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J. Paul's - Georgetown

514 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Happy Hour
J. Paul’s is Washington’s quintessential turn of the century American Dining Saloon. The J. Paul’s bar in Georgetown is itself a 100 year old mahogany shotgun bar, built by the Brunswick Balke Coolander Company and was previously housed in a grand saloon in the Chicago stockyards. Many will swear over their scotch that Al Capone himself bellied up to that very bar. Antique brass elevator doors from New York’s Waldorf Astoria frame the back dining room.

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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 11am - midnight
Thursday - Friday: 11am - 2am
Saturday: 10am - 2am
Sunday: 10am - midnight
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Phone number
(202) 333-3450
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tom Crenshaw
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Cross street
Wisconsin Ave.
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Parking details
Located in Georgetown Park Mall, entrance on Wisconsin Ave. Parking Lot on corner of Wisconsin Ave and M Streets at PNC Bank. Street parking available throughout Georgetown.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus
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Lively bar area is perfect for every occasion, and there's a large private meeting room upstairs perfect for corporate events or private dinner. and of course, liven up Sunday with brunch at J. Paul's! From Hangover Hash to the J. P. Scramble, you won't leave hungry! Our signature Bloody Mary cannot be beat, and our Irish Coffee is a real eye opener. Join us, Sunday's from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 514 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

It was good

Shamrock (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

It was Sunday brunch, and the kitchen was a bit slammed. Our server was a bit over taxed, but did a decent job of making sure that we had what we needed, eventually.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Brunch was amazing!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

First time at JPauls with out of town friends. It was a busy Saturday night. While loud inside the atmospheres was fun. Service and food were quite good. Portions were on the larger side and overall price value was excellent. Would come back again without hesitation.

vipdfc9258 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

We were looking for a mid-priced restaurant in Georgetown that was easily accessible and found J Paul's.

The restaurant Is located right on M street which is one of the main streets in Georgetown and in the center of the restaurant row.

This is a very busy bar/restaurant with two major sections with one side having booths in the bar area and the other have white table cloths and a bit nicer.

Unfortunately we were sat in the bar section which wasn't optimal but it was so crowded on a Saturday night we didn't want to have to wait any longer for a table and just accepted it.

Our server Luis was fantastic! He was really outgoing and friendly and exceptionally patient with us as we sat at his table for over 4 hours. He was never pushy or irritated and kept filling our water glasses and drink glasses without incident.

Dinner was really good, I had the Getty pasta dish with shrimp and mussels and my friends had the beet salad, jambalaya and a chicken sandwich. All really enjoyed our meal.

Prices are reasonable and the vibe is lively.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentines day

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was fine; no complaints. Service was very good for a party of 10. Friendly staff. Seafood pasta was pretty good...would have been nice to have more "seafood". Shrimp and mussels only...could expand to include scallops and clams.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Great service and excellent wings. Nothing wrong with 50% off bottle beer.

vipjgk99 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

The server was great - she made the experience. The chili nachos were outstanding. The sliders and crab cake sandwich was very good. The french fries could use work.

JimBeea (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent customer service with a friendly attitude. Broad menu with creative touches.
Well worth while.
We will go back again.

vipDM101 (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

We use to be regulars here, but I was quickly reminded why we stopped. First, the service was horrendous. (10 minutes to be greeted, another 15 minutes to get drinks, appetizer was wrong), and on a freezing cold evening they didn’t have the heater on. Every person on the restaurant had their winter coat on during their meal! Even the wait staff had on coats or sweaters. With all the problems, no one made an effort to recifty or make the situation better. Then, when paying, they screwed up the credit card, charging the incorrect amount, which caused more problems. Sad to see such a staple restaurant to take such a nosedive.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for brunch on New Year's Day, 2017. That was a very cold day in Washington DC, and the restaurant was freezing ... nearly all the diners had to keep their coats on during their meals. More disappointing, it took nearly an hour from the time we ordered until our entrees arrived ... and we weren't the only diners who had that experience. Clearly the restaurant was unprepared ... for either the weather or the number of guests they elected to serve. Incredibly unpleasant experience.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

My brunch was cold and mediocre besides. Noone at our table was too pleased by their order. Service couldn’t have been nicer. Back room very cold.

vipJANJ (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Very nice experience.....good food, service and ambiance....reasonable prices.

BlakeH (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Unfortunately food was NOT good for the price, won't go back again