Casolare

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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. Our kitchen team offers 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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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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Miami
76 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We were celebrating three wedding anniversaries, so we picked a place with delicious food. The food was great, especially the homemade mozzarella appetizer and the gigantic chicken Parmesan. The service was okay, but we were a bit put off when the wine steward told us they were out of the wine we ordered and she had selected something similar, and what she had selected was $30 more per bottle than what we ordered. She didn’t tell us that, but we checked, and ordered something else that was in our price range. That said, we loved our dinner and will happily return another time.

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since I was staying at the Glover Park Hotel for my birthday, I decided to make a dinner reservation at Casolare.

From the moment I was sat at my table to when I left, all I can say is that this was the best birthday dinner that I have ever had. My server Nataly was very attentive even though she had a pretty full section. Megan, the Assistant Manager, made excellent course recommendations that will have me coming back to the restaurant.

Since it was just me and I wasn’t with a group of people, I took my time and just enjoyed the evening and meal.

I cannot say enough kind words for the way the staff treated me and made this a birthday dinner that I will not forget.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service is not what it used to be—we had to ask for bread and we waited a long time for drinks

n
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced wines, uninteresting starter options

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great portions, which you don't always see in the city. Wonderful flavors and menu options. Also the women's restroom has a cell phone holder, which is the type of touch I really appreciate.

M
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food wasn’t that special.. My husband’s chicken was over cooked and my fish was average. The desert did not taste fresh. The Caesar salad was good.

EG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waited a long time to have our food served in an empty restaurant. Food was mediocre, with my burger very plain and rubbery and the bread basket ($17) was nothing else than 1 small doughnut, 1 pastry and 1 rugelash. Will never go back.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious food at casolare!!

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. The staff was amazing and the food was incredible. I can’t wait to go back.

f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

I was not impressed with the food at all. My chicken was tasteless, and was not accompanied by anything except uncooked greens.

MK
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Casolare several times, and this visit - for brunch during restaurant week - was another delight. Our group of 4 enjoyed the delicious brunch basket of goodies, salmon and scrambled eggs, shakshouka and brunch burger, along with a few bloody marys and a fruit crisp. As usual, the atmosphere was cozy and the food was delicious and comfortable! We were glad to see much variety in the restaurant week menu, and our server was efficient and friendly. Looking forward to our next visit!

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was slow. Ran out of Bloody Mary mix at Sunday brunch! Food decent but you can get that at other places with good service.

RW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent brunch menu, excellent food, and excellent value.

NP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started our dinner before even entering the restaurant: in the hotel lobby, they offered us free wine as a part of their daily hotel lobby wine hour. They even let us take a glass in with us. The food pairings were also fantastic, specifically the spaghetti and “giant” (it was) chicken Parmesan. We’ll be back soon!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. They charged us $10 for a cappuccino, without showing us a menu first. This is an egregious price for coffee. If you’re going to charge $10 for a coffee you need to have the price on the menu.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both my partner and the couple we dined with love Casolare. The food is always wonderfully prepared and presented; the service is right en pointe; the desserts among the best in town. Both of us lamented that we had not visited in far too long. Wonderful.

JK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the shakshuka for brunch, and it was very good. The brunch menu is unimaginative but everything was prepared well. Ambiance is pleasing and the sound level allows for conversation.

CP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice restaurant-romantic and cozy. The salads were delicious and the pizza crust was absolutely perfect. It was a bit too salty for my taste, but made for a wonderful date night.

WS
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure for a neighborhood dinner with valet parking, excellent food and service.

BM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The environment was okay. The quantity of the food was sufficient, yet the quality of the food taste was really poor. This was my first experience NOT enjoying Italian food. This dinner was celebrating my spouse’s birthday, and I left feeling bad due to the quality of the food.

SH
New York Area
353 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good enough to be there two nights in a row!

SH
New York Area
353 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice little place in the hotel that also attracts locals. There were even big name DC types there! We were at a college orientation so this was easy and turned out to be quite good. I would certainly eat here next time I stay at the hotel (which will be fairly often now that i have a student in DC!)

MM
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a good Italian restaurant in a comfortable dining room with the kind of sound level that permits conversation.....very hard to come by these days. But Casolare is a bit overpriced in my estimation.

SD
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service from start to finish. Spaghetti was excellent, enjoyed the prosciutto as an app and several of the desserts including choc chip cookie and butterscotch pudding. Highly recommend this place for families, dates or group outings.

M
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was good. I'm glad we saved it for the last night. The menu is limited, which is fine, but couldn't see eating there every night. There are really good and diverse restaurants near the hotel.

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is pretty and has a nice vibe. We were excited about having the pizza. It was horrible. So much cheese, couldn’t even taste the sauce, crust was okay. It was so salty. We couldn’t finish our pizzas. I would say I’m a pizza connoisseur. This was definitely not good pizza. The salad was okay; nothing to write home about. Overall, not a place would recommend or eat at again. Disappointed.

BA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A great new find. Excellent space in the Glover Park Hotel. Wide ranging menu -- especially for a vegetarian. Will absolutely go back.

SE
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Worst and slowest service staff and kitchen I’ve seen in years. Brunch took 3 hrs and the place was empty. Would not recommend.

Casolare
Responded on June 3, 2019

Dear Sara, I'm sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience on Saturday. I'll be calling you shortly to hopefully sort out the details regarding your poor review. Our guests time is of the utmost importance to our team at Casolare and hate to hear that you felt we took too much of it. I hope to speak with you soon and thank you again for your feedback. Sincerely, Chris Van Jura General Manager Casolare Ristorante + Bar

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LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food from the bread to the stakes the pasta and salad dressings everything is great try it for yourself hard to believe inside of a kimpton but beautiful enjoy great food thank you , cia1984

RR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were running late all day and had to show up late. The staff was very pleasant and undisturbed by our request. They let us straight in and promptly took our order. The host, server, and bar tender were very personable and welcoming. We stayed late and played cards against humanity and had the staff cracking up. Great place to eat with a great staff! Oh and the food was hot and tasty!

AN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch menu is very nice with lots of choices from a burger to jalapeno hash. The staff are really great--attentive and friendly. Casolare has been a great choice for us over the years for Happy Hours, birthdays, Mother's Day and other occasions.

CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a comfortable space with a great aesthetic. We really enjoyed our visit!

MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

We love the food - there is always something interesting on the menu, but on this recent visit the service was pretty bad. It seemed as if no specific server was assigned out table - a number of people stopped by, but none of them seemed to know where we were in the meal. For instance, just as we had finished our appetizer, a waiter came, took our napkins and silverware, and asked us if we would like dessert.
The main waiter seemed to sense that we were being poorly served, and comped us a dessert, which was nice, but it would have been better if they had just gotten it right from the start.

MF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

They could use more servers to man the room.

JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was cold. Had to fill own water glass.
Whatever low class.

C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for a birthday brunch. Food was very good and service was good. Really enjoyed the starters also!

P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have eaten twice at Casolare in the past three weeks and I already look forward to coming back again because the food is delicious and the restaurant is attractive. Also, you can hear yourselves talk! Complementary valet parking is a nice touch.

EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Meh
Food was salty
Ambiance is bland
Best part of our meal was the wine we brought and only had to pay a $25 corkage fee
Skip this place . . . there is far better Italian food in DC!

TG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Excellent wine list. Very comfortable ambiance in the lobby of a unique hotel.

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