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“Lovely neighborhood restaurant”

DeCarlo's Restaurant
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Ranked #722 of 3,237 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
San Diego
Level 6 Contributor
234 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Lovely neighborhood restaurant”
Reviewed April 6, 2012

I had an enjoyable meal here, the service is attentive but not hovering, the food is good, but not spectacular. A mix of Italian and Mediterranean dishes are on the menu, with 4 to 5 daily specials that round out the mix. Decent and not overpriced wine list, with wines by the glass and half bottle.

  • Visited April 2012
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Bethesda
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Pasta OK, fish just terrible”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

Want to like this place so much. But I am consistently disappointed in the quality of the food. It's another restaurant that has been around, probably for over 50 years. But that's no excuse for mediocre food. It's not cheap either. It is quiet, and that's good for certain older folks.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank BarbaraEK
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Level 6 Contributor
287 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Better options close...”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

We had a team lunch of 9 people and needed time and privacy for a meeting. We called ahead of time to use the private room, but when we got there they had no record of our reservation. Even though no one else was using the room, they put us in a back corner.
I had reviewed the menu online. Unfortunately, that was an old menu. The salads and sandwiches are much different now. I ordered the calamari to share...it was crispy but tough. Not the delectable version of a Chef Geoffs right up the street. Then I had the shrimp in a salad. It was ok. Essentially canned baby shrimps covered in thousand island dressing with avocado and tomatoes and palm hearts. Most of the dessert menu was not available. So I ordered a hot tea but they forgot to bring the tea bags until asked several times.
There are several better options within the block, but I suppose that with a large group they couldn't have accommodated us over the lunch rush.

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Washington DC
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Reliable and Good”
Reviewed November 18, 2011

Have eaten here many times over the years and many of the other reviews sum it up well. This is good quality food, at reasonable prices, in a comfortable location, where you can have a consistently good meal and good conversation without yelling or people too close to you talking too loud (which seems to be seen as 'chic' in some places). The variety of the food is impressive as are the specials. All done well, not trendy, solid, appropriate portions, and an attentive old school staff. The clientele seems to be on the older side but that's the general ambience and that's just fine for us on some nights.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank dcmark74
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“An Old Reliable”
Reviewed November 3, 2011

DeCarlo's has been around Spring Valley (Northwest DC) for ages and ages, and there's a reason: prices are low and the Italian/American food is reliably pleasant. If you want a neighborhod restaurant where you can go and get a decent plate of pasta, a nice veal piccata, a seriously yummy lemon tart dessert (that would be the "Nonna" -- which means "grandmother" in Italian and apparently refers to the lady who originated this recipie), this is your place. The portions are sensibly sized, the recipies are on the whole not remarkable but reliable. The striking and outsize photos on the walls are said to be blow-ups of Italian DeCarlo family members -- be sure to check out their footwear, which in some cases is quite delightful. You'll find a large number of elderly people here, all nicely cared for by the staff, and you'll find a non-trivial number of Washington insiders as well -- we've seen Jim Leher of PBS, Don Graham of the Washington Post, and the occasional Supreme Court Justice. Time for Sunday-night supper, perhaps with Grandma? This is your place.

  • Visited November 2011
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1 Thank WashingtonTraveler21
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