Ristorante Piccolo

4.5
2462 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 2462 people are saying
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Jeanne
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. So cute.

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ZachB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service!

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MicheleL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is our second visit to this wonderful restaurant (the first was pre COVID) - my husband and I enjoyed the risotto (seafood for me and porcini for him). The service was attentive without being intrusive, the ambiance was inviting and we had a great experience. Would recommend to those who enjoy Italian food and like an intimate atmosphere :)

JB
vipJenB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for dinner with my daughter after a day of college tours. We sat on the upstairs balcony and enjoyed the violin music. Food and service was excellent.

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JoyS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service all round, and the Tiramisu a must!

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Ristorante Piccolo! It was beautiful and the food was incredible. They had a violin player that came to each area of the restaurant, it was incredibly romantic!

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AlexisC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely dinner with my parents, it was just a bit loud. The veal is to die for, and, even though it’s just a small thing, the coffee was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a great dinner- seated on outside balcony with a very small table and space, but beautiful evening and bustling on the street below.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service.
I would definitely recommend

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NadineK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great at Ristorante Piccolo. The portions are large, and I have never had an entree that I did not enjoy.

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John
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Made reservation through open table. They did not have reservation.

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TheConorMcD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and excellent food. The balcony was a great place to sit for two hours and enjoy our anniversary dinner.

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AlexF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A very nice dinner! Food was delicious and our waiter was phenomenal.

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was very tasty but it took for long. We waited for almost an hour to get served the food. Other than that it was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was spectacular. The service was on the slow side but to be fair they were really busy. We didn’t mind the wait or the pace though. Our server was fantastic. A great find and delicious dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Ask for Yuri.

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Christian
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It is a very nice restaurant, the food could be better but it has a good price/quality relation. Wine menu with good options.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cordial and timely service, friendly atmosphere. This was an excellent choice to catch up with old friends on a Saturday evening which was fully booked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Rude host, bad service.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my experience at Ristorante Picolo! It was my first time dining solo and the food and service were impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I when for my birthday, we spent 170 on dinner, my mom brought a cake and they tried to charge me 3 per person because we brought a cake???? Come on guys that is not good.

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vipMarianneC
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining and I can’t say enough great things. Lobster ravioli was outstanding!!! Our server, Hadi, was attentive, helpful in suggestions and incredibly kind. Saul was a wonderful support team member and was working so hard to quickly fill our water glasses and removing plates. He was very attentive. Management was great as well. I would highly recommend this gem in Georgetown!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, loved the atmosphere!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Restaurant week menu was great. Intimate and quiet setting. Service was seamless.

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vipSally
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Piccolo. We both started with a Caprese salad. My husband had the salmon and I had the chicken Parmesan which was topped with an arugula salad and accompanied by a bowl of great spicy pasta. For dessert we both had cannoli. My lunch was way too much and I brought home half of it. It was restaurant week and a great choice. Lovely restaurant with a lot of atmosphere.

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vipFaye
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing evening to kick off Restaurant Week. Ristorante Piccolo had the fabulous table for two by the front window that I had requested available for us. Both the Evening Manager and Frankie took very good care of us. The food (Sea Bass and Tuna) was exquisitely prepared and delicious. This is our favorite Georgetown restaurant, especially when seated on the balcony; 31st St. at times reminds us of a scene in Europe with lovely restaurants on both sides of the street and folks strolling past. Ambiance, delicious food, and fabulous service -- Piccolo has it all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is EVERYTHING. It has location, ambiance, delicious food, excellent staff, and more! Was lucky enough to snag a balcony table and enjoyed the view as well as the violinist. The food was excellent, the staff was knowledgeable, and it was a night to remember! Highly recommend making a trip here…It was my first time, but I will certainly be back!!

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Shivp
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food tasted bland. Wish it was seasoned better. Service was good though

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance!

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Alex
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Dining room was very loud, service was fair, but nothing special about this place. I would not recommend for a special occasion.

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Todd
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The servers are true professional servers, not the typical tattoo'd-20-something slackers that you usually get at a restaurant. This restaurant takes pride in their food and service.

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vipKristen
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The restaurant is adorable and has a great ambience. The host was very friendly and allowed us to change seats even after we had been seated.
We ended up sitting upstairs which was a bit warm but had better views. They have an adorable patio upstairs as well. A gentleman serenaded us with his violin which was at times, a little bit loud. Because of the proximity of the tables, the music was sometimes on top of us. We thought the food was good although I would have preferred them to use in-season tomatoes. The tomatoes that were on my plate were reminiscent of winter tomatoes, tasteless and pulpy. I was very surprised by this. Middle of the summer-(?)
The tortellini carbonara was really excellent. The best meal of the night. The bread that preceded the meal was also fabulous. Good to great experience. Good servers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, wine, and service were outstanding. One of our favorite restaurants in D.C.

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SusanM
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ravioli EVER!! Food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner here last night was excellent. The venue was quaint and upscale inside, service was attentive and polished. Pasta dishes were very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful but the warm welcome by the staff was exceptional. The entire evening was perfect!!!

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Gadflyy
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner reservations for Sunday evening and had am amazing dinner. The service was spectacular and the food perfect. We will definitely return when we visit DC again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Nice wine list. Classic Italian at a very affordable price. I would recommend it.

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WendyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Darling, quaint restaurant. Great location, food, and service!