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
41 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)romantic (20)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (14)great for outdoor dining (11)great for brunch (9)notable wine list (7)good for groups (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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...
    Daisy
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 543 reviews are from the Petits Plats reviews archive.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice find on a snowy evening
    JBob
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Was looking for a place in walking distance of my hotel on one of Washington's seemingly endless number of snowy evenings this past winter. Walked in, was seated in a room with a crackling fire in the fireplace. Enjoyed a traditional French Onion Soup and Beef Bourgignone. Food, atmosphere and service all came to together to make a memorable evening. Only regret is that my wife wasn't there to enjoy it with me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait staff was not knowledgable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Wait staff was not knowledgable with the wine list . Over priced food.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Liked it
    BigGVA
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    EmilyjhVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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 .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    SaintVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good French food !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The negative reviews have merit
    bcindc
    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..
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor service, ignored by waiter
    dcdinersVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Woodhouse
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.