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J Paul's

3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615
+1 202-333-3450
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good40%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mixed feelings about tonight's dinner. We went to the iconic J Paul's in Georgetown. They have photo on the wall of someone who looks like J Paul Getty, but that could be a cheeky joke. When we got there, the noise levels were deafening. The...More

Thank 588Bunny22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

J Paul's is a solid, Georgetown mainstay, with a great pub/saloon vibe, a beautiful 100+ year old bar (from the Chicago Stockyards), and good food. The waitstaff is always attentive, even with my recent party of 8 on a crowded Georgetown University graduation weekend. Standouts...More

Thank C5521MNdanielc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch there on a Saturday afternoon. Amiable atmosphere with a menu that offered many choices. Service was good and the food was tasty. Pricey, but not for Georgetown.

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped by this restaurant which had a casual vibe and open windows . The menu offers casual fare as well as dinners. We both opted for the. Chicken Caesar which was large and provided the meal we wanted. The service was quick and they also...More

Thank Bunhead2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited J Paul's this past Saturday after spending some time walking Georgetown shops. Used to come here when I was younger for pub grub. It's still pretty much the same. Bartender was nice. Beer selection could be better. Crab dip was a tasty snack....More

Thank Neil D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday evening staff cleaning up around us while we were trying to eat dinner. Dinner was cold nachos made with “cheese wiz” and salad with dried up chicken breast. Bartenders were engaging with good stories.

Thank Heidi W
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We ordered the salmon and seafood pasta. Simple delicious. J Paul’s has a great wine list and good selection of beer. The staff service is satisfactory. Just average. Told the server it was our first visit no great response. I’ll come back for the food.

Thank lisapF1459DM
Reviewed 17 April 2018

Here's a list of problems befalling J. Paul's. First, my guests and I could barely fit in the booths; so tight they were, even though the three of us are physically thin. Second, during lunch we had 4 or 5 different servers, all of whom...More

Thank CountyGent
Reviewed 17 April 2018

After finding our own place to sit perhaps two feet from the bar I had to get up and practically make our drinks to get someone to take an order. Never approached by any of the staff so we didn't stick around for anything more...More

Thank Zach S
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We were walking along M Street looking for a place to eat. The menu hanging outside the front door looked good and we decided to eat here. The restaurant has a pub feel to it. We asked to be seated in the elevated back section...More

Thank GerryBaron06
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 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
  • Neighbourhood: Georgetown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-333-3450
  • E-mail
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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