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DeCarlo's Restaurant, Washington, DC

DeCarlo's Restaurant

4.5
4.5
484 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Lucy DeCarlo created DeCarlo’s Restaurant 40 years ago bringing the warmth and love of the Italian tradition to her restaurant. DeCarlo’s aims to be your home away from home and is a wonderful retreat from the demands of the city!

DeCarlo’s Italian Restaurant is the ultimate expression of a charming neighborhood restaurant! It is considered a local secret, where you can almost always hear Sinatra or Bocelli playing in the background. DeCarlo’s represents a dining experience where you can relax, talk, and enjoy a wonderful meal. The ambiance is a timeless feel of elegance – yet casual. DeCarlo’s is devoted to providing you personal attention with the highest standards of quality.

We offer many seating options – you can dine in a cozy booth, table, or alfresco on our patio. DeCarlo’s is the perfect setting to join friends and family. The menu features a diverse selection of Italian favorites and daily specials. DeCarlo’s feeds the body and soul!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 363-4220

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Melvin Orellana

  • Catering

    We offer a variety of menus for on-property and off-property catering events! Please contact Susan DeCarlo at decarlosrestaurant@outlook.com.

  • Private party facilities

    DeCarlo’s Restaurant would be honored to host your next event! We offer private and semi-private spaces for up to 100 guests. Working with our team, you’ll be able to help create a memorable experience for family, friends and/or coworkers to enjoy. Buon cibo, buon vino & buoni amici!

  • Private party contact

    Susan DeCarlo: (202) 363-4220

  • Neighborhood

    Tenleytown

  • Cross street

    49th Street NW

  • Parking details

    Off-Street Parking <br />Complimentary Garage Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus Stops: N4 & N6

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 484 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. e

    errrrrrr

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A quiet, intimate place to enjoy an elegant lunch or dinner at moderate price. Food quality has kept the DeCarlo standard. Look for The Westchester as signage is limited. It's worth seeking out with persistence. You will not be disappointed.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time enjoying the food, new location but just as remarkable.
  3. T

    Terry

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant in every way! The ambiance is one of elegance - white table cloths at dinner, beautiful crystal and china, white columns and chandeliers and beautiful paintings on the walls. The food was excellent too. My veal scalopini was scrumptious, my husband's salmon excellent, and my sister's seafood risotto was delicious. The drinks wonderful too! The wait staff charming and very professional. Overall a great place to have a delicious dinner with a quiet, elegant setting. We will definitely eat there again!
  4. A

    Avalon

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flounder was delicious. Service with Edwin was superb. Lovely dining room.
  5. SL

    StevenL

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent. So glad to have DeCarlos
  6. M

    Mattindc

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Long time restaurant moved to a very difficult and hard to find location. Once there, one enters into an elegant apartment building with doorman to greet you. The restaurant has had a major makeover. The dining room is smaller, but ever so elegant. The staff is pretty much the same. A great place now for those special moments and quiet celebrations. Calamari is good as always. The medley of seafood pasta was good, but way too heavy on the tomato sauce. Next time, I’ll request a simple olive oil, garlic for it had way too much thick tomato sauce. Arugula salads were delicious. Still a reasonable price place to eat. I do love the decorum as it is much more sophisticated. The owner is a very lovely person.
  7. LB

    LadyBrit

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A definite gem of a restaurant where you can hear your conversation without your discussion being overheard by the next table. The food, wine, and service have been very good. We eat there regularly and highly recommend the restaurant.
  8. WD

    WDF116

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Wonderful experience. Great menu. Delicious food. Terrific bartender. All in all, just a super neighborhood restaurant.
  9. NG

    NickG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience. Delicious entree and great service.
  10. MH

    MeganH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was wonderful. The service fabulous and it is one of the few restaurants where you can get any pasta (other than lasagna) made gluten-free, which is a HUGE advantage.
  11. YU

    YUMMYTUMMY

    Washington DC

    201 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    201 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Really wanted to like this place because it’s in my neighborhood, but unfortunately much of our meal was not very good. Seafood and meat dishes reminded us of airline food. Fish cooked until it was like leather, and gray colored veal. A pasta dish was very good and the various starters were fine. No issues with the service.
  12. W

    Wall

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice. Lots of round tables. Second room much quieter than main dining room
  13. JM

    JoanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just love De Carlo's new location and dining room. Inside or out it is wonderful? Enjoy!
  14. B

    Birdie

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    DeCarlo's is a wonderful addition to The Westchester complex. Many people enjoyed the restaurant at its former Spring Valley location. Lucy DeCarlo and her niece are excellent hostesses. The staff is totally professional and the food consistent. Tables are well placed and the balcony is a delight. The restaurant deserves strong support.
  15. JF

    JeanieF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New take on an old favorite. Same staff & menu but lighter airy ambiance.
  16. MP

    MatherP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and everything on the menu is delicious.
  17. DT

    DaveT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and stellar service. We will definitely return!
  18. GP

    GrossePointer48230

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for all occasions! A treasure in the middle of a hectic world.
  19. AM

    AncientMariner

    Washington DC

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    DeCarlo's has survived the move and appears to be doing well. The new rooms are lovely as is the new location in the Westchester. My only gripe is that the noise level is high because of the nature of the rooms, but that can be addressed. The food and service remain excellent. DeCarlo's is a "mature" restaurant; it is so nice to dine at widely spaced tables with linen tablecloths, appropriate stemware and proper utensils. I wish them many more years of success.
  20. FF

    FredFlying

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delightful dinner at the relocated and vastly spruced up DeDecarlo's. Service and food were top notch. We'll be returning soon.
  21. LB

    LadyBrit

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, wine and service were excellent. We had the delicious salad special, spinach, heart’s of palm, orange and mustard dressing with pine nuts, the liver was exceptional and could be cut with a fork, and the tiramisu one of the best I have tasted. This was my first visit to the new location and the atmosphere and ambience are attractive and provide diners with a perfect setting for quiet business or social conversation, a romantic meal or a family birthday. Congratulations to all.
  22. B

    Bonappetit

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very nice restaurant tucked away in Westchester Apartments. DeCarlo's has kept most of the same qualities which made it a favorite family destination for many many years Soft shelled crabs were delicious.
  23. ES

    EricaS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love DeCarlo’s. I have been two times - April and May of 2022 and both were wonderful. Loved my waiter more the first time because he was more lively and enthusiastic (other waiter was very nice just more serious and reserved). Food was great. Ambience was as well - it feels like you’re stepping out of the stresses of modern life in 2022 to a more refined, classic, simple but grand time of mid 20th c.
  24. EL

    ELLENS

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Decarlos! The meals are consistently really good and Lucy, the owner, is an exceptional human. The new location is beautiful!
  25. F

    Frankie

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Disappointing. Especially the quality of the food. A previous visit for dinner was much better. Had intentionally brought a guest. I was embarrassed I had done so. Won’t be back any time soon.
  26. E

    Eileen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal in a beautiful space. Love the “new” DeCarlos at the Westchester.
  27. D

    Delru

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    I’ve had very good food before in this restaurant but this time the fried calamari were tasteless. The weak point at all times has been the lack of attention from the waiters. The place is beautiful and quiet.
  28. p

    patriciam

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fabulous location. Wonderful lunch menu—plentiful free parking. Superb food choices. We had l Pinot Grigio, the inventive Dian Rheame salads, spumoni and cappuccino for dessert. The decor is elegant, the service prompt. This will be our lunch spot from now on. The views of the landscape will be spectacular throughout Spring and Summer. So delighted we discovered this treasure of a spot!!
  29. M

    Mike

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been patrons of DeCarlo's for years and while sad to see the old restaurant closed, the new space is great. The food continues to be good, the service friendly and accommodating, and the dining rooms of the new space are bright and cheery with beautiful views of the gardens outside. Parking, however, is not a easy as it was at the former space.
  30. MC

    MCDCC

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    lovely room with beautiful view of the trees. tables well spaced. not to noisy. lovely friendly waiter
  31. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous evening and we sat outside on the balcony. Food as always delicious, now that the running-in glitches have been smoothed out. Heavenly. Quick polite service.
  32. JD

    JoanD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want a place to dine with family/friends where you can actually carry on a conversation and visit while enjoying a delicious meal in a lovely setting, DeCarlo's is the place to go.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Get together with friends
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new setting is lovely and quiet - great environment for a pleasant table conversation. Food and service are as good as ever, with familiar faces among the wait staff. We are so glad that DeCarlo's is now a Cathedral Avenue neighbor.
  35. m

    mariners

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was pleasant and efficient. The food was, as usual, excellent. The Westchester location needs better directional signs for patrons.
  36. KK

    KathyK

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A great place for lunch. The salads are terrific, fresh and dressed nicely. I've not been disappointed in any of them. The ambiance is lovely, you can easily hear your dining companions speak and the service is attentive. A great addition to the neighborhood.
  37. B

    Babsy

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was quick, the chicken parm was piping hot and delicious, and the dining room is elegant and relaxing. I go to DeCarlo's about once a week and look forward to trying the carryout service too.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New location is nice
  39. PD

    PeterDC

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not been in the months it was open as I was out of town visiting family. I went with a neighbor, who had already been there. It was delightful, great service, nice menu, very good food,only thing I was surprised at was they did nor offer a wine list when I asked. I saw a nice bottle on another table and said - I would like one of those. The price was high (I only learned it when the bill came) but not unreasonable. I would definitely go back.
  40. GL

    GailL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    Our reservation at 8.15 May have been the reason for poor service and food but then they shouldn’t offer late reservations . Hard to get a wine list “we have Pinot Grigio or sauv blanc” again requested wine list “well we don’t have most of them”!! Finally chose one “we don’t have it” but finally chose one they did have. Salads were tired with some old leaves . Veal with a cream brandy sauce was a special but you wd need binoculars to find the sauce which was once found delicious but veal dry tough and overcooked … “mixed veg” tasteless and dreary Waiters grumpy unsmiling and supercilious - offer desert but don’t bring menu . Choice of deserts very good and varied I loved the crème caramel . I wanted so much to like this highly praised place but it was tough . This is a high end restaurant not cheap so I find our experience inexcusable and very disappointing but maybe we should try going at 6?? Sorry guys - I eat out a lot I know of what I speak!

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DeCarlo's Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

DeCarlo's Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 484 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

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Google Map for DeCarlo's Restaurant

4000 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Additional information

  • Cross street

    49th Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Tenleytown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Off-Street Parking <br />Complimentary Garage Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus Stops: N4 & N6

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Melvin Orellana

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 363-4220

  • Catering

    We offer a variety of menus for on-property and off-property catering events! Please contact Susan DeCarlo at decarlosrestaurant@outlook.com.

  • Private party facilities

    DeCarlo’s Restaurant would be honored to host your next event! We offer private and semi-private spaces for up to 100 guests. Working with our team, you’ll be able to help create a memorable experience for family, friends and/or coworkers to enjoy. Buon cibo, buon vino & buoni amici!

  • Private party contact

    Susan DeCarlo: (202) 363-4220

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