Le Chat Noir

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$30 and under
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French
Quote as “unpretentious but stylish”, Le Chat Noir, casual bistro-style with Parisian left-bank feel features classic, traditional French cuisine and a large selection of savory and sweet crepes. The Wine Lounge atop Le Chat Noir restaurant pays homage to vintage -- wine-making and a retrospect to Comics Black & White silent films. With an impressive wine list and a wide-range of cocktails for you to choose from, it is a place to share an intimate moment. Cozy home-like ambiance, we look forward to nourishing you and tantalizing your taste buds in our art nouveau inspired Restaurant and Lounge.

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50% wine by the glass

our selection of wine by the glass half price-Every Wednesday

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 21 June 2019

Ends: 22 June 2118

Availability: Wed 16:00-22:00

Half price on selected French wine

Enjoy a bottle of selected French wine at half price. Every Tuesday except the first one

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 18 June 2019

Ends: 19 June 2118

Availability: Tue 16:00-22:00

What 2078 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely celebration for my mother’s birthday. The waitress was amazing and the food was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going back for 12 years and it’s always worth it!

JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebrations

Y
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners/management are very solicitous of patron's experience. Service response. Meal was excellent. Never had a poor meal at this establishment. Rate it highly.

j
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food a cut above. Cramped seating area with tables on top of each other. Our appetizers got lost in the shuffle so we were comped dessert.

OT
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at Le Chat Noir is always exquisite. Their special event menus are fresh, clever, inventive and delicious. We go to every prix fix event they offer and are never disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been eating at Chat Noir for many years with friends and family. Everyone has always their meal.
It is a place I will continue to visit.

RC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Disappointed and annoyed. Two of us went for a special anniversary. Now, I'm not a picky person, but we found the service to be indifferent at best (we didn't even get a wine list, and it's a wine bar!), the food dry, lukewarm and underseasoned (you would be better off scrubbing dishes with the duck than trying to eat it with the butter knife that was provided), and the ambiance grating. The dining room upstairs is painted entirely orange with a very bright chandelier that forced me to spend half the meal using my hand as a visor.

The tarte au midi was the best dish I had, but I was too busy being saddened by my companion's genuine attempt to be happy with his duck and brick of polenta to really enjoy it-- but I gave half of it to him.

There are a zillion new, inventive restaurants in this city that would happily take your money, and I would suggest giving it to them instead.

JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Comfort food. Not so comfortable setting. I love the menu, food, and neighborly bonhomie. Noisy, crowded dining room detracts from overall ambience, but reasonable prices and attentive service offset. As a routinely single diner, I have never felt slighted or disadvantaged here. Kudos to staff for respecting diners equally.

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very good restaurant with good food and service.

f
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Their lunch specials are the way to go - 2 courses for roughly $27. French onion soup (additional $2.00 but worth it) and the cod were very tasty!

L
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Great food. Prices a bit high for a neighbourhood restaurant. It lacks a cocktail menu and a proper bar. But the wine list is very fine. Highly recommended.

A
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great vibe. The staff was awesome, as well!

G
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go-to restaurant, especially when I have guests in town. The food and the service are consistently goo, even when, for example, a water main breaks!

k
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you're looking for corner bistrot food at a reasonable price with professional service, this is a great place. Three course prix fixe dinner is $42. Good wines can be had for $40-$50 a bottle.

ST
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating here, met a friend for lunch, and it was very good food!

DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a spontaneous night out with my wife. The dining experience was perfect.

c
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Everyone at Le Chat Noir is very kind and welcoming...however, I was pretty frustrated with the restaurant. The quality of the food did not match the price at ALL, and I felt annoyed by how gimmicky the entire experience was.

v
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the drinks were fabulous, and the service was exceptional. My friends and I had the best time drinking wine, enjoying multiple courses, and the atmosphere was perfect. I would come back to this place again and again and again.

RH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great lunch. Wait staff was spread thin but everything came off just fine.

A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have been dining at Chat Noir for many years. Normally the food is familiar (we lived in France for three years some time back) and the service is always sunny and efficient. This time I was not happy with the bottle of Burgundy we ordered; it had an off-putting taste that was not bad enough to ask for a replacement, but it wasn't all that much fun either. The champagne was good, though. The we come to our dinner. Three of us had filet mignon and in my view it tasted more poached than grilled. But the salad was abut as we would have expected and the profiterolles were delicious. They still serve good espresso. So, maybe a C this time rather than the B plus we would normally experience.

SF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Reminiscent of a neighborhood French bistro, great selection of food, excellently preprepared and presented. Very good value, in a quiet location. But it is noisy in the dining room.

CW
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding as usual! This is our favorite restaurant.

a
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent but the service was not the best. Overall an amazing restaurant, if they had better service it would be just perfect!!

BE
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect preamble to an evening of post WWII French popular music.

JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu options. delicious food. such professional service. appealing prix fixe menu.

CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Partner and I have enjoyed Le Chat Noir before, so we recommended it to house guests. (Sweetly, they treated us!) We opted for 5:45PM Sunday, early and it was fine. We shared a bottle of wine (a father/son winery but I forget the name). Delightful. Friends had lamb stew and a fish special. We both had beef - me beef tenderloin (WOW!!). Table conversation slowed down a bit as we took advantage of the entrées and salads.

Service was welcoming and efficient. WE CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN.

DK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch. Crepes were amazing!! Great cafe vibe. We will definitely go again.

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can feel the real French Bistro even in DC if you go to Le Chat Noir. You should go right now.

OT
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Le Chat Noir is always different and quite exquisite. Pairings and complementary flavors are more inventive and visually beautiful, to say nothing of absolutely delicious. It's now our favorite restaurant and we just introduced a new friend for her birthday. She was delighted as well.

W
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Service was perfect and the food as always was outstanding

BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, and very rich! OpenTable tricked us though...the $$ rating led us to think it would be slightly more affordable. Ended up spending $100 including gratuity for 2 people for 2 entres, dessert, tap water and one soda!

MW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

I returned a second night because the codfish en croute (in a pastry crust) was excellent, also it was
served with"secret rice" a tasty black rice. The second night I went I was glad to see the cod was still on the menu, so I ordered the 3-course set menu. However, the preparation was not the same, and so was the rice. In terms of preparation the difference was not as good as the first night, but what was really different was that the second preparation had TOO MUCH PEPPER , which was not the case the first night. The waiter kindly asked me if it was all right, but I should have returned it, because my tongue was numb by the end of the evening and I couldn't taste the accompanying dessert. The potato-bacon potage as a starter was excellent.

C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was okay. The tables are very close together, so it's hard to move around and you feel like you are ease dropping on your neighbors conversation. Service was very slow.

A
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Reliably good food in a pleasant atmosphere. I had fish, which was fresh and well prepared. They also made adjustments to an appetizer that had an ingredient that didn't fit with a dietary restriction. I recommend it!

B
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We've been going to Le Chat Noir for years and like the atmosphere and some of the menu. A dinner this week was disappointing though. And it was typical of the past year or so. Their pretty. unique galette/crepe offerings have shrunk in recent times and aren't really as good as they once were. One of our entrees was a cheese and veggie galette. The combo of ingredients didn't mesh well and, in particular, the eggplant was bitter and only partially cooked. A dessert crepe--the basic lemon and sugar--didn't measure up to what you can get at a street kiosk in France. The crepe had been pre-prepared and was dried out and on the small size. The filling/sauce tasted like bottled lemon juice and the dessert was overly sweet--from too much sugar or overly sweet lemon juice.
On the plus side, a lamb navarin was pretty good, especially fresh vegetables that were added at just about the right time.
This place needs to step up its game. Matisse, just across the street, is miles ahead of it in quality and service and the prices are about the same.

MJ
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried out this restaurant based on our daughter’s recommendation. She was visiting from out of town and went with friends for brunch. We tried it for dinner and we’re very impressed. This is a bistro so don’t expect so-called fine dining. It’s pretty informal. But the food is excellent. Excellent! And the service is attentive without being intrusive. We always got bread and water refills when we wanted them. And despite the fact that the restaurant was very crowded we didn’t have to wait long between courses. Between the food and the service and the fact that it was a little bit like Paris, we will definitely return and return soon.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back for the first time after about six years, and this is still one of Washington’s best, most traditional French restaurants, with a friendly neighborhood style and mature, sophisticated ambiance. I strongly commend it.

d
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Veal scalopini dish was sent back for being too salty. Replaced dish was too tough and dry to eat. Diner’s complaint was ignored.

R
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! A bit pricey but still manageable if you go for the fixed price menu.

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