Ristorante La Perla of Washington

4.4
912 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals
The restaurant of choice of many distinguished diners and restaurant critics, Ristorante La Perla of Washington, located near Georgetown at the tail-end of the historic Pennsylvania Avenue, takes its diners on a culinary journey through Italy with elegant decor surpassed only by authentic mouth-watering Italian masterpieces. During Lunch and Dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while prime meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables roast to treat diners to a little bit of heaven, with a long lasting memory for your taste buds, thanks to the vision of famous chef Vittorio Testa, who has kept alive the Italian culinary tradition for over three decades.

Chef-Owner Vittorio Testa will make you feel like you're dining in his house. The waiters exceed expectations, and the space is garnished with painted tiles and Venetian glass to make every dining occasion a memorable one. There's also Private dining and Outdoor seating when the weather permits.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Hours of Operation
Monday: 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am–11:30 pm
Saturday: 4:00 pm–11:30 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 333-1767
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Vittorio Testa
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Catering
Ristorante La Perla located in Georgetown is famous for its banquets and catering. La Perla offers services like private dining, banquets, wedding catering, event catering and private parties. We can cater to any needs that a customer could desire. You can come to us or we can come to you. We will develop a menu that exceeds your expectations.

Please call 202-333-1767 to inquiry about any of our services and to learn more.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
26th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW
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Parking Details
We offer Valet Parking for $6 at dinner. Street parking options are also available.
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Public Transit
We are located within a walking distance from the Foggy-Bottom Metro Station which is serviced by the Blue and Orange Lines.
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Entertainment
We have eclectic selection of soft background music that plays through lunch and dinner.
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Special Events & Promotions
We can accommodate any of your needs that include weddings, private events or catering.

Ristorante La Perla located in Georgetown is famous for its banquets and catering. La Perla offers services like private dining, banquets, wedding catering, event catering and private parties. We can cater to any needs that a customer could desire. You can come to us or we can come to you. We will develop a menu that exceeds your expectations.

Please call 202-333-1767 to inquiry about any of our services and to learn more.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 912 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was good but worst waiter I have encountered in all the decades I have lived in the Metro area. Rushed us to order, poured the wine as if he was putting out a fire and when , as expected, he spilled it, he blamed the manufacturer of the bottle! He never offered ground pepper for salads or cheese for the pasta which I observed other waiters offering. To the owners credit, when told he did replace the waiter but when we received the bill a 18 percent service charge was tacked on. Suspect they will survive on the abundant supply of tourists, but doubt any patrons of restaurants in DC Metro area would be impressed. I was not.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We have visited La Perla for the first time ever so ti was a woderfull experience. One of the best italian homemade restaurant we ever had anywhere in the world !!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food and service were excellent and having the chef come out to see how everything was going is something we much appreciated
Also the noise level was to our liking as was the restaurant atmosphere

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Mediocre food and upcharged for $7 bottled water at lunch, lame.

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5.0Dined on 12 August 2018

Bread was pedestrian.

Chicken entrees cooked perfect.

Chocolate ganache and Tiramisu were amazing.

Service was impeccable

Plan to dress nice, we were underdressed (short sleeve button down, shorts, boat shoes) and it was obvious.

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4.0Dined on 12 August 2018

The food was good and great vegetarian options. The service was a little slow.

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5.0Dined on 11 August 2018

Great place ,food. service. Nice valet service. Chef greeted us too

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4.0Dined on 11 August 2018

Very elegant restaurant with superb service. Presentation of food was also superb. Soup and desert were very tasty. Main course did not meet my expectations based upon the price charged.

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4.0Dined on 10 August 2018

Excellent service and good Italian food.

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

We dined at LA Perla with my step son who is stationed in Washington DC at 8th and I. The food was outstanding. The owner came around to each table and asked what we were ordering. He asked my step son and made a suggestion for a veal dish. He ordered it and said it was out of this world. My husband said it is one of the top meals he has ever had! We will definitely return

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4.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Delicious homemade sauces and bread. Extensive menu. Must have a great chef who gives a delicate touch to what can be very heavy food. Well Done!

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

We ate here after a busy day, and had a wonderful evening. The service and food was outstanding, and the ambience and decor reminiscing of a cozy restaurant in Italy. Bravo to La Perla!

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Wonderful time. Ate on the early side, 5:30, but the place was already about a third filled. Wait staff and food was timely. Food was perfectly portioned, enough to be satisfied without being stuffed. Place had gentle chit chat, so easy to hear and converse.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Food and service were truly outstanding. Waiter was gracious and helpful

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3.0Dined on 27 July 2018

The food was well prepared and very enjoyable. However, the service was lacking. Waiter gave completely wrong description of salad and said we would not be charged. Brought some grilled veggies instead and then charged us anyway. Service was also slow. I think if you are taking your grandparents to dinner this is fine otherwise a bit dated.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

My wife and I lived in Italy and Sicily for a total of five years. Dining at La Perla brought back all of the wonderful memories of those five years. Chef Testa is the ultimate host. We were greeted by the Chef as we entered the restaurant and were made to feel like long lost friends who had returned.The food is authentic and outstanding! Chef Testa is a culinary genius. The service is superbly provided by a team of knowledgeable professionals. La Perla is now our "go to" restaurant for all special occasions as well as simply to have a date night out for dinner. Molto Grazie Chef Testa and La Perla!

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2.0Dined on 19 July 2018

The air conditioning was not working so we sat outside & got bitten by mosquitoes. Service was slow despite it not being busy. They got one item wrong & one appetizer had bacon on it without saying it on the menu so it was returned. Not worth the money. Plenty of better Italian restaurants in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Consistently delicious! The best true Italian in DC. Not the typical Americanized Italian. Must try!

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5.0Dined on 16 July 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed La Perla. The food was delicious and our waiter was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed a visit from the chef, who encouraged us to pick up duck and osso bucco bones as we would at home - “go ahead - this is your table!”
We had a great walk through Georgetown after dinner. A lovely evening.

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Food and service excellent. Portions are fair. Clean. Noisy. Prices are a bit high, maybe not for Georgetown.
A solid 4 star restaurant.

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Food was delicious as it always is. The only problem was the poor Air Conditioning. It was 91 degrees outside and about 81 inside.

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1.0Dined on 14 July 2018

We arrived and immediately stated that we would need to leave in an hour and 15 minutes as we had a play to attend at the Kennedy Center. We asked if that would be a problem and the waiter said no. We placed our pasta order immediately and over an hour later(!), we still did not have our food. We left without eating as we needed to get to the play. It was a grand disappointment.

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

We decided to take our friends who where in town from NYC over the weekend.
They dine in Manhattan regularly so, we wanted a restaurant that was on par and, La Perla never disappoints.
Food is always outstanding, service is wonderful, the owner stops by to make you feel special and to thank you for coming. What can be better? Answer...try their Kiss of Naples! An ice cream treat like no other.
WOW.

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5.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Authentic Italian. Wonderful atmosphere. Great and highly international staff. Chef came twice to check on our meals.

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3.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Very clean, but outdated decor. The staff was pleasant. Food was not exceptional and it should be at that price point.

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5.0Dined on 9 July 2018

This is one of my favorites in DC! The food is wonderful and the outside seating is very nice.

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2.0Dined on 8 July 2018

The kitchen takes too long. The white light in the dining room is inappropriate. My wife's fish and veggies may have been frozen. There's a very nice bar, nice furniture and wall decorations. The food was okay, not great, a little inconsistent.

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Excellent food and service! We can’t wait to share dinner with friends !!

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4.0Dined on 3 July 2018

Food was good. My husband and I were not super dressed up (my husband wore a collard shirt and khaki shorts because the heat index was 110 degrees) and the service was definitely slacking because of this.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Wonderful for a birthday dinner!

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

La Perla is a wonderful restaurant for any occasion. Love Chef Testa and his staff and cuisine.

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3.0Dined on 30 June 2018

WE have eaten at La Perla many many times before going to the KC. We had a 6pm reservation for an 8pm show. We were seated promptly at 6 and told the waiter that we had an 8pm show. We ordered at 6:10, but the appetizers had not come by 6:30 and we repeatedly reminded the waiter of the 8pm show and he said he would remind the chef. Still, the first appetizers did not come until 6:55 and the second appetizer came 5 minutes later. The entrees came at 7:20 and we had to quickly eat to get out of the restaurant by 7:30 to get over to the Kennedy Center. The food was wonderful as always, but the inefficiencies made the meal uncomfortable.

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

My BF and I were looking for a place to go after attending a musical at the Kennedy Center. I'd read the reviews on this restaurant and thought it was just what we were looking for. Though we were 45 minutes early for our reservations we were seated promptly with no fuss (the maitre d' was FABULOUS). Food and drinks were great (though a bit over priced). I had the traditional lasagna and my BF had a homemade sausage pasta dish. They both were fab! Service was prompt, professional and friendly. I will definitely go back. PS, don't worry about parking, if it is scarce valet is on $6!

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Extensive menu and excellent food, with good service.

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Loved the owner and his restaurant!! Wonderful food and ambiance. Desserts amazing. Very tender veal. Spaghetti was so good. Very fresh seafood.

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Possibly one of the best pastas I have ever had, I have been around the globe and eat at the best restaurants in every city. Stumbled into la Perla and loved it.

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4.0Dined on 25 June 2018

Solid Italian food. Salads were excellent. Meat and fish entrees were good. Interior could use some updating. But overall very pleasant and enjoyable meal.

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

My wife and I had tickets to a show at the Kennedy Center and we wanted to have a nice dinner first at a restaurant within walking distance. We found La Perla on-line and were delighted by our choice. Everything about the restaurant was terrific- the ambience, the service, and most important, the food. I had bronzini and my wife had chicken francese- both excellent. And we shared a delicious dessert- a chocolate mousse cake. We have tickets to the Kennedy Center again in a week and have already made reservations to eat at La Perla before the show.

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4.0Dined on 24 June 2018

This restaurant is old school Italian complete with a dessert case. The food was very good and the menu was quite extensive. We ordered our entres from the daily specials. The chef came around and greeted all of the table which was a nice touch.

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