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, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, 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
Stellar food all around. Went with a fri ...
Stellar food all around. Went with a friend for Sunday Gravy which is $40/person. Being used to the small plates/tapas scene in town, we were shocked by how much food we were served for that price point. My friend and I could barely eat half and took him the other half for the next day's dinner. Wonderful price for the amazing and variety of food one receives. Appetizers, entrees and dessert were all yummy!
We had eaten at G about a year ago and r ...
We had eaten at G about a year ago and really liked it. However, they have now changed the menu-no more interesting entrees, just what they call small plates that are really enough for two and pastas , pizza and salads. We each ordered a salad (each one was enough for two so one would have been enough but no one told us this). My Greek salad was fresh but drowning in capers. My partner's Caesar was blah. I ordered fried calamari/shrimp which was pretty tasteless and not enhanced by the accompanying tomato sauce. My partner had baked ziti which was served in a small iron skillet and looked like a big glop of pasta and melted cheese. He said it was spicy and just ok. All of this plus one glass of wine and a diet Coke was not cheap. $70 for a disappointing meal won't bring us back to G.
The "Sunday Evening Gravy" is a terrific ...
The "Sunday Evening Gravy" is a terrific value and great and plentiful food. At $40 fixe prix for a four-course meal served to be shared family style, the food was plentiful and more than the two of us could finish. This is only available on Sunday evenings from 6pm to 10pm. Easily 1/4 of the food went home with us in containers to be savored again. While the "gravy" implies pasta and sauce, and there were such dishes, there was also a wonderful trio (separate dishes) of burrato, calamari and roasted brussel sprouts as the starter. The main and pasta dishes both had Italian 'gravy' (sauce) incorporated, and there was a dessert choice. Everything was wonderful - my nephew (a foodie) declared the spaghetti the best he's ever had, and I preferred the pepper-cream sauce on another pasta.
I went for dinner and must say the most ...
I went for dinner and must say the most stand-out aspect about this place for me was the value, the portions are large and the price is right. The atmosphere is pretty casual, you still feel like you are sitting in a sandwich shop, but the food was so good I'll be back for sure.
Limited menu. Use a lot of hot spice. Or ...
Limited menu. Use a lot of hot spice. Ordered a simple side of spaghetti and the sauce was so hot had to send it back. Olives made your eyes water. There were 6 of us and the meals did not come out together and there was substantial time between serving them. Not impressed at all.
Awful. Booked a reservation here prior t ...
Awful. Booked a reservation here prior to a show at the 9:30 club up the street. While nominally listed as Italian, there was nothing Italian about the menu except a few pasta dishes. The promotion as a "tasting menu" is completely inaccurate. We ordered 6 dishes comprising various sides, appetizers, and pastas to make an attempt at the tasting menu but each dish was a heaping pile of salty, oily, smoke infused disaster. Too large of portions and not one worth eating again. Our waiter specifically recommended we try the arancini appetizer, which we did. I kid you not, I think they served us Totino's pizza rolls in a ball form. I have had better food from school cafeteria vending machines. Next time I'll just get a plate of nachos at the show and save a hundred bucks for something else.
We arrive, and notice immediately that t ...
We arrive, and notice immediately that the AC was not working, and while the restaurant was fairly empty, no one welcomed us or offered water. We opted to leave after minutes due to the heat and lack of service. Won't be coming again.
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.
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