Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown

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Pizzeria Paradiso - GeorgetownPizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown

109 Ratings
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3282 M St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20007-3624
United States
phone: (202) 337-1245

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @eatyourpizza

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(Place added by: thorcheston on 01-27-2006)
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Reviews by slander:
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

SAVOR in six hours and counting, we've already checked out of hotel A and checked into hotel B. Phil's going to hit some of the salon sessions and I'm going to head over to my adopted parent's place off Lincoln park, maybe grab a beer with Schnickel Fritz Mike & Dicke Frau Davida, but first we're going to get our lunch on. I remember remembering Paradiso from last year's post event wanderings; you'd never know there was a serious beer scene hiding there. An unassuming pizza place on the strip maybe, but walk to the rear, and down the rabbit hole...

Seemingly, a pizza shop like other pizza shops; about 2 dozen tables seating through 2 rooms and a small bar with 4 taps just inside the door. But spy the secret staircase down to the basement bar, well played. Small tight room and a half with a 13 stool "L" shaped stone based copper topped bar under the stairs. 2 coolers of bottles behind the bar over a brick wall, glassware on the counter there and more cooler space below. Some portions of the barback plastered with stickers, labels and light signage. Yellow painted walls throughout mostly, with bits of brick over stone block. Tile floors, slat wood ceiling over the bar with sunken spots, and the adjacent seating area, wood rafters overhead with tap handles sticking out of them and mounted Bali mason jaresque lamps. The walls done with a few De Dolle posters framed, light brewery prints & mirrors, and a length of the crown molding holding a dozen tap handles extending out, plus a few black & white vat photos and a great framed DC newspaper weekend section piece showing bar manager Greg's face over the tap handles. A dozen + tables, mostly 2 seaters, a single hightop, and a pair of cushy chairs around a coffee table up front a small fireplace, cherubs to both sides and pizza pieces on the mantle above. A funny cart of sorts sits in the middle of the room housing stacked wood, seemingly dangerous there.

They sent us a little bowl of mixed olives for starters and I was going to try one for the second time in my life. I asked Phil which one I should have and he could/would offer no help opinion anything whatsoever, so I didn't try an olive for the second time in my life. See how he keeps me down. Looking over the menu of salads (no), Panini (maybe) and pizza (yes), I opted to make my own pie but not really. What I did was to come up with the specific toppings and then told the guy and he had someone else make it for me but the artistic expression of garlic, pine nuts and pepperoni was my own, and could I have that very well done, please, thank you. The pizza was excellent, great dough, fresh ingredients, and I'm glad I only ordered the 8" as it was more than enough.

16 taps in all; 12 on the tower on the bar here and the other 4 are served from upstairs. A good mix of a handful of Belgians (De Dolle Dulle Teve, Saison Dupont, Witkap Double), and micros across the mid-Atlantic & New England regions (Duck Rabbit Porter, Clipper City Loose Cannon IPA, DogFishHead Burton Baton, Stoudts APA, Southampton Double White, Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout, Ommegang Rouge, Allagash Confluence), and not (New Holland Full Circle Kolsch, Great Divide Belgica, Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale, Avery Ellie's Brown, Stone Levitation), and a single cask beer on (Flying Dog Dry Hopped Gonzo). Yes, I'm drinking the Allagash Confluence laughingly (which by the way, does not suck), and a second beer now, it's going to be the Omme Rouge, because because.

And then there's that bottle list, broken out by style holding just shy of 200 bottles, more than ½ of them Belgian and Belgian style. They've got all the goods. I mean, a nice 'lil collection of lambics, fruit & gueuzes geeses; nearly a dozen and a half of them (Fonteinen, Cantillon, Hanssens, Oud Beersel, St Louis, and Lindemans Cuvee Renee). A very serious beer list. Now, I've read where some people have been complaining about the prices here, but in my only opinion that matters, most things are reasonably priced. From the $35 Cantillon St. Lamvinus to the $9 lovely Orval, right where she should be.

Greg just came by and spotted me scribblin' my little serial killer print, subtle I'm not. Guessed we were in town for SAVOR, and got talking a bit. He's good shit and knows his game, he left and returned with a Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA in hand. Nice! You know, we should talk to someone about keeping him on full time. Then he busted out an Orval to split just as we were looking to go; don't wanna be disrespectful and whatnot (to him or lovely Orval), so we stayed.

A better than good beer scene, and really damn kickin' pizza. Go see when in DC.

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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.

Photo of Giantspace
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 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.

EDIT...stopped here again March 2014. we ate and drank. Pizza was great. The dough is really good. Table service was really good. We did wait almost an hour for a four top at around 7pm on a Friday. Beer was a bit more money this time. Four of us ate and had 6 beers total and the check was just under $100 before tip.

Photo of Aufbrau505
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!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
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
Stoudt’s Heifer-in-Wheat
Rogue Smoke
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.

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Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown in Washington, DC
96 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.