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J. Paul's - Georgetown - Permanently Closed

4.0
4
600 Reviews
$30 and under
American
J. Paul’s is Washington’s quintessential turn of the century American Dining Saloon. The J. Paul’s bar in Georgetown is itself a 100 year old mahogany shotgun bar, built by the Brunswick Balke Coolander Company and was previously housed in a grand saloon in the Chicago stockyards. Many will swear over their scotch that Al Capone himself bellied up to that very bar. Antique brass elevator doors from New York’s Waldorf Astoria frame the back dining room.

A few short blocks from the Potomac River, in the heart of fashionable Georgetown, the original J. Paul’s has become an institution. Every day, politicians, journalists, artists, business people and Washington personalities share tables with students, tourists and ex-Pats in the nation’s capital. Don't miss out on a visit to this DC institution!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - midnight Friday: 11:30am - 2am Saturday: 10am - 2am Sunday: 10am - midnight

  • Phone number

    (202) 333-3450

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tom Crenshaw

  • Private party facilities

    The 1889 Room at the original J. Paul’s in Georgetown has become an institution in Washington, D.C. Enjoy private dining in our 1889 Room, located on the 2nd floor of J. Paul’s. Its mahogany walls, wood floors and eclectic style give the room a warm, classy and cozy atmosphere. Long, magnificent windows overlook historic M Street, in the heart of Georgetown. This room is great for all occasions: birthdays, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, celebrations, business luncheons, cocktail parties, and even televised sporting events.

  • Private party contact

    J.Paul's Private Dining: (202) 339-6833

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Cross street

    Wisconsin Ave.

  • Parking details

    Located in Georgetown Park Mall, entrance on Wisconsin Ave. Parking Lot on corner of Wisconsin Ave and M Streets at PNC Bank. Street parking available throughout Georgetown.

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus

  • Entertainment

    Lively bar area is perfect for every occasion, and there's a large private meeting room upstairs perfect for corporate events or private dinner. and of course, liven up Sunday with brunch at J. Paul's! From Hangover Hash to the J. P. Scramble, you won't leave hungry! Our signature Bloody Mary cannot be beat, and our Irish Coffee is a real eye opener. Join us, Sunday's from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 600 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. m

    melindaj

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible - the restaurant was closed. We made the reservation on open table two months ahead of time. We even received a confirm the day before from JPauls and open table. We showed up at the restaurant at 7pm on Christmas Eve and it was closed. Awful way to end J Paul’s many years of business - why would open table accept reservations if the restaurant was going to close.
  2. FF

    FeliciaF

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We got there and were told by the man at the door they were closed for good. Permanently. It was a busy night right before Christmas and now we had nowhere to eat. Everything had 1.5 - 2 hr wait.
  3. T

    Tweety

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Celebrate Xmas
  4. PM

    PaulM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Been going to J Pauls for many many years. Sorry to see it close at the end of this year. Georgetown won't be the same.
  5. BP

    BeckyPJ

    Bristol

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Took a party of 15 for a Christmas meal and they seated us quickly and accomodated a number of seperate checks. Food great and waitress was fabulous.
  6. CR

    ChristaR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    eh. went for brunch and just ok. small selection and even made smaller because no waffles available. had to go find server twice for more coffee and the place was empty so not because she was busy. food average. prob won’t go back. too many other choices.
  7. CH

    ChristinaH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Hostess wanted to cram 6 of us into a booth. They were reluctant to sit us in the dining area and seated us in the bar area. I was taking 5 teenagers out for the night and the bar area didn't seem appropriate, but they would not seat us elsewhere. The food was decent, but the server never came back to check on us. We had to flag him down every time we needed anything. They were super fast when you asked for the check. As soon as they knew we were ready to leave they were clearing the table before we could even get out of the way.
  8. S

    Soph1920

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    I would love to say that everything was great, but how can it be when your waitress is extremely rude. Lady with short yellowish hair rushed my order, when I asked her the size of the crab cakes she mentions crab cake size in a sarcastic manner, didn’t give me the time to explain to her that I couldn’t have tomatoes or pickles. When she would come to the table she would refer to my date instead of asking me if I would like anything more. Extremely rude, the food was ok, but I wish I could have had better service... the food was okay, but if you have a rude waitress it just ruins the whole dining experience...
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The only thing I didn't like about this restaurant, was the food. It just didn't have any flavor to it. It's a nice place to have a date at, but what's the point if the food isn't good?
  10. EP

    EmilyP

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Service was not good. It took an hour to serve a bowl of soup and oysters... also, it’s incredibly crowded, the tables are too close together. The food was pretty good but I’m not sure that I’d go back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The service was really good. although we had to keep asking for basic things, Our waitress was pretty quick at getting us what we needed. The atmosphere was very cozy and energized with the out of town (Holy Cross) football team dining there. The food was good but I thought it was over priced for what it’s worth. Presentation was pretty nice though. I really enjoyed the calamari and the Mahi Mahi tacos dish had a good flavor but the tacos themselves were stale. The shrimp scampi was extremely oily that I just ate the shrimp and left the pasta (was a waste sadly). Others had burgers(good), Cobb salad (tasty) and fish fingers (fries were good but fish was very bland). Thank you.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall1food3service5ambience3
    They never got my reservation.
  13. CR

    ChristopherR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Food was subpar and was not even addressed by the manager. Manger just told the waitress to take it off the bill. Do he even care what we thought about the food. No I don’t think so
  14. KM

    KathrynM

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2018

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    J. Paul's needs a good clean. J. Paul's needs to invest in servers who know how to take an order and who care about the dining experience. Our server got everything wrong. And the floors are filthy. Disgraceful.
  15. AR

    ARIrunsATL

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Writing this review makes me sad as J Paul's is (used to be) my go-to spot when in DC for the past 20+ years. I will admit it was 4 years since my last visit and the first since the fire there. However, my visit this past Sunday evening was average at best and that's with me being somewhat nostalgic and giving them the benefit of the doubt. Started at the bar while waiting for the rest of my 8 person party to show up. My wife ordered a beer...it was a nice cold beer served in a very warm glass. Annoying but not terrible. I ordered an old fashioned...I'm not certain the bar tender knew how to make it. I'm also not certain he understood my question "what type of bourbon or rye do you recommend?" He recommended I look at the bar and pick. The end result was disappointing and overpriced at $11 (compare to an EXCELLENT Old Fashioned at Fiola Mare around the corner which was worth twice the price of the $15 cost). The rest of my party arrived and everyone ordered a variety of items. The wait was a touch on the longer side but not ridiculous. Everyone enjoyed their beer/wine but I steered everyone away from cocktails (if you can't figure out an Old Fashioned, what if someone ordered a martini?). The food arrived and was good, not great. Portion size was admittedly pretty awesome and the people who ordered the ribs really liked them. The carrot cake was ordered and shared for dessert; once again, it was good/solid but not memorable. Overall, as the person who picked the restaurant that evening I was a touch embarrassed. My once glorious go-to is nothing more than a bar with an average menu. When I head to Georgetown next time, I will be forced - by this experience - to select a different spot and hope for a time when J Paul's returns to it's past level of service, food and tasty drinks.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Was a bit of a mess as they did not have my reservation that I made through this app. We had a group of 11 people so it was almost a nightmare. Luckily they were able to pull some tables together for us. Had a great J. Paul’s experience but a terrible Open Table experience.
  17. HI

    HaroldI

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The restaurant was terribly understaffed. They had no coffee cups at brunch. The server was nice but overwhelmed. Disgraceful.
  18. MF

    MichaelF

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    J Paul's feels like it's gotten tired over the years. Fun bar scene, but food is very average as is menu. Service was OK, but we generally had to waive down our waiter for service and had to send two items back that were incomplete. Overall, was an ok place to visit but paying Georgetown prices for less that Georgetown service and quality.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steak and the caesar salad was delicious.
  20. S

    Stac

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parents weekend at school so had a group of 11. Staff was amazing. Food was delicious. Easy for Gramma to navigate in her walker. Would highly recommend and will be visiting on next DC trip.
  21. NJ

    NJTW

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a great neighborhood restaurant. It was the first time my in-laws have been to DC, to visit my son at Georgetown. This was a very nice restaurant close to campus. We all had good meals. I have also been there for lunch and had a delicious sandwich. A great pick in Georgetown.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Underwhelming. Fish of fish and chips soggy. Po Boy - weird not traditional. Mussels cold. Interior/ambiance tired.
  23. TL

    TinaLou

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The breakfast sandwich on the brioche bun was so tasty, and the home fries were delicious!
  24. VM

    VictoriaM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family traveled from Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia to celebrate my Mom’s 60th birthday. We heard great things and were excited to try out J. Paul’s. The staff was friendly and helpful, our server was knowledgeable of the menu and helped up with our choices. And our server surprised my Mom with a birthday dessert! It was a great experience and I would highly recommend it for any visiting or living in the Georgetown area.
  25. j

    jamesw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great Crab Cakes! Bar service and beer on tap are nice
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience, very quick and attentive service. Loved the food (the mussels app was amazing!) would definitely love to go back!
  27. LR

    LindsayR

    Fayetteville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for business and stayed an extra day to sight see. Everyone said Georgetown was the place to be for food and shopping and they were right! We randomly picked J.Pauls based on good reviews online. We were so pleased with everything from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. The server Jamaica was amazing! What a great smile and personality she had. She really went above and beyone to make our experience there amazing. Also, the food runner, the bar staff, the manager and the host were all professional and so friendly. Wish I could take this place back home with us! Love Love Love J.Pauls. If I lived near here, it would for sure be a weekly staple.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food with great service.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We loved the food here! The Mac n cheese bites are delicious and I almost died over how amazing the creme brûlée was!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very nice staff
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Nice waiter helped rescue my nephew’s toy that fell behind the table and wall.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    162 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2018

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Our server was engaging and fun. Philly egg rolls were good, as were the brussels sprouts (lots of bacon!!) The ahi tuna salad was fantastic; and it looked like most of my group enjoyed the chicken BLT. The fish and chips were not great; and everyone's fries were VERY salty. The carrot cake was very good.
  33. SC

    SealCoveGirl

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I took my work team here for dinner. The food was very good, but the person who had tuna tartar was very ill the next morning and had to stay home from work. When he returned he said he must have had “morning sickness” which makes no sense! We all wonder if it was the tuna tartar.
  34. OA

    OrdersA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the prime rib dinner. The sides we liked the best were the fried zucchini and the mashed potatoes. We also ordered oysters on the half shell and they were very good. The caprese salad was also very good with a large amount of mozzarella. We really liked the Malbec wine too.
  35. G

    gayleG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jamaica was our server and she did an awesome job! We were a lively group for Sunday brunch! Food was good and we all enjoyed ourselves.
  36. TH

    TerriH

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere for a casual dinner with friends.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Visit with family in DC
  38. S

    Samwise

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    J.Paul's wasn't bad--the food was good, beer selection was solid, and location is great. It also feels like a local, neighborhood spot. The service was ok, though drink refills took awhile and notes (seating requests due to mobility issues) left on the reservation through OpenTable were not looked at prior to our arrival. Still, our overall impression was "it's ok". Nothing spectacular, nothing bad; just a generally average experience.
  39. B

    Bison55

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed the crab cakes. Full, lump crab meat. Spinach was delicious too. Great service. A Georgetown classic!
  40. S

    Shmorgan85

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2018

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Arrived early for reservation so waited at the bar for my date to arrive, we were sat by a very nice host when he arrived at a window table which was nice. The window were open and there was a breeze to enjoy. The table paper was stained which did not start things off showing attention to detail or care. I noticed them setting another table with stained papers, appears the roll got wet but nothing was done to remove the stained area. Our server was being shadowed by someone I assume was in training, it was never really addressed but she was definitely not on her A game. There were not enough people in the section for her to have missed some of the basic things that occurred. When we sat down, I asked for sparkling water, my date got a beer. She never brought him a water and after he finished his beer, he asked for a glass to share my sparkling and after about 10 minutes of waiting we had to ask again before the glass came. There was a hair in our calamari (which as a former server i know happens sometimes), we politely told her when we noticed, about halfway through eating - and she took it away with barely an apology and no inquiry into if we were done, if we wanted a fresh order or to have it removed. When the bill came, it was still on there and we had to ask her about it. The food was good not great, especially for the cost of the dishes, they should have been more phenomenal. Overall it was an experience that I would not repeat.

FAQs

J. Paul's - Georgetown - Permanently Closed is rated 4 stars by 600 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Wisconsin Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - midnight Friday: 11:30am - 2am Saturday: 10am - 2am Sunday: 10am - midnight

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Located in Georgetown Park Mall, entrance on Wisconsin Ave. Parking Lot on corner of Wisconsin Ave and M Streets at PNC Bank. Street parking available throughout Georgetown.

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tom Crenshaw

  • Entertainment

    Lively bar area is perfect for every occasion, and there's a large private meeting room upstairs perfect for corporate events or private dinner. and of course, liven up Sunday with brunch at J. Paul's! From Hangover Hash to the J. P. Scramble, you won't leave hungry! Our signature Bloody Mary cannot be beat, and our Irish Coffee is a real eye opener. Join us, Sunday's from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 333-3450

  • Private party facilities

    The 1889 Room at the original J. Paul’s in Georgetown has become an institution in Washington, D.C. Enjoy private dining in our 1889 Room, located on the 2nd floor of J. Paul’s. Its mahogany walls, wood floors and eclectic style give the room a warm, classy and cozy atmosphere. Long, magnificent windows overlook historic M Street, in the heart of Georgetown. This room is great for all occasions: birthdays, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, celebrations, business luncheons, cocktail parties, and even televised sporting events.

  • Private party contact

    J.Paul's Private Dining: (202) 339-6833

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