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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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Today
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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 101
    Very good
  • 54
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 14
    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
Most recent review
Sorry, good Food, but restrooms are unacceptable

We've been there last New Year eve. Service was friendly, food was good, prices reasonable However, the restrooms are unacceptable, dirty, smelly, not maintained.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Karlh
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Germany
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Germany
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We've been there last New Year eve. Service was friendly, food was good, prices reasonable However, the restrooms are unacceptable, dirty, smelly, not maintained.

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USA
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is charming restaurant on M Street, the main drag of Georgetown. If you are visiting to see the clothing shops or see the area, this is a convenient place for lunch or dinner. The lunch menu ranges from burgers and salads to crab cakes and steaks. I enjoyed buffalo wings and a salad topped with shrimp.

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Rochester, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Service was not great. Left dirty dishes picked on our table instead of removing them so our table was very crowded. Food was not good either. Decor and location are good.

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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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145 reviews 145 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I was truly disappointed with my two recent visit's to J. Paul's. Supposedly, named after Paul J. Cohn, former co-owner. Who interestingly enough, also had a Strip Club at the old Greyhound Station where the Convention Center now stands. Even more interesting, he produced the Gold Record, 80's Standard, "Do the Hustle". You never know what tidbit's you'll stumble upon... More 

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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

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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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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London
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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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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 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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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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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?