Chef Isabella serves seasonal, artisanal pizzas and small plates inspired by the food he grew up eating in New Jersey prepared by his Italian-American grandmother. With heavy influence from Chef Isabella’s Mediterranean and Latin culinary training, Graffiato is anything but a traditional Italian eatery. Roasted potato gnocchi with pork ragu, chicken thighs with pepperoni sauce, charred octopus with tomato mostarda and mint, and hanger steak with pancetta and wild mushrooms are a few of the signature wood oven roasted dishes. Broccolini with red pepper relish and smoked beets with sheep’s milk ricotta are popular first plates. When the kitchen closes, the oven will stay fired to feed Washingtonians looking for a late-night bite.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm (Bar & Pizza Oven Open Until 11:00pm), Thursday -Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm (Bar & Pizza Oven Open Until 12:00am), Bar Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm ($5 drink specials and "bites" for $3, $4, $5)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Chef Mike Isabella
Send a Gift Card
Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.
Graffiato does not have a private room, but we accept inquiries for groups of seven or more. Food and beverage minimums may apply. Please contact us to discuss menus and pricing for group dinners and half- or full-restaurant buyouts.
Graffiato Ratings and Reviews
As a big Top Chef fan, I was excited to ...
As a big Top Chef fan, I was excited to try this restaurant when I was in DC for vacation. Unfortunately, I wasn't overly impressed with the experience. My biggest complaint with the restaurant, was that they seemed to blatantly rip off their customers by overcharging them for food, that was just ok in quality. To be clear- I am not cheap when it comes to my dining. I am more than happy to pay for high quality ingredients. That isn't Graffiato's deal- they claim their concept is tapas, but really their concept is to provide customers with two-thirds of an entree and encourage them to order three.
Our table of three ordered three "shareable" plates and a pizza. My husband's spaghetti (which came in a small bowl, and did not come with any serving equipment to "share) was bland and unimpressive. My cousin had another bowl of pasta, that she enjoyed, but wasn't anything special. My octopus dish was fine, but again, wasn't really the type of dish that looked designed to "share." All three dishes were priced at what I would consider a full entree price. I did enjoy the truffle pizza.
The worst gauging example were the drinks. My husband was charged $9 for a 7 oz bud light beer. Seriously? The cocktails were also served in tiny glasses that resembled a large shot glass.
Overall, the food just wasn't that impressive, and definitely wasn't worth what was being charged. Being on television doesn't mean you can cut corners on food and charge whatever you want. I would recommend going elsewhere.
It’s listed as a tapas or small plate It ...
It’s listed as a tapas or small plate Italian based restaurant. It is definitely Italian but the plates are a bit bigger than we have seen as ‘small plates’ elsewhere. The Porky’s Revenge pizza is a medium pie size, more than enough for one hungry adult (delicious). We also had the Tuscan Kale salad, which was excellent, and the Potato Gnocchi with pork ragu. The pork ragu was extraordinarily good but the three dishes were too much food for the two of us. Next time, just the pizza and salad, or maybe two main plates. My wife loved the mule cocktail. Service was excellent, but don’t sit downstairs at the back, too hot. The modern décor was meh, with somewhat uncomfortable metal chairs. But the food was really great. Definitely a great find.
We started with a burrata salad and roas ...
We started with a burrata salad and roasted cauliflower app. Both were very good! I had the gnocchi with pork ragu. It was heavenly. When we walked in, it was very loud, but they seated us upstairs, which was better. I will be back!
Great food and service. I love tasting p ...
Great food and service. I love tasting plates that all can share. The cauliflower, crispy potatoes, whitefish, 2 different pizzas were all,really outstanding. This was our second visit and it had been several months between visits. It was even better then I remember. Thstnks for a great evening a great food and service. Outstanding.
Fun place to eat before an event. We at ...
Fun place to eat before an event. We ate early so the restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived and then it started filling up. The pasta dishes we shared were great and overall everything we had was good. We want to go back and try the pizza which seemed like a popular choice.
Had a great brunch at Graffiato for a fr ...
Had a great brunch at Graffiato for a friend's birthday, surprisingly the place was empty for Saturday brunch. Service was good, I would recommend any of the pizzas they were absolutely delicious! Quiet ambiance, wooden benches/booths. Little pricey for pizza and mimosas
We have been to Graffiato numerous times ...
We have been to Graffiato numerous times, but not in several months. We were surprised by the deterioration of the quality of the food. Everything was well over-salted, and lacked distinction. We were quite disappointed. It is time for Chef to rework the menu.
Staff was attentive and knowledgeable.
We were excited to finally try this, hav ...
We were excited to finally try this, having followed Mike Isabella's rise for years. We invited our niece and her roommate for dinner on a Saturday, both of them are college freshmen and budding foodies. To say we were disappointed is an understatement. We were seated at a table in the back on the first floor by the kitchen, which normally wouldn't be bothersome but there are just a couple of tables back there so it felt like Siberia. It was also about 90 degrees and sweltering, something that was not acknowledged by our waiter even though it was clear the AC wasn't working. I'm not sure if upstairs was better but the downstairs tables were definitely subpar. The food was only okay. The flatbread and pepperoni sauce were very good, as we'd heard. Everything else though was just average, although the cream cheese croutons were an interesting touch. In summary, I'm glad we can say we tried it but we'll likely not return.
We went to Graffiato for the third time ...
We went to Graffiato for the third time on a Saturday night, to meet friends from out of town. We enjoyed the cocktails and draft beers, plus the creative modern Italian cuisine, as always. We were given a spot in a corner and, while the restaurant was busy and noisy, we chatted without a problem. The staff took excellent care of us and let us linger as the crowd ebbed and flowed, replenishing our water glasses constantly. Our friends asked us to choose one of our favorite places in DC and Graffiato proved we chose wisely!
Great service and we had the friendliest ...
Great service and we had the friendliest waiter. The food was great and the portions were just enough--not too big or small--so that we could try several dishes. The octopus and ceasar salad, especially those crutons, were delicious. Definitely will be coming back!!
Great food and great service. The pota ...
Great food and great service. The potato gnocchi with pork ragu was just fabulous. We also had the Porky' s Revenge pizza and it was crispy and delicious. Bar and table service was attentive and friendly. Reasonable wine list. We'd definitely return.
we haven't been here since it opened. th ...
we haven't been here since it opened. that time we ordered the tasting menu which was great! this time we ordered some appetizers to share ( crispy potatoes were crispy and delish) and then gnocchi and rockfish. both were very good. I could have eaten three more pieces of fish.
We went for a Sunday brunch. While the m ...
We went for a Sunday brunch. While the menu had some interesting items and the server explained that it was a "tapas style" restaurant, we were all amazed at how small the plates were (and how expensive each item was!). I enjoyed the pizza, and they have some interesting pizza toppings, but I would refrain from going there due to the overpriced items and the small portion size.
My second time at this restaurant. One ...
My second time at this restaurant. One of my favorites in DC. Great for foodies - but also not so unfamiliar that a non foodie wouldn't find something great. My nephew loved the pizza and he is so picky! I did the restaurant week prix fix - I had a rock fish dish that was excellent and a steak dish that was quite good.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.