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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.

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (41)
Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (31)
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Authentic (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Cozy (21)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Casual (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Live Music (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 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

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·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I recently went to Ristorante Piccolo for a birthday dinner. The servers were incredibly nice, the atmosphere was lively, but not overwhelming, and the food was fantastic! A floating violinist approached my table when it was time for dessert to play while we ate. The inside of the restaurant has mostly warm-toned walls that provides a comfortable ambiance. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

One of the best dining experiences we have ever had. Can't wait to go back

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Really good place, the food was perfect, the service amazing!!! Thanks!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

This was an amazing experience can't wait to come again...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was excellent, the ambiance lively but a little cramped, the food good but not great and the portions small considering the prices. The wine list was very overpriced, even house wine by the glass was very expensive ($12), I do not plan to go back.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I have been to Ristorante Piccolo twice in the same month because I enjoyed it so much! The restaurant is in a historic home on the Georgetown Canal and has great ambiance. Great food, wine, and live violin music make this a great date spot. Also the prices are relatively reasonable when considering the high quality and prices of other Italian restaurants in the area. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Outside was adorable great food and service

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We were seated right away which was great. The atmosphere is lovely and our food and service was fabulous!! My coworkers all enjoyed their meal. Raves for the Chicken Parmesan, Gnocchi, Sausage and Peppers and the Ravioli with mushrooms. We will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent ambience, with excellent service. Servers are knowledgeable of menu options and provide excellent recommendations. Great place to wine and dine on a date or with a group of friends for conversation. Enjoyed the food!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was excellent and so was the service! We went there before a On Your Feet at the Kennedy Center and were extremely impressed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Aberdeen)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Consistently superb food and service. So many excellent choices on the menu that you can’t go wrong with any selection.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very disappointing, food bland, service was absent minded, tables on top of one another, and couldn't hear my date speak. It's the little things that make or break dining out, something they ignored.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was my second time there and I am going to return in a couple of weeks. Really enjoyed it - the bread was fantastic, the canoli great, wine selection diverse, and wait staff very very nice. Great place.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Piccolo has been my husband and my go-to restaurant for over 25 years. Their high food quality, dependable service, and warm ambiance has us coming back year after year.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was terrific, and the service even better! A gem on 31st St. below M St, which is perfect for before/after movies on K St. A short walk uphill from the theater, but well worth the effort. Only negative is noise level, which is a constant clatter for the hearing-challenged!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Waiter, Nabil . . . outstanding. Collaborated on food and wine venue for party of six. A total Home Run! The Owner greeted us at the door and nestled us into a fireplace side table. So cozy on a cold night. Food, Wine & Service Impeccable and Impressive. Can’t wait to go back . . .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a terrible experience in my New Year's Eve. The service was very poor, the server would never show up, we had a couple next to us complaining about everything and then the server would just pay attention to this couple. We ordered our food when we arrived because there was a pre fix menu and then when we were about to have the entree the server mentioned they no longer had filet mignon - and they offered steak in exchange. We accepted and requested to then have risotto as a side vs the mashed potatoes. At the end they delivered the steak with mashed potatoes, the dessert was frozen and it took us at least 30 minutes between one course to the other and we almost missed the fireworks outside (we left the restaurant at 11:50pm) because they would always be late. I would never go to this restaurant again. Terrible experience!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Reasonably good Italian food. Portions on the small side for the price.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a wonderful time, early New Year’s Eve dinner there! Enjoyed talking with Alexander and the service was superb.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Start to finish, a wonderful dining experience. My favorites? The pasta, and Veal Milanese. Excellent staff, ambiance. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It's always a pleasure to dine at Ristorante Piccolo. Impeccable service. Delicious food. I'm a bit disappointed in two things. (1) coats go on the back of chairs and purses on the floor. Tables are very close to each other. We were sat at a table with a piece of artwork on the wall, causing my husband to have this piece jab into his side while eating. They did move the table so the artwork was out of his way. I still believe it's a very romantic restaurant to be enjoyed. We will return again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love this place!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was fresh and very good. We liked the calamari so much we placed two orders. We got spaghetti and meatballs, capellini and meatballs and carbonara tortellini. Pasta was cooked to prefection. Desserts were very goid too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very good italian food. Order fried calamari for appetizer and liked it so much, we ordered another plate of it. The pasta wad cooked to perfection, not overcooked. My husband and two kids (14 and 15 yrs) loved their entrees as well. Would definitely go back.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Lovely evening. The restaurant was very crowded but we had a quiet table and were treated as if they had all the time in the world!

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