Ristorante Piccolo

4.7
2373 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 2373 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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vipMarlonG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dining experience. The food and service was great!!! My fiance and I are definitely going back again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good good, good wine and good service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere every time. Hidden gem of Georgetown

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AshlynS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was amazing!! Also located in such a great central location in Georgetown. Would recommend this place to anyone visiting!

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YellowBrickRoad
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner here recently with the family (two adults, three kids). The food was wonderful as was the service. Like others, Frankie went out of his way to welcome everyone. They offered good social distancing and yet the restaurant seemed full and lively. Food was great and the portion sizes were perfect.

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sherig
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, celebrate our anniversary had a wonderful time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our engagement dinner with our parents and it was perfect. The service is excellent, Frankie above and beyond to make our outdoor table perfect. There was a live violin player that made the night romantic. Our server did a great job with recommendations!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy brunch... a perfect day!

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JayV
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our meal here. The waiter was helpful in steering us towards the better dishes. One of the best raviolis I have ever eaten

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vipfoodie
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was great. cocktails could have been better.

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SWK62
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 87-year-old mother, my boyfriend and I had a lovely evening at Ristorante Piccolo. We were seated by a fireplace where the violinist immediately began to serenade my mother.

Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. Everything, from my Bellini cocktail to our scrumptious desserts, was delicious.

Our starters, salad caprese and tomato soup, along with the hot, fresh bread brought to us, were all extremely fresh and tasty. Standout main plates include my boyfriend's pasta with seafood, my steak on a bed of sauteed spinach and baby potatoes, and my mother's veal scallopine.

For dessert, my boyfriend had vanilla ice cream, over which espresso and shaved chocolate were tossed. My mother had chocolate cake and I had maybe the best cannoli of my life.

Thank you, Ristorante Piccolo for a fabulous meal to celebrate spring and our newfound freedom, made possible by Covid vaccinations.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful dining experience at Ristorante Piccolo celebrating our anniversary. Everyone was warm and engaging, the ambience was perfect with the fireplace and violinist and most importantly the food was delicious. I had been in the past but had forgotten how much I truly enjoyed this restaurant. We look forward to returning!

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Picia
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The appetizers, Fried Mozzarella and the Aranchini were very good. The main course, specifically the marinara sauce tasted like soap water was used in the cooking and their award winning Ravioli came out cold.

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SharonN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, our food and service was wonderful. We visit from New Jersey often and make sure to dine at Ristorante Piccolo.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Life in the times of Covid. Had a table out on the street on a beautiful 65 degree afternoon in Georgetown. The food was very nicely prepared. I had the Lasagna Bolognese. 31st is like a restaurant row. Ristorante Piccolo was a treat. Worth the while to try them out.

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vipJWT1320
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food,service and ambiance.

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vipLynn
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lunch special was delicious, we had fish and will be back!
Outdoorxseating, and covid safe

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vipKellyT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frankie made my daughter’s birthday very special and arranged a specially prepared abs decorated dessert dish, and our waiter also sang Happy Birthday!! Frankie also arranged our seating in the balcony!! A wonderful experience and delicious food from beginning to end!!

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CierraG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible italian food and cute location. Well done meal & extensive menu

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vipTazE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I always come
Here every time we visit DC!

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DeannaK
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience and dinner was awesome! They sat us within minutes of us checking in for our reservation. There was a violinist playing music throughout the meal and the food was delicious! Would definitely come back!

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KellieC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Our dinner guests were late, the restaurant sat us anyway and served us some drinks while we waited. At no point did we ever feel rushed. We enjoyed this restaurant very much. The service the food and the ambience. I highly recommend and I will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best and most fun restaurant I have been to in the city. We celebrated a birthday party and they made us feel so welcome and special. The food and ambiance was perfect. The wait staff were genuine and made us feel most special during our visit — this is the best service I’ve ever experienced and can’t wait to go back.

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vipdeniseh
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome
Everyone was so accommodating :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, delicious food, and wonderful service. Staff was very attentive and kind. I will absolutely be returning soon.

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Burton
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was average at best. Nothing really italian about it

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vipVincentF
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, cozy place. Great food and ambiance. Favorite place in Georgetown.

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vipTCBC
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable dining experience! Absolutely loved the arancini!!!!

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vipJayI
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was inconsistent and sometimes a little awkward. Food seemed to be rushed to serve.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful. I was welcomed and immediately seated. The food was outstanding. Our waiter was so kind.

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RlingtonEater
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a fan favorite! We celebrated a big birthday with the family and everyone loved their food. Service is charming and attentive. Another Home Run! Thank you.

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Baltimorefoodie
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was looking for a romantic Italian restaurant to celebrate our anniversary and this place fit the bill perfectly. From the moment we were greeted to the moment we walked out, it was a great evening. I am not super worried about Covid but they do a great job spacing out diners and following local protocol. The food was super good. The atmosphere was great. My only complaint and its really, really minor all things considered but to some it could be a deal breaker. The street this place is on is narrow and at least 3 times during our dinner, there were incidents of motorists honking their horns and yelling at each other. Makes for good people watching but if you decide to dine outside, it's not a quiet street. Like I said, this is really minor, but to some it means alot.

I wanted to thank Frankie for being such a great host.

Pro-tip. While I am sure dessert here is terrific, take the 4 min walk to Levain Bakery and indulge in some cookies :)

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CarlosCA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

La cantidad de comida en los platillos no es suficiente, el sabor es bueno, pero no mas de eso , la calidad no es tan buena ( para los precios)) y creo que la clasificación est mal en su pagina(de OpenTable )

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vipBDBnyc
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Definitely not true Italian food. Maybe Italo-American. Oily creamy and cheesy with seafood is a no-no for me. Very nice wait staff though.

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Jess
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal! Service was attentive! Restaurant was spaced out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot recommend this place highly enough! It’s the perfect spot: cozy and romantic in the middle of Georgetown. And the service here is unparalleled, so welcoming and detail oriented. I brought my mother here when she was visiting from out of town, and it was perfect.

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vipAlonzoW
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fave. Excellent food and service. Bubble seating outside

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MasoodA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time there. The service was great, we did our reservations online so we did not have to wait for the table. The service was very good and also the food. I really liked the ambiance of this restaurant.

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LynJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loooooove this hidden gem!! It has never failed me & I have been several times! Their customer service is always super friendly and the food is ALWAYS delicious! Please please PLEASE keep up this great experience!!!

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Juno
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent! It is always nice to dine where the wait staff is very experienced.

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

Ristorante Piccolo is rated 4.7 stars by 2373 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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