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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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“oysters” (64 reviews)
“ribs” (30 reviews)
“soft pretzels” (11 reviews)
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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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1 - 10 of 503 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a reservation ahead of time and our table was ready even though we arrived a little early. Staff was friendly and gave great recommendations. Fun atmosphere, excellent food, and they surprised my husband with a giant ice cream sundae with a candle in...More

Thank travelingcircus214
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited J Paul’s on a fairly quiet evening, it was busy but plenty of empty tables. Our server was pleasant, but didn’t engage at all, and for a relatively high end restaurant (my cocktail cost $16) it was disappointing. Our main issue was as...More

Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

Sever needs a serious training. My burger was good but because of the incompetent service, I will not return.

Thank James11111S
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Went to dinner with another family. Food was ok. Had a few younger kids but no kids menus provided till we asked. We got the fish and chip, pretty heavy batter so not the best. Kids menus are limited but fine for kids — chicken...More

Thank tcgje
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had lunch at J Paul’s during a recent visit back to DC (I lived in Georgetown in the 90’s), and I was looking forward to having her experience one of my favorite restaurants. To be honest I was quite disappointed. The...More

Thank David K
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Located right in the heart of Georgetown, this historic gem offers great oysters at happy hour from 4-7. The food is American and a little pricey, but great to sit by the window and people watch...

Thank MauiScott1000
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

He have chosen J Paul’s after my wife saw a news reports that chancellor Angela Merkel had lunch here before she met with President Donald Trump. We had the Mahi Mahi Tacos, a burger and the scallops. Incredible tasteful. I can also recommend the oysters....More

Thank Raphael B
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

We were staying in Georgetown so it seemed like the place to go. The atmosphere was good and service was attentive. They made a mistake with out order, but quickly fixed it. The food was mediocre, we had burgers and a sandwich. The wings were...More

Thank Alexa P
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for a quick bite to eat and ending up staying most of the day. The honey old bay wings were delicious. We also enjoyed the homemade sangria!! Hand cut fruit pieces we a great touch. This was a great Georgetown find!

1  Thank cddayo
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Prompt pleasant service, Steak and eggs and pasta dishes both well cooked and presented. Reasonable prices

Thank hugovert
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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, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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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