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3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615 (Georgetown)
(202) 333-3450
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Ranked #564 of 2,710 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $15 - $45
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
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Neighborhood: Georgetown
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Wisconsin Ave.
Transit: Foggy Bottom, Circulator Bus
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!
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Avon, CT
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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

this is a great place for a casual business meal, family dinner or a night out. Outstanding raw bar with nice selection of oysters. Great Ribs. Fun to sit at the bar and order beer and oysters.

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Marshall, Virginia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We stopped here for lunch, drawn in by the wonderful affordable selection on the menu and the warm ambience. We had a cozy booth and although the service was a little slow we enjoyed the visit. They offer a varied craft beer list and I had a really difficult time trying to decide on what to eat. It all sounded... More 

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Hartland, Vermont
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The hotel concierge recommended this restaurant as being very quintessential Washington D.C -- so we took a lengthy Uber ride to what proved to be not much more than a tavern. Wooden floors, uncomfortable chairs, friendly service, limited menu, ho-hum food.

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Haslett, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It's bad enough that the waiter spilled 2 beers, Diet Coke, and a Rootbeer on me, but he didn't even seem to care. His concern was with what spilled on him. No one offered to move us even though there was a table 2 tables away. It took 10 minutes for someone to clean up the beer and broken glass... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Good atmosphere and service. Food was terrible! Fish n chips... Who can mess that up? This restaurant! Fish was raw!! Salad tasteless!

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419 reviews 419 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
278 helpful votes 278 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I was actually pretty impressed with J. Paul's happy hour. I went there with a group of friends, and the happy hour is pretty long, from 4 until 7 PM. Also, they have happy hour during NFL and college games. I stuck with the 23 ounce drafts for $5, which isn't a bad deal. They had rail specials as well... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Hit the happy hour so handsome fried oysters and wings.sat at bar and had good banter with the bar staff so stayed all night and split a rib and crab cake meal - excellent ribs and the girlfriend said the crab cake was superb. A good American atmosphere and service

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Oldham, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I had the crab cakes and ribs as my main course - excellent value and good sized portions. The crab cake wasn't just potato with a bit of fish, it had good chunks of crabmeat, the ribs were also delicious and plenty of meat on them

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

bar type atmosphere, without being too noisy. excellent food and friendly service. good value for money in georgetown, a beautiful area of the city

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redondo beach
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127 reviews 127 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

Our drinks came out super fast but our app never came. They brought out our entrees minus the app. We asked for things a few times before we got them. Food was great but service and kitchen need help

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Additional Information about J Paul's

Address: 3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615
Phone Number: (202) 333-3450
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Georgetown
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 45
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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