DeCarlo's Restaurant

4.1
422 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Lucy DeCarlo created DeCarlo’s Restaurant 40 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Similar to other reviews, my friends and I booked a table for last Friday, showed up to the restaurant and it was closed. No sign, nothing. Drove over to the new location and it’s not open yet. Had to scramble to find another place to dine last minute, which wasn’t fun on a Friday during prime dinner time. Someone needs to update this information on Open Table. Funny thing is that I received an email this morning adding 100 dining points as if we’d eaten here and asking me to write a review LOL.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The restaurant teas closed. We had reservations

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GretchenM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I am hugely disappointed in my reservation experience at DeCarlos. I showed up with my out of town guests (5) right at 6pm for our reservation only to find there were no lights, no people and another couple trying to figure out why the restaurant was not open!!! Google to the rescue after a bunch of searching to find that they had moved to a location in the Westchester. Hopped back in my car to take my group to the new location even after trying to call the phone number on both Open Table and Google to get a recording. After arriving at the Westchester and talking to the gentleman at the front desk of the Main building and an actual resident for 15 minutes we figured out that something had gone wrong with the opening which apparently was scheduled for Dec 1 and the restaurant was NOT open for business and I had a crowd waiting in the car for dinner. This was such a poor experience all around and I still DO NOT understand why both Open Table and Google do not have the new location but more importantly why Open Table had me confirm my reservation the day before via text!!! I am so embarrassed but will say Chef Geoff’s came to the rescue and took my party of 5 immediately after the man behind the desk at the Westchester called ahead for me and got the immediate reservation-no thanks to Open Table.

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Mary
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I made reservations for dinner at DeCarlo's on December 2 and received a confirming email from OpenTable. When my friend and I arrived, the restaurant was closed, dark and locked up. So I can't write a good review. Please take them off OpenTable when the restaurant is not open.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the neighborhood location, and will miss them when they move😦

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KatherineN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

DeCarlos is a gem. Great food, service and vibe. Can’t wait to return

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CLEE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Attractive. Comfortable. Good food. Awful waiter.

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
414 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It had been over two years since I had dined at DeCarlo’s and I am happy to report that it is better than ever. The restaurant hits all the marks-great bar, delicious food and polished service. The decor could stand some modernization, yet it remains charming nonetheless and conversations are easy.

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Patches5
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Good neighborhood place. The food is currently very good. The chef is doing an excellent job. Like elsewhere, it appears hard to get enough waiters presently.

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Patti
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

De Carlos is a restaurant I can always count on. The food is very good and consistent. The staff are always pleasant and welcoming. It is a good restaurant for celebrations as well as just getting together with a good friend.

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vipLuv2dine
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner! Delicious food! Memorable❤️❤️

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vipCDWJ
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was very good but the service lay evening was very slow!

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LindaM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience5

My husband and I were 25+-year residents of the neighborhood and wanted to dine at our favorite nearby restaurant during a trip back home. We were disappointed from the cocktails through the entrees. At least four waiters were involved, sometimes asking us/telling us the same thing the previous waiter had asked/told us. Cocktails were not made to our specs. Salmon was dry. The highlight of the dinner was the Caesar salad. We did not order dessert. There is hope though. The restaurant itself still looks like a neighborhood Italian restaurant and the popularity of the outside seating area was noteworthy. There was a decent crowd. Some attention to wait staff and kitchen could return DeCarlo's to its previous outstanding status.

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vipJustChasetheMoo
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

As always the food was delicious! Anytime we crave great pasta we head to DeCarlo's.

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SusanC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sad to hear they are moving, but we'll try to follow them -- they create a lovely ambiance and the food is perfection.

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louie52
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We used to eat there regularly but moved out of the neighborhood years ago and never went back, Bethesda was just more convenient. Went by there a few weeks ago and the lightbulb went off. We had a table of four, everyone’s meal was exceptional, downtown white tablecloth quality at more reasonable pricing. I had a veal dish, it was perfectly cooked and a very high grade of meat. Portions were just right, filling but not overly so. Found a really nice bottle of wine at a more than affordable price. Waiter was efficient and personable. We will be back!

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JosianeV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Very expensive. Mediocre food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Really good food. Terrible service. Understaffed which is understandable today but who they do have is not trained or responsive.

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vipSkidder
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

The food was awful. I ordered meat ravioli, it came out with no meat, but lots of cheese. The food was very salty.

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BobTheDog
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

De Carlo's is a restaurant for adults who want classic Italian cuisine in a proper dining room. There are real tablecloths, appropriate glass ware and a quiet atmosphere. The service staff are knowledgeable and well-skilled, so one doesn't have to chase down a waiter for a missing soup spoon. One often sees two and three generations of a family dining there, which adds to the warmth of the restaurant. One is never rushed while dining at De Carlo's.

The menu is extensive and there are several specials each day. The wait staff and kitchen are skilled in making sure the various courses for your party arrive on time and together. I have been going there for over thirty years and cannot recall ever having a bad evening.

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vipLadyBrit
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Thanks to all for a pleasant evening with the usual good food, wine, and service. The Branzino was excellent and also the Veal Scallopini. Many thanks to all the staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant. I had the pasta carbonara, which was sublime. My friend had the porkchop. It was so good she nibbled on the bone! The service is always above par and the covered patio is a wonderful place to eat. Another fabulous meal at DeCarlo's!

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vipSkidder
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

I ordered veal parmigiana, it was not breaded, and the thin pieces of veal were over cooked. This is a place I have been going too gor the last 30 years.
I will not go again. Very disappointed.
The menu that was on line was not the menu that they gave me.

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vipJustChasetheMoo
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. Great, friendly service. Consistently excellent every visit.

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vipLee41
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We go often, for the authentic and well prepared meals. Last night's special of linguini and scallops was especially good.

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JoeT
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious. The service outstanding. A wonderful, relaxed evening.

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vipLadyBrit
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual this neighborhood gem served an excellent meal. This is one of my favorite restaurants because you can hear the conversation at your table without interrupting people at the next table. The food, particularly the specials, are imaginative and well presented as well as tasting good. The restaurant has a reasonably good wine list and is accommodating for children and people with disabilities. The staff make all welcome.

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
276 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Always dependable and always a good choice for a nice dining night out!

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vipJustChasetheMoo
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food; vintage atmosphere. A real neighborhood gem!

JT
vipJillT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and service was excellent

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LeslieM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We have been going to DeCarlos for many years. Love the staff and the food is excellent.

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Eatwell
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Used to enjoy this very pleasant restaurant but recent food was really poor in every respect. Four diners, all agreed.

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vipLuv2eat007
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy DeCarlo’s. The food is uniformly good, the outdoor dining is delightful, the service is always fine.

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vipjljinmich
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It was our first time back to DeCarlo's since Covid and we thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere.

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vipJeanieF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxed and lovely ambience. Delicious food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent ambience - we were outdoors - great service and the food was so delicious!

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vipSmittyRay
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We have had the same server twice and he is quite rude.

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JosianeV
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very comfortable. Delicious food. No noice. Great!

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ClaiireC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It hasn't changed much in the 20 years I have been going there. It is always familiar with good food and ambience.

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KevinD
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top service, wonderful food, easy parking in garage or on the street,nice reasonable wine list and specials that changes often.

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DeCarlo's Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

DeCarlo's Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 422 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.