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Cafe Du Parc

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1838 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French

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A Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant, Café du Parc is a quintessential French bistro offering classic French dishes with a contemporary twist.

Influenced by the Beaux-Arts architecture of the Willard InterContinental and the French-inspired design of Washington, D.C. by Pierre L’Enfant, a French-American Engineer, Café du Parc was opened as a French restaurant in 1997 looking to bring a slice of France once more to the Nation’s Capital.

Located on Pennsylvania Avenue across from Pershing Park, a national park home to the World War 1 Memorial, Café du Parc is reminiscent of a Parisian-inspired sidewalk café. Paying homage to traditional French cooking, the restaurant offers diners a variety of culinary offerings from coffee and pastries at its coffee shop, Le Café, to breakfast, lunch, and dinner on its terrace or inside the main dining room.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1838 People Are Saying
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Kara74
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was our third time at the cafe. Outdoor seating was not available, which was unfortunate- it was not yet set up. The value for money is just not there. It was a simple lunch and extremely overpriced. We were supposed to meet a colleague, which is why we went again. Service was friendly but just not up to par with the location. Ordered items like tea never arrived. Bathrooms weren’t available for use that day so I had to find it in the hotel. Two fast food style meals cost us $65 with tip. Just not worth it again - go to a fast food place for 1/4 the price and avoid the disappointment.

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MichaelN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet for a Sunday Brunch, but hey, we love the solitude. Service outstanding, food excellent and pacing spot-on. My only wish was that they have the regular lunch menu that is on-line as I had my sites set for 1/2 lobster roll + 1/2 Onion soup.
Next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Took the servers forever to hand out water, food or even greet us

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vipJulieT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Three of us went for pre-theatre lunch. All of the food was wonderful and our waiter was very attentive. However, we sat for almost 10 minute s before being helped or even served a glass of water.

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Phoebe
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This restaurant was fine. I could not understand why we were told there were NO 7pm reservations available when many tables were empty when we arrived at 6:45. Our food was very good and the service was ok.

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Bee23
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious! I had a prosciutto sandwich on fresh ciabatta and the ananas juice. My friend had the Nutella espresso. We were both very pleased decent price. I believe it was the bistro/cafe side technically. I would go back.

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vip808to202
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wanted to find a restaurant close to the show we were attending, decided to try this place. When I saw escargot on the menu, that decided it for me. Service was awesome, we all loved our pre-theater prix fixe apps and mains, but some wanted a different dessert option. They were happily accommodated, no problem. Our birthday girl even got some lovely hand dipped strawberries, as a birthday surprise from the restaurant. I did get the escargot as an extra app and it was scrumptious! Will definitely come back!

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vipSusan
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service

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vipDissapointed
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is just not as good as it used to be. Very disappointing and the constrcution all around the entrance made it even more disappointing.

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Jamais
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I arrived for dinner about a half hour before our reservation for 5:30. It was a down time between lunch and dinner and the staff could not be more accommodating. We were shown both the lunch and dinner menus and told we could order off either one. We decided on items from the dinner menu and the meals were served nicely presented and delicious. We will be back again and expect that we will be treated as well the next time.

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John
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect until the end. I had a bit of a run around when I asked to validate parking. I had to go downstairs, then back upstairs, then back downstairs for this simple task. It was awkward and uncomfortable.

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Artichoke
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous menu, beautiful presentation, delicious cuisine and wonderful service. What more could one ask?

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Limited menu choices, smaller portions, nicely presented but higher end pricing for the value. Likely paying for the location.

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HaroldS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall1food3service4ambience1

The restaurant was under construction, yet we were taken to an unattractive back room and served from there. Whether we had the normal menu or not was not clear, but the choices were limited, and the food was not great. Very disappointing -

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vipManakinman
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

I was advised 10 minutes before our 7:30 reservation that my reservation was cancelled. After too much discussion we were offered a table on a different floor in a small room which had less ambiance than a McDonald’s.
Food and service was acceptable but didn’t make up for the inconvenience and hassle.
Our only night in DC and it was a bust

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

They were undergoing a renovation as we ate! Very noisy but they did give us a 50% refund. We should have been notified of the renovation before we made the reservation.

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Jill
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was fantastic and the staff was like a well-oiled machine! Everyone was so pleasant and welcoming, will certainly be returning again in the future! Until then I'll dream about the eggs benedict with crab ...

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PamInClifton
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Six of us dined for a late lunch. Pluses: Friendly wait staff, convenience to the National Theatre, crab cakes, green beans, fries. Minuses: The chicken was mushy and flavorless, the steak was only just okay (maybe you should add a rib eye).

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vipArtieb
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Poorly cooked food arrived lukewarm. Escargot were poorly flavored. Completely inconsistent with a restaurant in this price range.

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vipMichaelC
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming French restaurant low key but delicious appetizers and main courses we usually eat here twice when we visit. The service was fabulous

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travism
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good traditional french restaurant with some style

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vipBeckyPJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fabulous food as part of restaurant week offer but felt let down by our table as could of been any cafe and not grand enough to fit beautiful lobby and bar of The Willard

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food wasn’t seasoned well. Waiter wasn’t attentive.

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AnthonyG
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner on Saturday of Restaurant week and had the Restaurant week three course dinner with wine pairings. Our selections were excellent. We recommend this fine restaurant.

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Jeanfromalexandria
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A nice Rest. Week lunch menu-haven't had escargot in a long time and enjoyed them at Cafe du Parc. The scallop salad entree was really good-sweet, tender scallops with a nice dressing. The salmon with lentils that my husband had was very good also. His squash soup was just a tad bit sweet for our taste. Deserts were yummy. Our server was attententive. An enjoyable lunch.

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Tyler
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The service was not great and food was not what was expected. The wine was subpar and ambiance was a lackluster

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Cafe du Parc was a nice restaurant experience, however the space is in the hotel, part of and connected to the downstairs breakfast cafe. Ambiance is lacking but service and food quality was very good. Nothing special but solid.

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Gaucho
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The hostess was visibly annoyed because my party had a last minute change to 3 instead of 4 people. We waited 10 minutes before we got water and a greeting at the table. The server was abrupt and fairly helpless with questions about the menu.

The appetizers were all excellent, especially the escargots, onion soup and seared tuna. The beef bourguignon was very good, the salmon overdone and dry.

Overall, this was a poor performance for a restaurant in a place like the Willard Hotel. It was a far cry from the comfortable luxury and personal service I expected.

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vipSwarthVader
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It took 15-20 minutes from being seated for a waiter to come to the table, and only after we called out to him. This is unacceptable. The food was good. The new pay at your seat feature is OK, but no one wants their waiter hovering over them when determining a tip amount. I probably won’t come back.

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MichaelH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drink with first class service. A very pleasant experience!

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vipDisappointed
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the scallop salad and while I had to ask for extra dressing, it was a great dining experience for me.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Poor service, less than average food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our dinner took advantage of Restaurant Week. They had great choices for appetizers like escargot, foie gras, etc. Main entrees, especially the beef bourguignon and salmon, were excellent. Great value all in all.

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vipOmar2
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It was a sad first experience and service was unexpectedly below expectation.

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Wilmingtonian
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible meal on a quiet night in Washington D.C., immediately following the holidays. The filet mignon was melt-in-your mouth and perfectly prepared. My tuna tartare was delicious and just the right portion. Our waiter was attentive but did not hover. Eat here, you will not be sorry.
* We are not related to anyone at the Cafe du Parc, nor provide services for them. This is a completely un biased review from two seniors that happened upon this restaurant in our walk through D.C. the day we arrived.

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SallyS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I arranged to have an engagement luncheon for my niece. I called the day before to request champagne at the table when the guests arrived & I wanted everything very special for her. It was perfect. Thank you to the chef, server & hostess for the wonderful experience.

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vipjkergosi
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best boeuf bourguignon I've had. Perfect presentation. Everything was wonderful. I'll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Tony did an amazing job! Very friendly and knowledge. Highlights included the French Onion Soup and Beef Bourguignon.

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Luv2dine
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were treated like VIPs from the minute we walked in the door. My French toast was good, but nothing to write home about. My boyfriend's hache parmontier was good, but the meat was a little overcooked. Our friend had a good eggs Benedict. The restaurant wasn't crowded, so the noise level was low and we weren't at all rushed, which was very nice for catching up with an old friend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
7 reviews