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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 7
    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
A dinner with friends

Steve and Al had a taste for Italian. Cafe Paradiso was it. We were warmly greeted by staff and the owner on this magnificent evening in DC. We elected to eat inside since avenue traffic noise can be discomforting. There were just a few other guests dining and most were middle aged (as were we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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Maryland, USA
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Kansas City, Missouri
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96 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If your conference is at the Marriott Wardman, it's worth a walk down the hill to this authentic Italian restaurant. The food, drinks and desserts are excellent. This last visit would normally be rated down a little on service but it was Sally's second night behind the bar and he had to wait on me and fill all the drink... More 

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Maryland, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Steve and Al had a taste for Italian. Cafe Paradiso was it. We were warmly greeted by staff and the owner on this magnificent evening in DC. We elected to eat inside since avenue traffic noise can be discomforting. There were just a few other guests dining and most were middle aged (as were we) while just next door, the... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Four of us had dinner at the cafe on a Monday evening. Although the menu is limited we all found a meal we wanted. The waitress was very good with a great personality and desire to serve us. Her helpers (male) were rather humorless and I think have not smiled for awhile. We enjoyed our meals and desserts. The bill... More 

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Weston, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The owner of Cafe Paradiso is very accommodating. Twice I have come here and both times he has taken care of me nicely. There is a very good outdoor section for dining, and a quieter section indoors. Service is professional and crisp. The food is good with a nice assortment of pasta dishes to suit anyone. The price is also... More 

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Lecanto, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The food is good but a bit dumbed down. I sent the arugula salad back--old greens. But they cordially gave me potato leek soup instead. Not bad. Tortellini with spinach and cheese was the pasta of the day. Again, not bad. The house pinot nor is quite good--a cut above. half a carafe is $18. Service was pleasant and good.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

If you are trying to plan a party here, stop right now. The owner, Salim, will not work with you.. and heaven forbid you ask for alternate options ever. I was trying to plan a company event for 50 people, renting out the whole top floor. The whole experience from the beginning was highly unpleasant. Our initial phone call when... More 

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Derbyshire
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Ate here three days ago. Be warned! Slow service, warm white wine - tasteless food - broccoli that needed a steak knife to be cut - and a large price (80 for two of us). Try the nearby Lebanese restaurant much better value and good food.

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Nashville, TN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Went here on a Monday night with several coworkers, hoping for a great meal. Unfortunately the service was slow and our waiter changed twice during the meal. While the appetizers were great, when it came time to order dinner and drinks, they were out of nearly every dish we tried to order between the three of us, including several wines.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Can eat inside or out, plenty of waitstaff and food is a little above average as is the prices. Limited wine list, mostly cheaper wines. I ordered the mushroom soup, tasted good but cool, so was my wives mushroom dish. We informed the staff and the Main courses were hot and very good. The veal dish was good as well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyable dinner, food very good but not fantastic, prices about $60/person for app/dinner/dessert. Comfortable atmosphere but not fancy or impressive. Service very good. I would definitely recommend this place for dinner. It is not amazing but it is very solid in every aspect, would go again.

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Additional Information about Cafe Paradiso

Address: 2649 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-1522
Phone Number: 202-265-8955
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Italian

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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?