About Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown

1303 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20007
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The very first Paolo's found its home in historic Georgetown in the 1980's, and has been a Georgetown staple ever since.

The bustling ristorante has become a corner fixture in this centuries old melting pot amongst politicians, travelers, shoppers and students.

Dine outside and watch the world go by, or sit inside and watch your pizza being prepared in our fabulous brick oven, and most of all - enjoy! Located in the heart of Georgetown, Paolo's serves fine Cal-Italian cuisine full of exciting pizzas and exquisite pastas.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Modern Tuscan

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:30pm
(Bar - last call @ 1:30am - Pizzas served until 12:30am)

Friday: 11:30am - 12:30am
(Bar - last call @ 2:30am - Pizzas served until 1:30am)

Saturday: 10:00am - 12:30am
(Bar - last call @ 2:30am - Pizzas served until 1:30am)

Sunday: 10am - 11:30pm
(Bar - last call @ 12:30am)

Cross Street:
Wisconsin Ave. & N Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 333-7353

Website:
http://www.paolosristorante.com/

Parking Details:
We offer Valet starting at 6pm

Executive Chef:
Tom Crenshaw

Private Party Facilities:
Paolo's can host your party of up to 45 guests with a special menu - please contact the restaurant.

Private Party Contact:
Kati Graves: 202-333-7353x

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Paolo's fabulous Weekend Brunch 10am-3pm - featuring Parmesan Cheese and Egg Biscuit, Paolo's Crosini, Eggs Benedict, and Steak and Eggs, just to name a few...Bottomless Beverages can be added for an extra cost, featuring: Mimosas and Bellinis. Paolo sets the table on the weekends while you enjoy friends and linger over a delicious meal. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 3:00pm.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

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Paolo's Ristorante - Georgetown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.9

service

3.9

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

great for brunch (15)
neighborhood gem (13)
great for lunch (12)
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special occasion (11)
romantic (11)
great for outdoor dining (10)
fit for foodies (9)
good for groups (8)
notable wine list (4)
hot spot (3)
kid-friendly (3)
scenic view (2)
late-night find (2)
vibrant bar scene (1)
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All-Time Favorite Georgetown Restaurant

Dined 4 days ago

We come into Georgetown about four times a year. After more than 20 years of going to Paolo's, it is still our all-time Georgetown favorite. We don't even try other restaurants anymore because Paolo's's has never failed to delight. The frosting on the cake: the prices are quite reasonable. And speaking of frosting, they have fabulous desserts.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service3
value5

Paolo's Brunch

Dined on April 9, 2016

The food was excellent, bread sticks are delicious. The bottomless mimosas are well worth it, didn't love the bellinis. If you want a quite brunch get there between 11-11:45ish, it didn't pick up until noon.

Tags: great for brunch
food2
ambience3
service4
value3

We have eaten at Paolo's a number of tim ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

We have eaten at Paolo's a number of times and been impressed. This time while the service and desserts were wonderful my chicken Marsala was over cooked and dry. Stick to the pasta....

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience2
service1
value2

Time to Burn?

vip
Dined on March 28, 2016

The food at Paolo's was good. It was not excellent; however, the real disappointment was the service. It was a Monday evening and the restaurant was not even half full. From the time we sat down until we had our order taken, 40 minutes passed. This is unfortunate service when a restaurant is crowded; it is unacceptable when most tables are empty and staff is simply milling about. It may have just been our waiter but no one else even attempted to assist until we finally asked a hostess to send our server back over. He did not appear, but someone else did to take the order. A Monday evening meal that should have been a nice quick evening out turned into a 2 plus hour event with food that did not meet the standard of sitting in a restaurant for two hours. Even if the service had been prompt, the food is really just average when valued against other Georgetown restaurants and the price point.

food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Easter Brunch

Dined on March 27, 2016

Loved my drink and food delicious. My first visit here and would definitely come again. Very nice location for Georgetowners.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food1
ambience2
service1
value1

Won't be back

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

We had eaten here a couple of years ago and brought 2 people from out of town. My husband ordered a beer while the rest of us looked at the drink menu. It was 15+ min. before the waiter returned for our drink order. Burrata ap was bland. Waiter highly recommended the chicken parm...it came with a burnt outer crust and pasta with dried out sauce. It was like something that was at a cafeteria buffet. At least the beans were good. My husband's lobster pasta, another recommendation, was tasteless. His second beer arrived so late, he'd forgotten he'd ordered it. Pomegranate creme brulee was runny and we left it unfinished (amongst 4 of us!). Service was really slow all around. Best thing was the Malbec wine, a decent red for $34. Very disappointing that we brought people here when there are so many other good places in the area.

food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Good, but not worth the price

vip
Dined on March 19, 2016

Food was good, but pricey, small portions, and not *amazing*. Ambiance was also a bit inconsistent

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups
food4
ambience3
service2

I had dinner here 15 years ago and loved ...

vip
Dined on March 17, 2016

I had dinner here 15 years ago and loved it. Came back yesterday so happy to see it. I told the maitre d' that we had made our reservation through Open Table and while he acknowledged it to me, he did not check me in. We were waited upon but by 2 different waiters. The 2nd waiter took our order. I clarified 3 x that I wanted the mushroom risotto. I ordered a second glass of wine which I did not receive but was not charged. The food was excellent. The service below average. The ambiance terrific.

food2
ambience3
service1

Paolo's was a favorite of mine back in t ...

vip
Dined on February 28, 2016

Paolo's was a favorite of mine back in the day. However, our dining experience today was horrific. The food is no longer great and the service was absolutely dreadful. The restaurant was completely understaffed (which is an understatement). We didn't feel cared for. In addition, we overheard other surrounding tables complain that they didn't even have water, etc. Thus, this was a true theme throughout the restaurant. I wish them the best but I will not be going back there.

food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent service! Great food! Awesome ambiance!

Dined on February 21, 2016

We came from New Jersey to celebrate my daughter's 24th birthday. They were very accommodating! Staff is friendly and attentive. We took our time and enjoyed our celebration. The staff was not rushing us out at all. Please let them know that we truly enjoyed our celebration and they made it very magical. Thank you.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great experience!

Dined on February 20, 2016

We dined at Paolo's while I was in town on business. My daughters traveled with my wife & me on this particular trip, and one of them has severe food allergies. Not only did the floor manager have a special meal prepared for her, he continually came by the table to make sure we were okay. The experience was, without a doubt, one of our best ever...and that includes our Disney experiences, which are always fantastic. This meal ranked right up there with them! They even made us SWEET TEA!!..a big deal for southerners in Washington!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service2

We know it was busy for Valentine's day, ...

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

We know it was busy for Valentine's day, but the service was bad. We waited for drinks and water refills. When the entrees came the meat was hot but the sides were cold. We ordered an after dinner drink that never came. The waiter was overworked, but the floor manager that was chatting up the tables studiously avoided stopping by our table, even as he is checking in with all the diners around us. It was a very disappointing experience.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I have been to Paolo's for dinner but ne ...

Dined on February 13, 2016

I have been to Paolo's for dinner but never for brunch. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and the venue was a scene set for a loving brunch. From excellent recommendations of meals to taking pictures for us, the service was amazing. The staff was lively and it made brunch at Paolo's a great experience. I enjoyed it so much, I invited my football teammates to go next weekend.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
food3
ambience3
service1
value2

Worst service I've ever had at a restaurant.

vip
Dined on January 17, 2016

Worst service I've ever had. Had no waiter for over 30 minutes. Didn't get waters until an hour in.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Josh

Dined on January 7, 2016

Josh is a really good bartender. He keeps conversation and makes the guests feel welcome

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service4
value1

Food's good, but value? Not so much

Dined on January 1, 2016

Simply put, the food at Paolo's is good Italian food. I ordered a pork risotto, my fiancée had a seafood pasta (scampi, as I think). We've wanted to try Paolo's for some time, as we see it right there on Wisconsin Avenue. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. For the price point (about $20-30 per entrée), it definitely was not worth it. I'd go back if I had a 50% discount or someone else was paying and they picked it, but that's probably it.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

holiday dinner with sisters and neice

Dined on December 17, 2015

Great time sitting close together in a booth, I always order the made to order Minestrone- it is excellent, vegetables still crunchy, great seasoning We all had lively conversation, we could hear each other and the wait staff perfectly attentive one of our favs

Tags: great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Hadn't been here for 20 years--still great!

Dined on December 10, 2015

Last time I went to Paolos it was over 20 years ago; while those were evening visits, this lunch time one was just as good. Attentive staff, good food, decor the same but still contemporary. Might just go back to check out the night time scene too!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service2

A bit of a disappointment this time ...

Dined on November 29, 2015

We ate at Paola's last Christmas-time (2014), and it immediately became my favorite G'Town restaurant. This time, we were a bit disappointed - things did just not seem as perfect as they had been a year ago. My veal was very good, but those who ordered the individual pizzas were not happy with them. The house wine was seriously lacking. The bread (which had been an amazing experience in and of itself a year ago) was not special. And the service was only adequate - our reserved table wasn't ready, the appetizer was a long wait, and two of the dinner orders came wrong. It's too expensive a restaurant to not have a wonderful experience!

food4
ambience4
service5

Good neighborhood restaurant with great service

Dined on November 21, 2015

Paolo's is a good restaurant with great service. My wife had pasta and I the lamb shank, both very good but a bit over priced. Wine list is acceptable but not remarkable, and the mark up is 2-2.5 so standard for a restaurant.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food1
ambience3
service4

HORRIBLE FOOD

Dined on October 25, 2015

We have been to this restaurant many times and the food was OK. The last time and it is going to be the last time we go!! The food was horrible, we ordered the salmon and it was completely over cooked so we returned it and had to wait around 20 more minutes and it came back burned again. My husband ordered the risotto and it was really bad and the portion was like a kids plate. We were extremely dissapointed and unfortunately the next time at Georgetown Paolo's will not be in our choice of restaurants.

food5
ambience3
service5

Savory and delicious, as usual!

vip
Dined on October 23, 2015

Thank you again for a wonderful dining experience! The service was wonderful and the food amazing!

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Nice brunch, but too pricey.

Dined on October 18, 2015

While Paolo's had a delicious brunch with outstanding service, the prices are outrageous. Georgetown is full of quaint restaurants with delicious food that don't require you to empty your bank account. It was not worth the price for me.

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience5
service5

Best gosh darn spaghetti and meatballs i ...

vip
Dined on October 16, 2015

Best gosh darn spaghetti and meatballs in town. Delightful restaurant , great location. Service on point. We had a party of five and all ordered different pastas all amazing

food4
ambience3
service3

The bar staff was not knowledgeable on the menu.

Dined on October 10, 2015

Food comes out very fast. Chicken parm was mediocre. Great charcuterie platter, although no one explained each of the items to us.

Tags: late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Always Great

vip
Dined on September 29, 2015

Paolo's is consistently great- a real Georgetown gem! I have been here many times for many different occasions and I am never disappointed. The food is great and portion size is just right (you actually get food on your plate here!) and I am a real fan of the bread and fresh tapenade that greets you right away. There really is something for everyone on the menu (healthy fish, rib sticking pasta and great meat dishes). You can come here for a boozy brunch with friends and have a blast or you can dine with family and small kids for a special dinner- really fits all occasions and customers! ALSO, service is on point and cheerful.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service4

Great pizza and appetizers. We enjoyed e ...

vip
Dined on September 23, 2015

Great pizza and appetizers. We enjoyed everything we ate.

food2
ambience3
service4

They were out of the lasagna, which two ...

Dined on September 19, 2015

They were out of the lasagna, which two of us planned on getting. Very disappointing especially as it was on a Saturday night during peak hours. Would not go back.

food5
ambience4
service2

Fun place that I do really like, however ...

Dined on September 7, 2015

Fun place that I do really like, however the waitress forgot to put in one of the orders (although she was very nice about it and bought it for us) and the food took a really long time to come out, although when it did it was delicious!

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience3
service4

Good food

vip
Dined on August 31, 2015

But when the windows to the street are open, it's very loud. Lots of trucks roll up and down Wisconsin Avenue.

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Great Restaurant in Georgetown

Dined on August 30, 2015

Paolo's is a great restaurant just off the busy M Street. Food and service are great, the ambiance is good and the noise level is reasonable as well as the price. I recommend it for a nice evening out.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious! Best spaghetti and meatballs. ...

vip
Dined on August 23, 2015

Delicious! Best spaghetti and meatballs. Atmosphere wonderful. If you are in the mood for good Italian food this is the place to go!

food5
ambience5
service3

Great little spot!

Dined on July 11, 2015

We love this place for romantic nights out in Georgetown! There is outdoor seating, and good appetizers and food! The menu has so many choices and never disappoints.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service5

Excellent Service!

Dined on July 3, 2015

The service here is excellent. The waiter was very attentive and another person was dedicated to filling water glasses throughout our meal - this was very much appreciated. The food is decent. Prosciutto with Melon was fabulous, please do not miss this if it is in season.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
food4
ambience3
service1

Unimpressed

vip
Dined on June 21, 2015

The service and staff were TERRIBLE. The waitstaff gave off a very homophobic vibe so my girlfriend and I were very uncomfortable dining here. We had to ask for everything and we had to ask whoever walked by because there was no consistent waiter. They also seated us in a very noisy area. Anytime a busboy wanted to put away silverware (which was often) we had to stop talking until he was done. Even the hostess was extremely rude. After all the frustration with the terrible service and staff, I was disheartened to discover that the food was nothing special.

food1
ambience3
service3

Quite Disappointing.

Dined on May 24, 2015

Though, the server was very friendly and attentive, everything else was regretable. My experience started on the wrong foot with two hostesses who were highly confused, ineffective communicators, and horribly organized. Both of them seemed clueless, or perhaps they were just overwhelmed. However, given the emptiness of the restaurant, I don't see how. Also, both hostesses kept overlooking the fact that my party was standing at the front. After being skipped 4 times, I was forced to interrupt the seating of other patrons and let everyone know that my party had been waiting. I was very confused as to how no one at any point saw us. Lastly, I didn't enjoy my food at all. I didn't finish anything and ultimately left hungry. I actually stopped for Chiptole less than 30minutes later. The only reason I took my food to-go was to give to a homeless man on the street. All-in-all, it was a wasted bottomless brunch and a waste of $30. If I had to sum up the experience in one word..."Meh."

food1
ambience1
service1

ordered Caesar salad with hot chicken,g ...

Dined on May 16, 2015

ordered Caesar salad with hot chicken,got no chicken ordered salmon,got raw salmon left without eating

food4
ambience5
service5

Great spot for Anytime...

Dined on April 26, 2015

My friend and I both got fruit to start and shared the frittata and pizza. Both were great but the frittata should have come with a side salad or something else. Our waitress was very sweet and attentive. We sat for while after we finished just chatting and the managers were great with refilling coffee and waters. The brunch menu includes bottomless mimosas - I just wish there was a lesser option for non-alcohol menu. All in all a great time.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service5

Spring-time Brunching

Dined on April 26, 2015

I went here for Sunday brunch on one of the first sunny days of the spring. We got a table outside on the patio and I felt like I was somewhere in Europe. Our waitress was very attentive (but not in an annoying way). She did a great job of explaining the brunch menu and kept our mimosa glasses full. The portions were on the large side, but it was perfect for an OMG-I-am-starving brunch. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service2

Food Service

Dined on April 12, 2015

The food was very good, the waitress was great. The kitchen was backed up which made for a long delay.

Tags: great for lunch, late-night find

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