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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4.1

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3.9

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (15)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Good for Groups (10)
Cozy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Fun (6)
Great Beer (5)
People Watching (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Live Sports (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Seattle)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great experience

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Went to J Paul’s as a surprise graduation party for My fiancé. Warren(Manager) was very accommodating and helped me to make it a really special day for her. Plenty of room, great service and well priced drinks= a Great Time. We will be back

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wow! Great reasonably priced spot for parents, Young 20 somethings, 30-60 something's and everyone in between. Great food, fun music, great/caring staff able to make both an intimate setting and casual bar hang. 10/10 for sure

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Fun, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Raum Düsseldorf)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Enjoyed Christmas lunch with family. Festive and good food.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went in for a quick lunch on Christmas Day. We sat in the bar area and the two servers we had were great. Both were professional and worked well together. We left wanting to come back for a dinner service where we could really enjoy the food and the atmosphere. See you soon!

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Used to be much better

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went here for Christmas Eve dinner - great food, service, and atmosphere. We definitely will be back again!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our waiter really made our experience wonderful, and the food was great!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Went with my family and it was very good. I would go back without hesitation

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Mediocre food and our drinks came out all wrong. Luckily the manager apologized for the wine being served in a wine glass with strong bleach odor. Clyde’s or Paolo’s is a much better choice in Georgetown for everyday dining. Very disappointed in J. Paul’s.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Nothing went right. We had a reservation on open table and were told when we arrived there would be an hour wait. I had to be insistent and only then did they find a table. Then it took 40 minutes to get water and a Diet Coke. Except the Diet Coke turned out to be Dr Pepper. They kept bringing out Diet Coke which was Dr Pepper until I finally just stuck with the water. One of our party did not get her food until we were all done eating and our plates had been cleared. One other received his food 19 minutes before our plates were cleared. On top of it, the burgers were extremely greasy. There is almost nothing good I can say about this experience. Never ever again.

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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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