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
Love this place. My parents came into to ...
Love this place. My parents came into town for my birthday and they were extremely impressed. My dad, in particular, is an older Italian man and he really enjoyed how Mike Isabella sticks to (as he puts it) "the Italian basics" and produces straightforward, delicious dishes. Highly, highly recommend.
What a disappointment! I had been to Gra ...
What a disappointment! I had been to Graffito several times before, and I always liked it. But this time it was subpar. The service in particular was simply bad. The waiter was surly from the beginning. We never got one of the dishes we ordered, and when I told him, he didn't apologize. He didn't come check on our meals, even though the restaurant was almost empty. My pizza also had a weird flavor. We complained to the manager after the meal, and while she apologized, she didn't offer any concession to make up for the poor service.
food comes out whenever it is ready grea ...
food comes out whenever it is ready great for apps and sharing plates and order things you have never seen before and then have the group try it. their pizza is absolutely fantastic i did create your own and was thinking was a top 5 pizza place in the city
My husband and I were sightseers for 4 d ...
My husband and I were sightseers for 4 days in DC. We wanted to eat at a Top Chef Restaurant. Graffiato exceeded our expectations. The menu had small plates, homemade pizza and full course meals. We opted for a special appetizer, the rice balls with corn with Isabella's famous pepperoni sauce, the gnocchi's with pork ragu, my highlight of the meal ,and the meatball pizza. Outstanding food. Waitstaff were very attentive seeking to make sure our meal was perfect. Way to go Mike Isabella. Your Grandmother would be proud.
This is one of my favorite restaurants i ...
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city and it consistently has great food and service. I usually order my favorites (burrata, brussel sprouts, pizza), but there is always some new pasta to try. Also enjoy the prossecco on tap!
Great food at Graffiato's near Verizon C ...
Great food at Graffiato's near Verizon Center....very busy pre-show scene so reservations are a must. Drinks were thirst quenchers and the food was really very good - presentation and taste. Gets crowded in the bar area and not a place for private conversations...only drawback was 3-4 people working the hostess stand created even more traffic. Maybe consider text option when your table is ready.
It was noisy, crowded and the tables are ...
It was noisy, crowded and the tables are too close together. The food was not good, the crispy brussel sprouts are actually burnt brussel sprouts. We were excited about a new dining experience before the Adele concert but there was nothing special about this restaurant. Luckily enough the concert made up for the poor food. I will never go back.
I've been coming to Graffiato for a long ...
I've been coming to Graffiato for a long time. In the beginning, the place offered a diverse and well-rounded menu--great starters and some amazing pastas. I was surprised this visit on Adele Day that the menu now features fewer choices and how smaller the portions are. Also, our server seemed highly disinterested in waiting on us and could barely talk above the loud music and noises from the bar, so I often just shook my head. When he offered us dessert, I could not hear a word he said. Isabella's stamp of a sharply run place seems less evident. While the spaghetti remains a total delight, the crispy potatoes were bland. The pizza we had was just fine--very greasy. I used to come here often; now I'll continue to try newer places as this one's less reliable.
I would highly recommend Graffiato's Res ...
I would highly recommend Graffiato's Restaurant. The menu is easy to read with just enough choices to choose from. The atmosphere is upbeat, the servers are friendly, helpful and quick to respond to your needs. I love the Caesar salad with their cream cheese croutons and their potato gnocchi melts in your mouth. It is a great restaurant for lunch or dinner, the prices are reasonable and the portions are just right.
I literally cannot say enough good about ...
I literally cannot say enough good about Graffiato. Perhaps the highest praise? About 10 minutes after we finished eating and we were stuffed to the gills to the point where we thought we'd have to roll home, we very very seriously contemplated getting more food to go so we could eat it late night.
Between the seared octopus (fantastic and tender), the Potato Gnocchi with pork ragu (it tastes like high end pepperoni sauce - is that a thing?!) and the Beef Short Rib Tagliatelle (so spicy, so amazing), we thought we couldn't be happier and THEN we got an order of the cannoli. OH BOY, I don't care how full you are, don't pass up the cannoli.
The restaurant is a little loud, but it's very reasonably priced for the amazing food and the service is quick and friendly. I'd highly recommend Graffiato for any occasion!
The Brussel sprouts are a must try!! The ...
The Brussel sprouts are a must try!! The entire staff were very attentive and focused on making our dining experience go well. Noise levels are a bit high so would def not recommend for business dinners or first dates :)
Very impressed however overall!
Food is always delicious. Usually the se ...
Food is always delicious. Usually the service is outstanding, but on this visit our server was just okay. And they seemed to be in a hurry to get us out because they were wiping down the table while we sat there.
We sat in the booth next to the kitchen ...
We sat in the booth next to the kitchen and bathroom so it was very loud and the servers and patrons kept running into/standing in front of us at our table. The side dishes (crispy potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli rabe) were delicious but the pizza's we ordered were undercooked.
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!
On vacation in DC wanted someplace speci ...
On vacation in DC wanted someplace special but not over the top expensive for our last dinner. We found Graffiato! Loved the way they serve your meal so you can share. The watermelon salad & whipped cream cheesecake were my favorites. We dined early so there weren't too many people in the dining room , but as the room filled, the noise level rose substantially. The great meal more than made up for the noise.
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