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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 #508 of 2,644 Restaurants in Washington DC
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Price range: $15 - $45
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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67% Recommend
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW 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
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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75 reviews 75 reviews
37 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Reminded me of an older bar/restaurant like the one you go back to visit time after time with friends when you visit your hometown for reunions, etc... Comfortable yummy bar food and a great atmosphere!

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East Lansing, MI
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We visited on a Tuesday at 2pm. The restaurant was not packed. We did not have anyone come to our table for 10 minutes. We left.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Visited in mid-May on a Saturday evening. Hadn't booked but they squeezed us in. Service was tip top, engaging Bar Tender gave energetic recommendations on local beers to try. Food was great - the burger sliders probably the best burgers we've ever eaten. Crabcake mains also superb. Atmosphere is loud and vibrant, you must give it a go. Looking out... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I made a last minute decision on dinner and chose J Paul's. To be safe, I quickly made a reservation. The food is priced typically for this area with the average entree priced around $24. The food is average. The service was good. I probably won't return.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

I had dinner here last night with my daughter and her friend. We ordered shrimps and oyster shooter. We had drinks at the same time. The service was really good and the server which I forgot to asked his name was very prompt and fast in bringing out our orders. This is an excellent place to go after shopping in... More

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