Casolare

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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. 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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MB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diner. I selected this place for a friend's 40th birthday dinner. Everything, from the reservation process, attention to detail regarding my friend's special day, the service, and the food, were excellent. I will definitely return.

o
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I've been here before but this time around the dinner was all over the place. We had multiple servers, slow service, and we were seated by a door that was constantly opened by staff taking out the trash. It felt like every 15 minutes a freezing draft flowed over our section. My mom and dad were miserable. Not to mention my food looked disgusting. I don't know how they messed up a pizza but my parents and siblings food looked and tasted 100X more appetizing thin my lukewarm, burnt pizza. It's really disappointing. I came here for my birthday this year and we had a wonderful time, food and service were on point. I don't know what changed, but the place looked understaffed on a busy Monday night.
Overall I can't decide if i will give this place another chance.

S
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The brunch was fine but nothing special. There are better options in DC. The restaurant could use a renovation. The food was fine but nothing stood out at all. It was more of a breakfast type thing.

BB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

the major change in a menu dish the linguine with clams was a major disappointment---the idea of taking the clams out of their shell and mixing it in the pasta makes no sense and left the diner with the belief that they were clams from a can. A perfectly good dish was basically ruined and also it was not told to the diner until the dish appeared compared to telling ahead of time.

TD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Casolare makes absolutely delicious food. I frequently have their cavatelli with sausage and broccoli rabe, but my friends had different pastas and the salmon dish. All were excellent, as were the salads and desserts. Their pistachio cannolo made my day for sure.

The only thing that knocks my reservation down a star is that our waiter was not as attentive as he could have been, although he was perfectly friendly.

I love Casolare, and eat there fairly frequently. Their food is a little on the pricy side but splitting a pizza and having a glass of wine is pretty economical. Definitely recommend!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We 3 friends went for brunch on a Sunday. All the 3 items we wanted to order were not available. Hence, we were forced to eat other options. It would help if restuarant had called us informing 3 out of 10 items not avl for brunch.

However, the food we ate was good. Guess can't go wrong with eggs 😁

EB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Felt very much like a hotel rather than a real restaurant. Our server was nice, but not well-trained. They didn’t have one of their signature dishes. Dead vibe to room.

SH
New York Area
367 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great breakfast. Portions will keep you going till dinner!

a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious-tench toast and brunch burger, as well as the potato pancakes-best of all, was the basket of sweet treats! Warm and fresh, they weren’t too sweet, but amazingly delicious.

SH
New York Area
367 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Can’t go wrong here.

A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The calamari was very good. Lightly fried with rings of jalapeno. Odd that there were no tentacles at all in the dish. I could not say the same for the remainder of the dinner. The seafood stew had a tomato sauce that was no different from either the spaghetti or the calamari. Some bits of fish had a very fishy taste and therefore may have not been fresh. The spaghetti al funghi was ok although a strong tomato sauce completely hid the flavor of any mushrooms and therefore substituting any other vegetable for the mushroom slices would not have been noticeable. Our friend who had the gnudi did not seem enthused with her dish and did not finish it. The restaurant was quite empty on a Friday night and still did not fill up by the time we finished and left. Three entrees and one appetizer, sans wine or dessert came to $100, much too expensive for the not impressive quality.

SH
New York Area
367 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

If you are staying at the hotel this is too consciente and too tasty to pass up the convenience!

NA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Good a ambience but very slow service.
Would like to have suggestions to what to order

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Cozy atmosphere. Perfect evening!

c
Washington DC
457 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another first and excellent find! Eggplant was just the way I grew up with ! Perfect!!! Could have ate it all night. Pasta dishes with homemade cavatelli were super flavors and outstanding!!! Pasta “homemade Sunday Gravy” come on! Super great like growing up!!! We will be back

LH
Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All these years and never been here before. We were looking for some place to have brunch before a meeting up the street. The burger is OUTSTANDING. And so are the fries. Love the potato pancakes with smoked salmon. Unusual to find that! Didn't realize that they have such a great bakery - but we didn't actually try the bagels or pastries on this trip. We were surprised that the place wasn't busier, but it is in a hotel - but don't let that fool you! We were dreading the parking situation a bit and decided to take the plunge and valet the car - cost be damned. Then, we completely thrilled to learn that the restaurant validates! So don't shy away from here for fear of parking the car.

LL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely -- the food was delicious and the service outstanding!! Many thanks!

BE
Miami
78 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overpriced wines, uninteresting starter options

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Delicious food at casolare!!

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food1service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent brunch menu, excellent food, and excellent value.

NP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food5service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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
52 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

BM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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
367 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good enough to be there two nights in a row!

SH
New York Area
367 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
39 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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