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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
Washington, DC 20007
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
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Strolling violinist every Friday and Saturday evenings
Strolling guitarist Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 10:30pm
Public lot and street parking.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 . . .
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!
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.
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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