi Mahi tacos dish had a good flavor but the tacos themselves were stale. The shrimp scampi was extremely oily that I just ate the shrimp and left the pasta (was a waste sadly). Others had burgers(good), Cobb salad (tasty) and fish fingers (fries were good but fish was very bland). Thank you.
They never got my reservation.
Food was subpar and was not even addressed by the manager. Manger just told the waitress to take it off the bill. Do he even care what we thought about the food. No I don’t think so
J. Paul's needs a good clean. J. Paul's needs to invest in servers who know how to take an order and who care about the dining experience.
Our server got everything wrong. And the floors are filthy.
Writing this review makes me sad as J Paul's is (used to be) my go-to spot when in DC for the past 20+ years. I will admit it was 4 years since my last visit and the first since the fire there. However, my visit this past Sunday evening was average at best and that's with me being somewhat nostalgic and giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Started at the bar while waiting for the rest of my 8 person party to show up. My wife ordered a beer...it was a nice cold beer served in a very warm glass. Annoying but not terrible. I ordered an old fashioned...I'm not certain the bar tender knew how to make it. I'm also not certain he understood my question "what type of bourbon or rye do you recommend?" He recommended I look at the bar and pick. The end result was disappointing and overpriced at $11 (compare to an EXCELLENT Old Fashioned at Fiola Mare around the corner which was worth twice the price of the $15 cost).
The rest of my party arrived and everyone ordered a variety of items. The wait was a touch on the longer side but not ridiculous. Everyone enjoyed their beer/wine but I steered everyone away from cocktails (if you can't figure out an Old Fashioned, what if someone ordered a martini?). The food arrived and was good, not great. Portion size was admittedly pretty awesome and the people who ordered the ribs really liked them. The carrot cake was ordered and shared for dessert; once again, it was good/solid but not memorable.
Overall, as the person who picked the restaurant that evening I was a touch embarrassed. My once glorious go-to is nothing more than a bar with an average menu. When I head to Georgetown next time, I will be forced - by this experience - to select a different spot and hope for a time when J Paul's returns to it's past level of service, food and tasty drinks.
Was a bit of a mess as they did not have my reservation that I made through this app. We had a group of 11 people so it was almost a nightmare. Luckily they were able to pull some tables together for us. Had a great J. Paul’s experience but a terrible Open Table experience.
The restaurant was terribly understaffed. They had no coffee cups at brunch. The server was nice but overwhelmed. Disgraceful.
J Paul's feels like it's gotten tired over the years. Fun bar scene, but food is very average as is menu. Service was OK, but we generally had to waive down our waiter for service and had to send two items back that were incomplete. Overall, was an ok place to visit but paying Georgetown prices for less that Georgetown service and quality.
Great steak and the caesar salad was delicious.
Parents weekend at school so had a group of 11. Staff was amazing. Food was delicious. Easy for Gramma to navigate in her walker. Would highly recommend and will be visiting on next DC trip.
This is a great neighborhood restaurant. It was the first time my in-laws have been to DC, to visit my son at Georgetown. This was a very nice restaurant close to campus. We all had good meals. I have also been there for lunch and had a delicious sandwich. A great pick in Georgetown.
Underwhelming. Fish of fish and chips soggy. Po Boy - weird not traditional. Mussels cold. Interior/ambiance tired.
The breakfast sandwich on the brioche bun was so tasty, and the home fries were delicious!
My family traveled from Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia to celebrate my Mom’s 60th birthday. We heard great things and were excited to try out J. Paul’s. The staff was friendly and helpful, our server was knowledgeable of the menu and helped up with our choices. And our server surprised my Mom with a birthday dessert! It was a great experience and I would highly recommend it for any visiting or living in the Georgetown area.
Great Crab Cakes! Bar service and beer on tap are nice
Great experience, very quick and attentive service. Loved the food (the mussels app was amazing!) would definitely love to go back!
We were in town for business and stayed an extra day to sight see. Everyone said Georgetown was the place to be for food and shopping and they were right! We randomly picked J.Pauls based on good reviews online. We were so pleased with everything from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. The server Jamaica was amazing! What a great smile and personality she had. She really went above and beyone to make our experience there amazing. Also, the food runner, the bar staff, the manager and the host were all professional and so friendly. Wish I could take this place back home with us! Love Love Love J.Pauls. If I lived near here, it would for sure be a weekly staple.
Great food with great service.
We loved the food here! The Mac n cheese bites are delicious and I almost died over how amazing the creme brûlée was!!
Excellent food and very nice staff
Great experience! Nice waiter helped rescue my nephew’s toy that fell behind the table and wall.
Our server was engaging and fun. Philly egg rolls were good, as were the brussels sprouts (lots of bacon!!) The ahi tuna salad was fantastic; and it looked like most of my group enjoyed the chicken BLT. The fish and chips were not great; and everyone's fries were VERY salty. The carrot cake was very good.
I took my work team here for dinner. The food was very good, but the person who had tuna tartar was very ill the next morning and had to stay home from work. When he returned he said he must have had “morning sickness” which makes no sense! We all wonder if it was the tuna tartar.
We enjoyed the prime rib dinner. The sides we liked the best were the fried zucchini and the mashed potatoes. We also ordered oysters on the half shell and they were very good. The caprese salad was also very good with a large amount of mozzarella. We really liked the Malbec wine too.
Jamaica was our server and she did an awesome job! We were a lively group for Sunday brunch! Food was good and we all enjoyed ourselves.
Great food and atmosphere for a casual dinner with friends.
Visit with family in DC
J.Paul's wasn't bad--the food was good, beer selection was solid, and location is great. It also feels like a local, neighborhood spot. The service was ok, though drink refills took awhile and notes (seating requests due to mobility issues) left on the reservation through OpenTable were not looked at prior to our arrival. Still, our overall impression was "it's ok". Nothing spectacular, nothing bad; just a generally average experience.
Really enjoyed the crab cakes. Full, lump crab meat. Spinach was delicious too. Great service. A Georgetown classic!
Arrived early for reservation so waited at the bar for my date to arrive, we were sat by a very nice host when he arrived at a window table which was nice. The window were open and there was a breeze to enjoy. The table paper was stained which did not start things off showing attention to detail or care. I noticed them setting another table with stained papers, appears the roll got wet but nothing was done to remove the stained area. Our server was being shadowed by someone I assume was in training, it was never really addressed but she was definitely not on her A game. There were not enough people in the section for her to have missed some of the basic things that occurred. When we sat down, I asked for sparkling water, my date got a beer. She never brought him a water and after he finished his beer, he asked for a glass to share my sparkling and after about 10 minutes of waiting we had to ask again before the glass came. There was a hair in our calamari (which as a former server i know happens sometimes), we politely told her when we noticed, about halfway through eating - and she took it away with barely an apology and no inquiry into if we were done, if we wanted a fresh order or to have it removed. When the bill came, it was still on there and we had to ask her about it. The food was good not great, especially for the cost of the dishes, they should have been more phenomenal. Overall it was an experience that I would not repeat.