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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!
Washington, DC 20007
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 11am - midnight
Thursday - Friday: 11am - 2am
Saturday: 10am - 2am
Sunday: 10am - midnight
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
J. Paul's - Georgetown Ratings and Reviews
Seemed like they were a server short. Our waiter was rushed and greeted us as he walked by to deal with another table. When he finally stopped to say hi and get drink orders, he acted more like we were frat bros... not very professional. This was his demeanor all night. Food was fair. Roast chicken was the best dish of our group. Tuna tartare and salmon were all sub par. Many better options in the area.
Wow what a terrible experience tonight. I had two
Out of town guests that I wanted to show JPaul's off to, as I've been going to this restaurant for 20 years. Upon checkin the "host" didn't say hello but rather walked away from us with menus in his hand. Obviously with a confused look on our face, we were pointed to follow him to get seated. What happened to a simple hello?
Our waitress then came to the table, asked what we wanted to drink. We obviously didn't answer on the spot so she walked away saying "let me just get you some water."
We ordered the $70 seafood tower (which BTW is not a tower but a series of trays with random seafood). It was mediocre at best and I do not recommend it.
Then we wanted to order the burger special for dinner. The waitress had no idea what the specials were, saying she needed to check. She finally came back and gave us the specials and we ordered. We also ordered a bottle of wine which we later came to find out they were out of so were forced to order a different bottle.
Our dinner finally came and our burgers had ham on them which was not part of what the waitress told us they had. We explained that we would never order ham and she argued that she insisted there was ham on the burgers.
We finally asked to speak with the manager and, shockingly, the manager was the rude host mentioned earlier. He half heartedly listed to our complaint, blew is off, and never came back to check on us.
Needless to say, this is the absolute last time that I will ever take anyone to J Paul's again. They have obviously become a Georgetown tourist trap and give very little attention to customer attention. It's disappointing given that I have frequented this "neighborhood" restaurant nearly my entire adult life. Shame on the general management of this establishment on turning it into a college bar tourist trap restaurant charging unsuspecting victims 250 dollars for a meal that could have been easily procured from Legal Seafood.
Awesome lunch for a large group - we were in town for the wreaths across America wreath laying at Arlington national cemetery - I kept changing our reservation due to icy conditions and it was never a problem - I called seriously 4 times - once there we enjoyed a wonderful lunch - Ricardo was our waiter and did great job! Thank you! Oh order the mac cheese balls as an app! Yum!
I've coming to Georgetown for 10 years. J. Paul's was one of my favorites. This visit was the First return since the fire. Perhaps they lost some kitchen help during the down time both the menu and the quality of food are not the same. Their world famous Fish and Chips have been replaced with catfish. Not a catfish lover, I ordered mahi Mahi fish tacos, which were served on home made tortillas of cardboard consistency. Family ordered a burger, another J. Paul classic. Again not up to standards set in the past. J.Pauls was always a must have stop, literally would go out of my way to eat there, but no longer the case. It's a Georgetown has-been.
First time eating at J Paul. Fun place and nice if loud atmosphere. Food was pretty good, as was service. However steak and burger were over cooked. Manager offered a round of drinks to fix the error when we said we didn't have time to send the food back, which we accepted. Altogether not a home run but we enjoyed it on balance.
The staff were extremely accommodating and friendly. Service was very good and we were all happy with our meal. We sat at front of restaurant looking out windows at M street which was very pleasant. We were originally seated in back of restaurants but there were a number of large parties and it was very dark and loud so we asked to be moved. Hostess was very sweet and accommodating.
The service was slow to start, but picked up and was fast and efficient. The food selections were varied and priced right per the item. Our meals were good; the oyster po' boy and the fish and chips were good; however, the breading for the fish was a bit oily and lacked crunch.
I don't normally write reviews, but I thought the service here was so poor that it was warranted. To begin, it took over ten minutes just to get water/drinks for my friend and I. I asked for scrambled eggs and the waitress who was helping us came back and said that the cook was yelling at her about scrambled eggs soft or hard. Ridiculous. The food was lousy to be honest. I could have made much better French Toast at home. To top it off at the end the waitress comes back over and says her manager is trying to get us out of seats so that someone else (mind you we saw no one waiting upon our exit) can be seated. We had just paid for our brunch no more than 5min before her reappearance. It was like they just wanted the money and didn't care about anything else. There is much better value at other restaurants in Georgetown.
We were a little surprised at how close together the tables were...we felt like we were dining with the people on both sides of us as the tables were so close. I know the restaurant wants to pack people in, but it felt awkward and it was difficult for the server as well. It was very noisy as the place was packed, so definitely not a spot for a romantic or intimate dinner. Other than that, the food was good.
Recently had dinner at J.Paul's in Georgetown. It is one of only a couple of restaurants that have been in Georgetown since I went to college in DC in the 80s. Back then, this was one of the hot restaurants in Georgetown; today, not so much. Atmosphere felt dated, menu was nothing special and the service was good but nothing to write home about. The crab cake sandwich was good - lots of crab, little breading, and not a bad value. The bar scene on a Monday night was pretty decent, but again nothing special. J. Paul's may be relying a bit too much on its reputation and has not done a good job keeping up with the times.
Same as it was 20 years ago which was great then. A little less crowded nowadays (went on a Thursday night). Service was great, raw bar excellent as always. Get 1lb of the Old Bay shuck and eat steamed shrimp, messy but well worth it they're delicious. Met an old friend there and really enjoyed it.
J Pauls has been around many years. Was looking for a place to seat 7 with food that would be of interest to all. Good variety menu and reasonable prices. Busy restaurant so sometimes hard to hear people in your group. Service was good and the waitress was very helpful in helping friend with Gluten free selection.
Terrible service, and the hostess was dumb as rocks and so rude. Threatened to give our reservation away because our whole party wasn't there, when in reality we were 15 minutes earlier!! The hostess also couldn't understand that we had a baby and baby stroller...
First the food was excellent I highly recommend the crab cake sliders small in size huge on flavor add fries to make them a meal. Second our server was very knowledgeable. He was with us right when we needed him even tho he was taking care of two other large parties. Finally the house ale was everything you could ask for in an ale. If you are in Georgetown and want good food at a reasonable price go to J. Paul's!
Fish tacos were very good, and the Rubén was excellent. Our waiter may have been new, but this was a birthday dinner, which was on the reservation comments and was mentioned a couple of times during the meal. Nothing was said, however, to the birthday girl.
We made a reservation for a group of 8 over a week in advance. When we arrived we were seated upstairs with three other large groups of 8+. There was only one waitress attending to all three large groups, which made for a very slow dining experience, and one in which we didn't feel at all attended to. It was a very disappointing night, particularly as we had guests in from England visiting Georgetown for the first time. Wrong choice of restaurant this time. In addition, I would strongly advise future patrons to avoid the echo-chamber and bland upstairs seating.
This place was nice and the food was good but the service was horrible. It took almost 20 mins just to get water and he didn't check on us much, although he seemed to be pretty efficient with other tables. We were a big party and he definitely lost alot of tip with us.
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