Ristorante Piccolo

4.6
2482 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
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

Featured special offers

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Celebrate NYE by enjoying Piccolo's delicious Italian food in your own home! **A special 4-course Italian dinner--$75pp--+ for every 2 dinners, a bottle of Prosecco! ** ORDER BY WED, DEC 30 for pickup on NYE, 4:30pm-9pm. Our regular menu is available too: PICKUP (202-342-7414) or DELIVERY via Apps.

What 2482 People Are Saying
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vipskipl
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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lisaandgirls
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Would definitely go back

CB
vipCarolynB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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kchoi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tucson
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 October 17, 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 October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always pleasant and delicious dishes

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Radhika
1 review
Dined on October 11, 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 October 11, 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 October 9, 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 October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipCMENC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 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 October 2, 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 October 2, 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 September 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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RachelL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 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 September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food. Great atmosphere. Friendly workers.

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cherylh
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic spot! The food was delicious, the service excellent, the atmosphere energetic and fun. Cant wait to go back and have been telling everyone to go check it out. Great cocktails and generous pours. We LOVED IT!

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OpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice staff and high quality food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with a very romantic atmosphere

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BugAl
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food on the outdoor balcony. We even had a violinist nearby

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JRLJRL
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We dined outside on a perfect evening. The food was delicious -- mushroom ravioli, chicken piccata, veal and the service attentive. I love the background music appropriate to the Italian theme. My only issue is related to being outside. The table for 4 was a bit small and was sitting at an angle due to it being on the sidewalk, and as usual mosquitos were biting my ankles. I hope to return and eat indoors again someday like in an earlier era. Someday.

BH
BrianH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful time!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, a terrific meal, made even nicer when they surprised my birthday spouse with an extra glass of wine and tiramisu with a candle. A very nice evening.

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Jeanne
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and food. So cute.

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Chuckles
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful menu with a wide array of Italian cuisine.

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ZachB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service!

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MicheleL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is our second visit to this wonderful restaurant (the first was pre COVID) - my husband and I enjoyed the risotto (seafood for me and porcini for him). The service was attentive without being intrusive, the ambiance was inviting and we had a great experience. Would recommend to those who enjoy Italian food and like an intimate atmosphere :)

JB
vipJenB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for dinner with my daughter after a day of college tours. We sat on the upstairs balcony and enjoyed the violin music. Food and service was excellent.

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JoyS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wonderful service all round, and the Tiramisu a must!

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved Ristorante Piccolo! It was beautiful and the food was incredible. They had a violin player that came to each area of the restaurant, it was incredibly romantic!

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AlexisC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely dinner with my parents, it was just a bit loud. The veal is to die for, and, even though it’s just a small thing, the coffee was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

It was a great dinner- seated on outside balcony with a very small table and space, but beautiful evening and bustling on the street below.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wonderful service.
I would definitely recommend

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NadineK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always great at Ristorante Piccolo. The portions are large, and I have never had an entree that I did not enjoy.

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John
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Made reservation through open table. They did not have reservation.

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TheConorMcD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and excellent food. The balcony was a great place to sit for two hours and enjoy our anniversary dinner.

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AlexF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

A very nice dinner! Food was delicious and our waiter was phenomenal.