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Cafe Paradiso

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2649 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-1522 (Woodley Road)
Across the street from Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan metro stop (RED LINE)
202-265-8955
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nothing special- very noisy if seated indoors

We had dinner Sunday night. It was recommended by the Marriott hotel we were staying uphill. We were seated indoors due to weather. It was extremely noisy- had to lean forward to carry out conversation. I had the special fresh clams linguine in tomato sauce, and brocollini as a side dish. The... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
paulferny
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We had dinner Sunday night. It was recommended by the Marriott hotel we were staying uphill. We were seated indoors due to weather. It was extremely noisy- had to lean forward to carry out conversation. I had the special fresh clams linguine in tomato sauce, and brocollini as a side dish. The linguini was okay. There were about 10 clams... More 

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Very disappointing dining experience from start to finish. Decor and setting is average. When I asked for wine by the glass, I was offered 4 different varietals and I had to ask for their names. Poured the wine in the back, so not sure what I got. Soup of the day was potato leek- bland would be the best description.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

My first visit and I have to say WOW...a magnifico lunch @ Cafe Paradiso (paradeezo)!!! Wonderful contemporary euro ambiance (killer music, tables presented very nicely...olive oil and balsamico bottles perfectly full, kool leather place mats). Excellent service by Erwin, my friendly waiter (perfectly attentive), and my minestroni and eggplant panini (the goat cheese was wicked, great rosemary focaccia) were delicious... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We had a conference at the nearby Omni hotel and wanted a nice quiet dinner for a party of six during a week of very cold and snowy weather. We stopped by without a reservation and the restaurant staff was terrific, the food was exceptional and it was a lovely dinner all around -- I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Ate with a group, service was good. Caesar salad was heavy on the anchovy. I had scallops and they were perfect. Tiramisu was delicious and bar was good.

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New Haven
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Try the Arugula Salad and the Mushroom Brushed Bruschetta. The service was a little so-so, but this was a perfectly nice place to meet for a meal and to get away from large crowds and the conference hotel nearby.

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ypsilanti
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239 reviews 239 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

First the good: Sleek decor. The steamed mussels were small and succulent as they should be. Desserts (ice creams and cake) were fun and large. Now the bad: the pastas (linguini and rigatoni) were BOTH overdone, tough, and clumped together. An Italian restaurant that can't do a decent pasta has problems!

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Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We were looking for a low-key place with good food and found just the place! The attentive service and quiet atmosphere made for a great night out with colleagues. The wine selection is nice with affordable options. I loved the white bean soup and vegetarian lasagna. My colleagues loved the their selections of veal and seafood risotto. It's not the... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I have a yearly conference, so I tried this again. It was good but not great. I found some better and may or may not return.

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San Diego, California
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259 reviews 259 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I ate there last night, and it was excellent. My wife and I shared a Caesar's salad, which was very good. We then both had a chicken with pasta dish that was the best I have ever had. The prices are more than reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2649 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-1522
    (Woodley Road)
  • Public Transportation: Across the street from Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan metro stop (RED LINE)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
  • Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
  • Phone Number: 202-265-8955

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?