Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown

3.8
602 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

About

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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3.8based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.7
service
3.7
ambience
3.6
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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
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.

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Rollie
Washington DC
2 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

There was a piece of hair in out pizza.

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vipTruly
Pittsburgh
62 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 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.

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JeffH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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

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MeredithW
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.

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vipPeterMcLean
Washington DC
21 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?

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vipscott
Washington DC
34 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipDCDiners
Washington DC
39 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Fortunate to have the place almost to ourselves for my Georgetown graduation!

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Abiundanza
Washington DC
18 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
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.

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vipLuckyprepster
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!! Patio dining is A must.

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AWCCL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 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.

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MaryM
Washington DC
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
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!

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geezerseat
Washington DC
10 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Waiter very attentive
Pizza way I like
Bolognaise tasty

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vipCafeconleche
Washington DC
13 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.

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vipHenry
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Especially good lunchtime food, good service

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vipchayab
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Would definitely recommend has vegan vegetarian options

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nsb2323
Louisville
12 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Worst service I’ve ever had. Ever.

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ErinQ
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 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.

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BrendanD
Nashville
5 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!

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vipDano
New York Area
10 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!

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Mashim
Washington DC
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

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Neighborhoodspot
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Solid long-standing neighborhood; Good California Italian fare.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Efficient, professional service. Best garlic pizza in town.

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vipEatingDMV
Washington DC
8 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.

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vipdcdiner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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

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JeffO
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

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vipJohannaB
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 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!

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vipEigilR
Washington DC
9 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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