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For 2
7:00 PM
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You must make reservations at least 5 minutes in advance of the time at Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown.
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Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown

562 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (8)
  • Good for a Date (5)
  • Bar Seating (4)
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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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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Cross street
Wisconsin Ave. & N Street
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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.
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
What 562 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9  based on recent ratings
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

Taff (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Lovely staff, very friendly. Very prompt service. Nice food. Decor very tired and feels like it needs a steam clean and maybe a lick of paint. That’s my only negative. I still would go back however.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

It was a quiet, rainy Sunday evening and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The waitstaff was thus pretty attentive :) Order the tuna tartare, it is served over wasabi peas and avocado slices. The crab dip is also excellent!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Place was dirty

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Todo estuvo a destiempo y tuvimos que devolver un plato por estar frio.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

We were asked to confirm reservation on 3 separate occasions yet when we arrived for lunch the restaurant was closed due to apparent mechanical problems.
It would have been appropriate to call us before going all the way to Georgetown!

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

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Good pizzas and pastas with those delicious breadsticks and olive tapenade. Pleasant atmosphere and great service.

vipRickster (Singapore)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was excellent. Brought out-of-town guests and they absolutely loved it.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

I️t was our Christmas Eve dinner. The food and service was great.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent menu choices, eclectic twist to Italian classics and very well prepared. Our service was great as well.

DebRutter (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Family dinner pre concert. Very nice people. Good value

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Took my staff to Paolo's for a Holiday Dinner. Very cozy atmosphere, service was great and accommodating, and the food was on point! Would definitely recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

eric (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

been going here for years. always a good meal and nice atmosphere.
very nice evening.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Atmosphere was nice due to holiday music and decorations. Service was inattentive. Food was good.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was good. Our server, Andy, was awesome. Will definitely be back.

vipOpenTable Diner (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

I have been going to Paolo’s for nearly 30 is not as good as it has been for decades!

Enjoywithfriends (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

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.