About G by Mike Isabella
G by Mike Isabella offers a four-course Italian tasting menu featuring an antipasti board, pasta and meat courses, along with a supplement option.
Each week, Chef Isabella presents Sunday Gravy, a recreation of his family’s traditional end-of-the-week feasts. Expect classics like crispy calamari, a classic Caesar salad, house made spaghetti served with pomodoro sauce and a traditional meat gravy with meatballs, sausage and pork shoulder.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
14th and W
$31 to $50
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Mike Isabella Concepts offers Italian catering in the style of G Tasting. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
G by Mike Isabella offers Valet Parking Thursday, Friday, and Saturday beginning at 5:00pm outside the Kapnos W Street entrance. Please note that Valet Service ends at close of service and is $15 per vehicle. Street parking can also be found nearby.
G by Mike Isabella is located 3 blocks from U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo metro station (13th st & U st exit).
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
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G by Mike Isabella offers reservation of the entire G space for larger groups. Please email for more information.
G by Mike Isabella Ratings and Reviews
It was raining and the valets didn't kno ...
It was raining and the valets didn't know a restaurant called G...bad start. But, the staff inside were helpful and our waitress was phenomenal. We had the chef's selection - the entree was skirt steak - great flavors and veggies but the meat was very chewy - the rest of the meal was yummy!
Tasting menu food was fine (though nothi ...
Tasting menu food was fine (though nothing was especially outstanding) but we weren't impressed with the wine list. We chose 2 white and 2 red wines, all Greek - this seemed to be the specialty of the place, in fact they share both wine lists and bathrooms with Kapnos :). One of each was not good, and one of each was OK. Service was great, they were helpful with substitutions. Overall, while the food was absolutely enjoyable and we had a good time, it is not necessarily worth the price.
The service was fantastic. The food was ...
The service was fantastic. The food was hit or miss: the appetizer plate was tasty and the diversity wonderful, but the carbonara was oversalted - we even had a replacement made, and it was still too salty. The tortellini was overlooked and mushy, but very flavorful. The tiramisu was ho-hum, but the tahini chocolate mousse was amazing. A very mixed experience. Would choose Kapnos over G.
Food was good, very creative and I thoug ...
Food was good, very creative and I thought it was delicious. I think the tasting menu is an odd concept for a casual restaurant like G, but you can order a la cart. The place was completely empty when I went, which could be good or bad.
We've been to G for both sandwiches at l ...
We've been to G for both sandwiches at lunch and dinner multiple times. This is the first time we went for the "Sunday gravy" dinner and it was amazing. Way more food than we could possibly hope to eat and all of it was phenomenal. Highly recommend it to anybody who loves Italian cuisine.
More than just sandwiches
Tried the dinner service for G; considering I like Kapnos there were high expectations. Overall, did not disappoint.
Olives were fresh and tasty. Prix-fixe menu was filling, if not vegetarian friendly (for my date). The antipasto board alone would bring me back. Pastas were filling, if a tad on the salty side. The Nutella pannacota was an incredible way to end the meal.
The venue is one open room, so expect a loud experience. The wine list was not the most vibrant, but the waitstaff was great; kind enough to sample multiple open bottles until we found the one for our night.
Go with a group of friends, get some antipasto, dessert, and enjoy.
inspired cooking, time after time
the antipasti is a master class in thinking simply and imaginatively about seasonal vegetables, but what's most distinctive to me about this place, compared with other acclaimed dc restaurants, is that again and again i come away not just excited about what i ate but full of ideas for cooking at home. in other words, this is an inspiring and generous place--not to mention truly italian in its level of family-feeling. when we brought 90-year-old with all manner of walking implements, everyone on staff made her feel she totally belonged in a cool logan circle restaurant on a jam-packed friday night. in terms of the food and the spirit, nothing else on 14th street comes close.
Was expecting more...
Even though it mainly operates as a sandwich shop, at night they have a full menu. We indulged the $40 tasting menu. The pasta course (gnocchi) had lemon zest which was a little unusual in a pork ragu. Then I tried the short ribs. I love salty food (microwave popcorn anyone?), but I found this to be too salty for my tastes.
Dessert highligt was the banana cream.
Great tasting menu, wine pairing to be desired
We ordered the tasting menu, and the food was delicious. However, the wait staff was not knowledgeable about the wine pairings that came with each dish. I was rather disappointed that they did not describe the wines or even identify them when they poured with each course. I expected better service at G.
My wife and I went on Valentine's Day fo ...
My wife and I went on Valentine's Day for the special San Valentino dinner. Five courses of amazingness. It was delicious pretty much all around. Especially the antipasto. We both agreed that the beef short rib entree probably could have been better but the chestnut sauce with it was extremely delicious.
Food was really good, especially the pas ...
Food was really good, especially the pastas.
Service was awful. Don't come here in a rush. They sat us 20 minutes after our reservation without any apologies. Then for both courses, some people received their food 10-15 min after the other people in our party. No apologies for this either.
Had the Valentines Day 5 course tasting menu. Everything was unique and impressive. Table service was impeccable and the plates were adequately portioned.
Most importantly, they honored a request to do something special for my wife after a particularly tough year. Complimentary glasses of a delicious Rose champagne.
Impressively creative and professionally executed menu. Will be back to this and his other venues.
I went for the normal prix fixe menu on ...
I went for the normal prix fixe menu on a recommendation from a friend, but unfortunately restaurant week had been extended. The food was very underwhelming. I had the cheese plate, braised lamb with polenta, and blondie. The best thing about the meal was the lamb itself, but it was still nowhere near the top 10 best lamb dishes I've had. Service was excellent, and while I didn't get to try the menu I came for, I probably won't be back. There are better restaurants within walking distance.
Went for Restaurant Week (only menu available). The charcuterie plate (for 2) was fabulous and huge. I asked for additional crostini because it's a little hard to eat all that cheese and meat without some crackers or bread. Dinner was the red snapper (excellent) and the lamb stew (eh). Most of the stew elements were fine but the lamb pretty haggard. Bread pudding for dessert good but tiramisu eh. It was a Monday night so no crowd and not much noise. Good reasonably priced wines. Attentive and pleasant server.
Bad food, ordered a pasta which had too ...
Bad food, ordered a pasta which had too much pepper, I just felt a dish of pepper in my mouth.the food is not cheap, 2 people --120$
But the worst part was the service. Even it was 8:30pm, they made me feel like it was midnight and they want it to throw me out of the restaurant and close.
Wanted to like it, but...
My wife and I went for Restaurant Week and we probably won't ever come back. The antipasto was the highlight. Both the lamb dish and the pasta were, well, kinda greasy. The lamb had some kind of white sauce surrounding it that resembled the fat you scoop off a meaty casserole after you leave it overnight in the fridge. Yuck. Wine was good. Ordered a bottle of very nice Greek wine, a pinot noir, very reasonably priced. Desert course, a "blondie" brownie and something else I've completely forgotten, however, was equally meh. My wife never finished hers! I wanted so much to like this place, we love Kapnos next door, perhaps the sandwiches here are better.
Average Restaurant Week
We went as a group of 4 for Restaurant week, and can't say any of us walked away very impressed. The starters were great; a salad, fingerling potatoes and the charcuterie board. The chicken liver spaghetti was pretty good as well - my boyfriend go the lamb which was slightly overcooked. The desserts were especially average - mine was basically a 'nutella' cookie with ice cream on top; the description sounding better than the actual result. The waitress took care of us and everything came out correctly, on time, etc. just wasn't blown away by any of the plates or flavors once the appetizer round ended. Not to mention our bill came back much higher than we expected; noticing they charged for the bread we asked for - but weren't told was a charge. It was average at best; not worth the $150 per couple we ended up spending on RW.
Had a nice time here during Restaurant Week 2016
The main plus here is the service. The wait staff that took care of us were all very attentive and included the manager and assistant manager (I am guessing). It's a small space, so don't bring alot of stuff with you. There is another (sister?) restaurant next door that maybe uses the same kitchen (??). Anyway, the food was tasty. I was surprised that I liked my friend's chicken liver spaghetti since I don't like chicken liver (smile)! I ordered a salad as first course, and that was wise. As the second, main course was grease (good but grease) for both of us. The menu is not extensive but tries to accommodate the carnivores, omnivores and vegans alike. Portions may look a tad small, but it is more than enough when you start digging in. Nice place. I would certainly go again.
Great Tasting Menu!
I was amazed at the quality and value of the tasting menu. For only $40, I had a four-course meal. Each course was delicious and showcased a diversity of flavors. I would highly recommend dinner here (or lunch - the sandwiches are phenomenal!) for any occasion.
Not worth cost
We had been before for lunch and really enjoyed it. We went for NYE because it was what we were looking for- small, neighborhood place with appealing menu. The dishes were good but unfortunately we just did not feel it was worth the cost. The protein portion of our entrees were very small. We would go back for lunch but probably not for dinner.
Glad we went...will go again
We took friends from the NY NJ area who were looking for Italian. When I couldn't get reservations for the restaurant I wanted to take them I picked a place I had never been. I think they were a bit skeptical at the menu but it turned out to be top notch-from appetizers to dessert a pleasant surprise all around. Will definitely go back. Only negative is, for older ears it is LOUD inside.
We've been here twice and both times were thrilled
My wife and I along with a friend have gotten the tasting menu with wine parings. For $40 for the menu, this can't be beat. Everything was wonderful but for me, as someone that does not usually care for dessert, that the chocolate/nutella cake they severed that night has stayed with me speak volumes about the place. Plus the service was (again) beyond great.
We'd eaten and enjoyed the two affiliates of G -- the sandwich shop that uses the same premises at lunchtime and Kapnos next door -- several times. We figured that the $40 dinner tasting menu would provide a relatively modest amount of well-prepared food. We were on the mark on the second account, not so much on the first.
The food was generally of a very high quality, and would have earned a five-star rating but for two miscues. First, while the tagliatelle in a cauliflower-cheese sauce was exceptional -- the pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauce was both a good complement and well balanced -- platings were erratic. Both my spouse and I ordered this dish but one of our plates was inundated in the sauce, and the other had a more normal saucing. Someone in the kitchen needed to monitor what was coming out more closely. Second, while the lamb is my meat course -- presumably from the spit at Kapnos -- was exceptional, its accompaniments were not. These included an overly soupy (and under flavored) polenta and salty kale, which did not complement either each other or the lamb optimally.
The platings -- which included a very generous portion of charcuterie, cheeses, and some great risotto balls as opening and full-size desserts -- were a good deal larger than we anticipated based on our meals at Kapnos. So we left feeling satisfied, but quite stuffed -- the restaurant is quite a good value.
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