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Ristorante La Perla

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Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
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2600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Ste 101, Washington DC, DC 20037-1609 (26th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
+1 202-333-1767
11:00 - 23:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 16:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:30
Sat 16:00 - 23:30
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Asuncion, Paraguay
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love the quality meals served here, the ravioli and lasagna are a must, and the portions are small, but that leaves space for wonderful dessert and coffee!

Thank DanteMR
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for authentic Italian, this is the place, having just returned from Italy, I knew I needed to go back and review La Perla, for it became our top standard for judging the restaurants of Venice, Florence and Cinque Terre! Their homemade fresh past is unbeatable. The service is attentive and helpful, and the Chef actually came... More 

Thank JSFull
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here with friends a couple of times. Will say that the spaghetti and meatballs and the veal parmigiana were cooked to perfection. As was the calamari, so lite and not chewy at all. The calamari was the hit of the meal. Unfortunately, I strayed from my usual and had the Gnocchi. It was tough and very dry. The... More 

Thank JaniceKosta
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our part of three enjoyed our pasta entrees of lobster ravioli, a seafood lasagna and veal. The prices for the quality of food is reasonable except the appetizers are crazy expensive. My husband had smoked salmon which was definitely overpriced at $22 as the portion was not large enough for sharing. The Caesar salad and Minestrone soup were good normally... More 

Thank debofCT
Rottach-Egern, Germany
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77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Strategically located on the interface of West End and Georgetown, near metro and e street expressway Classic continental cuisine with an Provence influence Extensive bar and wine list One of the places to be seen and to people watch in DC Front and back of the house well coordinated Been a go to place in DC fir decades Memorable moments... More 

Thank RMJ11
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Italian restaurant. My wife needed to carbo load before the Marine Corps Marathon, and the choices and food were excellent. We will be back next year when she runs again.

Thank r00per
Darien, Connecticut
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87 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We had dinner with friends one evening late Oct. This was a lovely , quiet restaurant with good food. Especially liked the soup and salads and the desert. Good Italian food.

Thank Sherry F
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Lovely, beautiful atmosphere, excellent food. Both my husband and I are vegetarians but the different salads and pastas we decided upon, were very well prepared, and served with old European elegance. Good wine selection, and the double espresso after dinner was the best we have had for a long time. We definitely shall go back now Washington DC is one... More 

Thank BrigittevonBulow
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223 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Due to a series of errors, we ended up here for dinner and it was a lucky result. I had gnocchi and my husband had the al presidente (parpadelle with seafood). Portions are very controlled. Very flavorful. We will be back for the homemade pasta which seems to be hard to find.

Thank Urbanfarmgrl
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a dinner on a friends recommendation. Had the fish special and a salad. Fresh, well prepared,excellent! I'll be back.

Thank gregg m

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$75
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Ste 101, Washington DC, DC 20037-1609
    (26th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
  • Public Transportation: We are located within a walking distance from the Foggy-Bottom Metro Station which is serviced by the Blue and Orange Lines.
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
  • Neighbourhood: Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
  • Phone Number: +1 202-333-1767
The restaurant of choice of many distinguished diners and restaurant critics, Ristorante La Perla of Washington, located near Georgetown at the tail-end of the historic Pennsylvania Avenue, takes its diners on a culinary journey through Italy with elegant decor surpassed only by authentic mouth-watering Italian masterpiece cuisine. During Lunch and Dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while prime meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables roast to treat diners to a little bit of heaven, with a long lasting memory for your taste buds, thanks to the vision of famous chef Vittorio Testa, who has kept alive the Italian culinary tradition for over three decades. Chef-Owner Vittorio Testa will make you feel like you're dining in his house. The waiters exceed expectations, and the space is garnished with painted tiles and Venetian glass to make every dining occasion a memorable one. There's also Private dining and Outdoor seating when the weather permits.

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