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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 15
    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
busy place at dinner

busy place and a bit noisy at dinner but a very reliable, comfortable place. Excellent service even though place was packed. Good appetizers, burgers and fish. It is not a fancy place but a comfortable, friendly one.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
troyoh
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troy, oh
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Snyder, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great pretzels. Had shrimp appetizer and the Chicago dip. My daughter had a club. Great atmosphere. Awesome!!!

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troy, oh
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

busy place and a bit noisy at dinner but a very reliable, comfortable place. Excellent service even though place was packed. Good appetizers, burgers and fish. It is not a fancy place but a comfortable, friendly one.

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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went to Filomena but table at 9pm and it was 6....ended up here. Beer great! oyster excellent and the crab cakes best I have had ever! But service was ok- not friendly at all....I will got back for crab cakes but wish better or friendlier service

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Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Stopped in for famous chili mac and it did not disappoint! Good happy hour and great bartender. I'm sorry I forgot his name... was there Tue 3/10 in afternoon. He gave wonderful suggestions on places to visit in DC. Beautiful bar!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I love the location its close to all the other things I like to do in the area but the food is average. Nothing to write home about.

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Dubai
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The Spaten beer was only available in the Mass size. Barman was surely and unfriendly, almost rude, was not interested, served the beer, and when I responded that the menu was ordinary he rolled his eyes and pulled the menu in an abrupt manner. Mate, might as well get a job on a highway toll, with this attitude you will... More 

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Germany
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We've been there last New Year eve. Service was friendly, food was good, prices reasonable However, the restrooms are unacceptable, dirty, smelly, not maintained.

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USA
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is charming restaurant on M Street, the main drag of Georgetown. If you are visiting to see the clothing shops or see the area, this is a convenient place for lunch or dinner. The lunch menu ranges from burgers and salads to crab cakes and steaks. I enjoyed buffalo wings and a salad topped with shrimp.

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Rochester, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Service was not great. Left dirty dishes picked on our table instead of removing them so our table was very crowded. Food was not good either. Decor and location are good.

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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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151 reviews 151 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I was truly disappointed with my two recent visit's to J. Paul's. Supposedly, named after Paul J. Cohn, former co-owner. Who interestingly enough, also had a Strip Club at the old Greyhound Station where the Convention Center now stands. Even more interesting, he produced the Gold Record, 80's Standard, "Do the Hustle". You never know what tidbit's you'll stumble upon... 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?