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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
I made a reservation at 11:00am and arrived there at 11:00am to meet my friends. The staff told me the restaurant will be open at 11:15am and I should come back and locked the door. If the restaurant changed the opening time or the confirmation time for their own reason, they should inform the customer in advance. Their service and attitude were not welcoming, unkind, and unprofessional.
Would absolutely return! I wanted to bring my parents (visiting from out-of-town) somewhere nice, but not so nice that we would need a magnifying glass to see our food. I had a couple of fun cocktails (mint leaves, prosecco, raspberries, etc.) and ordered the pistachio-encrusted chicken with sauteed spinach and Tuscan mashed potatoes and WOW - so delicious. There was a violinst walking throughout the restaurant, and it had a lovely cosy Italian atmosphere. Our waiter seemed to always be in a hurry, but we had a great rapport - he dropped us a piece of chocolate mousse cake at the end of our meal - such a nice, unexpected end of the meal!
When we arrived I️ thought I️ was going to HATE this place but I️ was pleasantly surprised. 1. If you go here in the winter try not to sit close to the front door. There are old French doors that open and they don’t seem to stay closed. A woman got up from her seat at least 4 times to slam the doors shut as she was annoyed by people coming and going in and out with the draft.
After a few minutes the host took us to our upstairs table. Upstairs was very warm/hot. So warm that they opened the door to let some fresh air in. There was a a man playing a violin (in a very small space) this was kind of annoying yet charming. If it had lasted longer than a few minutes I️ would have been really annoyed considering he was at one point standing right behind my head. The waiter took at least 15 minutes before even offering us a drink. By the time he came over we placed our drink and full dinner order. However, once he came over he was lovely and very attentive. The appetizer arrived just 1 minute after we had our drinks. They pour very generous sized glasses of wine 👍🏼.We had the fried mozzarella which was delicious. Our entrees arrived almost immediately after finishing the appetizer. The mushroom raviolis and linguini with clams were both excellent but it just felt very rushed. They gave us plenty of time to complete our entrees before offering dessert. We chose the chocolate mousse as well as tiramisu. Both were phenomenal.
The women’s bathroom is located upstairs. It was very dirty and disgusting. Paper towels were thrown everywhere but there were none for you to actually use after washing your hands (they should have an employee check this every few hours- it was gross! ).
Overall, the food was very good. It could use some fine tuning with the atmosphere/service but we were very happy with our meals!
We have spent many great times at Ristorante Picolo. We have never been there on
a Saturday night. Jammed packed. Prefer to go on a weeknight. Service has always been impeccable. Food is always on par. It's the place we love to go for special occasions. Even though husband has to work NYE, we will go a day or two before all dressed to the nines and let them know it's our NYE and we are treated royally.
Took my husband here before seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. We had been looking forward to a date night and opportunity to get dressed up- this place allowed us to make it the night we wanted. Some folks dressed up (and later spotted at the Kennedy center too), some in jeans. Cozy seating, delicious food, great staff. Tiramisu was outstanding! Will definitely come back!!
We were glad to get a last-minute reservation. Unfortunately, the concierge sat us by the front door, and every time it opened, I got a blast of 35- degree wind at my back. Very noisy, and our waiter kept pushing us to buy a bottle of wine instead of the draft beer we wanted. It's an average restaurant with decent food. Not a memorable place, however.
Very nice evening with my date, my wife of 30 years. We were in town for business . My wife's favorite is Italian and this place was recommended by a coworker. It was spot on great service and great food. We arrived before 6:30 and took advantage of the fix price menu options and half price wine. For two with food and a bottle of wine it was $78. Again very good and I would recommend.
Our first visit to Ristorante Piccolo, and we will be back. We went pre-theatre on a Saturday night and sat on the tiny but lovely balcony overlooking 31st Street. The food was excellent -- especially the grilled octopus in polenta, a special appetizer. The wine recommended by the waiter was yummy. And everything was fairly reasonably priced. We're looking forward to coming back when it gets colder and sitting inside this time, near one of several cozy fireplaces.
We wanted to have a good meal in Georgetown while on vacation, and while we selected Ristorante Piccolo pretty blindly, we were very happy with the food and service. Accounting for DC being a relatively expensive area to dine in, it was still a bit pricey for what it was, but our meals were delicious and we did find the service to be very helpful. I'll crave my lobster ravioli for weeks!
The atmosphere was lovely, the food was fresh and delicious! The service was not up to par, our server was rushed and kind of barking at us the whole time! We actually found it entertaining rather than upsetting but it was definitely a little on the weird side! We would go back again because the food was yummy and it is in a great location - we just chalked it up to her having a bad night and we were caught up in the adventure of it all!
I went with a friend after a day of shopping. They were flexible and accommodating, as we had to change the number in the reservation twice. We sat on the balcony upstairs and, altho space was very tight with only 3 two top tables, it was a great place to relax in the warm outdoor air.
Service was great and food was very tasty. The tiramisu was wonderful after the meal with a coffee! There was a violin player who took requests and played That's Amore. We also witnessed the couple behind us get engaged. He managed to squeeze between the tables on one knee. Bravo!
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