Le Chat Noir

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2136 reviews
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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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JoeFigg
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Post-car crashing through part of their dining area, Le Chat Noir has bounced back beautifully. Excellent Mahi mahi and duck confit on Sunday evening, followed by a delicious apple tart. Kudos to this neighborhood gem!

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Larry
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Fabulous and friendly service. Easy to talk.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! My fave restaurant in the DMV.

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KarenL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my grandson there for his 26th bday. The food and service was A+.

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DavidB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal began with very tasty and warm bread. Both the salad and soup of the day were excellent. We were both very pleased with our entrees - beef bourginon and a crepe with sauteed chicken breast. We concluded the meal with very good decaf. The waiter was friendly and attentive.

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WalterA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Per the Michelin Guide - a neighborhood gem. Great service, very good food and a moderately-priced wine list. No corkage fee Sunday nights and other specials during the week.

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vipMBfromDC
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent, friendly neighborhood place for a nice, quiet and excellent meal. This time enjoyed an wonderful Sunday brunch, but have had dinners at the restaurant as well. A good place for a celebratory event, but also a quiet place for a business dinner. The food is always delicious and nicely presented. the waitstaff are always attentive. Highly recommend.

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Iatros
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful evening beginning at our arrival. The service was outstanding throughout; waiters were thoughtful without being intrusive. It was easy to have a conversation as the place was not noisy. The food was excellent. The dimmed lights were a plus. The decoration can be improved and the place is a bit cramped but overall it was an excellent experience. The menu does not list calories.

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JonathanH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and has been for a long time

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, prompt efficient service. Good food at a good price. Authentic ambiance. Will return.

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MARGOT
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant and the food and service is really good. The only "complaint" I have is how cramped the seating is - but it certainly reminds you of being in a little french bistro!

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rowdycholin
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The omelet was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went here for Valentine’s Day . The restaurant was quite busy even at 930pm, but the waitstaff were attentive and helpful. Even though the restaurant is located in an older building the environment was warm enough for a February night.

The beef and mahi mahi dishes were amazing. However both of us thought the beet salad with seaweed garnish was uniquely scrumptious.

We would definitely eat here again.

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BegonaN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, cozy restaurant, great food, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and experience! Will be coming back again for sure!

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carolynlong
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had our Valentine's dinner at Le Chat Noir. The restaurant was full of happy diners and the atmosphere was very festive. The service by Issa was perfect. The dinner was delicious. When we left, they gave us a little box of candy and a red rose. A totally fine experience to celebrate a special evening.

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john
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our favorite restaurant in washington dc area without a doubt

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Joe222
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I’d tell them to look at other options. Service vis-à-vis pricing was not an equal value. Nice neighborhood place that go to a lot bc it’s close to home. Would not go there if it was a big effort I will say food is always fine.

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DanI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, generally, although the steak frites featured a very skimpy piece of meat. The rest of the food and desserts were very good. The space is pretty tight in there, so be prepared to keep your conversation to a whisper.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always.

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vipjamesemich
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very very nice intimate and friendly neighborhood French bistro. Great food. Chicken, Trout, boulliabaise, beef burgundy; all wonderful. It's our go to French bistro. Excellent staff and service

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StuartP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had NY strip and I have never had such a rather thin slice—covered with sauce.

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Buffy140
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had a 5 o'clock reservation. Arrived 10 minutes early. We're not received very graciously.

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Barb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wil go back, loved the champagne and the bread (of course!)!

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vipJami
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place for brunch. Special brunch menu offers several favorite dishes and includes a glass of mimosa or wine.

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PiaR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We came here for a birthday dinner on a Saturday evening. Nobody was at the hostess desk when we got there. Had to wait for a bit before somebody comes. We got seated right away considering it was a very busy night. Our waiter didn’t really created us and ask us if we are having wine right away. The specials of the day was never mentioned while the other waiter had mentioned it to the table next to us. Service was not so great in my opinion. Definitely was not a good first impression. The food though was delicious and well prepared. We got the duck cassoulet and the poulet grand mere. For the dessert, the chocolate mousse was yum but the creme brûlée was lacking. Wines are reasonably priced. Not something I would come back to considering there’s other great places around to eat. Also, I specifically mentioned that it was a birthday dinner when I booked this place on open table. It was never mentioned and our evening didn’t feel special at all.

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vipDCHugh
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great dinner, great service reasonably priced , if anything too many tables crammed into a small space :(

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here

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hugo
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Charcuterie was not French.my bouillabaisse had no safran,one little shrimp,the rouille was 1/4 of tea spoon with two little croutons.the server in t-shirt.the four of us were not impressed.
The food was not at the level of the bill.$300.
Just the bread and ice cream were ok.big deal
I am a French chef,so if you need a class let me know.
You are very far of what a French restaurant is.

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vipZiggy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Spaces were quite poor and the beer menu was not exceptional, but food and service were excellent.

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viprobertD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

This is a favorite restaurant of mine, but on this last visit my dish was not up to what I normally expect. The cod and salmon in the dish were washed out with the red wine sauce so that one could not even tell you were eating fish. But the other members of our party were quite happy with their other main dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mediocre at best in all regards.
Service was uninterested and not engaged. Never say him again after main course. Hailed maitre D for after dinner drinks and bill. Definitely don’t go out of your way to experience.

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PhilippeF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure. And so charming. I always await the daily specials. Thursday, one of the special appetizers was an escargot fricassee in mushroom cream sauce served in small, individual Dutch ovens. We found a good red Bordeaux on the wine list.

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ChristopherC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The food was good, it wasn’t amazing. I was more let down by the ambiance and appearance of the dinning area. Honestly? It looks run down and shabby. This place needs a major decor overhaul.

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vipKevin
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend for her birthday. Le Chat Noir was the perfect place. We sat in the sunny enclosed porch. Our dishes were delicious and definitely a good value!

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ProfJohn
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I've been to Le Chat Noir five previous times, always for dinner, and never been disappointed, although the last time I visited I was a bit underwhelmed as I felt it was a lot of money for smaller portions with a slight dip in quality. It used to be that every item on the menu was outstanding, but as of late I feel that this is not the case any longer. Although the food is tasty, I feel that there is better value elsewhere. Perhaps this was yet another "off day" due to my visiting during Restaurant Week, and the place was packed, but...no excuses. Come on, Le Chat Noir, shape up!

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vipMedLib
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite bistro this side of the Atlantic. Friendly staff who know their food, comfortable ambiance and noise level, and the food itself is reliably good.

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PhilippeF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, a memorable experience. I will return next week with several friends for another event.

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vipFlorenceC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The escargot are so overpowered by the flavor of the sauce you can barely taste them. The sauce was good to dip the bread in it but too much for the dish. The bouillabaisse was good but a bit too thick for my liking, tasted more like tomato paste than the flavors of the seafood. My son’s steak was cooked perfectly medium rare but had a lot of fat in it. The fries were heavenly and so was the bread. Service was good!

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Le Chat Noir is rated 4.5 stars by 2136 OpenTable diners.

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