Creme
Creme

Creme

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cremedc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 234-1884
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Accessible via the Columbia Heights & U Street / Cardozza Metro Station (Green and Yellow Line)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Creme
Creme Restaurant & Bar is the premier casual and fine dining destination for all to enjoy in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The neighborhood establishment, based on 14th Street NW just north of U Street, aims to provide award winning food, amazing service and a friendly atmosphere. We're located right below Capitol View on 14th, a LEED Platinum Certified community.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Creme reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (32)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (10)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Service could have been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've been to Creme before and had both wonderful service and well-prepared food. This visit was the exact opposite. The waiter was argumentative when someone in my party pointed out that her chicken was cold. She had to argue with him in order to get him to offer to reheat her food. Also, my omelette was runny. Given the chicken situation, I opted not to send it back, but did tell the waiter that the omelette was poorly made. Then he argued with me about whether it was actually an omelette. According to the menu it was. I wish we'd have been seated in the section with the other waiter. He was the waiter I remembered from my first visit there and he was great. This second guy, not so much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Change in Location -- Change in Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Visited Creme on Friday, November 14, with a group of 6, around 9:00 pm. Restaurant was empty with only one other 4 top occupied and a few people at the bar. Service, excluding the mandatory 20% gratuity added to the bill, was decent. We wanted the chicken and waffles special but the waffle iron had been shut down. 3 in the group opted instead for the fried chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and green beans. The beans never arrived with the entree's and we had to ask for them. Not sure what happened but they appeared about 10/15 minutes after the entrees. The chicken was way overcooked and dry. Ambiance was kind of "cold" and bland, not at all like the previous location. All in all it was a bad experience and very different from other experiences we had at Creme in the past when they were located on U Street. Maybe it was sold. We won't ever be back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just nice
    mslanee1VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Nothing to write home about. Just a nice place to eat that's different from where everyone else goes. Bottomless mimosas was nice!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wait to long
    Foodie252
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Very small space. I made a reservation for 5 at 1 pm. Had to wait a half hour for a table to open up. No place to sit and wait for a table. My group had to stand on the stairs at the door for the full half hour. Restaurant is very small. They should not take reservations. It should be a first come, first serve basis. There are not enough seats to justify taking reservations. The waiter was very good. The food was just fair. The space is also very loud in addition to being small.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Work in Progress
    MScholarC04VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The restaurant itself was pleasant enough. The menu was fairly priced and the portion size is good. And while I appreciate an attentive waiter I felt my date and I were interrupted a few times too many. That probably stemmed from being overeager to help and very sparse crowd but it annoyed me. And your American Express credit card reader is acting up so do you have a different credit card? That really turned me off; if the swipe fee is too high, just don't accept the card at all, Creme.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was just meh
    dcfoodie2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Nothing very exciting or interesting here. Just regular brunch food that you can get anywhere. A plain boring menu. Nothing makes their entrees special. No reason to wait for a table at Creme, just go anywhere else, anywhere else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glorified Applebee's?
    Irishdroog
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    After hearing great things about their brunch, and since I live close to their new location (14th & Belmont/Chapin), I decided to take a date to Creme on Friday night. I'm going to rate this restaurant based on what I paid. Our bill was $120 ($96 + tip). Assuming you get what you pay for, I was pretty underwhelmed. Lighting was too bright and not intimate, waiter seemed a too old and low-key, no draft beer, only 3 types of red wine and one of them (the cheapest) was out, the "crab" hush puppies had zero crab taste (supposedly 60% crab meat), steaks were overcooked and bland (rib-eye and sirloin), plating of food was as if I did it myself, asked to take one steak to go and was given Styrofoam container to "box" it ourselves.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creme is back!
    Foodie202301703VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Yes, Creme is back and better than ever! The food, staff and new location are the absolute best. Be sure to try the nightly special since it is always a great hidden jewel!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The MiMOSTa
    BillyBlessed
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    had Sunday brunch and it was the absolute most. From Marvin our server who was great toconversations with the tables next to us. The food, Oh the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Mrhungry
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Excellent food, service, restaurant and good location!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L8224C
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The only comment would be to make certain that food is served hot. The food, itself, is tasty and plentiful, just enough.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    Veggie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday brunch here and the whole thing was great. The service was excellent and the food was definitely tasty. They helped me adjust the reservation a few days before the brunch and the owner even came over to say Happy Birthday to my husband. All in all, great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I loved it!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've been to Creme twice now and the food is AMAZING!!! Both times I ordered the chicken and waffles because it's just that good a lot of the other food looks amazing but I had to have the chicken and waffles. I recently went to the new location on 14th St and everything was great! I went for Brunch on Sat made a reservation actually arrived 30mins prior to the reservation and was accommodated with no problem. Great people, great service and most of all GREAT FOOD!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have to go back!!!
    FoodnDrinkCritic
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great place to eat and have a great time! The bar tenders and servers actually speak and interact with the customers! The owner is actually at the restaurant and helping serve and accommodate guest! I'll definitely come back to this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    DMG1978
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and staff are always great at creme. They were very accommodating of my last minute increase in party size. I love their chicken n waffles, shrimp n grits, cheese grits and bacon...the unlimited mimosas are great too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    rdturner127
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I ate a Creme today for the first time since it moved to the new location on 14th Street NW, and must say it hasn't missed a beat. The menu offered several tasty treats, which made it hard to choose, but I had the shrimp and grits for the fist time with an make-your-own omelet. Both were delish! The grits serving was enough for one meal on its own, so I had enough for left overs even after splitting it with a friend. My waiter was attentive without being overbearing. The restaurant was not packed, but it was busy. But the food came out quickly and hot. The atmosphere was was welcoming and the staff friendly. I would recommend this restaurant as a great brunch destination for anyone who enjoys good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BWise
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food just isn't impressive or even DC restaurant-quality.
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  • Brunch at Creme
    Savory2sweet
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had the pleasure of dining at Creme for Sunday brunch with an out of town guest. The service was great and the mimosas were fantastic! We both ordered the shrimp and grits which were yummy, the sausage added the perfect amount of spice. The restaurant is small, but it was the perfect place to catch up with an old friend. I'd definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New place, small space
    Foodeegirl
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    When Creme moved, I thought it would be to a bigger space. The new place is just as small. They have a bar and happy hour now. My experience was great. The food is still delicious! The service was awesome! I've always been a fan of Creme and waited patiently for them to reopen. It was nice to see they didn't change much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 4 reviews are from the Creme reviews archive.
  • new space is awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Love the new space! Small but awesome. Love the Brunch at Crème!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly awful
    JeffykayVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    1/3 of our meal never arrived. Orders around us were screwed up. Coffee and water refills were nearly impossible to get. The staff treated customers like nuisances.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just ok
    Jason
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Food ok ! Service kind slow ... They just started on 14 st , maybe is soft opening that's why ...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The brunch menu at Creme was the same as it was before they closed and tasted just as good as I remember
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate