Ristorante Piccolo

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$30 and under
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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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vipJorge
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was mediocre
Service was good

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maryc
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine! Quaint lovely restaurant- attentive service.
Will definitely be back!!

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ArielL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was decent but I would say go try somewhere else for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is amazing!!! I’ve been to Venice and Rome and I felt like I was back there. Could not say anything better

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service!

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service, great meal. A little cramped, warm and noisy upstairs where we ate, but well worth it. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun experience! The food was incredible. The entire restaurant was very cozy. Live violinist was a great touch!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

food was amazing. super nice waiter, it was just so so so loud. could barely have a conversation at the table.

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vipShep
Memphis
32 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This as a very small, cute little Bistro with excellent food. The black Cod was incredible. Very few restaurants have black cod because it is so expensive. My wife’s Osso Bucco was wonderful. Tender and juicy. Our waiter was a pro and the bartender made the best Martinis.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for our family group of nine that is unable to get together often enough. Food and service were outstanding from appetizers through dessert. Kind and thoughtful staff. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

One loud horrible singing table lol

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DianaG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best restaurant I've been to in D.C. and the best Italian food I've had ever - even better than the restaurants I've visited in Italy itself. The waiter and manager were very kind and efficient - the service was amazing. The food was absolutely delicious. We had two pasta dishes and an appetizer. The pictures don't do this place justice. Definitely a great date-night spot!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Prompt seating on a Friday evening, great service, good noise level for conversation. Tasty Italian food.

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JackieL
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A little pricey for entrees. Inside is very quaint, however we were seated just inside the entrance and got the cold air whenever opened so took away from our experience.

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vipCelesteB
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I have eaten here on numerous occasions. We live locally and can walk to this location so in Georgetown, where there are numerous dining options, Ristorante Piccolo is our "go to" whenever we have friends in town visiting or just want a consistently excellent meal and service.

It can get a bit crowded on a Saturday nights, so reservations are a must. My favorite "Main Plate" is the Fettuccine Oceano--Pan-roasted lobster meat, shrimp, scallops with a light lemon cream sauce. It is so delicious I often order a second one to bring home.

There is a reason Ristorante Piccolo has been around since 1986.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting our daughter!

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SlJones
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my second time going and my second time being IMPRESSED! The food is amazing and the customer service matched. The food is definitely made to order, not one time did it taste boxed or frozen. I also enjoyed their raspberry soda, yum yum! It's a cute quaint little intimate spot full of delicious surprises, JUST GO!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and our Waiter was fun and engaging

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MichaelS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating 7 children and 1 grandchild...and being away from them all on Valentines Day weekend. We highly recommend romantic dinners here and the food and service are excellent. You’ll be tipping well because of how great it is. Our dinner lasted a lovely 2.25 hours!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Valentine’s Day

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vipmatthew
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Street closed due to massive construction, which resulted in a low rumbling/vibration during the entire meal. Not the restaurants fault with all the canal work being done, but dampers the ambiance. Would definitely go back once the construction is done

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Tyler
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the atmosphere was perfect. Nabil was our waiter and provided great recommendations for our meals. Thank you so much for making our Valentine’s Day dinner incredible!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing special. Average food. Glad I didn’t go here for a special occasion

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DonnaA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous! Great food & great service!

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vipAngelQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Dinner and server was great but management try’s to flip tables faster then one can enjoy the dinner. I’m not going out to dinner to be rushed thru service when I’m paying you to eat

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KNB1
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for brunch with some friends and did the $28 deal. Excellent meal and cute restaurant!

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vipTheBuffalo
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming, gracious host, with a highly professional staff (friendly, not stuffy), and an obviously outstanding chef. The host and staff welcomed our late arrival due to a Kennedy Center rehearsal, and were all quite concerned with the late arrival of our Lyft ride once we were ready to leave. All that, plus the charming decor,w ill definitely put Restaurant Piccolo on our "return to restaurant" list. Thank you all for a lovely lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. The room was tight, and a little loud.

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pammer
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch before a show. Easy walk from the Kennedy center. My daughter and I had the ravioli. Delicious! We will definitely dine there again.

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BrendaB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service in a beautiful setting..wine was great. The only reason we gave it a 4 was it was the clam sauce was a little salty. The bread was delicious!!

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vipEdworms
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Risotto balls were weird. The risotto fell apart. Sauce wasn’t great. Ordered steak with truffle butter. Truffle butter wasn’t warm enough and didn’t melt easily. Didn’t taste very truffle-ie. steak was way overcooked. Asked for warm red center - got hot pinking brown center. It looked like it had been broiled. They brought me a new one. Still wasn’t great. So many great spots in this town - will not be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best birthday dinner ever. Left overs even better today.

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vipLBMo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Risorante Piccolo many times over the years and our last Sat night visit did not disappoint. The food and service was great. The atmosphere is always warm and cozy. The violin player moving from table to table added a special touch and added to a memorable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely dinner. We had just come from engagement ring shopping, and we got a table by the fireplace. Had the branzino special and filet mignon, Botha delicious. Cozy and romantic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed everything about this restaurant - the food, atmosphere, service, etc. We will definitely be coming back soon!

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LarryJ
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delightful and eclectic venue for a splendid dinner. Service is attentive yet unobtrusive, food is sublime. Make Piccolo a must visit on your list!

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Giovanni
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and the stilling violinist added to to romance. We went for restaurant week and the food was outstanding. The grilled octopus they served as an appetizer was fantastic.

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JoshuaG
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening. From the host to the wait staff to the busboys, everyone made our dinner feel special. Ristorante Piccolo is a beautiful and elegant hole in the wall with great service and even better food. We were both more than pleased with our first experience here and will absolutely be coming back!

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Jacque
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

No one in my party of 4 enjoyed their food. And afterwards 2 members of my party felt sick. There was a live violinist nice touch but we went thereto eat. The only item that was enjoyed by a member in my group was the pineapple mojito

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Allden
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I came here for the first time as part of restaurant week. I've already recommended this to a handful of friends, and I'll be back, too.

My friend and I got the exact same dishes:
1. Mozzarella Fritti
2. Ravioli di Costolette Brasato
2. Torta di Limoncello

Mozzarella - these were clearly crafted in the kitchen. Mozzarella hand breaded and fried, served with their delicious marinara.

Ravioli - I can't say enough good things about this. These ravioli are homemade at the restaurant, and this specific dish had them stuffed with braised short rib. Not sure what the sauce was, but it was very flavorful. I didn't see this specific dish on the regular menu, but I would urge them to add it. It was phenomenal.

Limoncello Sponge Cake - so good! I think of it like a tiramasu, but lemon. I could have eaten another slice, but then again, I could have eaten more of everything I had.

Service was amazing. The staff was attentative, answered all my questions, brought me a side of the lemon caper sauce from anther dish so I could try it... :) Thank you. You're great.

The only criticism I can offer, is that I wish the ravioli dish would have had 6-8 raviolis instead of 4 to make it more worth the value.

5 stars all the way, and I'll be back. Thanks a great meal!

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