Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 90 | Show All Ratings:
4.66/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
For CBC week I wanted a place to hang out that was close to the hotel in G'town that had a decent beer selection. This is on M street and 1 1/2 blocks from my pass out bed.
Medium sized pizzaria on ground floor. Popular place; a bit crowded on entry--people waiting for seats seem to always block the doors. Was told the bar up stairs was smaller than the one downstairs...so I high tailed it downstairs to see what they had.
By bigger, she obviously meant selection. The room seats maybe 50. Lower ceilings, bar seats 10. But the selection was quite nice. While Churchkey may have the upper hand on selection, the more "intimate" atmosphere here offers quicker and better service. Nice selection of bottles...some Cantillons, one-offs and Hill Farmstead among others. Tap selection was quite good, too. Found some Prarie (OK), Oxbow and FFF.
Service at the bar was great (didn't utilize a server). A bit pricey for the bottles, but happy hour allows for 1/2 price drafts. Done and done.
Was really overly satisfied with this place, for location and selection, but service and timeliness were perks.
03-31-2013 16:32:18 | More by Mebuzzard
4.44/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $
This review is for the M street location. I happened to be in DC this week and saw that Paradiso was doing a Three Floyds/Elysian beer night. I used to get these beers in PA a long time ago. I was excited but worried it would be a shit show here. I arrived just after 9pm.
Pretty small spot. Low lights. 45 minute wait for a table for four for beers at 9pm. No problem for me. We put our name on a list. The girl who took our name was very nice. Polite and professional.
We walked to the bar and as we ordered beer two bar stools left so two of us stood and two sat. I took my name off the wait list. The bartender was really friendly and offered us great service. The FFF night I found out was going on at the downstairs bar. Our bartender had no issues getting us beer from downstairs. Zombie dust was kicked before we got there. Still managed to have three rounds of great beers with no issues. It was pretty quiet at the bar and not really crowded.
Tap selection was great for the FFF/Elysian event and there were 4 other taps at the upstairs bar. All I remember was Uinta Hop Notch was on tap. Many people drinking bottles. I did not look at the bottle list but did see FFF/ Blackheart among many others on display and in the cooler behind the bar. I did not see prices for these. I did see the bartender pour a few and they were poured in correct glassware and poured well.
No food was had but the pizza looked very good. I did look at the price and it was a bit expensive but it is DC.
The beers were all $6ea and most were 16oz except the back masking stout was a 12oz. Not sure why. I was expecting an $8 plus pint in DC and at this event.
I would stop by again if in the area. Very happy with the beer,service and the whole night.
03-31-2013 03:18:26 | More by Giantspace
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First time in Georgetown/DC area and I wasn't too wowed by the selection around there. Went to a few bottle shops near this place and it seemed like everywhere was just blown out of founders, bells, and floyds (lot of DFH and Flying Dog but all sixers). On the walk back to the hotel room, I literally walked into every bar on M st to check the selection( both sides of the street haha). After a bunch of strikeouts, I was getting hungry and swung through Pizzeria Paradiso, recommendation courtesy of BA. Sooo glad I did! They let me try Founders Porter on draft (phenomenal!) and gave me an excellent pairing for a pint of Flying Dog's Underdog Atlantic Lager. Very knowledgeable staff, great with the beer/pizza pairings (at least the guys seemed to be, the girl who ran our food out wasn't at all talkative which detracted from the overall experience). Little dark inside, but it was close to closing. Lot of college students too.
Definitely recommend a swing through for a pint to this sick little oasis if you find yourself in Georgetown!
03-28-2013 21:21:51 | More by Aufbrau505
3.75/5 rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I tried to get into Paradiso Dupont Circle once and it was mobbed. Fast-forward one year and I'm walking around Georgetown with my beautiful friend from Spain on a beautiful, sunny day. I remember the wife had stopped at Paradiso Georgetown, so I ask her for directions and there I go!
Place is clean, cozy, airy. But also a bit sterile and chain-y. Great for a quiet lunch, despite being busy. Alright service, a bit erratic and disorganized (maybe understaffed?) but fine.
I sat at the bar on the main floor, but there is another bar downstairs where I was told all the good taps are.
Great bottle list divided in styles, with a heckuva lot of sours, wild ales and lambics. A good amount of taps too, sixteen plus a cask, but no variety. Mostly IPA's. Maharaja, Mikkeller Single Hop (had the Palisade and loved it), Speakeasy Double Daddy, Lagunitas Lucky 13, Victory Hop Wallop, Illimites Simple Malt IPA from Quebec...
They serve flights ($9-$11) and I like that. Got one. Their pizza is good but not great. Not like Piece in Chicago. Didn't wow me, crust was a little too thick but ingredients were fresh and nice. My half-Italian friend said it was delicious. Pricey at $11.75 for a mini one-person pie.
I liked it OK here but wouldn't be in a hurry to come back. When in DC, there are other spots I like better.
10-05-2011 17:49:23 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.83/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I have been here a couple of times on trips to DC and enjoyed my visits each time. The bar is downstairs and is fairly cozy. There are also some tables. Only complaint is no wi-fi. Of the three locations, they always seem to have the best beer selections here, although that can be a toss-up with the P Street location (which is busier and noisier).
The 5-7 happy hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is not to be missed. Half price on draft beers and discounts on appetizers and pizzas, and the food is superb.
My last visit, just two days ago, I had Del Borgo Duchessa and Duchessic on tap and a De Dolle Boskeun. Also on draft: Stone 15th Anniversary
Del Ducato Nuova Mattina
North Coast Old Rasputin
Stone Pale Ale
Evil Twin Berfore, During and After Christmas
Brasserie Lefebvre Hopus
Long Trail Harvest Ale
Epic Straight Up Saison
Bell’s Two Hearted
Troegs Dead Reckoning
Dogfish Head Namaste.
Now that's pretty impressive, isn't it?
They keep pretty up to date with available beers on their website.
Will definitely be going to one of the locations for happy hour if my next trip to DC coincides.
09-16-2011 01:02:13 | More by Beerenauslese
4.1/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Fantastic beer selection. Lots of tourist, including myself. There are plenty of fantastic pairings from both menus. Cask ale is also available, like today's selection, which was a Oliver's Dry-hopped Ironman Ale.
Great beer menu, bigger than the food menu. It's about eight pages of different styles to choose from. I always appreciate a fine dining establishment that has a perfectly broken down beer menu with narratives for each style. Great stuff. Flights are also available.16 beers on tap, with a major portion of which is dedicated to Allagash, Mikkeller, and Unibroue.
Simple, pleasant italian based food menu, fire oven. Love it, reminds me of my restaurant visits in Italia. I will say that the service was not at the level I expected, my cask beer was served in a conical shaped pint glass and my stout was served in a bottle. I had to ask for me snifter glass. Weird. I guess I expected more from the service.
Otherwise, this is a great place for a date and perfectly located in the Georgetown area. Can't go wrong there.
08-14-2011 22:36:55 | More by ferrari29
4.7/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Excellent, excellent location for beer enthusiasts. And the pizza is outstanding, especially coming from the boring midwest.
The staff is very knowledgeable. We were there during JulIPA when every beer on tap was an IPA. It included two Mikellers, SN Southern Harvest, New Holland RyePA, 21st Amendment Back in Black, Two-Hearted, and many many more. And the bottle list is about 10 pages long. It's not cheap, but it's Georgetown! Generally, the 16oz pints are $5-6. When the bartender mistakenly poured only a 12 oz SN Southern Harvest for my wife, it was made up with generous apologies with about another 8 oz. Beer geeks are welcomed and respected! Several months ago when I visited here the bartender brought out some special barrel-aged beers for the hard-core enthusiasts to try, free of charge.
Tables are hard to come by even on a Monday or Tuesday night. But they are happy to let you go down into the beer dungeon for something yummy before they clear a table for you. The raised bench seats in front of the kitchen area are fun because you get to watch the pizza masters at their craft.
Get here early. Drink late.
07-08-2011 03:21:03 | More by etenbus
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
In terms of the Dupont vs. Georgetown location, pretty much everything is the same here, good pizza, great selections on tap, good service (the staff at Paradiso work at the other locations sometimes so they rotate). The bar though seems a little smaller than the P street location but not by much.
The biggest difference is that being in Georgetown, the place seems a little busier, and the most obvious thing is it is filled with tourists. It can be a little madning here, but the beer never fails.
04-09-2011 16:48:48 | More by smakawhat
4.78/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to Paradiso Dupont about 15 times in my time in the DMV area.
This place is absolutely amazing. Like it's sister, Paradiso in Dupont, I love this place. The atmosphere is great, but different. Make your way downstairs to what I affectionately call "The Beer Dungeon".
I always go there on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for their happy hour. Half price drafts and discounts on pizza. You will not find a single deal like that anywhere in the area, period.
The walk is a bit far (from either Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn), but it gives me a chance to work off the calories. The walk from Rosslyn gives you an absolutely great view up and down the Potomac. Many a times I have walked back and forth while it was snowing.
If you are going for HH, make sure to go early. It fills up quickly. HH is only in the downstairs area, fyi.
03-23-2011 17:47:42 | More by raveskdr
4.36/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited during DC beer sojourn 11.12.2010.
Located in the DuPont Circle neighborhood (there are several other DC area locations) Birreria Paradiso pairs two of my favorite things, quality pizza and beer. There is a 10-12 seat hardwood bar, and a number of tables for dining. The place quickly filled up on a Friday evening, and there was a considerable wait for a table by 630 pm.
While there wasn't a large number of taps, they were of relatively high quality. The 12 taps included Allagash Dubbel, Brewdog/Stone Basdah, Jolly Pumpkin La Purcella, and Founders Backwoods Bastard. Prices were on the high side, a little below average for DC, lower priced than ChurchKey. The help was very friendly and informative, he dealt with questions from beer newbies with pleasantness and a smile, offering up samples for the curious. There was also an excellent list of bottled beer, though priced a bit on the high side.
I really liked the atmosphere while it was a bit hectic the other customers were cool. We met a local couple who was curious about our beer geekdom and asked us the question, "What's your favorite beer city?", to which we both at separate times answered "Other than Portland?". While this ain't Beervana, brother, Birreria Paradiso, along with Kramer Books and the exquisite dive bar The Big Hunt, make DuPont Circle a must for the traveling BA. While I didn't have the pizza, it looked frickin delicious and I'll be share to have one next time. Highly recommended.
11-21-2010 18:29:51 | More by jdense
Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown in Washington, DC
96 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.