Le Chat Noir
Le Chat Noir

Le Chat Noir

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lechatnoirrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2022442044
  • 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 8773765110

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.
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Le Chat Noir reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (115)fit for foodies (70)romantic (53)special occasion (52)great for brunch (44)great for outdoor dining (39)great for lunch (38)notable wine list (30)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (6)hot spot (4)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Many menu items not available
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food we got was fine. And the service wasn't terrible, but I didn't have a better place to record my disappointment that the restaurant was out out of many (at least a third) of their entrees at 7:30 on a Sunday night. I understand things run out, but this is too much of the menu. Some of it was apparently due to a seasonal turnover, but really, if there is seasonal turnover, then the menu should be changed at the same time so that patrons don't choose items that aren't available. Frankly not acceptable.
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  • Nice for small parties
    frenchfoodfan
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had a wonderful birthday party for my mother. The buckwheat crepes were delicious, as was the tuna.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Their food is solid, always well presented, the special crepe (picarde) I had was stellar. Sitting in the outdoor/porch area is perfect on a lovely evening like the one we enjoyed. Love this neighborhood standby!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lee41VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The Vendanges tasting menu, with wine pairings, was splendid -- interesting food, well chosen wine. I'm a semi-regular, with a francophile friend, and we'll return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What we neded
    SirOutalot
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A quiet spot to rendezvous with an old friend. Great food selection, preparation, and presentation. Service was good, but waiters were occasionally hard to catch. Good value - we'll go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very good food overall, slow svc
    DanManVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    loved bread; wine by glass good value; salads tasty, "medium well" strip steak was way overcooked, but rare one okay; desserts delicious, service was slow - it was busy but service still should have been faster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful evening
    joans
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were a party of 5. Everyone was delighted with their meal. Standard French fare like escaargot and steak et frites were great. Two of us were thrilled to see calves liver offered and it was exquisitely prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Chat's meow
    ladieswholunch
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Been meaning to go there for a while, and glad I finally did. My husband had a wonderful steak au poivre--tender and flavorful--and I had a delicious chicken crepe with lemon cream sauce and a tasty arugula salad with chevre. We had a lovely dinner here--we were headed for a movie and so unfortunately did not have time for profiteroles, but that is my favorite dessert, and on the off-chance that they are as excellent as everything else we ate there, we WILL be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susan
    Hardtoimpress
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Cozy French bistro... Delicious appetizer crapes and dessert profiterole were the best I've had! Bon Appetite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty food
    DanManVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    bread great, tasty tenderloin, biggest pc of quiche ever/tasty, great fries, excellent Chocolat Liegeois (fudge sundae...), good service, bit crowded/noisy but not worst by far, worth it for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Feels Like Paris
    BethesdaEmptyNesterVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The tables are too close together, and the noise level is very high because it is crowded, but the food is delicious and we will happily continue eating at Le Chat Noir. The food is fresh and beautifully presented. A little bit of Paris, ten minutes from home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    margaux321
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The service staff is very attentive. Bread and butter is delicious. The food is excellent with a very good wine list, the desserts are fabulous. Tuesdays, 1/2 price on their selection of wines is a good value. Mondays 3 course dinner at a reduced price is a good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem.
    masabarj
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A nice quiet neighborhood restaurant with welcoming reception, knowledged and friendly waiters, small but diverse menus, great cooks as food was attractively presented, fatefully seasoned, and nice sized portions.(had to ask for doggy box). Nice place for a dinner date. A little pricey but worth it. If you are so inclined, you may practice your French language skills.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastique, Magnifique, Parfait!
    WineauxInAlexandriaVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was just a great experience! If the sister restaurant is like eating in Montmarte, Le Chat Noir is like Limoges ... Just a perfect, well-appointed, small restaurant serving classic French cuisine. The staff are friendly and attentive. I would suggest broadening the wine list a bit, Le Grenier's is bit more extensive. Looking forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Place to Celebrate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Took a special friend out for a birthaday dinner and everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for a college visit brunch!
    DisneyGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had a WONDERFUL brunch with our American University freshman on a Sunday afternoon. Attentive service, FANTASTIC food, and nice ambiance. Will definitely return on future college visits.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Chat Noir is Neat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I expected a typical to average meal, slightly above average at best. However, I ended up feeling really good about the food, the place and the service. Maybe it is because of the beautiful Sunday, but whatever it was we had a really enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PrindineVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent food and service, even during busy Saturday night of Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Continues as all time neighborhood fave! Super service and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I took a friend from North Virginia, telling him it looked and felt Parisian and was as good as Paris. My friend is a foodie. He agreed. All the service people were French and friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Our meals were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the Best!
    Jerry
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    As usual, the menu had a wide choice of excellent meals. We opted for menu and not specials. The Pate is still the best around. We shared a calf's liver preparation with apples and polenta. It was fantastic. Adam was on top of his game. The wine he recommended , Madarin, was unusual and perfect with the meal. Our first meeting was greatly enhanced by the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    KgDc
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We love going to Chat Noir for a glass of wine and a delicious french meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Dining (and Lunching)
    ValuesvalueVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We are lucky to have Chat Noir in our neighborhood. It is our go-to spot whenever we want to celebrate with family or for a romantic dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Le Chat Noir is always good, usually superb --a model of a French bistro-- and in our neighborhood. Perfect moule-frites, steak-frites, crepes and appealing wine specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too busy
    leahc
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Although we did not go to get the restaurant week menu, it was restaurant week. Place over crowded and service really poor. Food good. I have been there several times before and it was never like this.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy but...
    dork
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were a party of 4 for brunch. The place was packed. The waiters were buzzing around tightly packed tables. It seemed that there was only one person in the kitchen because the wait for the food was very long. What we ate was really good food it just took way too long to arrive at the table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in DC
    RTS2
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Wonderful little place in NW DC. Service was very good, food was terrific, wine was interesting. Will have to return a few more times to really get a feel for the menu. Everything was fresh. Tiny place, choice to eat outside if you wish but we preferred being inside. Comfortable, quiet, clean, elegant, all in all a good experience. Prices were fair, wine pricey but where isn't it. We will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something has changed
    Unhappy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Usually, I like Le Chat Noir very much and look forward to visiting. This time...not so. Wines were mediocre,food was inconsistent, both in flavor and in attention to preparation. Service was pleasant but non responsive. So, with sadness,won't be back to this charming spot.
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  • Dependably good
    robertadcVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Le Chat Noir is one of those places that I can count upon to be open all afternoon and provide a good basic meal. As such, I tend to come at awkward times, and the service is sometimes quirky. This weekend we enjoyed the "outdoor seating", and found it pleasant and relaxing. I enjoyeda very nice salmon dish with cous cous. This is a good dependable neighborhood restaurant to which I will surely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OceanLawyer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great neighborhood place, consistently good food and wine and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely French Restaurant
    Marie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a great spot for dining in the neighborhood. Service was efficient and professional. Food was good. Wine by the glass is very reasonable. Would definitely return for brunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the perfect choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We went here as a send off treat for a friend. it was a perfect choice. Great service. Delicious food and a low noise volume so we could talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • always a pleasure
    Foodie0211
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    very consistent French food; pleasant, attentive service. perfect for a Friday evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great way to celebrate Bastille Day
    KismetVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bastille Day Treat
    Mike
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Quiet & Relaxing Evening
    SDandBCVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Good-Service Bad
    Fresser
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bastille Day Special!
    CinCin
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went there for their Bastille Day celebration specials. The meals were very good and a good deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food good
    catsmeow
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was good. All service personnel great, except the waitress. Nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not bad, people great
    Anon
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The endive salad was so-so, buckwheat grits were gritty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.