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Ristorante Piccolo

4.4
1719 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Established in 1986, Ristorante Piccolo is a romantic and 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 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 & O Canal, and is a very popular spot for rehearsal dinners and celebrations. Piccolo will happily surprise you with its excellent food, service, wine and atmosphere--with three cozy-lit fireplaces, 2 beautiful wall water features and unique ironwork throughout, adding to the warmth and romance of the restaurant. A strolling violinist sets the perfect mood for romantic dining on Friday and Saturday evenings, and can also be hired for that special party. Piccolo has recently won TASTE OF GEORGETOWN's Best Entree, & a Diner's Choice award from OpenTable for Most Romantic
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 342-7414
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Arnaldo Rubio
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
M Street
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Parking details
Public lot and street parking.
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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.
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Entertainment
Strolling violinist every Friday and Saturday evenings
Strolling guitarist Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 10:30pm
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Special events & promotions
We have a beautiful party room with bar for up to 70 guests, and a semi-private room upstairs with use of balcony seating for up to 30 guests. Call our Events Office at 202-289-4084 for reservations/questions/menus. Images and details are on our Private Dining page.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Two beautifully renovated 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 200 year old row house.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Gather your family in Piccolo for a memorable Mother's Day celebration! Time spent together--that is what she loves!
ITALIAN BRUNCH, 11am to 4pm--3 Course prix-fixe menu, including choice of Mimosa, Prosecco, Bloody Mary or Bellini > Make it a BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH just +$20,
ITALIAN DINNER 4-10pm

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1719 People Are Saying
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wow! Didn't even know this place existed but boy am I glad we stumbled upon it. Food, drinks, and service were all excellent!! And very reasonably priced! I shall return!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a celebratory business dinner and our Puerto Rican partners brought more guests than we expected. RP and the staff were accommodating and so very kind. The food was superb!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great! Live violinist made my night!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was good and the staff was friendly but it was extremely loud. They had a live violinist, which would have been great if they weren't trying to accommodate several large parties and a multitude of other groups that were shouting over each other. The portions were a little less than satisfying but I was left wanting more from the plates even though we ordered appetizers and desserts. We ended up waiting on the check longer than it took us to eat the food. It also would have been nice to have wine options available that weren't over $50 a bottle. This place is probably better for lunch rather than a romantic dinner (especially if you want to talk to your date at all).

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We very much enjoyed this restaurant. In the middle of Georgetown, lot's going on in the area.
We were surprised to get a reservation on short notice. Our waiter was very helpful with menu and had several suggestions. My chicken piccata was excellent. We would return. Next time we'll ask for a table on the balcony (great people watching).

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Service was great! Recommend eating in the balcony.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

It was great food and service, but where we sat was so close to another couple that it was hard to keep yourselves private.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Quiet gem in Georgetown! Friendly, engaging wait staff who paced our dining experience perfectly! All courses of dinner were fresh and flavorful! We’ll definitely return !!!!!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent Italian comfort food!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I have frequented this restaurant for years. Its a hidden gem for good Italian food with solid bottle of wine. Love the vibe of the place and right in the heart of Georgetown. What fun!

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

1. Extremely loud & then on top of that, a violin player wanders around the dining room making it impossible to speak to anyone within an inch of one another.
2. Food was average & portions enormous. Way more than one person should eat.
3. Service was sub par.
Can’t wait to get back home to California!

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Wonderful, sweet, warm place either for friends to talk and catch up, or a romantic dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Fabulous as always! Great meals and desserts - we just love Piccolo! And the bonus was a seat by the fireplace...Thanks so much!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Portion size was small for Easter brunch. Food was good but we left hungry. Tables in the back are noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food and a good atmosphere in a cozy spot with friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Delicious food and excellent service!

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The manager was rushing out waitress. The man who delivered our meals was incredibly rude.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We were late and they still were able to accommodate. Food was excellent, some of the best Italian we’ve had. The service was ok. The ambiance was good and the violinist was a nice touch although it raises the volume of the restaurant. I would highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Absolutely delicious. We all thoroughly enjoyed an authentic taste of Italy. It is a pricey outing for a family of 5 so for us we save this restaurant for special occasions. The food is worth it.. but hold off for a special night if bribing kids along. We love this restaurant for dates, too.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great place. Well recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Amazing as always
Thank you

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Curt, disrespectful, and hurried service. Average food. Would not recommend or return.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Very nice Italian fare in the heart of Georgetown. Very fish was tasty, nice selection of wines. Good time had by all.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Family annual spring break trip to DC. Mid week reservation, moderately busy. Waiter was attentive but not chatty. Atmosphere was traditional old style Italian, cloth tables and italian decorations etc. My husband ordered the cioppino. Description says it had scallops, shrimp, calamari, mussels and clams but beware, it was very small portion for the price. Waiter was somewhat stingy walking around giving individual bread slices to each table. The agnolotti ai porcini ravioli was homemade and flavorful (4 ravioli). My son had the manicotti and enjoyed it but not the mini meatballs stuffed inside. Finished off the evening with the cherry sorbet (fresh/homemade) not that fake sugary cherry flavor. Good meal but small portions for price and overall dated atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to!!! Amazing food and great environment!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Meeting friends from CA

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We overheard the waiter trying to convince a table of young women that DC water is unsafe to drink so they would buy bottled water. Had 4 different servers and food took forever to be delivered. Not up to par at that.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The food was absolutely fantastic, great wine selection, the staff was extremely friendly and very attentive.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent Italian in Georgetown!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Wonderful "Old school" Italian with a romantic yet modern flair. The food was marvellous and the service very attentive. Enoyed our evening very much!

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

good food but really tired atmoshpere. need to update the finishes, replace the old plastic lamenated menus . doing this would make the resturant much more desirable. Des[ite liking the food and service, we won't go back unless they update the decor and finishes.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food is always excellent at Piccolo. The violinist is a nice touch, but very loud, especially upstairs.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We have always had wonderful meals with good service and a pleasant atmosphere at Piccolo.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Great food and great service. The food was excellent, as usual. I always recommend Ristorante Piccolo to my friends and coworkers

Thank you,

Daniel Jugo

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner here with friends! Excellent food and service.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great meal with my wife and two oldest adult kids. Food was great. We sat on the second floor which is better for conversation but the table was a bit cramped in a corner.

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Grossly overpriced for mediocre food. The “ambience” in the rear section (which is most of the restaurant) consists of tightly-crowded tables, red colors everwhere, and a violinist (which was just overbearing in the small space).

A veal dish had very little veal, maybe 100 grams, and a huge pile of boiled spaghetti. When I asked for a “pasta that has some taste”, after 8 minutes I was given a new bowl of almost the same thing.

My bill for one person (wine and tip included) came to US$ 60. It wasn’t worth US$ 15.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Definitely a favorite for my wife and I. Great romantic spot with nice ambiance and food prices are reasonable. And we always enjoy the violinist taking requests!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Unknown before my visit, I escorted a group of people on tour to this lovely restaurant, and we had great food and a good time. The servers were polite, though a diner at a table next to us started to play some music on her phone. She quickly recognized her faux pas, and then it became quieter. They put out bread, oil, and balsamic, and when I asked for a bowl of minced garlic to accompany it, they were a bit surprised, but they came through perfectly!
Not as romantic as some may like, but the eggplant parmesan over pasta that I ordered was excellent!

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1.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Super disappointing experience. Had to ask (again) about a table I had reserved even though I had called that afternoon to confirm. We sat down and were rushed to order wine and food. Server wasn’t that attentive and seemed to just want us to leave. He took away our plates before we were done, kept filling up the wines glasses, and wasn’t all that courteous. Not worth the value.

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