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Le Chat Noir
Le Chat Noir

Le Chat Noir Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lechatnoirrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@lechatnoirrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 244-2044
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Thierry Sanchez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Le Chat Perché Room can be your own space dedicated to celebrating an event among friends or hosting a conference for colleagues. A variety of setting suited to a seating dinner, a buffet or cocktail gathering with style and enduring appeal. Let us know if we can help you plan an event.
  • Private Party Contact: Marie Ziar (877) 376-5110

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Emery
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Le Chat Noir
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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I have been going to this restaurant since it opened. I lived in France 7 years and have always been able to rely on it for consistently good but not spectacular French bistro food. The last few times have been disappointing, not necessarily from the food angle, although I have heard complaints from others about food. Service, all agree, has definitely declined, both at lunch and in the evenings. Yesterday, there was an endless wait between the order and its arrival (not complicated stuff); doggy bag also forgotten. The restaurant was a quarter full; it usually bustles at lunchtime. The great thing has always been the presence of the owner, but he wasn't there. I hope Le Chat gets back to where it was; otherwise, I'll give up on it!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "If you are looking for typical French fare this is it. The fish is fresh and comes with a nice sauce and the beef bourguignon is excellent. Of course, one could make a meal of the bread alone. The desserts are wonderful too, especially the chocolate mousse and the crepes. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Have frequented this restaurant often over the years and the menu seemed to stay the same. On my recent visit the specials were unusual and excellent."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good food and service but, the hostess managed seat assignments horribly. The restaurant is small but our party of 5 (4adults and a baby) were put in an aea between the extension of the restaurant and original building. The restaurant was not full and we could have been better placed."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This little gem is hiding in a very residential area. Parking is tough, but the food and service make it worth the trouble. The menu is all French and offer enough variety, the portions are moderate and the presentation is nice. It is a great brunch/lunch place on a nice sunny day, when you can enjoy the open veranda. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Very pleasant all around - atmosphere, service, food"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We wanted a restaurant where 3 couples could have a great meal but as important, a good conversation. Le Chat Noir provided both. Wonderful food!! Great menu. Noise level was low enough that we could hear ourselves. We'll come back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Loved the brunch special! $20 for entree, appetizer or dessert, & champagne or mimosa. Good deal! Especially when your friend doesn't drink & you get both glasses of champagne! :-) Food was good. Portions were generous. I will definitely return! Perhaps with the same friend who doesn't drink! ;-)"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We've been going to Le Chat Noir since the restaurant opened, and were really looking forward to this visit. This was the first time I was disappointed. My swordfish was VERY overlooked. The meal overall did not live up to my past experiences -- just did not show the same level of care and execution. Nothing was beyond ordinary. Does the restaurant have a new chef, or was this just a very off night? Plus, we're used to the restaurant being crowded, even on weekdays. This time, there were very few dinners. If there are currently problems, I hope they can be corrected. I want to like the restaurant again -- we really like its cozy, neighborhood feel."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Been here before, reviewed before. Just wanted to add that the Bijoux de Boeuf I had on this trip were the best beef dish I've had in years. The mushroom with wine reduction sauce was absolutely delicious -- an aggressively flavorful adornment to three tender medallions of beef. And the frites, though a cardiological no-no at my age, were delicate, light and perfectly fried."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Reading the reviews on Open Table, one would think this was an outre-Atlantique version of a Parisian bistro. It is not. It is a cute, comfy dining experience whose food did not strike us as being particularly French. Our two different beef selections were OK, but nothing special; the fries, contrary to the hype, were tasteless. A salade chevre chaud came tepid at best and had to be sent back. Decent selection of wines; the suggested red was fine but not exactly what we were looking for. So, all in all, we had mixed impressions of the experience. We would go back for another try. But, having lived in Paris and having dined at other affordable places in the District, a final judgement is still pending on this much bally-hooed place."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This was our first visit to the restaurant and we will make a point of going again. Both the food and the service were very good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I am both dairy and gluten sensitive so eating out is a challenge. The fact that the kitchen was willing to make the ragout gluten free made it possible for me to consume that delicious dish with the merguez sausage."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Solid food, good wine. Very cute resturant, the service is good, but a little slow...that said it's a french resturant and you shouldn't be in a rush here anyways. If you're in no hurry it's a great spot for wine and conversation. What could be more french? I will be coming back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Lovely brunch with delicious Crepes, Benedicts, trout and what felt like bottomless mimosas. Nice atmosphere, older crowd."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great place to catch up with a couple of friends. One dish (the quiche) disappointed but the staff were very apologetic and gracious. Crepes here are the best."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Le Chat Noir, but it won't be my last. It was my 69th birthday. We love Parisian bistros and this came close to that ambience. We had a great time with wonderful service and delicious food. Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great food, but downstairs is a bit cramped, and service is always a man or two short."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We've been going here for close to 4 years. Every time we go, the food seems to get a little worse. Not sure why. I always order the same thing."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Incredible service and food. The Crèpe fourrée is really amazing, everything was truly delicious."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Took my wife to celebrate her birthday and all the meals were great. Service was attentive and always available."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Brunch was delicious and a good deal. But, the tables are too close together so it was difficult to hear our conversation over our neighbors. Plenty of on street parking."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Varied menu of French classics with a subspecialty in crêpes, both sweet and savory. Some might say Le Chat Noir lacks the "wow" factor and I wouldn't argue. However, you get a gratifying meal with commensurate service at a perhaps unexpectedly reasonable price. For us, Le Chat Noir may not be a "special occasion" restaurant, but it's certainly the kind of place we'll return to often."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Their savory galettes, French bread, and butter are the best I've had outside of France. The "Marie" filling of melted Swiss cheese with mushrooms melts in your mouth, and the small scoops of cold salad on the plate are delicious."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The quiche of the day was outstanding. It is a great place for a quiet neighborhood lunch."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We discovered this place through travelzoo, and their brunch was very good. The carrots in my coq au vin may be the best I've had. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Wonderful neighborhood restaurant that we visit monthly. The chicken and mussels are fabulous!! Our go-to restaurant when we want French Bistro food."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to buy a half off deal from the Capital Deal to try out a new restaurant (new to us). We were not disappointed. The staff was attentive and friendly. The food was delicious and the wine was moderately priced and very good also. The seating is rather close, but not too bad. We would definately visit again with friends next time to share in the fine food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I have been meaning to try Le Chat Noir for some time. It is close to my office and I love French Food. I give it A+ for atmosphere, service and food. After hours, parking is not difficult. The waitress was very pleasant and attentive. My wife and I both loved it and will return soon."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "As luck would have it, I forgot to print & bring our dinner voucher. I'd also been giving our waitperson wrong voucher info but the owner graciously served us anyway. When I got home, I called with the correct info. Due to my gaffe, hubby and owner were reminded that they'd met before! One misstep really enhanced our evening. The owner seemed equally grateful for the exchange. The waitstaff was very friendly and knowledgable about the menu and history of the restaurant. I found the physical description given very accurate - very cozy/intimate. Soft lighting. Great background music and artwork to look at. Loved our early reservation - beat the crowds. Overall a great time and our first French food outing but definitely not our last!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Le Chat Noir is in our neighborhood and it is nice to have the option. We've been there several times. The last time on Valentine's Day when there was a limited special menu that did not include my favorite of their menu options, mussels. Each time we go, we say the same thing...the food is okay but it is a lovely spot with typically good wine and we go every now and again for a change of pace. There are much better bistro type places in the area. Brasserie Beck remains my favorite."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my very cosmopolitan 87-year old mom out for a birthday dinner along with my much more sophisticated than me sister from Chicago. We all LOVED it. Great casual, European atmosphere, incredibly tasty food, crowded in a friendly way with lots of conversation around us, with people looking at each other vs. screens large and small. We'll be back again!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I love how relaxed and romantic the place is , foods are delicious , I had the steak and frites , their frites are the best I have ate in a while... I would definitely come back and try more dish."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wanted food like I experienced in Paris. This fit the bill!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Just love it. Consistently a lovely place to dine."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The host and waitstaff were pleasant. the environment is quiet and charming,. The range of prices and choices were excellent. And the food was well prepaed.,extraordinary, and very pleasantly presented. Highly recommenced."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "You will not be disappointed... appetizers are wonderful... food is great."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I normally love Le Chat Noir; it's one of my favorite places in the neighborhood, and possibly in the whole area. The food is always fantastic--I have never had a bad dish here. This time, however, the service was so atrocious that I am doubting returning for a while. We were seated at a terrible table (with a reservation), and when we asked to move (plenty of open tables), the host said "I have 150 people coming tonight! I have to juggle everything!" We were moved upstairs to another table; the food was excellent, but our waiter disappeared halfway through! The very kind busboys took our dessert order (sadly got it wrong) and processed our check! If you are young, they will treat you poorly here as they think you won't spend any money."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food, service and ambience are all excellent. The brunch menu is also a good value. Best French Fries in town in my opinion. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "If you're looking for a Paris bistrot, Le Chat Noir fits the bill (I lived in Paris for 1-1/2 years). The service was great, the soup of the day was a yummy pear-celery blend (who would have thought?), and the prices are lower than comparable food downtown. I'll be going back soon."
    Dined on 1/29/2014