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Ristorante La Perla

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Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
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2600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Ste 101, Washington DC, DC 20037 (26th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
+1 202-333-1767
11:00 - 23:00
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dining at La Perla takes you back to a time when restaurants were quiet, elegant and let the food speak for itself. La Perla's dining room is spacious, tables are not crowded one on top of the other. Large windows overlook Pennsylvania Avenue and the western edge of Rock Creek Park. The menu is extensive and features traditional Italian cuisine... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner before a Saturday night opera at Kennedy center. We found free street parking right outside the restaurant so we didn't use their valet service but the sign said $6. We were the first in the restaurant at 5 so reservations didn't seem necessary. We had the seafood antipasto which was very good. It is definitely large enough... More 

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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an exceptional upscale Italian restaurant in Georgetown. We were visiting DC during the week of Valentine's day and made reservations at Le Perla. The restaurant was over 3/4 full but not noisy; we easily had a nice conversation while eating. The service was attentive, not hovering, and we did not feel rushed. The food was excellent as we... More 

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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for an early lunch. Great atmosphere and attention by the staff. Branzino for one, shrimp and scallops for the other. Cooked perfectly, great flavor and presentation. Salads were good too. No time for desert, but they looked fabulous. The pictures on the wall attest to the storied history of La Perla. Definitely worth a visit.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

What an elegant Italian dinner! From the greeting at the door, every moment is a delight and every morsel to be savored! We enjoy going to dinner before shows at The Kennedy Center (very simple drive) plus they offer $6 valet parking so no need to do laps in the GW district!

Thank kmkayton
Newark, New Jersey
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The ambience and food are spectacular. Very fancy -- most people wear jackets. Pasta dishes -- even main courses -- are small. But the food is excellent

Thank Gman248
Gillette, Wyoming
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Host gave us a cool reception and delayed in seating us as it's a quasi formal setting and we weren't really dressed up, but looked nice-not in jeans, etc. Only a few tables were seated- 5:30pm on a Sunday. Waiter was polite. Food was unusual varied Italian. We enjoyed the scallops, but the boar dish was oddly sauced. Chianti selection... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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104 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

I was impressed by the ambience of the restaurant and setting. The service was very attentive and professional. The food was good but lacking a bit lacking a “wow factor”. The wine selection was good and the server seemed to be quite knowledgeable about the available choice and advise us accordingly.

Thank PrincePolo
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Happened upon this restaurant, during a cold walk in the rain on a Saturday night. The beautiful ambiance was a welcomed relief! The lighting was cozy and the tables nicely spaced for privacy. Would be great for a romantic evening. I chose simple spaghetti and meatballs. The sauce and spaghetti were delicious, but I was not impressed with the meatballs... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I always love going to La Perla. I have never had anything but a great dining experience. ChefTesta and his staff have consistently performed. Food is wonderful as is the service. I think it is terrific that the chef will come out into the dining room and greet and talk with all the diners. It is such a personal experience.... More 

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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
USD 15 - USD 75
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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 Avenue, Ste 101, Washington DC, DC 20037
    (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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