About J. Paul's - Georgetown

J. Paul’s is Washington’s quintessential turn of the century American Dining Saloon. The J. Paul’s bar in Georgetown is itself a 100 year old mahogany shotgun bar, built by the Brunswick Balke Coolander Company and was previously housed in a grand saloon in the Chicago stockyards. Many will swear over their scotch that Al Capone himself bellied up to that very bar. Antique brass elevator doors from New York’s Waldorf Astoria frame the back dining room.

A few short blocks from the Potomac River, in the heart of fashionable Georgetown, the original J. Paul’s has become an institution. Every day, politicians, journalists, artists, business people and Washington personalities share tables with students, tourists and ex-Pats in the nation’s capital. Don't miss out on a visit to this DC institution!

3218 M. St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:00am
Friday: 11:30am-3:00am
Saturday: 10:30am-3:00am
Sunday: 10:30am-2:00am

Cross street:
Wisconsin Ave.

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 333-3450

Website:
http://jpaulsdc.com/

Entertainment:
Lively bar area is perfect for every occasion, and there's a large private meeting room upstairs perfect for corporate events or private dinner. and of course, liven up Sunday with brunch at J. Paul's! From Hangover Hash to the J. P. Scramble, you won't leave hungry! Our signature Bloody Mary cannot be beat, and our Irish Coffee is a real eye opener. Join us, Sunday's from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Parking Details:
Located in Georgetown Park Mall, entrance on Wisconsin Ave. Parking Lot on corner of Wisconsin Ave and M Streets at PNC Bank. Street parking available throughout Georgetown.

Public Transport:
Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus

Executive Chef:
Tom Crenshaw

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

J. Paul's - Georgetown Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Service

4.3

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4.1

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (6)
Cosy (5)
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 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Great food! Try the crab dip and ask for extra soft pretzels at no charge!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on 14 October 2017

Food was great. Ribs excellent. Good service. Nice ambiance. Placed in a lively zone of Georgetown.

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on 7 October 2017

Noisy! Unable to have a conversation.
Food on the average.
Very busy place.

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·Dined on 7 October 2017

Loud but fun. Great food!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Great ambience and good for large groups! Food and drinks were great for reasonable prices!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Great brunch awesome atmosphere loved the food cute place

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Great Saturday night spot. Very lively. Pretzel bread outstanding.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 22 September 2017

Food was good, great salad! Fast and friendly service, lively atmosphere. We enjoyed it. It wasn't quiet or refined, but decent upscale and convenient.

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·Dined on 17 September 2017

I moved away from the area 20 years ago and this was my Sunday brunch spot. 20 years later it's still my spot. So exciting when you go back and it's still awesome. Thank you JPaul's!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Awful food & service.. could be worst place to watch football!! Stay away!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 August 2017

Had a fantastic meal in a wonderful atmosphere and our server, Dali, was terrific! Great spot all around!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on 13 August 2017

It was a nice spot for dinner, but nothing too special. Ther service was good, but it was a little noisyz

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on 10 August 2017

Great food and great service. I never had to ask for refills. They must have filled my water glass 7 times. I had the hoisin salmon. It coupled with the kale and rice far exceeded my expectations

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on 5 August 2017

Really mediocre

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·Dined on 4 August 2017

Used to be one of our favorite spots. The menu selection has since declined. Service was good. A little too quick for our liking, but attentive and friendly. Overall good experience but may not always be a future destination when in DC.

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·Dined on 3 August 2017

Food was cold, nothing noteable on menu. The location was nice though and place was clean.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on 30 July 2017

Good spot for an average meal. American food with a few twists, lots of fried options, and seafood. Don't waste your time on the burgers, stick with what the restaurant is known for.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on 30 July 2017

Everything was good, but there was a shortage in the kitchen, so our food took too long to come to the table, and some ingredients were already sold out, so we had to change our order.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Hot Spot, Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 22 July 2017

Was a last minute choice no reservations on a Saturday night... we were pleasantly surprised. Food was moderately priced in a expensive area. Cocktails were delicious and served very quickly. We only had burgers but also some delicious appetizers... oysters were very yummy!!!

Tags: Fun
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 (Louisville)·Dined on 7 July 2017

Really cool area with lots of shopping, we had a window seat so great place to people watch. Also a really cool venue-- it's an antique house so very unique ambiance. Great place for tourists in DC looking to experience the Georgetown area. The service was also great. We were seated right away and the server was very attentive. The staff also seemed to get along well and were having fun, which is important to me-- I always like to see good management and a nice work environment! I had the fried green tomato burger which was PHENOMENAL and the fries were also really good. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, People Watching, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 July 2017

Food was good, but service was just OK. I have always liked J Pauls and will keep going there.
They were coming out with a new menu, but didn't tell us some items on the current menu were no longer available until we tried to order. Would have been nice to know up front.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Memphis)·Dined on 30 June 2017

Food was delicious. Our service was amazing.. we had a fussy baby and a member of our party got sick, and our server was awesome.

I got the jerk chicken sandwich, and it was really good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 25 June 2017

Very disappointing. Go elsewhere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 25 June 2017

Overall this was a really great place. Good food and good service. Very happy and would go again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 June 2017

Arrived after 11 so I was a bit disappointed that we could only order from a limited menu AND dessert wasn't available (although the menu stated its availability as anytime). The food was good. Place was empty. It was a bar. Nothing spectacular. Would eat there again though.

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 (New England)·Dined on 16 June 2017

They were very overwhelmed. Specifically asked for exclusions on an item due to dietary restrictions. Order came out wrong, waitress noticed, and did not offer to send back citing a large party. Disappointing and had high hopes.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 June 2017

It was my 5 or 6 visit and I was not very impressed this time. No music was playing, the crab dip was absurdly small and we ordered 4 burgers and even though we ordered medium rare every burger arrived well done. On a positive note our server was very pleasant and my bloody marry was delicious.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 May 2017

Waiter chatted us up (in a good way) and we had a great table - we will come back again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 27 May 2017

Our experience was awful. Saturday night.
Terrible service. Forgot our wine that we ordered. Asked for bourbon options ... and he named a few and then said I can't think of the rest what would you like? I asked him o get the rest of options and he named the same short list bc he was too disinterested in finding out the that the other options were. Lame staff. Lame everything. Highly do not recommend.

Tags: Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 May 2017

Rather noisy; go to the part of the restaurant on the left for a quieter experience. Big portions.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 21 May 2017

The food was good, but the service was horrible. They brought our food to the table and before we could even pick up the silverware, they took it back saying that it was supposed to be for another table. We got no apologies for this and our waitress was unprofessional in greeting us and in taking our order. Not worth it.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 20 May 2017

Although I was in a large table (8 guests), Mat (or Matt?) was outstanding. Excellent knowledge of the menu and customer-oriented. Thanks to him my daughter and her friends enjoyed the day.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 16 May 2017

We had a group of ten and J Pauls accommodated the reservation through Open Table when no one else would, it seemed. They had plenty of space and good service. They could have used another server or two to keep our drinks fresh but overall we were very happy. I've been before and will certainly go back.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Fun
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 (Derbyshire)·Dined on 14 May 2017

This didn't go well, starting with the rude front of door. Our waiter was over friendly and rather odd. We waited 30 mins to order after which the food came very quickly but was tepid and at best average. We couldn't wait to leave. We were very disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 May 2017

Mothers Day brunch was outstanding !!! Sat with the doors open overlooking Georgetown!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 May 2017

We weren't impressed with the quality of food vs the price. We were here 3 years ago for Mothers Day brunch and it was amazing. Came back this year and it wasn't as great as we had remembered.

Tags: Casual
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on 7 May 2017

We were thrilled to get into J Paul's quickly on a Sunday for brunch. This is no small feat in Georgetown. Surprisingly, the brunch menu is very limited - about 8 dishes. The portions are very large and tend toward the "heavy" side. If I were to choose this bar-focused restaurant again, I would visit with a group of friends for dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 May 2017

This was a terrible experience. This was my 4th or 5th time at J Paul's. Recently, they changed the menu, and the restaurant is going downhill. The waitress was incredibly rude and kept pressuring us to order even though we told her multiple times we were not ready. I ordered nachos, and they were presented in a puddle of watery chipotle sauce. She kept asking us when we were finished. As soon as we finally relented, a food runner immediately came around the corner with our food. It was cold. Clearly the food was sitting under a heatlamp instead of her firing the entrees correctly.

Last, the atmosphere was horrendous. Not only were there loud bachelorette parties, the music was absolutely blaring. I had trouble hearing the person next to me and could not hear myself think the entire night.

Despite my previous decent experiences with JPaul's, this sealed the deal for me and I will not be returning in the future.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on 4 May 2017

The restaurant is located in an very old and charming building. As we came in the noise was overwhelming. However, the hostess must have read the note I wrote at the time of the reservation, saying that I wanted to be away from noise and bar. The two of us got a nice table for four where we were somewhat shielded from the noise of the bar. The menu is interesting but a bit pricey, especially the wines. Mine was served in a very small glass. The crab in the crab cakes was too finely chopped and it was hard to taste the crab meat. My husband's pork chop was good but a little overbaked. We had to request bread and more water. The waiter was humorous but a bit too pushy, trying to get us to order more than what we desired that evening.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 29 April 2017

The service was amazing! We had a large party that showed up everyone worked on getting us set up, seated and served. The food and mixed drinks were unfortunately not so awesome. I would revisit for a beer and sit at the bar, but would not order food.

Tags: Great Beer
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