DeCarlo's Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Lucy DeCarlo created DeCarlo’s Restaurant 38 years ago bringing the warmth and love of the Italian tradition to her restaurant. DeCarlo’s aims to be your home away from home and is a wonderful retreat from the demands of the city!

DeCarlo’s Italian Restaurant is the ultimate expression of a charming neighborhood restaurant! It is considered a local secret, where you can almost always hear Sinatra or Bocelli playing in the background. DeCarlo’s represents a dining experience where you can relax, talk, and enjoy a wonderful meal. The ambiance is a timeless feel of elegance – yet casual. DeCarlo’s is devoted to providing you personal attention with the highest standards of quality.

We offer many seating options – you can dine in a cozy booth, table, or alfresco on our patio. DeCarlo’s is the perfect setting to join friends and family. The menu features a diverse selection of Italian favorites and daily specials. DeCarlo’s feeds the body and soul!
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DeCarlo's is always wonderful for great food and service and an atmosphere that allows for easy conversation. Love it!!!

C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

...DeCarlo's is a hidden favourite of ours-always good!

s
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We eat there often but the soft shell crabs were not very good this time.........we took out of town friends because it is one of the few quiet places in town.

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

You can depend on DeCarlo's for great food, reasonable prices, and a highly-attentive waitstaff. Lucy DeCarlo, the owner, must treat her employees well because I have enjoyed being served by many of the same staff over the decades that I've been a patron. Some waiters (shout out for Israel!) even know what I want before I tell them! Parking is free and easy both on the street and in an adjacent lot and garage. Ms. DeCarlo often circles through the restaurant to greet her many patrons/friends and to ensure that they are enjoying themselves and their meals. Bravo!

A
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The staff is always so welcoming; the service is always personal and attentive; and it is QUIET - you can actually hold a conversation with your table mates without raising your voice at all. Favorite menu items = Scaloppini di Salmon, Vitello alla DeCarlo’s, Agnolotti allaCrema, Veal and Spinach Lasagna ... and for dessert, my favorite = Tartufo Limoncello. And don't forget to consider the daily specials = always delicious.

W
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was VERY slow and not pleasant. Simple caprese salad when tomatoes are definitely IN season was not good. This is a hard dish to mess up but they did it. Pretty sure something has changed in this place - and it's not for the better.

OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

everyone is always pleasant, parking is easy, food is goo and one can hear the people with whom he/she came.

E
Tampa
158 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

DeCarlo's is one of our favorite restaurants. What's not to like? It has great food and great service. We'll be back.

W
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always nice and comfortable

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

De CArlo's restaurant was a lovely place for our birthday celebration. The excellent food, outstanding service and lovely ambiance fostered a wonderful get together and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

L
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is good restaurant to visit with friends because it is not noisy
Food is very good

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful standard we have been going to for years. Deserves more attention from non-regulars.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Personable staff - great food - love the carbonara!!!

SM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outdoor patio is beautiful and quiet (except when an occasional truck unloads supplies at a nearby establishment). The salads are generous. The desserts are excellent - best pistachio gelato I’ve ever had, and the lemoncello ice cream was so light & delicious!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We go because the food is OK and the noise level outside is great. The service sure could be improved, but it's not a it's not a show-stopper. The key is eating outside.

D
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the scallops wrapped in prosciutto. Excellent!!

SO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Our group of 12 appreciated the attentive service, good meals, and the separate meeting/dining space. We're certain to return.

E
Tampa
158 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

WE often go to De Carlo's for lunch or dinner. The food is excellent and the service is very good too. It's truly a neighborhood gem.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A quiet well-managed oasis with good values in food and wine..

RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, wide selection of dishes, friendly and responsive service.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciated QUIET! And GF option (soft shells). Very very nice. Pleasant waiter. Prompt service.

MP
Chicago
169 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The patio is a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine on a nice evening.
The service was good.
Except for the salad, which was delicious, the food was a bit heavy and old fashioned.

c
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We eat regularly at DeCarlo's and enjoy their ambiance, service, and food. I have NEVER had a bad meal and especially look forward to their salads, seafood, and desserts. My husband and sons always order the wonderful veal parmesan . This restaurant is a bit pricey, but well-worth it and a special place to eat lunch , dinner, or weekend brunch.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible terrible lunch service. No body in resturant, lunch took 2 hours

LI
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another spectacular meal with two other couples who had not been to DeCarlos previously. I believe they are converts and will be back! Two of us had the soft shell crab special and they were without a doubt the meatiest and most delicious soft shell crabs I have eaten, including many at DeCarlos on earlier trips. As always the service was attentive but not overbearing, and the restaurant was quiet enough that we could easily carry on a conversation. My only disappointment was that the evening was not the best to sit on the deck, which is a favorite.

JB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food on the quiet patio. Perfect place for adult conversation and catching up with old friends

K
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great table at one corner of the patio. Super service. Food was very good, but not outstanding. Drinks were outstanding.

MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at DeCarlos; both times we had a very good time. The food was very good and the wine list was better than most. The wait staff was conscientious and courteous.

S
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening to dine on the terracd

H
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday with great food, service and ambiance.

RH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, quiet and gentle atmosphere, easy parking, and attentive wait staff. The seafood risotto was the best I've had outside of Italy.

HM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, classic ambiance and always consistent.

JE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DeCarlo's always delivers a pleasant and delicious dining experience, and this time was no exception.

NP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Since we went on Mother's Day, it was extremely busy. It took a long time to be served because of this. Also, they said they ran out of bread and bread sticks, which was unfortunate, but then bread sticks showed up when we asked a different server about their availability. Also, toward the end of our meal, when we saw another table had just received bread, we asked again - this was the third time - for bread. Then we received bread. The fact that bread and bread sticks seemed to be available the whole time and we were paying a pretty penny for the food in the first place, but we weren't being served, was a strange experience, which made us feel like we weren't valued customers.

EH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had filet of sole. It was terrible. Way overcooked, dry, burned . Should have sent it back but I was a guest.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were exactly right. We all had a good time. I especially appreciated the quiet atmosphere so we could all have a good conversation.

OT
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful day and we sat outside. A bit of noise in the neighborhood but still good to be outside. Food was delicious and service very good. Outdoor chairs could be more comfortable but overall a very enjoyable lunch.

WD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the best! Ambiance is perfect. Food is always excellent!

AG
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We ate outside & the weather and setting were just right. The noise level was perfect for conversation. The service was unobtrusive and adequate. The pasta, though...DeCarlos, what has happened to you? Great flavor sauce & filling for the agnolotti but the pasta itself was not only not al dente but had the consistency of cream of wheat...

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very quiet early in the evening. Nice venue. Good service. Very minor issue, took our drink order without showing us a wine list.

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