Café Milano

4.6
2650 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
Cafe Milano provides first-class Italian cuisine, facilitating all your event needs, from private receptions, corporate events, anniversaries & birthdays to fundraisers, seminars, & book parties. Semi-private arrangements are also possible in any of the private rooms or the main dining room.

CORKAGE FEE POLICY
Café Milano allows corkage of two bottles (750ml) or one magnum (1500ml) maximum per table, from Sunday to Thursday, of any wine not already represented on our wine list as a service fee of $50 per bottle.
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Orange County
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Felt just a touch rushed at first. All worked out for a memorable meal.

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GT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. Excellent meal and service. Great wine list

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We and our group loved the entire experience!

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C
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming from the time we cane in the front door... excellent service... superb food......and having just returned from Puglia, we enjoyed the Puglia primitivism wine!

This was our second visit in one week.

Pat Yoder

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d
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time there and will come back for sure ✅

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 9. We were running late. The restaurant was very accommodating. Once we got there, our room was beautiful, the service was outstanding and the meal delicious. Highly recommend!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service!

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JP
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service while the food was excellent. Surely a DC hotspot!

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L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

food was only average and service not very attentive

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EL
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The veal and spinach homemade ravioli was scrumptious! Service was good as far as attention and promptness but waiter lacked a personality. Very nice experience all together though!

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GD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good Italian food! Would go back again!

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c
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is such a popular place but I missed the draw? Everything was a bit pretentious and then the food was good but not amazing as I was expecting. The service is fabulous, personal and professional but the dinning area is crowded and servers have trouble getting around tables to customers. The HVAC pipe over our table leaked condensation on our table and we had to move. That would be something easily checked and taken care of before the dinner service. The steak my husband ordered was just okay. Nothing outstanding. I would not return. Over priced and not living up to the hype. Sorry but too many good Italian restaurants out there.

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NP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Wait staff were very confused. Would take one of our orders for dinner and then walk away. We were a party of 5 so this happened several times. After ordering we were given menus a 2nd time. Didn’t seem as though there was any sort of communication between wait staff. And the restaurant was extremely warm.

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Milano was definitely a splurge, but a delicious one! I highly recommend if you’re looking for delicious northern Italian dining or a celebrating a special occasion. Restaurant is walking distance from the Potomac and shops in Georgetown!

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B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous at Cafe Milano, definitely a top must do while in DC. The food was phenomenal and the service outstanding!

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M
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

absolutely horrible service. so incredibly disappointed and will NOT be returning ever again.

Café Milano
Responded on 23 June 2019

I am disappointed to hear we did not deliver the level of service and hospitality you expected of Cafe Milano. we take this very seriously and are committed to restoring your confidence.We look forward to welcoming you back as our guest for our opportunity to redeem ourselves and ensuring your next visit is in keeping with your expectations and our standards. Please you can reach me at 2023336183 or 2025310653 Laurent Menoud Restaurant manager

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GT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, and most importantly, the food was superb!

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JB
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Noisy, service was fair and food was good , not exceptional.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience, food, service. Thank you!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

HORRIBLE
If there was a no star rating I would have chosen that.
Seated in back room, waiter barely came by. I have never had such poor Italian food. From start to finish. Truffle pizza was cardboard awful over smoked flavor it was inedible and my moms pesto pistachio pasta was a bowl of paste. I. D.o.n.t typically review restaurants and I recall dining here years ago and it was fine. It was horrendous. I’m so disappointed. Waiter gave us a glass of wine each to make up for it. That’s all.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. My guests and I had a wonderful time.

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TD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just because Cafe Milano’s ground breaking contemporary Italian cuisine became a classic doesn’t mean it’s not fantastic. It is fantastic- a wonderful experience in every way, every time. Enjoy!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. My only critique is with the pasta I had. There were bits of lobsters in it which was amazing but the shell was left on and I had to pick it off. This was annoying to do.

Café Milano
Responded on 17 June 2019

Thank you for your nice review, i appreciate you taking the time to give us your candid and constructive feedback.we keep the shell to capture all the flavor of the lobster in the sauce.Please on your next visit you can always ask your server to have the shell removed.i look forward to welcoming you back to Cafe Milano and ensuring your next experience is in keeping with your expectations and standards Laurent Menoud Maitre D'

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, as usual. Great service, as usual. However, the restaurant was too cold because the A/C was blasting.

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DJ
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Milano is a special occasion delight with great service, terrific food, a wonderful wine list with a knowledgeable sommelier, and of course with the great restaurateur Franco Nuschese presiding over the house with the single goal of ensuring his customers enjoy themselves.

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LG
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have not dined at Cafe Milano for 2 years because of relocating to North Carolina but were remembered by most of the staff! We were greeted by two lovely young ladies and were escorted to our favorite table. Our server was Anwar who saw we had been regulars when Giovanni came over to greet us .We started with the marinated olives and garlic and all the wonderful memories came flooding back. What a simple thing as olives and garlic can be made so elegant at one of our favorite restaurants continues to amaze us! We started with the Burrata salad with grilled endive, cherry tomatoes, and roasted hazel nuts . What a combination of flavors and textures that has not changed to my memory! The light Madonna Brunello di Montalcino 2013 was a perfect pairing for our entire lunch. We always have the Pizza Cafe Milano and savor every bite . We noticed the oil cured olives were replaced with the tiniest Kalamata olives ever . This change was attention to detail x 10 . We enjoyed the Ravioli Cavalli which is braised veal and spinach in a perfectly adente pasta with a rich brown sauce. It was my wife's birthday and to celebrate they brought a delectable Tiramisu with a sparkling candle and two glasses of homemade limoncello. Everyone alive should partake of this experience because even the bread and Italian olive oil was to die for. Francesco made sure we went home with a bottle of olive oil so we could continue to tease our memory at home. The always vigilant Laurent spotted us on our way and asked "where have you been." The best restaurant in D.C.!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Bad table bad service bad attitude. Didn’t feel valued. Overcharged the wine (was an accident supposedly) and when we asked for grilled chicken on the salad they charged for an entirely new chicken entree

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting DC before bringing our granddaughter to Disney World to start her 6 month internship after finishing graduate school in Architecture !

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always top notch service. Cafe Milano is a DC staple.

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C
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Milano. Food is always great. But it is loud. We were there late. Last night we asked our server to turn the music down and he silenced the speakers in our area. It was still loud, but better.

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KA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in DC. We always enjoy at least one meal here on our annual trip. The team is gracious, knowledgeable and efficient. Great food, wine list and ambiance. See you next year.

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu and options. Was great set up for business lunch.

Only drawback was cigar smoking out on the patio that was blowing into the main dining area. Not very pleasant.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect place for a Birthday brunch!

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s
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and everyone could NOT have been nicer. The food was delicious and we truly appreciated the sincere hospitality. We'll be back with friends!

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KK
Savannah
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went to Cafe Milano to celebrate our anniversary. The staff was excellent, especially our waitress Amelia. We were greeted with happy anniversary wishes and our entire experience was terrific. Appetizers and dinners were delicious and dinner was capped off with a complimentary Tiramisu with a sparkler in the middle. Felt a bit like the 4th of July. Another important part of the experience was that we never felt rushed, even though they were very busy with customers celebrating graduations, etc. Overall, a great experience. Can’t wait to go back.

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JD
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Need to add other wines to the wine list like a New Zealand White. Did not like our table.

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K
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit in 4 days! Pasta oustanding and Yassine’s service even better.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, service , food, ambience all terrific

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K
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a most enjoyable evening. Food was great (my wife would have preferred that the lobster was already out of the shell in her linguine dish), and Yassine, our waiter, was excellent as was his support crew. We would be regulars if we lived here.

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