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Cafe Dupont
Cafe Dupont
  • Address:
    1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    Dupont Circle
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Cafe Dupont Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.doylecollection.com/cafedupont
  • Phone: (202) 797-0169
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast served Monday - Friday from 6:30am - 11am,

    Dinner service 7 days a week from 5:30pm to 10pm Sunday - Thursday and 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour Daily from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

    Weekend Brunch with $5.00 Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's

    served from 7am- 2:30pm

    Bar Dupont opens at 11:00am serving throughout the day with a late night menu options available.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Modern European, French American
  • Executive Chef: David Fritsche
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Banquet rooms available for all size parties. Audio and Video available.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private cocktail receptions, birthday or anniversary celebrations. Please feel free to contact Sabrina Kroger with any questions about the space.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th @ Dupont Circle
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Metro is 1 block East of the station located on the North part of the circle between 19th st., Q st., and New Hampshire Avenue.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $32.00 a day for overnight and if your just here for a few hours it's $15.00.
A word from Cafe Dupont
Café Dupont at The Dupont Circle Hotel is a contemporary French-American bistro reflecting the cosmopolitan sophistication of the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Executive Chef David Fritsche infuses his irresistible, seasonal menus with fresh, high quality ingredients from local farmers and butchers. A selection of specialty cocktails and extensive wine list complement Chef David’s innovative creations.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "The Cafe was lovely. We had dinner and brunch there and both were delicious. We were looking for a special romantic spot with great food. Cafe Dupont was perfect for this. The Cafe was very stylish and had delicious, unique, high quality food that made our taste buds very happy - and it seemed other people enjoyed it as well because it was a busy, thriving place - but not obnoxiously so. At the Cafe, we had that romantic ambience we were looking for and also enjoyed the energy of Dupont Circle. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Sunday brunch. Sat outside. Beautiful day. Got off to a great start. Drinks came quickly, and server seemed attentive. Then several more tables came in, and it seems our server had many tables to work both inside and outside. Unfortunately, that translated to outside getting very little of her attention. Another runner brought our food and disappeared. My blueberry pancakes were served without butter. Maybe it's just a question of preference, but I found that strange. We waited 10 minutes for anyone to come by - so we could ask for butter - before giving up, going inside, and asking a host/manager for help. When we were finished eating it took 10 minutes to receive a bill, then our server disappeared with our card for another 15 minutes."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Really great service and good food. Weather beautiful so we ate outside and it was perfect. The swordfish was excellent!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food even better bar Great food even better bar"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere at Café Dupont were great. We ate outside on the terrace because it was a beautiful day. However, our server was terrible. She never asked to refill our drinks and when we requested ourselves she brought new glasses and didn't clear the old ones. She lurked awkwardly at the table for several moments each time she approached and she forgot part of one of the meals. I would absolutely go back and the location can't be beat but the service was definitely distracting from the meal."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We recently enjoyed a splendid dinner at Café Dupont. The service is warm and able and the food deliciously prepared and presented. We recommend highly that you go! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Dupont Circle ambience. Staff friendly and knowledgeable, excellent for breakfast and late night snacks--next time will try lunch and dinner too. Food is fresh, beautifully prepared and delicious. Convenient to Metro--outdoor seating in good weather."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I think this is a great "power breakfast" spot for locals that's a little under the radar. It's never too crowded, the people-watching views are terrific, the food is great and reasonable, and the crowd is a mix of hotel patrons and local business types. Usually no kids or families during weekdays. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I had made reservations for 4 for outside seating and mentioned that it was a B-Day! We got a complementary champagne bottle and a great service! The food was amazing!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Wonderful fish served on a bed of delightful spring vegetables - including fiddlehead ferns. The service late-ish in a Monday evening was somewhat neglectful. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We loved our dinner at Cafe Dupont. We had the soup to start (spring garlic--amazing!!), then a salad each (spring salad, quinoa salad), our entrees (risotto and swordfish), and finally dessert (the chocolate bar). The food was so tasty. You really felt that the kitchen was celebrating spring and all it has to offer. I definitely want to go back when the menu changes and see what else they have in store. The setting is very nice. We had good weather and sat next to the giant windows. I seriously loved coming here. They did forget the grit fritters on our soup, but brought them out right away once we mentioned it to them. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The place is such a cute little cafe in a great area. The food was great! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We went here for a week-late mother's day brunch. The food was fine; although when we ordered an egg poached medium we rec'd two hard boiled eggs! They were accommodating and quickly brought back two new eggs poached medium. Our server was pleasant, but they appeared understaffed for a not even full restaurant. It was difficult for us to eat and get out in time for an appointment 2 hours after our reservation time. They were also disorganized about our table when we arrived. Skip the bloody marys! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Café Dupont has two components: an active, energetic bar area and a much quieter and charming restaurant area. Both are adjacent to a hotel. Both components have outside patio seating that looks pleasant. Our food was very well prepared and presented; the portions are not huge so caveat emptor (the branzini could have been more ample, really). The service (Martin) was professional and engaging. All in all, a really nice surprise and a nice meal in a great environment. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner here, food was great and the service was also excellent. Be sure to stay and enjoy some of the very unique and thoughtful desserts."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The choice of dishes is poor, the quantity is poor... fortunately, the cooking was good"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My server, Ishmael, was WONDERFUL. He was personable and very knowledgeable about the menu. I ordered an appetizer salad and the Risotto and both were delicious. Ishmael offered a wonderful wine paring selection that went really well. I will certainly return."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Had dinner here with a few friends...the food was delicious and the service was solid...fav was the grilled squid and cream of mushroom soup...the salmon entree while very tasty felt a little small...overall this is a great spot for a nice, quality dinner. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Reasonable prices, quiet, excellent food with nice variety of options "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Overall great experience. The food was delicious, especially the banana rum french toast, and the staff was friendly. Just wish it was warmer so we could have eaten on their nice patio."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "3 tries to get the right bottle of wine: wondering how difficult it is to match up a title on the menu with a title on the bottle ordered garlic soup was served white bean soup asked 3 times for a spoon offered bread - never got it pork belly - skin not crispy... waiter didn't check in to see how it was going... i always had to call him over to ask for assistance"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great location good menus and service. Would go again"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed Sunday brunch with friends. Great location, outside dining, wonderful food with friends. Thanks"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My husband and I are always amazed that we do not need a reservation and can always get into this wonderful restaurant. So we have come to think of it as the best kept secret in DC. Chef David Fritsche really knows how to cook. The menu is always fresh, imaginative and well designed. The food is absolutely superb, much better than what you would get at one of those very trendy restaurants in DC, and with a much more reasonable price tag. We enjoy the ambiance that the friendly service and good management provide and we love the decor with its floor to ceiling glass windows that make you feel as if you were dining outside even when enjoying the air conditioning inside."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was fair. Our waitress was a bit indignant when one person in the group ordered a house salad and asked what type of dressings were available. The waitress stated that only one dressing was available for the salad and that the others were "specifically crafted" for the other types of salads. People should have options."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had brunch inside as it was too cool outside and they have no outside heaters. Service was slow. Food was fair. You have much better alternatives."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Incredible location, incredible food, and an incredible hotel. I had the pleasure of staying there Friday and Saturday night and eating both brunch and dinner (and fourth meal) at Cafe Dupont and Bar Dupont. An enjoyable experience at every turn."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Went there for dessert after dinner elsewhere. It was amazing and the staff was nice."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "You can beat the location of the restaurant. They are located in the heart of DuPont Circle. You can beat that at all. The food is OUTSTANDING. The update the menu quarterly. That's what we keep coming back. The service is unbelievable. I mean to add 3 components, 1. The location 2. Awesome menu and 3. Great service, what's else do you want more?"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We ended up here because we could not get a reservation at any other places nearby that serve brunch. Obviously this is because they are in the lower tier of options. Despite being attached to a hotel, it is an interesting location. Unfortunately the restaurant is crowded with seating. There were some great cocktail options, and what we had was good, but the food was somewhat blah. Won't be going back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food and wine pairings were phenomenal! Pricey meal but expected that going in, so no surprise there. One of my favorite places to take a date. Service was fantastic and informative. Ambiance was great too with flower pedals at the table and the menus were in envelopes with my name on them. Second time bringing my girlfriend to Cafe DuPont and was a 10/10 both times! Definitely will return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite places in D.C. A trendy, high quality and romantic dining experience, Cafe Dupont truly is one of my favorite places for drinks or dinner in D.C. I brought my girlfriend on Valentines Day and Cafe Dupont made the evening very special. The food was flawless and outstanding and the service and atmosphere was sublime. I can't recommend this place more highly. For the quality and service of the experience, Cafe Dupont is also an extremely well-prices establishment in which to dine."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Healthy and diverse menu for breakfast. Never know who will be sitting at the next table over either."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I love Cafe Dupont - the menu, the cappuccino, the ambiance. Always lots of sun in the restaurant because of all of their surrounding windows. I'd recommend this place to anyone and commonly take folks from out of town here."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We went for the DC Restaurant week special. However, none of the three choices sounded very appealing! Stick to the bar...they have a great happy hour with great drinks!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "This place never ceases to amaze. Great breakfast menu that doesn't burst the bank including fantastic smoothies. You also never know what former Cabinet Secretaries might be the next table over."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "OK, a steakhouse would have been better to satisfy my craving for steak as the temperature on the meat was not right (got medium well, had ordered medium rare), but this was nonetheless a good cut of steak (rib eye), excellent sides, and wonderful happy hour pricing for the drinks & appetizers. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We were looking for a place to dine on Christmas afternoon and were led to believe that Cafe Dupont would offer a dinner menu and white table cloths according to the picture and other information provided. What we got was a crowded, noisy dining experience, no table cloths and, of all things, a brunch menu. More than a disappointment!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We love French cafés (le diplomate and cafe deluxe) and hadn't tried this place until Christmas. It is great for both a drink and eating and we will definitely be heading back! Brunch was fantastic and they had $5 mimosas and bloody Mary's."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "This place is usually my reliable choice for my neighborhood so I was disappointed by this meal. My duck was overcooked and the panna cotta was bland. The place was deserted on this Sunday night so the staff was attentive. Service was good and the recommended wine options were nice, too."
    Dined on 12/22/2013