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About Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown
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.
Washington, DC 20007
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
Wisconsin Ave. & N Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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
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
Special Events & Promotions:
Paolo's fabulous Weekend Brunch 10am-3pm - featuring Parmesan Cheese and Egg Biscuit, Paolo's Crostini, Eggs Benedict, and Steak and Eggs, just to name a few... Paolo sets the table on the weekends while you enjoy friends and linger over a delicious meal. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 3:00pm.
Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown Ratings and Reviews
Wow, this was the worst restaurant experience we've had in awhile! Meatballs tasted like Chef Boyardee. Chicken Parmesan was overcooked and tasted like it had been sitting on a warmer for some time. Waiter seemed indifferent to our presence. He brought the wrong dip appetizer and when I told him it wasn't the one I ordered, he gave a quizzical look but didn't say anything while removing the plate. We asked for the manager and she apologized and tried to make things right by giving us a different entree, but after more than one poor dish and lousy service, we would not return. To top it off, the bathrooms were very dirty.
Food was good but inconsistent : Fish dish was great, eggplant was excellent yet pizza was over cooked and side dishes undercooked. Server was very attentive. Ambiance was very nice due to our location by fire wall. Probably best seat in house. family friendly. Lots of small children. We would give Palio's another try on chance Sunday was an off night.
We had incredibly poor service at Paolo's and our food was sub-par for the price point of their dishes. I'm usually very understanding that not everything can go right all of the time but the restaurant was near empty and we still were not given the time or respect that any patron of a restaurant should receive. The manager did not seemed phased when I spoke to him about how disappointed we were with our experience, and was very unprofessional. I will not be returning to Paolo's and would not suggest it to anyone, there are many great options in Georgetown and this restaurant is not one of them.
The hostess and server were excellent. They accommodated my relative who used a walker. They brought her in side entrance which made it much easier for her to be seated. The food was very tasty, and very quick to be served during the Sunday brunch. Really nice thing was if you’re seated in order before noon, the price is a nice $12 per meal. Everyone enjoyed the food.
Great place if you want to have a drink and meet friends but the food is terrible! My friend sent back her veal meal twice because it was burnt and given the prices, one expects better. Service was great but if you are looking for a great Italian place in Georgetown, go somewhere else.
I had been to Paolo's years ago and remembered loving the crispy eggplant. I had it again this time. It is so delicious! I also had Branzino with cauliflower, which was also amazing. This is a great location in Georgetown, a good value, and they have a very friendly staff. We had a wonderful server from Ethiopia. She was always smiling. I will be back soon!
This place was ok. The food was good but not outstanding. The biggest complaint was the service was mediocre. Had to ask several times for things (drinks, utensils) we ordered and then waited for our food and about the time the food should have come they came to tell us they were out of one of the main dishes we had ordered. Not great.
I live in the neighborhood and was excited to finially eat at Paolo’s after walking by all the time. My family was in town so I made reservations here for the special occasion. The food was great, but I could not believe the service. The restaurant was freezing and we were all dressed for the warm weather outside, we were shivering by the end of dinner. Our waiter was very forgetful. When one of the beers was out of stock he didn’t even offer an alternative. They also never cleared our plates when everyone was finished eating, leaving the table very full and crowded until we left. Worst of all, an acrylic nail from the hostess flew across the room and hit one of my guests in the head and fell into his lap. We were unimpressed and I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to our special dinner there.
Having travel to Georgetown many times over the past couple years to see our daughter at University, we had tried several times to make reservations at Paolo's, but the place was always fully booked, but finally this past weekend we were successful in getting a table. Unfortunately, it was a major disappointment. Although the outdoor seating was very nice, especially on a beautiful October evening, our waiter was either overworked or simply brand new (we felt very bad for him as he dropped the pizza on the floor for the table adjacent to us). For standard Italian dishes like chicken pharm and chicken marsala, the preparation was not that good, and my wife had to send back the chilled seafood salad as it simply tasted as it was going bad. They were having a catered event on one half of the restaurant that evening , so potentially that was something they were simply not capable of while handling there regular restaurant operation. I think the great location and atmosphere are major pluses, but the food is a little lacking.
I have to say that I am usually a very forgiving diner and little things don't effect me but this dining experience was really bad. We made a reservation for a regular table but was given a hightop at the front of the restaurant that was far from romantic. The server took a little longer than expected to greet us but was energetic and apologetic. We ordered the calamari and drinks. The calamari was brought by the original server (who was also the bartender) but that was the last time we saw him. After awhile another server came and took our order for the mussels and carbonara. The food came but the mussels tasted old and bland and the pasta wasn't hot and the bacon was uncooked and not crispy. No one ever asked if the food was good or asked how we were doing. I do have to say this: the person who started the practice of the bartender also handling the hightop tables is far from a genius. This bar was ultra busy due to parents weekend at Georgetown and the bar area was so busy. Overall, this was a horrible dining experience. The servers were nice when we actually talked to them but the food was not good and the service even worse. My date night with my wife was pretty much ruined and I think the management at this place really needs to rethink their service and how they run their business.
I went for Sunday brunch. The food was ok; the poached eggs were a little underdone and the home fries were really just small wedge french fries with no seasoning. They didn't open until 10:00, which gave lots of time to wait and watch the place across the street already bustling with business. Best thing about the sidewalk seating was people-watching on the busy intersection.
Service was very slow, and we had a number of issues. One of us ordered a cocktail from the menu, but received a glass of wine by mistake. We asked to switch the wine to the cocktail, which the server was perfectly fine with. Then the server came back to say they were out of the cocktail we ordered, so we switched to another. When we switched to the other cocktail, a different server came over to clarify what we wanted. Finally, 25 minutes after arriving, the right cocktail arrived.
Then when the bill came, we were charged for the glass of wine that was erroneously delivered, and charged for the cocktail that the restaurant had run out of. In all, it took 2 & 1/2 hours to get our food and drinks and complete the meal. We weren't in a rush, but still, the service was surprisingly bad.
Nice reliable place. Appreciate consistently good food from old standby in popular neighborhood. Was a bit loud, but we kinda expected that.
Server was friendly and upbeat. We had to ask for seating we wanted & were moved, which wasn't a problem, but noticed that the other host was asking everyone where they wanted to sit before seating them.
Was impressed w how quickly the food came out. That was great, and perhaps a function of the fact that they weren't too crowded when we were there.
The service was incredibly slow - they didn't bring our table more than 1 menu until asked, and even then didn't bring enough for our party. While we did have a large party, the restaurant was fairly empty and it still took over 40 minutes for our entrees to be delivered. One person in our party ordered their meal without nuts due to an allergy, but it came with them. In total we were there three hours from start to finish, which is way too long.
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