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3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615 (Georgetown)
(202) 333-3450
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Ranked #670 of 2,717 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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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Our family of five ended up at this restaurant as it was close to Georgetown cup cakes. The food is good basic American food, reasonably priced but not spectacular. The service however was excellent. We had a young waitress ( unfortunately cannot recall her name) who was studying at a nearby college. She brought all the enthusiasm and charm that... More 

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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We had a great classic, tasty American meal. Our server was friendly, attentive and accurate. We were greeted with warm pretzels and enjoyed burgers and calamari. Puddings were delicious and evil! Good spot for lunch.

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87 reviews 87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

From the moment we stepped inside from the hustle and bustle of holiday cold and crowds outside, we knew we had chosen wisely. We started with oysters and each plate got better and better. J. Paul's is a truly a place of comfort and Joy!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Booked for a party of twelve for Christmas Day. J. Paul's was letting people in off the street, so shown to our table late. Order taken only half an hour later, despite several requests. A further 3/4 hour and an hour later we were assured by the waiter and then the manager that food would be coming in 3-4 minutes/7-8... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Family Sunday brunch and what a disappointment. Nasty corned beef hash. Eggs Benedict not much better. This is an overpriced (even for Georgetown) tourist trap. Note: not to be confused with Paul's Salon de Thé just round the corner which looked pretty good. Wish we'd gone there.

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London, England, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I've never been to a restaurant that failed to give me my food before but these guys managed that on Christmas Day. Ten of us went down, after three hours of waiting and a series of excuses from the manager we'd managed to get a few starters and tree cold main courses. We paid for our drinks, tipped the waiter... More 

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Avon, CT
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 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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25 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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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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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