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Graffiato

4.2
1623 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
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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.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday - 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday - 5pm-11pm
Brunch - Saturday & Sunday - 11am-3pm
Happy Hour 7 days a week from 5pm-7pm at the bar
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Phone number
(202) 289-3600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Mike Isabella
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Catering
Mike Isabella Concepts offers catering in the style of Graffiato. Please email events@mikeisabella.com for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Gallery Place metro station.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact our events team at events@mikeisabella.com.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Graffiato is a reliable small plates and Italian comfort food spot. Hit it up for date night, or before a show at the Verizon Center.

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What 1623 People Are Saying
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3.9
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2.0Dined 2 days ago

It was loud. Waitress was not attentive. Took forever to get the check. Didn’t check on us. Restaurant was loud. Food was very overpriced.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

This was a business meal for six people and everything about the experience was wonderful especially at the end of the evening with my wife had dropped a glove outside the restaurant on the street. The maître d’ actually recovered that and brought it back inside so that when we called back, she had it at the desk waiting for us. Exceptional service I think.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

This place is a must try. The food was super tasty.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

I used to love Graffiato and have been many times. They have changed the menu significantly and removed the items that kept us coming back (pepperoni bread-sticks, Caesar salad, Brussels sprouts, several meat dishes). It was still "good," but not someplace I would be excited to return to. Also, I hear the owner is a real jerk.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

We were so excited to eat at Graffiato and had flown in for a show from out of town. Sadly, we were seated per our reservation, but our server did not the table for at least 20 minutes (we even had our waters refilled before we saw anyone to take an order). Food came quickly, but then no one checked on it or even came back to offer a dessert (which we wanted) or the check. I had to flag down a manager to get our bill and gave my credit card immediately because I was afraid no one would return to get the payment. We were very disappointed in our experience and especially so because we had flown in and made the reservation far in advance.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was delicious, but a bit low brow for a business dinner. Still great. Porky pizza was amazing.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Walked here from National Gallery for dinner Sunday - lots of interesting dishes to share, and everything we tried was absolutely delicious. Good choice for an authentic fun meal with friends.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was fine, service was fine, atmosphere was fine. But bill was high for just a so-so meal.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful flavors! Enjoyed everything!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service and delicious brunch food. The fresh pressed juice in the mimosas was a great extra touch .

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Service was awesome and excellent attention to detail with food presentation. Very friendly staff-I plan on going back this Friday with friends.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Graffiato used to be such a gem - we won’t be returning. Food was lackluster (over seasoned, expensive, and sounded awesome on paper but arrived generally boring).

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Menu a big thin but food offerings great, excellent service and upbeat atmosphere. Very worthwhile and reasonable cost.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We had a dinner reservation here to celebrate during a bachelorette weekend. The place was very pretty inside. We had a table right next to the window overlooking the Calitak One arena (which was fun for people watching during a Caps playoff game). Our server, Giovanni, was amazing. He was kind and friendly and accommodating and offered some amazing marriage advice to our soon to be bride. We truly enjoyed our experience and would come here again for sure (but Giovanni being our server would be a must! 🙂). Graffiato’s is a definitely must go place and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Ate there before a Capitals game and was happy with the service and food. We initially were disappointed that some of our favorites were no longer on the menu but that didn’t matter. The whipped mozzarella with eggplant purée was terrific and the kitchen graciously made White House pizza, though no longer on the menu. Very attentive and friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

To be honest I wish they didn’t change the menu because what they took off was the BEST (White House pizza to be exact). What we did order was good, the drinks are always great and the service is good too!

I don’t think the meals are worth the prices, but the experience is nice.

PS- they call them small plates but they are pretty big! It’s not really like a typical tapas

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

My husband and I dined here during our trip to D.C. The food was great and so was our waiter. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. We really enjoyed everything about our dinner here.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Service was quick. Food was delicious. Highly recommend the rigatoni.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Ok place. Less atmosphere than I was expecting. Good food.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The steak and rainbow trout came with pickled vegetables, such a weird and quite frankly disgusting combination. Steer clear of this place unless you want pizza and slow inattentive service.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Our family struggles with finding places to eat outside of our own home because of food allergies. The staff worked hard to ensure that we had an allergy free meal.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I had the spaghetti and meatballs, along with the butter salad. The meatballs are some of the best I’ve ever tasted!!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The service was excellent and the pizzas were excellent. The waiter was very attentive despite being very busy. The meatball pizza was awesome!! Birthday candle was a fire cracker and just fun!!

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food was good but way overpriced and not enough variety of options on the new menu, ie only 4 pastas, 2 with pork, 2 vegetarian. Bread (which is not complimentary like it is at almost any other Italian restaurant) was sent out burnt to a crisp —not sure why would anyone think that was acceptable to send out ( especially considering the restaurant was empty and they had plenty of time and staff to re-do it). Used to like thugs place but now just way over priced for what you get.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Awesome place for a brunch

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Restaurant has gone downhill. The menu has been changed and they have taken off many of the best dishes.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Service was spotty, definitely not in line with the price we were paying for the meal, or our expectations. Food was good, prepared well, but didn't warrant the price.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent service tonight better than usual at graffiato

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Needed a place nearby that satisfied multiple meal requirements and this solved the problem with small dishes and shared plates.

Food was awesome and the guidance and help from the staff was superb.

We lived our meal and the collaborative style
Of the waiter

I will go again next visit!

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food was overpriced and not that great for the cost.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I ordered tuna, charred octopus for appetizers and gnocchi to share with a friend. I loved the slices of raw tuna tossed with fresh vegetable and the crabmeat gnocchi. Overall, I enjoyed the meal and its casual ambience. With two glasses of Argentinian Malbec, we paid $160 in total including tax and tip.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Graffiato's new menu is less exciting and more generic. Graffiato used to be a great spot for mid-range italian-style cuisine, but with their new menu's emphasis on small plates and "global influences" it now seems just like every other would-be trendy spot in town. Other places in DC are doing the same thing better.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I have never left a bad review before. Service was laughable (if you could see the humor in waiting for more than 30 minutes for a Coke), food was modest--foccacia hard and cold, pasta edible but terrible presentation with noodles dumped on a plate and sauce haphazardly splashed (not appetizing at all), entrees with cold sides. Pizza was excellent, though. Our server was very pleasant, but occupied with multiple tables and there seemed to be any number of uninformed helpers that occasionally showed up to reach across the table to grab plates and drop off food in no apparent order and with no apparent training. (After delayed drinks and starters, there was approximately 45 minutes between the staggered arrival of our 6 entrees.) I believe the concept and recipes to be solid, but the execution of the overall plan is deficient. Very disappointed in our experience.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The menu changes so don't expect the items on Open Table to match what is actually on their menu. We went there to get 3 specific items, none were on the menu. They apologized and made up for it by comping a food item.
Overall very nice staff and food was decent, but not amazing.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our table was under a vent and it was kind of chilly but everything else was good!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Bring back the Jersey Shore pizza! I’d been talking it up forever only to find it gone when bringing a friend.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Usually good food was terrible ... soggy pizza... octopus over seasoned and very small portion.. major disappointment .

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1.0Dined on March 20, 2018

NOISEY - music so loud at 5:30pm could not hear waiter. Portions small and overpriced for fair food. Never going back

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Being right next door to the Capital One Arena, Graffiato is a good spot for pregame or pre-concert dining. It's very casual and the food is skillfully prepared. My cousin and I dined here before tonight's Caps game and enjoyed drinks and appetizers. We had the bruscheta starring Prosciutto di Parma (very good) and the charred octopus (on a bed of black lentils, I believe). The octopus was also tasty, but the portion was a little sparse relative to the "bed" beneath it. This was a bad weather outing, so not a big pregame crowd; it was fairly quiet. We've been to other Mike Isabella restaurants in the DC Metro area and, like Graffiato, they seem to be consistently good but not great.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great experience

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