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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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10:30 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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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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    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 23
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  • 16
    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
its ok

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Very nice place to drink a bear or cocktails and eat some oyster after a whole shopping day . I recommended the blue point oysters . Very nice service .

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Chicago, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Great food. The Crab Cakes are really outstanding. Ribs and Salmon also very tender and full of flavor. But what makes the dinner stand out is the FRESH Oysters. Worth the trip. The staff seems rushed - but could be they are!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Nice pub but limited food selection. Went a couple of times until the served me a salad that was likely prepared in the morning and stored in cloth that was not overly clean- odor of cloth that had been humid for long time spoiled the salad. Not good!

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Plano, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We hang out here for a while. It was hot outside. Wat a nice bar in Georgetown. Love all the wood and the bartender. Upbeat. Good food and lot of draft beer that I liked. Wish they had more windows with tables. Love it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

A nice place to come for some very good American food, some beer and a wind down! I had the fried chicken with mashed potato and greens. It was delicious!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Good food and sizable portions but the waiter did not understand my allergy even though he said that he did and told me I was perfectly safe. When the appetizer arrived it contained something that I was allergic to and when I asked him about it he started arguing .... He was very nice in all other way and did... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

our son is renting in georgetown so we were looking for a good place that looked fun and popular for 5-6 people. this looked like the setting for cheers, dark woods and bar level tables with a tank of oysters on display. we were seating in the far back and the tables were not so nice. waitress was adequate. food... 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?