Café Milano

4.7
2676 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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MS
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and it was every bit as exquisite as we expected. A D.C. must....

BD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I love this restaurant and have been here twice in the last month. Food and service and on the first lunch was superb- the second time was not as good as the first. Which could have just been location and wait staff. Pasta was too Al dente - hard to chew. I would still come back as it could have been an off day.

B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent value during Restaurant Week. A bit pricey, otherwise. But first rate food and service all the time.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in DC hands down and best service as well.

PV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Recommend anyone looking for a classic Italian cuisine.

OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised my wife for our 35th anniversary. When we walked in they congratulated us on our anniversary and brought complimentary glasses of champagne to mark the occasion. The food was outstanding and only out done by the service. They recommended seating outside which was a wonderful choice given the outstanding weather. Once we finished our meal, they offered a tour of the entire restaurant including the second floor private dining area. The comment made was “since you sat outside you didn’t get to see the inside of the restaurant so how about I give you a tour?”. They certainly went above and beyond and I recommend this place to everyone looking for great food and even greater service!

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Milano is and has been in institution in DC for over 25 years. I’m Italian originally and can tell you that the food there is outstanding and all the pastas are cooked perfectly “ al dente “ that way it’s supposed to be. It’s classy, trendy and has a really nice outdoor dining area for those days that dining al fresco is a must! I’ve been a client of this establishment for 25 years and all of the people who work there have been employed for years and they go out of their way to make sure you have a pleasurable experience.

LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ate here for dinner before a show at The Kennedy Center. Cafe Milano is my favorite place to eat in DC! The service is always wonderful and I've never had a bad meal there. I can't wait to go back!

SC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service with very attentive staff.

d
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous selection of wines, wonderful outdoor dining, superior staff and service.

ZP
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The wait staff must be so used to serving famous people that if you’re a tourist or a normal person they put you into the corner and forget about you. The appetizer was bad and the food was overpriced and not very good. The wait staff both ignored us and was condescending.

S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Food and service is excellent. A special place.

D
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Experienced my first visit to Cafe Milano which is located in a very nice area of Georgetown. The restaurant is beautifully designed; light and airy - with a delightful, courteous and professional staff. We had a beef carpacchio appetizer which was delicious. While I had a standard signature menu item - the pasta with marinara sauce and lobster - which was outstanding, my two dinner companions were not as satisfied with the quality of their means which were specials of the day. One had a pasta with mushrooms and truffle and the other had the gnocci stuffed with smoked mozzarella. Given the reputation of Cafe Milano and all it has to offer, perhaps effort should be made to reduce the number of specials du jour and focus on creating just a few spectacular ones.

DL
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thanks for making my wife's Birthday extra special.
From the flowers on our table, the champagne and wonderful Birthday desert.
Cafe Milanos attention to detail was magnificent.

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

50th Birthday

H
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best Italian restaurant in the city, in which there are very few restaurants that are not Italian- American versions: Huge main course pastas, lots of glop in main courses, etc.

r
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was quite slow. They couldn't honor the reservation and asked to wait for about 10min.

LP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional, attentive and warm ambiance and service. Always our go-to place for an impeccable evening.

DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my daughter’s birthday and she was wished a very pleasant happy birthday from hostess immediately. Was seated and glasses filled quickly. Waiter also surprised her with dessert and candle.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food! Good energy. Definitely one of my favorites.

OS
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic!! Service was the best, the food the best! We were a group of 9 sitting outside and everything was outstanding - we enjoyed the evening so much.

AC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very great place overall. Will not be last time we go.

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

Wonderful, gracious host and staff.
Excellent food.

G
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and ambiance.

R
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

GT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. Excellent meal and service. Great wine list

GS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, creative food, unbeatable service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We and our group loved the entire experience!

C
Washington DC
26 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

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

first time there and will come back for sure ✅

OT
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!

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

Outstanding food and service!

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

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

LG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu, great food. Great location

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

food was only average and service not very attentive

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!

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

Very good Italian food! Would go back again!

c
Washington DC
42 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.

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.

a
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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