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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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Mike Isabella Concepts offers Italian and Sandwich catering. 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).
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G by Mike Isabella Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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