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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
Website
Today
11:30 am - 3:00 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, Dinner, Lunch, 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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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 americana

Burgers and beer with some more. Classic american bar/restaurant with sports on the screens by the bar and a more separate lounge for more dinner style eating. Nice and relaxed atmosphere and attentive staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Burgers and beer with some more. Classic american bar/restaurant with sports on the screens by the bar and a more separate lounge for more dinner style eating. Nice and relaxed atmosphere and attentive staff.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We went here for a casual dinner, the food was really good, we both had crab cakes and a side off cucumber salad. We waited a long time for our drinks every time we ordered one. The cheesecake is a huge dessert. The bathrooms well especially the ladies was a bit on the disgusting side. Mixed about going back.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I came here for the first time yesterday for a late lunch while visiting Georgetown with my aunt. We ordered oysters and drinks. My aunt ordered an oyster shooter first, and did not much care for it. I had asked for a lemon drop martini. It came back looking like lemonade, and actually tasted like it also. As a matter... More 

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Macomb, il
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This was a excellent restaurant. Old bar and decor are quaint and nice. Seating a bit tight. Menu was broad and interesting. Food was excellent and fairly priced for Georgetown. Our waiter provided very good ,unobtrusive service. Only complaint was that the wine was overpriced, beer ok

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Brooklyn, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The place was very crowded and had a very good energy. We were seated right away. The tables are packed too close to one another. The food was just ok. I had a salad with grilled chicken and the chicken tasted like it was grilled over propane rather than a grill pan. Great location right in the heart of Georgetown.

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

J Paul's is our fav spot to hang around in Georgetown to enjoy crab cakes, steaks, all kinds of fresh sea food. The quality has always been consistent here, along with a great service. Oh and my favorite tuna steak and mahi mahi fish - yum! Expensive but worth it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Our group of 4 waited 25 minutes or more for water (they were not lined up). However, they compensated by offering our first round of drinks free. The service was chaotic. The food I thought was okay (we shared oysters, crab cakes and fish tacos) the fish in the tacos was overcooked. The next day we both suffered from gastro-intestinal... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Came out to sample the famous crabcakes. Unfortunately, they were spoiled. I am well versed in food safety, and this was an example of poorly handled kitchen mgt. The manager should have been all over this problem, but was MIA. Choose another place for your crabcakes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This restaurant was highly recommended by several locals. Went for lunch and was seated immediately. Maybe that should have been a sign, great atmosphere, but was really lacking in the flavor department.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We stopped in for a late lunch, early dinner. Grabbed the perfect seat in the window beside the oyster shucker. We had oysters, sandwiches, specialty drinks and everything was delicious and our server was outstanding. She was just lovely. Friendly, helped us with decisions and tips on what was good. Helped us choose the perfect oysters. We had a great... 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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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?