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About G by Mike Isabella


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.

2201 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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.

Cross Street:
14th and W

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 234-5015

Website:
http://gbymikeisabella.com/

Catering:
Mike Isabella Concepts offers Italian and Sandwich catering. Please email events@kapnosdc.com for more information.

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.

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).

Executive Chef:
Mike Isabella

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact events@mikeisabella.com

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are offering Feast of the 7 Fishes from 12/17-12/24. Five Course for $65 per person.

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Private Dining

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

G by Mike Isabella Ratings and Reviews

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87% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

One of my favorites. G is always great. Service is always great. The ingredients for a nice dining experience. Try the chicken and couscous soup. Broth has deep smokey lemony undertones. Have never had anything but great food at G. And the prices are reasonable enough to be a go to for any occasion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I had antipasti and pasta and was satisfied; they were willing to make slight modifications for vegetarians.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We went to G by Mike Isabella for restaurant week. Although we were underimpressed with the outside of the building, the food, service and quality made up for any misgivings we might have had. We loved the food. I ordered the restaurant week menu while my husband ordered off the menu and neither one of us were disappointed. Portions were large enough to share especially my husband's Greek salad. A little off the beaten path, but worth of drive.

Tags: Vegan, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Terrific, authentic food that is well prepared and presented. The servers are attentive but unobtrusive. This is an excellent spot and a good value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

We went for restaurant week and the service was honestly terrible. We took our time with appetizers and the first course and the waiter kept trying to take our plates though there was clearly still food on them and half of the restaurant was empty. When the main course did come out it was clear that they had made our entrees when we first ordered because they were offensively cold. I was also given the wrong kind of wine. And for dessert my tiramisu was frozen and the cookies literally crumbled at our touch.

I've never so much as left a review on open table but I have to warn others not to come expecting an amazing restaurant week experience. Come for sandwiches at a small bar. Don't come for the ambiance or service.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Outstanding food, service, and casual ambiance. The menu offerings were unique, and covered a fairly wide spectrum. I do not recall any significant meat dishes but we were not looking for that and the seafood items looked enticing. I had the old fashioned spaghetti and it was wonderful. Others in our party had a variety of pasta, seafood, and salads, and all were quite happy with their choices. We're looking forward to returning at the first opportunity.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Great Beer, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I love the place. Good food for a great price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

bad experience on restaurant week. A/C was broken. apps served for party of 4 same amount served for party of 2 in next table. 1st plate pasta+lamb was too spicy. 2nd plate was tasteless steak that looked like a kebob on a bed of corn (!!!). tiramisu and pound cake desserts were awful. did not taste like how they were supposed to taste. this place has gone down. it used to be very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The menu was very limited unless you were interested in appetizers. Maybe this should be a tapas type restaurant. The menu on line did not come close to the menu online. The table where they sat us near the front door was extremely dark. If it were not for the street lighting outside we wouldn't have been able to see. Parking was very difficult. Luckily there was valet at $15. Our server was fine. I'm going to guess this is a relatively new restaurant but at this time I cannot recommend going there.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Always excited to try another Top Chef Restaurant. Here in DC, so tried G by Mike Isabella. Nice little G Happy Hour at bar. Staff highly recommended the arancini which was wonderful on happy hour menu. The Giardino Bianco Pizzaccia was deep dish style with artichoke, mushrooms garlic and mozzarella! Everything was fantastic!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Mixed bag here. Dinner on a visit from Seattle, 3 of us. Food we had was mostly excellent (rocket salad, cauliflower, chicken parmesN sandwich and lamb gyro). However, daughter's kale salad was way overdressed - absolutely soggy - so while the salmon was delicious, the overall dish was disappointing. Service was okay - took a while for drinks to arrive. Beer and gin & tonic were both good, if a bit pricy for the non-brand g&t - but we were served the worst mojito we've ever had. Very loud, but our biggest complaint is that the restaurant was sweltering. Guests all around us were fanning themselves and talking about how hot the restaurant was - and we all did the same at our table. Overall - some seriously good food, but the noise, spotty drinks and service, and HOT restaurant means I would not recommend it.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Great service good food, nice time overall. Would definitely go back

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Although there a lot of empty tables we had a good time and the food was good. Would recommend for casual dining.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The Sunday Gravy was delicious but the service was off. We were almost finished with first course before the wine was served and then 5 or 6 dishes were served at the same time, a bit overwhelming and not the best experience. We were overcharged on the bill by almost $100 worth of cocktails we did not have and desserts which were included in the meal. The waiter corrected the bill. I am a huge fan of Kapnos next door, G's service was not up to Mike Isabella's standards in his other fine restaurants.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I went for the Sampling menu and wine pairing and was pretty disappointed. I have gone to Mike Isabellas other restaurant for the sampling and wine pairing (Graffiato) and the experience was far superior -- considering we paid the same price ($$$).

The server just plopped the food in front of us and scurried away without telling us anything about the dish, which is supposed to be part of the food sampling experience. The Meat from the meat and cheese starter was essentially deli meat. The pea tortellini was sour and unpleasant. The baked ziti was cheesy, but the pasta was destroyed into unrecognizable shrapnel. The Salmon had a nice flavor, but paired with an inappropriate wine. The dessert was a blondie (?!) or tiramisu pudding cup... I would not recommend wasting your money here. If the meal was 1/3 the price, then I still would not go back.

The team at G really needs to step it up.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Wounderful food and great lively space! Second visit and it is better each time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Specialty cocktails crafted well. Thanx to Jaime for prompt and friendly service. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The food was just okay, and it was still pretty expensive. We won't be returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Wait staff was very friendly and helpful. We arrived in the evening and went for the tasting menu with pairings. Portion size was very generous for a tasting menu. We loved the charcuterie board and dessert. Pasta course was quantity over quality. Pork Milanese had a white sauce which was very sweet and sugary - not a lemon-butter sauce. This seems to be an add-on to Kapnos vs. its own personality as even the charge came through as "Kapnos".

It was a good meal but we wouldn't go out of our way to go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Great food and friendly service. This is a place for a dependable, casual meal. Loved the cauliflower and the ziti. I will eat here again!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Food was good, service was great. The location is U street corridor so parking maybe an issue but it is a definite gem.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

I wouldn't go back. The food was just ok, and the service was horrible.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Great food, amazingly creative as only Mike Isabella can do. Superb pastas. Most wines are overpriced but overall a meal at G is a good value.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2017

A wonderful way to end the weekend with friends. The family-style Sunday Gravy is delicious and plentiful and is a great value.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Go for the Sunday gravy. $40 per person, HUGE amount of delicious food. Incredible value and delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2016

The dinner experience at G has changed a good deal since my past visit; one can now have the sandwiches previously offered only at lunch. (At dinner they are set on a plate rather than wrapped in butcher paper.). Three of the four people in our party opted for the sandwiches, which I can heartily recommend based on over 20 lunchtime visits. I opted for some cured meats followed by a pasta dish; both were quite good. The restaurant was sparsely occupied during our visit, and as a result was very quiet, something that generally cannot be said of its next-door sibling.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Third year doing the feast of the seven fishes...gets better every year. Great food...great wine...fantastic service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Went here to meet a friend on a Friday night for drinks/dinner. Didn't like one of their custom cocktails, and it was mostly ice and garnish. I switched to a regular martini at dinner and they didn't fill the glass enough both times. I was excited for the arancini, which were good themselves but I wasn't a huge fan of the sauce they came in.

I had the carbonara, which was not carbonara at all. it was smaller noodles and tasted like a mac n' cheese. The peas and pancetta weren't bad, but the sauce really tasted like it came from a box. Furthermore, it was super salty! I didn't finish it, and it wasn't because I was full.

The service was friendly, but slow. They need more people working here.

The sandwiches look good and I would only go back to try one of those and get it as takeout.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2016

Stellar food all around. Went with a friend for Sunday Gravy which is $40/person. Being used to the small plates/tapas scene in town, we were shocked by how much food we were served for that price point. My friend and I could barely eat half and took him the other half for the next day's dinner. Wonderful price for the amazing and variety of food one receives. Appetizers, entrees and dessert were all yummy!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Great atmosphere. Food was good. We tried a little of everything. Quick service and prices weren't bad. Would definitely eat here again!

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2016

G was really good. The food is a good price, and it was very quick. I would recommend the sandwiches and the broccolini. If you are looking for a easy and tasty weeknight spot, I would definitely try G.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Italy)·Dined on November 13, 2016

Food too spicy

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We had eaten at G about a year ago and really liked it. However, they have now changed the menu-no more interesting entrees, just what they call small plates that are really enough for two and pastas , pizza and salads. We each ordered a salad (each one was enough for two so one would have been enough but no one told us this). My Greek salad was fresh but drowning in capers. My partner's Caesar was blah. I ordered fried calamari/shrimp which was pretty tasteless and not enhanced by the accompanying tomato sauce. My partner had baked ziti which was served in a small iron skillet and looked like a big glop of pasta and melted cheese. He said it was spicy and just ok. All of this plus one glass of wine and a diet Coke was not cheap. $70 for a disappointing meal won't bring us back to G.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2016

The place used to be good months ago and I made a reservation thinking that they still had the set menu. Now it is heavy, rich in carb Italian good. Unfortunatly I will not be going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Disappointing. Chicken parm sandwich was not made fresh. Breading on chicken was discolored and the basil in sandwich was black. Very few entrees to choose from. Vegetable side dishes are good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2016

The "Sunday Evening Gravy" is a terrific value and great and plentiful food. At $40 fixe prix for a four-course meal served to be shared family style, the food was plentiful and more than the two of us could finish. This is only available on Sunday evenings from 6pm to 10pm. Easily 1/4 of the food went home with us in containers to be savored again. While the "gravy" implies pasta and sauce, and there were such dishes, there was also a wonderful trio (separate dishes) of burrato, calamari and roasted brussel sprouts as the starter. The main and pasta dishes both had Italian 'gravy' (sauce) incorporated, and there was a dessert choice. Everything was wonderful - my nephew (a foodie) declared the spaghetti the best he's ever had, and I preferred the pepper-cream sauce on another pasta.

Tags: Authentic
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