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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
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Previously I was just here to drink great Belgian beers in the outdoor patio and loved it. So the other night 3 of us tried the food menu and had dinner. Very nice, interesting bistro style entrees. Not fancy. I'll be back. Between 4-5 stars for Bistro-Bar"
    Dined on 10/27/2014
  • "La Boum was amazing! Our server, Yacoumb was extra attentive and truly made it a great experience. My friends and I loved every bit of it :)"
    Dined on 10/26/2014
  • "We went for the La Boum brunch experience and it was everything I expected and more. The food was awesome. We had so much fun dancing on our chairs and being crazy. I will say be prepared to drop some cash, but honestly it was worth every penny to see all my friends have the time of their lives. Just make sure to PACE YOURSELVES. It's easy to go overboard here so try to keep a good head on your shoulders. It's definitely meant for special occasions, but I personally can't wait for my next excuse to go again."
    Dined on 10/26/2014
  • "My husband and I took a friend to L'Enfant for a birthday celebration. The fact that the weather cooperated made the evening more delightful, as we were able to sit outside. The lady serving us was very pleasant and amenable to putting tables together to accommodate us. The wine list was varied, and my husband especially enjoyed the Belgian beer. The meals were very tasty and mercifully not over-large. This left us with just enough room to enjoy the lovely dessert crepes after. This little bistro is a gem, and as neighborhood denizens we look forward to returning many times again."
    Dined on 10/9/2014
  • "If you are in your early 20s and love clubbing and tabletop dancing, then definitely make a reservation for the La Boum brunch. You'll love it. If you prefer being able to hear your own thoughts, dining in a fire-safe environment, and are more of a foodie, you will hate it. I am an old fogie on the inside, so it just wasn't for me. The dancing was fun and the experience was entertaining, but I felt extremely claustrophobic crammed in a tiny space up against a wall with the front door locked. The music was so loud that I left with a migraine. The server can't hear you, let alone make it to your table through the dancing throngs, so inevitably orders were messed up and took a long time. Glad I went, but I won't be doing La Boum again."
    Dined on 9/21/2014
  • "L'Enfant was just okay for the five of us. The food was mostly mediocre--steak, gnocchi, pork, but the sole was the star of the evening. What amazed us most was the amount of time the bartender could spend on his phone texting, easily ignoring what was going on around him."
    Dined on 9/16/2014
  • "Two of us went to the L'Enfant Café for dinner on a weeknight. We sat on the patio, so my noise meter is for that space, not the inside. I had the bistro burger, he had the tuna Nicoise, and we were both very happy with our food. Shared a bottle of the house Sauvignon blanc, which was fine. What really made our experience stand out was the wonderful service. Other servers who want to improve their game should go here and observe."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed dining outside. Great location and food. Can't wait to go back!!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Food is great and the party is unforgettable! Craziest, most fun brunch I've ever been to. Don't go if you're trying to eat a relaxing brunch, but if you want to have a great time, this is the place for you."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food standards are not consistent at the restauarnt. The last time we went it was delicious and this time, it was bareable. Disappointed!!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "great for a club party type brunch. i thought it would be more of a show but really it's just dancing on chairs and no real show."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Everything about L'Enfant was great! The food was really excellent, as was the service. Would definitely be a regular here if I lived in Washington. I'll go back on my next visit."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I booked the venue to host a private dinner meeting. The staff was amazing, the food was to die for and the venue was perfect for what I wanted to accomplish. It was in walking distance from the Washington Hilton and it made it a perfect location. We are truly thinking about coming back next year and using L'Enfant again."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Hands down my favorite brunch place. This was my 3rd La Boum and it seems to be getting better and better. The friends I brought had never been but they had a great time and couldn't stop raving about it. The food/drinks/service are really good, the energy is crazy and the guys working there are pretty hot and friendly. This is a good place to go if you're celebrating something like a birthday/new job/friends visiting from out of town/whatever and it's more fun with a bigger group. Everyone seems to order champagne and a substantial percentage of people seem to remove most of their clothing around the 4pm mark---it's a pretty pleasant way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Me and 13 of my friends gathered this past Saturday to celebrate my 30th birthday at L'Enfant's La Boum brunch and it was better than expected! Basically it was a daytime house party with 60 of your new bff's, a stripper, and an awesome playlist. I would absolutely recommend going at least once!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The experience overall was amazing. We were not too crazy about the food but the ambiance and fun filled environment definitely made up for it. I would recommend having a co-ed group... it just makes it even more fun. If you are looking for an out of the ordinary way to end your weekend, I would definitely recommend La Boom!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This place is a must must MUST do! Come ready to PARTY and you will not be disappointed. While it's ala carte drinks- just budget in advance- AND RSVP WAAAAAAAAY advance but trust me- it's worth every day of the wait!!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Memorable night for me and the ladies. Definitely a must for anyone with an open mind!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We went for a weeknight date just because and it was great. Quiet, very good food, and great service. I really enjoyed my mushroom and goat cheese crepe and my boyfriend says their steak frites is better than le Diplomate's!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This place has the most fun brunch EVER! Food is average and don't expect to get full. Random charges for God knows what but by the end of your brunch experience you will be too drunk and too elated to care."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Had a diner there with my wife. Enjoyed Belgian beer. Our waiter was excellent."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "La Boum brunch was an amazing experience - great food, champagne was flowing and service was great. A real DC must-do!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Just moved to the neighborhood and was quite pleasantly surprised with both food and service at L'Enfant. Waiter was very pleasant, efficient, attentive & informative in answering questions about the menu. Partner had the sole, which was fresh, cooked slightly crispy in a buttery sauce that was delicious. I had Pork Tenderloin, which was juicy and redolent of baked apples (noted on menu), which did not overwhelm. And all at very nice price. Will definitely return often."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "L'Enfant Café had a special dinner version of their famed La Boum brunch on Monday, 7/14. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was solid, and a great time was had by all. At least 3 hours spent dancing on chairs to sing-a-long hits, amazing baked brie, champagne and wine... the perfect party! I noted the reviews of others who said their champagne was extremely expensive, so we stuck to wine (other than the champagne our friend won by participating in a contest or two...). The dinner (6 people) + 2 bottles of wine + tax and 20% gratuity came to about $60 a person. So be prepared to spend a bit, but it's well worth it for the unique dining experience! We're definitely sold on doing the La Boum brunch!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The location the price and the food were great. The medium rare steak frites came out medium well but the duck confit was exceptional. Our server was really nice, quick to fill up drinks and the food came out at a reasonable pace (the menu mentions the restaurant is meant to be enjoyed, so don't ask how long your food will take) but he definitely had a cloud of cigarette smoke hovering around him. We could tell this was a neighborhood hangout, since it seemed almost everyone at the tables outside knew each other. Would definitely go back, I've heard they have an amazing brunch."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "...If you're drunk. Our fatal mistake was thinking there was a bottomless mimosa option. There isn't, and drinks there are way overpriced. But the liquor store across the street is not."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "L'Enfant Café is always a good time! Went to La Boum Boum Room to celebrate my husband's birthday. Good drinks, music and entertainment. It's a bit more risqué than brunch so don't bring your conservative friends."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Le Boum Brunch was everything it's cracked up to be. Bravo, L'Enfant Cafe! Once we have sufficiently recovered from this one we can't wait to return with a larger group. Note to first-timers: this is a raucous and debaucherous brunch party - probably not the spot for your mother's/father's/aunt's/uncle's/grandparent's birthday brunch... unless your mother/father/aunt/uncle/grandparent is raucous and debaucherous, in which case anyone who brings their dancing pants is welcome. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Title is self-explanatory - this place is charming, from the red brick, hardwood and candles to the fun and down-to-earth staff... Love it"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "L'efant Cafe is always a great time! I've been to La'Boum three times and celebrated my last brunch in DC before I move out of the area. The staff and hosts never let me down and do an awesome job creating a fun experience for all involved. The downside is the limited amount of space for guests, but they did their best to accommodate me even offering two extra tables. Overall, it was a excellent experience that I feel everyone should have if you do brunch in Washington, DC. Major shout out to Mary for always being helpful!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I recently went to L'Enfant's newest weekly Saturday night event, "La Boum Boum Room," a spin-off of the their uber popular La Boum Brunch. They promised to reinvent DC nightlife just as they reinvented going to brunch. Man, did they deliver!!!! My friends and I had a blast! It was like being in PeeWee's playhouse or something...the night starts at 11pm and they take you on a magic carpet ride until closing... Well Done, bravo, L'Enfant.. You've done it again! It fills up weekly. I'd recommend making a reservation if you are going."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Brunch was delicious, service was great, and the atmosphere was fun fun fun! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This is one of the most fun things I have experienced in DC."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Was visiting from Chicago and found this gem on yelp. Pictures and description didn't do it justice. Every bit of the French bistrot experience. Positive: food was great, excellent assortment. Cocktails were tasty. Atmosphere is fantastic. Negative: it would have been great if our waiter spoke French but that is wishful thinking :) Overall: you can't go wrong with this choice! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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
  • "If you're looking for a high-energy, delicious in more ways than one, brunch atmosphere this is the ONLY place to go! From the music to the dancing to the constant popping of champagne bottles, you will feel like a Saturday night in Vegas, until you leave...."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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
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