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Petits Plats
Petits Plats

Petits Plats Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petitsplats.com
  • Email: contact@petitsplats.com
  • Phone: (202) 518-0018
  • 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 (202) 518-0018

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!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Tasty, cosy, friendly, we believed that we were in a warmful restaurant in the South of France. Wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Wait staff was not knowledgable with the wine list . Over priced food."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Great onion soup and great food. Waiter was excellent too. Just stumbled across this place on the internet looking for a restaurant near the hotel my client was staying in. Glad I did"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Food very good, service very poor. So neglected by our waiter that diners at the next table commented & asked him why we were being ignored. We were seated & the table seated after us was waited on while no one came to our table for quite some time. We didn't even have menus. No one brought us bread until we asked several times and then no butter. Finally brought butter but they had taken the knife away with the salad plate. (yes just getting bread and butter after the salad) could not get waiter's attention so had to spread the butter with a fork. The service stayed pretty much that poor & rude the whole evening,capped off by cold coffee, not warm, cold. A meal this expensive should have way better service Not busy enough to excuse this"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very surprise by this restaurant, good food, good choice of wine... we were here for Valentine's night. The menu came with good choices, portions were a little bit smaller than I expected (I'm French, sorry!), but very tasty !!! The service was perfect, with a french touch... quiet and pleasant, just the way we like. I'll definitely come back to try their regular menu, wich sounds amazing for quality/prices !!! If you know french food, or if you want to try the french quality, it's the place to go!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We met a group of friends who were staying at the Omni hotel for dinner. Very convenient walking location for them. Delicious, pleasant evening for all. The food was beautifully presented, the waiter attentive, and the atmosphere charming. Highly recommend ."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Made a reservation for Valentines Day. Were seated immediately, and the waiter was friendly throughout. We were not rushed, and enjoyed a relaxed dinner with delicious food (short ribs and filet mignon) and a good wine recommendation. We were seated by the fireplace, so there was a nice ambiance."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The service was quick and doting, and the food was superb. The restaurant is a house, and when you arrive and are seated, you feel as though you are being given a tour of someone's home, only one in which each room is full of people eating, often at close quarters."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I read many reviews before making my reservation for V day with my girlfriend. I immediately experienced the hurried and slightly disorganized host. The table next to us was asking for bread for 10-15 minutes. The bread girl spoke zero English and/or simply ignored our request for bread. Our waiter was not sure, at times, which course we were on. These things don't really bother me but I really noticed it because other reviewers talked about poor service too. The food was excellent though and that's why I made my reservation in spite of the negative comments about service. I don't feel that my experience was worthy of the $200 price tag for two I'd rather go to Bistro Du Coin which is consistently excellent in food quality AND service.."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our Valentine's Day there and had the special prix fixe menu with wine for $79.- pp. We are familiar with typically small portions in a French restaurant, however, these portions for both the appetizers and main courses were truly "tiny". The glass of wine had less than an inch of wine in the bottom, much less than the typical 5 oz. you see everywhere. The food overall was tasty, although not a good value at all."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Petit Plats and we found it to be quite charming! It was a perfect neighborhood D.C. setting. Our food was very well prepared and we would return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I tried Petits Plats for the first time on Valentine's Day. This may be viewed as risky as often restaurants are not viewed in the best light on big days such as this. Nevertheless, Petits Plats managed their large crowd, the food was quite good and the experience was very enjoyable. We will be back on a different night to further delve into the menu and wine list."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We discovered this great little French restaurant our first weekend in DC. It is a small neighborhood restaurant that serves great food and provides good service, with nice background music and a warm wood-burning fire."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Waiting staff very attentive and able to suggest wine-food pairings."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant, and a place we go to again and again. The food is outstanding, the service impeccable---friendly, but we are never rushed and the server never intrusive. The ambience like true France."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "escargot and calamari appetizers, were both distinguished. coquille st jacques excellent. lamb t bone also. the jewel was the vegetables and I dont even like vegetablesn except when forced."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The food and service are excellent. Perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself. Parking is tight, but there is a garage in the alley behind the restaurant, off of Woodley."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "This was my first time to dine at Petits Plats. It's an understated place with excellent french food (as the name implies). There were five of us and everyone enjoyed the food. It was traditional french and well prepared. The service was very good too. The only suggestion that I can make is that the ambiance could be more attractive. It must be lovely during the day as there are many windows and lots of natural light. We plan to go to Petits Plats again soon."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Cozy place with very attentive servers. Limited menu, but delicious."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Friendly, unpretentious, and seriously delicious. Great sauces, well-rounded menu. Reasonable prices, especially the wine list. Le vrai deal."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We met friends for a quiet get-together at Petit Plats. I had trouble finding parking and one of the waiters guided me to a parking garage using my wife's cell phone. The level of service was superb! So was the food. The dining room had a real wood fire burning. The diner was outstanding with excellent food beautifully plated. We will definitely return, probably many times."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Came to the restaurant with a group of friends for brunch on a recent Sunday. Fun place - its a renovated townhouse with seating on two floors. The food was very good and a good value, our group chose a variety of selections from the brunch menu. The brioche french toast is recommended. We would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We've enjoyed several brunches at Petit Plats in the last year since moving to Cleveland Park and have never been disappointed. I make a pretty mean Eggs Benedict myself, but I can't compete with Petit Plats'. The eggs are always perfect, the bread is delicious and a side salad, roasted potatoes and a tasty Bloody Mary round out the meal perfectly. We've also visited for dinner and it's always a treat. The servers are soft spoken and excellent and the ambiance is cozy and romantic in the evenings. I love the fireplace during the winter months as well."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "I took two business colleagues there for lunch, hoping for - and getting - a pleasant old-fashioned ambience, quiet conversation, and good food. The beef bourguignon was excellent. Service was attentive and unobtrusive. The easy access from the convention hotel, t across the street, was a marvelous boon, as well. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "I set up a special group reservation for a company dinner event and the planning and customer service stage was fantastic. The space is quaint and cozy and truly gives you the feeling that you're in a little french bistro. However, the food was poorly presented and lacked flavor and creativity. The flavor of the food was average, nothing to rave about. The items were plated so simply that it looked like a 5 year old just put it on a plate and sent it out to the customer. I am disappointed in the quality of the food for the price. I will not be sending groups back to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Lovely ambience, in a very pretty brownstone building. Service is good and owner is charming. We were a little disappointed in the food -- my fries were not crisp. The skin on my friend's duck was not crisp either."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "i split lamb chops with my friend. they looked wonderful and the sides were excellent. i can only assume that the restaurant had a sub-par shipment of lamb chops. they were mostly fat, impossible to cut with a knife, and had very little meat."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "The food and service were outstanding. Will return when in DC."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "This was the highest rated restaurant within walking distance of our hotel, the Marriott Wardley Park Hotel. We enjoyed the serene setting and the friendly but not annoying servers. The food was delicious and the server was knowledgeable about the wine list. Really liked the bread pudding."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "The restaurant is lovely. Tables are spaced well enough apart that you can converse. The menu was inviting and the food preparation was good. What was not good was the amount of fat on the rack of lamb. I and one of our guests, after trimming the fat off, were left with, perhaps, half the serving from the 3 chops. When the waiter finally came over towards the end of the meal and we showed him the huge amount of fat, there was no apology. We expected perhaps a comp dessert or some courtesy, but not an offer to bring another chop, adjust the bill, etc. Also, we had selected a specific 2009 Oregon wine. When the waiter brought it, it the wine was a 2011 - but he never told us. Luckily our husbands are sharp. Bad year-bad form."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We met friends at PP for dinner on a Friday evening. The restaurant was full, the service was very nice and the meal was evenly paced. We were not rushed even though it was a full house and the food was delicious. I went back for brunch a few days later but did not enjoy it overall as much as dinner."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We were at PP for dinner the previous Friday night and it was a wonderful experience. Another friend and I had brunch there on a Sunday and it was not near as delicious as dinner. The service was mediocre and we felt rushed."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "We had booked this restaurant to meet clients while we were at a conference. This was our favorite meal of the week, an excellent choice. We all ordered something different and each of us were very satisfied with our choice. Service was great, food fabulous great wine a very pleasant restaurant and would definitely go back and highly recommend. Thumbs up from us all. Thank you for a lovely evening."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Went to dinner on my own here during a business trip. The menu and preparation remind me of the food I had long ago in France. Baked oysters and duck leg were perfect as was a trio of desserts. Very nice service, too. Did not try the prix fixe menu but I would do that on my next trip."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "The food service an atmosphere were all wonderful. It's a small cozy French bistro that makes one feel as if in France-- Our server was very accommodating. He even invited the chef out to sing happy birthday for our friend. Plus it's just nice to go to a French restaurant where the waiters speak French and the chef is French and the food is delicious and the dinning room decor is o-o-o so French."
    Dined on 11/3/2013