Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Washington, D.C. Area
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Georgetown

Ristorante La Perla of Washington

3.8
3.8
1387 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

The restaurant of choice of many distinguished diners and restaurant critics, Ristorante La Perla of Washington, located near Georgetown at the tail-end of the historic Pennsylvania Avenue, takes its diners on a culinary journey through Italy with elegant decor surpassed only by authentic mouth-watering Italian masterpieces. During Lunch and Dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while prime meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables roast to treat diners to a little bit of heaven, with a long lasting memory for your taste buds, thanks to the vision of famous chef Vittorio Testa, who has kept alive the Italian culinary tradition for over three decades.

Chef-Owner Vittorio Testa will make you feel like you're dining in his house. The waiters exceed expectations, and the space is garnished with painted tiles and Venetian glass to make every dining occasion a memorable one. There's also Private dining and Outdoor seating when the weather permits.

Make a reservation

2 people

May 2022
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 333-1767

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Vittorio Testa

  • Catering

    Ristorante La Perla located in Georgetown is famous for its banquets and catering. La Perla offers services like private dining, banquets, wedding catering, event catering and private parties. We can cater to any needs that a customer could desire. You can come to us or we can come to you. We will develop a menu that exceeds your expectations. <br /><br />Please call 202-333-1767 to inquiry about any of our services and to learn more.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private room that can seat 20 people. We can accommodate larger parties so please call us to discuss.

    Reserve your own Private Dining Room for any occasion that includes meetings, events, family functions, birthdays etc. Please call Chef Vittorio Testa personally at 202-333-1767 and ask to reserve this special room. Based on availability.

  • Private party contact

    Vittorio Testa: (202) 333-1767

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Cross street

    26th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW

  • Parking details

    We offer Valet Parking for $6 at dinner. Street parking options are also available.

  • Public transit

    We are located within a walking distance from the Foggy-Bottom Metro Station which is serviced by the Blue and Orange Lines.

  • Entertainment

    We have eclectic selection of soft background music that plays through lunch and dinner.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,387 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseQuiet

Sort by

Filters

  1. C

    212Consultant

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    wedding anniversary, wonderful!

  2. GF

    GoodFood

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Overall, La Perla is an acceptable dinning option but be prepared to wait for your service, drinks, wine, and food.

  3. LD

    LesD

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    A trip into Washington’s past. Food very good, service adequate—Florida Panthers came in while we were there and that somewhat shifted service attention to the large group.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pasta was spectacular, chef Vittorio was there welcoming guests, service was amazing!! Rare restaurant in D.C. that pays great attention to both the food and service.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    The service was very poor and slow. Few wines listed on the menu were available. The server forgot to bring some dished and when reminded brought them after dessert at the end of the meal. We have eaten here many times in the past but will never go again. It is a shadow of its former self.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef Testa is the best!

  7. GG

    GregoryG

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    There are several other fine restaurants in the area. The food here was average, but the service was awful. The place was not busy (only 4 tables occupied, 2 waiters) when we were there for a late evening dinner. We had to ask for our waiter several times for basics like silverware, wine list, etc. He just kept disappearing and never checking on us. Eventually had to asked the host for our bill.

  8. JR

    JulieR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great authentic Italian restaurant in D.C. we’ve been coming here for many years and have never been disappointed. Highly recommend!

  9. MB

    MariaB

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    They seem to be understaffed, a bit disorganized because after they sat us they did not know which server was assigned to us so we had a long wait just to get our menus,drink and food orders in. Our waiter was multi tasking ( he was also setting up tables and mixing drinks) so it took awhile for us to get our check to pay for our meals. My spaghetti carbonate was delicious but my husband’s Osso Bucco was a bit dry.

  10. 2

    2foodies

    New Orleans

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend. Great food and service.

  11. AT

    AngelaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    My only complaint is that it was really hot in the restaurant. We asked if the air conditioning could be turned up but received an answer I didn’t quite understand. But the service was impeccable otherwise. The server even went out and hailed us a cab. Very nice!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    La Perla is one of our favorite restaurants. We have dined here many, many times. Due to the pandemic, we haven’t been in DC for a few years. This was our first trip back, and we made sure we had reservations before we arrived in town. We invited four friends, and each one of us was more than impressed with the ambiance, service, presentation, and taste of our dinners. Absolutely delicious, and we had a completely wonderful evening.

  13. SN

    22StreetNW

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4

    This visit was very disappointing--the greeter was unfriendly. We were seated in a far corner and no one came to offer us drinks or even water. No one came to take our order. When we inquired, we were told that there were only 2 waiters. We gave up and left. Very disappointing.

  14. SA

    SuzyA

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Disappointing food and service

  15. XR

    XavierR

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Great tomato sauce with the pasta and had a nice chat with the owner and chef Vittorio.

  16. MM

    MsMM

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Service was very nice but very slow. It took 40-45 minutes for our first courses to arrive. My Salad ( arugula) was ok, but not fresh and delicious. My fish dish tasted like it had a flavored salt on it, which I did not like. My pasta (just garlic & olive oil supposedly) was cooked perfectly but had a weird artificial flavor to it. The Tira misu was a delicious dessert. The ambiance was very nice

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    147 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    Just awful. Been at this restaurant annually pre COVID and it was good. Took from 7:30 to 9:30 pm with my 3 colleagues to-get service, menu, then water then bread then food by 9:15 ate then check and now cannot get reimbursed from work as would not do separate checks for our employers . No desert as could not endure ordering again and not getting served.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Service was horrible. The staff was confused and overmatched. My daughter’s steak was undercooked and we had to send to back twice. My wife’s drink sat at the bar for 15 minutes before it was brought to the table. Oh, and it cost $500 for 5 people.

  19. KB

    KatieB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    The food was fine, but the service was terrible. We were barely acknowledged when we walked in and seated almost 40 minutes past our reservation time, while watching staff repeatedly walk past an empty table that just needed to be bussed right in front of us. The owner was the only one who seemed to care about the slow and inattentive service, and multiple staff members seemed to get annoyed or outright yelled at him when he asked them to speed things up. Overall a very awkward and unpleasant experience.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I called asking about the velez parking sercices announced in thw web, they answered the phone, but roughly hang up the phone twice I called. I proceeded to cancel my reservation immediately.

  21. C

    Chara

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    We waited so long. After sitting on the table. The waiters wouldn’t come even that often to check on us. The food quality was fine but super greasy. I couldn’t eat at the end. I don’t know we are but our check was $235.00 for two people. Not worthwhile

  22. TL

    TexasLadybug

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Servers recommendation for a wine (a Chianti )was spot on. Enjoyed a delicious special (red snapper with spinach and crab). When I asked Owner / chef Vittorio Testa (who makes rounds to check on those dining) if he was responsible for creating the recipe, he summed it up best: “I don’t cook from a recipe; I cook from my heart”. Service was slow for those who came after us (we had an earlier reservation) but it was not an issue for us and we were under no time constraints. Will go back!

  23. MF

    MarkF

    Tampa

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    La Perla is our favorite Italian restaurant in the DC area - always outstanding food, service and ambiance!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere. Great food. Wonderful staff and the personal touch to everything! 🧑🏻‍🦳👴🏻

  25. PN

    ParksN

    Charlotte

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Haven’t eaten at Ristorante La Perla in years and it didn’t disappoint. Hope to be back soon !

  26. C

    Chaud1

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    Have enjoyed La Perla over the years. Last night was not the case. Arrived at 5:30, early as we were heading to Kennedy Center. Mentioned that upon arrival. Took over 1-hour for food to arrive. Had to ask twice. Also had to ask twice for a second drink. Once food was delivered it was the usual high standard we have come to expect. Need to improve the service.

  27. RM

    RedMoose

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Although there were few people there the service was extremely slow. I asked the waiter for recommendations-but he’d never tried the dishes I asked about, and wasn’t able to make a single recommendation-(note to manager-have your servers try all of your food at least once so they are knowledgeable about what’s on the menu). Tomatos in the caprese hard and tasteless. Pasta good but it was 20 mins after I finished my salad that it arrived, a full 45 min after I sat down. Fine if it was busy-but mine was one of 3 tables there so no excuse. First visit-disappointing

  28. C

    Cyclist

    Washington DC

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Charming and attentive service. Excellent bar tender and our server was attentive as needed. The ravioli with beef was exceptional. The spaghetti cabanara was just as outstanding. We had KC tickets and had no problem with timing. Highly recommend.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience5

    The meal was fine, this is an old school Italian Restaurant. But they tried to SCAM us by charging $22 for each of our 2 desserts claiming that they were that expensive because of the labor involved (one was mango sorbet!). I’m attaching our bill. Their menu online says desserts are $8 They are unethical; it was so disappointing. Open table should drop them from their list.

  30. ZZ

    ZZZZ

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Heavy food for my taste. The mushroom risotto was pretty good. Pasta and fish were ok. Friendly service and Nice ambiance.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing experience. This is one of those restaurants that you hope never changes anything. The food is amazing, the atmosphere and classical opera music is perfect and it’s my new go-to for fine Italian dining. It’s very pricey but still a must try!

  32. BP

    BertP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service. Very clean and food very delicious. Will go again soon.

  33. RS

    RichardS

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Food was excellent but again covid strikes as the service was poor to say the least and when I brought it up to the hostess and manager they took offense. The only one who agreed and explained was the waiter Fred who I will ask for the next time I go back in

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Service struggled, food was slow and of real poor quality. First time here, I will never return.

  35. p

    pieteru

    Seattle

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Food was less than mediocre. Pasta was not fresh. Sauces were not great. Service was just not rude but waiting staff hardly spoke a word. So, less than average food. Poor waiting staff

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    RACIST! RACIST! RACIST! Upon walking in, the host is this young Italian lady in her twenties. Heavy accent, kinda smiled, seems friendly enough. She apparently can’t find my reservation but she says you can sit here at this table which was right behind the host stand. Before that she says, “you’re vaccinated right?!” But never checks anything. So we sit down and the table next to us is is empty. A guy eventually brings out bread and butter. My partner asks me “where are the menus? Shouldn’t they be electronic? Why hasn’t anyone come over here?” Because at this point; we’ve been waiting for about 10 minutes. I insist he just be patient, it’s a holiday, it’s busy, etc. So then two older white men walk in. An older guy and what appeared to be his dad. She sits them next to us and hands them three menus. She turns to walk away and I say “excuse me, we didn’t get any menus. May we have one?” She smirks at me and says “you have to wait for your server. Someone will be over.” I said but you just sat them with menus. Can you please just grab us two so we can look over the menu? Smirking the whole time she says “I am not a waiter. Your server will be over.” I said but you just got menus for them. She says I was only being helpful and getting them menus because they are older. I said well can you be helpful and go get two more? She throws her hands up and walks away. My partner and I are in complete disbelief. I say “you know what, I don’t want to eat here.” My partner agrees. We put our coats on to leave, and my partner asks, “what’s your manager’s name?” Mind u, the entire time, we are calm, haven’t cursed, voices haven’t risen, nothing. She tells him “you don’t need the manager. You can talk to me.” My partner kinda chuckles like “are you serious?” and asks her again. So she walks away towards the kitchen and he says to me “let’s go” so he goes outside. The story gets much worse but apparently I’m out of characters. In short, DO NOT EAT AT THIS ESTABLISHMENT!

  37. WG

    WallyG

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    The food was absolutely delicious. The service was a little strange. It took a while for our waiter to attend to us. He was nice/friendly, but did not offer wine, dessert, coffee or tea. Not a big deal, as the rest of the experience was very nice. Check the prices on the desserts before you order. We paid $22 for one cannoli!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We had a horrible experience, it took two hours to get any food and when we asked to speak to management one of my friends was taken to a back office and yelled at by staff. Do not recommend.

  39. CM

    CMMo

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1

    I lost restaurant choosing privileges after this choice for Valentine’s Day…

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great food and service

FAQs

Ristorante La Perla of Washington is rated 3.8 stars by 1387 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

May 2022
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
7:00 PM


Google Map for Ristorante La Perla of Washington

2600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Washington, DC 20037

Additional information

  • Cross street

    26th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer Valet Parking for $6 at dinner. Street parking options are also available.

  • Public transit

    We are located within a walking distance from the Foggy-Bottom Metro Station which is serviced by the Blue and Orange Lines.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vittorio Testa

  • Entertainment

    We have eclectic selection of soft background music that plays through lunch and dinner.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 333-1767

  • Catering

    Ristorante La Perla located in Georgetown is famous for its banquets and catering. La Perla offers services like private dining, banquets, wedding catering, event catering and private parties. We can cater to any needs that a customer could desire. You can come to us or we can come to you. We will develop a menu that exceeds your expectations. <br /><br />Please call 202-333-1767 to inquiry about any of our services and to learn more.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private room that can seat 20 people. We can accommodate larger parties so please call us to discuss.

    Reserve your own Private Dining Room for any occasion that includes meetings, events, family functions, birthdays etc. Please call Chef Vittorio Testa personally at 202-333-1767 and ask to reserve this special room. Based on availability.

  • Private party contact

    Vittorio Testa: (202) 333-1767

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo