Ristorante Piccolo

4.7
2311 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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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
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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OpenTable diners have consistently voted Ristorante Piccolo as one of the most romantic restaurants in Washington! Bring your sweetheart for a special evening with candle-lit tables, 3 fireplaces, a sumptuous 4-Course Italian Valentine's Menu, a Champagne Toast & strolling violinist $85pp-IGLOOS TOO

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viphappyinmanhattan
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, adorable and authentic!

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location, the staff are professionals and the food delicious

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RobertH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The restaurant has a nicely diverse menu with small plates, appetizers, pasta, meat and fish dishes. The full plates tend to be generous in their portions and the starters, the appetizers, are not only good but diverse in terms of seafood, vegetables and cheese. Now, there is seating outside on the street and that tends to be somewhat noisy due to the traffic, now through traffic after the completion of the new bridge that crosses the canal on 31st Street.

The service could be a bit more attentive as there are lapses when there is no one there who is watching or even asking if everything is alright. I like to be spoiled when I eat in a restaurant and while the service is somewhat attentive, they do not spoil you. This is not the Cafe Milano but it is a solid Italian restaurant.

The inside of the restaurant is beautiful and cozy with an almost old world charm. There are gas fireplaces in several rooms, perhaps 4 in all and the tables are on 2 floors. There are wide plank floors and elegantly set tables with white tablecloths. Covid prohibits eating indoors right now but I will be there once this scourge is life, eating indoors in the cold months. On the second floor, there is a small balcony with tables for two people. In the summer it would be divine. All in all, this is a good restaurant with good food and acceptable service. If they paid attention to the small details, it would be even better.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to dine on my wife’s birthday. They truly made the occasion special. There is a ban on indoor dining in DC due to COVID and we had to eat outside. The staff was very accommodating and ensured we were as comfortable as possible (heaters and tents). Social distancing made the experience feel safe in these trying times. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. The ambiance inside is really nice (took a peek on the way to the restroom) and we will definitely be back to dine here again. Please support our local restaurants or they might not be here when the pandemic is under control.

P.S. The Lobster Risotto was spectacular!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner excellent food and service!

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HeidiR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service was amazing, but I was expecting more food for the amount we had to pay for the dish.

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Celina
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service Chafik our server was very professional ,the manager brry friendly the food was amazing! We had a good time definitely wego back and i highly recommend this place.

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vipRob4Food
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful - good, service, & ambiance

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rowena
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant did an amazing job placing tables more than six feet apart for social distancing. Felt very comfortable and safe with the precautions they took.

The food and service for our brunch was wonderful. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd time at Ristorante Piccolo and it’s always a cut above the rest. From Valentine’s Day to taking my girlfriend to her 30th birthday by a fireplace with live violin playing, decorated beautifully. Food was another level. Tasting menu prepared by the chef with a gorgeous bottle of wine. Always a night to remember.

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vipskipl
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best overall dining experiences in a while- from checking in to our departure they made us feel special. Will be putting on the rotation!!

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RlingtonEater
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming family-owned Italian restaurant in a historic building. Our waiter Nabil is a gem! And the food really delivers. Lobster risotti is outstanding and the homemade pastas are delicious. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was very good. The place was super cute and cozy. Decorated beautifully for the holidays. The service however was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seating experience was amazing. My server met every request with excellence. My fiancé has celiac’s disease and the server made sure to cater to her allergies. He had great recommendations as well. Overall, his service and the experience made it a restaurant I will come back to in the future and made it a memorable night as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing! Great for special occasions or a treat, but priced very reasonably.

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vipTazE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing!!! The food. The service. The gracious staff. It was fantastic!!!!

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vipLauren
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was exceptional, especially given the cost! Very reasonable prices for great quality food. Strolling violinist was phenomenal. He moved around the restaurant playing Christmas tunes. When he was finished, however, the music that was played was very weird. It was a weird mix of music that did not match the ambiance or vibe of the restaurant. Would’ve appreciated more calming classical music or Christmas music given the time of year instead of the pop, rock, mix they played.

Our server came to table fo check on us following a smoke break, which was off putting. The smell of his recently smoked cigarettes linger around our table after he left. He was extremely nice but that was a little annoying.

All in all, we had a lovely time. Again, the food was great. We ended up getting dessert for free which was a delightful surprise. Highly recommend the tiramisu!

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vipDinerPMW1
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening out near our hotel. I would reconnect it. We had a great corner table that made it special.

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FlyNavy
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great table, great service. The handmade pasta is delicious!

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reduced capacity because of COVID, which made it cozier in many ways.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Our server, Jorge, was just completely rude to us the minute we walked in. When we asked about cocktail week, he grew even colder (if that was even possible). He even told us no food came with the food and cocktail deal. When he realized he was wrong, obviously, he apologized but continued with his attitude. This used to be a great spot I’d go out for the pasta oceano but it’s no longer worth it to me to dine or take out here.

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vipachilbert
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday family dinner on a small scale. Excellent food.

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Comic1989
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience...can’t wait to go back

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DaraK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We family for a nice lunch in Georgetown. There were 6 of us. Sat inside. Customers were spaced 6 ft. apart. Food was great. I had fennel salad with chicken and tomato soup. I’d order both again. Others had chicken parmigiana sandwich and loved it.

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vipJason
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food!!!

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vipreddrover
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food and service. would definitely recommend

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carab
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We sat outside on the balcony upstairs on a sunny cool saturday and it was lovely- the food was very good- we had eggplant parm, meatball app, and arugula salad.. all were better than average. The bread with dipping O&V was nice, and the cocktails/wine were heavy pours. The service was on-point and all in all it was a real treat and a good experience for my first time eating out in DC since February!

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vipJWT1320
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fired mozzarella ever! Excellent risotto.

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vipGeorgeB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance. Cozy, warm. Good service. Food good. Wine menu varied and reasonably priced.

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GirlsDayOut
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a Friday lunch in their outdoor dining space. We arrived earlier than our reservation time, but that was not a problem. We were promptly seated. The wait staff was attentive and courteous. The food was wonderful! We selected a trio of appetizers, an entree and a dessert to share. Enjoyed our time at Ristorante Piccolo and looking forward to a return visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I sat up on the balcony and it was quiet and gorgeous. The food was phenomenal, and thankfully the weather was perfect too!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Authentic and highly recommend!

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Mark
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service was great! loved sitting outside on a Saturday night. my new favorite spot in georgetown

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate our anniversary. I am not one to write reviews, but the food here was absolutely superb. I had the tortellini carbonara and it truly was an explosion of melting goodness with each bite. I usually request an insane amount of Parmesan on top but this is the first time that I found myself regretting that request, and scraping the excess cheese off to enjoy the dish as it was so excellently already made. My boyfriend’s pizza was also deliciously authentic Italian cuisine. We were able to be seated in a covered patio area outside which was great considering the pandemic. A little pricey but worth it!

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vipHeiZel
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Piccolos is out go-to spot for anniversaries & date nights. Service is always fabulous! Thank you!

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AnnaL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the cutest Georgetown Italian restaurant ! The view from the balcony was so cute ! And it’s located in a little mini Italy off of M street in Georgetown. It is so cute! The food was fantastic and the service was so friendly and quick. I will definitely be going back again !

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RobertH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, excellent service and good variety on the menu. The restaurant has a nice balcony and sidewalk seating on 31st Street which is blocked off now. With 3 Italian restaurants on the street there is lots of traffic that turns around giving the impression that you are sitting on an intersection. However, the food takes the traffic sting away. Try it and you will be surprised.

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Slick
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location for top notch Italian dining. Diverse menu with expertly prepared standard classics and modern dishes as well. Service was impeccable, prompt, and friendly. Very romantic spot in a rustic building with outdoor balcony seating and fireplaces inside, great for date nights.

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Comic1989
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A diamond in the rough.

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AndreaP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great food! The mushroom ravioli was so good!