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Visiting Georgetown on college tours. We're traveling with the family and visiting grandparents. I'm looking for a casual, fun restaurant with great food, but not a college hangout. Thanks.

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  1. I have yet to go but you can check out Mike Isabella's new restaurant Bandolero. If it's anything like his other restaurant, Graffiato, it should meet your casual, fun, and good food requirements.

      1. re: MSommelier

        As to some of them, yes, absolutely agree. But I've had several very good meals lately at Farmers, Fishers, and Bakers. And Bangkok Joe's is good as well, though not sure it meets the criteria. Otherwise, I would second Pizzeria Paradiso. Clyde's and J. Pauls are generally decent too.

      2. hi,
        Vacationed in DC for the 1st time last summer -fabulous place! Loved Tony Cheng's Restaurant (Mongolian Barbeque) in China Town....definitely worth the bus ride from Georgetown! Great public transit system too by the way! You put your bowl together yourself...meat, veggies and sauce ingredients of your chosing and the chef cooks it right there in front of you on a huge grill. And...since I love a good burger ; ) went to Five Guys Burger and Fries! Awesome!

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        1. re: magic chef

          Ugh, I wouldn't cross the street for make-it-yourself mongolian bbq. And it's not in the right location for the OP. Double whammy.

        2. Martin's Tavern in Georgetown is something of a landmark. Been around since 1933. Decent bar food, competently prepared, which is more than I can say for most places in DC.


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          1. re: monkeyrotica

            I would second the Martin's Tavern recommendation. Nothing on the menu is particularly exciting, but the standards are all flawlessly prepared.

          2. Pizzeria Paradiso is always a very reliable and tasty place. Pizzas are phenomenal and the atmosphere is fun/casual, but not overwhelmed with college students. I have actually been there with my grandmother, and although she was disappointed they didn't have "Coors Light" she even managed to find a beer she liked (they have a serious beer list if that piques your interest).
            On the whole though, Georgetown is not known for its excellent restaurants.

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            1. re: erinnf

              Thank you all. They sound great!

            2. J. Paul's is casual and fun and their raw bar items are great food. From the Georgetown campus walk down the Exorcist steps and take a left. Cross the street at some point and it will be on your right.
              Menu (click on the Raw Bar menu and Brunch menu as well):

              1. Bangkok Joe's? Kafe Leopold, Il Canale

                1. Bandolero is ok but nothing approaching Graffiato good. Try Neyla for Med. I prefer Martin's real old school. Kick it up from casual and hit 1789 or Bourbon Steak. Also consider the Tombs, a college hangout but since its summer shouldn't be too bad. Pizza paradise is good too. Clyde's has good burgers. Peacock Cafe is decent.

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                  1. re: HouseDC

                    Bandolero is a great place to get expensive mediocre Mexican while going deaf. Isabella's connection with the place is tenuous at best.


                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                      old thread -- the trip to Georgetown was in 2012