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J. Paul's - Georgetown

4.2
513 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 513 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.0
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0  Dined 4 days ago

It was good

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Shamrock (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 4 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Brunch was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 4 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.

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vipdfc9258 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 4 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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 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

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Evelinerik (Dusseldorf Area)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Enjoyed Christmas lunch with family. Festive and good food.

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vipLuke (Washington DC)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Used to be much better

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
1.0  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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Janemd2az (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 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!

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vipChitown (Denver)
4.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  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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