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J. Paul's - Georgetown

4.2
536 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Bar Seating
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - midnight
Friday: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday: 10am - 2am
Sunday: 10am - midnight
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Phone number
(202) 333-3450
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Tom Crenshaw
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Wisconsin Ave.
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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.
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Public Transit
Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 536 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.1
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Tired menu with so-so food. Nachos were with bad "cheese food". Steak was mediocre.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

Cold burgers
Poor service
Change a lot since the last time we went three years ago.

Seeking for another restaurant is the best.

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1.0Dined on 14 April 2018

I made a reservation in advance and asked to be seated in main dining room with table cloth and close to windows. All that was ignored when we were directed to the end of restaurant, room where bar was. Music was so loud we could not have any conversation. Everyone was yelling to be heard. Overall, terrible experience... Food was mediocre, service slow. Wasted money and time. Awful. NEVER AGAIN!

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Great Adult Grilled Cheese Sandwich! Very fast service.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Second visit in a fairly short time, we were looked after very well, enjoyed the food and will certainly invite our friends here again.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Great service, good food!

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

My wife and I were looking on OpenTable for a dinner place for our family. We have 3 kids. We decided to give J. Paul's a try and it was a great choice. The J. Paul's combo with Ribs and a Crab Cake was really good. The food was great and very reasonably priced.

Our server, Jenna, was the best server we had all week while touring Washington D.C. and Alexandria. We ate at restaurants 2x to 3x the price of J. Paul's and the higher priced places had similar food quality, but Jenna at J. Paul's was an All Star!!!

Choose this restaurant with confidence. You will get a great value and a fun place in Georgetown.

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2.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Easter Brunch

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Service was excellent and the food was good. I’d recommend for anyone looking for a casual meal in Georgetown.

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3.0Dined on 29 March 2018

Expensive and food was rather average. Noise was so loud we couldn’t have a conversation. Will not return

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4.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Great atmosphere and good food. Quick service with a smile

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Food was great and until the very end of the meal, so was the service. At that point, even though we asked our waitress 3 times for a box for some leftovers, my husband finally walked over and got the box himself. Then she asked if she should bring it to the table - huh??

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4.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Get together of classmates from about 30-40 years ago great location lot of history with our group being students back in the day of Washington DC Sunday in the morning was a good time got in that are nail were able to sit and chat with no problem at all

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3.0Dined on 21 March 2018

A bit of a disappointment but the manager tried hard to improve the experience.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

Nice atmosphere. Friendly and attentive staff. Good Food.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

We have always enjoyed J Paul's!!!Best burger s in DC and the fish tacos s rock!!

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Despite an atmosphere that may seem cramped to some, J Pauls delivered in terms of service and food. The Scallops were outstanding and the steak was one of the best I've had in the DC area. The vibrant scene and the people watching kept our group (even the kids) entertained. I wouldn't put this in the "kid friendly" category (no video games or trampolines), but we knew what we were getting into from the outset. That being said, the waitstaff went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect and the kids we're entertained throughout the meal.

In all GO HERE if you're looking for a great meal with friends or a date!!!!

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Fun, upbeat, great service, delicious food and drinks. A Georgetown classic.

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Food was very good, wait staff was attentive but not overly. Seated promptly. My husband said the tuna tartare was excellent.

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4.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Overall the experience was good. I ordered the diver scallops, and they were very tasty (my only complaint would be with occasionally encountering sand/grit in the scallops, but this often comes with the territory and cannot be helped). My date ordered the roasted beet, apple, spinach, and kale salad, which she thought was also very good. For dessert we ordered the Oreo and marshmallow bread pudding, which was delicious.

Our server was polite and friendly, but service could have been more timely. We probably waited 8–10 minutes after being sat before our server came to introduce himself (first-world problem, I know, but restaurants are usually more prompt than this). Our server also had a bit of trouble understanding us at times. I think this was partly because English was not his first language, but more so because the restaurant was extremely busy and loud.

And speaking of ambience, in addition to being loud, the tables in the restaurant were packed closely together. I realize restaurants are trying to be space efficient, but I prefer a little more space between me and the person at the next table over. I could literally have rubbed elbows with my neighbor to the right.

The value was OK. I didn't feel full after finishing my entree—that's partly why we ordered dessert—and that's something I look for in a meal (especially considering the prices around here!). The food was good, though, and interesting (in terms of creativity, ingredients, presentation, etc.). I might go back there again just to explore other items on the menu, but I don't feel like it would be a travesty if I didn't.

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3.0Dined on 18 February 2018

When we arrived they said they couldn’t honor our open table reservation because they were too busy. But when we pushed back they seated us, and said that we would have to wait 30 minutes to order. But when the waiter came he let us order like normal. It was weird, they didn’t even seem that busy. But the food and drinks were ok after that.

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4.0Dined on 18 February 2018

It was good

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3.0Dined on 18 February 2018

It was Sunday brunch, and the kitchen was a bit slammed. Our server was a bit over taxed, but did a decent job of making sure that we had what we needed, eventually.

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Brunch was amazing!

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4.0Dined on 17 February 2018

First time at JPauls with out of town friends. It was a busy Saturday night. While loud inside the atmospheres was fun. Service and food were quite good. Portions were on the larger side and overall price value was excellent. Would come back again without hesitation.

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4.0Dined on 17 February 2018

We were looking for a mid-priced restaurant in Georgetown that was easily accessible and found J Paul's.

The restaurant Is located right on M street which is one of the main streets in Georgetown and in the center of the restaurant row.

This is a very busy bar/restaurant with two major sections with one side having booths in the bar area and the other have white table cloths and a bit nicer.

Unfortunately we were sat in the bar section which wasn't optimal but it was so crowded on a Saturday night we didn't want to have to wait any longer for a table and just accepted it.

Our server Luis was fantastic! He was really outgoing and friendly and exceptionally patient with us as we sat at his table for over 4 hours. He was never pushy or irritated and kept filling our water glasses and drink glasses without incident.

Dinner was really good, I had the Getty pasta dish with shrimp and mussels and my friends had the beet salad, jambalaya and a chicken sandwich. All really enjoyed our meal.

Prices are reasonable and the vibe is lively.

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3.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Valentines day

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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Food was fine; no complaints. Service was very good for a party of 10. Friendly staff. Seafood pasta was pretty good...would have been nice to have more "seafood". Shrimp and mussels only...could expand to include scallops and clams.

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5.0Dined on 14 January 2018

Great service and excellent wings. Nothing wrong with 50% off bottle beer.

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4.0Dined on 13 January 2018

The server was great - she made the experience. The chili nachos were outstanding. The sliders and crab cake sandwich was very good. The french fries could use work.

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5.0Dined on 6 January 2018

Excellent customer service with a friendly attitude. Broad menu with creative touches.
Well worth while.
We will go back again.

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1.0Dined on 1 January 2018

We use to be regulars here, but I was quickly reminded why we stopped. First, the service was horrendous. (10 minutes to be greeted, another 15 minutes to get drinks, appetizer was wrong), and on a freezing cold evening they didn’t have the heater on. Every person on the restaurant had their winter coat on during their meal! Even the wait staff had on coats or sweaters. With all the problems, no one made an effort to recifty or make the situation better. Then, when paying, they screwed up the credit card, charging the incorrect amount, which caused more problems. Sad to see such a staple restaurant to take such a nosedive.

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2.0Dined on 1 January 2018

We went for brunch on New Year's Day, 2017. That was a very cold day in Washington DC, and the restaurant was freezing ... nearly all the diners had to keep their coats on during their meals. More disappointing, it took nearly an hour from the time we ordered until our entrees arrived ... and we weren't the only diners who had that experience. Clearly the restaurant was unprepared ... for either the weather or the number of guests they elected to serve. Incredibly unpleasant experience.

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3.0Dined on 1 January 2018

My brunch was cold and mediocre besides. Noone at our table was too pleased by their order. Service couldn’t have been nicer. Back room very cold.

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5.0Dined on 31 December 2017

Very nice experience.....good food, service and ambiance....reasonable prices.

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2.0Dined on 31 December 2017

Unfortunately food was NOT good for the price, won't go back again

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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Great experience

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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Went to J Paul’s as a surprise graduation party for My fiancé. Warren(Manager) was very accommodating and helped me to make it a really special day for her. Plenty of room, great service and well priced drinks= a Great Time. We will be back

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

Wow! Great reasonably priced spot for parents, Young 20 somethings, 30-60 something's and everyone in between. Great food, fun music, great/caring staff able to make both an intimate setting and casual bar hang. 10/10 for sure

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4.0Dined on 25 December 2017

Christmas dinner

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