Ristorante Piccolo

4.6
2498 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ristorante Piccolo is a romantic and unique Italian trattoria full of the warm-hearted wines and food that match the spirit of Italy, loved by Washingtonians and 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 and the historic C and O Canal (available on a first-come, first-served basis). Piccolo is a very popular spot for rehearsal dinners and other celebrations, known for great food and smoothly-operated events! Piccolo will happily surprise you with its excellent food, service, wines and atmosphere--with 3 cozy fireplaces, 2 beautiful wall water features, unique ironwork throughout adding to the warmth and romance of the restaurant. A strolling violinist sets the perfect mood for romantic dining Friday and Saturday evenings. Piccolo has won TASTE OF GEORGETOWN awards 4 times, every year Diners Choice awards, The Tastemaker Award and TripAdvisor Award of Excellence.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2498 People Are Saying
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cory
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frankie and the staff did an amazing job. The food reminded me of my time in Europe. Great prices and portions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As the last customers of the evening, the manager held his kitchen staff for our 9:15 PM Sunday night reservation, personally waited on our party and treated us to a number of little ‘extras’ to ‘make up for’ having to rush our orders to the kitchen. After a long COVID-caused absence Piccolo, our meals were exactly as they used to be pre-pandemic: generous, well-prepared, and delicious - and, that late at night, we had the restaurant to ourselves. We were very attentively cared-for and I’m looking forward to my next visit. It was great to be back.

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Kdc98
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and wonderful service! Everyone was very friendly. Lovely restaurant. Will definitely go back.

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vipFoodie
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food was fabulous!

JB
vipJenniferB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here to celebrate my birthday with my family. Great food and service was excellent. We accidentally had the wrong time on the calendar for our reservation and didn’t realize we showed up 30 minutes late. They were still very accommodating and were able to seat us without any problems even though it was packed. So glad it worked out. Will definitely be back.

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FoodiewannaB
Wilmington
24 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The staff was experienced and attentive. The ambiance provided a toasty respite from the chilly evening at our table nestled between the two fireplaces. The recommendations from our waiter for both me and my vegetarian husband were spot on. The food was a treat to the eye and the palate. It was a bit pricey, but so worth it for a special occasion.

DJ
vipDrJoe
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent, perhaps the best, veal chop ever
great service, friendly

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LauriZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d never been to this restaurant despite living within walking distance. Now I wonder why not? It was a great find. Took a friend for her birthday lunch and they sat us at the cozy sun-filled table in the nook at the front of the restaurant.
Delicious food. I told the resto through Open Table that it was a birthday lunch so they brought out a wonderful dessert for two. I’ll be back again!

TC
TerryC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy atmosphere, really good food at reasonable prices. Burrata and Risotto Balls were favorites.

TC
TimC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food is only average at best. People and service is great.

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vipHollybirch
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a special place to celebrate my dear dads birthday. They put us in lovely window table. The service was exceptional, the food delicious, and the ambiance was so nice. We almost felt like we were in Italy.

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GayleS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, service and food. I really enjoyed the violinist too. We are in DC visiting my college student and would definitely come back.

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Claire
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious food and great service! Loved it all

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vipAllisonF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and attentive service. A DC staple!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was absolutely delicious. I arrived and I handed the menu back to my wonderful waiter Nebil and said, “would you be open for choosing my meal and wines for me? I like everything and I have no allergies.” He immediately rose to the challenge. After my warm bread with wonderful olive oil, he served me shrimp in a marinara sauce. The shrimp were perfectly cooked and the marinara sauce was stunning, whose remains were willing captured with a fresh wedge of bread. That was followed by porcini ravioli in a butter sauce with fresh parsley caressing the ravioli. One bite and I immediately slowed my eating cadence, celebrating and musing over each piece. My entree was wonderful chicken Parmesan on a bed of pasta and my desert was a double layered chocolate cake. The wines stared with a Sicilian Pinot Grigio which paired with the shrimp. A Pinot Noir complemented my ravioli so well. I was served a blend with my chicken Parmesan and port with my desert. Nebil and the manager Frankie were so engaging and affable. The ambiance was perfect for me, clean, beautiful wood work, comfortable chair and table. I just had a absolutely exceptional culinary experience!

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vipBillyT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like a true Italian trattoria I’ve visited in Italy. Owner and staff were great. Would recommend and return.

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vipBigdaddy
Denver
145 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was super busy/frantic on a Saturday night. It was pretty good-had a salad appetizer, good salmon. GF had ravioli that she liked. It was fine, not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food is excellent. Service is superb. One of our DC favorites!

NJ
vipNJTW
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ristorante Piccolo. The atmosphere is like dining in someone's home. This week we had a table right next to the fireplace. The food is always good. Our server can describe the meal as if he could prepare it himself. We go often and feel like we are home.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my daughter. We had a bottle of Chianti…carpaccio and polenta app. Very nice. Bread came to table as well. My daughter was looking forward to the gnocchi. It wasn’t her favorite since it had a stronger taste of basil. But it was good. I had the manicotti which was excellent. My husband had pistachio crusted chicken. It was good but he said he’d probably not get it next time. They brought her tiramisu with a candle which was complimentary and very sweet. My husband and I got a special concoction of champagne from our waiter which we enjoyed.

We will come again. Thank you

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vipskipl
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint and classic small Italian joint with great food and service by pros

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lisaandgirls
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, lovely staff, lovely food and nice ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Would definitely go back

CB
vipCarolynB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delightful dining experience for any occasion. Terrific service. Lovely setting. Parking next door. Excellent menu selections.

BR
vipBonnieRick
Phoenix
68 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant. We tried several of the house-made pasta dishes, which were all outstanding, but the Agnolotti ai Porcini and Tortellini Carbonara were far and away my favorites! The caesar salad was one of the best I have ever had.
Our server Nabil was fantastic and very personable. Great ambiance--love the violinist! We will be back! Highly recommend!

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kchoi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Nice outdoor service! Love to revisit in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
35 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In our last evening of our recent DC visit we decided to try Piccolo. It was a block from our VRBO. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Both of our pasta dishes were very good. Service was excellent. Would return and will recommend!

JM
vipJudithM
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't believe it took me this long to try this place. Best Italian in Georgetown and such a nice ambiance. Food and service were perfect. We will be back.

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vipAlonzoW
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always pleasant and delicious dishes

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Radhika
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy restaurant with great ambience and amazing Italian food. The wait staff was incredibly friendly and helpful - highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was perfect. Bathrooms were dirty and trash was overflowing on the floor. Not what I expected from a high rated restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Great wine - had an awesome date! Amazing vegetarian ravioli and burrata

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and incredible food! A true gem in Georgetown!!

CM
vipCMENC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best neighborhood restaurant! Friendly, delicious & inviting. A true gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stumbled upon this cute place while walking in Georgetown. Decided it would be a great place for dinner. Glad we tried it. So good!

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vipKellbell
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely Saturday afternoon lunch we had! Decided to enjoy Georgetown on a whim and made a quick reservation as we headed out the door. SO glad we did! The streets and shops were crowded-very festive atmosphere-but still very crowded. It was lovely to head to our table on the sidewalk and enjoy a beautiful meal with fantastic service. It felt like a private little oasis from the crowds. And the traditional Italian music was truly lovely-just made it perfect!

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foodie96
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Piccolo has excellent food, ambiance and service! We had grilled fish- rock and salmon- that were cooked to perfection with an outstanding Siciliano sauce. The linguini with clams was perfect- tomatoes and lots of clams on a huge bed of pasta. I highly recommend this restaurant!!

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vipCatherine
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service good. Way too loud. Couldn’t hear people at my table

RL
RachelL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic experience. Excellent food. The service was quick but we didn't feel rushed. Get the Affogato for dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Great atmosphere. Friendly workers.