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Le Chat Noir
Le Chat Noir

Le Chat Noir Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "very consistent French food; pleasant, attentive service. perfect for a Friday evening."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "For the second year, we celebrated Bastille Day at our wonderful neighborhood restaurant. The special menu gets better and better. The atmosphere was festive and we made friends with other diners!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "As usual, for the past 20 years, we've dined at Le Chat Noir on Bastille Day (14 July); and as usual, this great French dining spot provided a typical and tasty French meal that was delightful to order and eat. Our favorites were everything............for each of us always orders a different appetizer, entree, and dessert.......and then we each share...........never disappointing and always a treat. Often we eat there during midweek and get their superb cheese platters. Nos feliciations au chef!!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "A friend and I had wonderful evening at La Chat Noir. All facets of the dining experience was outstanding. When we arrived the restaurant was quite busy and the table we would have preferred was not available. Thus I asked if they had a bar where we could order a glass of wine while waiting for our table. Once we got to second level were offered table service and gladly accepted. It turned out sitting on the second level is far preferable from the ambience and privacy, to the very low noise level. The food was delicious and the service was very personal and truely outstanding. Or server recommended a really good wine that went well with all the courses. In all it was one of the better dining experiences I've had in several months."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Certain dishes here are excellent, such as the fish and the grilled scallops and shrimp. Others are fair. Unfortunately, the one thing that my party of four agreed upon was that the service is poor. It may be better on other nights, but on Saturday night it was just terrible. Our order was taken in a timely manner, but otherwise, service was slow and we felt almost ignored. Food came out hot, but not together. Water glasses were not refilled, although staff passed by our table several times, filling glasses at nearby tables. Wine was not refilled. Staff circulated to offer more bread, but totally ignored our table. It appears that there are sufficient staff, but the organization of the staff appears poor."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We went there for their Bastille Day celebration specials. The meals were very good and a good deal."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was good. All service personnel great, except the waitress. Nice ambiance."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The endive salad was so-so, buckwheat grits were gritty."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Went to Le Chat Noir for my husband's birthday. Reading about all the raves about their crepes ... we had to try one. We shared the crepe fouree, which did not disappoint. It was excellent. The evening ended very well as I had alerted them of his birthday and his sweet, but he being diabetic would not have been able to eat their regular desserts. The server suggested a smooth chocolate mousse that they didn't have any added sugar. It was very tasty. They all sang and the owner came up to our table later on and made it a point to wish my husband, which was really nice of him. Though our entrees weren't great, I wouldn't write them off yet. Did love their crepe. So would definitely go back for their crepes."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Love in the neighborhood and has always been a great dining experience for dinner or weekend brunch."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I went there with my girlfriend for brunch. The food was amazing. The egg fritadas were fantastic, and I had the steak. It was fabulous, and probably involved a pound of butter somewhere, but eh...French food. The service was great, and it was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Le Chat Noir is a wonderful neighborhood spot but be prepared to wait for your food. I rarely get out of there in less than 2 hours. If you have the time for a leisurely meal, then it's a great choice."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Having a drink upstairs is alway a good way to start dinner"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was one of several visits we have made to le Chat Noir. Duck, etc appetizer was fabulous. Scallop main dish was among the best I have ever eaten. Congratulations. We will return again."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have dined at Le Chat Noir for years and love it. It's quiet, the ambiance is lovely and the food is consistently very good."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Happened upon this place by chance the other day. It is delightful. Tried the escargot and tomato tart. Terrific! Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary with two friends at Le Chat Noir and were glad we chose it - a lovely French restaurant, very reasonably priced with excellent food and superb service. We sat out front on the glassed in porch and enjoyed the closest thing to a Paris sidewalk café you can get in DC. Everything was delicious, especially notable were the appetizer crepes. The wine list has great choices that are not outrageously priced. Easy to park in the local streets, no issues there. All in all, a pleasant surprise and yes, we'll be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "When your mom says it's the best Bouillabaisse she's ever had you have to be happy."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great to have Le Chat Noir in the neighborhood, to be treated like a person, and to consistently enjoy good food and service!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "First time at Le Chat Noir, although I had heard good things about it. Welcome was friendly, wednesday night wine special was a nice bonus. Enjoyed the food, service was excellent. Nice to know this is a local option!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Every time that we travel to DC, we make a point to eat here. Having lived in France for a year and a half, this place reminds me so much of life back in France. I will continue to come here over and over."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I've eaten at Le Chat Noir many times and always found the food to have a delicious and subtle touch. 4 rather than 5 stars because of the limited vegetarian options available. But every vegetarian dish I've had has always been excellent - and always finishes with a very clean palette. The waiters are helpful, with just the right amount of attention without overdoing it. We chose the Le Chat Noir over every other restaurant in the DC area to celebrate my wife's recent birthday because we have always had a positive and enjoyable eating experience there. It is a charming neighborhood jewel and a well kept secret."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • ". Dinner was delicious enjoying the bread, bouillabaisse, be o Beef bourgeois, seafood dish. Etc. will be back...."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We've been to Le Chat Noir several times, and each time, there was a problem with the service. The last time, we (a party of four) were seated immediately; but, an hour later, we still had not received our entrees. We had ordered a bottle of wine and finished it before our dinners had arrived. Our server asked if we'd like to order another bottle. We declined the "offer" since we didn't want to reward slow service with another wine order. We also passed on dessert and coffee. We just wanted to get out of there. Finally, our check indicated that we had been overcharged for two of our dinners. It's in a convenient location; but that can't overcome the poor service."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Not a place to visit in the summer months. AC sucks! Food and service great!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Wonderful French food, an unusual and changing menu of specials, and a charming setting. Especially nice for evenings when the front windows are open. Sam is terrific."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The restaurant (especially the front porch) has real charm; and on this morning, the side windows were open à la française. Nice. The omelette was very filling but curiously lacking in taste, as was the frittata; this was similar to an evening meal a few months ago. Needs "spicing up". Our server bent over backwards to ensure I had a tasty dessert since we had miscommunicated."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "A great find that we've enjoyed on special occasions for a few years now. Food has always been top notch, and the cozy, informal setting is a great backdrop for good conversation."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food here is quintessential French bistro style and very authentic, thanks I'm sure to the French owner. The escargot were garlicky and nicely cooked. I had the steak frites (simple but tasty) and my date had a savory vegetable crepe (which was nice if not overly memorable). We both had a kir maison and I had a few glasses of red that were all very good. We dined at the later end of their service on a drizzly night, so there weren't many people inside and it was very quiet, but I'm sure when the place is full and the windows are open it has a bustling bistro vibe."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Great food, reasonable prices, nice environment. You can tell that the establishment cares and puts effort and energy into their restaurant."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Had a great dinner here. My only complaint would be that 2-tops are right next to one another so there's little privacy unless the next table is empty, which luckily for us was the case. It is a small space."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Go here on weeknight. We were appalled by the noise on a Friday night. NOT French! Food and service were rushed. We have liked this restaurant in the past but will go on a Tuesday next time. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "No Michelin-stars, but simply excellent food and a nice winelist. Ambiance upstairs is less than downstairs. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We chose Le Chat Noir for lunch because we knew we'd be able to hear each other as we enjoyed a nice meal, as opposed to other places where the food might be better but the decibel level requires shouting. It's not the first time we ate at Le Chat Noir and we'd return, though probably choose different entrees. The atmosphere is very nice."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Despite having just come from a yoga class and looking a bit worse for the wear, we were greeted warmly and given stellar service with our wonderful French fare. The risotto that came with the perfectly done salmon was to die for. The steaks were juicy and pink, the fries were hot and crispy, and the mashed potatoes were garlicky and delicious. Desserts were the only things not to rave about - the bele Helene was a bit too chocolately and the creme brûlée just good. All in all a delightful dining experience overall in a charming bistro. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Although we made these reservations for 7 pm a few weeks ago, we were called the day before and told that our reservation was at 645 without explanation. When we arrived we were seated at a table right next to the kitchen with waiters, waitresses, hosts, hostesses, kitchen staff and everyone working there zooming past our table every few seconds. It was a very uncomfortable situation. As well, the open table reservation listed a 3-course dinner menu for $35 which was not offered at all. There was only an a la carte menu available. In short, there was no reason to change our reservation to 645 and there was no reason to seat us in such an uncomfortable place when so many other seats were available."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Le Chat did a great job! Service was very good. The menu selections had something for everyone - presentation was perfect and equally match to the food."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very friendly service and very good food. Noise level quite high - hard to converse with others. Tables much too close and seating not comfortable."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "There were definitely regulars there on a Thursday night and the place was packed by 645pm. Or waitress was attentive and when we asked for suggestions age was helpful. We shared a cheese&meat board, very tasty and interesting. Also a fig salad and their classic plate steak&frites. Both were delicious. It was cozy and we say on a porch with fans, so outside but in and nice. If you have a hankering for French and want nice venue, head to Le Chat. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I've eaten at Le Chat Noir many times for lunch. The food is always good, the service excellent and the ambience pleasant."
    Dined on 5/8/2014