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Ristorante Piccolo

4.6
4.6
2630 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 342-7414

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Arnaldo Rubio

  • Catering

    We offer off-site catering--please contact our Events Office at 202-997-7434.

  • Private party facilities

    Two beautiful private spaces await you in the Heart of Historic Georgetown. You and your guests will be surrounded in the warmth and elegance of this converted nearly 300-year-old row house. Experienced staff, delicious prix-fixe menus, no room fees.

  • Private party contact

    Karen Wilkinson: (888) 472-5094

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Cross street

    M Street

  • Parking details

    Public garage next door and street parking.

  • Public transit

    Arriving every ten minutes, from 7 a.m. to midnight everyday, the red, black, and yellow-striped Circulator bus. Get to and from Georgetown via M Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. $1.<br />Blue Georgetown Metro Connector bus picks up from Dupont Cir & Rosslyn Metro to M Street in Georgetown. We are near the corner of 31st and M Streets.

  • Entertainment

    Strolling violinist every Friday and Saturday evening

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 2,630 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. SA

    SAChuck

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great location. Outdoor seating is great, except we were startled by a mouse that seemed quite bold. Pricey for Italian….silly high for their bottles of wine—maybe that’s just Georgetown. Food and service were great.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing waitstaff!
  3. DK

    DawnK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I may have a new favorite restaurant in Georgetown! The service was quick and personable. The food - lamb ragu - was outstanding with a richness and depth of olde world deliciousness. Had the Quilt cab which partnered well with the ragu. Definitely going back!
  4. TM

    TonyM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service in a really cozy setting. Just a great dining experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely ambience, fantastic service. We will definitely be back!
  6. KM

    KarenM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Upstairs loft was quiet with views out front. Delicious tiramisu, fried mozzarella, pasta dishes. Excellent overall.
  7. BG

    BourbonGem

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every regard! Our Waiter described the establishments strengths and offerings, guiding our party of 4 to perfect individual choices from a extensive menu. Ditto the wine selection. Could not have been better. I wished I lived in DC for the opportunity to visit frequently.
  8. i

    inette

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Such stingy portions. Definitely not worth it. Would not go ever again.
  9. L

    Localdiner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing/ thank you. Food was superb, service was wonderful and the table was amazing.
  10. DH

    DonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally awesome. Best carbonara ever! Charming. Great house Cabernet!
  11. YC

    YvetteC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    DELICIOUSSSSS !!! Can’t wait to go back! Absolutely Stunning, too!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Weird vibe to this place. The food was really average and especially compared to other Italian restaurants in the area. We won’t be coming back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great quality and price! Super helpful servers!! Will definitely come again!
  14. M

    Marc

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were early for our reservations but they let us sit down and got us drinks. The waiter is always excellent and the food amazing. We like to visit Georgetown and always come to this restaurant because it is always good.
  15. DP

    DenesP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Pretty restaurand. Nicely decorated, friendly service, good food. A little on the pricey side. Careful with the only prices, they were considerably lower that the actual menu. anywhere from 10 to 15 dollars more per plate. Good experience.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Had a party of 5 - taking my nephew and his roommates out to dinner since they just all arrived to DC for their internships. I was expecting to order lots of different appetizers and pastas to share before our main entree…but the server got weird about that and kept asking if the things we were ordering were our main dishes. Then he got annoyed and only came to check on us when we flagged him down. Another server who brought out the appetizers got annoyed when we asked for plates and serving utensils. The food was decent but I’m not going back because obviously, it’s too much trouble to check in once in a while and provide plates and utensils. Also, it wasn’t that busy…had a reservation but could have sat without one.
  17. CT

    CarolT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I was disappointed - my scallops gremolata didn’t actually have any gremolata on it, just a few flakes of parsley, and the angel hair pasta was over cooked. I had to ask 3 times for a second glass of wine. To be fair, my friend loved her meal of salmon with Sicilian chopped tomato and olive topping.
  18. SP

    StephPalCal

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the delicious food. Our waiter’s recommendations were spot on. We left the restaurant stuffed and satisfied. I highly recommend their tiramisu for dessert!
  19. W

    Wesley

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The food was good but what you’d expect given the prices. Our server was rushing us through dinner and made us feel like we had to order asap. Wouldn’t recommend going here.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was great!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All 4 of us enjoyed our meal. Traditional Italian food. Great service!
  22. JF

    JeffF

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Some of the best Italian food we’ve had. Chicken parm was the best. The lasagna was even better.
  23. M

    Megan

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were sat on the balcony which was so lovely! The service was great and the food was phenomenal!
  24. n

    nyccollegefoodie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My dinner at Ristorante Piccolo was amazing! We were seated on the outside balcony which was very nice and romantic, and the service was very attentive. We ordered the mozzarella fritti that came out about the same time as a free bread and oil appetizer. It was very good!! We then ordered our entrees which came out in a timely manner. Both my boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our food! It was very well portioned. We then ordered the chocolate hazelnut dessert which was just to die for. Our meal was overall amazing and I would highly recommend! We are planning to go back the next time we are in Georgetown.
  25. b

    bobb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and great service. Veal was tender and pasta fresh and al dente.
  26. E

    Earl

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Weekday lunch with my family. Bread with oil and balsamic dipping sauce started our meal. Simple chicken parmigiana sub was delectable. My lobster ravioli was amazing. Service was unobtrusive and impeccable. Already have a reservation to return!
  27. DJ

    DerekJ

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place. Great food. Staff was so kind. Must must must go in Georgetown.
  28. EJ

    EJR1

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food (we had the tuna and the cioppino, with a stuffed mushroom appetizer). If you are dining for two and can get a table on the upper balcony, do so! Great for people watching in good weather. It was sometimes difficult to get the staff’s attention (e.g., to get additional bread), but the service was always pleasant. We’ll return to Il Piccolo.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way … and delicious!
  30. BB

    BannerB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good food, perfect portions. A little tight but a cute dinner date spot.
  31. KF

    KayF

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant with amazing ravioli. The gelato for dessert is a must!
  32. DO

    DebO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Service was friendly and warm. Excellent service. Food was very good too… lobster ravioli Was not hot and portion was a tad small.(4 ravioli) but still good. everything else was hot and would definitely return! Yummy desserts too!
  33. KG

    KG66

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service … All meals were very good, Including the Veal chop Burrata and Calamari outstanding
  34. VD

    VickiD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went to Ristorante Piccolo after my son's college graduation. Service and food was excellent. When they found out we were celebrating a graduation, they brought my son a special dessert and glass of champagne - a very nice touch to a great celebration for our family. We have been here before and would definitely go back again.
  35. KL

    KristinL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We took our daughter here after her college graduation. We had a 5 pm reservation which is on the early side so got a great table by a front window. The food was excellent. We ordered three dishes - Chicken Parmesan, tortellini carbonara and agnolotti porcini. All were excellent. We were going to take some of the tortellini home but we couldn’t stop eating it and ended up finishing it all there. They brought us a complimentary tiramisu for dessert which was so yummy and very much appreciated. We would not hesitate to go back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Second time here and love it, some of the best Italian in Georgetown. However, wouldn’t recommend the cacio e pepe. Their other pastas are delicious, but the side cacio e pepe is straight pepper, not much cheese.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Nothing special. Manicotti were mostly meat.
  38. EH

    EdwardH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Worst food i’ve ever had. The lobster ravioli was $31 and there were five tiny pieces of pasta, with no ricotta in the noodles. Abismal.
  39. A

    Arthurman77

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Charming, but not as good food as modern standards are dictating in the USA. One of the competitors across the street serve truly outstanding Italian food. But, the restaurant has wonderful service and with a charming and romantic stetting and good food and reasonable priced wines.
  40. MP

    MikeP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really nic evening. Sat on my own but was really well looked after.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Ristorante Piccolo does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Ristorante Piccolo is rated 4.6 stars by 2630 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Ristorante Piccolo

1068 31st St., NW Washington, DC 20007

Additional information

  • Cross street

    M Street

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public garage next door and street parking.

  • Public transit

    Arriving every ten minutes, from 7 a.m. to midnight everyday, the red, black, and yellow-striped Circulator bus. Get to and from Georgetown via M Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. $1.Blue Georgetown Metro Connector bus picks up from Dupont Cir & Rosslyn Metro to M Street in Georgetown. We are near the corner of 31st and M Streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Arnaldo Rubio

  • Entertainment

    Strolling violinist every Friday and Saturday evening

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 342-7414

  • Catering

    We offer off-site catering--please contact our Events Office at 202-997-7434.

  • Private party facilities

    Two beautiful private spaces await you in the Heart of Historic Georgetown. You and your guests will be surrounded in the warmth and elegance of this converted nearly 300-year-old row house. Experienced staff, delicious prix-fixe menus, no room fees.

  • Private party contact

    Karen Wilkinson: (888) 472-5094

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