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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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10:30 am - 3:00 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: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 67
    Excellent
  • 122
    Very good
  • 65
    Average
  • 25
    Poor
  • 17
    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
OK for lunch or dinner, especially if you get a window seat

I eat now and then at J Paul's if I am having a late lunch or early dinner combined with shopping. The restaurant is on the main drag of Georgetown (a rather popular shopping destination, especially with tourists). The main attraction for me are the clams and oysters on the half shell, which you... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Decoamie
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Washington, DC
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  • Families with children
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Washington, DC
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277 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I eat now and then at J Paul's if I am having a late lunch or early dinner combined with shopping. The restaurant is on the main drag of Georgetown (a rather popular shopping destination, especially with tourists). The main attraction for me are the clams and oysters on the half shell, which you can see in the front window.... More 

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maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

You know how you have those places that you just feel comfortable in? Keep coming back to? That is J Paul's. We love the atmosphere and their options. Their Amber Ale is fantastic and we are sure to always order an Oyster Shooter, which are great! We always dine at the bar but there is restaurant seating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

First time visiting Georgetown and enjoyed this restaurant very much. It was busy so we figured it was safe to eat there! Fresh pretzels were brought to our table and they were very yummy! Meals were decently priced and service was pretty good. Located in heart of main street. Definitely would eat there again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Nachos and ribs for happy hour. We enjoyed people watching in the window. Nice location.... Give it a try........... ............

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Enjoyed a late lunch with my mom. The waiter was very nice and talkative. Food was great. I had the crab cakes and mom had the fried chicken. Both dishes were tasty.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

At first sit down, their menu isn't huge and their prices are a bit high. I wanted to leave until they put a basket of soft pretzels with mustard down on the table! What restaurant does that?! We stayed and I'm glad we did!! The food was great and our server was great. The building is a historical building and... More 

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St Pete FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We ate here on vacation and had their trio of half sandwich, salad and soup. One of us had the buffalo wings. Two exact orders were prepared differently. One salad had strawberries and the other didn't. One BLT had no bacon. Both had no taste. The waiter was excellent though. Spend your dinner elsewhere

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Had dinner here and liked the food a lot. Crab soup was very different and tasty, the shrimps were awesome!!!. Vegetarian salads also available. Nice place to have a good dinner.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Burgers and beer with some more. Classic american bar/restaurant with sports on the screens by the bar and a more separate lounge for more dinner style eating. Nice and relaxed atmosphere and attentive staff.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We went here for a casual dinner, the food was really good, we both had crab cakes and a side off cucumber salad. We waited a long time for our drinks every time we ordered one. The cheesecake is a huge dessert. The bathrooms well especially the ladies was a bit on the disgusting side. Mixed about going back.

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?