Solid long-standing neighborhood; Good California Italian fare.
Efficient, professional service. Best garlic pizza in town.
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.
Server was forgetful and inexperienced. Many items on the menu were not available.
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
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!
Paolo’s is a regular neighborhood haunt for us. Not fancy but the food is excellent, good service, great value.
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.
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!
Place was dirty
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.
Todo estuvo a destiempo y tuvimos que devolver un plato por estar frio.
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!
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.
Good pizzas and pastas with those delicious breadsticks and olive tapenade. Pleasant atmosphere and great service.
Food was excellent. Brought out-of-town guests and they absolutely loved it.
I️t was our Christmas Eve dinner. The food and service was great.
Excellent menu choices, eclectic twist to Italian classics and very well prepared. Our service was great as well.
Family dinner pre concert. Very nice people. Good value
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.
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.
been going here for years. always a good meal and nice atmosphere.
very nice evening.
Atmosphere was nice due to holiday music and decorations. Service was inattentive. Food was good.
Food was good. Our server, Andy, was awesome. Will definitely be back.
I have been going to Paolo’s for nearly 30 years...it is not as good as it has been for decades!
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.
Our server was good, but the quality of the food was mediocre at best.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was our second time going and the food is always quick and tastes amazing. We will be back soon!
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.