G

4.3
205 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

Chef Mike Isabella opened G next to the original Kapnos on 14th Street in July 2013. G is a casual, contemporary Italian restaurant and sandwich shop with a full-service bar that is open daily for lunch and dinner. The all-day menu offers a full selection of of sandwiches, antipasti and pastas, such as G’s spiced baby goat sandwich, arancini and delicious mushroom ravioli. The 6-seat bar area is home to an Italian-inspired cocktail program. Each week, Chef Isabella presents Sunday Gravy, a recreation of his family’s traditional end-of-the-week feasts. Expect classics like crispy calamari, a classic Caesar salad, house-made spaghetti served with pomodoro sauce and a traditional meat gravy with meatballs, sausage and pork shoulder.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Tuesday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am-6:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Sunday Gravy)

Happy Hour everyday from 5pm-7pm.
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Phone number
(202) 234-5015
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mike Isabella
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Catering
Mike Isabella Concepts offers Italian and Sandwich catering. Please email events@kapnosdc.com for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th and W
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Parking details
G by Mike Isabella offers Valet Parking Thursday, Friday, and Saturday beginning at 5:00pm outside the Kapnos W Street entrance. Please note that Valet Service ends at close of service and is $15 per vehicle. Street parking can also be found nearby.
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Public transit
G by Mike Isabella is located 3 blocks from U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station (13th st & U st exit).
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

G by Mike Isabella offers reservation of the entire G space for larger groups. Please email for more information.

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What Insiders Are Saying

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7.8

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What 205 People Are Saying
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New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yummy and plenty of food to take home! Surprised it wasn’t more crowded

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you. Bryan P was amazing. I enjoyed everything except the fire alarm. That gave me a headache; but the food was amazing. I will be back.

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AS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This food was amazing and I was surprised it was not more busy with the quality of food and service.

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Terrible service and average Italian food. Not recommend it.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and excellent food!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant week menu was delicious. Although, the menu post online is very different from the actual menu. Everything was delicious and portioned just right. Our server was very helpful in picking out a wine that would go with every course!

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BL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and there are plenty of drink options. The best parts of the experience were the dessert (the donuts) and our server Jaime.

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KH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Looks like you’re walking into a sandwich shop; but don’t be discouraged. The food was delicious and service 5 star.

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OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good, not great dinner. Ambiance - cosy tavern vibe. Cocktail - Celery and Pineapple: gin-based, pronounced pineapple but no discernible celery, heavy on alcohol but still refreshing. Food: very tasty burrata appetizer - multicolored cherry tomatoes, creamy burrata, lemon basil, pickled shallots, and unexpected croutons; radiatore pasta with mushrooms: a plenty of wild mushrooms, very al-dente pasta, generous portion. I wanted to try meatballs so asked to add them to the pasta dish: tender, well seasoned but, essentially, forgettable. Dessert: espresso doughnuts turned out to be plain mini doughnuts (hot and airy) rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with chocolate ice cream (way too salty for my taste) - just OK. Service: attentive, fast, enthusiastic. Good casual dinner!

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AL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

After work meeting with a good friend on a week night and we ordered the cauliflower which was a red pepper purée type sauce which was delicious, simple and complex all at the same time. Also had the house salad with lamb which was great for a variety of reasons - all of the greens were fresh, dressing was the right amount and a light lemony yet tart and refreshing and the lamb was tasty, slow cooked and melted on your mouth. Though we didn’t get dessert this time around, I’ll be sure to order the creme brûlée the next time

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing and catered to all of our needs

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h
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a bit far from the Metro station, but the other thing were all good!

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s
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were here for the sunday evening tasting menus, there re two. the "sunday gravy" tasting menu was delicious, creative and offered a wide variety of food including fish, italian standards, veggies and killer desserts. Quite a deal at $40/person. highly recommended.

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K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner at G! Perfect place for a slightly more than casual date night!

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c
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

My 8-year-old daughter said it best: “That was the worst meal I’ve ever had, and I’ve eaten Play-doh.”

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V
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality ingredients, tasty preparation, and innovative beverages!!

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L
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last minute decision based on recommendation and was perfect atmosphere. The roasted cauliflower and meatballs as appetizers were great.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My friend and I went to G expecting a similar experience as other Mike Isabella restaurants. However, the restaurant is better suited as a lunch spot to have a casual sit-in meal versus a social dinner. I had the spaghetti and meatballs which were very average.

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Good place for a quick bite to eat, not the best place to go for dinner, however

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DD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and unique food/flavors. Personable service and good portions. Great wine list of relative unknowns but solid taste and price-points. Very cool vibe, safe neighborhood, extremely clean! Kudos on your success Mike from before Top Chef and to date! Best wishes!

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KD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with friends after Saturday happy hour, so got there at 8:30. Not to busy and go seated right away. Our service was quick and efficient. We ordered a few appetizers that came quickly and were great (broccolini with garlic and cauliflower with romanescu). Entrees were also really good: cavatelli with bolognese and ravioli with short ribs.
Excellent selection of beers (both Peroni and Moretti), wines, cocktails etc.
Highly recommend as a neighborhood gem!

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r
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The burger was great. However, the carbonara pasta was overcooked and too obviously reheated. Too salty also. Not horribly so, but enough so that while in don't regret visiting, I won't be coming back, or at least not for pasta.

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M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had the Sunday gravy dinner. It was delicious, abundant and nicely presented. Just sorry it took me so long to go try this. Our server was very personable and attentive.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not worth the price in my opinion. Little above average Italian food.

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DD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the menu and atmosphere.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service allowed my husband and I to spend some time together just chatting.

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WD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our team needed a good meal after a long day's work in Arlington. This was an excellent choice. Easy access off Metro Line, friendly staff, great wine, and tasty food, all re-energized the team. We had 4 individuals with varied food preference, and were all excited by the menu. We had no issues finding 4 apps, and 4 entrees to share across the table. Nothing went unfinished. The great wine selection made it easy find a couple of bottles we all enjoyed very much as well. The server, and front of house manager were friendly and engaging. Dessert was quite tasty and capped off an awesome meal that we were all talking about the next day.

The restaurant was smaller, but has a ambience and charm that provided the quiet location we were looking for to unwind. Would definitely recommend the restaurant, and look forward to the next visit to DC, and to G!

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DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It was ok not like his other concepts

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CT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This turned out to be a great find. G specializes in sandwiches and Italian food and we decided upon the Italian food for a late Valentine's Day dinner. My date (wife) and I chose the same appetizer and main course, kale salad and lamb shoulder ravioli. The kale ceasar was fresh with delicious homemade dressing. The ravioli was succulent with a lamb ragu that was earthy and tasty. We both loved it. We enjoyed different desserts. I had the apple cinnamon cobbler and she had the chocolate mousse. The cobbler was light, crumbly and not too sweet. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for good Italian food in a relatively quiet place. It was nice to be able to talk without yelling above the music. Well done, G!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I didn’t think anyone could mess up pasta until I came to this place. Aside from the charcuterie, everything was overly salty. Great wine. Doubt I would give it another shot because there is so much more to try in the area.

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EJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The $35 restaurant week menu was copious and tasty. We had trouble finding the shrimp in the shrimp pasta.

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RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

food was good. however they should have alerted us of how much hot pepper was there in the food.

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DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and laidback ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome👍Experience
Chef preset menu picks for 6 of us
Amazing!

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K
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Italian fare and good value for money. The cauliflower antipasti, Bianco pizza and ricotta cavatelli are recommended !

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L
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious Brussels sprouts.
Nice serving sizes

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RL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came in from the suburbs on a snowy Saturday night and I am glad we did. The valet parking was terrific so we got off to a great start. Once we arrived we were immediately seated at a cozy but comfortable table. The food was great--fabulous starters and great house made pastas. the wine list was very reasonably priced and our server Jamie was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu. The manager stopped by to top off our wine glasses and to tell us more about the restaurant. As a result, we'll be back soon for Sunday Gravy! Can't wait.

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DC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

G by Mike Isabella is always a good experience. The chicken and couscous soup! The meatballs! Food is always consistently good...and the service is too!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was perfect. Meal was incredible. Parents still raving about every course! The tasting menu + wine pairing is the best bargain in DC!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Sorry to see the level of dining has changed. The food is still delicious but it doesn’t have a special occasion feel to it. But it’s still a great neighborhood place. The prix fix is still available but no where near the level it used to be.

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