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About Ristorante Piccolo

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

1068 31st St., NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
M Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 342-7414

Website:
http://www.piccolodc.com/

Entertainment:
Strolling violinist every Friday and Saturday evenings
Strolling guitarist Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 10:30pm

Parking Details:
Public lot 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.

Executive Chef:
Arnaldo Rubio

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

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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ristorante Piccolo will set the mood with romantic candlelit dining, cozy fireplaces, a special 4-course Italian dinner, and a strolling violinist. Guests will also receive party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. We have early seating: $59 from 5 to 6:30pm, and then $80 anytime 7pm-midnight.

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.

Ristorante Piccolo Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (28)
Good for a Date (26)
Authentic (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Cozy (19)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Casual (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Comfort Food (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Live Music (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
People Watching (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

We have dined here a few times previously and it is very consistent. Great food and great service. They have always met our reservation times, always received our meals prepared perfectly, and always have outstanding service. Price is very reasonable considering location, food and service. Too bad we live in NOVA and not closer in!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Das Essen ist sehr gut, aber nur zu utopischen Mondpreisen zu haben. Hier zahlt man die Lage mitten in Georgetown mit - das Lokal ist immer überfüllt, man sitzt dem Nachbarn förmlich im Suppenteller. Das ist alles zusammen ziemlich unerfreulich - daher nicht empfehlenswert

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The restaurant is small and the tables are close together, and too many of them. This makes for a very noisy room. It was difficult to hear people at your table speak until the crowd thinned out a bit.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Everything was very solid, a very solid Italian meal. The Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Lamb Ragu were very good. We enjoyed our meal and experience.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food was great and the service was amazing! Will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

It was thoroughly enjoyable. We will definitely go back. I have already recommended it to someone!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I made a reservation at 11:00am and arrived there at 11:00am to meet my friends. The staff told me the restaurant will be open at 11:15am and I should come back and locked the door. If the restaurant changed the opening time or the confirmation time for their own reason, they should inform the customer in advance. Their service and attitude were not welcoming, unkind, and unprofessional.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Would absolutely return! I wanted to bring my parents (visiting from out-of-town) somewhere nice, but not so nice that we would need a magnifying glass to see our food. I had a couple of fun cocktails (mint leaves, prosecco, raspberries, etc.) and ordered the pistachio-encrusted chicken with sauteed spinach and Tuscan mashed potatoes and WOW - so delicious. There was a violinst walking throughout the restaurant, and it had a lovely cosy Italian atmosphere. Our waiter seemed to always be in a hurry, but we had a great rapport - he dropped us a piece of chocolate mousse cake at the end of our meal - such a nice, unexpected end of the meal!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food. Great ambiance. Our server was pleasant but overall service was unprofessional. Maitre D' rude.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic dinner in a cozy neighborhood setting. Staff very welcoming and menu has something for all! Authentic Italian and creative dishes. Sat upstairs in the window and loved it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

When we arrived I️ thought I️ was going to HATE this place but I️ was pleasantly surprised. 1. If you go here in the winter try not to sit close to the front door. There are old French doors that open and they don’t seem to stay closed. A woman got up from her seat at least 4 times to slam the doors shut as she was annoyed by people coming and going in and out with the draft.

After a few minutes the host took us to our upstairs table. Upstairs was very warm/hot. So warm that they opened the door to let some fresh air in. There was a a man playing a violin (in a very small space) this was kind of annoying yet charming. If it had lasted longer than a few minutes I️ would have been really annoyed considering he was at one point standing right behind my head. The waiter took at least 15 minutes before even offering us a drink. By the time he came over we placed our drink and full dinner order. However, once he came over he was lovely and very attentive. The appetizer arrived just 1 minute after we had our drinks. They pour very generous sized glasses of wine 👍🏼.We had the fried mozzarella which was delicious. Our entrees arrived almost immediately after finishing the appetizer. The mushroom raviolis and linguini with clams were both excellent but it just felt very rushed. They gave us plenty of time to complete our entrees before offering dessert. We chose the chocolate mousse as well as tiramisu. Both were phenomenal.

The women’s bathroom is located upstairs. It was very dirty and disgusting. Paper towels were thrown everywhere but there were none for you to actually use after washing your hands (they should have an employee check this every few hours- it was gross! ).

Overall, the food was very good. It could use some fine tuning with the atmosphere/service but we were very happy with our meals!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We have spent many great times at Ristorante Picolo. We have never been there on
a Saturday night. Jammed packed. Prefer to go on a weeknight. Service has always been impeccable. Food is always on par. It's the place we love to go for special occasions. Even though husband has to work NYE, we will go a day or two before all dressed to the nines and let them know it's our NYE and we are treated royally.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food, service, and prices. The only complaint is the "New York style" seating, putting 2-seat tables about 12 inches apart. Not very private. But, picolo is hardly alone.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Took my husband here before seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. We had been looking forward to a date night and opportunity to get dressed up- this place allowed us to make it the night we wanted. Some folks dressed up (and later spotted at the Kennedy center too), some in jeans. Cozy seating, delicious food, great staff. Tiramisu was outstanding! Will definitely come back!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always a favorite in Georgetown!
Love the wine and food!

Tags: Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were glad to get a last-minute reservation. Unfortunately, the concierge sat us by the front door, and every time it opened, I got a blast of 35- degree wind at my back. Very noisy, and our waiter kept pushing us to buy a bottle of wine instead of the draft beer we wanted. It's an average restaurant with decent food. Not a memorable place, however.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful service and cute ambiance. My friend and I shared the mozzarella appetizer. She ordered a pecan crusted chicken dish and I had seafood risotto. we both enjoyed our meals. Our server surprised us with a yummy chocolate dessert.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very nice evening with my date, my wife of 30 years. We were in town for business . My wife's favorite is Italian and this place was recommended by a coworker. It was spot on great service and great food. We arrived before 6:30 and took advantage of the fix price menu options and half price wine. For two with food and a bottle of wine it was $78. Again very good and I would recommend.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My wife and I always enjoy going to Restaurant Piccolo. The food and service is always great

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was great. Service felt a bit rushed but overall very good spot for dinner.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Terrible food. Meat stringy and chewy (cheap cut). Tastes awfuL, as if frozen for a long time. Waitress in a hurry and didn’t have time to listen to what we tried to tell her.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We were in town for four days and ate twice for dinner. Food was sooo great. The service was excellent and the second night Yuri was so personable and fun. We would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great place, fantastic atmosphere. You will enjoy the food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our first visit to Ristorante Piccolo, and we will be back. We went pre-theatre on a Saturday night and sat on the tiny but lovely balcony overlooking 31st Street. The food was excellent -- especially the grilled octopus in polenta, a special appetizer. The wine recommended by the waiter was yummy. And everything was fairly reasonably priced. We're looking forward to coming back when it gets colder and sitting inside this time, near one of several cozy fireplaces.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. We enjoyed a very quiet table upstairs. Staff was attentive. The food was very good

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We wanted to have a good meal in Georgetown while on vacation, and while we selected Ristorante Piccolo pretty blindly, we were very happy with the food and service. Accounting for DC being a relatively expensive area to dine in, it was still a bit pricey for what it was, but our meals were delicious and we did find the service to be very helpful. I'll crave my lobster ravioli for weeks!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Ristorante Piccolo was outstanding! The service was incredible and everyone was extremely attentive to us regardless of whether they were waiting on us or not. Piccolo is just as good if not better than the authentic Italian I am used to back home in RI!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Not the best food, The waiter was pleasant but sold us the same bottle of wine that he had sold at least 3 other tables. The wine was okay, not great.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Such a great restaurant, whose staff is exceptionally friendly, and the chef truly cares about his creations and whether his patrons are satisfied.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Among the most enjoyable dinners I have had in a long time. The meal was delightful. The service, very friendly, relaxed and attentive when anything was needed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great tasting food in a nice setting. Will be my favorite spot when visiting DC. When the violin player gentleman found out that we are from Budapest, he gave us a micro concert with Hungarian music! :)

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Every dish we ordered was delicious from appetizers through dessert. Easy parking garage next door. Friendly and helpful servers. Cute tiny balcony on 2nd floor for lovebirds if the weather's nice.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Everything was amazing! Nabil was our server and he took complete care of us, best server I’ve had. The experience overall was perfect

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food! Great atmosphere! Good service. Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys good authentic Italian food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Not great service

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was very slow. Also it to the waiter 30 minuets to get the check even when we asked him for the check every five minutes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great!
Nice music nice atmosphere for conversation nice staff

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The atmosphere was lovely, the food was fresh and delicious! The service was not up to par, our server was rushed and kind of barking at us the whole time! We actually found it entertaining rather than upsetting but it was definitely a little on the weird side! We would go back again because the food was yummy and it is in a great location - we just chalked it up to her having a bad night and we were caught up in the adventure of it all!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Menu at the restaurant was not nearly as impressive as what is on opentable. We were disappointed and also rushed.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Located near the Georgetown canal, just up the hill from the Washington Harbor. A wonderful experienced staff will guide you through the delicious courses, and see that your every wish can be met.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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