J. Paul's - Georgetown

4.3
554 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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J. Paul’s is Washington’s quintessential turn of the century American Dining Saloon. The J. Paul’s bar in Georgetown is itself a 100 year old mahogany shotgun bar, built by the Brunswick Balke Coolander Company and was previously housed in a grand saloon in the Chicago stockyards. Many will swear over their scotch that Al Capone himself bellied up to that very bar. Antique brass elevator doors from New York’s Waldorf Astoria frame the back dining room.

A few short blocks from the Potomac River, in the heart of fashionable Georgetown, the original J. Paul’s has become an institution. Every day, politicians, journalists, artists, business people and Washington personalities share tables with students, tourists and ex-Pats in the nation’s capital. Don't miss out on a visit to this DC institution!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - midnight
Friday: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday: 10am - 2am
Sunday: 10am - midnight
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Phone number
(202) 333-3450
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tom Crenshaw
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wisconsin Ave.
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Parking details
Located in Georgetown Park Mall, entrance on Wisconsin Ave. Parking Lot on corner of Wisconsin Ave and M Streets at PNC Bank. Street parking available throughout Georgetown.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus
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Entertainment
Lively bar area is perfect for every occasion, and there's a large private meeting room upstairs perfect for corporate events or private dinner. and of course, liven up Sunday with brunch at J. Paul's! From Hangover Hash to the J. P. Scramble, you won't leave hungry! Our signature Bloody Mary cannot be beat, and our Irish Coffee is a real eye opener. Join us, Sunday's from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 554 People Are Saying
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4.1
service
4.1
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4.0
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

THE STAFF WAS FRIENDLY AND WORKED HARD TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HAD A GOOD A EXPERIENCE. THEY ONLY QUESTION THEY COULDN'T ANSWER WAS WHAT THE STATUE OF THE BASEBALL PLAYER IN THE FRONT OF THE RESTAURANT REPRESENTED. WE ASKED 5 STAFF , NO ONE KNEW.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I booked this restaurant for my twin’s birthday dinner and it was perfect! The service was great, especially considering there were 14 of us! Thank you for making a Tuesday feel special!

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Good burgers, good service. Reliable as usual.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Dined at J.Paul's with friends and out-of-town family at J.Paul's and it was nothing short of wonderful. The atmosphere was great, the service was terrific and the food was outstanding.

I had to change the time and guest count of our reservation several times. I know that can be problematic and annoying, but the hostess and manager Drew were helpful, cheerful and accommodating throughout.

A special highlight was the two bartenders, Juan and Roberto. They were most welcoming to my mother and sister, and made them feel right at home. The drinks they prepared for us were fanatastic -- in particular, everyone agreed the Red Sangria was by far the best we've ever had anywhere. And the ladies in our party couldn't help but comment in how good-looking they both are. Keep up the great work, guys!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Three of us had breakfast/brunch on a Sunday. We were seated on time and the waiter was pleasant to talk to. Table was not set up with salt and pepper or sugar so had to ask. We were given coffee refills but had to track down the waiter. We have been here often and think it’s a fun place

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Very noisy, impossible to carry on a conversation with one's dinner companion. Very sweet and helpful staff, but poorly trained - didn't know how to use a corkscrew, didn't know not to try to clear the plate before the diner put the cutlery together to indicate he was done eating. Very disappointing food. Everything in the JP Combo platter was dried out and tasteless - obviously been pre-cooked and then reheated and served. And much more expensive than other nearby restaurants. Not recommended.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

There were only four to five tables occupied in middle of the day on a weekend and the service was terrible. Our waiter did not give us any reasonable attention. Food was average and overpriced for the overall experience.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Nice place for a good Ametican style meal for any ocassion and greately located in the heart of Georgetown.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The waffles were great but the bacon was undercooked.The other peoples meal in my party was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The waiter provided excellent service and we enjoyed the atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

They didn’t have many of the items listed on the menu. Prices for the raw oysters were extremely high.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

J. Paul’s is a must stop when I’m in D.C.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Open Table offered a list of Mothers Day brunch venues, including this one. While the restaurant did offer its standard, every-Sunday brunch, which was about a dozen menu items, there was no traditional fixed-price, all-you can-eat Mothers Day brunch or dessert table, which J Paul's has offered in the past for Mothers Day. This was very disappointing, so we ordered drinks, paid our bill and tip, then went around the corner to a different restaurant. While I reminded myself that I should alway call the restaurant ahead of time to see what is being offered, I also fault Open Table for grouping this restaurant with other Mothers Day venues that were offering something more than the usual Sunday menu for brunch.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent place for a Mother’s Day meal, or any occasion really. Hasn’t steered our family wrong in nearly 30yrs & we can’t wait for our next meal here.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food was delicious. We ordered to salmon and seafood pasta dishes. Simply tasty and delicious. The wine selection was a wide variety which I ordered the Malbec. They have a wide variety of spirit and beer. Give this place a try you won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My husband and I dined here for a casual birthday lunch. The food was quite good (the spare ribs were exceptionally tender), and our server was super attentive. We were seated near the open-air area which was ideal for people watching. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Food was great, service was great, ambience was great. No complaints whatsoever. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Tired menu with so-so food. Nachos were with bad "cheese food". Steak was mediocre.

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1.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Cold burgers
Poor service
Change a lot since the last time we went three years ago.

Seeking for another restaurant is the best.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I made a reservation in advance and asked to be seated in main dining room with table cloth and close to windows. All that was ignored when we were directed to the end of restaurant, room where bar was. Music was so loud we could not have any conversation. Everyone was yelling to be heard. Overall, terrible experience... Food was mediocre, service slow. Wasted money and time. Awful. NEVER AGAIN!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great Adult Grilled Cheese Sandwich! Very fast service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Second visit in a fairly short time, we were looked after very well, enjoyed the food and will certainly invite our friends here again.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service, good food!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

My wife and I were looking on OpenTable for a dinner place for our family. We have 3 kids. We decided to give J. Paul's a try and it was a great choice. The J. Paul's combo with Ribs and a Crab Cake was really good. The food was great and very reasonably priced.

Our server, Jenna, was the best server we had all week while touring Washington D.C. and Alexandria. We ate at restaurants 2x to 3x the price of J. Paul's and the higher priced places had similar food quality, but Jenna at J. Paul's was an All Star!!!

Choose this restaurant with confidence. You will get a great value and a fun place in Georgetown.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was excellent and the food was good. I’d recommend for anyone looking for a casual meal in Georgetown.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Expensive and food was rather average. Noise was so loud we couldn’t have a conversation. Will not return

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great atmosphere and good food. Quick service with a smile

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was great and until the very end of the meal, so was the service. At that point, even though we asked our waitress 3 times for a box for some leftovers, my husband finally walked over and got the box himself. Then she asked if she should bring it to the table - huh??

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Get together of classmates from about 30-40 years ago great location lot of history with our group being students back in the day of Washington DC Sunday in the morning was a good time got in that are nail were able to sit and chat with no problem at all

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

A bit of a disappointment but the manager tried hard to improve the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Nice atmosphere. Friendly and attentive staff. Good Food.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We have always enjoyed J Paul's!!!Best burger s in DC and the fish tacos s rock!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Despite an atmosphere that may seem cramped to some, J Pauls delivered in terms of service and food. The Scallops were outstanding and the steak was one of the best I've had in the DC area. The vibrant scene and the people watching kept our group (even the kids) entertained. I wouldn't put this in the "kid friendly" category (no video games or trampolines), but we knew what we were getting into from the outset. That being said, the waitstaff went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect and the kids we're entertained throughout the meal.

In all GO HERE if you're looking for a great meal with friends or a date!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Fun, upbeat, great service, delicious food and drinks. A Georgetown classic.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Food was very good, wait staff was attentive but not overly. Seated promptly. My husband said the tuna tartare was excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Overall the experience was good. I ordered the diver scallops, and they were very tasty (my only complaint would be with occasionally encountering sand/grit in the scallops, but this often comes with the territory and cannot be helped). My date ordered the roasted beet, apple, spinach, and kale salad, which she thought was also very good. For dessert we ordered the Oreo and marshmallow bread pudding, which was delicious.

Our server was polite and friendly, but service could have been more timely. We probably waited 8–10 minutes after being sat before our server came to introduce himself (first-world problem, I know, but restaurants are usually more prompt than this). Our server also had a bit of trouble understanding us at times. I think this was partly because English was not his first language, but more so because the restaurant was extremely busy and loud.

And speaking of ambience, in addition to being loud, the tables in the restaurant were packed closely together. I realize restaurants are trying to be space efficient, but I prefer a little more space between me and the person at the next table over. I could literally have rubbed elbows with my neighbor to the right.

The value was OK. I didn't feel full after finishing my entree—that's partly why we ordered dessert—and that's something I look for in a meal (especially considering the prices around here!). The food was good, though, and interesting (in terms of creativity, ingredients, presentation, etc.). I might go back there again just to explore other items on the menu, but I don't feel like it would be a travesty if I didn't.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

When we arrived they said they couldn’t honor our open table reservation because they were too busy. But when we pushed back they seated us, and said that we would have to wait 30 minutes to order. But when the waiter came he let us order like normal. It was weird, they didn’t even seem that busy. But the food and drinks were ok after that.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

It was good

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

It was Sunday brunch, and the kitchen was a bit slammed. Our server was a bit over taxed, but did a decent job of making sure that we had what we needed, eventually.

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