Ristorante Piccolo

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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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ElaineK
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here every year on our anniversary! We come early to get a table on the balcony. They make us feel special and the service and food are consistently outstanding.

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Shirley
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food is really good,
we had Mushroom Ravioli!! OMG!!! One of the best dishes I had !!
and Tortellini Carbonara, very creamy and full of flavor !!
I super recommend this restaurant ❤️

JP
JeffreyP
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great old school Italian restaurant. What a Gem!!!! Definitely enjoy the atmosphere as well as the fresh made pasta👍

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DanielaV
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and filling (but not overwhelming). The customer service was great! I came to celebrate my birthday and the manager surprised me and had their violinist come play happy birthday to me. The waiter was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu. Overall, I had a great first experience! Would highly recommend.

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vipSkidder
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a nice time

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JayH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exceptional, as always, and I enjoyed the recommendation of the salmon carpaccio on a hot summer day. The restaurant has nicely expanded into some socially-distanced tables on the sidewalk and street, giving it a nice vibe of a bistro in the old country. The service was expedient and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An awesome time with great food

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vipboreisol
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Piccolos is our favorite restaurant for all special occasions, from birthdays to anniversaries. They are consistently outstanding!

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

Great food and great service.

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vipGreg
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great night

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vipM2000
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nabil is the greatest!!

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BrianaB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I wanted to like this place so much, but was ultimately let down. I asked if the gnocchi was homemade since On their Facebook there is a video of them making it. The server told me yes but once I received my dish, it was clearly not home made but store bought. The sauce they used was entirely too sour and didn’t complement the gnocchi. I thought perhaps I had found an authentic Italian restaurant in the area to make my go to, but I guess my search continues. I was really looking forward to some homemade gnocchi too. Instead all I got was store bought mushy gnocchi for $28. Blah.

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vipJamesJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Top notch

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The appetizers were okay, but the entrees, desserts and service were outstanding. Has always been one of my favorite places in Georgetown.

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MadCh
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent, our waiter attentive, and the seating on the balcony was ideal for us. We had a wonderful anniversary celebration.

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KellyC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly staff - adorable outside seating on a charming street. Delicious pasta!!!

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Elie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was appropriately attentive, well timed and very professional. The quality of the food was excellent, each dish was well seasoned and portions were more than adequate. Prices were very reasonable.

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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
7 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

OT
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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
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/West TN
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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