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)
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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
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.
We decided to try Graffiatto's because o ...
We decided to try Graffiatto's because of the proximity to the Verizon Center , we were going to see Barbra Streisand , you all played some of her music to get us all pumped up . We decided to do the restaurant special , my pork ragu was delicious , the bucatini could have been a little more al dente for my liking , the kale salad was delicious , everything was super fresh , but my favorite was the olive oil gelato , delicious , The staff was very friendly , all working really hard , but with a smile on their faces , our waitress was very attentive and made sure we were out in plenty of time to see our show . Thanks, Graffiatto , for being a part of our memorable evening , we will be back .
We arrived for our reservation and were ...
We arrived for our reservation and were promptly seated. However, the chicken was raw, our drinks came late and the waiter looked like he'd rather be anywhere else. When the bill came, he'd tried to sneak the meal on that we'd sent back. Plus, it's super noisy and you can't have any kind of conversation. To top it off, the portions are tapas size. Why don't you advertise as a tapas restaurant instead of Italian? Horrible, absolutely horrible. Even the bathroom was dirty. Never again. Since open table makes you fill out an entry for each category, I chose "energetic" but I mean noisy, and I would recommend this restaurant to NO ONE.
I'd never been to graffiato, so I wanted ...
I'd never been to graffiato, so I wanted to try it out for restaurant week. The food was pretty good, not great, but more importantly, I wouldn't recommend it for RW. It didn't really feel like a deal. I had forgotten I went to another Mike Isabella restaurant for RW last year and thought the same thing!
My friend and I lucked out and dined her ...
My friend and I lucked out and dined here during Restaurant Week, so we had a fantastic three course meal. Graffiato specializes in small plate Italian cuisine, so we were able to share. Our waiter recommended an excellent wine to accompany our main course. Downstairs is pretty loud during happy hour, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that we could carry on a conversation in normal voices upstairs.
My friend and I had a great lunch at Gra ...
My friend and I had a great lunch at Graffiato during Restaurant Week. We had the RW lunch special, which was a great deal for full-size portions of appetizer, entree and dessert. We tried the delicious roasted cauliflower in pesto; it was terrific. We also tried the gnocchi and rockfish, both of which were freshly prepared with lots of fresh vegetables and were very tasty. We capped off the meal with the passionfruit sorbet, which was absolutely delicious. I can't wait to go back and try other menu items. I thought it was great.
I've been here a few times, and every ti ...
I've been here a few times, and every time it's been solid, but nothing has ever wowed me. I thought after the first time that maybe I just ordered the wrong things, but I ordered some dishes that are otherwise getting great reviews and I just felt a little underwhelmed. I'd be fine with returning for something casual with mitigated expectations, but for a special occasion I would look elsewhere.
The food was good though not spectacular ...
The food was good though not spectacular; the desserts were exceptional. Our server knew her stuff and was able to respond to very specific questions. The prices seemed a little high for what we got. A few complaints: it was pretty noisy--lots of concrete, tables close together. We started getting our food before our drinks were delivered--and we had to ask twice for our drinks. One of us ordered one of the cocktail specials and sent it back because it tasted awful; the server apologized profusely--turned out the cocktail had not been mixed correctly. Two of us had the grilled octopus, which was quite good but just a tiny bit too tough. The pizza was very good; I think that's likely what the restaurant does best. The cannoli was perfect--small, perfectly proportioned, and crisp. The chocolate budino (sort of a pudding/mousse) was delicious, as was the salted caramel gelato. Lots of beer, liquor, and wine options.
Had a wonderful night out at Graffiato . ...
Had a wonderful night out at Graffiato . So happy they were able to accommodate our group of 6. We were greeted promptly by our server and specials explained. We tried the pizza special and it was the perfect appetizer size for us. The wine list was good and very reasonable. Our group all tried different pastas or pizza and were all very pleased. Wish I lived closer , I'd be there every week!
I ordered the octopus salad. the octopu ...
I ordered the octopus salad. the octopus was tough and the sauce was too sweet. My colleague had a vegetable sandwich kind of thing, which she said was so-so. I've been to this restaurant before as well as the one in Richmond. I think they try, but I have not been impressed with the food. We only had coctails at Richmond location because we didn't want to eat there. The bartender was very friendly and made great cocktails. The food, however, on the two occasions I ate it did not measure up. Graffiato's is one of many over-rated eating places that's more about the place than the fare.
Expectations exceeded! Loved the express ...
Expectations exceeded! Loved the express lunch menu which is about 5 inches square (I'll have trouble reading it when I'm 70!) Cesar salad with those warm, filled croutons was great! The crispy chicken was full of flavor and textures! Even the cannoli was like that great Italian bakery in the Bronx!
The atmosphere is best described as "fre ...
The atmosphere is best described as "frenetic", at least upstairs where we always seem to be seated. It's loud, and there are swarms of servers bringing out food and drinks and clearing plates. The tables are closely packed and many are directly adjacent to the servers' station. That said, the food and cocktails are so excellent that we will continue to go back as often as possible. It's also a great choice for a pre-show/game meal at the Verizon Center across the street - you can easily be in and out in an hour and ready to head in for the concert or sporting event.
While the food was incredibly delicious, ...
While the food was incredibly delicious, I have to admit that the portions were not nearly large enough - especially for the amount paid. I understand what small plates are, but $16 for a pasta should result in a filling meal (it does not). Love the quality of the food, but left very unfulfilled for price.
I've been here before and found the caul ...
I've been here before and found the cauliflower appetizer amazing and enjoyed the pizza. This time had shells with seafood; the tomato sauce tasted like it came straight from a can: tasteless. There was hardly any seafood and it was nothing special. We were taking out a friend and so didn't want to make a big deal at the time but we should have sent the food back. The beets appetizer was tasty enough but overpriced for what it was. Overpriced, underwhelming, was a theme but my husband enjoyed his rockfish though.
Birthday celebration in July...we went h ...
Birthday celebration in July...we went here for the seasonal fresh corn agnolotti but were really impressed with just about all of our dishes. Graffiato's plates are tapas sized and ideally should be shared so that you can savor several different items. Our party of 3 ordered 4 dishes and 1 dessert (plus a bottle of very reasonably priced red wine that was truly enjoyable). Aside from the superb agnolotti, we ordered a succulently prepared pork belly with cucumber, cilantro, peaches and basil–an original and memorable combination. We also ordered a pizza, which might have initially appeared to be a "safe" choice given the more complex offerings on the menu but we were exceptionally pleased with it. The pizza was fired in Graffiato's wood burning oven, which imbued it with a wonderfully smokey flavor. The one disappointment was the cannoli. It was oddly salty (could the pastry chef have mistaken salt for sugar?). We made our server aware of this oddity thus, he suggested we order the zeppole instead...a perfect ending to our meal. My only criticism would be the pace of the dinner. All 4 dishes were brought out essentially at the same time though we had specified that we wanted them served in a particular order. That said, we felt very rushed even though the restaurant wasn't trying to turn our table (there were many empty tables at that point). If you'd like to spend more than 45 minutes enjoying your meal (and there's plenty to enjoy here), I would recommend letting your server know that you absolutely don't want plates arriving one on top of the other. We'll definitely make a return visit and next time we'll be very clear that we'd like to take our time savoring their outstanding food.
We had a delightful dinner at Graffiato ...
We had a delightful dinner at Graffiato on Saturday. The burrata was excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed the agnolotti. My date thought the gnocchi was top notch. We were a little less blown away by the special that night - a rockfish crudo, and were completely stuffed by the time our pizza arrived (but ate it anyway!).
My only comment was that the hostesses were a bit put off when I asked to sit down at the (mostly empty) bar while we were waiting because I was feeling a bit lightheaded; they reminded us that the bar was only for customers who were eating. (We were about to!)
Food was exceptional. All of my family ...
Food was exceptional. All of my family (including 2 kids, 11 and 12) enjoyed a wide variety of the small plates. Only downside was the fact that AC was not working properly so we were very warm throughout dinner. We certainly would return.
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