Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 180
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 30 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Ralphus:
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was visiting DC and decided to stay in Dupont Circle after researching a number of areas and phoning a hotel finding service and explaining that I was looking for close proximity to metro, restaurants and beer establishments. Pizza Paradiso was just a block away from Dupont Circle so had to be checked out.
I showed up at 6pm at their new location and it was already busy. Some people were waiting in the front but because I was a single I knew I could jump in at the bar or grab a table outside. I chose the latter and sat under a warm patio heater.
They had 12 interesting beers on tap, all in the 6-9 dollar range which was very reasonable. I settled on a saison and ordered my meal of pizza. The food was good and the service was top notch. I stayed for four beers and all were served promptly, with excellent pours and with solid understanding of craft beer. My last beer was a stout and because they didn't have it on the cooler, was put on ice until it was ready and then given to me for free! Top notch. The atmoshere was relaxed and had an easy feel as well. Clientelle were polite middle class people looking for good beer, great service and a clean location.
The next day it was clear and sunny. A nice fall day and when I walked past at 2pm the place was packed. People inside and out enjoying good beer.
Highly recommended and definitely popular with the local crowd.
10-17-2009 02:26:41 | More by Ralphus
More User Reviews:
4.71/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
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
Pizzeria Paradiso - Dupont Circle in Washington, DC
95 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.