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Chez Billy
Chez Billy

Chez Billy Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chezbilly.com
  • Email: ChezBillyEvents@gmail.com
  • Phone: (202) 506-2080
  • Hours of Operation: Hours:
    Monday - Sunday 5:30 - 10:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Brendan L'Etoile
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The perfect place to host your next event!
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator (855) 562-0389

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On Georgia Ave. between Quincy St. & Randolph St.
  • Public Transit: We are located one block north of the Georgia Ave - Petworth Metro stop off of the Green & Yellow lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Chez Billy
Chez Billy is a neighborhood French bistro in the heart of the Petworth; two blocks north of the Georgia Ave. Metro Station. We are open for dinner at 5:30, seven days a week.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was excellent and the live music was great. The service was also excellent. I would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food at Chez Billly is consistently original, inventive, and delicious. Very large portions made it impossible to finish our meals. Our cheerful, knowledgeable waitress kept us feeling welcome and happy."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Chez Billy for a Saturday night "Date Night" and we were very pleased; the food was excellent and the service outstanding. I enjoyed the Steak Frites; the steak was seasoned perfectly & the frites were great. My husband enjoyed the Jaret de Proc, (braised pork shank); he enjoyed and it was delicious. I love the old feel of the place, it has an authentic easy feeling with a warm and comfortable ambiance. While we didn't get outside to enjoy the patio, there were people outside at the tables even though it was a chilly night. Chez Billy would be a favorite hangout for us if we lived closed to the city, as it is we traveled in from MD and it was well worth the trip. I;m really looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Each of the dishes we had were very good but nothing especially outstanding, it's very good french bistro style fare. Very hearty dishes and definitely not a good spot for vegetarians - they were not making the vegetable option that night, and only had a couple salad starters available as meat less options. Great gem in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "An interesting mismatch between this retro-theme decorated, dark and chic restarurant and the changing neighborhood of Petworth. We went to celebrate my husband's birthday. I mentioned that in my reservation note, but nobody said anything to him. I was not expecting free dessert or anything like that but a word or two would have been nice. Having said that the food was wonderful. We started with a squash soup, which was a gem. My husband had pork shank, I had the special of the evening (cod), and both were wonderful. Coffee was French press, and one order had enough for two people. The only regret was that they were out of beef bourguignon. The sevice is on the slow side but I did not mind it as it was a leisurely night for us."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The food, service and atmosphere as all just excellent."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I ran across this restaurant on Open Table and was excited to try it. I LOVE French food and what was even better was that it's in my neighborhood. The food was outstanding and there was a lot of new items that I would never had normally had tried. The duck was AMAZING!! The wine list is very good as well as their cocktails. The server was extremly knowledgable and attentive. We never felt rushed and the courses came out at the perfect times. This is a must try!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great service. Our waiter was very knowledgable on the unique food options and made sone great reservations. First time here but will be back! The Duck Confit skin is worth the trip back- plus they have Kronnenburg on tap."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I'd have to say this is one of the most beautiful, cool, comfortable restaurants in DC."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "great wine list, mussles and fries were outstanding, ask for extra french baguette to sop up the white wine garlic sauce. Steak was cooked and seasoned perfectly, every bite was savored. Cafe Creme for dessert was the perfect way to cap a great meal. Ambiance was really nice, low light, candles, live jazz trio. We will definitely go back, and are excited for warmer weather to check out the back patio."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Chez Billy is not just a place where someone has managed to hold on in a place where the bar was very low. The food is excellent and compares well with the best French restaurants, e.g., Le Diplomat. Portions are the right size for a normal person. The booths have a French feeling to them. They have cloth napkins! The bar looked inviting, but I was with people who wanted to talk; we could easily hear each other. It's a place you should eat at a lot, before they raise the prices."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was my fourth time at Chez Billy and it just gets better...more vibrant. The food is great. The atmosphere casual in the dining room and hopping in the bar. Service was good. I wish it was in my neighborhood!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I live in the neighborhood and love having Chez Billy close by. I had the salade verte and steak frites and my friend had the seafood special. Both were very good but the steak fell just short of great - just a tad more tender and rare (I ordered medium rare) would have brought it up to great. The bread was delicious. Our server was great but the food took too long to arrive after appetizers. Not horrible, but too long by quite a lot, especially given there were not many people there at the time. On atmosphere, CB is cool but feels a little too "basic". The booths are nice but the tables and chairs should be switched for something a little more stylish, solid, and comfy. Overall I love CB but think it has to try just a little harder."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I came the night before Valentine's Day in the middle of a snowstorm and found not overwhelming or slammed, but just the right amount of people. Fantastic vibe. Tables big enough for two, but not so big that you're not far from your partner. Perfect amount of space between other tables. The server was incredibly friendly and quite attentive. She knew the menu well and was willing to admit what she liked and didn't like. Usually servers aren't that honest on things they don't like. Mouth-watering bread and butter. I had the steak frites and it was amazing. Perfect medium rare. Fries were a bit too salty though. The chocolate mousse was excellent with a wonderful cake-like layer that was just awesome. Pricey but worth it. I'll be back."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Like most new experiences, this one was worthwhile. But it won't be a repeat given the drive for us. Two meals were atrociously over salted (to folks who are lived in France) and the service was quite underwhelming -- with wine arriving with the food, no utensils, etc."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This was my first time at Chez Billy, and I was excited to try it. From the moment we walked in, all of the staff my party interacted with with not up to standard. The hostess was nice to re-seat us but then brusque to another customer who left something in the aisle momentarily. Then our waitress gave my Dad attitude when he asked if there was a possibility to do something vegetarian that was off the menu. And finally, the manager was apologetic when we complained, but really did not make up for the previous treatment. Needless to say, we will not be going back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The four of us (two couples) had an excellent meal in a cozy booth with knowledgeable and attentive but not obtrusive service. Thanks to the restaurant, they honored my request for "the quietest" spot. We didn't realize how fortunate we were 'til we left and walked through a zone of considerably higher decibels. Had we been there for the jazz in the bar, though, it sounded like it would've been a good evening. Altogether, a very good evening; we'll go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A block from the metro, this place has great atmosphere, great food, and (on Fridays and Saturdays) great live music. I’ve had the steak frites twice and would go back for it again. One of my friends had the moules frites and also thought it was great. The waitress was fun and friendly and at least professed to remember us from a previous visit. High marks for this place."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This little gem has great european based food. It's very cozy and feels much like being in a european establishment. Servers are very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Best French restaurant I've been to in my 8 years living in DC."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "A reminder how important service staff is. I brought 2 work colleagues. Food was delicious, though very slow to come after our salad starters. The simple mixed greens were perfectly dressed btw. Food was delivered and our server simply left. Had to chase her down for the bill and then she had rung it incorrectly. It was a very slow night, so I can only assume they were all hanging out in the kitchen. Mussel's were delicious, frites needed to be crisper, but all in all food was good and a sweet spot."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The restaurant was perfect for Valentine's Day. The lighting was Dim and romantic. There was also a live Jazz band."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Given the amount of press that Chez Billy has received, I was very excited to be visiting it for the first time. I also thought it was going to be the perfect location for our Valentine's Day dinner. Unfortunately I was disappointed by the service, though the quality of the food was good. The bartender needed to read every step of the cocktail from instructions , and also got the ingredients wrong (rosemary rather than lavender in my drink). When we were seated, we waited for 10 minutes and then broke down to ask for some water. Our wine (ordered before our appetizer) came out after our appetizer was finished. However, the blood sausage and steak were great, but the chocolate gateux dessert seemed to be lacking cohesion."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was superb: french onion soup, starter salad, duck, steak frites. But when I pay $200 for a meal, I want the service to match. Our server was nice enough, and commended our selection of the Malbec as his own favorite on the list. But then he never bothered to refill our wine glasses. I know I'm fully capable of lifting bottle to glass, and did so after he walked by the table twice when glasses were empty. And I could also forgive forgetting the soup spoon if it weren't for finding my fork also missing after salad plates were cleared, and then returning from a bathroom break to entrees sans anything with which to eat. The background music featured a 3-piece jazz ensemble sounding great. Please remember to tip the musicians."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My two girlfriends and I met at Chez Billy for an early Saturday night dinner, and it was perfection. We had the bone marrow, the house cocktail, a bottle of excellent Cabernet Franc, and a few entrees as recommended by our very enthusiastic server: the pork shank, steak frites, and duck confit. There was also a plate of chocolate mousse cake for dessert, which we shared. Portions were generously sized, and everything from the warm bread and butter to the garlic spinach under my duck was delicious. I can’t wait to go back. Added bonus, the live jazz playing in the bar. And our server. He was funny, knowledgeable about everything on the menu, and willing to let us talk for a while before dessert. We loved him."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This restaurant was very, very good! I am so glad I decided to try this place out. The food was very good and so was the atmosphere and wait staff. I would DEFINITELY go again. :-)"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Because it was Super Bowl Sunday, we were the only ones in the restaurant so we had exclusive service. My husband had the duck, although it was tasty, too much salt and a bit dry. I had the quail was superb!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Beautiful historic space in Shaw neighborhood. Two fireplaces - one in the bar, another in upstairs dining area. And, a second bar is hidden upstairs for a more intimate experience/lower crowd level. Live music this past Sat. - a great, three-piece local jazz band, including some tap dancing! Food is traditional/authentic French fare. Endive salad, porc rillettes, moelle on toast, duck confit, quail, etc. Great, great atmosphere, great food, romantic setting."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten at Chez Billy at least five times -- and each time has been a total delight. The wait staff is always helpful and the food is consistently authentic and delicious. I usually have the duck confit but had the pork shank this time; my wife usually has a fish dish. The cocktails are innovative and tasty while the desserts are also unusual but reliably yummy. We shared a chocolate mousse we both loved. Even the coffee is great."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food was ok, just a bit too salty. And the dining room was pretty blend, too bad when they have a nice room with a fireplace that isn't used for dinner service."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The Food Was Outstanding, but It Was so Dark That It Was Hard To See The Food."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Chez Billy literally was out of everything that we wanted to order. After not having our first 3 attempts at ordering food, we went to another restaurant and had a very satisfying experience."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We dined on the very early side, and the restaurant had filled up by the time we left so our rating of the noise level and "vibrancy" of the scene was skewed. Nonetheless, we had a terrific time. The food was excellent from the hot roll and soft butter to the dessert. Portions were just right as well, large enough to make you feel that you had gotten your money's worth, but small enough to pique the appetite without overstuffing. Plates were beautifully composed, too! Delicious endive salad and the beet and farro risotto was wonderful, too. Already thinking about our next visit!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I received a gift card for Open Table from a friend for a wedding gift. My wife and I were recently married, and Chez Billy was the first place we dined as a married couple. I added that note when booking through OT, and the manager on duty provided us with a complimentary glass of champagne. The service was impeccable. Our server was most helpful with selecting our dishes, and the food was phenomenal. The Petworth neighborhood will definitely be a frequent place to visit, and Chez Billy will always be the destination."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "This is a pleasant neighborhood restaurant with above average food and a good bar. Wait staff was clueless . Parking terrible. Too many good places to go in DC to rush back here."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Recommended by a friend and we loved it. Everything was delicious and the staff was very knowledgable. Would definitely go again."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I read that this was one of the best new restaurants for 2013 and decided to try it out. The food was outstanding. The mushroom appetizer was the best appetizer I have ever had in DC or Paris. I ordered the mussels and they were plump and terrific but I wished I had not been safe and tried some of the other offerings because they were more complex and tastes proved them to be as good as the mussels."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food, great French cuisine. Not a fan of gin, so the cocktail I had was so-so, but my fiancee loved his. Go for the food and maybe weekdays are less noisy. The table next to us was a bit obnoxious with the noise level so it kind of made the experience a Good rather than Excellent one. Our waitress was knowledgeable yet it was a Saturday so not as attentive."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Pleasantly surprised. The food was quite good and the service was excellent. We werent entirely sure how good it would be in that we thought it was more of a bar/hot spot than a restaurant. But we were wrong and it was a lovely evening. The tables for 2 upstairs by the fireplace are especially vozy and romantic in the winter months."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Seated promptly. Atmosphere was very inviting; casual with a strong fire/wood smell. Took nearly thirty minutes before our drinks arrived. The menu is brief with few choices. All of the dishes tasted good - but there wasn't anything that really was distinct / unique / or memorable. I don't think the prices suited the dishes; I wouldn't consider the meal as "fine dining." There are many French restaurants with the same menu and priced much more reasonably that I would have preferred; and for a special occasion I would prefer a very memorable meal. The atmosphere is great; but the dining is average."
    Dined on 12/31/2013