Cafe Dupont
Cafe Dupont

Cafe Dupont

  • 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: Modern European, French American, Contemporary 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: 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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Cafe Dupont reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (24)neighborhood gem (16)great for brunch (14)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (12)romantic (11)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (6)good for groups (6)scenic view (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Outstanding Service
    FM333
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We had an amazing time at Cafe Dupont. The food was excellent. The service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful energy, food and service
    RajMahal
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I booked a table for my birthday dinner with friends. To my surprise, the Cafe fulfilled my special request and made out typed place cards with all of my guests' names waiting for us at our table. The server was warm and made us excited to be there. The food was excellent (I ordered the steak) however it was a tad on the cool side. However, it wasn't cold enough to send back. This was my second time dining here and I will certainly be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh...
    BrooklineregularVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    attractive place, nice and quiet (Monday evening). Service was attentive but quite long delay between appetizer and main course. Food was good but not spectacular. Scallops were over-salted, Brussel sprouts so scarce they were hard to find on the plate. Cavatelli/lamb was better. All in all--perfectly ok, but nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quick Before Drag Race
    Yergs
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We started with a quick dinner before the High Heal Drag Race. We skipped appetizers and simply stuck with drinks and bread, which were excellent. Dinner could have been a bit larger in servings, but was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat worth finding!
    Pga12b
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    An impressive landscape of restaurants exists up and down Connecticut and throughout the DuPont Circle area. I found it a challenge to decide but this gem offered quick seating. We did not sit outside but the space looked great and inside there were few dining so it was quiet and perfect for our dinner meeting. The staff was very attentive, helpful and genuine. The wine list, although not impressive by any means was suitable to frame the meal. The chef prepared a wonderful taste tour from the incredible apple infused butternut soup to a lamb that was simply tantalizing. I'm disappointed I couldn't make it to dessert thanks to a perfect cheese board start. Kudos to staff and a creative chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great for dining with family; friendly and inviting atmosphere
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem Indeed
    solochampion
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Cafe Dupont is an exceptional place for a wonderful meal. Staff are superb, food is excellent, and the variety of places to sit and enjoy Dupont Circle at its best is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JeanW
    WineanddineVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We chose this restaurant for its easy-to-find location. But we were very pleasantly surprised by the excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor seating
    WhiteDahlia14
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We enjoyed a nice dinner on a beautiful evening on the big, attractive outdoor patio on Dupont Circle. The location is great, just a short walk from Dupont Circle metro. But my husband and I decided to walk from our hotel on Washington Circle in Foggy Bottom, and discovered it was a pleasant 15 min. walk. Because it was a lovely evening we also walked back to the hotel. Wonderful! We will come here again on our next visit to DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must have been an off day.
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I selected this place for Sunday brunch based on the reviews but I didn't have a very good experience and it was all primarily due to poor service. I was seated and asked for two additional place settings since my party had grown to four. Ten minutes later I had to go inside and ask the maître d' since the place settings never arrived. The server was barely around and not very attentive. Not only did I have to remind her to bring the water (they never served us water even though we asked for it) but then she never came around to refill our glasses. Same with the coffee. And so on. In short, if I have to get out of my seat multiple times in order to get service, I think I'll go somewhere else.
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  • Good for brunch
    feedmeVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The quiche lorraine was excellent and the salmon bagel dish was substantial, even though on the "lite fare" section.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Disappointed with the service and ambience given the price.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    TheGazzVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I did not realize that Cafe Dupont is actually inside of a hotel, so I was very pleasantly suprised by how much I enjoyed it. Hotel resteraunts are not usually my gig. Everting about it is "right". Prompt and courteos service --the kind that is always around when you need them, but never in your face. GREAT menu selection. Unusual selections for brunch and all at our table though foood was great. Very nice ambiance. Sophisticated but not cold or stuffy. It hits ALL of the checks in all of the boxes and makes it all look easy. I would actually give the otel a try based on the quality of this resteraunt. Can't provide a better recommendation than that one :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Brunch in the City
    KokoDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Perfect brunch spot... I always choose it for casual brunch with friends. I love the outdoor environment, the great food and excellent service. It's ideal everytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect DC Stay
    JHluv
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 467 reviews are from the Cafe Dupont reviews archive.
  • Underwhelmed
    crsimoniiVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    CherieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Really great service and good food. Weather beautiful so we ate outside and it was perfect. The swordfish was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice find
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great food even better bar Great food even better bar
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, So So Service
    Mshell24VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Lovely Al Fresco Dining
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful cafe amid exciting
    lekker
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Power breakfast spot
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great ambiance and amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious salmon
    KathysVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Wonderful fish served on a bed of delightful spring vegetables - including fiddlehead ferns. The service late-ish in a Monday evening was somewhat neglectful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sleek and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The place is such a cute little cafe in a great area. The food was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unprepared, slow service; Food OK
    nickname123
    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!
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  • Nice surprise
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    MisterD
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deceiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The choice of dishes is poor, the quantity is poor... fortunately, the cooking was good
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service, Great Food
    MiscMel70VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall very nice dinner
    DineindcVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good option for business breakfast
    TJDeoraVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Reasonable prices, quiet, excellent food with nice variety of options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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  • service was poor
    Loves2Eat
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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
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  • Great location good menus
    BabzVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Great location good menus and service. Would go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Time Good Eats
    Cherylspeaks
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed Sunday brunch with friends. Great location, outside dining, wonderful food with friends. Thanks
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best kept secret in DC!
    LolaVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was fair. Our waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • A bit below average
    DouglasVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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