Ristorante Piccolo

4.6
2069 reviews
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Established in 1986, Ristorante Piccolo is a romantic & unique Italian trattoria with walls of sun-blessed amber hues, full of the warm-hearted wines and food that match the spirit of Italy, loved by Washingtonians & visitors alike! It is a tiny gem just off the beaten path in Georgetown, offering one of the best seats in Georgetown—a second-floor balcony overlooking Georgetown & the historic C&O Canal (only available on a first-come, first-serve basis), & is a very popular spot for rehearsal dinners & celebrations. Piccolo will happily surprise you with its excellent food, service, wine & atmosphere--with three cozy fireplaces, 2 beautiful wall water features & unique ironwork throughout adding to the warmth & romance of the restaurant. A strolling violinist sets the perfect mood for romantic dining Friday & Saturday evenings, & can also be hired for that special party. Piccolo has won TASTE OF GEORGETOWN's awards 3 times, every year Diner's Choice awards & The Tastemaker Award
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic dining experience! We were treated like royalty from the time we entered the restaurant until we walked out the door. The food was fantastic! We will definitely be going back soon!

PJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kennedy center play

DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always very happy with our visits several times each year. The menu has changed a few times since the late eighties but remains fresh and delicious. ENJOY EVERYONE.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Food was really good. Nice find and will definitely eat here again.

S
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was fantastic. We had a pretty irritating situation with our server, though, and were not happy with how it was handled. We were a table of six visiting during restaurant week. My six year old daughter was one of the people at the table, and wanted to order one of the kids flatbreads for dinner, not the restaurant week special.

The appetizer course came out and I asked the waiter if they could bring my daughter's food now rather than wait as she was hungry.

The main course comes out, and we are all sitting with our food other than my daughter, who still hasn't gotten her food. I call the waiter over, who informs me that she didn't order food. He assumed she would eat off other people's plates at the table.

That seems like a pretty big assumption to me.

He put in a rush order, but her food didn't come out until everyone else was done and waiting for their desserts.

The part about it though that was most annoying, other than his ridiculous assumption, was that he refused to acknowledge his fault and apologize.

Definitely a taint on what would otherwise have been a great meal.

d
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was closed due to a gas main being cut by construction workers in front of the restaurant. Received notification from Open Table.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was quick and the waiter was attentive. We ate outside on a quaint balcony. However, a bit of noise due to construction next door (Not the restaurant's fault), and our food was okay. I had arancini to start- the middle was cold. My filet mignon was so well done it did not even look like a filet. Very pricey and the food was not as expected. We dined during restaurant week, so maybe the food wasn't great due to the high demand- but...the place was pretty empty while we were there (6:45 pm on a Monday evening).

N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both outstanding! Such a quaint romantic restaurant in the heart of Georgetown. Our waitstaff was fawning over us! We went for my daughter's birthday celebration and it was delightful. Our party was too large to sit outside on the balcony, but if you have a twosome - GO!

T
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there and will go back and recommend to friends.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I have dined here numerous times but it’s been a year since I’ve been. Sadly it was not the warm, great service I’ve experienced in the past. The wine list seemed more limited and the food portions seemed smaller.

R
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we've been there before. Great Italian food. The violinist is great. Prices are reasonable for Georgetown. Would never hesitate to go back. The spicy shrimp appetizer is very tasty.

BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food, great atmosphere on Saturday night. They had a violinist playing throughout the night. I will go back for sure!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and comfortable dining.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding! Highly recommend the mushroom ravioli!

S
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Near waterfront. Would recommend for any occasion.

N
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and excellent service in an amazing atmosphere. Have been here several times and can't wait to go back again!

OT
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for my sons birthday celebration and it was wonderful; all the staff were very hospitable and the service was excellent as well as the food! Loved our time here.

RW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My dining companions were very pleased with their meals. I tasted my husband's lasagna and it was very good. Unfortunately, I had the halibut, which was dry and overcooked. I prefer my fish to be well cooked but this was a little further along than was good for such a nice piece of fish. I ordered polenta on the side. It was cold, tasteless, unappetizing. Try pan frying it in a hot pan so that the edges crisp up. Perhaps with some fresh herbs? Sage is very good with pan-fried polenta.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a great experience!

SB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, classic Italian food with great service!

LH
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for 4 on a Saturday in July and were quite pleased. We were met at the door with a smile and promptly seated. Our waiter Alex was fun, informative, and professional. He kept us up to date as to when our meal would arrive. We ordered eggplant parmesan, pan sautéed halibut w/ fresh pasta (our choice) and spinach, and risotto, and a side of roasted asparagus. Everyone loved their meal and the portions were adequate. We decided to split tiramisu which was also delicious. It did get a little noisy as the restaurant was full but you could still have a comfortable conversation. There was a violinist playing when we sat down around 7PM and he was quite entertaining. We really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely return!

KP
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine. Eggplant app was my favorite but everyone enjoyed their various ravioli and pasta dishes.

Such a cute restaurant and loved the violinist. A little loud inside, but overall enjoyed our meal!

S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and come whenever we can. Obviously, we are not alone becasue even though it was early - 6 pm on a Saturday night - it was crowded. We like to come here before the Kennedy Center.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Service was mediocre at that. The waiter was trying to rush us, told him that we needed time to figure out what we wanted.
My husbands meal was amazing, he ordered the chicken parmigiana. I order tortellini carbonara, which was disgusting and highly disappointing. Who ever though that was a great combination, really missed the spot on that one.

ML
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The risotto was divine, the service excellent and overall a great place to dine !

v
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Authentic Italian and not heavy. We’re excited to return.

MT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Now that was an amazing experience. Great service, great food, nice drinks. Top notch Italian spot in DC. In Sicilian and it’s tough to get Italian right. PIccolo hits it out of the park.

TS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really excellent food at this restaurant next to our hotel. Only downside was that the noise level was on the high side - like Sunday lunch in mama’s Sicilian kitchen.

TM
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Very welcoming, food gorgeous and service excellent.

o
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Terrific food! Bustling on a Saturday night. (Cozy table in front window too close to patrons checking in/waiting.) Definitely will return!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date got me into bed off how good this ravioli was. He's pretty cute already, but this ravioli sealed the deal. 10/10 would recommend

TE
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were lucky to sit in the few balcony tables overlooking the street so that made our experience unique. We may have had different experience downstairs and inside but we felt special on the nice summer evening. Food was good.

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good, traditional Italian food. We don’t eat seafood, so we had pasta (bucatini bolognese) and chicken parmigiana. Both excellent, as was the arancini. We will definitely return!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

50th wedding anniversary

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had drinks at the little bar before dinner. Both experiences were great!

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, the view from the balcony, and the roaming violinist. We highly recommend.

DD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, many food choices for all. Dinner special I ordered was good but lacked presentation/wow factor for the price. My sisters seafood dish lacked tasteful scallops. All of the other food ordered was fabulous. The atmosphere was wonderful.

f
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It has been consistently good over the years whether we are dining with a large group or by ourselves. The staff is very helpful and professional and the food is dependably good.

Ristorante Piccolo
Responded on June 28, 2019

Thank you for your 5-star review and patronage over the years! We love our repeat customers!! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service! We made a reservation here ahead of time for our weekend getaway in the DC area. We loved it so much we went back the next night.

Ristorante Piccolo
Responded on June 27, 2019

That's fantastic--just what we love!! Thank you for your 5-star review and kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Gas smell and the food wasn’t good

Ristorante Piccolo
Responded on June 27, 2019

We appreciate your feedback & are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit with us. I only wish that you had asked for a manager--we would have moved your table and changed your food choice! I checked, & the gas smell was due to several table candles going out at the same time. With regards, to your dishes, would you mind sharing with me what it is you ordered so that I can discuss it with the kitchen. My email is: tony@piccolodc.c_m. Thank you, & we hope that you will visit us again. Tony

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