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J Paul's

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Georgetown
American, Contemporary
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3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615 (Wisconsin Ave.)
Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus
(202) 333-3450
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 am
Sat 10:30 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: J. Paul’s is Washington’s quintessential turn of the century American...
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!
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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 109
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Solid food w friendly service

Bacon cheese burgers really good. Nachos were lighter than I expected but were filling. Service was attentive and friendly. I'd definitely return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
Doug Z
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  • Families with children
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State College, Pennsylvania
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

our son is renting in georgetown so we were looking for a good place that looked fun and popular for 5-6 people. this looked like the setting for cheers, dark woods and bar level tables with a tank of oysters on display. we were seating in the far back and the tables were not so nice. waitress was adequate. food... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Bacon cheese burgers really good. Nachos were lighter than I expected but were filling. Service was attentive and friendly. I'd definitely return.

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Jamaica
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

After being up and down in Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle experiencing everything except good service....it was very refreshing to stumble across J Pauls on a Saturday evening in a buzzing Georgetown crowd. The restaurant was actually full with a 15 min. wait time but we were lucky enough to grab 2 of the last 4 seats at the bar.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

While shopping in Georgetown I took a little pit stop at J.Pauls Im so glad a I did I tried something new.The fried Oysters! They were amazing. They have a really nice selection on their happy hour menu. The drinks are excellent. Catch the game have some drinks. Nice atomosphere great sky light in the back of the restaurant.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

First ordered the ahi tuna taco appetizers. Nice enough, but 3 VERY small tacos at $18. At most, the price should have been half that. Then tried their signature crab soup, which I was assured was full of crab and very little vegetables. I think they got it backwards...big time. Except for a few strands of crab meat, I think... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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24 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

A group of 6 of us were there on a Saturday night. We loved the ambience, the food and the service! Everything was perfect. We had cold shrimp cocktail which was delicious, cooked shrimp with a spicy sauce, delicious too. We also had oysters. I had the mahi mahi tacos which were so big and very tasty! Also, a few... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Located in Georgetown, this was a happening spot for a late lunch on a Saturday. Friendly and helpful albeit slow service and the food was mixed - burger and Reuben were excellent. Everything else was so-so. Great for a place to meet and hang out but would not recommend it for foodies.

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We were in town for April vacation and walked to Georgetown for dinner. The place was not busy, but they sat us at a tiny table in the back. We have 3 kids and it was cramped. The waiter was personable but he brought 6 waters for the 5 of us ( presumably so that he didn't have to fill... More 

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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Late night service for Oysters. Classic Georgetown bar. Good service and great Oysters. Service a bit confused but they made it right. Fun time.

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Mystic Country, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Great little tavern menu, we had a great burger and strawberry salad. Waiter didn't quite get the order right even after he came back to clarify it but hey maybe he was new. Got a great seat up by the front windows and though it was a little cramped it was a great spot to watch the busy georgetown streets.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615
    (Wisconsin Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Georgetown
  • Neighborhood: Georgetown
  • Phone Number: (202) 333-3450

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 45
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children

Description

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!
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
10:30 am - 3:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?