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Ristorante La Perla of Washington

786 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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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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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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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.
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
What 786 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 18 hours ago

Wonderful meal - service was exceptional

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Have been hosting business dinners there for several years; however, this was my wife's birthday dinner. She loves the restaurant and the food.

KS14 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was disappointing- my wife had the Vitello Marianna Scalfaro and said it had not taste. I had the Chicken Medallion Sinatra and it was bland. The Penne Vodka was good however. Nice atmosphere and the service was solid.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Just OK. Food was good, service was better than food, price was OK. Overall, I would come back for a meal.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful service! Dorian my waiter was the best!

dennis (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We were in the side room to the left, not the main dining room. The setting was perfect with a low noise level so that we could have a conversation without listening to others around us or having to shout to be heard. Service was excellent, attentive but nor intrusive. The food was as good as we remembered it from our first visit back in 2010. I cannot think of anything that was not excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The chicken parm was very good but luke warm The server seemed to be absent most of the meal, but later apologized

OpenTable Diner (Tulsa)
1.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Positive: Food was good. My wife said it was the best Chicken parm that she as ever had. I had the broiled seafood platter. Scallops were wonderful. Shrimp was good.
Negative: everything else. My 9yo daughter asked for a kids menu. The waiter asked if she wanted spaghetti and meatballs or cheese ravioli in a "kids size". She chose spaghetti and meatballs. When it as brought out, it was a full plate adult sized serving (that we were charged $24 for!).
We arrived at 5:30pm. There was one other guest seated in the entire restaurant. There were 5 waitstaff standing around the bar talking. Not busy at all. I ran out of water twice and soda once. All three times I had to ask for refills. Our waiter checked on us once when we first got our food then disappeared after that for at least 30 minutes.
Food: I ordered the broiled seafood platter. I got 2 and 1/2 scallops ( you could see the knife marks where the half was cut!) , a 4oz lobster tail ( that was overcooked and rubbery) and a SINGLE, solitary shrimp. ($38 for that!) It also came with a 4oz dish of spaghetti swimming in garlic butter. I also ordered the broccoll rabe side dish. It was a canned product that was more warmed up than sauteed. For $9, I expected fresh with a vibrant flavor Not something that looked and tasted like supermarket frozen spinach.
I will not recommend LaPerla to anyone. Way overpriced for the product served. Food was great in some ways but terrible in others (a lot more bad than good) . Service is lacking. 1 star out 5.

vipGeegeesc (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Best classic Italian food I have ever had in the dc area. The pasta is excellent - dining room is traditional, elegant and tasteful. Not noisy at all- was easy to carry on a conversation . Loved it!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Have dined here many times and never disappoints. The food is amazing and the staff is very friendly.

vipflevy (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

great as usual. The personal touches are really appreciated. It makes the wonderful food even more appreciated.

vipUnforgettable (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Tasteless food, warm wine and poor service. A total disappointment

vipDiane (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

As always great food and service

Deliciouso (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The service was really difficult. We had to ask repeatedly for them to come over and take our order, receive the check, order drinks, etc. The food was decent but I ate there about three years earlier and had such a great experience and the food then was outstanding. Not sure what changed, but I hope they can change it back!

vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent! Perhaps the best Italian Trattoria in all of DC. Food was superb, service excellent, great ambience and quiet. I'll eat here every time I visit DC