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J Paul's

) #157 of 2,579 Restaurants in Washington DC $$ - $$$ American, , Seafood
3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615
+1 202-333-3450
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good38%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“burger” (31 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate there on a Saturday night with reservations. Limited beer selection for a bar and grill. Only one IPA available. Lame. Started with the crab soup. Just a few strings of crab meat thrown into a Progressive tomato soup can. Sad. Daughter with a $16...More

Thank br649
Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a sour smell of beer when you walk in which was unappealing and gave the impression of a tired, unclean restaurant. Excellent service but the food was average. Large portions but not great taste. Time for a revamp of this long standing institution.

Thank Kathleen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for lunch with a client and the service and food was amazing, our server name was Matthew and he was amazing we could have not got a better server.

Thank BabyGirl222
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in here for a couple beers on a Saturday afternoon while waiting for a dinner reservation down the street. Was taken very good care of by a man named Steve S at the bar. Beers were ice cold, and there is no waiting for...More

Thank Joe P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Especially enjoyed the atmosphere, historic touch. Service was good. Food was good. Recommend fish tacos or Reuben sandwich. Crab-cake was just ok, but I'm picky when it comes to a good crab-cake. Good choice for lunch if you're in Georgetown.

Thank Nancy L
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Best part about J. Paul's is the location. This isn't a dig at the food - that's great too - but a table next to the open window on a sunny G-town day is tough to beat, experience-wise. Burgers are great, beer is cold and...More

Thank LCTsays
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Food was fine. Nothing great. Service was good. They were out of ice cream so we did not want dessert which was very disappointing.

Thank KimCarlKids
Reviewed 16 June 2017

A very nice place to enjoy a quick evening with drinks and music. A fair selection of starters. Not too much though, especially for vegetarians. Friendly service but can be quicker than it was.

Thank amar1204
JPauls G, General Manager at J Paul's, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2017

Thank you so much for your review. We've recognized the increase in vegetarian demands and have adjusted. Be sure to check us out with our upcoming menu change for more vegetarian/ vegan fairs. We look forward to your return! J.Paul's

Reviewed 12 June 2017

Went with a group of 10 on a Saturday evening (graduation weekend in Washington). Food was OK, nothing bad, but nothing superlative either - just sort of run of the mill. Service was adequate. A couple of folks in our group ordered and tried the...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

This is a bar come dining room type restaurant. We sat by an open window at the front, which was lovely! They have a full drinks selection and comprehensive menu. As I watched a man shuck oysters, I just had to try some. It was...More

Thank Earhart A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$45
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 03:00
10:00 - 03:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Georgetown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-333-3450
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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