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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Excellent food and service, even during busy Saturday night of Restaurant Week."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Continues as all time neighborhood fave! Super service and great food."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We love going to Chat Noir for a glass of wine and a delicious french meal."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Great neighborhood place, consistently good food and wine and service."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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