Ristorante La Perla of Washington

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Perla was a great experience- amazing food!

SY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an amazing time. We welcomed with grace. The ambiance was exquisite, the service pumpous, and the food was great. Yet again the owner of the Restaurant stopped by our table to check on us as he did with everyone who was dinning. That is class and service rarely seen. It was a memorable night.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends after Patriot’s game. Perfect!!!

IF
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, 5 star atmosphere! Fine dining at its finest!

R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The very attentive and professional service staff, and the decor - plus their lovely outdoor patio, overlooking a small park - are the takeaways from our first visit to La Perla. Food was very good, especially the lighter veal dishes. Gnocchi was excellent, but might have been improved with the substitution of a veal ragu vs. the bolognese which was offered. Marinara was very subtle and finely done. Tiramisu was heavenly - could easily have had a second piece!

A refined, and maybe preferred if you're feeling that way, alternative to Filomena's in the Georgetown area - we'll definitely be back!

B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It was a mediocre experience that cost a lot of money. 1. We ordered the burrata special and it was off. We sent it back and were still charged and the manager never came over. 2. Ordered a dirty martini after being inspired by the table next to us because it looked delicious. When we received it it looked totally different, read: it was clear, even after confirming with the waiter, it was not dirty. Sent back for more olive juice. Pasta dishes were much better. 3. Waiter was very much a newbie, or at least seemed like it, and it couldn’t help direct throughout the menu, hard to articulate the qualities of a dish, etc. For how expensive it was, I would definitely go elsewhere. Also, we were the youngest people there by 30 years.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are great!

P
London
40 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most memorable evenings we had in DC. The food was outstanding as was the service. The wine list was one of the best price points in the city. Excellent list at very reasonable prices. The hot seafood appetizer and the seafood risotto were outstanding. We asked for an order of sausage and peppers (not on the menu) which was one of the finest we ever had.

GS
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The four of us truly had an exceptional dining experience! Service was top notch, wine list extensive, with some real bargain buys if you know your wines. Lentil soup was perfect like it was prepared in Naples that evening! My entrée, pasta with veal and eggplant is an extremely a unique menu item and truly has that old world taste. Chef Testa is the best!

OT
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A traditional upscale Italian restaurant with a fairly ornate decor and a very extensive menu. The waiters were very gracious and accommodated our desire to share 1 eggplant parmesan, as my wife did not want to order a meal due to the fact that we had just attended a reception with lots of hors d'hoeuvres. The eggplant was very tasty, as was our cheesecake desert.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at La Perla for our anniversary because it is our favorite restaurant in Washington. Authentic Italian food reminiscent of Capri and Naples. Vittorio, the chef and owner, is wonderful and always makes us feel special.

DT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and atmosphere

DM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

While the food was very good, unfortunately the service was slow, non-attentive and forgetful. Forgetful in that ‘they’ misplaced our to-go that we requested after our dinner. It’s a bit crowded and expect a long wait.

OO
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the West Coast and seeking a nice Italian dinner prior to an early flight home in the morning, we were delighted with an exceptional dining experience which we hope to repeat on our next trip back.

CF
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Be smart, order a pasta dish. The chicken was small and overcooked...I went away hungry because I do not eat bread.

KC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at La Perla last year when I was in D.C. on business. It was so good we had to come back again this year, and we will keep coming back as long as Chef Victor is in charge here! He is an amazing chef, and so nice to his guests! He asked my 10-year old son last year why he was eating buttered noodles for dinner. My son said he didn't like sauces. Chef Victor told my son he must try his sauces and then he proceeded to make a great sauce right at our table that my son loved!! He came out to see us this year when we were ordering and remembered us from last year. My son asked him if he'd make the same sauce for him again and of course he was happy to do that! So we had another amazing dinner and conversation with Chef Victor and his staff. The food is awesome and so is everyone who works there!!!

BD
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary and birthday

JE
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, staff and owner!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. The food is unbelievably good. The service is top notch this place is awesome.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took the GF here for our anniversary and it was easily one of the best italian restraunts I've ever been too. The service was amazing from sitting down all the way until the check. The best Raspberry White Chocolate and tiramisu ever!

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dining at Ristorante La Perla for the past 20 years and each time it is like my first - I can't get enough of the fine dining! The food and service is excellent, the décor of the restaurant is so beautiful and homely, not to mention the ladies restroom - yes - it is super beautiful, clean and classy! The staff all so friendly and responsive and the Chef is very personable - he meets and greets the guests to ensure satisfaction. Ristorante La Perla is one of the best Italian cuisine in DC, if not, the best. Christmas time is so cheerful and happy - the place is fantastically pretty and the music is soothing - the food is scrumptious and overall it just a wonderful experience to dine at La Perla!

JF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great, service was above average. A bit pricy for alcohol. Highly recommend La Perla.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful meal! Everyone was so friendly and our waiter was very attentive! We all loved our meals and, if ever in DC again, will definitely be coming back!

TH
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian we have had the pleasure of dining at. Everything is freshly made, flavours are outstanding and service excellent. The owner and head chef still comes out to talk to his guest which is great.

SD
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. I had the seafood lasagne. Really good. My daughter had the gnocchi. Also very good. We really early in the day, so not busy. Food came out really quickly.

v
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food; wonderful service; recommend any fish dish.

JF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food: Delicious! I had the lasagna and my date had the pappardelle; we would recommend both.

Service: Our server was polite, professional, and attentive. Chef Testa also periodically comes out to visit the customers. We really enjoyed meeting him!

Ambience: Tasteful decor, and on a Sunday evening the restaurant was not crowded, so it wasn't noisy at all.

Value: The food is absolutely worth the price.

JG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Still okay but maybe past its prime. Needs some updating and better staff supervision.

C
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My third time at La Perla since moving to DC. I love this place. It’s eclectic. Food is consistently delicious.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

EN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

An extraordinary place to eat! We tasted a bit o everything: soup, desserts, crab, fish, lasagna and pasta. Everything was great! And the bread also was exceptional!

CS
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very lovely atmosphere. Nice way to celebrate our anniversary’s. We enjoyed the food and really appreciated the surprise dessert!
Nice touch the chef coming around to say hello.

PI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Wonderful!

S
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food great atmosphere great location. The food is always fantastic. The owner comes over to your table to make sure your satisfied. The host and the waiter make you feel welcome. Only thing I have against this place is their bread.

SL
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great however had a waiter who was a bit on the unpleasant side constantly interrupting our conversation while we were deciding what to order..must have came back after 5-10 seconds evertime. There wer many items on the menu so we were trying to narrow our selection. Despite askiong the waither we needed couple of minutes instead of a few seconds. Will avoid this particular waiter next time.

CA
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Reasonably good food but overpriced. Service was slow and the server forgot our appetizer. Too bad. We won’t be back.

BC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I want to be fair as I did have a great meal with great service several years ago, but this past week’s experience was fair at best. Food was fine, but not remarkable. Service was slow, very very slow for the entree. With Caesar salad, bottle of wine, main course, no desert it was still 2 hours... with me requesting the check and paying quickly to avoid an even longer wait. Restaurant was half full on a Monday night. Service was the main issue I’d not return.

OT
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, authentic. Chef comes out to greet every table. Like you are dining in italy

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Mediocre Italian... I am Italian from Philadelphia...
They need to work on their sauces (gravy)...
Bolognese was the exception, Good+

Veal Milanese too much bread crumbs...

A
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food quality was excellent and the service was polite, accommodating and efficient. A rather large menu left me wishing I lived in DC so I could start working my way down all of the interesting selections. The chef/owner went thru the dining room twice and spoke with every table; a forceful but delightful character who loves to share his obvious passion for food. This added to the dining experience. We had eggplant parmesan, rabbit, penne w/ vodka and the Roman lentil soup... all delicious.

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