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Ristorante La Perla of Washington

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832 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday: 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am–11:30 pm
Saturday: 4:00 pm–11:30 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 333-1767
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Vittorio Testa
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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.

Please call 202-333-1767 to inquiry about any of our services and to learn more.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
26th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW
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Parking details
We offer Valet Parking for $6 at dinner. Street parking options are also available.
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Public transit
We are located within a walking distance from the Foggy-Bottom Metro Station which is serviced by the Blue and Orange Lines.
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Entertainment
We have eclectic selection of soft background music that plays through lunch and dinner.
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Special events & promotions
We can accommodate any of your needs that include weddings, private events or 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.

Please call 202-333-1767 to inquiry about any of our services and to learn more.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat that special woman in your life to a meal at La Perla this Mother's Day. We have an excellent wine selection and a large menu that can satisfy any palate. Please save room for dessert because we have fresh Gelato, pastries and so much more!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 832 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely the best !!!
Service and food—have been dining at La Perla for 16 years —our very favorite DC restaurant—-
SUPERB!!!!!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Delicious meals had by all four in our party. Would definitely dine there again and we will!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The dinner and overall experience was delightful as always. The quality of the food, freshly prepared every day, is wonderful. And Chef Testa is always attentive to his guests.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

I have eaten there before and enjoyed it, but this time the dining area was filled with cigarette smoke. Made me want to puke. I was so disappointed. I thought we were past allowing smoking in restaurants.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The ambiance is very nice. The wait staff is exceptionally accommodating and friendly. Each time we have been there, the owner has come out to greet the diners, and makes you feel very appreciated. It is always a lovely experience. I had the minestrone soup with pieces of meatball in it. It was so delicious. I had the shrimp parmesan and my husband had the veal parmesan. I think the veal was better than the shrimp and think for the price 4 shrimp would be a better value than the 3 shrimp I got. All in all it was a great dinihg experience.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We have been here several times and we love it.
It's very "old school" charm which is part of the attraction for us.
Great menu with lots of options.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

As usual, superb cuisine in a conversation friendly atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The portions are very small and rather expensive, but what they do give you is absolutely delicious. For such a busy restaurant, the service is very quick and friendly, but still leaves something to be desired.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This was not my first nor will it be my last visit to La Perla. The food is excellent with my date having the veal chop which was prepared to perfection and a crisp, green salad to begin her dining experience. I had a vegetable salad and for my entrée I had the pasta fagiole, past and beans. The Pasta Fagiole is phenomenal and reminds me of what I consumed as a child made by my paternal grandmother from Naples. We had an excellent bottle of Montepulciano red wine. The one mediocre portion of the meal is the bread that is provided. It is not the expected, hard crust Italian bread but rather a thin crusted, almost cake like quality bread. Service is excellent and Chef Testa ensure that only quality comes out of his kitchen!!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We waited a long time. They forgot to give us one of the appetizers and after reminding them it was too late and we skipped it. Portions are small, although they were tasty. They gave us the wrong check. It seems (at least o the day when we dined) that the restaurant is not organized or run well.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Arrived early. Seated promptly. Meals were very good. Extensive menu. Wines are way overpriced. Pricey venue but great for special occasions. Service was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Amazing fresh flavors and divine house made pasta. Quality takes times, so don't be in a rush. Gnocchi was pillowy soft and paparadelle presidente was heavenly! Worth every single carb. Decor is dated but who cares with food like this! Go.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I have had the pleasure of eating here 4 times. Everything I have tried has been excellent. I highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Creative and traditional Italian dishes. Extensive menu will satisfy any taste. Excellent restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This is one of the best Italian dining experiences we have had. The menu is extensive and represents innovative creations and variations of classic Italian dishes. The value is superb! I cannot wait to be back in DC... this is bow on my list of mandatory stops.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed the food and wine. Service was very good. We will return.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food - really delicious. Service is fine but a bit haphazard. Was there on a Sat. night, and it was very busy, and the wait staff seemed harassed. I would make one note. I had made the reservation through Open Table and received two acknowledgement emails. When I arrived, they had no record of the reservation. While we were accommodated, the chef owner made a disparaging remark about Open Table, which I found surprising because I have only had outstanding service with Open Table.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

La Perla offers some of the better Italian dishes in the area in a classic environment. The food is very good although some it is on the pricier side for pasta but worth it.
On this particular evening, it was busier than usual but service was good if not perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had Easter dinner here with the family while in town. Food was absolutely wonderful

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We really enjoyed the quiet and relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant. Chef Testa was out greeting and talking with the patrons. It may the dining experience very personable. Our dinner selections of Vitello Marianna and the Grigliata Di Pesce was excellent. Great wine list to choose from. The costs was reasonable and the service was great.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We waited for our food for an hour. There were two tables that came in after us and they got their food before we did. The meatballs were slightly sweet and my shrimp in the langostine pasta were overcooked.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fantastic service and tasty food in a pleasant environment with great ambience. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent!!!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Went for casual lunch with friend. The restaurant was not busy so we had nice and quiet conversation.We took Minestrone soup and Arugula salad for starters followed with Shrimp pasta. Everything was very tasty.But the dessert was the star of the lunch(and I'm not the one who likes much sweets),we took Napolitan dessert,an ice cream covered with warm chocolate.. Really good! ...And they have one of the best cappuccinos in town.I recomend it for people who beside good food,appreciate nice table setting,white crisp table clothes and old school decor.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Outstanding business dinner. Food was excellent. Our server was extremely attentive and met all of our needs.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Everything was excellent save for a background noise that was ultimately eliminated by the local fire department indicating that the noise emanated from a defective alarm system. In fairness to La Perla, we were informed of the noise as soon as we sat down at our table. The quality and taste of the food more than made up for the slight inconvenience. Would definitely go back again when in Washington DC!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The five of us had a wonderful time tasting the extensive Italian menu. Everyone enjoyed the authentic food with heart.

The chef visited our table and made us feel welcomed and at home.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

A restaurant where it's obvious that the chef is passionate about his cuisine. Even though the menu has quite a few pages of choices, there is always something new. Everything is hand crafted from fresh ingredients, bread, pasta, sauces, and desserts. Oh Mama Mia!

And the service is top notch. The waiters are very attentive, making sure that your glass is always full and your food served the way you desire in a timely manner. No detail is overlooked.

The ambiance is more European with classical music in the background but not overpowering. It's easy to have an intimate conversation if desired without being overheard at the next table. One will never tire of this restaurant, there is always something new to try

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Romantic and very classy restaurant. Service and food are great. Pricey, but Def worth it. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We were a party of six, celebrating one of the group's birthday. The mixed background of our diners required that the restaurant provide fish, steak, salad, parking and transit availability. Almost of prominent importance was the ability to converse easily and hear each other. La Perla more than satisfied all of our needs. The food was excellent, service terrific and general atmosphere perfect. The owner came over to the table to check when he was told that there was a problem with one cocktail (switched out without and fuss), and a complimentary dessert served when our waiter overheard a birthday toast. This restaurant will be on each of our "must return" lists. And we were able to say that to each other and hear it!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Not many authentic Italian restaurants anymore, and this one is truly outstanding. Home made pasta and soups. Excellent selection of pasta, fish, salads and many other choices. Beautiful decor, and service is extremely professional. I have no complaints, just a first class experience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Truly one of the best Italian restaurants in this area. Shrimp cocktails with the Chefs homemade sauce is delicious. Pasta and seafood were the main dishes and you can’t top the Kiss of Naples!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great food, nice selection of Italian wines. Chef owner came out to our table and talked about our food and insure we were happy with our selections.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We've been visiting this place for several years when we are in DC. The food and service are always top notch and the owner always comes out to make sure you're happy. It's become a special place for us to go to for celebrations or special occassions. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Dodd and service were very good.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Poor service from waiter. Food was good but not exceptional.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

My second dining experience here and the food is still excelente! The Chef/Owner still comes out of the kitchen to check on guests dining. A very nice touch.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

It’s a beautiful restaurant, but our waiter, although pleasant, struggled mightily with our ordinary drink order. While not the Waitors fault the food courses were slow to arrive. On the food, the portions were very small and the consensus is it was bland. It was delivered hot though. We all left hungry. Not expecting Filomena portions, but portions were significantly smaller than other area Italian restaurants

But the piece de resistance was the owner(assuming it was owner) offering next table free after dinner aperitifs, but not us.

We had been here a couple years back and it was fabulous

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was fair - many food choices on the menu /maybe fewer choices and more attention to quality would make this restaurant a real gem. Our waiter was apparently new and quite combative when asked about explaining certain menu items. Got quite annoyed with us when he brought the wrong order to the table telling us we should have ordered what he brought.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Table was a bit small for the four of us. We were also very close to other tables so there wasn’t a lot of room. Food was great. Service good. Have eaten here many times in the past and it’s been very good so my less than fantastic experience this time around was probably just an aberration.

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