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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Petits Plats reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (23)romantic (19)special occasion (15)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (8)great for lunch (7)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Quaint little place
    newlywed
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Nice place for intimate celebration. The service was wonderful, food was okay (not great).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Food not that great. Steak a poor cut and overcooked. Arugula salad uninteresting. Dead during weekday lunch. Not good for business lunch - felt a bit awkward in that atmosphere with nobody else in the place.
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  • Close to Home French
    Tommy13VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Petits Plats is close to 2 major hotels as well as close to our home. We have eaten there several times and find the food good. Personally, I think it is expensive for what is offered. The group ordered drinks which people seemed satisfied with. It appears the mussels were enjoyed as well as the escargots. My husband ordered scallops which came with a good broccoli purée with 4 of the smallest scallops. In fact one was so small he did not realize he had one more scallop. He did say the meal was fine. I ordered a vegetable lasagna which was an untraditional take on lasagna. It was round rather than square and served ratatouille style. It was good. We did enjoy the creme brûlée and chocolate mousse. I would say the meal was okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    DCNightOutVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    I took a date here. It was a great place to talk, the food was awesome, the service impeccable. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dining experience
    Cazgrandcru
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    When in Washington we try to eat at Petit Plats and on Oct. 22 returned for a special occasion. We were not disappointed and received a warm welcome and excellent service from our waiter (from The Vendée). Great food, nice camaraderie with other guests (family visiting from France) and attentive service. The Ile Flottant was the best I have had. We will return next time we are in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food at Petits Plats
    Peter
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We took our moderately adventurous (foodwise) 12-year-old twins for a special family dinner on a Saturday evening. We had escargots and the foie gras appetizers (both delicious, not much kid participation!), followed by duck leg confit, lamb t-bone, and pork. We all found the main couses delicious, well-cooked, and with nicely-paired vegetables/sauces. Finished up with two orders of the chocolate ganache (kids) and cheese plate/sauternes (dad). Well-done the cooks. We left feeling cossetted but not overly stuffed! Perfect evening meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem ...
    Elated
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    This is a gem of a restaurant. Owned and operated by a lovely French family, the food is exquisite, the prices reasonable, and the service notable. Being a bit of a foodie, I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD BUT COULD BE BETTER
    Axwall8
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    As a neighborhood resident, I've visited Petits Plats many times. I wish I liked it better. The food rarely disappoints, but the place needs a more romantic aura. I suggest you 1) turn down the over-bright lights; 2) find ways to discourage diners from bellowing (soft background music might help); 3) slow down the service. We weren't exactly rushed out the door last Thursday, but the courses came so rapidly we were done before we felt we had properly begun. A bistro should have a neighborhood feel. It should be a place to relax, unwind, slow down, take a vacation from your "Type A" life. With some adjustment, Petits Plats could become just that sort of place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dining experience
    Laura
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    We hoped to find a quiet restaurant to have a small family gathering and found it at Petits Plats. Service was thoughtful, professional and attentive. Food was delicious. Specials like the tuna were fresh and well prepared. Would highly recommend - nice outside space, as well as smaller rooms to dine without a lot of distraction.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not recommended
    erikVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    Marginal At Best Food Was Not Great And Staff Was Going Through The Motions And Seemed Disinterested.
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  • Server was hilarious and nice
    ScoJarVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Had a great brunch with a server named max. very kind and attentive and a great sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Night Out
    RobC
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Visited to celebrate an anniversary, which was noted in online reservation. Staff welcomed us with a warm congratulations and was attentive without being intrusive. Our waiter provided excellent recommendations for wine, appetizers and entrees, all of which were excellent. We lingered and enjoyed our evening without any feeling of being rushed to clear our table. The owner checked in with us to ensure we were well looked after and enjoying our meal. A very nice evening and a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service & food in Woodley
    SnootyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Gracious & personalized service. Tasty well prepared dishes. Rack of lamb jus was perfectly seasoned. Great bread pudding!
    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.
  • Lovely French restaurant with
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Lovely French restaurant with great service and wonderful food. It's located in an old converted house which makes the rooms cozy. It had been quite a while since we had been there so returning was such a pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is wonderful
    Birdguy
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    A sweet little restaurant with fine service and excellent food. Beef bourguignon and scallops were both incredible, and the chocolate mousse perfection. Very romantic, ideal for an anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with a perfect view
    JodiVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The food is very fine and the wine list has some exceptional values. The few outdoor tables are a level up from the street, outdoors without feeling like you're in the street. We went with a LivingSocial deal but would return without it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner on Front balcony
    CharleneVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    My husband and I went for dinner. Although their dining room is very nice and romantic we couldn't resist sitting outside on their front balcony since it was a beautiful summer day. The waiter was great and made a great wine recommendation. Their menu, including their wine list, is very reasonably priced. We really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service.
    Ryan
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Excellent food and service. The wine selection was very good as well. Definitely worth the prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy French seafood
    Diana
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Mussels cooked in 5 different ways with a variety of other types of seafood. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Group Thanks!
    PGHjhb
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Our daughter was just finishing her internship & we said she was welcome to invite any of her friends that she wanted. However, finding seating for 10 on a Friday night in DC seemed a bit daunting. We almost thought it was going to be pizza for all. Thankfully OpenTable helped us find Petits Plats. This turned out to be a great find. We even had a room to ourselves as I think most customers were sitting out on their patio that night. Some of our guests had never had French food before and we were delighted to be able to introduce them in this way. Food and wine were good. Service was outstanding. A great evening. Thanks both to OpenTable and to Petits Plats.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice French restaurant
    GigiDC
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Interesting menu, delicious food, attentive waiters, good location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adorable and Romantic Dinner Spot
    satine416VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Petits Plats is an an absolutely adorable and romantic spot for date night or a low-key (adult) family dinner. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxing, the service is traditional but still inviting, and the decor is chic and attractive. After our second time dining there, we are glad to say that we've found a stand-by whenever we have a French fix. Great wine selection with a wide variety of choices. Food favorites include the escargot (so tender and well-prepared), any of their salads (especially the ones with goat cheese....it's all so fresh and delicious!), the mushroom ravioli (such a decadent sauce), and the vegetable lasagna special (light, fresh, and vibrant). Also, give the desserts a try--they make a great bread pudding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    If you are looking for a low calorie dinner, look elsewhere. If you are looking for consistently good food in the French tradition, you've found a great neighborhood restaurant. The wait staff is excellent and accommodating. This is a regular Sunday Brunch spot. Their lamb sandwich hits the spot every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient to Woodley Park Metro
    COCHRNGJ
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    We met friends for lunch who were staying at the Marriott Wardman Park across the street. We enjoyed an easy conversation because it was quiet. The menu is French bistro style. We especially enjoyed the vichyssoise on a hot summer day. Several varieties of mussels are also enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always eat here when in DC
    VTCat
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    I have be coming to DC three or four. Times a summer for meetings and always enjoy dining here for lunch or dinner. When the DC weather is not as hot and humid as it is currently we enjoy dining outside. The restaurant is close to the Marriott WArdman hotel or the Woodley Park metro stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lucky Bastille Day Find
    rk6901
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    We chose Petits Plats before we even realized it was Bastille Day! Maybe the serendipity of it helped, but the food was absolutely delicious and the service was friendly and efficient. Not a huge dining room, but it didn't feel too crowded even with all the tables full. I've tried about half the restaurants on this block (most of them now gone) and I can't believe I've missed this one for so long! I will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I visit this restaurant frequently
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    I visit this restaurant frequently and the high quality of food is consistent. The preparation is usually simple (versus complicated with lots of seasonings and heavy sauces) and delicious and the staff is very nice and helpful. Good wines at reasonable prices. A more expensive restaurant, but worth it for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Tasty, traditional French. Fresh food. AWESOME bread (how is that french restaurants always have such amazing bread???). Resonable prices and lovley staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    SCD2VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Petits Plats is wonderful. The food is amazing, while the atmosphere is casual and comfortable (in a nice, French country sort of way) and quiet enough where you can actually enjoy a conversation with your dinner companion(s). The servers are knowledgeable and efficient. And oh the wine list! Yes, it's a little pricey, but not so much for DC, and I have been to lots of more expensive restaurants that don't hold a candle to Petits Plats. I couldn't recommend this place more highly -- ESPECIALLY in the Woodley Park/Zoo area of town, where restaurants are abundant, but truly good food is not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Petits Plats - Excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    We had a very pleasant experience at Petits Plats during our visit in Washington DC. The service is superb, the staff is friendly and professional, and the food is excellent. We would dine there again when we're in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OKay but not great for Sunday brunc
    Molly
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Menu is a bit limited and conventional; heavy on eggs with Bernaise sauce; light on fruit choices or cereal; no whole grain toast options. It is really pleasant to sit outside but unfortunately it was raining the day we went. Service was a bit sloppy. Still, the environment is pleasant, cozy, bright and intimate indoors and very civilized. Not too crowded and we were able to sit and talk comfortably for a long time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really liked Petits Plats
    Mary
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    I went to Petits Plats for Sunday brunch with 4 friends. It was a charming restaurant in an old townhouse across from the Woodley Park Metro. Location is very convenient and brunch menu was excellent -- especially desserts. Dining room downstairs was a bit cramped, which is my only complaint. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours with friends on a rainy Sunday morning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice menu and great wine
    mwcait24
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    My boyfriend and I have been here twice and very much enjoyed our meals both times (seafood combo and steak). The wine list is diverse and they have a handful of affordable options if you choose to purchase a bottle. They have a small outdoor deck in front with 3 tables (and additional patio with more outdoor tables) and the flower arrangements are beautiful, which makes it a very nice setting for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tres Bonne Cuisine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Petit Plats is our favorite place in DC for French food. The wait staff are very hospitable and the ambiance is charming.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent first time experience
    DCBillVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Had the sea food risotto. Simply excellent. One of the best risotto's I have experienced. Everything was cooked perfectly. Good portion. Wife had vegetable lasagna. Caesar salad was excellent. Plenty of garlic and anchovies - wahoo! For desert had crepes with grand marine. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Space is the most interesting part
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Petit Plats offers well-executed (but not terribly inventive) French food that seems to have heavy American and Belgian influences. The food, while delicious, was as boring as the art on the walls; however the bone-structure of historical row house that the restaurant functions out of is very interesting. Three floors, winding staircase, 12-foot ceilings... I wish they had literature about the space for the guests to read!
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extraordinary Veal Hanger Steak!!
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    I never had a veal hanger steak until this visit to PP! It was extraordinary, served with a special fresh morel mushroom cream sauce. I was so impressed--and my colleague decided to have the same thing--and was speechless. PP is always a solid place for dinner, made even better by the outstanding service of Jeff and Max.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another excellent experience at PP
    hobbes
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Whenever we go to Washington DC we catch the opportunity to dine at Petit Plats... And we are NEVER disappointed; Extraordinary food, good wine list, excellent service and relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Decided to head out for dinner instead of dining at the Marriott. Great find. As previously stated the Mussels were amazing and some great bread to dip in the sauce. The seafood risotto was fantastic as was the trout. All in all a great place with great wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the good the bad the ugly
    biggar
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Very nice menu, excellent preparation, but the service was too casual for my American preferences. Waiting 10-15 minutes for someone to show up at our table was disconcerting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.