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Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown

3.8
3.8
536 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The very first Paolo's found its home in historic Georgetown in the 1980's, and has been a Georgetown staple ever since.

The bustling ristorante has become a corner fixture in this centuries old melting pot amongst politicians, travelers, shoppers and students.

Dine outside and watch the world go by, or sit inside and watch your pizza being prepared in our fabulous brick oven, and most of all - enjoy! Located in the heart of Georgetown, Paolo's serves fine Cal-Italian cuisine full of exciting pizzas and exquisite pastas.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Modern Tuscan

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 10am - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 333-7353

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Lopez

  • Private party facilities

    Paolo's can host your party of up to 50 guests with a special menu - please contact the restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Kati Graves: (202) 333-7353

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Cross street

    Wisconsin Ave. & N Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 536 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It would have been nice if we were not closed for remodeling. I would’ve thought the OpenTable would be aware of this. In any event we went all that way for nothing. 8/23/2018.
  2. R

    Rollie

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurant is closed/out of business. I went there with my family on August 24 and had to find somewhere else to eat.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    There was a piece of hair in out pizza.
  4. T

    Truly

    Pittsburgh

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Ate outside on a very hot day. Was just what we were looking for. Had a light mozzarella and tomato salad which was as perfect for a hot day. Husband has gnocchi and son had a huge piece of salmon. Both good. Good solid gGeorgetown favorite.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely time -- very good service and the steak salad is terrific. Will be back
  6. MB

    MarcB

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The restaurant was empty at 7pm yet the service was slow and inattentive. Our salads came out with the meal even though we specifically asked for them to be first. Our water glasses were rarely refilled. The food was workmanlike though oily. To be fair... the bread was quite good. We didn’t see a server after our meal was served and had to go find someone to ask for a check. Overall... a disappointing experience at a place we had heard good things about.
  7. JH

    JeffH

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Meh. Okay service and decent pizza. Nothing special and very overpriced. That’s Georgetown I guess.
  8. MW

    MeredithW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The service was wonderful and the food was amazing! We had a great rep with our waitress. The seafood was well cooked and didn’t taste fishy or anything like that.
  9. PM

    PeterMcLean

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2018

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    We don’t know what happened to Paolo’s? I Made a reservation prior to arriving, and the manager looked at the screen and said, “it’s not supposed to do that”. It was odd. Like he was surprised and disappointed we were there?
  10. s

    scott

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Paolo's was always a go to place for me. Shame on me for not trying it in recent years. Something happened. The quality of the food is barley passable. The place looks dirty and very down on its heels. Even the menus are so old the lettering is wiped off in some places. Very strange. I will not be going back.
  11. MA

    MichaelA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great time, family was in town and it was very nice atmosphere.
  12. M

    Max88

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good food; arrived at 3pm after going to the movies so it was nice to get a meal at an odd hour.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! Fortunate to have the place almost to ourselves for my Georgetown graduation!
  14. A

    Abiundanza

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    As always, Paolo's Ristorante was a great place to meet with colleagues. The food is always good and the menu inventive (both traditional and fusion-style) Italian.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible, worst service in years. Server was so aloof that we thought she was on drugs. In fact she was so out of touch that we had to ask if she was ok? Food was as bland that I’ve ever encountered at an Italian restaurant. I think they forgot to use any seasoning. Had to cancel mushroom appetizer because it was inedible.
  16. L

    Luckyprepster

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!! Patio dining is A must.
  17. AW

    AWCCL

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2018

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The food was fine, but nothing special. I wouldn't have minded that, but the service was pretty awful. Our waitress basically spent a good bit of the time complaining about how tired she was. Clearly she was overworked, and I feel bad for her, but I didn't go to a restaurant to be complained at.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Kia is a great server. Big fan. The food is above average Italian. Had branzino one night and chicken parm another. I'd definitely recommend both and get them both again as well. As far as apps go, the meatballs and calamari were also good. Creme brulee was just so so but it's creme brulee so it's still good. Haha! Music at dinner time tonight was the only "issue" we had. Loud club music is completely unnecessary before 10 pm but especially during dinner.
  19. MM

    MaryM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Such a terrible experience! Service was slow - and server not terribly apologetic. Food was just as bad - cold frittata, over cooked eggs (for eggs benedict) and over cooked steak (steak & eggs). The only bright spot in an otherwise completely disappointing experience (& the only reason for one star) was the fantastic bar tender - who served us while we were waiting to be seated!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were both great! The filet mignon was cooked perfect to temperature and deliciously seasoned. The waitress was friendly and pleasant. We will be back again - a new Georgetown favorite!
  21. g

    geezerseat

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food, reasonable prices, excellent prompt service. When we asked, the hostess found us a booth that was quiet enough for conversation.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, waiter was helpful and attentive. Great place to eat
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Waiter very attentive Pizza way I like Bolognaise tasty
  24. C

    Cafeconleche

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2018

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    My friend's Cesar salad was brought to the table with a huge bug! They replaced it, but under the circumstances it should have been complimentary. The steak/eggs were over cooked and the server could have been a bit more attentive. It was my friend's 50th birthday celebration, (which was noted on the reservation), so we would have appreciated a bit of special attention.
  25. H

    Henry

    Washington DC

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Especially good lunchtime food, good service
  26. c

    chayab

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Would definitely recommend has vegan vegetarian options
  27. n

    nsb2323

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Kind service didn't make up for my meal (scallops) which I found to be too oily and heavy. Pre-dinner salad and bread with olive spread were good, however.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Worst service I’ve ever had. Ever.
  29. EQ

    ErinQ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Went to Paolo's on a nice night before Easter mass. It wasn't crazy busy, but service was still pretty slow. The food was okay-- not as good as I remembered it being, and a bit messily plated. Overall seemed a bit overpriced for what it was (then again, it's Georgetown, so I guess that's to be expected). The crispy eggplant appetizer is amazing! The chicken pesto pizza is very forgettable.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Team “service” process seemed slow and cumbersome. Food was overall ok but a bit pricey for pasta and salad.
  31. BD

    BrendanD

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We can always depend on having a great meal at Paolo's. They never disappoint and the service was fantastic as well!
  32. D

    Dano

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was very confused. We were a party of 7 and ordered apps to share. They came to the table with no serving spoons and no additional plates. Then, entrees were brought to table before empty appetizers were cleared. Finally, our waiter brought a check before we even had a chance to order dessert!
  33. M

    Mashimaro

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The service people said the requested table area is not available although we have requested in advance. And seating arrangement becomes becomes extremely difficult and makes my guests feel awkward and embarrassed. If new policy or rule issued, please let guest know
  34. N

    Neighborhoodspot

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Solid long-standing neighborhood; Good California Italian fare.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Efficient, professional service. Best garlic pizza in town.
  36. ED

    EatingDMV

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Had a calm and tasty brunch here for an unbeatable price. The staff was attentive, but not overbearing and provided an excellent recommendation. I would highly recommend if you want to visit Georgetown and have lovely meal, but don't want to pay the Georgetown price.
  37. d

    dcdiner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2018

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Server was forgetful and inexperienced. Many items on the menu were not available.
  38. JO

    JeffO

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten here several times and will come back again food wine and service is always excellent we have absolutely no complaints about this restaurant
  39. JB

    JohannaB

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was excellent, service was moderate but did not detract from dining experience! Bar was exceptionally slow in making drinks that ended up lacking on alcohol and the lighting in the area we were seated in (farthest back from the bar) was a bit too brightly lit for my taste! However, it was a nice, calm meal and was a great break from D.C.'s food scene which can be too flashy, loud, and funky when you're looking for a great, classic meal. We also loved the complimentary bread sticks and olive tapenade!
  40. ER

    EigilR

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Paolo’s is a regular neighborhood haunt for us. Not fancy but the food is excellent, good service, great value.

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Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown is rated 3.8 stars by 536 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wisconsin Ave. & N Street

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am Sunday: 10am - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Modern Tuscan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Lopez

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 333-7353

  • Private party facilities

    Paolo's can host your party of up to 50 guests with a special menu - please contact the restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Kati Graves: (202) 333-7353

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