J. Paul's - Georgetown

4.3
571 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Fun
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 571 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.2
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Excellent food and very nice staff

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Great experience! Nice waiter helped rescue my nephew’s toy that fell behind the table and wall.

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4.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Our server was engaging and fun. Philly egg rolls were good, as were the brussels sprouts (lots of bacon!!) The ahi tuna salad was fantastic; and it looked like most of my group enjoyed the chicken BLT. The fish and chips were not great; and everyone's fries were VERY salty. The carrot cake was very good.

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4.0Dined on 1 August 2018

I took my work team here for dinner. The food was very good, but the person who had tuna tartar was very ill the next morning and had to stay home from work. When he returned he said he must have had “morning sickness” which makes no sense! We all wonder if it was the tuna tartar.

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2018

We enjoyed the prime rib dinner. The sides we liked the best were the fried zucchini and the mashed potatoes. We also ordered oysters on the half shell and they were very good. The caprese salad was also very good with a large amount of mozzarella. We really liked the Malbec wine too.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Jamaica was our server and she did an awesome job! We were a lively group for Sunday brunch! Food was good and we all enjoyed ourselves.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Great food and atmosphere for a casual dinner with friends.

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Visit with family in DC

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3.0Dined on 21 July 2018

J.Paul's wasn't bad--the food was good, beer selection was solid, and location is great. It also feels like a local, neighborhood spot. The service was ok, though drink refills took awhile and notes (seating requests due to mobility issues) left on the reservation through OpenTable were not looked at prior to our arrival. Still, our overall impression was "it's ok". Nothing spectacular, nothing bad; just a generally average experience.

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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Really enjoyed the crab cakes. Full, lump crab meat. Spinach was delicious too. Great service. A Georgetown classic!

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3.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Arrived early for reservation so waited at the bar for my date to arrive, we were sat by a very nice host when he arrived at a window table which was nice. The window were open and there was a breeze to enjoy. The table paper was stained which did not start things off showing attention to detail or care. I noticed them setting another table with stained papers, appears the roll got wet but nothing was done to remove the stained area. Our server was being shadowed by someone I assume was in training, it was never really addressed but she was definitely not on her A game. There were not enough people in the section for her to have missed some of the basic things that occurred. When we sat down, I asked for sparkling water, my date got a beer. She never brought him a water and after he finished his beer, he asked for a glass to share my sparkling and after about 10 minutes of waiting we had to ask again before the glass came. There was a hair in our calamari (which as a former server i know happens sometimes), we politely told her when we noticed, about halfway through eating - and she took it away with barely an apology and no inquiry into if we were done, if we wanted a fresh order or to have it removed. When the bill came, it was still on there and we had to ask her about it. The food was good not great, especially for the cost of the dishes, they should have been more phenomenal. Overall it was an experience that I would not repeat.

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2.0Dined on 14 July 2018

soggy tuna ahi salad greens, inedible, wilted... and reeked of smoke from the grill. apallingly bad. my date finished a shrimp cocktail appetizer and they left the martini glass full of shrimp exoskeletons right there through the whole meal: nobody collected. also. dc. summer. windows left open to street... overall, a really unpleasant experience.

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4.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Good food and atmosphere for the value!

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Very nice place, oysters very fresh. Outstanding service.

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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

We loved the atmosphere and our waiter was outstanding. The calamari appetizer was the best we had so far. My husband really enjoyed the beers.

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3.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Food was good, not great, but a good meal. Don’t order a martini from the bar. Had to ask the bartender to make one twice and both were horrible...I mean horrible! Not picky drinkers at all, but this martini was just awful.

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2.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Went for birthday brunch. Menu was limited. Would not serve orange juice with omelet even though hey have a full service bar. You know they must have orange juice. Food was just ok.

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4.0Dined on 13 June 2018

THE STAFF WAS FRIENDLY AND WORKED HARD TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HAD A GOOD A EXPERIENCE. THEY ONLY QUESTION THEY COULDN'T ANSWER WAS WHAT THE STATUE OF THE BASEBALL PLAYER IN THE FRONT OF THE RESTAURANT REPRESENTED. WE ASKED 5 STAFF , NO ONE KNEW.

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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

I booked this restaurant for my twin’s birthday dinner and it was perfect! The service was great, especially considering there were 14 of us! Thank you for making a Tuesday feel special!

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4.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Good burgers, good service. Reliable as usual.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Dined at J.Paul's with friends and out-of-town family at J.Paul's and it was nothing short of wonderful. The atmosphere was great, the service was terrific and the food was outstanding.

I had to change the time and guest count of our reservation several times. I know that can be problematic and annoying, but the hostess and manager Drew were helpful, cheerful and accommodating throughout.

A special highlight was the two bartenders, Juan and Roberto. They were most welcoming to my mother and sister, and made them feel right at home. The drinks they prepared for us were fanatastic -- in particular, everyone agreed the Red Sangria was by far the best we've ever had anywhere. And the ladies in our party couldn't help but comment in how good-looking they both are. Keep up the great work, guys!

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3.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Three of us had breakfast/brunch on a Sunday. We were seated on time and the waiter was pleasant to talk to. Table was not set up with salt and pepper or sugar so had to ask. We were given coffee refills but had to track down the waiter. We have been here often and think it’s a fun place

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3.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Very noisy, impossible to carry on a conversation with one's dinner companion. Very sweet and helpful staff, but poorly trained - didn't know how to use a corkscrew, didn't know not to try to clear the plate before the diner put the cutlery together to indicate he was done eating. Very disappointing food. Everything in the JP Combo platter was dried out and tasteless - obviously been pre-cooked and then reheated and served. And much more expensive than other nearby restaurants. Not recommended.

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2.0Dined on 20 May 2018

There were only four to five tables occupied in middle of the day on a weekend and the service was terrible. Our waiter did not give us any reasonable attention. Food was average and overpriced for the overall experience.

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4.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Nice place for a good Ametican style meal for any ocassion and greately located in the heart of Georgetown.

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4.0Dined on 19 May 2018

The waffles were great but the bacon was undercooked.The other peoples meal in my party was delicious.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

The waiter provided excellent service and we enjoyed the atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on 15 May 2018

They didn’t have many of the items listed on the menu. Prices for the raw oysters were extremely high.

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5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

J. Paul’s is a must stop when I’m in D.C.

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3.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Open Table offered a list of Mothers Day brunch venues, including this one. While the restaurant did offer its standard, every-Sunday brunch, which was about a dozen menu items, there was no traditional fixed-price, all-you can-eat Mothers Day brunch or dessert table, which J Paul's has offered in the past for Mothers Day. This was very disappointing, so we ordered drinks, paid our bill and tip, then went around the corner to a different restaurant. While I reminded myself that I should alway call the restaurant ahead of time to see what is being offered, I also fault Open Table for grouping this restaurant with other Mothers Day venues that were offering something more than the usual Sunday menu for brunch.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Excellent place for a Mother’s Day meal, or any occasion really. Hasn’t steered our family wrong in nearly 30yrs & we can’t wait for our next meal here.

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4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Food was delicious. We ordered to salmon and seafood pasta dishes. Simply tasty and delicious. The wine selection was a wide variety which I ordered the Malbec. They have a wide variety of spirit and beer. Give this place a try you won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

My husband and I dined here for a casual birthday lunch. The food was quite good (the spare ribs were exceptionally tender), and our server was super attentive. We were seated near the open-air area which was ideal for people watching. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Food was great, service was great, ambience was great. No complaints whatsoever. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on 20 April 2018

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

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1.0Dined on 16 April 2018

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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