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Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown

3.8
581 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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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.
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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 581 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.8
food
3.6
service
3.6
ambience
3.5
value
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68% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

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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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Waiter very attentive
Pizza way I like
Bolognaise tasty

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Especially good lunchtime food, good service

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing! Would definitely recommend has vegan vegetarian options

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Worst service I’ve ever had. Ever.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Solid long-standing neighborhood; Good California Italian fare.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Efficient, professional service. Best garlic pizza in town.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Place was dirty

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1.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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1.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Family dinner pre concert. Very nice people. Good value

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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on November 8, 2017

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

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