Cafe Du Parc

4.4
1915 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French
Indoor dining at all restaurants is suspended until January 15th. Outdoor dining, on a heated terrace, is available.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1915 People Are Saying
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vipLQ12
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good attenrtive service but the food was mediocre. Appreciate the free dessert and glass of prosecco for the birthday we were celebrating.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
775 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunch’s in town. Chef clearly aims to please. Top notch staff, very Covid aware. A true delight.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A last minute reservation, but so worth it!

Service was incredible, food was so delicious!

Will definitely visit again and recommend.

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KatH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, the food was wonderful, and it was an excellent experience all around. I will definitely return.

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Natasha
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Cafe Du Parc with two of my friends for Valentine's Day dinner and it was truly amazing. I was a bit worried when we walked in because the bottom level is a cafe (perfect for brunch, not so much for fancy dinner) but I was pleasantly surprised that they also have an upper level for dining. The lighting was dim, each table had a candle and a rose (for V-day). Since it was Valentine's Day, my friends and I decided to go big (Our bill was over $500) and order many appetizers and entrees along with the 3-course meal that they offered for V-Day. And OMG the food was AMAZING! It was definitely worth the price. Seriously, the best food I have had at a restaurant thus far! The chefs really know what they are doing, and our servers were so polite, attentive, and amazing. I am quite sad that I don't live in D.C. as I was just visiting, however, I fully intend on coming back when I visit again! Ps. Our servers gave us all of the roses at the end of the night which was so sweet! Keep up the outstanding service!

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eronw
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We stayed 2 nights over Valentines weekend. Service was outstanding and the room was clean but had a strange odor, maybe it used to be a smoking room? The restaurant was good but not outstanding. We ate breakfast, had room service, and the Valentine special menu. We were served a shrimp cocktail that was not good. The shrimp were not de-veined and were over-cooked. Everything else was pedestrian excluding an outstanding braised beef risotto which was amazing, best dish by far. Overall, average food not worth the cost. Fun hotel though.

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Amazing
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience all around. Easy to park, easy to check-in, food and wine were delicious and the service was friendly and prompt. I got the halibut and scallops over couscous and it was so fresh and expertly prepared. I was also impressed by how clean everything was and how all the servers wore double masks.

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StephenS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

This was one of the worse service I have received in dc so far. There was no one to greet or seat us. The staff would disappear quite frequently. It was just bad all around.

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BrennyC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was wonderful

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RonaldL
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Not real French food. Was disappointed by the rasin bread...

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The tuna Tar Tar was the best I have ever had which is saying quite a lot!

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vipMicheleh
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant week lunch was not as good. Love the Willard, but this fell short

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday lunch here for my mom. The wine pairings were incredible qnd I don’t even like wine.

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Heidi
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at Cafe du Parc four days after DC opened for indoor dining again. The food (and wine!) was delicious and we had a fantastic server, who was friendly and attentive. Kudos to the chef for bringing a little bit of France to us for a few hours. We plan on coming back for restaurant week!

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Babs
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

With COVID 19 restrictions setting the operating standards, the overall visit was acceptable.
The food was good and the wait staff tried. BUT, it was under the staffed and the staff was over worked, yet they were pleasant. The heater was not adequate, but we managed.

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vippilarm
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived and every table outside was vacant, except for one. The bakery/to go was open. We left because who would want to have dinner at a restaurant that is nothing like what is described on Open Table. We understand that COVID protocols have been challenging for restaurants, but this experience was avoidable and therefore inexcusable.

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LeoT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and fast service. We had the beef bourguignon which was prepared well and quite delicious. We were in a bit of a hurry but they were able to accommodate without diminishing their quality of service. Great date night location as well!

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vipDalianaA
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Location is nice. Food was ok.

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LubnaA
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was good. Food was delicious but no kids menu options. We had to order full portions. Also too pricey for what it was.

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vipSteveB
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café ambience. Great food, service not intrusive, but I had to call the server over 3 times. Second appetizer ordered arrived 20 minutes after the first. Had finished appetizers several minutes, had to flag down server to order main courses. Need to work on rotation among diners.

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Nengsita
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious & tasty! Ambience was great! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Outdoor seating is not available even if you make a reservation outdoors. The staff were rude when showing them the confirmed reservation for outdoors. We received sliced cheddar cheese (like for a sandwich) and something that seemed like a small baby bell as the cheese for our cheese board. The lobster melt was not satisfactory... the desserts were nice and the service was nice once seated.

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Dove
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I’ve had in many years. Beautifully presented, excellent service!

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GokhanB
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We had lobster bisque soup . It’s was terrible. It’s was like water and no lobster meat.
Duck was tender sous was good but cabbage didn’t match. And so many potato.
Waiters was not professional. They don’t smile and not good for explanation of the menu. This hotel is amazing but restaurant must be more careful with food and stuff.

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vipStella65
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Non mi è piaciuto il servizio! Molto prepotenti e senza rispetto ! Non è più come una volta . Il cameriere portava la mascherina sotto il naso sempre. Negativo come cibo e come servizio

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Kris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The website of this restaurant gave a misleading impression of having a grand upscale space. In reality it turned out to be just a cafe with upscale french restaurant prices.

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vipJeff
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal with a superb wait staff. Thank you to the entire Du Parc team for making it another great night despite the pandemic!

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vipShanaC
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was nice and our server remembered us from the previous morning. The menu is very small for breakfast. The prices are a little much, but we didn't have time to go elsewhere.

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vipShanaC
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It was extremely crowded. We were seated in a booth, which was fine. Took some time for our drink order to be made because they were so busy. A pen also landed in between us from the second story. We just laughed about it. However, the double doors closest to us was our main problem. One door was left open, which we understand it helps the staff walk in and out. However, it was allowing a freezing chill into the small space. I had to eat with my coat on the whole time.

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vipBiasedBehavior
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious AMS service was spectacular

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vipCCCC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was fair. Interesting menu. Slow inconsistent service. The big plus was a nice outdoor location a few blocks from the White House.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold, could never get a coffee refill, reservation was for the dining room but was sat in the middle of the coffee shop.
Felt like a 3 star hotel disappointing room service versus a legit restaurant and way overpriced for the quality

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vipCasa
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was not impressed with the menu options. The server he was very nice. Our drinks were nothing great!

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vipHERBERTF
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Revival gathering on Mall.

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vipHERBERTF
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attending Worship Rally

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was absolutely great. Service was excellent and food was quite good. If there had been tablecloths on the tables it would have felt like Paris! I’ll definitely go back.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
775 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the lobster bisque! Salmon was terrific, great desserts, which I give away, but responses were amazing.

Excellent service!

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PeekskillProwler
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was as good as could be expected eating indoors during Covid 19. Fabulous bouillabaisse. Other than a small fruit fly who annoyed us throughout our meal, we really enjoyed ourselves. Nice ambience. Way more than 6 ft between each table so the place looked very sparse. You can definitely feel relaxed dining indoors at this location

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EmelineG
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food so good ! I’m French and I eat French food in this restaurant and it was like at home in France ! So just so good !

FAQs

Cafe Du Parc offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 942-7000.

Cafe Du Parc is rated 4.4 stars by 1915 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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