DeCarlo's Restaurant

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336 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Lucy DeCarlo created DeCarlo’s Restaurant 38 years ago bringing the warmth and love of the Italian tradition to her restaurant. DeCarlo’s aims to be your home away from home and is a wonderful retreat from the demands of the city!

DeCarlo’s Italian Restaurant is the ultimate expression of a charming neighborhood restaurant! It is considered a local secret, where you can almost always hear Sinatra or Bocelli playing in the background. DeCarlo’s represents a dining experience where you can relax, talk, and enjoy a wonderful meal. The ambiance is a timeless feel of elegance – yet casual. DeCarlo’s is devoted to providing you personal attention with the highest standards of quality.

We offer many seating options – you can dine in a cozy booth, table, or alfresco on our patio. DeCarlo’s is the perfect setting to join friends and family. The menu features a diverse selection of Italian favorites and daily specials. DeCarlo’s feeds the body and soul!

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AnnS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and well
prepared—loving their roomy terrace with awning during this time when we prefer outside seating even on hot days!

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RobertH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The last day it was open before the mandatory closure owing to Covid-19. We'll hope it reopens soon.

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DianeS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I eat at DeCarlo’s regularly and enjoy the food and ambiance and ease of finding parking.

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robertb
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal and throwback ambience. Definitely a go to for my wife and I.

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vipBobR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Waiters ignored us, and were generally not pleased that they had to serve us. They seemed to be better with the regulars at the restaurant. We may return here, but only for the food, and the atmosphere is pleasant--even better in the summer when the patio is open.

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Hughes
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was poor. We had the risotto and the lasagna.

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vipLIsaR
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Valentine’s dinner. Truthfully and not surprisingly because of the crowds the food and service weren’t quite up to their normal excellence, but it was a wonderful meal and, as always, quiet. The special,pasta was a little overcooked but very tasty. The kitchen forgot to add the scallops, but the server noticed as he was serving it and ran back to get them. They arrived beautifully cooked and browned. DeCarlos has the best bread around.

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vipDeckhand
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful experience always. Been patron for decades. Food and service are consistently good. Owner, family, staff and other diners are friendly and considerate. You won’t regret visiting DeCarlos. It is a gem.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were among the very first guests for Valentine’s Night and our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It was quiet and romantic. Neither of us had ever been to De’Carlo’s before and said we agreed we wanted to return. We loved our experience.

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. 😊

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DeirdreC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A reunion of friends who now live on two coasts.
We were able to talk hear ourselves, but not other diners. The attentiveness of waitstaff was just right. Our food was delicious. We could not have asked for more. This will be the first of many visits.

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MichaelP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We love DeCarlo's and dine there several times a year. There has been some recent turnover in service staff, so a few waiters are not as familiar with the menu or practices as the more experienced ones, but we still like it and want to support the restaurant as long as we can.

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vipLady
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DeCarlo’s is always wonderful’

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
234 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall a great dining experience at a neighborhood restaurant. Only problem was the veal chop that was over-cooked.

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vipGman
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service. A reliable, neighborhood institution.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always great, even on a Monday night. You are never rushed and the service is old world - attentive but not intrusive. I’ve been dining here for 30 years and it’s never less than good; usually it’s excellent.

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vipScottW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a classic, old school Italian restaurant that is perfect (and by the look of the crowd, loved) by mature diners. My 88 year old father and his friend loved the place, the food, and the ambiance. In particular, for older guests, the quiet calm of the dining room is a much welcome break from modern restaurants that can been incredibly loud, and difficult on hearing aids.

The service was fine, but could have been a bit more friendly. The waiters were ok, but they didn't engage in a way that made you feel welcome and cozy, however one could see them engaging more personally with regulars in the dining room.

The prices were a tad high, but everyone enjoyed their meal. This is a little secret in NW DC, it doesn't appear on best of lists and all that. Its a solid stable restaurant that delivers, in particular to more mature audiences that want consistent quality in a calm and comfortable environment. WIth that, no doubt we will return again. Its not a up tight foodie place, its were you go to dine on good food and have good conversation with your table mates over wine. We did have to chase down a waiter to get them to process our bill, but that was at the time when the place had filled up for dinner. Again, the guys (most of the waiters seemed to be men) could be a bit more warm and welcoming. But nothing to keep us away in the future.

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vipGSCMJOE
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great Christmas Eve meal at DeCarlo's. The martinis were exquisitely prepared and the wine list allows for even the most challenging tastes to find a bottle or a glass. Entrees were served together at the correct temperature and were prepared to perfection...she had the veal chop and I had the salmon.
The waitress was attentive but appeared to be new and not totally familiar with the menu. Not my first visit to this fine Italian restaurant and will certainly not be my last!

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vipFoodie22
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner, food was excellent but the service was very slow.

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dinerinnyc
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner and evening while enjoying the beautiful Christmas tree.
Everything was wonderful and we will definitely be back!

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lauram
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portions not too large and sauces were light. Everything was delicious. Service was very good. Great neighborhood gem. Will be back.

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vipirabetsy
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great for,older people! Parking available.
No steps into restaurant.
Quiet!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Have been going to this restaurant for many years and always enjoy the dining experience received.

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JoanL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All of the food was really tasty and the restaurant had no problem with splitting a salad and a dessert.

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AlanM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

This was possibly the longest dining experience I’ve ever had. We made a reservation for our party of 8 for 7:15 on a Saturday night. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. It was 25 minutes before we placed our drink order, we were not provided with menus until 35 minutes and were told by our waiter that they were short on menus.

Dinner arrived an hour and 30 minutes after we first sat down and when all was said and done and we had paid the check we had been there just under 3 hours.

The staff was nice and the restaurant was very crowded but 3 hours is a record for me. The food was tremendous however and the pricing reasonable for the high quality of food.

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DeanB
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family favorite for years - this restaurant is always quiet and the food delicious.

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ginny
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was terrible and there were only two tables of diners. We had to flag down servers to get any help and then they were unpleasant. Food tasteless and not inexpensive. Last time going there—have tried several times thinking it was an off night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Love DeCarlo's. The service and food are always good. I had 2 specials: tomato, avocado and burrata salad, followed by the swordfish. My husband had a half order of carbonara to begin (always wonderful) and then the filet oscar. Everything was superb!

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viptdn2801
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A personal favorite...NEVER FAILS to satisfy! We enjoyed the Lobster salad and the pasta is always great.

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vipMLArtist
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dining experience. The servers were attentive and provided excellent service. Food was authentic and very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE this restaurant, especially when Israel is our waiter!

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vipMark
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to restaurant when I want a reliably pleasant dinner in a pleasant setting with good food and good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is consistently good and gets even better the more often you go. The staff learn your preferences and can make suggestions that enhance the meal. I’ve been going here for almost 40 years and have rarely been disappointed.

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vipAnneS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service are excellent! And, you don't have to drive downtown after work to get a fantastic meal.

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vipNancy
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We go regularly to DeCarlo's because they cook some of the best fish in town. It is a good place to have a good dinner and a conversation. Despite development rumors, the restaurant is alive and well and hopefully diners will keep it that way for many years.

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vipLadyBrit
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighborhood gem always has consistently good food, excellent wine selection and good service, and you can have a quiet, relaxing conversation without interruption or noisy distractions. Thanks to the owner and staff for their excellent service over many years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going there for decades and it never disappoints. On the most recent event, it was cold and raining outside, but inside it was quiet, comfortable and inviting. The room is dignified and the tables are far enough apart that you don’t have to talk over the table next to you. Let’s hear it too for real white linen table cloths that muffle the clanks of plates or silverware. The waiters are friendly and reserved; one doesn’t have to endure some millennial asking “ Hey, how are you guys tonight?”

The food is classic Italian. They have a wide selection of meat, seafood and pasta choices. Either the mussels or the artichoke are great appetizers. My favorite pasta dish - pasta with white wine and clams, and I like all of their seafood main courses.

There is a wide selection of desserts and after dinner drinks.

The dining is unhurried and you really have a chance to enjoy the meal and company.

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Luvgoodfood
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food not as good as in the past. Service was fine. This is a neighborhood restaurant. Good for low key dinner.

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vipMaggie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DeCarlo's is always wonderful for great food and service and an atmosphere that allows for easy conversation. Love it!!!

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vipChuck
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

...DeCarlo's is a hidden favourite of ours-always good!