Ristorante La Perla of Washington

4.6
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1240 Reviews
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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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michaell
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and atmosphere was awesome. Very good pasta, would highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great meal and good time. The food is EXCELLENT!

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vipTina
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great "authentic" Italian food and excellent specials. Wonderful evening and the staff is very attentive. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Pollo dinner special and the Gnocchi, both were excellent. Staff was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Patio area was pretty secluded from the street by the surrounding shrubbery. Some street noise but generally calm and quiet. A good option for outdoor dining during COVID times.

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vipKALAZDC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in DC, hands down and I've lived here a long time as the food, ambience, service and attention from the Chef/Owner is superb.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and excellent food

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viprtoo
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Small outdoor garden is a wonderful place to eat these days. The service is wonderful and the food is good and a visit from chef Tesla

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vipKazandraA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great visit as always. Both meals were delicious!!! Veal parm has been the favorite so far.

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vipJoseN
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! It is our special place to celebrate.

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NinaD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victor was a terrific waiter and the food was wonderful.

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vipKazandraA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, food, and service at La Perla were EXCELLENT as always! No matter what plate you order, every bite taste like piece of Italy! Our waiter Freddy is amazing, friendly, and makes our experience so much better. The chef Vittorio always comes out to make the rounds and check that everyone is pleased with their meals - which THEY ARE. Their food selection is incredible and the experience you have is priceless. If you haven’t visited La Perla make sure to put it at the VERY TOP of your list for your next nice dinner (or lunch). HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND. P.S everyone is in masks and tables are very far apart so we felt completely safe.

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Nelbells
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great location. Nicely spaced tables.

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AishaD
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. Food was delicious. Staff was very attentive and friendly. We will be returning.

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vipMsgr
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Perla is a wonderful place. The food is outstanding and the service is so professional. It is os Great to see Victorio and his wonderful staff. I would highly recommend La Perla

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Olivera
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, delicious food, great services, everything. Thank you so much!

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vipTina
Pittsburgh
104 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy LP! Amazing food and the best service !

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Anna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best restaurants that I have ever been to. I recommend the carpaccio and Italian wine!

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vipMsgr
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. I am so glad that Victorio opened up again. Everything was perfect the food was outstanding as well as the service I would highly recommend for a wonderful dinner!!!

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vipjohhnny1
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was one of the first times out during this pandemic and the restaurant could not have handled it better. We sat outside and were visited by the owner for a short and well received conversation about the restaurant and the food. The food was perfect from start to finish with an excellent lobster fettuccini made with vermouth and shallots We has sautéed calamari in a wonderful hot marinara sauce and shrimp parmigiana that was not overly breaded and topped with excellent mozzarella and a red sauce. We paired the meal with a Lambrusco which seemed right with the food and memories of our time in northern Italy last summer Service was excellent and unobtrusive

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guestiest
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and a DC gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service great! Wine list not so much. Wine list needs a revamp.

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vipMichaelB
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, great service and the head chef comes to each table to talk and ask how everything is. So authentic and such a great atmosphere!

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vipMike
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite place before going to a show. The food is amazing and the service very good and friendly. A rare quiet place in DC to have dinner. See you next month.

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AmyY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming to La Perla. Food is outstanding and the wait staff are amazing.

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vipLettuceEatInPeas
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for dinner on a Tuesday because a friend described La Perla as a local gem for good Italian food. Food was indeed delicious and well-made, from the way my simple salad was dressed, to the pasta to sauce ratio in my penne vodka, to the creaminess of the pistachio icecream. Yum. Chef came out to say hello to guests and talked about making everything in house. Will be back.

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Cccc
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This restaurant had been a favorite of mine over the years. However, it had been a couple of years since I’d dined here. As others have noticed, the portions seem to have gotten smaller, which isn’t a bad thing - i.e., more European-sized, and the prices have increased. The overall quality of the food remains the same, except for the bread, which isn’t sufficiently crusty for my taste. The service was good, but not great. When trying to make a reservation for 1, I was repeatedly rejected, but was able to reserve a table for two without problems. This was very odd as it was an early dinner, and there was only one other table occupied when I arrived. The maitre d’ said to just call in the future if there were problems.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Waiter was horrible, but the food was good.

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Rab00821
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our first visit to La Perla and overall we were happy with the experience. Our server (don’t know his name because he never told us) was ok but had a hard time managing multiple tables it seemed. Our meals were very good. Portions were a little small but not too bad. I had veal and it was delicious. My wife had chicken and she said it was “good.” Prices were reasonable as well. I will definitely go back next time we visit DC.

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mariaa
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Servers were not attentive. We were three at the table, a friend of mine, my husband , and myself. We ordered a sparkling water for my friend and I. My husband repeatedly told the server he did not want sparkling water, but he served him anyway. My recommedation is that server should listen to his customers in the future. Other than that, everything was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food2service2ambience4

Gnocchi was cold, server was not attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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vipMarkF
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not sure how this place got such high ratings. Food was average at best (especially for a simple dish like Chicken parm). Ambiance and service were good, but definitely could have done without the fake Italian accent from the waiter.

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VitoG
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food

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vipRaymondG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the very best Italian restaurant in the entire DC area. It is always a must visit for me when I am visiting DC.

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JerrodC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Lobster and shrimped could have been a little less tough in my pastabut everything else was great

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DonD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful and refined dining experience. Truly a special, old school place that I personally would highly recommend.!

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vipJoseN
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th anniversary
It was great: the food and the service

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vip212Consultant
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

True Washington Gem and great value. Personal touches and homemade “goodness” are what makes this place spectacular.

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Shireen
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food is ultra expensive, no flavor, small dishes.

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Ristorante La Perla of Washington is rated 4.6 stars by 1240 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.