About J. Paul's - Georgetown

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!

3218 M. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 11am - midnight
Thursday - Friday: 11am - 2am
Saturday: 10am - 2am
Sunday: 10am - midnight

Cross Street:
Wisconsin Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(202) 333-3450

Website:
http://jpaulsdc.com/

Entertainment:
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.

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.

Public Transit:
Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus

Executive Chef:
Tom Crenshaw

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

J. Paul's - Georgetown Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.1

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3.8

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Good for Groups (9)
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Comfort Food (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Cozy (6)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our experience started out a little rocky as our table for 12 wasn't ready when we arrived and we were told we'd have to wait for the large table to clear. However they turned our experience around by moving us to an upstairs private room which was great for our large party and our server was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed the food and service therefore our birthday celebration was a success!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food, very reasonably priced, great location, excellent service

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Freddie was an excellent and attentive server. I was sat with a great view of the street. Try the Ribs/Crabcake combo. AMAZING! Prices very reasonable, I'll definitely be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We waited for the meal of one of us for a very long time. They forgot about him.
The food was not very good.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Service was mediocre

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food! Try the crab dip and ask for extra soft pretzels at no charge!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was delicious and was a fair value. My only complaint (I did not complain about this) would be that we were seated near the kitchen and I felt like it smelled like dirty water. Otherwise everything was great and would definitely go back again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great. Ribs excellent. Good service. Nice ambiance. Placed in a lively zone of Georgetown.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Noisy! Unable to have a conversation.
Food on the average.
Very busy place.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Loud but fun. Great food!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great ambience and good for large groups! Food and drinks were great for reasonable prices!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great brunch awesome atmosphere loved the food cute place

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great Saturday night spot. Very lively. Pretzel bread outstanding.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was good, great salad! Fast and friendly service, lively atmosphere. We enjoyed it. It wasn't quiet or refined, but decent upscale and convenient.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

I moved away from the area 20 years ago and this was my Sunday brunch spot. 20 years later it's still my spot. So exciting when you go back and it's still awesome. Thank you JPaul's!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Awful food & service.. could be worst place to watch football!! Stay away!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Had a fantastic meal in a wonderful atmosphere and our server, Dali, was terrific! Great spot all around!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

It was a nice spot for dinner, but nothing too special. Ther service was good, but it was a little noisyz

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great food and great service. I never had to ask for refills. They must have filled my water glass 7 times. I had the hoisin salmon. It coupled with the kale and rice far exceeded my expectations

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Really mediocre

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Used to be one of our favorite spots. The menu selection has since declined. Service was good. A little too quick for our liking, but attentive and friendly. Overall good experience but may not always be a future destination when in DC.

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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Food was cold, nothing noteable on menu. The location was nice though and place was clean.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Good spot for an average meal. American food with a few twists, lots of fried options, and seafood. Don't waste your time on the burgers, stick with what the restaurant is known for.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Everything was good, but there was a shortage in the kitchen, so our food took too long to come to the table, and some ingredients were already sold out, so we had to change our order.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Hot Spot, Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Was a last minute choice no reservations on a Saturday night... we were pleasantly surprised. Food was moderately priced in a expensive area. Cocktails were delicious and served very quickly. We only had burgers but also some delicious appetizers... oysters were very yummy!!!

Tags: Fun
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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Really cool area with lots of shopping, we had a window seat so great place to people watch. Also a really cool venue-- it's an antique house so very unique ambiance. Great place for tourists in DC looking to experience the Georgetown area. The service was also great. We were seated right away and the server was very attentive. The staff also seemed to get along well and were having fun, which is important to me-- I always like to see good management and a nice work environment! I had the fried green tomato burger which was PHENOMENAL and the fries were also really good. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, People Watching, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Food was good, but service was just OK. I have always liked J Pauls and will keep going there.
They were coming out with a new menu, but didn't tell us some items on the current menu were no longer available until we tried to order. Would have been nice to know up front.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food was delicious. Our service was amazing.. we had a fussy baby and a member of our party got sick, and our server was awesome.

I got the jerk chicken sandwich, and it was really good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Very disappointing. Go elsewhere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Overall this was a really great place. Good food and good service. Very happy and would go again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Arrived after 11 so I was a bit disappointed that we could only order from a limited menu AND dessert wasn't available (although the menu stated its availability as anytime). The food was good. Place was empty. It was a bar. Nothing spectacular. Would eat there again though.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

They were very overwhelmed. Specifically asked for exclusions on an item due to dietary restrictions. Order came out wrong, waitress noticed, and did not offer to send back citing a large party. Disappointing and had high hopes.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2017

It was my 5 or 6 visit and I was not very impressed this time. No music was playing, the crab dip was absurdly small and we ordered 4 burgers and even though we ordered medium rare every burger arrived well done. On a positive note our server was very pleasant and my bloody marry was delicious.

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Waiter chatted us up (in a good way) and we had a great table - we will come back again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Our experience was awful. Saturday night.
Terrible service. Forgot our wine that we ordered. Asked for bourbon options ... and he named a few and then said I can't think of the rest what would you like? I asked him o get the rest of options and he named the same short list bc he was too disinterested in finding out the that the other options were. Lame staff. Lame everything. Highly do not recommend.

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Rather noisy; go to the part of the restaurant on the left for a quieter experience. Big portions.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The food was good, but the service was horrible. They brought our food to the table and before we could even pick up the silverware, they took it back saying that it was supposed to be for another table. We got no apologies for this and our waitress was unprofessional in greeting us and in taking our order. Not worth it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Although I was in a large table (8 guests), Mat (or Matt?) was outstanding. Excellent knowledge of the menu and customer-oriented. Thanks to him my daughter and her friends enjoyed the day.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 16, 2017

We had a group of ten and J Pauls accommodated the reservation through Open Table when no one else would, it seemed. They had plenty of space and good service. They could have used another server or two to keep our drinks fresh but overall we were very happy. I've been before and will certainly go back.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Fun
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 (Derbyshire)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This didn't go well, starting with the rude front of door. Our waiter was over friendly and rather odd. We waited 30 mins to order after which the food came very quickly but was tepid and at best average. We couldn't wait to leave. We were very disappointed.

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