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J Paul's

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary
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3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615 (Wisconsin Ave.)
(202) 333-3450
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 am
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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130 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The place is always busy, but you can still get a table or spot by the bar with plenty of TVs. Good American fare. I like the quarter pound of cold shrimp for starters. Good portions on menu, but a touch pricey. Good service.

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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Nice atmosphere, fast and friendly service. Good choice of beers and wines and the food was quite good too. Can recommend it to fellow travelers.

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Is this a sports bar that serves food or is this a restaurant that just happens to have too many television screens that all need to make terrible noise? It is now a week ago that we visited J Paul's and I still do not know the answer. In any case, if you want a civilized table conversation accompanied by... More 

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West Hills, California
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

While this restaurant was recommended by a local, we were somewhat disappointed overall. While the small corn muffins vs basket of bread or rolls were good, the actual food was rather plain. While this could be a function of what we ordered, there seemed to be a somewhat let down feeling when we all left.

Thank DJ3636
JPauls G, Manager at J Paul's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your reply. Feedback and recommendations from our guests are always welcome and a part of what makes our restaurant successful. Please let us know the next time you are in JPauls so we are able to discuss your previous visit as well as make sure this visit you leave with your bellies... More 

Perth, Australia
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Walking down M Street in Georgetown what caught our eye was a window with heaps of oysters and shrimps on display. The building had great character and we went in to check it out. It looked great. We had already eaten so we booked for the following night. We were not disappointed. The menu was very good and we homed... More 

Thank peterR4259PD
JPauls G, Manager at J Paul's, responded to this review

So great to hear that we appeal to the eyes and taste buds. We take pride in providing our guests with the freshest of Seafood including the Oysters which is straight from the Bay to your table in 24-48 hours. Also for our oyster lovers we have 1/2 price Raw Bar on Wednesdays as well as Oyster specials Mon-Fri 2-7pm.... More 

Issaquah, Washington
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Husband and I went to J Pauls after reading all the good reviews. The atmosphere was your typical loud bar setting. I ordered the turkey sandwich with cheddar on sourdough. I requested no tomatoes and regular mayo instead of garlic mayo. It came out lukewarm with tomatoes and without any mayo at all. My husband was finally able to get... More 

Thank Jen N
JPauls G, Manager at J Paul's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We truly apologize that your experience was not what you were expecting. We take pride in our Service and our Food Items and are very disappointed that we did not meet your expectations. Please allow us to prove to you that your visit is not what JPauls represents and... More 

Princeton, NJ, USA
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Terrible place. The Caesar salad was smaller than a child's portion, the crab was barely warm and had that just-from-the- can taste, and rhe Cobb Salad hold the onions was lousy with onions. I complained to the waiter about the Caesar and was admonished for not having ordered it with chicken. Tourist trap. Avoid.

Thank richcpl
JPauls G, Manager at J Paul's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Good or bad, all feedback is welcome and we appreciate hearing from you so we can improve on topics that need improving. We did have a discussion regarding the size of the Caesar and the Chef is looking into make the proportions bigger. All of our Seafood is fresh... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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54 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

I came there on Friday evening ( happy hours ends at 7 pm ) and ordered (1) Flying Dog Raging Ale and (1) Spaten Lager Beer . The Spaten is a big beer equivalent to 2 beers and fun to drink. Ordered the Crab Dip and told the Bartender that I do not want the tortilla chips , instead i... More 

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JPauls G, Manager at J Paul's, responded to this review

Hi there. Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately our Happy Hour does end at 7pm however we did extend it from 4-7 to 2-7 Mon-Fri to give more guests an opportunity to have the same great beer at a lower cost for a longer period of time. Management has also spoken to the Chef in regards to the Crab Dip... More 

Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Enjoyed a lovely relaxing lunch at J Paul's on our last day in DC. We started with a bottle of champagne and we were pleasantly surprised by the price. The crab dip was amazing! The highlight of our time at J Paul's was definitely a server Richard. He was very attentive and did an excellent job. A great atmosphere and... More 

Thank 416Marie2014
JPauls G, Manager at J Paul's, responded to this review

So exciting to hear that your experience at JPauls was a great one. The JPauls family takes pride in making sure that every guest that walks through the door leaves with their bellies full and with smiles on their faces, and its great to hear that Richard does live up to those level of expectations. Thank you so much for... More 

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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Good food at reasonable prices. Small but you do not feel crowded. Can be busy at times but worth the wait

Thank Cathy Q
JPauls G, Manager at J Paul's, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Credit goes to the Chef for making sure our food is fresh daily and to our servers who make sure you have a great time while enjoying your meal. Please be sure to let management know the next time you visit JPAULS so we are able to personally thank... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $45
American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 3:00 am
10:00 am - 3:00 am
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
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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