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L'Enfant Cafe & Bar
L'Enfant Cafe & Bar

L'Enfant Cafe & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lenfantcafe.com
  • Email: lenfantcafe@me.com
  • Phone: (202) 319-1800
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm– 12:00am, Friday: 12:00pm – 1:00am, Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:00am. Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am – 1:30pm, 2:00pm – 5:30pm (La Boum brunch), Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Belgian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Florida Ave./ U St.
  • Public Transit: 5 blocks from Dupont Circle Station
    5 blocks from U St./ Cardozo Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from L'Enfant Cafe & Bar
At L'Enfant café-bar, you'll feel more like you are on holiday in Paris, than in Washington DC. This casual and pleasant cafe-bar, with a lovely interior and a beautiful sidewalk garden patio is one of the city’s happiest places to visit. Our menu features a large selection of delicious starters, a menu of Main Plates (like Beef Bourguignon, Roast Chicken and a sinful 3-Cheese, White Truffle Macaroni and Cheese), delicious savory crepes, the best and biggest French Dip sandwich in town, a cheesy French Onion Soup and our signature Croque Monsieur that will whisk you to the Left Bank with every mouth-watering bite. And no visit would be complete without a sampling of our menu of sweet crepes, where Nutella is king. Our candle-lit bar is cozy and friendly with a large selection of Belgium beers, fine French wines and champagnes, top shelf liquors and DC's most delicious cappuccinos, lattes and mochas.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I celebrated my 30th birthday here with two friends and it was a PARTY!! I would do it again in a heartbeat. Just make sure you make reservation 3-4 weeks ahead of time! Oh yeah, and the food was pretty amazing too as was the staff."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is my 4th La Boum (I just love it!) and I brought 3 newbies and they all had a wonderful time! Everyone who puts la Boum on (from the owner to all the waitstaff to the DJ) just makes it an amazing special time. I can't get enough! Thank you for making it THE best party brunch in the city!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday at La Boum brunch at L'Enfant Cafe this past weekend. It was fabulous--the food, the staff, the music, etc. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "the service was extremely slow. We waited about 45 minutes for our food to come out. I went with a few friends for dinner on a Monday night. It was not too busy - perhaps one-half to two-thirds full. Two of my friends ordered crepes, which should have taken all but 10 minutes (not even); another friend ordered a burger (again nothing too difficult to make). The server was nice though, but did not apologise that the food took so long. I ordered the etouffee, which I do recommend. Overall experience was good and I would go back."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Cozy intimate atmosphere for dinner. A little loud but very romantic. The staff is great, they make you feel like a regular even if it's your first time. The crepes are a perfect way to have a light meal. The duck confit is, in my opinion, their signature dish I've had it for brunch with potatoes, I've had it for dinner and I've had it as a crepe. They so wonderful things with duck. Dessert crepes are also a nice way to have something sweet without having to get a brick of cheescake or a pound of pie."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This meal made my entire month, seriously! I am a little snobby when it comes to French dining in the District and this place clearly impressed. The food was great, the service was even better. It is a fun atmosphere where the people really care about the items they prepare. Loved the bar menu, too. I paid using a Living Social voucher, but will certainly be back here soon!!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I would have never ventured into L'Enfant Cafe & Bar if it were not for the Living Social deal I purchased; and that's because I never really get an opportunity to venture out to U Street. However, I am certainly glad I took a chance and decided to purchase the deal to check the place out. If you haven't yet tried L'Enfant Cafe & Bar I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had friends in town and were looking for a party brunch spot. La Boum was exactly what we were looking for. It's a small french cafe that happily accommodates large groups. A DJ plays music, and after you're done eating, the owner comes out on a microphone and goes over a few "ground rules" which include, no standing on tables but standing on your chair is expected. The lights are dimmed, disco balls glow, the shades are drawn on the door and windows, and you're pretty much locked inside for a party until 5pm. Service was great and the food was surprisingly good considering you're really going for the party."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We went for a bacheloretter party and had a blast!! The food was ok, the steak looked good, the eggs benedict was reported as good, but my hamburger sucked. The party was fun, good DJ, great ambience, everyone dancing and drinking and singing along. I would go back to the day party brunch again for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It is definitely a romantic restaurant with mood lighting"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "As a three year DC resident...Hands down, best DC experience to date. La Boum absolutely dominated us and if we could handle it, we would love to go back for more. We ordered our food on time, but half of our tables food did not come out before the room got weird. The other diners were raving about the food, so I wish I had the opportunity to try more than my first course. We had a table of 7--mix of male and female. Entertainment and MC were incredibly entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed by our entire group. Needless to say, La Boum walked out on top for a Sunday afternoon brunch. Overall, excellent experience---Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. Great Host and servers. Nice wine list. Food was good but we were expecting tastier food than what was served."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Booked La Boum about a month in a half in advance and have to say, it's a MUST on the DC checklist. Vibrant, definitely not for the faint of heart, but an amazing party brunch. Food was also very tasty considering that it's not the focus for most of the brunch-goers here."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food was great, prices aren't the cheapest but it's overall very good"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I found my first visit to L'Enfant Cafe & Bar very delightful. The weather was nice enough that we sat outside and the outdoor seating was great for relaxing, eating and people watching. The food was solid and the service attentive. While I wasn't there for a romantic night, I can see that this would be a great place to spend to spend a quiet evening with someone special. I would go back and recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Atmosphere, energy, ambiance, superb service and absolutely wonderful food. We asked ourselves, "why aren't we here at least once a week!""
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Did the La Boum brunch this past weekend and it was a ton of fun! I have to say though, it was super expensive, which means I won't be back any time soon. I commend their business model though: there's a pre-fixe meal at $30, which does not include drinks. Then right after they food, the DJ starts up and they pretty much force you to get up on your chairs to start dancing. It was fun, but this is obviously more fun with champagne and I think the cheapest bottle was $48. So for for our group of 4, it was almost $500 , which is A LOT for brunch. So if you decide to check this out, just be prepared, and bring lots of money."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Went to L'Enfant Cafe for the first time with a discount voucher. Once in the front door, I thought, wow, isn't this cute! While also thinking, wow, my husband is not going to be happy feeling like a sardine squished inbetween other diners. I was right on both counts. It is a really cozy place that would be romantic if they had more comfy chairs and more than six inches between tables. Food was very good...he had the short rib, I had the etouffe'. We were both very happy with both dishes. Wonderful service, attentive but not overbearing."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Even though the neighborhood has changed a lot (and we have moved to a different part of D.C.) my boyfriend and I still enjoy going to L'Enfant Cafe & Bar for its charming ambience and wonderful service. While we were split on the food this time -- I thought my pot-au-feu was great, but he was so-so on the sole -- we were still in agreement that L'Enfant delivers a great night out."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My fiance and I went to L'Enfant Cafe on a cold winter's night, and the space felt quite crowded and was often cold because we were seated right next the door. There were many folks at the bar and the tables were so close together that it felt claustrophobic. The service was friendly and attentive. Drinks were pricey particularly considering that they weren't all that well made and that the wine selection was pretty lacking for a French cafe. Best thing we had by far was the mushroom flatbread, which was mind-bogglingly good. The rest was good but not great between the various other plates we tried, including the frites, the Shrimp & Grits, and the goat cheese & mushroom crepe. Nice decor but it was really to packed to appreciate it."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I have only been to this restaurant for the brunch party, La Boum, on a holiday Monday to celebrate my birthday with friends. Everyone had a wonderful time. The champagne was flowing, and everyone was getting loose, despite that it was like 3pm.Be sure to book in advance. Only thing...gratuity issues.Through my drunken haze I remember being charged a whopping 40% gratuity! The bill said 20% gratuity on one line (which I expected because of my large party) then on the line below said "HAPPY GRATUITY 20%".I don't know what that means&I was not happy with it, but I did not argue it b/c I was in no state to argue honestly. For that reason alone, I would only go back on a very special occasion. Otherwise, I had a great time."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "This review is for La Boum, specifically. Anyone who has given the La Boum experience more than 4 stars has not been to a proper party brunch. This pales in comparison to real party brunches like Bagatelle in NYC, yet it's EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE. This place is a little hole in the wall, yet charges outrageous prices for what it is. It was, overall, a fun enough experience, but not $250 worth of fun (cost was for 2 people). I will admit that their crepes were delicious and worth the $25 prix fixe; I would return to L'Enfant for a regular meal, but I will never be returning for a La Boum brunch. This is a wannabe party brunch; your money is spent better elsewhere. Save your money and go to NYC if you want a true and luxe party brunch experience."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Perfect spot for a romantic occasion. The ambiance is cozy and quiet. The waiter was amazing! He was attentive, yet unobtrusive. They made sure to only let people in with reservations, which shows they care more about their guests experience rather than cramming people at the bar to make an extra buck. They obviously took the time to decorate and make the tables as intimate as possible in such a small venue. The food was delicious! The waiter took time to make sure the courses were not rushed and we had time to enjoy every bite. Supporting staff never let a dirty dish or empty glass sit for too long. Great overall experience, and we will definitely be back for more!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is small but really convivial. Really good for brunch, lunch or diner ! Well located, good service and fresh food. The menu is not really original but simply good. I tried the fish of the day twice, and twice it was good ! The terrace is large and pleasant."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Dined at the tiny L'Enfant Cafe and Bar this past Friday evening. Late dinner arriving around 9:30 PM. Restaurant was crowded with the small bar still full of patrons. We had the mussels - superb, the soup of the day - excellent, the crepe of the day - delicious, and the trout with spinach - very good. Overall an excellent meal and fun evening."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Brunch turns dance party! Food good, drinks, great but pricy. Service was excellent. Call ahead for dietary restrictions - the notes in the open table reservations were missed. Overall, incredible experience, would absolutely go again!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food is good but they are trying too hard to be a French Bistro. I've dined in many classic French Bistros but their packing too many people into the tables for dinner makes it "un-elegant"."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "L'Enfant Cafe has the best atmosphere of any bar or restaurant in DC."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "What can be said. This is the best hidden place to spend NYE in town. And even if not a special occasion, every Saturday is a special occasion for their La Boum Brunch parties, legendary and known across the country."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "fries were great, duck crepe was dry and tired, cheap white wine in the kir"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Went there for a surprise dinner with my wife, we loved it! Good food, good ambiance, good beer/wine selection."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "This isn't a brunch, this is a club in the middle of the day. We knew going into the day it was going to be nuts, but could have never anticipated something to this level. There were people there in costumes, one guy in a full on scuba suit. By the end of brunch we were all dancing on tables/chairs, popping bottles of champagne, watching strippers and singing to awesome oldies. Came with 3 friends at 2pm - no idea what time we stumbled out of there. Incredible. Be prepared to drop a lot of money."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "GREAT fun.... the most fun brunch you will find ANYWHERE!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Le enfant is a quant little bistro type restaurant with a good wine list, nice beer selection, and a great menu. My fiancé ordered the burger (which was amazing) and I ordered the pork. Pork was so moist and yummy. For dessert we shared the crepe. Yes. order the crepe. Order 10 of them! What really made our evening was the ambiance. We dined on a rainy late fall evening. We shared a small table in the corner overlooking the street. Just so romantic. Food, ambience, and booze. Yes. Very lovely experience. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Hands down! Be open minded and ready to drink and dance!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "I eat out pretty regularly and this was definitely one of the best meals I've had in DC!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "L'Enfant's famed party brunch does not disappoint. Our party of three downed 4 bottles of champagne while dancing to the house DJ's eclectic pop mix. If you can get it, DON'T MISS IT! Reservations have to be made way in advance!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "La Boum lived up to everything I had heard about it! In fact, the food was probably better. Perfect Eggs Benedict!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "My sister and I have not been out in a while. We loved the food. Loved the owner and people who worked there all upbeat and willing t o happily serve. The scene was pretty relaxed but fun. Will be returning soon."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Had a great time. It was quite the experience and would highly recommend it to a friend. Is there any way to get a fixed price for food and all you can drink alcohol? Other brunch restaurants are doing that!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013