Ristorante Piccolo

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Ristorante Piccolo is a romantic and unique Italian trattoria full of the warm-hearted wines and food that match the spirit of Italy, loved by Washingtonians and 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 and the historic C and O Canal (available on a first-come, first-served basis). Piccolo is a very popular spot for rehearsal dinners and other celebrations, known for great food and smoothly-operated events! Piccolo will happily surprise you with its excellent food, service, wines and atmosphere--with 3 cozy fireplaces, 2 beautiful wall water features, unique ironwork throughout adding to the warmth and romance of the restaurant. A strolling violinist sets the perfect mood for romantic dining Friday and Saturday evenings. Piccolo has won TASTE OF GEORGETOWN awards 4 times, every year Diners Choice awards, The Tastemaker Award and TripAdvisor Award of Excellence.
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M
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Osso Bucco was amazing! The wait staff are great at recommending a wine to pair with your meal.

BM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite restaurants. Truly beloved by me and my family. Thanks for a wonderful meal.

AV
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect! It was my birthday and I was treated so well -- from the maitre d, to the best waiter ever, to the wonderful violinist who played Happy Birthday and two more songs for me (Ave Maria & Danny Boy, both of which made me cry). I had always wanted to go to this restaurant when I lived in Georgetown in my 20's & 30's ... waiting until my 60th birthday wasn't the plan, but it was well worth waiting for -- I had the time of my life -- thank you all so much!

MK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner at a lovely, romantic dinner. Great food and spectacular service. Looking forward to our next opportunity to dine there.

WT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was wonderful but although it would be saturday nigth, it was a bit poor of people.
PS. The violin was marvellous!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our waiter, the Albanian gentleman. He took great care of us! Will be back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Una terribile esperienza, un affronto alla cucina italiana, non hanno la minima idea di cosa sia la cucina italiana, si salva solo la buttata che non ha bisogno di essere cucinata.. statene lontani. Di fronte c’è la pizzeria il canale, quella si che è italiana e merita una visita.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unfortunately we came on a night when they were very understaffed. The food meets the expectations of American - Italian food and was very good. Aside from a bit of chaos with too few servers, the restaurant is very cosy and romantic.

F
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was a New Year meal. I have to go back to give a better review. They were already out of one of two appetizers. Portions were small and neither bad nor outstanding. I guess for the cost of a four course meal it was ok.

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciously authentic Italian food. The NYE prix fixe menu and left with a full belly and happy heart.

D
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The New Year’s Eve dinner was delicious. Our waiter was MIA for most of the meal, though. We ended up placing our drink order with another waiter. We had to ask for our bread, which we had never gotten, so as to round out the meal even though our dessert had already arrived. Nonetheless, the food was perfectly prepared, and we would go back without hesitation. Hopefully the service was just a by-product of the busy, holiday dinner.

SV
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve at the Picollo has become a tradition. Never lets us down. Enjoyed the food and the great service. See you in 2021!

P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a very nice early evening dinner on New Year's Eve. There was a strolling violinist, and some simple but nice decorations. The menu was Prix Fixe, but there were a nice selection of offerings.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came here for their New Years Eve dinner, and really enjoyed it! The food was very good and the decor and ambiance was perfect. We thought the dinner special was well priced and the service was good. I’d definitely return and would love to come for a cute date night!

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very busy New Years Eve early seating. Service knocked down to 4 stars because they brought hubby the wrong entree (seafood vs. steak). He accepted it, but asked to swap his red wine for white, and had to ask a second time for the correct wine. Water refills were prompt. Servers were all pleasant. Nice table beside the fireplace where we could hear each other well and chat without raised voices.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of our meal was exceptional. Highly recommended dining experience in Georgetown.

RB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was friendly and helpful. The food took some time to come out. Good experience.

OT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very quaint cozy dinning especially at Christmas time. The fire place was lit. Made for a wonderful family dinner. The service especially our waiter was incredible. Very accommodating He went over and above to make sure we were happy

W
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was amazing. We went back for dinner and hard to believe it was even better. Roving violinist (really talented) was fun. Great Christmas celebration. We will be back!!

G
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

great food and service. excellent ambience: got a table in the nook next to the fireplace.

W
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite Italian! Light flavorful dishes. PERFECTLY cooked pasta.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Tourist trap with subpar food. Avoid this restaurant and look for a non tourist restaurant. Reviews were outstanding for this place which means the people reviewing have no idea what a good restaurant is all about. Terrible!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Terrible service! As soon as we arrived we were rushed to order, we asked for a couple of minutes and then our waiter disappeared and we couldn’t find him. Then we waited for our food for more than an hour and it arrived cold!! Our waiter didn’t even apologize for the delay or ask if everything was OK. We HATED IT!!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on Christmas Day. Although it was one of the few places open and the place was busy, we were served very promptly and the service was amazing. Food was delicious. I will definitely come back and recommend it 100%

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent for date night!

LF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! So charming and cozy - perfect date place!

GA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Wonderful ambiance! The food was absolutely delicious!

S
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good spot for a date night with your spouse/significant other. Food was well prepared, drinks were good, and dessert was good too.

N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint restaurant with excellent food!

s
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is one of my favorite restaurants in D.C. and it does not disappoint. We were seated in the window which was a great setting but a bit cool, but a heater was provided!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most delightful romantic dinner date. Everyone took time to check on us, from the manager to the wandering violinist.

S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food is just ok and the prices are high - I wouldn’t recommend if your goal is to get really good Italian food

TG
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. Kudos to all for a great evening

PD
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food and service, reasonable prices but lots of noise for the small place.

SK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful gem! From the moment we walked in and were greeted by Fessaha, we had a wonderful experience. The food is delicious and they made us feel comfortable. Can’t wait to go back

B
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Real Nice place with good service. Not cheap but Nice Food in the Centre

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance, waiter was terrific, only a couple of minor staff mistakes stopped me from giving 5 stars for service as well.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food3service1ambience5

They couldn’t wait for us to leave.
Didn’t even ask if we wanted a second course, brought the dessert menu’ instead.
Ambience romantic, nice environment but very commercial.
Next time I will ask them to eat for me as well.

OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I was over charged for wine. $85 for a bottle of Chanti. Never told how much I was being charged when I ordered a bottle of Chanti.

j
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The appetizers and entree were perfectly cooked. The music was a nice addition. The noise level was a bit higher than I enjoy having dinner in.

Ristorante Piccolo
Responded on December 6, 2019

Thank you Jorge. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to seeing you soon :)

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