Sur La Place
Sur La Place

Sur La Place

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://surlaplaceindc.com/
  • Phone: 2022371445x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Sur La Place
Sur La Place is a cozy, fine dining gem nestled in the renowned Palisades area of Washington D.C. A Product of its' sister restaurant, Mannequin Pis, located in Olney, Maryland, Sur La Places specializes in exquisite Belgian cuisine. With over 20 varieties of Mussels and over 30 varieties of fine Belgian beer, one comes to realize that Sur La Place is not your ordinary restaurant. The menu takes a trip through Belgium, from Grilled Duck Pate or Wild Boar and Cranberry Sausage to a Seafood Bouillabaisse with Gambass, Mussels, Salmon, Sea Scallops, and Lobster. Fantastic desserts and a fully stocked bar put the cap on a great experience. With its exposed brick, deep wood hues, and dark red drapery, Sur La Place is an excellent choice for a romantic date, a business meeting, or simply a fine night out in the city. It's knowledgeable and service oriented staff are always eager to serve you and we look forward to having you as our guest.
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Sur La Place reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (26)romantic (17)special occasion (12)good for groups (7)notable wine list (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful local gem
    londonland
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    We love this restaurant. The food is consistently excellent and it's well priced. Service is terrific. The beer selection make for a very interesting evening ! And the ambiance and decor is quiet but reminiscent of a quaint French/Belgian bistro. Just a super little restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great place to meet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Always a great place to meet friends, have a very good meal, and be served by a delightful staff. Small, neighborhood restaurant - Belgian - so mussels list is extensive - as is the beer list. But something for everyone.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding mussels and
    wendelajfVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I was greeted by a warm smile and seated right away at a nice table comfortable for the size of my party. the service was excellent and the food was delicious. we had several salads, crisp greens with all fresh and flavorful ingredients. we each had different mussel dish and they were all superb. the portions (even half mile) were quite filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The food is outstanding! We
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food is outstanding! We enjoy our visit every time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit over priced but would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    A bit over priced but would go again if I had a groupon. The mussels and pomme frites were excellent. Salad and mushroom appetizer were average. Ambience is very nice. It was nice and warm inside on a cold winter night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money!
    eddieVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Lots of tasteless food was the keynote of our visit compounded by nonexistent service. No, we would not go back.
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  • Senior Scientist
    friendandI
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great food and dinner was delicious, but waiter couldn't remember our drink order and also didn't remember that we had ordered and appetizer. (use a pencil and write it down, is my suggestion)! The main courses were all correct, different and tasty.
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  • Outstanding Mussels
    RonGVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The vast variety of mussel preparations has something for everyone. The portions were huge. We also enjoyed the escargots and the hearts of palm salad appetizers. The room was quaint and relatively quiet--much better the the Belgian restaurant across the street. The only negative was the service--if it wasn't for the manager, we might still be waiting to order dessert (also very tasty). We definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Marylandcrab
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    I had read in many reviews that the food was very good but the service was slow and lackluster. We were promptly seated and well looked after throughout the meal. When I left, after bundling up for the cold , I heard some one running behind me. It was our waiter with my purse. Now that is great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen problem
    BitaMVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We had to wait 45 min for our entree after we waited 30 min for our soup and salad. Clearly kitchen problems. The waiter and staff were nice. Food was mediocre, nothing out if this world. The redtaurant is cozy and inside is inviting , but they could do better with their time management and food quality.
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  • Excellent food/wonderful ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Sur La Place never fails to have impeccable food and a wonderful atmosphere that allows for a great dining experience. We went there for an anniversary, and it made it that much more special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palasides Gem
    CPAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This was our first time dining at this restaurant. Our experience was consistent with other reviews. The food was very good but the service was lackluster. We weren't ignored but the server just seemed disinterested. They do have a really good beer list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sur la place
    DCfoodporno
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Great Belgian food in a cozy well-lit space. Very attentive service. No complaints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, bad service
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Went there for restaurant week. The food is great! Everything was really tasty and the portions were a very good size. My compliments to the chef! The beer menu is also fantastic and full of great belgium selections. The service, however, was terrible. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this place, but I would warn that you should be prepared for a 2 hour dinner. Also be prepared to hunt down your waitress frequently, because she's not going to notice that you're ready to order, your beer glass is empty, or your plate has been cleaned and you're ready to leave. We had to ask for our tab three times. She'll probably also act annoyed at you for interrupting her conversation with another waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels are superb, and multiple
    KarenJ
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Mussels are superb, and multiple preparations are available. Many different beers and ales are on the beverage menu. Food prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    AmocomidaVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    We had mussels and the restaurant week menu. Great beer! Tasty beef stew and delicious chocolate mousse! Service was a bit slow but good experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most indifferent waitress
    manfrommdVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The atmosphere was probably spoiled by the most indifferent waitress I had ever encountered. Although the food was decent (not great, but good enough), it would have been nice if our waitress seemed to care. There was no checking to see if we wished to order a second round of drinks, nor was there any follow up once the meal was served. Honey, if you don't want to be there, get another job!
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  • Fabulous food! That's all
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Fabulous food! That's all that needs to be said. We have dined many times, eating a variety of dishes and every one of them are scrumptious. The wait staff is friendly and very helpful. Without question, we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food excellent...
    FOODIEVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Since it was a Sat night, I can understand a busy restaurant (which this was). The food was very good as usual, but it took too long to order, to receive our food...but more important, to find a waiter. we had to go up to him at the bar to remind him to bring our wine. they were clearly understaffed but this was silly... I felt badly for the waiter but he was a bit aloof.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening
    wehadfun
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    This was our first visit to Sur La Place. From the website we expected it to be much more formal, and we were pleasantly surprised to see the more rustic décor and informal ambience. The service was just right - the servers were efficient and attentive but did not interrupt our meal by asking how everything was, as we've experienced elsewhere. The food was outstanding - innovative and delicious. We will certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy tasty favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Cozy and inviting.... The food is always very good, lovely way to share a meal with friends or a date. Escargot and chocolate pot de creme are great ways to start and end your meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected much more
    5750VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My wife and I were excited to try this restaurant but we left very disappointed. My wife's lobster bisque should have been called lobster broth because it sure wasn't bisque. We shared the monkfish and scallops which had too much seasoning including rosemary. I guess that is something people like nowadays we prefer to taste the fish, not the seasoning. However our biggest disappointment was the brussel sprouts and bacon. Foolishly I expected to be served....brussel sprouts and bacon. Instead I got a few brussel sprouts, very little bacon and whole lot of other vegetables that I didn't want and which completely changed the taste of the dish. The dish should have been called $6 mixed vegetables.
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  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food is excellent but the service is extremely slow unfortunately.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Belgiums Best but Poor Service
    Bill
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I have eaten twice here and the first time service was exemplary. It should have been as few were there. New Year's Even we were handed a menu with no prices and the waiter did not bother to explain that it was a special prix fix for the evening, It finally came out when we tried to slip an order. He sent out the wrong salads, neglected our water and forgot out deserts. I had to ask the manager. This is not typical of a European restaurant which are masters of service. I'll go once more, but if it happens again I will not.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a varied group
    AdventuresInFood
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Sur La Place has wonderful mussels of course, but it also has a wide enough variety of interesting food that satisfied everyone, from the small appetites of a few seniors, to starving teenagers. Very relaxed service, meaning they don't rush you out the door to seat the next group. If you like beer, this place has a very interesting and extensive list. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not return, very expensive
    eliz
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Will not return, very expensive for what it is, food was very average as was the service and we were the only one's there for a while. Wanted to go to Et Voila, but couldn't get a reservation so went here as had never tried it. Will not go back.
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  • We have been many times and
    jack
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We have been many times and enjoy our visit with the excellent service, delicious food and friendly atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Didn't Deliver
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The service was slow, the wine list minimal and they did not have the one wine that we wanted. We tried 3 different reds and none were that good.
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  • Always reliable
    ItaliofilVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Excellent steak frites. Meat cooked just as I asked. Happy to learn that a new menu will debut in January. One will be able to get less than a kilo of mussels, which is good for the individual with a mussel craving and no one to share with.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Belgian
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    This restaurant reminded me of the little bistro's along the Grand Place in Brussels complete with the Mannequin Pis decked out in his sants hat! The pot of mussels were delicious and the variety quite rare. The lavender and ginger was to die for and a great side of pommes frites made it just like the real thing out of Belgium. Touche' sur la Place!
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    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food - Nice Presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Two out of three of us (25mins!) late for 7PM reservations on rainy Saturday & needed to eat within 50 mins. Server & kitchen accommodated us and had our starters, 2nd round of drinks and entrees delivered well within that time allowing us to actually enjoy -& SAVOR- dinner. Blood Sausage (looked, but did not taste, dry, only 1 on plate); Escargots (richly-prepared, shared); Bouillabaisse sans Lobster (filling & dee-lish!), Steak Frites (prepared medium - correctly & gooood) and I think a Duck Pate, though not on online menu. Restaurant cute & cozy, yet fairly empty when we arrived, however, quite full and more lively when leaving. Limited Parking. Heading back soon w/guests from out of town and will try the Bouillabaisse w/the Lobster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, pleasant and quiet
    Duke
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Good food, pleasant and quiet atmosphere, very welcoming staff. All in all, a very pleasant experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dining spot
    kennethVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Following a shopping trip to Macarthur Beverages, Sur La Place was a convenient stop on the way home. Good choice. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, the staff friendly and efficient, but not rushed. The wine list was well chosen and very reasonable, but it was the food which will have us returning. My wife ordered fish and I had boulubaisse. All the seafood was fresh and delicious and the sauces were excellent. When we return we will have to try the mussel pots. They looked really good. All in all an great neighborhood dining spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We got there and they didn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We got there and they didn't have our reservations. There was no problem because there were empty seats. We ordered two different mussels dishes. Both tasted the same and we're very under seasoned.
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  • Gem!!!
    ReneeVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    This restaurant has delicious food, a welcoming ambiance and tranquility. We enjoyed our soups and our entrées. We had no room for dessert. Coffee was terrific. What more could anyone want in a dining experience??!!!!!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfort Food Done Well
    Mike
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    Sur La Place is one of my favorite restaurants because it serves delicious Belgian comfort food along with it's extensive menu of steamed mussels. The Flemish/French dishes are authentic and I've never had a bad dish. Nice unpretentious atmosphere.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not exceptional
    SingleDiner
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    I get that as a solo diner I won't be racking up a big tab, but I go out to eat in part to be served, to be catered to. I find it offensive when my food is brought to my table and I don't see my server again until it's time to clear my plate. No follow up to see if everything is to my liking or if I need anything else. To be fair, the service I did receive was friendly and fairly quick. I realized upon leaving the restaurant that the place had filled up quite a bit since first arriving, and my waitress was clearly busy. As to the food - the mussel saffron soup was outstanding. Lots of mussels, beautiful flavor and texture to the broth. The salad was so-so - definitely not worth $9. Skip the wine - the beer options are amazing.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stepping into the Old World
    nourish4service
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Walking into Sur La Place was like entering a sweet neighborhood in Belgium! Full house, bustling, with delightful, old world ambiance. The beer list is extensive -- pricey but so it goes! I enjoyed the seafood bouillabaisse and my husband enjoyed the Flemish stew. The service is excellent. Eating here is an event - - go to relax, to be well served and fed, and to enjoy a long evening with a friend or loved one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A taste of Belgium
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Sur La Place has a very European feel. The atmosphere is like a local Belgian bar with Moules et frites and a wonderful array of trappist and abbey beers (with unique glasses or goblets for many). It expands the menu with a variety of wonderful dishes such as escargot and grilled pate appetizers, and very tasty bread pudding. Overall, a very pleasant evening out.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the moule frites. Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Love the moule frites. Great selection of Belgian beers. Service was slow and wait person inattentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate