Casolare

4.4
358 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Casolare Ristorante and Bar brings classic, Italian cuisine to Upper Georgetown. Our menu includes fresh seafood, pasta, pizza, market vegetables, gorgeous antipasti and fabulous desserts.

Created by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schlow and located at 2505 Wisconsin Ave. in The Glover Park Hotel, Casolare brings you the very best of Italy’s varied cuisines. Executive Chef Patrick Curran leads the kitchen team with traditional, Italian classics and delivers exceptional, flavorful, authentic food.

Whether you are joining us for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or perhaps a little apertivo and snack at the bar, be prepared to enjoy and embrace a few moments of true Italian hospitality, Casolare style.

We also hope you will join us for our Jewish Roman brunch bringing the best of the Lower East Side to Rome - right here in Washington, DC.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–11:00 am
Bar
Mon–Thu 7:00 am–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 8:00 am–12:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 625-5400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Patrick Curran
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Catering
Our private dining space, The Rock Creek Room, is located within the Glover Park Hotel and can accommodate private parties from 10 to 100 guests.

In addition we offer our beautiful outdoor space, The Deck, which can accommodate 125 guests.

Please send emails to eventsdc@schlowrg.com for inquiries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wisconsin Ave NW and Davis St.
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet with validation ALL DAY LONG
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Public transit
Closest metro - Woodley Park.We offer FREE PARKING. Just get your valet ticket validated by our team before leaving. Alternatively, we are a quick uber or cab away from all parts of Washington, DC.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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HW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and fabulous food!

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AL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious & fresh brunch!
Nice menu & warm service.

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LB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch. The food is great and the homemade bagels are worth the trip alone. Great service and they even have free valet parking which I’ve never seen at any other DC restaurant. Best brunch in town by far!

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DL
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casolare is an underappreciated gem. It is one of the Schlow Group restaurants in DC, but the others get more attention and kudos. Chef Patrick is young, but he is turning out outstanding dishes. We had a tasty and healthy kale salad, calamare (maybe the best I have had), and branzino which was cooked perfectly with crisp skin and moist meat.

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B
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Italian food, fit for foodies, great service. It’s inside a Kimpton hotel, and they offer restaurant guests free valet parking (with validation). Highly recommend.

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M
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very disappointing food - service was terrific but the food won't entice me back.

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Recommend if looking for great Italian food!

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Definitely a hidden gem in Glover Park. Probably overlooked because it's within a hotel, but the restaurant itself is a large space with cozy decor and a pleasant atmosphere. Really great pasta! Highly recommend the butternut squash ravioli with prosciutto ragu.

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m
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting and varied food, informal atmosphere, and free valet parking.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overpriced for the food quality. Services was ok...

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JS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We sat in the bar area, which was very loud. Otherwise, the food was good.

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m
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good Italian food, with many creative and interesting choices. Friendly service and valet parking, too.

Definitely, a great addition to the Glover Park neighborhood!

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WJ
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a quiet, delicious meal together. The salmon and bronzino were cooked to order and accompanied by perfectly cooked broccolini. The house caesar salad was fresh and generous, enough to share. The lemon cheesecake, lemon curd, and lemon sorbet was - well - lemony and sweet, with subtle difference that made it a nice pleasure.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were the only ones in the restaurant on a Monday afternoon at noon. I would have expected stellar service since there was nobody else to wait on. Our server was very nice, but our appetizers dropped before he even inquired about our drink order. We had to ask for salt and pepper twice before it was provided and bread 3 times before it was provided. We had to ask to order our entrees after our appetizers were eaten, which then took another 20 minutes. Great food, but service could use some tweaks. Disappointed in overall experience For what was supposed to be a fun celebratory lunch

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g
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food at good prices. Very attentive service.

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s
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

You can always count on Casolare for great food and service. In a lovely Italian farmhouse atmosophere, yet still up to date and on trend.

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o
Washington DC
301 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I am normally wary of choosing restaurants based on images of its food, much less photos on Instagram. Yet when Caolare began a "Jewish-Italian" brunch service earlier this year, the photos posted on its and its pastry chef's websites of its bagels and breakfast pastries baked in-house seemed irresistible.

The food that arrived on our plates was not quite as gorgeous as the Instagram photos, but still attractive to behold. (The same cannot be said of the rather bland Casolare dining room, whose main saving grace is its wall of windows overlooking Wisconsin Ave.) But the pastries were spectacular, the bagels as good as any I have have had in DC, and the bagel accompaniments first-rate. It was a delicious meal, albeit fairly expensive given the surroundings (we paid about as much for a comparable brunch in Manhattan).

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service is not good.

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M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice menu, good food and wine and attentive, friendly service. Will definitely return.

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JC
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Hidden gem. It's usually not crowded during the day, and the food is great. Complimentary valet parking is also a nice bonus! Shocking, the restaurant did not have a soup option at lunch. We expected that they would offer a typical Italian wedding soup or minestrone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch at Casolare, highly recommend the pastrami hash and the delectable pastry selections. The soon to be world famous pizza bagels are the real star here though! Thank you team Casolare !

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l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

having lived in Italy for nearly a decade, and with an Italian chef, I guess there's an even higher degree of finding GREAT Italian restaurants here in the US. WELL - you have GREAT Italian food, and an Italian friend who joined me says the same! From appetizers (Mama Zecca's eggplant & panzanella salad) to a most-delicious spaghetti and meatballs, we can't wait to come back again - and this time to include dessert. Bravo & compliments to your chef! A presto!

Laura

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DJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy this restaurant immensely. Glad to have it in our neighborhood.

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j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small menu with several good and tasty choices. Friendly wait staff

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MB
Salt Lake City
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our first visit to Casolare. We went there for the brunch and would highly recommend it if you like traditional Jewish cuisine.

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MK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had 2 martinis, they were ice cold. Food was good.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a delicious brunch at Casolare. The menu was terrific and the food superb.

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KB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I thought the service was great. All the staff was super attentive and the food was delicious.

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h
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best bagels ever.

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CF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian in DC - closest to traditional and authentic Italian in a comfortable and casual setting. Lots of home made specialties and an attentive and knowledgeable staff

Worth a trip for a casual and simple meal

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DJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have had several lunches and dinners at Casolare. In fact, we have introduced our neighbors to this restaurant as we think the food is very good and it's in our neighborhood. However, the cost of parking is just too high for a short stay for lunch or dinner only. We do live a few blocks from the restaurant, but we are seniors and cannot walk. Occasionally we can find a parking spot on Wisconsin, but most of the time that is impossible. We have even received a post card suggesting that this restaurant wants to serve the neighbors.
Surely something can be worked out to reduce the parking fee for those who have proof of residency in the two area codes closest to the restaurant, 20007 and 20016.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food, ambience and service is meh. The prices are highway robbery. I would not recommend this restaurant

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p
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought a bottle of wine with us because corkage was reasonable; the staff could not have been more accommodating to this and every other request ( food allergies, more bread, taking delicious leftovers home, etc).
I was hesitant to try the restaurant because of reviews on noise and service, but I booked a 6pm table on a Sunday and although it was more crowded by the time we left ( 8:30ish) the noise level was still not a problem. Great bar tender, receptionist, valet ( free). I’ll be back!

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J
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good and was very convenient. We had a lovely breakfast and had attentive service.

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FL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We live literally within yards of Casolare, so go there quite often. As always, our problem is the same. The food is excellent. The service is poor. Our condominium is full of people who have the same complaint. We were there on Friday night and I think the poor service has definitely affected their business. The dining room was about 10% full. Until they fix this problem, they won’t maintain longevity. Sad, because the chef is top notch.

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V
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is very good and the service when I went for dinner with my family was great. However, happy hour service was pretty bad. Bartender wouldn't make eye contact and mumbled, and when my boyfriend asked "I'm sorry?" because he couldn't hear him, the bartender basically yelled his name (which I don't remember) with attitude and said to ask him if we needed anything. Still no eye contact, and not very inviting in case we did in fact, need something. At a certain point he brought out the wrong food and we informed him of this to make sure we weren't eating someone else's food. He went to go check on it in the back and disappeared for about ten minutes, meanwhile we're sitting here with this food that we didn't know if we should eat or not. Then he brought us out the right thing but still charged us for the extra stuff that we didn't ask for. In conclusion, he never made eye contact, mumbled instead of spoke, and even mumbled things under his breath throughout the entire time we spent there, brought out the wrong food and then charged us for it. Pretty disappointing.

Long story short; food is good, service is inconsistent. It would be wise to make sure ALL employees are trained to have a good attitude and be pleasant while at work, instead of reluctant to do anything at all.

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

My friend and I went for Sunday brunch. We were immediately pleased with menu, decor and service. The manager came over and made us feel very welcomed and made some good food recommendations. After that initial welcome the service went downhill. There seemed to be multiple people tending to our table yet no one seemed to have complete ownership of our overall experience. We had to ask for our coffee to be refilled and my friend had to get up to ask someone to pay the check. We enjoyed our meal but there were some service steps that were missing. It almost felt like it was a new restaurant opening. I wanted to give this place an A+ but it wasn’t quite there.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ok. A little overpriced for what you get. I will not think about going back..perhaps if I want to try the pasta.

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LB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, the ambiance was lovely and the service was outstanding. It was a very nice evening.

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My daughter and I were staying at the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel so we ate here. The room was pleasantly decorated and the service was top notch. All the people who we interacted with were fantastic. The complimentary fresh bread and olive oil were tasty as was the Caesar salad and calamari appetizers were ordered. We weren’t so impressed with the entrees. My daughter had the penne ala vodka and I had the hand cut fettuccine primavera. Both dishes were cooked and presented well but were tragically under spiced. Unfortunately, no salt & pepper are set on any tables. Our waiter checked on us a few minutes into our meal and asked if we wanted some fresh cracked pepper or grated cheese. I eagerly asked for pepper but sadly he never came back with it. Interestingly, we ate breakfast here the next morning and had a similar experience with under spiced eggs and no salt or pepper on the tables. I’m not a salt or pepper addict but the lack of these condiments was annoying. The price of both dinner ($120 with tip for two) and breakfast ($40) were overpriced and not worth what we ate. Within walking distance of the hotel is a Starbucks and a WONDERFUL bbq restaurant called Rocklands BBQ. Much better choices over Casolare. I wish the food as Casolare was as great as the people who work there.

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