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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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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, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 58
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    Very good
  • 58
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  • 18
    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
Nice ambiance, mixed food quality

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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New York
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  • Families with children
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New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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Manchester
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This is a well known restaurant on Georgetown. It has a traditional menu but unfortunately, had sold out of ribs. We tried the buttermilk chicken instead which was super. Our waiter was extremely helpful and gave great advice on portion sizes etc. It is always really busy and loud so may not suit everyone but was very enjoyable

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Westfield, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

On Saturday, April 4 at about 1:30 pm, I met with four of my sisters - visiting from Nashville - to dine in Georgetown. We Choose J Paul's as it appeared to be a warm and welcoming place to eat. The place was very busy and it took a while for our orders to be placed, but this was all... More 

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This Saloon/restaurant was recommended by the concierge at a local DuPont Circle hotel. The atmosphere was as expected, a authentic wooden decor saloon style establishment. The waiter was friendly & the menu had a nice variety. The food however, was not very tasty at all. Two of us had the famous/specialty crab cakes & while these were decent size the... More 

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New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Stopped in after college tour - great atmosphere and friendly staff. Everyone enjoyed their meal - crab cake sandwich, calamari, slider and Mac n cheese. Something for everyone!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This was my second time to eat at this wonderful restaurant. I loved it both times. Excellent menu and the food superb. Our waiter was attentive and friendly.

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Snyder, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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

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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?