DeCarlo's Restaurant

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347 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Lucy DeCarlo created DeCarlo’s Restaurant 40 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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vipRRRG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

De Carlo's is reliable very good, very friendly, very comfortable for chatting with friends. Their patio is great these days.

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magnolia
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed dining here again! Excellent meal.

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Luvgoodfood
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Poor food Saturday night. Doubt we will return though we have had good experiences over the years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor space, food excellent as usual. Our favorite restaurant.

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vipAnneS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service!

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BarbaraF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Menu abbreviated. My entree disgusting - plate hot but food lukewarm. Very bland. No spices or even salt. Tasted like it was made the day before and nuked.
Had to fight mosquitoes in the patio.

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vipEllen
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

My third and last visit. Wine and bread were good. Everything else mediocre

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JillB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice... we are outside on the porch. They are very very accommodating on changing the sides and how food is prepared!

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vipAnnS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great—service good, but servers were working very hard.

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vipBebe
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

DeCarlos is a neighborhood favorite and has a nice covered patio that makes dining there safe and easy.
The food is always good, service attentive. Soft shell crabs were wonderful as was the steamed artichoke.
We hope everyone will support the restaurant during this difficult time.

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TheoD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We consider DeCarlo's as one of our "special occasion dining" venues. The food is consistently tasteful and well presented. This time the setting and atmosphere were quieter and low keyed than our prior visits, no doubt a consequence of the current pandemic situation.

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vipAnnS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and well
prepared—loving their roomy terrace with awning during this time when we prefer outside seating even on hot days!

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RobertH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The last day it was open before the mandatory closure owing to Covid-19. We'll hope it reopens soon.

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DianeS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I eat at DeCarlo’s regularly and enjoy the food and ambiance and ease of finding parking.

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robertb
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal and throwback ambience. Definitely a go to for my wife and I.

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vipBobR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Waiters ignored us, and were generally not pleased that they had to serve us. They seemed to be better with the regulars at the restaurant. We may return here, but only for the food, and the atmosphere is pleasant--even better in the summer when the patio is open.

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Hughes
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was poor. We had the risotto and the lasagna.

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vipLIsaR
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Valentine’s dinner. Truthfully and not surprisingly because of the crowds the food and service weren’t quite up to their normal excellence, but it was a wonderful meal and, as always, quiet. The special,pasta was a little overcooked but very tasty. The kitchen forgot to add the scallops, but the server noticed as he was serving it and ran back to get them. They arrived beautifully cooked and browned. DeCarlos has the best bread around.

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vipDeckhand
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful experience always. Been patron for decades. Food and service are consistently good. Owner, family, staff and other diners are friendly and considerate. You won’t regret visiting DeCarlos. It is a gem.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were among the very first guests for Valentine’s Night and our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It was quiet and romantic. Neither of us had ever been to De’Carlo’s before and said we agreed we wanted to return. We loved our experience.

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. 😊

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DeirdreC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A reunion of friends who now live on two coasts.
We were able to talk hear ourselves, but not other diners. The attentiveness of waitstaff was just right. Our food was delicious. We could not have asked for more. This will be the first of many visits.

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MichaelP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We love DeCarlo's and dine there several times a year. There has been some recent turnover in service staff, so a few waiters are not as familiar with the menu or practices as the more experienced ones, but we still like it and want to support the restaurant as long as we can.

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vipLady
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DeCarlo’s is always wonderful’

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
239 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a great dining experience at a neighborhood restaurant. Only problem was the veal chop that was over-cooked.

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vipGman
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service. A reliable, neighborhood institution.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always great, even on a Monday night. You are never rushed and the service is old world - attentive but not intrusive. I’ve been dining here for 30 years and it’s never less than good; usually it’s excellent.

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vipScottW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a classic, old school Italian restaurant that is perfect (and by the look of the crowd, loved) by mature diners. My 88 year old father and his friend loved the place, the food, and the ambiance. In particular, for older guests, the quiet calm of the dining room is a much welcome break from modern restaurants that can been incredibly loud, and difficult on hearing aids.

The service was fine, but could have been a bit more friendly. The waiters were ok, but they didn't engage in a way that made you feel welcome and cozy, however one could see them engaging more personally with regulars in the dining room.

The prices were a tad high, but everyone enjoyed their meal. This is a little secret in NW DC, it doesn't appear on best of lists and all that. Its a solid stable restaurant that delivers, in particular to more mature audiences that want consistent quality in a calm and comfortable environment. WIth that, no doubt we will return again. Its not a up tight foodie place, its were you go to dine on good food and have good conversation with your table mates over wine. We did have to chase down a waiter to get them to process our bill, but that was at the time when the place had filled up for dinner. Again, the guys (most of the waiters seemed to be men) could be a bit more warm and welcoming. But nothing to keep us away in the future.

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vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
157 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great Christmas Eve meal at DeCarlo's. The martinis were exquisitely prepared and the wine list allows for even the most challenging tastes to find a bottle or a glass. Entrees were served together at the correct temperature and were prepared to perfection...she had the veal chop and I had the salmon.
The waitress was attentive but appeared to be new and not totally familiar with the menu. Not my first visit to this fine Italian restaurant and will certainly not be my last!

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Foodie22
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner, food was excellent but the service was very slow.

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dinerinnyc
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner and evening while enjoying the beautiful Christmas tree.
Everything was wonderful and we will definitely be back!

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viplauram
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portions not too large and sauces were light. Everything was delicious. Service was very good. Great neighborhood gem. Will be back.

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vipirabetsy
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great for,older people! Parking available.
No steps into restaurant.
Quiet!

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Joey
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

OK but nothing special. Lasagna was coated with a thick layer of mozzarella, so if you like cheese...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Have been going to this restaurant for many years and always enjoy the dining experience received.

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JoanL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All of the food was really tasty and the restaurant had no problem with splitting a salad and a dessert.

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AlanM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

This was possibly the longest dining experience I’ve ever had. We made a reservation for our party of 8 for 7:15 on a Saturday night. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. It was 25 minutes before we placed our drink order, we were not provided with menus until 35 minutes and were told by our waiter that they were short on menus.

Dinner arrived an hour and 30 minutes after we first sat down and when all was said and done and we had paid the check we had been there just under 3 hours.

The staff was nice and the restaurant was very crowded but 3 hours is a record for me. The food was tremendous however and the pricing reasonable for the high quality of food.

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DeanB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ginny
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
75 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!

FAQs

DeCarlo's Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

DeCarlo's Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 347 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.