About Ristorante Piccolo

1068 31st St., NW
Washington, DC 20007
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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

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
M Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 342-7414

Website:
http://www.piccolodc.com/

Entertainment:
Strolling violinist every Friday and Saturday evenings
Strolling guitarist Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 10:30pm

Parking Details:
Public lot and street parking.

Public Transit:
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.

Executive Chef:
Arnaldo Rubio

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), 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.

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Promotions

3-Course Dinner Prix-Fixe

Special valid Jan 9, 2016 - May 9, 2016 all week from 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Details
Try our 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu, available at dinner. Awesome selection of appetizers, entrees and dessert. Menu changes monthly. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Jan 9, 2016 - May 9, 2016 all week from 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM.
Celebrate with Piccolo!

Special valid Jan 9, 2016 - May 9, 2016 all week from 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Details
What's a celebration without champagne and cake? Celebrate with groups of 6+ and we'll add the finishing touch to your party--champagne & tiramisu tasting. Not offered for private dining parties. Excludes Tax and Tip. Must include (Celebration Promo) in reserve notes. Entree required per guest. Special valid Jan 9, 2016 - May 9, 2016 all week from 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM.
Weekend Brunch!

Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Details
2-Course Brunch with choice of Champagne, Bloody Mary or Mimosa only $20. Make it Bottomless! +$20. Excludes Tax and Tip. Bottomless option is for 2 hours maximum. Special valid Jan 9, 2016 - May 9, 2016 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM.
1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1000 point tables

Details
Mon - Tue 6:30PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

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

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4.1

service

4.2

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4.2

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

romantic (70)
neighborhood gem (53)
special occasion (46)
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fit for foodies (31)
notable wine list (26)
good for groups (17)
great for lunch (12)
great for outdoor dining (6)
great for brunch (5)
hot spot (4)
scenic view (4)
late-night find (4)
kid-friendly (3)
vibrant bar scene (2)
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food5
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Restaurant piccolo is like a fine wine i ...

vip
Dined 6 days ago

Restaurant piccolo is like a fine wine in the heart of Georgetown. It's authentic it has great ambience and the food is always terrific. The veal chop is outstanding.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Tasty Italian dinner

vip
Dined 6 days ago

Dinner was excellent as always, especially for vegetarians. Great wine to pair with our food. For a wed. night, we thought they were super busy (perhaps that's their norm), service was a bit slow at times. We will still go back, as the food is good, and service is good too (we saw our waiter waiting on a larger group and was super busy too).

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

My girlfriend and I love this place. Gre ...

Dined on April 20, 2016

My girlfriend and I love this place. Great food, great service

food4
ambience3
service1
value2

I had three non-drinking age college gir ...

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

I had three non-drinking age college girls with me for dinner and the only thing the waiter could think of was how to get us in and out as quickly as possible. They even brought the entrees while we were still eating our appetizers. Very rude. Food was decent but who had time to enjoy it?

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Decent Italian in lively GTown

Dined on April 16, 2016

We dined here on a busy Friday evening at 8:30 after making reservations 2 weeks in advance. The maitre'D was extremely accommodating seating us 15 minutes early. Two different veal dishes were very nicely prepared. A stuffed portobello mushroom appetizer was tasty and large enough to be split. The menu was nice and varied. The atmosphere was quite lively and pleasant. Overall, Ristorante Piccolo is a solid restaurant with very attentive service.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great restaurant in a great area!

Dined on April 15, 2016

I found this restaurant online when looking for a great place to go with friends while visiting DC. I was impressed, the ambiance was great, and the food was fantastic without being over-priced. I will definitely go back.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Loved it!

Dined on April 8, 2016

Absolutely loved the dinner my date and I had at Ristorante Piccolo! The service was fantastic (not too much oversight by the waiter, just enough to keep our glasses full and plates cleared when need-be) and food was really delicious. The staff was accommodating to us moving upstairs rather than be in the nosier downstairs and it is well worth it. Would have loved to have sat on the deck, but it was a little chilly for that. So we'll have to come back to do it again!

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Shared a nice evening with some good foo ...

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

Shared a nice evening with some good food!

food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Great food, nice but small space, so can be LOUD

Dined on April 2, 2016

The food was great. The service was good, too. The biggest downside was the large family group with kids right next to us. The restaurant is a small space, so you can't help but be close to other tables. And this group of a dozen or so at the tables next to us clearly had gotten an early start (some had small kids) on drinking and dinner, especially the drinking. They were very LOUD. The restaurant was still not very busy, so I'm not sure why the four of us were seated right next to them as opposed to elsewhere in the restaurant. However, most of this was not the restaurant's fault, but the group's; people need to realize there are other people around, and need to control their VOLUME. It was out of control. At one point, all the other tables just stopped, and everyone turned around and stared at the group. Thank goodness ours was just a dinner for four with friends. If it had been a date or romantic occasion, it would have been ruined. That being said, the food was excellent, outstanding, and the service was very good, too.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Great italian in georgetown

Dined on April 1, 2016

Was able to get reservations on short notice and food was great. I had the pasta amaciatrana which had just the right amount of spice, pancetta and cheese. Could have used slightly less sauce, but maybe that is just a peccadillo of mine. It seems to me like most American italian restaurants use too much sauce. Anyway it was delicious. My daughter had the ravioli that they are famous for. She said it was delicious and it must have been; there was none to share!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience1
service2
value1

The service was good at the door, but th ...

Dined on March 30, 2016

The service was good at the door, but the waiter was a little rude, and I was shepherded into a corner. I hoped for good food, but it was extremely mid tier, and again, service did not improve. Would not go back. Thoroughly disappointed.

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

A gem we overlooked

Dined on March 28, 2016

We've been in Washington for over thirty years and yet never managed to find Piccolo before now! It is a charming Italian place in Georgetown that makes you feel welcome immediately and feeds you well also! We were there for a birthday dinner for my husband and it was so enjoyable. I loved my bruschetta appetizer and he enjoyed the calamari. Entrees were traditional but well prepared and the right amount of food. Service was attentive but most of all we enjoyed the ambiance of good humor, a diverse clientele and charming space. Will definitely return again.

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Big Piccolo didn't disappoint for Easter in GT!

Dined on March 27, 2016

Piccolo mean small in Italiano so the restaurant is on the small side but everything else there is BIG. Great service, food, wines, dessert, etc. Enjoy when in DC. We did for our cozy Easter dinner. Buon Appetito! We will be back on our next trip to Georgetown.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Good Experience

Dined on March 27, 2016

I enjoyed the restaurant overall. I thought it could have been a little bit cleaner- our place mats did not look like they were washed as we could see small stains and crumbs on them. The staff was pretty good and responsive and I enjoyed the food. It was a nice atmosphere.

Tags: great for brunch, romantic
food3
ambience3
service4

Mediocre food. Bland marinara sauce. Cou ...

Dined on March 26, 2016

Mediocre food. Bland marinara sauce. Could have used a spice or two. Like a majority of Georgetown establishments, they seem to rely on style over substance. The formula probably works when serving tourist. As a local, we have many options. Won't be back.

food3
ambience2
service3

Very small appetizers, but full price. ...

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

Very small appetizers, but full price. Good food that is generally overpriced. Lends the impression of a quiet and intimate restaurant, but you may be seated so close to your neighbors that your elbows will (literally) touch. Not for special or intimate occasions.

food3
ambience2
service2
value2

3-25-16

Dined on March 25, 2016

place was very crowded and service was sketchy- layout of tables (too many tables in small space) was too tight to enjoy the good food/dining experience

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Romantic gem

Dined on March 25, 2016

Have dined at Picolo many times over several years - always great service - ambiance - great value - wonderful host David - our most favored server Shafik - never disappoints good for any occasion

Tags: romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

Great G'town spot

Dined on March 18, 2016

We went there for my birthday because I wanted to go to Mr. Smith's Piano bar afterward and it was close by and could take a group of 9 at 7:00. It is the cutest little row house with a neat balcony that fits tables for two. The upstairs and front are perfect for groups of 2-4. The sit the larger tables in the back which is fine... more noisy back there but that was ok. We made most of the noise I think. The menu is typical Italian and everyone had a great meal. Pasta is home made and it makes all the difference. I had the cannelloni special. Friend had the fish and loved it. Prices were moderate for G'town. I'd go back there for sure. Great date place I think-- lots of nooks for a feeling of intimacy. Wait staff was very nice. It took us a while to get our drinks, that was my only real criticism. The roving violinist was a great touch. He came over to our table and performed. Very cool.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5

A really quaint, authentic Italian spot ...

Dined on March 18, 2016

A really quaint, authentic Italian spot off of busy M St in Georgetown. The Lobster ravioli was amazing, while my wife's veal scallopini could be cut with a fork. Prices were very reasonable in DC standards. Look for it on 31st!

food5
ambience5
service5

Authentic and genuine across all element ...

Dined on March 17, 2016

Authentic and genuine across all elements. We had a great family dinner there and the service was excellent. Big menu where anyone can find something to fit their tastes.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Another memorable evening

Dined on March 17, 2016

We attended a special wine tasting dinner and the entire evening was perfect. The food was excellent along with the impeccable service. The wine was very good and the presentation was informative but not too lengthy. This is our favorite place to go for good fine and excellent food. The staff is very personal and attentive, particularly David the general manager. We will be back soon.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4

Love facade of this restaurant and the i ...

Dined on March 16, 2016

Love facade of this restaurant and the intimacy of it. Food is outstanding.

food2
ambience2
service4
value2

review

vip
Dined on March 16, 2016

Both the restaurant and the menu could use a major renovation, and the high prices should be reflective of a fine dining experience, which it certainly was not.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent experience.

Dined on March 12, 2016

I live in North Carolina and I booked the reservation on line. I had never heard or have been to this restaurant. Everything about the experience was great! From the host, to the waiter that served us, the ambiance, along with the wine list and food, everything was five stars! I would absolutely go back the next time I'm in DC.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

wines are a bit pricey but decent select ...

Dined on March 9, 2016

wines are a bit pricey but decent selection; food is tasty with nice options & specials available; area in Georgetown is a pedestrian location near the C & O canal.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

Uninspiring Italian Food

Dined on March 7, 2016

Wedged into what looked like the Little Italy of Georgetown, Piccolo is suffice to say very uninspiring when it comes to the experience. The food was neither terrible nor awe inspiring and certainly not worth the prices they charge for it. Appetizers were quite small in portion and the meal itself caused me to question whether or not I should have just bought the ingrediants at the store and made it myself. Beyond that the staff were relatively friendly and the service was prompt. My guess is the prices are purely based on location which is to be expected.

food4
ambience4
service1

The food was very good, however the serv ...

Dined on March 6, 2016

The food was very good, however the service was very slow and the wait staff was inattentive. We had reservations for 7:00 and didn't get out until after 9:00 and that was only because we had to ask each time we were ready for the next phase of our meal. Even though the food was good, I would not go back to this restaurant.

food4
ambience2
service2

On a Tuesday probably not one of their b ...

vip
Dined on March 1, 2016

On a Tuesday probably not one of their better nights. Our favorite server shafik wasn't there so the server we had didn't compare. Next time I will request shafik as our server. The food is great but it's the service that makes for a great night here.

food2
ambience3
service2
value2

We were cramped in a tiny corner, wait s ...

Dined on February 28, 2016

We were cramped in a tiny corner, wait staff was unpleasant

Tags: romantic
food4
ambience5
service3
value5

Reasonably Priced Italian in Georgetown

Dined on February 27, 2016

Ristorante Piccolo was a pleasant surprise in Georgetown. Well-priced items on the menu complemented a well-curated and extensive wine list. The atmosphere was smart formal, but not over the top or stuffy. A nice find for a couples dinner or family get together. The most reasonable of many of the Italian restaurants we've found in Georgetown.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food2
ambience1
service2

We always seem to be sat at the same tab ...

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

We always seem to be sat at the same table, upstairs on the non-stop vibrating floor with people constantly walking past. We thought it was a funny coincidence but it feels like that is where they stow the unwanted dining couples. The food was dry and without flavor, the portion size shrunk and we felt rushed from the moment that we sat down at "our table".

food5
ambience5
service5

Very cozy atmosphere. Fireplaces on both ...

Dined on February 20, 2016

Very cozy atmosphere. Fireplaces on both levels. The service was outstanding and the staff very friendly. The prices are reasonable compared to other Italian restaurants close by.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Good for business lunch

vip
Dined on February 19, 2016

my office is near this restaurant. I was there with two business colleagues. I ordered the express lunch. The opening salad was very good and the spaghetti was also very tasty. The bread was very soft and warm. Hard to stop eating it! The service was also very friendly and competent.

Tags: great for lunch
food1
ambience1
service1

Did not have the regular menu . Had a m ...

Dined on February 14, 2016

Did not have the regular menu . Had a menu that we didn't like and table I requested wasn't provided . I made reservation for valentine day early in January figuring I would be satisfied but wasn't I am truly dissatisfied with the ristorante piccolo

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful Valentine's Day

Dined on February 14, 2016

We had a lovely time, our lady server was very charming and attentive, her wine recommendations good taste and value, the food delicious. Although the restaurant was almost booked out - even at the early hour at 05.15 p.m. - it was not noisy at all. We'll definitely come again!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Don't go when it first opens

Dined on February 14, 2016

We went for Valentines brunch. Our reservation was for 11am. We got there at 1050 and they weren't ready for customers. So we had a slow start. They were still decorating for valentines day. I thought that should have been done the night before because it was distracting to our meal. But speaking of the meal, it was excellent. We really enjoyed the food. It was our first time at this restaurant, we would like to go again to try their dinner menu. But we will never go as soon as they open.

Tags: romantic
food3
ambience4
service3
value2

Overrated

Dined on February 14, 2016

High dollar for very small portions. Needless to say, we woke up on the middle of the night starving. Crowded, servers have to slide between tables. liked the guy playing an instrument; that was nice. Don't go hungry and you'll be ok.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Very good Italian in Georgetown

Dined on February 14, 2016

We were a party of 8 on a Saturday night. With the size of our party it's difficult to go into detail about specific dishes, but everyone was very happy with their appetizers/salads and their main course. Most of the party had a pasta dish of some sort and no one was disappointed. I had the veal chop which was excellent. This is a bustling, noisy restaurant with lots of energy. Service was very good - attentive but not overwhelming and did not try to rush us through dinner. The roving violin player is an interesting touch, and although this one was a bit quirky, he was nice enough. We enjoy this restaurant when visiting our daughter who's at Georgetown. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Romantic but tight

Dined on February 14, 2016

We loved the service and food here. The dishes reminded us of our recent trip to Italy (which we were hoping for!) The ambience is nice and romantic, but the seating was very tight.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion

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