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

L'Enfant Cafe & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lenfantcafe.com/
  • Phone: 2023191800x
  • 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: Belgian, French
  • 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.
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L'Enfant Cafe & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (20)great for outdoor dining (19)neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (16)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (15)special occasion (14)fit for foodies (11)romantic (10)late-night find (6)scenic view (4)great for lunch (4)Show More
  • Nice night at L'Enfant
    buddhababe
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Club Crowd Only
    mmchiquita
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best service in the city
    tgindcVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and location
    lisaopp21VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We enjoyed dining outside. Great location and food. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch in DC
    Ethan
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent
    Billy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food standards are not consistent at the restauarnt. The last time we went it was delicious and this time, it was bareable. Disappointed!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • party brunch, better for frat boys
    laryatid
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional find!
    RickVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Restaurant
    Perfection
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!
    Ilovebrunch
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rang in my 30th with a BOUM!
    LongTimeLstnr1stTimeCallr
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funnest DC Sunday Brunch
    Ranoosh
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING TIMES
    JPS1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wow, Wow and Wow!!!
    AlexandriaPrimer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Memorable night for me and the ladies. Definitely a must for anyone with an open mind!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice date spot
    cm0013aVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Boum
    BrunchinB
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Russian
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a diner there with my wife. Enjoyed Belgian beer. Our waiter was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Brunch
    mcka2
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • L'Enfant Has Grown Up Nicely
    JustDessertsVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bastille Day La Boum Dinner
    Sarasalt
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great authentic French find in AMO
    JmarmolinaVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 211 reviews are from the L'Enfant Cafe & Bar reviews archive.
  • Fun Party...
    KRose
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    ...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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Boum Boum Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Boum
    TippyToes
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best ambiance in the city
    Statefish
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TPC10
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BLOWN AWAY By La Boum Boum Room!
    southbeachjackVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Brunch was delicious, service was great, and the atmosphere was fun fun fun!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laboum brunch
    Brunchmaven
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is one of the most fun things I have experienced in DC.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Boum!
    AmandaVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Boum rocks!
    restaurantreviewer4VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Boum is the big bang of brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible, As Always
    gene
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It would have been 4 stars, but...
    UStLocal
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little French cafe
    woody
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Party Brunch Spot
    NatalieinDCVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Staff!
    Magotake
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Boum brunch
    pdog
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.