DeCarlo's Restaurant

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311 Reviews
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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!
What 311 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family favorite for years - this restaurant is always quiet and the food delicious.

g
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was terrible and there were only two tables of diners. We had to flag down servers to get any help and then they were unpleasant. Food tasteless and not inexpensive. Last time going there—have tried several times thinking it was an off night.

OT
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Love DeCarlo's. The service and food are always good. I had 2 specials: tomato, avocado and burrata salad, followed by the swordfish. My husband had a half order of carbonara to begin (always wonderful) and then the filet oscar. Everything was superb!

t
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A personal favorite...NEVER FAILS to satisfy! We enjoyed the Lobster salad and the pasta is always great.

ML
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dining experience. The servers were attentive and provided excellent service. Food was authentic and very good.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this restaurant, especially when Israel is our waiter!

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to restaurant when I want a reliably pleasant dinner in a pleasant setting with good food and good service.

OT
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is consistently good and gets even better the more often you go. The staff learn your preferences and can make suggestions that enhance the meal. I’ve been going here for almost 40 years and have rarely been disappointed.

AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service are excellent! And, you don't have to drive downtown after work to get a fantastic meal.

N
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We go regularly to DeCarlo's because they cook some of the best fish in town. It is a good place to have a good dinner and a conversation. Despite development rumors, the restaurant is alive and well and hopefully diners will keep it that way for many years.

LB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighborhood gem always has consistently good food, excellent wine selection and good service, and you can have a quiet, relaxing conversation without interruption or noisy distractions. Thanks to the owner and staff for their excellent service over many years.

OT
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going there for decades and it never disappoints. On the most recent event, it was cold and raining outside, but inside it was quiet, comfortable and inviting. The room is dignified and the tables are far enough apart that you don’t have to talk over the table next to you. Let’s hear it too for real white linen table cloths that muffle the clanks of plates or silverware. The waiters are friendly and reserved; one doesn’t have to endure some millennial asking “ Hey, how are you guys tonight?”

The food is classic Italian. They have a wide selection of meat, seafood and pasta choices. Either the mussels or the artichoke are great appetizers. My favorite pasta dish - pasta with white wine and clams, and I like all of their seafood main courses.

There is a wide selection of desserts and after dinner drinks.

The dining is unhurried and you really have a chance to enjoy the meal and company.

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food not as good as in the past. Service was fine. This is a neighborhood restaurant. Good for low key dinner.

M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

E
Tampa
159 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always nice and comfortable

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service2ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the scallops wrapped in prosciutto. Excellent!!

SO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

E
Tampa
159 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MP
Chicago
170 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall1food4service1ambience3

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

LI
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

K
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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