Petits Plats
Petits Plats

Petits Plats

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petitsplats.com/
  • Phone: 2025180018
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer 4 private rooms with a fireplace.
  • Private Party Contact: Cecile or Fred 2025180018

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Calvert St. and Woodley Rd.
  • Public Transit: across from red line metro stop (Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: limited valet parking in restaurant private lot; 2 public parking lots within 1 block
A word from Petits Plats
Petits Plats is a very pretty French bistro located in a town house directly across from the Woodley Park metro stop, the Marriott Wardman and Omni Shoreham Hotels. Step inside and you will find affordable delicious food in a very romantic atmosphere. On cold days, dining next to one of the 4 wood burning fireplaces is a nice touch. Summer time, enjoy the great view sitting outside in our private patio: watching the passersby on busy Connecticut avenue is a major amusement!
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Petits Plats reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)romantic (19)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (12)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (7)great for outdoor dining (6)good for groups (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Best Moules Marinieres Ever
    Tdalec
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have had steamed mussels all over France and the U.S. None has been as flavorful as the ones served here. Lots of scallion, thyme and garlic in a very buttery broth. Just terrific. Attentive service and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Belgian Restaurant!
    Allan
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Petits Plats. The food and wine were reasonable and tasty. The wine was good but they could add more value wines under $30. Parking was difficult. But, we parked in the alley behind the restaurant at the direction of the staff. The house is charming and delightful! Worth a meal in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Once again at Petits Plats
    Cazgrandcru
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Four of us ate at Petits Plats the other evening and the food was better than ever. We first started going there when in DC in 2003 - and have returned when we come down (we live in Upstate NY). We had a hard time deciding whether to eat outside or inside but finally decided to eat indoors so that we could converse better. Food was terrific and the staff was very accommodating to our requests for some substitutions in accompanying items on the dishes. We will continue to have Petits Plats on our priority list of Washington restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    Buccaneer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Petits Plats is an absolutely charming French bistro. Located in a restored townhouse, the atmosphere is casual but also sophisticated. The decor and lighting is calming and the noise level is wonderfully low-key for my ageing ears. The staff projects a family-like attitude. The cuisine is good, basic French cooking, nothing elaborate but everything seems fresh and properly prepared. The night we were there they were out of foie gras but we have had it before and it is wonderful. Our party had fish or pasta dishes and they were excellent. I love the wine list because there are numerous reasonably priced good bottles. The owner, Fred, is usually there and he loves to chat with his customers. I wish more owners did the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    When we arrived, they did not have our reservations. They did find a table for us, as the restaurant was empty. On Saturday they didn't have a lunch menu at noon - it was just branch, with more limited options. The waiter's English was pretty bad - an international student who just arrived, I presume. The food took a long time to a arrive. My seafood salad was more of a fish salad with 2 shrimps. They did not serve any bread. The food was dull.
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  • Just recently discovered this gem
    VenusVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    What a great little restaurant! I understand it has been here for years, but I just discovered it. Wonderful meals and moderately priced. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst Experience Ever
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a reservation for 8 at 12:30. Two hours later -- yes I said two -- we had neither our food, nor an explanation nor an apology. People all around us were served and then left. We got up and left, and the manager of the restaurant was upset at us! As truly and uniquely awful as the service was, the complete lack of any explanation, information, or apology was so galling as to be (almost) funny. Everyone agreed it was the worst service they had ever seen. Can I give negative stars? DO NOT EAT HERE
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  • Loved it
    Jodiy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I was in DC for 4 days and I ate at Petits Plats three times, once for dinner and twice for brunch. The service was wonderful each time. The staff is truly charming and the food is excellent, simple French bistro classics, well-prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good
    Winefishhoops
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always reliably good. This is not a "great" restaurant but reminds one of so many restaurants in France where the food is dependable, the wine list comprehensive enough to satisfy almost everyone, and the service excellent. Some signs of wear and tear suggest a need for some remodeling, but nothing serious. We enjoy coming back whenever we are in Washington.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revisited and Still love the place
    Cidalise
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is simply a wonderful, affordable great French bistro. The scallops were terrific as was the carpaccio. Lovely, easy place. Contrary to some reviews, there IS air conditioning, and it was delightfully comfortable in 90+ weather in Washington. It is a great place for date night.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Go to this place for lunch over dinner. The service is more relaxed and tentative and the food choices as good or better. Problem is that the same people serve at this place and the pizza place below. PP owns both. In the evening they are like marathon runners going up and down the stairs. But, the food is good and the restaurant interior very pleasant. Small patio for outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kimbiz
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our neighborhood favorite with consistently wonderful bistro food. Always welcomed like a honored guest at a friends home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Petit Plats
    pickydiner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Good food and good range of choices on menu but lots of stairs for an older person or someone with disabilities. No way to get to the rest rooms if you can't climb up and down 2 full flights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French through and through...
    DaisyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Petits Plats is just down the street, but I had never tried it before. A Monday night is not really the best test of any restaurant, there were a few diners inside and a large group outside, so it was pretty quiet. Aside from that, the staff are friendly and efficient, the menu has a wide range of options for starters and mains (we didn't look at dessert), and there was quite a good wine list. The food was excellent, delicious, well-seasoned, fresh and interesting. We left full but not stuffed, which is especially nice on a hot summer night. The location is in an old townhouse structure which gives it an intimate, charming atmosphere and I imagine on other nights when there are more diners, it has a convivial buzz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Another wonderful dining experience at Petit Plats! The food is creative and the atmosphere is energetic. It's no wonder the owner of Petit Plats is also in charge of the French Embassy's dining!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We were a group of 13 and 1 child. The wait person was excellent. Did not hurry us. Knew the wines, which were excellent. And the food was great. Recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They took Jeremiah!
    mckcingoli
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The folks are Petits Plats are so French that they allowed me to commandeer the outdoor balcony with a friend and my rather large but very well-behaved dog, Jeremiah. We were the only ones on the balcony (there's also an open terrace below), so we didn't disturb anyone. Very nice atmosphere and terrific food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WinifredVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    A very lovely meal. Comfortable environment, service was wonderful. Food fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No Air Conditioning
    Sheil31VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We have been to this restaurant only twice. One time was during a heat wave when they said the air conditioning was not working. Well it seems they do not have air conditioning. There is a ceiling fan and they open the windows for air to come in. Luckily it was a nice day but the fan was annoyingly blowing on our heads. The food is okay but there are much better French restaurants. Had to ask twice for ketchup for my French Fries. People at the next table had to wait a long time to pay their bill.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food here is wonderful. French fare. Serving size is reasonable--not too big, not too small. The atmosphere is nice. You can stick around and eat a meal without feeling rushed. Service was not as good this time. I have food allergies and my server did not listen. Had to send the meal back twice, but the chef got it right eventually. I think it was a communication issue...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 549 reviews are from the Petits Plats reviews archive.
  • Dependable and Good
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    PP is always a good choice for a pleasant evening--inside or outside--and a solid menu that does not disappoint. The wine list is "notable" because it is one big page of very good selections at reasonable prices. This is always a nice place for families as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great for a special occasion. We were entertaining our visiting daughter who enjoys French cuisine and it was a very nice change of pace from the chain 'americanized' French restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice romantic spot
    LB6030
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The food was delicious, the service was ok. It is not for the casual drop in/ walk by. You need to be fully dressed to the nines to eat here----very different than what their website claimed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch at Petits Plats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Food was good, service only fair at the very best. Ordered one soup, was served the other; at least the server assistants kept filling our water glasses. Overly warm - as it was the day before when I had a meeting there - food was good but atmosphere less than inviting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad choice for mothers day
    georom
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was our 1st time at Petits Plats. We order a pate and returned it. The kids order what was supposed to be NY steak and it was some unknow meet, very fatty. My wife and I went for the sea food grill and it was blend. The guys working outside were nice. I will not recommend this place to a friend.
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  • pleasnantly surprised
    Simplefood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had never heard of this restaurant and it was very good -- brunch items were excellent and the service was great. Would like try this place for dinner -- as the menu looks like it would be excellent. Simple french foods that are properly prepared and there is something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious in DC
    Redefinedivy
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    On Saturday April 26th I had brunch with a group of 10 and all of us loved our meal. We all cleaned our plates that's how much we loved it! I loved it so much I went back the next day for brunch again before returning to New York! Our Waiter Max was awesome! When I visit DC again, I will make sure to stop by again!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thankfully We Finally Went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were told about Petits Plats about 12 years ago when we first moved to the region. We kept trying other restaurants or forgetting try Petits Plats. We finally went with two other couples. We loved it! Simple presentation of traditional French cuisine. The Foie Gras and Confit are excellent. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the wine list. Everyone was glad we choose Petits Plat. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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  • EasTer family brunch-in Paris!
    commish
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    If you miss Paris. Go sit outside at petit plat! Picturesque setting tres francais, authentic and lovely champagne drinks!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    dcgal
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My friends and I came here for Easter Brunch and we loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and great for the family
    frenchfoodie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    It is rare for my entire family to be satisfied by their meals. From the bread to the escargot to the scallops, everything was delicious. I definitely recommend ordering seafood. The fish and seafood specials came with great sauces and we could not stop dipping the bread in everything. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Loved this rest. for our family. The teens thought it was elegant and fun. Food seemed authentic french and the service was warm but not over-bearing. I recommend the steak...among the best we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter Disappeared
    71terpVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Without going though the entire saga, after delivering the drink order, our waiter disappeared. Later a waitress came over to the table and asked if there was a problem. We advised her no and gave her our orders and service then improved.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening
    UKFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Met a friend for a Friday night meal at Petit Plats. The inside dining room was very quaint, but in the heat it was quite warm. My friend and I shared two appetizers (both salads) that were lovely. I had the trout with almonds and the fish was cooked to perfection. Our lovely and very friendly server also recommended a divine glass of Sancerre. Would return for sure - a nice neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went to Petit Plats for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I went to Petit Plats for lunch in the middle of week. Got a nice seat at the window. I started with the foie gras with cherry jam, which was really lovely. For the entree, I had the special, which was trout with asparagus and mushrooms with potatoes and ham. Really buttery and flavorful. I also got the bread pudding, which I probably didn't need, since I was pretty full already, but I love bread pudding so much. The waitstaff is very pleasant and professional. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a wonderful meal!
    Willowjane
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I brought my mother to visit Washington. We were staying nearby and we just didn't want the usual hotel type food. I had heard of this place and thought I would give it a try. From the minute we walked up the stairs to the entrance we were greeted and treated with such respect and consideration. It was a bit cool for us to eat outside so we opted for inside. The room we ate in (3 nights of the trip!) was a cozy little space with great ambiance. The service was impeccable and the food was just simply fantastic! Over the 3 dinners we had mussels, duck confit, grilled branzino, salmon, foie gras, a great salad with beets and a wonderful onion soup. The wine that was recommended was spot on. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True French cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Tasty, cosy, friendly, we believed that we were in a warmful restaurant in the South of France. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    bbbbVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    One of the best French restaurants in town! I love the mussels and the beef bourginon is excellent! Wait staff was very nice and prompt.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bon dejeuner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    a very nice spot for a lunch date.. took a vacation day on a friday, hence the bottle of burgundy (BEAUNES, 1ER CRU "LES GREVES, DOMAINE MAILLARD '08) that i will be scouring wine shop shelves for.. the snails were good for the DC area, as was the margerita pizza.. very cozy, so you have to make an effort not to listen to nearby diners...but no complaints.. had a fire going which definitely added to the ambiance.. will go back for another special-occasion-skip-work lunch..
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Thomas
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    I was in town for a conference, and one of my colleagues suggested Petit Plats. I had a frisée salad to start with foie gras and duck confit. Perfect. I followed that with a fruites de mer and risotto main. Excellent. A properly prepared Ricard made me feel I was in an authentic French place. Nice selection of wines. Strongly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.