Pizzeria Paradiso


18 Reviews
Pizzeria ParadisoPizzeria Paradiso

Type: Bar, Eatery

124 King St
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314-3208
United States

(703) 837-1245 | map

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Added by Thorpe429 on 10-26-2010

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Reviews by Huhzubendah:
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I stopped in for lunch and a beer yesterday.

Located right in Old Town, Pizzeria Paradiso is an open and inviting space. The front of the restaurant has huge windows, creating a picturesque wintry scene upon which to gaze while enjoying a brew on a cold day.

When I mentioned that I was thinking about a stout, the server came back in less than a few minutes with two gratis samples of stouts from the draft list, which was very thoughtful.

The draft selection was decent enough. I was disappointed that their cask ale had run out. When I asked what the next cask would be, I was informed that there was no one currently working who could change the cask. I find this completely unacceptable. If you are employed as a bartender at an establishment that focuses on beer and always has a cask, you need to have the basic skills to change it out. Seriously...

My pizza was mediocre at best. Some of the other selections on the menu, like the antipasto, are much better than the pizza selections. The basil on my margherita pizza was scorched, which was a bummer. The crust just was not up to par, either.

The prices are OK, I suppose, though not great, but there wasn't really anything available on draft that I could get really excited about.

Regarding beer, the Old Town location is nowhere near as good as the Georgetown Pizzeria Paradiso.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mpontiakos
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This is a very pleasant pizza/ brew pub on King street. An easy walk from the King Street Metro station.
Staff are friendly and attentive - the food (pizza etc) are really good and the prices are reasonable.

Solid selection of draft and bottled beers - easily the best craft and imported beer place in Old Towne Alexandria.
Consistently good - prices are reasonable - though as previous reviewer noted - happy hour prices only apply to those at the bar - those dining at the tables will pay full fare.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Craft_Imperial
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BLebowski
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Could be the best craft beer place on King Street in Old Town. My only warning - Happy Hour applies only If you are sitting/standing in the bar area. Eat and order in the dining area, and it's full price.

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Photo of Parigee
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djhowell
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jaymo18
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Afroman
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of bellbw
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I've been to Pizzeria Paradiso a number of times and always find something interesting on tap. In July 2014 the restaurant had July PA Festival with nearly all IPAs on tap out of 13 taps. Waitstaff are knowledgeable but seem a bit rushed during busier times. Nothing much to speak of for atmosphere and it can be quite load during evenings. Free small plate of olives for munching is different.

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Photo of Scarney321
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Uf0T0fU
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SteveBrew
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Drinkstout
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I live in Alexandria and this is my go-to bar. What I like about Pizza Paradiso is their ever revolving tap selection. Other beer bars have standard year-round selections and rotate some of their taps. Paradiso rotates all of their taps so that each time I go, there is a completely different tap menu. They sometimes do themes depending on season or have tap takeovers.

Also very kid friendly if you want table service, and there is an expanded bar area where they have good happy hour specials.

I personally prefer this to other the Alexandria beer bar, Rustico, mainly because the food is better and also it is easier to get a seat and more conveniently located in the heart of Old Town (so I can walk/stumble home).

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Photo of Saudereth
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DavidHume
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of MattNelson
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This Old Town location is a nice lower-key, lower-volume alternative to the Dupont Circle experience. The attention to a quality beer experience is consistent across this local chain, with variety and solid presentation here in Alexandria. Servers are not enthusiastic, but still useful and knowledgable. The food, being of a single type, limits pairing experiences, but it is tasty. And considering the location and surrounding culture, it's not a bad overall value. I'd certainly return.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A lucky find a few weeks back while here on vacation/family obligations. I was relying on mass transit, so this was convenient to get to...

Upscale pizza/watered down sports bar vibe, but family friendly & a great mixture of other folks in there

All beers were in great shape with the exception of the oliver cask ales on offer, none of them really wowed me. Was there 4 nights in a 6 day period, saw several beers rotate in & out

Service was friendly, prompt & knowledgeable about their beers on offer

Roughly 16 taps, plus a cask offering. Very nice bottled selection, was tempted to spring for the $30 bottle of Founders Doom, but I was doing alright as it was. Nice mix of local to imports

Food was good; pizzas & a few other Italian dishes were tasty

This place was a little pricey compared to some other places in old town, but not too harsh

If ever back through I would surely come here again

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Photo of Jester
4.15/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I've gone there with friends for (pretty good) pizza before, but what I really enjoy is their selection of beers and their knowledgeable beer tender. They give tasters (of their drafts) and they are the only place outside the Pacific-Northwest I've seen someone serving beers from the Full Sail Brewery!!

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Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria, VA
4.15 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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