Ristorante Piccolo

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Italian
Established in 1986, Ristorante Piccolo is a romantic & 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 & 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 & the historic C&O Canal (only available on a first-come, first-serve basis), & is a very popular spot for rehearsal dinners & celebrations. Piccolo will happily surprise you with its excellent food, service, wine & atmosphere--with three cozy fireplaces, 2 beautiful wall water features & unique ironwork throughout adding to the warmth & romance of the restaurant. A strolling violinist sets the perfect mood for romantic dining Friday & Saturday evenings, & can also be hired for that special party. Piccolo has won TASTE OF GEORGETOWN's awards 3 times, every year Diner's Choice awards & The Tastemaker Award
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j
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good, well prepared and creative Italian cuisine. Loved the appetizers of vongole, melanzane bruschetta and meatballs. Fantastic pasta with salmon. Service was top notch and if you can snag one of the outdoor balcony tables, it is a great way to eat looking over the bustle of Georgetown

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was disappointing. Especially for the price. The waiter by accident spilled significant quantity of red wine over the table...took time for a waiter to come and reset the table.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Took an hour to get our food as they were very busy.

MF
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant. Service is exceptional and food is delicious. Great menu.

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pasta was great, wine list was priced a bit high for the quality, but I guess that's to be expected in Georgetown! Great for a special occasion, but probably wouldn't be a regular stop.

b
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a GREAT restaurant!!! The food, service and ambiance are first class. Our waiter recommended a couple of items that were delicious. A must go to when in D.C.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful meal at this very charming restaurant. The food was delicious, the wait staff could not have been more attentive and the ambiance was wonderful. I would definitely go back for another meal.

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

We had great service and the food was even better than we imagined. The tortellini carbonara was outstanding! Will definitely be back.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Been going here for 28 years. Tonight’s visit unfortunately was not that good. My wife’s filet (ordered well ) came out bleeding. I guess because she had cut into it they had to cook another. By the time it came out I was done w dinner (and I ate excruciatingly slow). So we basically ate in 2 shifts. Overall I woukd give this visit a 3 out of 10. But we will go back as it is not the norm. I felt the wife’s dinner should have been comped. We don’t drink so a glass of wine comped was not the answer.

BD
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite when I am in DC--outstanding service, food and ambiance. Excellent violinist, and people who really care that you are taken care of at the highest possible level--if you are in DC and looking for a good Italian restaurant, this is it!

CV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to go here on our "date night", it is intimate and romantic. The staff is great and the violinist adds a nice touch!

LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, wonderful menu, perfect cocktails, food as close to real Italian that I've had in DC.

J
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is special. A very charming ambience (we ate out on the quaint veranda) with fabulous service. The food was well prepared and presented. Loved it all!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pasta dish I have ever had! Excellent cocktails as well.

v
Jackson Hole
11 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and the food delicious! Smaller restaurant with warm feeling.

BK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL!

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

full rave mode and returning for Piccolo's Tagliatelle:
Tagliatelle con Gamberoni in Pergamena
shrimp pan-seared with shallots, garlic, red chili flakes and a touch of cream tossed with hand-rolled tagliatelle pasta, sprinkled and baked with panko in parchment paper

t
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

while not on the menu the veal saltimbocca was very good. Fillet mignon and gnocchi ordered at our table was also very good. Service was good, we sat a bit late because prev table was slow to leave.
Its a small place, so you wait essentially outside. Inside is nice, old historic home with bathrooms upstairs. There are also a few tables upstairs off the front balcony. Had tiramisu desert. It was very good.
we'll try again when we revisit DC.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and amazing ambiance! Very romantic.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everythng was perfect. We have been many times and will
Be going again.

DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to this Georgetown gem recently with my family on a Friday night. The restaurant was busy and we were placed in the table to the left of the front door overlooking the street.

The waitstaff was very attentive top to bottom. We got some great wine and entree recommendations. The servers were attentive and not overly so.

The food was great (had the short rib ravioli) and we had a great experience. Thanks and we will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Little tightly packed. Service was a bit spotty, though the waiters were polite. Just seemed like we kept getting lost in the shuffle.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and attention is impeccable - really well done - The pasta is really among the best that we've had in ages. We highly recommend Ristorante Piccolo

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food - sort of noisy and the service was a little slow but the food is excellent. Excellent sauce on the chicken Parm.

K
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not sure how you can have a conversation inside, it was way too noisy and it's not a place to go if you suffer from migraines. The tables are on top of each other and with it being loud, it's not a good place to go if you want to have a nice conversation or a romantic date. The food wasn't anything spectacular and our waiter was not friendly or engaging.

NA
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing food and service. I highly recommend any veal dish.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charming place located just off the main G-Town drag. We sat outside on a beautiful summer Saturday night so it doesn’t get any better than that. It’s a little hectic out front (two busy Italian restaurants right across the street) but we really enjoyed the people watching. Service was a bit frenetic (lots of different folks tending to us) but overall solid. The salads were well dressed and tasty. Gnochi in basil pesto sauce was outstanding. Solid wine list and desserts. This isn’t a 4-star fancy joint but it did have a very nice charm and solid food PLUS a strolling violinist.
We’d come back.

OQ
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so kind and they made an effort to introduce themselves to us as first-time customers!

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

They rushed us too much and it is loud inside. However, the food was superb!

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This was my second time at the restaurant. The first time was a better experience, but overall the food is marginal and the service was slow. I probably will not return just due to better options in the area.

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

This is my third visit at Ristorante Piccolo. The food is great, as is the service. I like the atmosphere...a little old school and very homey! I'll be back.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The food was very good. The chair my husband sat in was well worn and should not have been out. It had a nail poking out that ruined his pants. We did point this out to them. They said nothing and changed his chair.

OT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Piccolo’s and have. Even loyal patrons for years. We were given an excellent table, had outstanding service and delicious food. That is what you expect from going out to eat and that is what we always get at Piccolo’s!

NK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Piccolo is my favorite Italian restaurant in the DC area. The manager, owner, and staff are fabulous- always friendly and accommodating. The violin player is awesome. I always bring friends and family here when they come to visit and they are always impressed by the friendliness and the exquisite food. Excellent wine list as well. I highly recommend this place.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Not what you expect of this kind of restaurant. It’s like an a overpriced Olive Garden type of food. Totally not worth.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best meal and lots of fun! Yummy food !

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very crowded on Saturday night. Had a reservation for five people at 7:45. Got seated pretty quickly. Service was fast in the beginning but we did sit and wait for awhile for the dinner. No one came back to check on drinks during that time. Very loud and bustling place but was enjoyable anyway. Food was good and our overall experience was very good. I would recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Started off well enough. Greeted at the door by a young man inquiring if we had a reservation. Upon answering affirmatively, he let us pass and we were ushered to an upstairs table.

It took a while for the waiter to show up, but he was courteous when after about 12 minutes he show. We ordered cocktails, and our meals and shortly thereafter bread showed up. However, it seemed be day old bread, as it wasn’t warm or even fresh.

My appetizer, shrimp fra diavolo, arrived next. While flavorful enough, it wasn’t very spicy, and certainly not what you’d expect for a fra diavolo. Also, it was only luke-warm as opposed to piping hot.

About this time in our meal, the violinist came upstairs. As soon as he started playing, the noise level (from his play and from rising voices to compensate for it) became close to unbearable. If the doors to the balcony had remained open, it’s possible the noise level would have been more tolerable, as it would have given an audible escape hatch through which the cacophony of sound could have been alleviated.

We asked for more bread, and this is where the meal started to turn. The bread came out warm, and it was obviously fresh from the oven. It was a treat to soak up the tensing sauce from my shrimp appetizer.

Our main courses were the capper. I had the Vitello di Firenze and my wife had the Halibut special. Both were delicious. The veal was very tender and flavorful. The sides of spinach and spaghetti complimented the veal perfectly. The entree really rescued the meal.

Lastly, we had cannoli for desert. Simply delicious. A fantastic way to end the meal.

JF
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Having been to the 2 Italian restaurants across the street, I found this restaurant to be average in comparison. We received 2 very small and barely toasted pieces of bread for our caponata bruschetta appetizer. Since we had to put the caponata on the bread ourselves, we wished we had more bread to make more bruschetta or at least larger slices. Our entrees were good but again not memorable.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service, cold food, not a great experience.

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