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About G by Mike Isabella
Chef Mike Isabella opened G next to the original Kapnos on 14th Street in July 2013. G is a casual, contemporary Italian restaurant and sandwich shop with a full-service bar that is open daily for lunch and dinner. The all-day menu offers a full selection of of sandwiches, antipasti and pastas, such as G’s spiced baby goat sandwich, arancini and delicious mushroom ravioli. The 6-seat bar area is home to an Italian-inspired cocktail program. 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.
Washington, DC 20009
Hours of Operation:
Monday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Tuesday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Wednesday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday - 11:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am-6:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Sunday Gravy)
Happy Hour everyday from 5pm-7pm.
14th and W
$30 and under
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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).
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G by Mike Isabella Ratings and Reviews
We went to G by Mike Isabella for restaurant week. Although we were underimpressed with the outside of the building, the food, service and quality made up for any misgivings we might have had. We loved the food. I ordered the restaurant week menu while my husband ordered off the menu and neither one of us were disappointed. Portions were large enough to share especially my husband's Greek salad. A little off the beaten path, but worth of drive.
We went for restaurant week and the service was honestly terrible. We took our time with appetizers and the first course and the waiter kept trying to take our plates though there was clearly still food on them and half of the restaurant was empty. When the main course did come out it was clear that they had made our entrees when we first ordered because they were offensively cold. I was also given the wrong kind of wine. And for dessert my tiramisu was frozen and the cookies literally crumbled at our touch.
I've never so much as left a review on open table but I have to warn others not to come expecting an amazing restaurant week experience. Come for sandwiches at a small bar. Don't come for the ambiance or service.
Outstanding food, service, and casual ambiance. The menu offerings were unique, and covered a fairly wide spectrum. I do not recall any significant meat dishes but we were not looking for that and the seafood items looked enticing. I had the old fashioned spaghetti and it was wonderful. Others in our party had a variety of pasta, seafood, and salads, and all were quite happy with their choices. We're looking forward to returning at the first opportunity.
bad experience on restaurant week. A/C was broken. apps served for party of 4 same amount served for party of 2 in next table. 1st plate pasta+lamb was too spicy. 2nd plate was tasteless steak that looked like a kebob on a bed of corn (!!!). tiramisu and pound cake desserts were awful. did not taste like how they were supposed to taste. this place has gone down. it used to be very good.
The menu was very limited unless you were interested in appetizers. Maybe this should be a tapas type restaurant. The menu on line did not come close to the menu online. The table where they sat us near the front door was extremely dark. If it were not for the street lighting outside we wouldn't have been able to see. Parking was very difficult. Luckily there was valet at $15. Our server was fine. I'm going to guess this is a relatively new restaurant but at this time I cannot recommend going there.
Always excited to try another Top Chef Restaurant. Here in DC, so tried G by Mike Isabella. Nice little G Happy Hour at bar. Staff highly recommended the arancini which was wonderful on happy hour menu. The Giardino Bianco Pizzaccia was deep dish style with artichoke, mushrooms garlic and mozzarella! Everything was fantastic!
Mixed bag here. Dinner on a visit from Seattle, 3 of us. Food we had was mostly excellent (rocket salad, cauliflower, chicken parmesN sandwich and lamb gyro). However, daughter's kale salad was way overdressed - absolutely soggy - so while the salmon was delicious, the overall dish was disappointing. Service was okay - took a while for drinks to arrive. Beer and gin & tonic were both good, if a bit pricy for the non-brand g&t - but we were served the worst mojito we've ever had. Very loud, but our biggest complaint is that the restaurant was sweltering. Guests all around us were fanning themselves and talking about how hot the restaurant was - and we all did the same at our table. Overall - some seriously good food, but the noise, spotty drinks and service, and HOT restaurant means I would not recommend it.
The Sunday Gravy was delicious but the service was off. We were almost finished with first course before the wine was served and then 5 or 6 dishes were served at the same time, a bit overwhelming and not the best experience. We were overcharged on the bill by almost $100 worth of cocktails we did not have and desserts which were included in the meal. The waiter corrected the bill. I am a huge fan of Kapnos next door, G's service was not up to Mike Isabella's standards in his other fine restaurants.
I went for the Sampling menu and wine pairing and was pretty disappointed. I have gone to Mike Isabellas other restaurant for the sampling and wine pairing (Graffiato) and the experience was far superior -- considering we paid the same price ($$$).
The server just plopped the food in front of us and scurried away without telling us anything about the dish, which is supposed to be part of the food sampling experience. The Meat from the meat and cheese starter was essentially deli meat. The pea tortellini was sour and unpleasant. The baked ziti was cheesy, but the pasta was destroyed into unrecognizable shrapnel. The Salmon had a nice flavor, but paired with an inappropriate wine. The dessert was a blondie (?!) or tiramisu pudding cup... I would not recommend wasting your money here. If the meal was 1/3 the price, then I still would not go back.
The team at G really needs to step it up.
Wait staff was very friendly and helpful. We arrived in the evening and went for the tasting menu with pairings. Portion size was very generous for a tasting menu. We loved the charcuterie board and dessert. Pasta course was quantity over quality. Pork Milanese had a white sauce which was very sweet and sugary - not a lemon-butter sauce. This seems to be an add-on to Kapnos vs. its own personality as even the charge came through as "Kapnos".
It was a good meal but we wouldn't go out of our way to go back.
The dinner experience at G has changed a good deal since my past visit; one can now have the sandwiches previously offered only at lunch. (At dinner they are set on a plate rather than wrapped in butcher paper.). Three of the four people in our party opted for the sandwiches, which I can heartily recommend based on over 20 lunchtime visits. I opted for some cured meats followed by a pasta dish; both were quite good. The restaurant was sparsely occupied during our visit, and as a result was very quiet, something that generally cannot be said of its next-door sibling.
Went here to meet a friend on a Friday night for drinks/dinner. Didn't like one of their custom cocktails, and it was mostly ice and garnish. I switched to a regular martini at dinner and they didn't fill the glass enough both times. I was excited for the arancini, which were good themselves but I wasn't a huge fan of the sauce they came in.
I had the carbonara, which was not carbonara at all. it was smaller noodles and tasted like a mac n' cheese. The peas and pancetta weren't bad, but the sauce really tasted like it came from a box. Furthermore, it was super salty! I didn't finish it, and it wasn't because I was full.
The service was friendly, but slow. They need more people working here.
The sandwiches look good and I would only go back to try one of those and get it as takeout.
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 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 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 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. 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 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.
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