Filomena’s hospitality creates “memories for several generations of diners to take away with their leftovers.” – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post
For more than three decades, Filomena has offered an unparalleled Italian fine-dining experience in the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The restaurant, founded by JoAnnaFilomena in 1983, is heralded for its traditional Italian cuisine, fine wine, and exceptional service.
Filomena features a menu inspired by Mother Filomena’s simple, yet creative cuisine, as well as her wonderful old-world traditional recipes. To accent your meal, our menu includes an extensive wine list featuring a variety of Italy’s finest wines. In fact, we were included among Open Table’s 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in the U.S.!
Your best chance of catching a celebrity sighting in DC—having dinner at Filomena! In the 30+ years that we have been around, countless stars—and multiple U.S. presidents—have enjoyed our delicious Italian classics. At Filomena, the celebrity clientele has included Jimmy Stewart, Cindy Crawford, Goldie Hawn, Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro, Alex Ovechkin, Glenn Close and B.B. King, among many others.
One of the most important aspects that JoAnna carried from her family to the restaurant was the tradition of sharing a glass of Sambucca or Amaretto with dinner guests at the end of a meal. JoAnna took this one step further and decided that it would make guests feel more like friends and special “company” if they could pour their own Sambucca at the end of the meal just as they would if they were guests in her home. Originally just Sambucca, JoAnna also added Amaretto for those who didn’t care for Sambucca so that they could have a drink with everyone else. Although the Amaretto was more often chosen in the early days of Filomena, that trend has completely reversed itself and now most guests prefer the Sambucca.
Filomena can satisfy the most discerning palates and the heartiest of appetites. Reservations are highly recommended. Valet parking is available, and private parties and off-site catering are welcome and can be accommodated.
We hope your family will join our family for an experience of classic Italian tastes and a memorable dining experience!
We struggle during these troubling times and uncharted waters to know which decision is the most responsible.
Here at Filomena our staff is our family and many have been with us from our beginning. Also, we are exceptionally close to our loyal guests who have been our friends for these past 37 plus years and in 37 years we have never faced such a dilemma.
The well-being of our staff, their families and our guests is paramount. We have therefore made the very difficult decision to close Filomena for two weeks. The place for everyone right now is to isolate in our own homes.
I deeply apologize to anyone having a reservation during these next two weeks. We hope you understand the necessity of this action. We are trying to be proactive and protect our loved ones.
So please stay safe and we hope to see you April 27th!