Le Chat Noir

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$30 and under
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French
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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.

Special Offers

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 2030 People Are Saying
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L
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Such a good restaurant continues to bring the neighbors in.

l
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! We will be coming back soon. This is a perfect low key French style bistro - w. delicious food. Loved it.

JD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal in the front, open-air room. Perfect portion sizes, delicious food, attentive service. For the quality and experience, a fair price, too. Highly recommend.

P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent neighborhood bistro. It’s been around quite a while and there are good reasons for its longevity: good food, and pleasant service in a nice setting.

V
London
31 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Really lousy service. I cannot help but think that the moment I said no to a second glass of wine, it became impossible to get refills on water, our dessert course took Forever — but they brought us the bill well in advance of bringing us the dessert! Who does that?!

ET
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 3

Should not offer coupons if you are hostile to people using them

JW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I've been to Chat Noir many times - when it is good, it is very good but from time to time it isn't. This last visit was unsatisfactory. The salad was overdressed, and the steak which I had ordered medium rare was definitely well done. I didn't send it back because my companion had been served and that would have meant that her food deteriorated in a warming oven or she ate while I waited. I think this kitchen is erratic - but the steak/frites is a standard and something that shouldn't be that difficult.

b
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose Le Chat Noir to celebrate my father-in-law's 87th birthday as it is a favorite of his and we were not disappointed. I actually expected the service to be a bit aloof, really having nothing to base it on. I was greatly mistaken - the service was top notch but all the staff we came in contact with were friendly and very helpful. The only downside of it for me, and it was not the fault of the restaurant, is the day was extremely hot and I was not that comfortable, but not so uncomfortable that I wouldn't go again - we WILL go again! Highly recommend Le Chat Noir for a special occasion or just a nice lunch or dinner out.

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just ok. Underseasoned and underwhelming, especially given price point.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place was bustling. Food was great. Our house guests loved the atmosphere , ambience and charm, and great servers. I would recommend enthusiastically.

Look forward to our next meal at Chat Noir...

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We had night expectation but did not enjoy the food at all

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Need waitstaff who in a French restaurant don’t say “ I don’t speak any French” and at least know that Pommes Frites means French fries.

C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere is cozy.

Escargots are too small, main dish cod was good, stuffed pork tenderloin was mediocre, creme caramel was excellent, and ice cream was OK.

We did the restaurant week lunch menu. Maybe it's better if you choose from regular menu.
Service is all right.
Nothing special, nothing bad, just an all right neighborhood restaurant.

K
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good eating place with sidewalk/porch dining.

DC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

CREPE FERA WAS GREAT, BEEF MADALION GOOD , SALMON VERY GOOD, THOUGH WISH THE SKIN HAD BEEN REMOVED BEFORE SERVING.
WE CAME SUN. EVE. AT 7P. NOISE LEVEL MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK (INSIDE ROOM). BETTER IF WE HAD COME AT 5P OR 8P.

DC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our go to French restaurant for Bistro food. When we are homesick for France we come here. We had amazing ratatouille, fresh and savory. The crepe was filled with bay scallops in a cream sauce and the mussels were cooked to perfection. We are never disappointed

LR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always good here. Had a very nice meal, as usual.

AR
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening. Great food and staff.

SD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a charming bistro atmosphere. I highly recommend Le Chat Noir!

D
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delightful experience. Talking is easy, the food is delicious and the service experienced and cheerful. Wonderful neighborhood spot.

AV
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

On a scorching summer day like the one we went for dinner, the room was extremely hot and the floor fan in the corner was not enough to cool of the room. As a suggestion, have few extra units for use in these super hot days. Eating a fabulous meal on suche a hot ambience is not agreable. Constructive criticism. Ana María

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Le Chat Noir: My favorite neighborhood bistro. I especially like the holiday event meals. It was Bastille Day this time, and we loved the baked cod en croute. As for ambience-- this time the piped music was too loud, the only distraction from a lovely evening.

RL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, really near excellent. I had a fantastic salmon and my date had the bouillabaisse. Also enjoyed a nice bowl of carrot soup chilled. It was a busy nite and service was just a tad slow at points but still enjoyed immensely. They had doors open on front patio where we were and road was a tad noisy, but really enjoyed the entire visit a lot.

MS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bastille Day Weekend was fabulous. Enjoyed the special menu, usual great service and the ambiance. Making for a perfect evening to catch up with friends.

L
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 3-course pris fixe celebrating the Quatorze, and the food was lovely, with top-class choices. Because the restaurant was full, the staff was rushed off their feet, but they stayed cheerful and attentive. Everything was festive! We are close-to-regulars, and Le Chat is always pleasant and flavorful, but this evening was extra.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating friend’s birthday. Servers were very attentive. We enjoyed our lunch, quiet but unstuffy atmosphere. We enjoyed ourselves. Will return.

L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, very attentive service.

KZ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A good neighborhood restaurant with great French food. The service is always efficient and friendly; easy street parking nearby.

VA
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely celebration at our favorite restaurant in the Washington DC area!

NR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a date night and had a wonderful time! The duck was excellent! We initially sat down in the dining room, but it was a bit noisy so we switched to the outdoor patio, which was much more peaceful. If you're looking for good French food, would recommend Le Chat Noir.

JW
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood place. Perfect for a weeknight dinner. Also good for lunch

S
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening sitting on this French Atmosphere and Cuisine Restaurants open air deck with a quiet fan adding to the wonderful experience.

C
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The new menu is not French! The duck breast with Polenta, and a salad just didn’t make any sense for a French menu. My guest ordered the daily special veal and it was not French either, besides, it was dry and not thin enough to be called scaloppine.

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The suggestion for the wine was unexpected but so a propos, the service was impeccable, the food to die for (bouillabaisse, steak au poivre, and mushroom/cheese crepe, with profiteroles for desert). We sat out in the covered porch and the weather was splendid. Thus was my first visit to the restaurant but I will certainly return for a special occasion.

s
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Brunch selections were numerous; the eggs benedict was very good. Brunch special which included one mimosa was an ok deal but nothing spectacular. However, unfortunately the service left a lot to be desired even though they were not particularly crowded; and even with them not being crowded, the noise level was ridiculous at times. The "outdoor" area was nice; not actually outdoor but like a sunroom, french doors open to the sidewalk so that was actually nicer than actually sitting out on the sidewalk.

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent and the service attentive. I have come here for many special occasions.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Father’s Day and the 3 course menu was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, but the restaurant had a special Father’s Day menu which didn’t offer any kids menu items. So we were forced to purchase expensive meals for the kids. They also removed almost all of the crepes from the menu. Good food but very poor value. We overpaid for the experience by a long shot. Best to avoid this restaurant on special occasions. Not worth it.

MI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific, prices reasonable, service friendly and the atmosphere conducive to good conversation and enjoyment. Overall, a great experience!!

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