Petits Plats
Petits Plats

Petits Plats

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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 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
52 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (18)romantic (16)notable wine list (13)great for brunch (10)great for lunch (8)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • There for a convention this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2009
    There for a convention this was a great neighborhood spot. My filet melted in my mouth. Was slow getting the check, had to chase it down, the only down spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was terrible – several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/20/2009
    The food was terrible – several dishes were greasy. Several courses with multiple ingredients were lost in the cooking process. The service was just OK and the room was cold. My wife and I will not visit again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Came with a group of eight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/20/2009
    Came with a group of eight people and everyone thought the food and wine were great. Would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ok...wont go back...fish was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/17/2009
    ok...wont go back...fish was greasy...pork ok...mussels a little over cooked...cute room..nice art...fireplace...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is definitely a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2009
    This place is definitely a find. Nearby "Open City" is becoming more and more mainstream and over-rated, so this is a nearby Woodley Park alternative for brunch! Scrumptious food and authentic French speaking servers. A great place for a large party or a romantic meal for two, this is a gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went there for Valentine's
    ern3365
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    I went there for Valentine's Day with my sweetheart, because I wanted to find a small French Bistro, and that is exactly what we got. The wait staff was pleasant, coureous, knowledgeable... what more could you want? We had a 2006 Cotes du Rhone that was excellent, and the wait staff were great, there when youy wanted them, not there when you didn't.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • To be fair, we went on Valentines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    To be fair, we went on Valentines Day which the restaurant had attempted to accommodate a large crowd. The food was not bad, but obviously staged for a crowd - like a banquet. Based on this experience, I would not return nor recommend. I have been there previously, and was looking forward to a quiet delightful meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner, great ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Great Dinner, great ambiance. For Valentine's Day, no better place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall, not up to the prices
    FanofculinaryartsVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Overall, not up to the prices charged. Cute, but not a bistro. Though the website promised valet parking - critical in that neighborhood - it was not available for Valentine's Day evening. Huge inconvenience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small and quaint, the very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Small and quaint, the very top floor was perfect for a Valentine's dinner. The fixed price menu was well timed and well portioned. Definitely would love to go back and try the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went to dinner at Petit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    We went to dinner at Petit Plats for Valentines Day and had a wonderful experience. The staff was polite and attentive and the food was outstanding! The wild mushroom ravioli was a great appetizer and the beer tenderloin was a great main course. We were even surprised at the new england clam chowder! The waiter reccommended two great wine selections. Great location just steps from the metro. We definetly return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was decorated
    Patrick
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    The restaurant was decorated with balloons and confetti for Valentine's Day, which might have been cheesy in any other restaurant but somehow seemed to fit here. The food was good, but not earth-shattering (and not very French), and the waiter was attentive. Despite it being Valentine's Day, we weren't rushed out the door right after finishing. I would recommend it as a place to get a nice, quiet meal in Woodley Park.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had been to this restaurant
    KikiVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    We had been to this restaurant several times and have always enjoyed it. This time, however, the service was a bit too slow. However, the food and ambiance were still very good. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service, attentive wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/30/2009
    Good service, attentive wait staff. Friendly and cozy.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint little bistro. It had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/29/2009
    Quaint little bistro. It had a wood burning fireplace in the small dining room which added warmth and coziness Everything we ordered was really good. We especially enjoyed the sauteed calamari appetizer. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best restaurant in Washington,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/23/2009
    The best restaurant in Washington, DC. Excellent food, very effective and friendly staff, warm and cozy decor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall good experience. A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/20/2009
    Overall good experience. A bit pricey and above the guide description, but the food was good, adequate portions and presentation outstanding. Service was terrific and other than a bit cold within the restaurant (cold draft), ambiance was great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good cuisine, very good service. Th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/19/2009
    Good cuisine, very good service. The restaurant is very welcoming and I am likely to make another visit when in Washington DC. Bernard Laverge, Belgium
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The main courses were excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/3/2009
    The main courses were excellent, but the desserts were a little lacking. The wood burning fireplaces add a great ambiance. Overall, my wife and I really enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our small family group really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/28/2008
    Our small family group really enjoyed the welcoming and bright atmosphere as well as the friendly staff. Favorites on the menu included: mussels, French toast and really good coffee.
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  • Food and service were excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 12/23/2008
    Food and service were excellent! The desserts are fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • One of my favorite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/19/2008
    One of my favorite restaurants in DC. The service is always excellent and the specials always appetizing. The portions are just right and the desserts are worth it. The food is five star with a casual "homely" atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really authentic SE French
    WorstVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2008
    Really authentic SE French cuisine. Best French restaurant in DC! I go to Petits Plats often with my French fiancee, and we love it. Excellent and varied food, beef, poultry, veggie, all prepared with style. Nice ambience in a redecorated townhouse. And particularly, truly attentive service, from the cook to every server, care beyond the usual smile. And the plats are not petits at all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very nice authentic French
    WVDinerVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2008
    A very nice authentic French bistro. Food is very good, well prepared and well presented. I have been here in summer months and the out door setting is very nice - right on Connecticut Avenue - and in winter months and the fire place, maintained by an attentive staff, adds to the ambiance. This is a good choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big party in same room made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/13/2008
    Big party in same room made it very loud. Food was great - would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is a charming restaurant.
    KikiVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2008
    It is a charming restaurant. The dining rooms are small and the noise level is low. The food is delicious and the service is excellent. It is a true gem!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great restaurant. Each room
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2008
    Great restaurant. Each room in this old Victorian is a separate dining room. Ours had a fireplace and 5 tables and was quite cozy. The food was excellent and the price was moderate and in line with similar restaurants. Make reservations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Not a great "special" place,
    BethesdaRegularVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2008
    Not a great "special" place, but very comfortable and pleasant with dependably good food. I like coming back here each time I do.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Great place. We were enthusiastical
    LDDDDDDD
    Dined on 11/15/2008
    Great place. We were enthusiastically welcomed and seated upstairs in one of the private rooms. The service was impeccable. I had the snails (so-so), the stuffed quail (out of this world) and the chocolate fondant (super!). Annie had the butternut squash soup (delicious), the bacon-wrapped scallops (wonderful) and too many helpings of my fondant. There was a good selection of wines; we had a savaungon and they gave us a tasting plate of small appetizers. Definitely worth coming back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A rare and warm fall evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2008
    A rare and warm fall evening was a perfect chance to eat outside on the terrace at Petits Plats. The food was very good; the special appetizer sweetbreads were seasoned nicely, although a little overcooked. The braised beef cheeks were perfect -- tender enough to be cut with a fork and wonderfully salted, matched with a delicate red wine sauce. The Grand Marnier crepe dessert was sweet and fruity; a perfect way to end the meal. The service was excellent, friendly and attentive despite the restaurant being at full capacity. Being located across the street from the Metro stop makes this a perfect place to catch a nice and casual meal and drink before heading out to Adams Morgan.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unpretentious, charming &
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2008
    Unpretentious, charming & cozy small bistro run by a cheerful husband-wife team. Good classic comfort food, pleasant service, very reasonably-priced wine list and excellent value. Went for a leisurely 3-course dinner but am told the sandwiches on the lunch menu are phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a perfect location for a quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/15/2008
    a perfect location for a quiet business lunch away from the conference noise and bustle across the street. the food was wonderful and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I had beef bourgignon, which
    msAnnandaleVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2008
    I had beef bourgignon, which was excellent. The wait staff seemed a bit harried but overall the luncheon experience was pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was one of the worst
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2008
    This was one of the worst restaurants I have EVER eaten at as a result of an OpenTable reservation. I was tempted to walk out in the middle of my meal because the staff was equally as terrible as the food.
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  • Dinner at Petits Plats was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2008
    Dinner at Petits Plats was a real pleasure. We chose to eat inside but the al fresco tables were mostly full and looked inviting, too. The onion soup was very good and the entres were excellent - not small, at all - and beautifully presented. The service was attentive by 2 very pleasant young women and we also had the opportunity to meet the owner who took some time to chat with us and tell us about her restaurant. We selected a wine special which was very nice and the entire experience was very enjoyable. We were never rushed, the food arrived at exactly the right time and the dessert sampler we ordered was the perfect end to the meal. In an area full of choices, this is a keeper!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a "DC restaurant
    johna2014
    Dined on 8/14/2008
    This was a "DC restaurant week" visit. I have had better meals and better service during regular visits.
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  • Sat outdoors -- it was Connecticut
    lv2baglVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2008
    Sat outdoors -- it was Connecticut Ave (a bit noisy) but pleasant. Service was horrible! After 1 hour and 15 minutes, we had been served our soup, bread and wine. Salads, bisque, beef cheeks, mussels -- all very good. Tart tartin worst I've ever had!
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  • Dinner overall was wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2008
    Dinner overall was wonderful. The lamb special I ordered was actually different than what I was served, which the server warned me about beforehand, but the lamb had quite a lot of fat, which was disappointing for the overall cost of the meal. However, it was still tasty. we will back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    We enjoyed this restaurant and recommend it highly. It was in an interesting D.C. neighbeorhood, and right across the street from our hotel. The food was very good, as was the service. It was a little bit of Paris in a lovely low-key way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It is the second year in a
    KikiVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2008
    It is the second year in a row that we have gone to Petits Plats to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It's perfect! The desserts are especially memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet