Ristorante La Perla of Washington

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$31 to $50
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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.
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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is a wonderful, old-world, elegant yet relaxed restaurant. Small but excellent wine list, great service. The only negative for me is that the seafood lasagna I ordered was a bit salty. So much so that I could still taste it the next morning. Still, I would recommend this restaurant highly and perhaps order something other than pasta next time.

m
Orlando
108 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated promptly, drinks ordered w/in 5 minutes of being seated. From start to finish, we were attended to but never in a bad way. It was a wonderful, leisurely 2 hours of pure dining pleasure.

The oysters on the half shell melted in your mouth. The soups were hearty and tasty. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the sauces seasoned beautifully. Salads were delicious.

Some comments were made about the price but we found the prices to be very fair. Service was not slow, it was a chance to relax over good food and drinks. We will be back.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

We have been going here for years. Never have we had a bad experience until this visit. Our food took over an hour to arrive at our table. The food and the staff are amazing as always but they gave a nondescript explanation for the delay. However, they did comp our wine for the inconvenience. Next time, we will be sure to get ahead of the delays if any.

RB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow. I ordered a veal picata and was served a veal parmagena

JS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian Cuisine and extensive menu. Chef Vittorio and wait staff paid attention to every detail. Decent wine list. Quiet atmosphere even on a Saturday evening. Zuppa Di Pesce is a great choice if you like seafood - be sure to ask them to spice it up.

PC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Service was excellent. Food was horrible for the price.

C
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always a wonderful experience

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dining experience I look forward to when visiting DC

TO
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Absolutely one of the best Italian places I’ve ever eaten(and I’ve eaten at quite a few!). Old school ambiance and very authentic Italian cuisine. A must visit!

DE
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt the care and pride. Lovely time catching up with a friend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Perla was a great experience- amazing food!

SY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had an amazing time. We welcomed with grace. The ambiance was exquisite, the service pumpous, and the food was great. Yet again the owner of the Restaurant stopped by our table to check on us as he did with everyone who was dinning. That is class and service rarely seen. It was a memorable night.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends after Patriot’s game. Perfect!!!

IF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, 5 star atmosphere! Fine dining at its finest!

R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The very attentive and professional service staff, and the decor - plus their lovely outdoor patio, overlooking a small park - are the takeaways from our first visit to La Perla. Food was very good, especially the lighter veal dishes. Gnocchi was excellent, but might have been improved with the substitution of a veal ragu vs. the bolognese which was offered. Marinara was very subtle and finely done. Tiramisu was heavenly - could easily have had a second piece!

A refined, and maybe preferred if you're feeling that way, alternative to Filomena's in the Georgetown area - we'll definitely be back!

B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It was a mediocre experience that cost a lot of money. 1. We ordered the burrata special and it was off. We sent it back and were still charged and the manager never came over. 2. Ordered a dirty martini after being inspired by the table next to us because it looked delicious. When we received it it looked totally different, read: it was clear, even after confirming with the waiter, it was not dirty. Sent back for more olive juice. Pasta dishes were much better. 3. Waiter was very much a newbie, or at least seemed like it, and it couldn’t help direct throughout the menu, hard to articulate the qualities of a dish, etc. For how expensive it was, I would definitely go elsewhere. Also, we were the youngest people there by 30 years.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food are great!

P
London
40 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most memorable evenings we had in DC. The food was outstanding as was the service. The wine list was one of the best price points in the city. Excellent list at very reasonable prices. The hot seafood appetizer and the seafood risotto were outstanding. We asked for an order of sausage and peppers (not on the menu) which was one of the finest we ever had.

GS
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The four of us truly had an exceptional dining experience! Service was top notch, wine list extensive, with some real bargain buys if you know your wines. Lentil soup was perfect like it was prepared in Naples that evening! My entrée, pasta with veal and eggplant is an extremely a unique menu item and truly has that old world taste. Chef Testa is the best!

OT
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A traditional upscale Italian restaurant with a fairly ornate decor and a very extensive menu. The waiters were very gracious and accommodated our desire to share 1 eggplant parmesan, as my wife did not want to order a meal due to the fact that we had just attended a reception with lots of hors d'hoeuvres. The eggplant was very tasty, as was our cheesecake desert.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at La Perla for our anniversary because it is our favorite restaurant in Washington. Authentic Italian food reminiscent of Capri and Naples. Vittorio, the chef and owner, is wonderful and always makes us feel special.

DT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and atmosphere

DM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

While the food was very good, unfortunately the service was slow, non-attentive and forgetful. Forgetful in that ‘they’ misplaced our to-go that we requested after our dinner. It’s a bit crowded and expect a long wait.

OO
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the West Coast and seeking a nice Italian dinner prior to an early flight home in the morning, we were delighted with an exceptional dining experience which we hope to repeat on our next trip back.

CF
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Be smart, order a pasta dish. The chicken was small and overcooked...I went away hungry because I do not eat bread.

KC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at La Perla last year when I was in D.C. on business. It was so good we had to come back again this year, and we will keep coming back as long as Chef Victor is in charge here! He is an amazing chef, and so nice to his guests! He asked my 10-year old son last year why he was eating buttered noodles for dinner. My son said he didn't like sauces. Chef Victor told my son he must try his sauces and then he proceeded to make a great sauce right at our table that my son loved!! He came out to see us this year when we were ordering and remembered us from last year. My son asked him if he'd make the same sauce for him again and of course he was happy to do that! So we had another amazing dinner and conversation with Chef Victor and his staff. The food is awesome and so is everyone who works there!!!

BD
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary and birthday

JE
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, staff and owner!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. The food is unbelievably good. The service is top notch this place is awesome.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took the GF here for our anniversary and it was easily one of the best italian restraunts I've ever been too. The service was amazing from sitting down all the way until the check. The best Raspberry White Chocolate and tiramisu ever!

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at Ristorante La Perla for the past 20 years and each time it is like my first - I can't get enough of the fine dining! The food and service is excellent, the décor of the restaurant is so beautiful and homely, not to mention the ladies restroom - yes - it is super beautiful, clean and classy! The staff all so friendly and responsive and the Chef is very personable - he meets and greets the guests to ensure satisfaction. Ristorante La Perla is one of the best Italian cuisine in DC, if not, the best. Christmas time is so cheerful and happy - the place is fantastically pretty and the music is soothing - the food is scrumptious and overall it just a wonderful experience to dine at La Perla!

JF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great, service was above average. A bit pricy for alcohol. Highly recommend La Perla.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful meal! Everyone was so friendly and our waiter was very attentive! We all loved our meals and, if ever in DC again, will definitely be coming back!

TH
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian we have had the pleasure of dining at. Everything is freshly made, flavours are outstanding and service excellent. The owner and head chef still comes out to talk to his guest which is great.

SD
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. I had the seafood lasagne. Really good. My daughter had the gnocchi. Also very good. We really early in the day, so not busy. Food came out really quickly.

v
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food; wonderful service; recommend any fish dish.

JF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food: Delicious! I had the lasagna and my date had the pappardelle; we would recommend both.

Service: Our server was polite, professional, and attentive. Chef Testa also periodically comes out to visit the customers. We really enjoyed meeting him!

Ambience: Tasteful decor, and on a Sunday evening the restaurant was not crowded, so it wasn't noisy at all.

Value: The food is absolutely worth the price.

JG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Still okay but maybe past its prime. Needs some updating and better staff supervision.

C
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My third time at La Perla since moving to DC. I love this place. It’s eclectic. Food is consistently delicious.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service