Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown

3.7
601 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Modern Tuscan
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Friday: 11:30am - 12:00am

Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am

Sunday: 10am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 333-7353
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jennifer Lopez
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Private party facilities
Paolo's can host your party of up to 50 guests with a special menu - please contact the restaurant.
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Private party contact
Kati Graves: (202) 333-7353
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wisconsin Ave. & N Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.6
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3.7
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3.5
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3.7
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Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

There was a piece of hair in out pizza.

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Pittsburgh
49 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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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JH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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PM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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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Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!! Patio dining is A must.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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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MM
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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g
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Waiter very attentive
Pizza way I like
Bolognaise tasty

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C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

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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Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Especially good lunchtime food, good service

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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Would definitely recommend has vegan vegetarian options

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n
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Worst service I’ve ever had. Ever.

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EQ
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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

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BD
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Solid long-standing neighborhood; Good California Italian fare.

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Efficient, professional service. Best garlic pizza in town.

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ED
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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

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JO
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JB
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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ER
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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