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J Paul's

3218 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-3615
+1 202-333-3450
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good39%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (62 reviews)
“ribs” (24 reviews)
“crab soup” (7 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 24 September 2017

This is a busy, atmospheric restaurant in the heart of Georgetown offering great food at decent prices. Each time we visited recently the place was busy from early evening though we got seated without any problems. There is a good menu of main dishes, salads...More

Thank Silver70s
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We were seated in the open air window at the front of this Georgetown restaurant, watching people stroll by (and a fat, city rat that frightened a young woman into shrill screaming as it raced by outside our window--it's DC, you get used to it!)...More

Thank DiAnna_7545
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Wonderful service and amazing food. My husband had the jpauls combo with crab cakes and ribs and I had the garden salad with chicken and bacon. We also shared the mac and cheese bites and the Brussel sprouts. The brussel sprouts were the best I...More

Thank heather3130
Reviewed 22 August 2017

- wonderful atmosphere - food choices are somewhat limited, but can'tgo wrong with anything on the menu - service was good, not great - lighting could be better, had to use iPhone flashlight to read the menu

Thank VC397
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

I was here with a few friends and thought it was a cool looking place, being that it's over 100 yrs old. It looks it, but in a good way. The food was typical bar food for the most part, but it was good. They...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 20 August 2017

I had been told to come to Georgetown for ribs during a one night stop over, so I decided to visit this place on my own and had ribs and beer at the bar as that didn't require a reservation. I loved the atmosphere and...More

Thank nickvn
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Great atmosphere in this place. We'd planned only to go in here for a drink when it started pouring. We ended up having drinks and appetizers. Service with a smile and a sense of humor!

Thank Honky_Richard
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I had been here years ago and was in between meetings in Georgetown. I popped in and sat at the bar. Great fast service. My summer rolls came out quickly and were good. Bar tender was very attentive (but I was half of his customer...More

Thank Hamish D
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Was here for dinner after business meeting!! Food was fantastic, service was great! They handled a part of 16 like champs! Highly recommend!

Thank mattandhelena
Reviewed 18 July 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$45
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 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.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
10:30 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
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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