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Chef Isabella serves seasonal, artisanal pizzas and small plates inspired by the food he grew up eating in New Jersey prepared by his Italian-American grandmother. With heavy influence from Chef Isabella’s Mediterranean and Latin culinary training, Graffiato is anything but a traditional Italian eatery. Roasted potato gnocchi with pork ragu, chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce, charred octopus with tomato mostarda and mint, and hanger steak with pancetta and wild mushrooms are a few of the signature wood oven roasted dishes. Broccolini with red pepper relish and smoked beets with sheep’s milk ricotta are popular first plates. When the kitchen closes, the oven will stay fired to feed Washingtonians looking for a late-night bite.
Washington, DC 20001
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm (Bar & Pizza Oven Open Until 11:00pm), Thursday -Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm (Bar & Pizza Oven Open Until 12:00am), Bar Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm ($5 drink specials and "bites" for $3, $4, $5)
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Gallery Place metro station.
Chef Mike Isabella
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Graffiato does not have a private room, but we accept inquiries for groups of seven or more. Food and beverage minimums may apply. Please contact us to discuss menus and pricing for group dinners and half- or full-restaurant buyouts.
Graffiato Ratings and Reviews
This is my second time at Graffiato. Last time we dined as a family but this time was a date night. We went after seeing a Shakespeare play which is a two minute walk away. Good because it was snowing heavily.
We weren’t sure whether to split one appetizer or two. We decided on two which was perfect as our entrees were on the smaller side and there’s no complimentary bread. We had calamari and meatballs, both of which were excellent. The marinara sauce with the calamari was delicious.
I had a DC Mule which was tasty with the grapefruit juice alternative, but on the weak side. My husband was happy to see DC Beau on the beer list even though is was canned.
I had the lamb entree with chestnut purée. It was delicious but quite rich. I’d get it again, but split entrees and have something a little lighter to go with it. My husband had risotto and said it was very good. As I mentioned, those two entrees were small but we were satisfied with the addition of the two appetizers.
We were seated upstairs which we prefer. It’s a bit quieter and more spacious.
There always seems to be availability here which has been good for us at short noice, but I’m not sure why. It’s a very good restaurant.
I definitely recommend this restaurant -- the food and drinks were fabulous! On the second floor, the tables are very close together and it's pretty loud, so maybe not the ideal spot if you're looking for a quiet dinner. We went on a busy evening so the service wasn't as great as I would have hoped -- it was hard to get the waiter's attention at times and I was waiting for a drink for 10-15 minutes at one point.
Terrific ambiance and food. Service was terrible. Entrees came out at different times with huge lag times between each entree so two guests had their food while four guests sat waiting for a good ten minutes and then their food got cold. Not fun. Waiter was good but did not give a reason for kitchen snafu.
This is our favorite pre-game restaurant when coming to DC. Tonight we were seeing the Celtics come to town in an Eastern Conference battle.
We love it because of the great pizzas and apps. Tried some new dishes that were excellent including the brussel sprouts and the White House pizza with ricotta and prosciutto, which was more sweet than expected but a nice combination. Draft beer selection was low and service was occasionally slow but overall the experience was very good even as the restaurant packed up before the game.
Service was knowledgeable, especially appreciated due to food allergies. Also responsive to request to pace the delivery of dishes. Food was excellent except for the lamb....tough and not much flavor. Vegetables, salad, and pasta with sauce and a meatball were excellent.
Our server wasn’t attentive and we waited over 30 min for our check to be finalized. Our server never checked on us on a regular basis, and never wrote down our orders from the initial moment. She had to come to us to ask what we ordered a second time because she didn’t think of writing it down the first time. Food was good for the most part, however, the dessert from the restaurant week menu was not. They didn’t have any cannolis or tiramisu left in stock so we got over cooked cookies and a sponge cake that tasted like it was days old.
We booked at 11:30a because we knew it would be busy with restaurant week. When we arrived, there was only one 2-top seated. When I ordered a cappuccino and the waiter sighed, I should have known the service would be spotty. We ordered from the restaurant week menu. Unfortunately they had run out of cannolis for dessert and offered cookies instead which we ordered. The first 2 courses were good and came out in a timely manner (served by a food runner). We didn’t see our waiter for over an hour. We sat talking for 45 mins before I finally flagged down the waiter to ask for my pizza to be boxed up. She then said she’d bring out the check when I informed her we had not yet received our dessert. I asked her if we could order 2 coffees and she said yes but they were slammed and she would have to go upstairs to get them (what? It was brunch. Why wasn’t coffee available downstairs? Strange.) The cookies came which turned out to be a rock hard pine nut cookie, and two other tea cookies. Not memorable. Needless to say the coffee never came. My friend picked up the check and I’m pretty sure she paid for 2 coffees. All this took 2 hours. Someone needs to rethink their service process and implement a few side stations when they are “slammed”. I get it was restaurant week but there were plenty of people running around, just not in a productive manner.
The food was tasty, but the rushed atmosphere and rotating servers were jarring. Food comes out as its done, which contributes to the hurriedness of the service. We were there for restaurant week, and tasted three appetizers: the butternut squash bruschetta (bizarre and cold), the eggplant parmesan (spicy and delicious), and the calamari (my friends enjoyed it). I had the gnocchi with short rib ragu, which was delicious and very filling. For dessert we ordered cannolis, which were perfectly sized and very orangey. Good food overall but mediocre ambiance.
The staff was fabulous! Helpful and knowledgeable.
The meal was just okay. We’ve been there many times
but that night was an off night. The tuna appetizer and the pizza we had were great. Pasta with seafood was too salty and the gnocchi with short ribs was not good either.
Went for restaurant week, although the food was tasty, the menu wasn’t what was online. Also ran out of dessert choices for the restaurant week options and instead of replacing it with a new option, you were limited to what was left. Not worth the restaurant week price.
Honestly, I was a little disappointed in the service and the food, granted we did go during restaurant week so maybe that is on me. The services was rushed in the beginning and then we couldn't find the server. It went from one extreme to another. The food was interesting, the eggplant parm was not what I was expecting and not in a good way. We ordered the White House Pizza and it was soggy and that was the pizza that your server recommended so I expected it to be a little better. The risotto was good though.
We enjoyed the food, but the service was only OK. The restaurant was loud. We did the tasting menu— the wine pairings were not timed well, and we got very quick (or none at all) explanations of the food we were served. Price was good, but don’t know that I would recommend if you are looking for a quiet, upscale dining experience.
Great new find... My lunch companion and I decided to veer away from our usual lunch spots. I am happy that we tried Graffiato. I really enjoyed the potato gnocchi with the absolutely delicious short rib ragu topped with robiolina (a soft, smooth Italian cheese, which looks like cream cheese, but is the texture of whipped cream/whipped butter). The short rib ragu was flavorful, a little spice, with plenty of short rib, and the potato gnocchi were light, but heavy enough to support the hearty ragu. The flavors of the short rib ragu, robiolina and potato gnocchi made for a delicious dish. My lunch companion ordered the Forager, a vegetarian pizza with artichoke, mushrooms and garlic, which was also delicious.
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