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J Paul's

3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615 (Georgetown)
(202) 333-3450
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Ranked #555 of 2,646 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
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Georgetown
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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Sydney, Australia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Had a meal here recently and whilst I enjoyed the ambience and the service was pretty good, it was just above average bar food. Had the chimmi churri steak tacos which had a good level of spice. Enjoyed it and had a great JPaul beer. Worth a visits but expect good bar food and you won't be disappointed.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

That's the question I asked when I sat down at the empty bar. The bartender's answer was " Average" so my obvious response was " What does that mean"? And he said "Well, not that good". Enough said, they were terrible and the host was a non existent guy who never welcomed or thanked us up one leaving. This is... More

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213 reviews 213 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I had been here many years ago and the décor is still the same (translation- booths, chairs, table, interior has not been changed, updated, or cleaned up!). Ordered a Caesar with shrimp which came with minimal dressing. The shrimp had no taste at all. Mini muffins that came with the meal were good. Service was very good but I would... More

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Stopped while in Georgetown for an appetizer and they had in their window Peel and Eat Shrimp. The best I have ever eaten. They were large, cooked perfectly and tasted amazing. They also bring to the table (free) a large soft pretzel for each person. What a treat that was. A great place to eat, and will certainly visit again.

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Nutley, New Jersey
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60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Until you go to the bathroom. Great food and service but it makes you wonder what is going on in the back of the house when the bathroom, at 1pm, looked like it hasn't been attended to since closing at 2 am the night before. Soap bottles laid open and empty and paper everywhere. Again great food and service but... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We liked the meal we had here. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was good. The tacos were meant to be mahi mahi but there was hardly any fish on the plate which was poor for the price of of the dish.

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Las Rozas, Spain
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

The place itself is attractive, with tables opening on to the street and a good atmosphere. But the food was really disappointing. The Fish and chips were possibly the wrist fish and chips I have ever had. Stodgy batter, innocuous fish, undercooked potatoes. The ribs had clearly been waiting hours for someone to order them and the barbecue sauce was... More

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Hartford CT
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We were able to great table right next to the street on a beautiful summer night. Loved watching the people go by. We ordered the mussels and wings - both were served hot and were delicious. Loved the broth in the mussels! Give them a try. I thought prices were reasonable for the area. Service was professional and friendly.

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baton rouge
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80 reviews 80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Quaint little place in the middle of the shopping. I had a couple of glasses of delicious red wine and the Tuna Taco appetizer- YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY. I was sad I had to share with my table and sad I didn't order this for my meal. This is a MUST HAVE.

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This was a spur of the moment idea to grab lunch. We ate at J Paul's and the food was great as was the service. No need for outside seating as the windows were open and the energy of the street came into the restaurant. Cheesecake is so light and delish!

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