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About Ristorante Piccolo

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

1068 31st St., NW
Washington, DC 20007
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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 Transport:
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, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, 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.

Ristorante Piccolo Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.4

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.4

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (21)
Authentic (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Casual (14)
Cosy (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Neighbourhood Gem (13)
Special Occasions (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Business Meals (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Group Bookings (7)
Outdoor Eating (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Live Music (5)
Fun (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
People Watching (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Brunch (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Lunch (2)
Waterfront (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Ristorante Piccolo was outstanding! The service was incredible and everyone was extremely attentive to us regardless of whether they were waiting on us or not. Piccolo is just as good if not better than the authentic Italian I am used to back home in RI!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic
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Food3
Ambience5
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Not the best food, The waiter was pleasant but sold us the same bottle of wine that he had sold at least 3 other tables. The wine was okay, not great.

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Food5
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·Dined 5 days ago

Such a great restaurant, whose staff is exceptionally friendly, and the chef truly cares about his creations and whether his patrons are satisfied.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
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·Dined 5 days ago

Among the most enjoyable dinners I have had in a long time. The meal was delightful. The service, very friendly, relaxed and attentive when anything was needed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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Food5
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Service4
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 October 2017

Great tasting food in a nice setting. Will be my favorite spot when visiting DC. When the violin player gentleman found out that we are from Budapest, he gave us a micro concert with Hungarian music! :)

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Bar Seating
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 13 October 2017

Every dish we ordered was delicious from appetizers through dessert. Easy parking garage next door. Friendly and helpful servers. Cute tiny balcony on 2nd floor for lovebirds if the weather's nice.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 October 2017

Everything was amazing! Nabil was our server and he took complete care of us, best server I’ve had. The experience overall was perfect

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Food5
Ambience5
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Value4

 
 (Baltimore)·Dined on 8 October 2017

Great food! Great atmosphere! Good service. Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys good authentic Italian food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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Food3
Ambience2
Service1
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Not great service

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Food5
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·Dined on 7 October 2017

The service was very slow. Also it to the waiter 30 minuets to get the check even when we asked him for the check every five minutes.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 October 2017

Great!
Nice music nice atmosphere for conversation nice staff

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Food4
Ambience4
Service2
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

The atmosphere was lovely, the food was fresh and delicious! The service was not up to par, our server was rushed and kind of barking at us the whole time! We actually found it entertaining rather than upsetting but it was definitely a little on the weird side! We would go back again because the food was yummy and it is in a great location - we just chalked it up to her having a bad night and we were caught up in the adventure of it all!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 September 2017

Menu at the restaurant was not nearly as impressive as what is on opentable. We were disappointed and also rushed.

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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 24 September 2017

Located near the Georgetown canal, just up the hill from the Washington Harbor. A wonderful experienced staff will guide you through the delicious courses, and see that your every wish can be met.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on 24 September 2017

Fantastic meal and service. Outside 2nd floor balcony made it night to remember .. thanks for the memories

Tags: People Watching
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Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 23 September 2017

I went with a friend after a day of shopping. They were flexible and accommodating, as we had to change the number in the reservation twice. We sat on the balcony upstairs and, altho space was very tight with only 3 two top tables, it was a great place to relax in the warm outdoor air.
Service was great and food was very tasty. The tiramisu was wonderful after the meal with a coffee! There was a violin player who took requests and played That's Amore. We also witnessed the couple behind us get engaged. He managed to squeeze between the tables on one knee. Bravo!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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Food5
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Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Fantastic. Hadi was the man.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on 22 September 2017

We were in DC for a weekend getaway and found this place looking at reviews on open table, yelp, etc. We were in the mood for Italian, so decided to give it a try. We got one of the balcony seats outside on the patio and had a fantastic experience. The Veal Parmesan and the Tortilini Carbonara were both fantastic. Would highly reccomend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic
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Food5
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Value5

 
·Dined on 21 September 2017

Everything about the restaurant was fantastic, we had an entire room to ourselves. The staff was attentive but respected the fact we were in a date so they weren't overly attentive either which was really nice. Highly recommend if you are going on a date for the first time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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Food1
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 September 2017

The service and ambiance were both very good. I had high expectations for the Italian cuisine and found everything to be very subpar and disappointing. The bruschetta was soggy bread with chopped up tomatoes on it, with no flavor and no crunch. The angel hair pasta I ordered had a watery tomato sauce with no flavor. I could not put enough salt on the dish to make it enjoyable. The other guest I was with order the chicken Parmesan and it two had no flavor, and had a soggy breading on it. Everything we ordered was underwhelming, unfortunately.

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Food5
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Value3

 
·Dined on 10 September 2017

Appetizers were amazing. Food was amazing. Loved the romantic candle-lit dinner ambiance

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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Food5
Ambience4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 8 September 2017

Brought a super picky business client of Italian descent here for dinner and he, like the result of us, was thoroughly impressed. All our food was delicious and perfectly cooked. The wait staff was highly knowledgeable and very accommodating. And the service was superb. Everything that makes a 5 Star restaurant is here. Bravo!!!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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Food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 August 2017

The two course lunch deal was worth the money - starter and an entree for $14. We ate outside which was pleasant, though there was construction next door that made it loud at times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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Food5
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on 26 August 2017

I always enjoy visiting while in town!

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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 24 August 2017

This was our third time dining at Ristorante Piccolo, and it consistently has met or exceeded expectations. Delicious food and attentive service. The Agnolotti Porcini is amazing!

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Food1
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on 21 August 2017

We had an awful experience. Seated upstairs was fine but the waiter was obviously overwhelmed and the restaurant was under staffed for a Monday night. After ordering the waiter came back because he couldn't remember one of the items. That was ok. However, he never brought the two glasses of wine and when the entrees were brought to the table, and we told the server we were sharing he said ok and never came back with plates for us to share and the waiter was no where in sight. Our water glasses were empty, no wine, no serving plates, and no waiter in site for at least 10 min.
So we got up and walked downstairs and what we've never done before, left. The owner/manager was very upset and tried to make it up to us and promised if we came back he would make it up to us.
I definitely appreciate his appeal, but not living in the DC we probably won't take him up on his offer and don't know we would if we did live in the area. I understand that restaurants have off nights and unfortunately this was ours!!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 20 August 2017

This has always been our special place. We know the staff and the atmosphere is si authentic and the food is always superb! Best dinner, amazing lunch and excellent brunch. You can never go wrong here! The perfect gem!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on 16 August 2017

Everything about this restaurant was incredible. The ambience was perfect (we sat outside on their balcony) the staff was friendly and welcoming and the food was to die for. 100% recommend and would go back again.

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·Dined on 16 August 2017

I was with a party of 3 and all of us were extremely pleased with our food. I had the mushroom raviolis. The sage leaf and truffle oil drizzled in the porcini mushrooms stuffed raviolis had a delicious earthy flavor. The fresh ravioli pasta was perfect. A friend enjoyed her lobster raviolis, and another favored the chicken and mushroom risotto. We split a perfectly made tiramisu for dessert. Very authentic food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 August 2017

Very attentive service. Main course was very good, but very small portions probably due to it being a fixed price menu. Salad consisted of four pieces of lettuce and tartufo dessert was barely more than one bit size.

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 August 2017

Our favorite Italian restaurant whenever we're in the Georgetown Neighborhood.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 9 August 2017

Very good food and very good service. It was pricey, but not any better or worse than a nice Italian restaurant. The food was very fresh and the waiter was nice and helpful.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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Food5
Ambience4
Service2
Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 August 2017

the food and restaurant are great. the service this time was slow and we had to ask for things a couple times when ordered.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Comfort Food
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Food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 August 2017

Food was good, waiter was not. Loved the atmosphere though.

Tags: Fun
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Food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 4 August 2017

Solid Dinner for family of four. Nice apps and selection of pasta courses. Staff was attentive and fun. Healthy wine pours.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Incredible food. Competent waitstaff. Our daughter has spent a year in Italy and declared this was almost like being there! Grazie!

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Food5
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 27 July 2017

Wonderful food; wonderful service! Highly recommend it!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 July 2017

Really good food-
Carpaccio
Burrata
Gnocchis with gruyere and parmesan cheese
Parpadelle with shrimp
Lasagna

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Food5
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 (New England)·Dined on 27 July 2017

We really enjoyed our visit. The food was very good and everything was priced moderately. The service was also very good. The food came out nice and hot.

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Food5
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·Dined on 22 July 2017

Great food at affordable prices. The service was nice. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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