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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.

1303 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20007
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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

Cross Street:
Wisconsin Ave. & N Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(202) 333-7353

Website:
http://www.paolosristorante.com/

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

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

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

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Overall Rating

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food

3.6

service

3.7

ambience

3.7

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

63% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
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Authentic (3)
Cozy (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for a Date (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Fun (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

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·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our server was good, but the quality of the food was mediocre at best.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Paolo’s has good reviews, buts it’s tacky and touristy. Might as well go to an Olive Garden. Also their burrata appetizer doesn’t even come with tomatoes!? What is this.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Decepcionado, hace 7 años comí ahí los mejores mejillones y un gran servicio. Ahora solo quedó el recuerdo. Me quisieron cobrar 3 veces de más de lo pedido, mal servicio comida regular. Una tristeza

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

More than disappointing. Branzino made my wife sick. The server cheerfully replaced it with a pasta (that was mediocre) and charged for both. My veal required a steak knife to cut.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Average. Server was okay, kept forgetting the forks for the guests and failed to ask everyone for their drink order. It was not busy enough for him to forget. Food was okay. Not the same as it was years ago.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food is great and if you want to splurge a bit, get the lamb shank. Its absolutely delicious... like everything else on the menu.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was our second time going and the food is always quick and tastes amazing. We will be back soon!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Our waitress was very hospitable and attentive! We all had a wonderful time.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

They have half prices bottles of wine on Wednesdays and we drank 3 bottles. Seafood could be a bit fresher but everything else was magnificent.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Time and again, we return to Paolo's. It is a neighborhood treasure. Friendly service (thanks AJ!) and good food. Will keep on coming back! Try the grilled steak salad.

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Very good food! The service was pretty. Disappointed they ran out of tiramisu. Highly recommend this place!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Had a nice meal on 50% of bottles of wine
night. Angel was our waitress and she did a great job.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 18, 2017

Our waiter must have been very new. There was plenty of seating available and i asked to be sat away from anyone else. But he sat us right next to the only other large group in the place. He spilled the cups of coffee on the floor as he walked to the table and kept re-asking some of the same questions, even after we answered. When he picked up some of the dirty dishes at the end, he dropped silverware on the floor and fumbled with the plates and cups.
The food was either burnt of not quite warm. It was not inexpensive and i expected much better. There were five people in our group and we all agreed that we were disappointed. Would not recommend.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I had an unfortunate thing happen there and so I was comped my meal and told they would send me an email so that I would get another meal on them also. I never got the email

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Milton was a great server, gave us a great table and got us everything we needed quickly and was very friendly. Food came out fast and was delicious. The bar was on point as always and the food recommendations were great. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Organic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Very good value on the brunch menu. Food was good. $5 breakfast cocktails aren't bad, but wish they'd bring back their bottomless special.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

They had a half price bottle of wine special. They were out of the two wines I selected.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The food was delicious. The service was not. Our waiter was nice, but unfortunately, once he started realizing that things were going wrong (drinks took forever, bar didn't know how to make a certain drink, and then there were no wine glasses for the wine that was average at best), he disappeared and sent the manager in his place. The manager didn't do anything to make it right (complimentary dessert, comp the appetizers, etc). Again, food was good, but service was lacking.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

We had a lovely brunch at Paolo's celebrating a college graduation with a group of 15! The service and food were excellent! A fun time was had by all.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We went to Paolo's for a casual family lunch before Georgetown University's graduation. The service was beyond poor. We were a party of five. Two meals were served, then nothing. We wait. Then a waiter comes to apologize because they served another table our remaining dishes. We wait. The waiter brings two more meals, we wait, then finally the last meal is served. What a nightmare. We order coffee...it doesn't come. Finally we gave up and just asked for the check. The check doesn't come. We have to hunt the waiter down. Given how bad the experience was , we thought they would comp us of something...but no. Paid and left. Paolo's you really need to get your act together.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Horrible, uncomfortable chairs that are more suited for kids. Food was decent and prices OK. Wines offered by glass were not good. Cocktails were very weak. Would not return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Outstanding food and service! I loved the calamari and special drinks for Mother's Day. Such a pleasure!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The portions varied and I was a bit disappointed by the small amount of risotto I got. However, the food was still absolutely delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We were a bit disappointed. Everything was just O.K.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Outstanding service. Great server. Great food. Very attentive staff.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Romantic
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