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Ristorante Piccolo

1679 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Romantic (42)
  • Special Occasion (36)
  • Authentic (32)
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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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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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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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.
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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What 1679 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great Italian restaurant with great service. Food came out fast and the waiters were very friendly and helpful with the menu items. Food was delicious

4.0  Dined 4 days ago

I had the risotto with porcini and seared was delicious! It was our friends first visit, and they said they will definitely go back.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This place always has great food and service is great like always.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food was great and came out on time. Kinda of loud and chaotic but didn’t bother me at all.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

My mom and MOH were in town so we went here for dinner. It was great! We’re from NJ so total Italian food snobs but this place had amazing food and the ambiance was like being in little Italy in NYC. 100% would go back again.

codyf (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall my experience was good. Some things I didn't like we're the fixed price menu for Valentine's day, as well as the slow service. I had to ask for a refill after sitting there for an hour and had finished my appetizer 45 minutes prior to me asking. I liked how there was a violinist there playing for the couple's that we're there.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day is hectic anywhere so was to be expected. However the steak was very over cooked and not enjoyable and the suggested / and ordered menu desserts were not available by the time we were at that portion of the meal. Service was great atmosphere great.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was honestly one of the worst dinners I have ever had. For starters the food was wonderful... but let’s get into what really matters. The service level was absolutely horrible, we waited an hour before our first course. Everybody around us was in the same boat as nobody was getting their food on time. It was absolutely ridiculous and I cannot believe that it cost so much for that level of service. Everybody in the place was just forced to look around and wonder what on earth was going on. After a 3 hour dinner we saw people still waiting outside, we really almost told them to go elsewhere because the service was that bad. I will never go back, it amazes me they didn’t offer a free bottle of wine or anything. To anybody who reads this, I highly recommend to never go there

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was not very good. I got the rockfish and my GF the filet. Both were well over cooked. Flavor to the food was almost non-existent. Very bland and just didn’t taste good. Overall just not good quality. The couple next to us sent their food back for the same reasons. Ambiance was good, they had a violinist and decorations were cute. Paid way to much money for the lack of quality of food. Would never entertain the thought of coming back.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Service very good.....great wine choices by the glass and delicious ravioli

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved the restaurant in the past , food still good but for my wife's birthday we were placed in a back room between parties of 12 and 16... the noise unbearable...and then the strolling violinist tried to out play the cacophony... can you say adult " Chucky Cheese". Waiter rushed us thru this romantic dinner we drove over a hundred miles to enjoy and the whole experience ended in 53 minutes. Go for a quick business lunch, you'll love it.

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful place to have a pleasant conversation delicious dinner with polite staff.

HosHos (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was very bland. would not recommend this place.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was ehhh. Not worth the price at all! Had to ask the waiter for water like 5 times

vipLoveArlington (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I've been to Piccolo on several occasions and always enjoy it's warmth and charm.
The food is terrific and the service wonderful...a special thanks to Elizabeth who waited on us Saturday night.