Et Voila

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Et Voila! is a charismatic Belgian French bistro located at 5120 MacArthur Blvd NW in Washington, DC’s Palisades neighborhood, owned by Belgian Chef Claudio Pirollo.
We accept large party by phone only (2022372300). If you cannot book a table online it does not mean that we do not have availability, please feel free to call us directly.
After 10 years of dedication to tradition and authentic flavors, Chefs Pirollo has settled a well-deserved reputation among his peers, the media and most importantly with the guests. Awarded by Washingtonian Magazine as one of DC’s Top 100 Restaurants and by The Washington Post, Claudio Pirollo and his team warmly welcome you at Et Voila! where seasonality and sustainability are the keys to the earthy yet delicious flavors.
A diversified wine list, including bio wines, and a large selection of Belgium beers have been prepared for you in order to give you the best bistro experience.
Et Voila! serves lunch, dinner and brunch.
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Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We waited almost an hour after our reservation time before we were seated. The bar
area was frenetic. They offered complimentary Prosecco to some but not others. Once we were seated, the service was passable but still a bit crazy. The food, however, was excellent. I’ll still think twice about returning after the very long wait time. And it is so noisy that it is difficult to hear your companions.

EM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was overbooked. One hour wait time. One room (not filled) was dedicated to a single group, single longer table. That room wasn’t used for other patrons. Evidently OpenTable wasn’t told that capacity was below normal. The noise level was so high that when we were standing waiting and a waiter asked if we’d like a drink while we waited we thought it was gratis. Not so when we got our bill. I like this place normally and have never had to wait before.

J
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always outstanding - especially the soups! Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.

CC
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had to wait 20 minutes but gracious apology given. Neighborhood gem. Excellent food and service.

K
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s been two years since we’ve been but it is still the same excellent food and service.

S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal as before, first time there for brunch. Really enjoyed the cheese and honey tasting with Cheese To The People also!

r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service

JA
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location, food and service! Great neighborhood place and for pre theater.

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We'd made a reservation for 5, but our friends showed up with 3 extra people and staff handled the change gracefully and accommodated our party in partly private room. So glad they did as everyone agreed that food was fantastic!

M
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening—everything was delicious and staff was very attentive!

OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just coming back here very often and never get disappointed food quality is always at the top, good service and reasonable price on the wine list will be back

O
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had an excellent meal at Et Voila and were so delighted that the noise level allowed the four of us to have a conversation.

NS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We and friends went for dinner. We all enjoy great food prepared in an interesting way. We get this at EtVoila. The endive and cheese salad is terrific; kitchen split it to share. Wife and I had the bronzino over pasta and mushrooms. This is one of our favorites here. The apricot and pistachio tart with ice cream was delicious. Belgian beers we available, of course. We will be back!

JR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

For such an expensive restaurant, we had a sub-par experience. First of all, my husband got ill in the middle of the night after eating at the restaurant. We called the manager the next morning and they said they would email us after talking to the chef. The email later that day said that they didn't think it was their restaurant since no one else had called in to report an illness. They offered us a free dessert the next time we come in. Ummm, don't bother we won't be back. When someone gets sick so quickly after eating, it's almost certainly a result of the food, so for them to not admit that and instead put it back on us is very unprofessional. Also, when you're spending $80+ per person, I would expect the servers to not reach across plates to grab water glasses for refilling, and not to clank things around on the table. And at one point, the guy we were with kind of jumped because one of the servers slammed a cabinet door shut behind him on the wine wall. The whole thing was just kind of weird...it's like they want to appear as though they are an elite restaurant, but they sure didn't act like it. Altogether, 2 couples spent $350+ on dinner between cocktails, entrees, salads (which you have to buy separately), one shared dessert (and not even any appetizers), so I would have expected superior service, and a much more gracious response when we reported the affect the meal had on us.
*Update: The restaurant reached out to us to rectify this professionally.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!

Et Voila
Responded on 6 October 2019

We love our guest ! See you soon

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AS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a bad meal here. I look forward to our next reservation! The service is personable and attentive. The food is amazing and the recommendations are appropriate. Our new go-to place!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant has very good noise damping. Was easy to carry on a conversation.

PT
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very nice place that we frequent and to which we take our out-of-town visitors and friends. Food varies from very good to excellent. The service has always been prompt and cheerful. It is a little too noisy for someone who forgot to bring his hearing aids.

S
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We love the restaurant and the food is outstanding, but the noise level and closeness on a busy Saturday night are a challenge.
We will be returning, but on a weekday evening when it isn't quite so energetic.

B
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We[ve been going Et Voila for several years. It's popularity continues to grow and at the same time it's comfort level and food quality seems to slip. Whether you agree with my assessment, what is a fact is that weekend dinners are probably best avoided at the smallish restaurant. It's massively crowded, and if you wind up in a seat on one of the narrow aisles that bisect the two rear parts of the place, you're likely to get jostled throughout your meal.
The food is pretty good, but not sensational and the prices are pretty high for what's on offer. If you are a vegetarian, you should not bother coming here. This is old school European and non-meat/seafood dishes are an afterthought.

HR
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! The service impeccable and friendly!

Et Voila
Responded on 24 September 2019

Thank you for your kind feedback. We are hoping to host you really soon

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J
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my husband after spending the day in DC. Delicious dinner, short ribs were fab, my goat cheese salad was delicious,moules very good, enjoyed the wine & dessert Our waiter Benjamin was delightful Will return with friends

l
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Except for a mediocre steak, the food continues to be very good. But, the service suffers when the restaurant is fully occupied, both inside and outside.

LA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. We have had many meals there from middle of the week dinner to special occasions. They never disappoint!

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Et Voila is the real deal - a proper French Bistro in the heart of the Pallisades. The food is excellent... and pricey. The drinks are extremely expensive. I would accept all this if the tables were organized differently, but you very tightly packed together, and one or two of you will always be looking at the wall with the hustle and bustle of servers behind you. So in terms of ambiance, Et Voila is a little lacking. Still, it's very good food and the servers are very nice and friendly.

m
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great. I recommend the risotto.

S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Consistently perfect, attentive wait staff as well as a neighborhood favorite

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food at Et Voila has gone down hill. We used to love this restaurant, but not after this last visit. Specifically:
No more hunter pate, so my wife ordered the ham spread, which was almost tasteless. Even with some unidentifiable accompaniment, it was bad. Mussels in white wine, garlic and onion were also bland, and the mussels were tough and rubbery. Escargot had flavor, but the toasted bread with them was dripping with oil. Trout was ok, just bland again. Dessert was floating island, a dish of egg whites whipped surrounded by vanilla creme. Would never order this again. One more good place crossed off our list. If this place were anywhere near the Grand Place, it would be shunned.

C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Et Viola is a wonderful dining experience that creates an exceptional atmosphere through the terrific service and exquisite food.

Et Voila
Responded on 17 September 2019

Thank you for your comment. You satisfaction is our priority and we are glad that you liked the service from the door to your entire dinner experience. See you really soon, Sylvain Frances General Manager

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from start to finish and delicious food, we love Et Voila!

A
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again a GREAT location for a fun even though business lunch

Staff is very friendly and helpful as the three of us walked through the menu

Excellent omelettes for two of us and once again a FAB presentation of trout for one colleague

We’ll be back again!

Et Voila
Responded on 18 September 2019

Dear Abundanza, Thank you very much for your comment ! We are really glad that you enjoyed your lunch. Hope to see really soon Sylvain

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W
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

These days over salting food is a no no in any restaurant.
I ordered the market day special, Sole Meuniere which came with spinach.
The spinach was distastefully over salted, practically inedible.
The sole arrived not boned so I requested deboning which was done expertly and promptly at table.
I was tempted to return the spinach for an alternative substitution but decided not to make further fuss as this is a restaurant I enjoy.
My advice here:
While I'm not keen on mussels, if you are, play to their strong suit, mussels!

VP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, attentive service, an enjoyable brunch.

DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place wins every time. The best people all around. Best quality food by best chef. Best service and atmosphere. And this time the special tomahawk steak was over the moon perfect. Grass fed beef. Cooked to perfect (which means barely cooked to perfection. Awesome cocktails and wine as well. Go here only if you want a perfect night.

Et Voila
Responded on 17 September 2019

Thank you for your comment. We are glad to read that your dinner reached your expectation ! We do special every week, all information are available on our website ! I hope to see you really soon ! Sylvain Frances General Manager

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s
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We both had the lobster burgers with a house salad. The burgers were very good. Service was very attentive and helpful.

FF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We sat a few tables away from the bar and there were so many fruit flies/nats flying around the table while we were eating - it was very unpleasant to have to continue to swat them away. Perhaps if the floor was mopped with bleach and everything wiped down clean to eliminate grease and sticky residue- it might help the problem

SO
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat outside for a 6:30 reservation...
Great service... in fact... flawless service especially since the restaurant was full by 7 pm and the tables continued to fill and turn all evening. We had flus grad terrine,warm tomato soup with olives grilled salmon. There wasn’t a crumb left of anything. For my birthday dessert we ordered opera cake that arrived with a lite candle ( no singing thank goodness) a wonderful and memorable cake... google it and then order it... simply delicious.

Et Voila
Responded on 6 September 2019

Thank you for your comment. We are glad to read that your birthday dinner reached your expectation ! Next time do not hesitate to try our delicious new Miserable cake with its five different Vanilla. I hope to see you really soon ! Sylvain Frances General Manager

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OT
Aberdeen
11 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had a few flies flying around during dinner which was a problem. Ordered mussels....way too many onions, not enough garlic & wine. Prices seem to be higher

GZ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service were excellent!

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