Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 180
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
4.71/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Atmosphere: A fairly small place, a bit tight but nice. Low lighting, booths and a small bar.
Quality: Everything was on target.
Service: Fun waiter made us feel welcome even coming in close to closing. Very laid back, offered samples of anything we wanted to taste.
Selection: Tons of bottles, and an interesting 12 tap selection, a mix of American and other beers.
Food: Great pizza.
02-22-2014 15:50:54 | More by HardTarget
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited multiple times, always during lunch or late afternoon, with the latest being the one upon which this review is primarily based.
Overall a great place to drink beer, talk, work, eat. AVOID the front area in the afternoon as the sun shining in through the window is either very hot (summer) or just blinding (year round).
A - Great atmosphere for eating, talking, drinking casually, even "doing work." I quite often have a long lunch and read my journal articles. Clean, open, bright but not too much, can be a bit crowded table wise. Could definitely use a bigger bar. - 4.5
Q - Kegs rotate constantly. Not so sure about the bottles. They serve the beer in the appropriate glasses. - 4.25
Ser - Good service. A bar order can sometimes be a bit slow to the table. Appropriately attentive. - 4
Sel - The tap list is hit or miss. Go online either at their website or Beer Menus to get the latest - but not always up to date. Typically some good stuff on tap with the selection sometimes being over the top outstanding - just depends. Bottle list is extensive, but I ding them her for not having the Stone - Lucky Bastard when I ordered it (but still on the menu). - 4
F - Excellent food. The salads and pizzas are great. Somewhat limited menu. Though not advertised on the menu, ask for meat (look at the pizza menu) on your salad (if that is something you would like). - 4.5
V - $$$ - Food, but especially bottle beer ,can be a bit over the top price wise. Best value is on tap beer (duh!)
12-27-2013 20:05:56 | More by Sludgeman
4.14/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
I visited this place on a recent trip to Washington. Good location which is quite central to most attraction in Washington. The food is great and made with soem very fresh ingredinets. The beer selection is quite extensive with great find on tap with great sampler tray which allows trying quite few beers from their huge selection. Service was great and patio is very enjoyable during those hot summer days. A must-stop if in DC.
05-31-2013 02:20:07 | More by Phyl21ca
District of Columbia
4.29/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I think if people were to ask me: "What is your favorite place in terms of atmosphere and convienience in the DC area to grab a beer?", I'd pick this place and this specific location.
Atmosphere: Once you exit the Metro at DuPont, head left, or if you come out on the other end, walk straight ahead, hit Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquor, then head back to the circle, then right. Have I confused you yet?
Quality and Service: Service is always good. Don't worry about that. Quality: High quality establishment in terms of beer and food, that's why they're still in business.
Selection: Great beer selection! Also, they've been known to host "out of the market" beer events. For instance, they hosted an impromptu FFF dinner with Vanilla Bean Dark Lord as the featured attraction. Need I state more?
Food: The pizza is good, but not as good as Comet Ping Pong, Fireworks, and many others in the area. However, it's definitely serviceable.
Value: This is DC, and since it is such, plan to pay a bit more. Still, this is on-par with the area.
03-27-2013 04:35:32 | More by Chaney
4.23/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
After hearing good things about this place, once my meetings in the Dupont Circle area ended I headed over for a pint or two. Very neat and clean exterior, and it continues inside. Bright from all the windows, old rustic brick, and loads of light colored wood make this place feel comfortable. Open kitchen in the back, and there was an outdoor seating area.
The bar is small as it can seat about 10. There is a beer list on the wall and on menus. There are about 5 well stocked refridgerators behind the bar allowing you to see all the selections too. There were 12 drafts covering many styles. Anchor Bock, La Chouffe, Hitachino Red Rice Ale, Rabid Duck, Mahajara, Breckenridge 471 IPA, and Stillwater Debutante names a few. The beers were fresh that I had.
Service was prompt and knowledgable. Price were a bit pricey but not overly so for the area. Since i had lunch a bit earlier I was not hungry, but the pizzas did look very good. Overall this was a very pleasant experience.
04-22-2012 14:29:15 | More by Gavage
4/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A little different from the Georgetown one in that no basement and they are able to sit you outside (and to honest, not any drunk college kids in a basement, so to speak). Damn good bottle list and a revolving tap list that should please even the most ardent beer drinkers and barfly reviewers here. Servers aren't the greatest w/ beer knowledgeable but it is passable but who can complain when they are nice, quick and don't screw up a complicated order. In fact the only complaint you'll get out of me is on food - being a pizza snob as well and having had pizzas from near and afar, I find the pizzas here good but not great and a little expensive for what you get. But that's neither here nor there - enjoy a few brews and a slice or two outside while you can and you won't go wrong.
10-17-2011 14:30:22 | More by clayrock81
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A cool artisan pizza place with an impressive bottle list (and tap list). I was surprised at the variety from such a small restaurant. The bar seats probably less than a dozen, but we found three stools and plopped down after a visit to both RFD and Churchkey. It was the perfect relaxed bar, though the restaurant portion was still hopping around 9, but slowly dwindling. We had a round and chatted with the bartender about all things beer for a good hour, listening to his pleads for Deschutes mostly ;)
The prices were reasonable and the service was obviously knowledgeable and attentive.
While their selection isn't as broad as Churchkey or RFD, I'd recommend it before RFD anyday (but churchkey still rocks hardest).
Haven't tried the pizza. We ended up going across the street to a basement pizzaria for a big greasy slice.
09-01-2011 14:51:39 | More by SurlyDuff
4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited during DC beer sojourn 11.12.2010.
Located in the DuPont Circle neighborhood (there are several other DC area locations) Pizzeria Paradiso pairs two of my favorite things, quality pizza and beer. There is a 10-12 seat hardwood bar, and a number of tables for dining. The place quickly filled up on a Friday evening, and there was a considerable wait for a table by 630 pm.
While there wasn't a large number of taps, they were of relatively high quality. The 12 taps included Allagash Dubbel, Brewdog/Stone Basdah, Jolly Pumpkin La Purcella, and Founders Backwoods Bastard. Prices were on the high side, a little below average for DC, lower priced than ChurchKey. The help was very friendly and informative, he dealt with questions from beer newbies with pleasantness and a smile, offering up samples for the curious. There was also an excellent list of bottled beer, though priced a bit on the high side.
I really liked the atmosphere while it was a bit hectic the other customers were cool. We met a local couple who was curious about our beer geekdom and asked us the question, "What's your favorite beer city?", to which we both at separate times answered "Other than Portland?". While this ain't Beervana, brother, Pizzeria Paradiso, along with Kramer Books and the exquisite dive bar The Big Hunt, make DuPont Circle a must for the traveling BA. While I didn't have the pizza, it looked frickin delicious and I'll be share to have one next time. Highly recommended.
07-09-2011 14:57:36 | More by jdense
4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My final destination - just off of the Dupont Circle metro stop. Lots of trekking around the District.
Atmosphere: A brightly-lit restaurant, lots of big windows, and a decent patio. Inside, the bar is upfront with seating to the left and further back. There is a secondary bar facing the pizza ovens. I grabbed the last seat at the main bar. A few taps and several coolers are parked immediately in front of me.
Quality: Nice vibe here. Good staff, clean restrooms and an impressive tap list. Nice finger food too.
Service: Personable and affable, I struck up a conversation immediately. Water was regularly refilled and the beer, oh the beer was good.
Selection: Ten beers on tap. Vildmoesel and Outblack were the most unique, along with a Mikkeller cream ale and Lagunitas IPA. The bottle list is huge, occupying a small three-ring binder. I went with Outblack, going back to the well for a second glass.
Food: Finally, eats! I ordered an antipasto salad, extra cherry peppers. The meats were rich, the cheese sharp (although a second slice would be appreciated). The meats really hit the spot.
05-09-2011 22:19:32 | More by akorsak
4.78/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to Paradiso Dupont a solid 20 times in my time in the DMV area.
I. Love. This. Bar. This is my favorite beer bar in DC. It doesn't have the size or monster selection of Churchkey, but it doesn't have to.
I have been there mostly 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. Some of the beers I have drank here over the years are incredible. BFM, Cantillon, FW, Founders (I've had Breakfast, KBS, AND CBS here at separate times), Gouden Carolus, La Trappe, Rodenbach, St. Bernardus, Three Floyds, etc etc etc etc. You get the idea. And many of them half off. You'd be hard pressed to find a bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 for under $5, and the draft at HH is $4.
I will continue to patronize this bar for as long as I live here. Bartender Darryl is the man.
If you are going for HH, make sure to go early. It fills up quickly.
03-23-2011 17:43:28 | More by raveskdr
Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle in Washington, DC
95 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.