Ristorante Piccolo

4.7
2400 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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Safety precautions

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2400 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AngelinaS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding. Even a "basic" Cesar salad was all the works! My friends and I split 3 different pasta dishes and each one was PERFECTLY cooked and TOTALLY delicious!!! Waiters were friendly and knew when to check back in to be sure table was maintained. 11/10!

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vipMolly
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was excellent, but my goodness the service was awful. We had to ask for items multiple times, never received the correct amount of silverware and napkins, and had to wave someone down to place orders for food and drinks. It felt like we were an inconvenience to the staff the entire time.

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Tarbush
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great veal scallopini in Marsala with excellent noodles. The seafood risotto was also top notch.

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vipXopio
New England
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yuli, our server was top notch again. He kept us entertained while guiding us through the meal, from apps to desert! Another enjoyable dinner with the violinist creating background music for an authentic Italian dinner. Can’t wait to return!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Cannot recommend this place enough if you like classic Italian dishes

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MichaelB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sercice was outstanding. Wait staff was fun and tended to our every need.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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vipXYZ123
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food left a lot to be desired for what you pay. Service could have been a lot better.

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RobertH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is very good and the menu is extensive with brunch offerings as well as the full menu. The service is professional and well handled. I like the place and have returned several times.

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Michele
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always meets our expectations.

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ProfessorPlum
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tortellini Primavera was the best I’ve ever had. And they had gluten-free option for my companion. Sumptuous Affogato for afters. Only letdown was the solo violinist, who was very mediocre.

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vipCynthiaE
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and impeccable service! The violinist made our experience even more special.

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vipAlonzoW
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service attentive and delicious antipasti and main entrees.

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LoJo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This beautiful Italian restaurant housed in a charming Georgetown, DC centuries old building provided a perfect dining experience. The service was flawless (attentive but not obtrusive.) The food was perfectly prepared, delicious, and presented beautifully. The house Chianti is yummy, and the chocolate dessert was The Best.
Indoor, outdoor, and balcony seating is available.
Reservations are recommended.
We will gladly return to Ristorante Piccolo.

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MichaelM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming environment, warm ambience and excellent quality meal - strongly recommend!

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Gaia
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and ambiance of the restaurant. We live an hour away and still make time to drive in to dine here

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always and the service is top-notch!

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AmberLynnL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went on a weekday so I’m not sure how things are on busy weekends but the food was tasty, the service was pleasant, and the quirky unique ambiance was a good change of pace. We sat on the balcony and the place had a certain type of charm that we really enjoyed. Our waiter was hard core Italian so there was a bit of a language barrier but it wasn’t really a problem. We had the Mussels to start. They were cooked nicely and the broth was delicious. My husband had the steak and I had the Lobster Ravioli. Steak was cooked perfectly and the Ravioli was made from scratch. Dessert was just okay. We’ll definitely be eating here again. But we’ll probably have dessert somewhere else.

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vipMarcy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner 💕

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vipSuzM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner spot for Italian food. Strolling violinist. The back room was quite noisy, though with a loud group near us. Will definitely return.

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MarkandPam
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as always. My favorite Italian in DC.

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vipAlysonL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!! Will definitely be going back!

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vipMarlonG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great dining experience. The food and service was great!!! My fiance and I are definitely going back again soon.

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Tommyboy
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great meal and the service was excellent. our server was also very entertaining

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good good, good wine and good service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere every time. Hidden gem of Georgetown

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AshlynS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was amazing!! Also located in such a great central location in Georgetown. Would recommend this place to anyone visiting!

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YellowBrickRoad
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner here recently with the family (two adults, three kids). The food was wonderful as was the service. Like others, Frankie went out of his way to welcome everyone. They offered good social distancing and yet the restaurant seemed full and lively. Food was great and the portion sizes were perfect.

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sherig
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, celebrate our anniversary had a wonderful time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. Willing to customize anything!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our engagement dinner with our parents and it was perfect. The service is excellent, Frankie above and beyond to make our outdoor table perfect. There was a live violin player that made the night romantic. Our server did a great job with recommendations!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my niece out for a “fancy” date night out. This place exceeded my expectations. From the decor, ambience and the more then friendly staff. She has not stopped talking about it since. I will defiantly be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy brunch... a perfect day!

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JayV
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our meal here. The waiter was helpful in steering us towards the better dishes. One of the best raviolis I have ever eaten

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vipfoodie
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was great. cocktails could have been better.

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SWK62
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My 87-year-old mother, my boyfriend and I had a lovely evening at Ristorante Piccolo. We were seated by a fireplace where the violinist immediately began to serenade my mother.

Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. Everything, from my Bellini cocktail to our scrumptious desserts, was delicious.

Our starters, salad caprese and tomato soup, along with the hot, fresh bread brought to us, were all extremely fresh and tasty. Standout main plates include my boyfriend's pasta with seafood, my steak on a bed of sauteed spinach and baby potatoes, and my mother's veal scallopine.

For dessert, my boyfriend had vanilla ice cream, over which espresso and shaved chocolate were tossed. My mother had chocolate cake and I had maybe the best cannoli of my life.

Thank you, Ristorante Piccolo for a fabulous meal to celebrate spring and our newfound freedom, made possible by Covid vaccinations.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely wonderful dining experience at Ristorante Piccolo celebrating our anniversary. Everyone was warm and engaging, the ambience was perfect with the fireplace and violinist and most importantly the food was delicious. I had been in the past but had forgotten how much I truly enjoyed this restaurant. We look forward to returning!

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Picia
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The appetizers, Fried Mozzarella and the Aranchini were very good. The main course, specifically the marinara sauce tasted like soap water was used in the cooking and their award winning Ravioli came out cold.

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Ristorante Piccolo does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Ristorante Piccolo is rated 4.7 stars by 2400 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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