Cafe Du Parc
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
Cafe Du Parc
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.cafeduparc.com/
- Phone: 2029427000
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am- 10:00am (buffet is open till 10:15)
Breakfast:Saturday-Sunday:7:00am - 11:00am (buffet only 10:30-am-11:00am)
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:00pm
Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Saturday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch Sunday 12:00pm - 2:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French
- Executive Chef: Antoine Westerman
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: A catered lunch and dinner menu is available as a pick up option for off site events.
- Private Party Facilities: Please ask the Restaurant Manager for an email of the Private Event Menu for group lunches, dinners, and cocktail receptions. We welcome private parties up to 35 people. We could also accommodate your group at our courtyard, weather permitting. Please inquire for availability.
- Private Party Contact: Goksel Gozen 2029427000
- Special Events: Cafe du Parc is participating in Restaurant Week February 2013 from Feb 4 to Feb 10 featuring Restaurant Week Dinner menu for $35.13 plus taxes only .
Cafe du Parc has a special menu for Valentine's Day Dinner for $75.00 menu per person & $99.00 per person with wine supplements . Call 202-942-7000 to make reservations or go to www.opentable.com.
- Cross Street: 15th Street
- Public Transit: 5 minute walk from 13th Street Metro Center Station. Various bus stops are within walking distance.
- Parking: Valet
- Parking Details: Valet parking is complimentary for restaurant guests during lunch and dinner only. Parking is accessible by use of The Willard InterContinental's valet parking service. Street meter parking is also available.
A word from Cafe Du Parc
Located next to the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Café du Parc embraces classic French Bistro cuisine with moderate pricing ranging from $8 to $35, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon “petit plats” (small plates), dinner and casual takeaway items. With dishes such as Moules à la Marinière, and simple, sophisticated décor, Café du Parc is a celebration of classic bistro cuisine and casual fine dining. Café du Parc is overseen by one of Europe’s top Michelin-starred chefs, Antoine Westermann, who supervises the menu to ensure that his vision of French cuisine is appropriately transposed in an American setting. Café du Parc is led by Chef Antoine Westermann’s hand-picked brigade trained by the master in Paris.Continued
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Cafe Du Parc reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 24, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (69)great for lunch (31)scenic view (30)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (28)romantic (27)special occasion (25)great for brunch (18)good for groups (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (5)hot spot (1)Show More
- Mother's day lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/11/2014I went with the family for mother's day (May 2014) and made rerservations ahead of time. (The four of us sat upstairs, indoors.) We ordered two soups, a type of fish, and two desserts off the special mother's day menu and french toast and chicken off the lunch menu. The desserts, a chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream and a raspberry macaroon with raspberry sorbet, were very tasty. The chicken was tender, but the french toast and cappuccino were just average. I think we waited longer than usual for our appetizers as it was mother's day and the restaurant was busy. The restaurant is a good place to go for a special treat; the decor is really nice.Special Features:
- Great diner on the terrasseGlobeTrotteuseDined on 5/8/2014Great diner on a beautiful terrasse. Excellent service. Coquille St-Jacques was outstanding. My husb got the duck; very good as well. Very charming.Special Features:
- Somewhat disapointingRayGDined on 4/28/2014Went on a Monday night because that was our anniversary. The whole place was slow and not very full. Wait staff was not very busy but was still slow. Appetizers were very good (crab cake with salad; cheese and cold meats plate). Entrees came slowly and were not properly done. The beef filet was cooked well past medium and the peppercorn sauce seemed to be missing; the duck was barely warm and definitely seemed to have sat too long. We had waited so long we just ate them; should have sent them back.
- Great service, but priceyPatriciaVIPDined on 4/26/2014I went for lunch with three friends and it was a lovely lunch because it was a special occasion. The service was terrific and it was a stunning day to sit outside. There was a band playing across the street, which was nice. Very festive. And I really can't say enough about the service - it was just great. Our food was delicious but it is very pricey. And I had the lobster salad in a pita - it was tasty, but very small for $25. I mean really really small. But my friends who had the Caesar salad with salmon and the croquet monsieur were delighted. I'd go back.Special Features:
- Pleasant Sunday BrunchCorvetteLifetimeDined on 4/20/2014There aren't too many things finer than sitting outside in Washington on a warm spring day, watching the parade of tourists while consuming an adult beverage and an upscale breakfast.Special Features:
- NiceLittleVIPDined on 4/19/2014Food was not as great as I thought. Good but not great.Special Features:
- If you have the timesammiDined on 4/12/2014The 3 stars for service was because although our waiter Roy was outstanding, he had no control of the kitchen wait time. Even with a reservation, we waited at our table for an hour & a half for the lunch entrees to be served. The food was excellent & the meal would have been so perfect if not for the wait. It was Cherry Blossom festival weekend, but we were one of the first diners to check in at the outdoor patio area. The coffee bar for mornings did have quick service & had very good fare as well. Loved the Willard overall!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Waited so long...MimCDined on 4/10/2014We visit DC pretty regularly now because one of our kids is here in college. Saw this place 4 yrs. ago and finally got there for dinner. Of course, when I made the reservation I didn't expect as nice a night weatherwise as it was, it would have made it perfect to have eaten outside! Everything was just delicious! I would highly recommend Cafe du Parc to anyone visiting DC! Great meal! Everyone had something different and all were raving! I ordered the mussels...there weree 80! No kidding! The entire table could have fed off this dish as their dinners!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ConvenientOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 4/4/2014Convenient before going to National Theatre. Great salad.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Attentive Service But Mundane FoodPeteDined on 3/29/2014Six of us visited Cafe du Parc last Saturday night. Our drink orders were taken straight away by a very pleasant waiter who was attentive and professional. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed with the cooking. Attractively presented, the steak tartare, roast chicken, salmon and vegetables lacked basic seasoning (i.e., salt and pepper). Although the sauce served with the chicken was delicious, the bird was profoundly overcooked and dry. The salmon was likewise overcooked and entirely flavorless. The mussels and fries were the exception with a tasty basic parsley, garlic and white wine bath. It was a birthday dinner for two of us, but because of the experience with appetizers and main courses, we passed on desert.Special Features:
- This has been one of my DCCdMlocalVIPDined on 3/27/2014This has been one of my DC go to restaurants for years. Reliable, good French bistro.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Day or NightMauraDined on 3/22/2014I love this place because it is casual dining but with flair and great food and service.Special Features:
- Pleasant SurpriseCBeck17Dined on 3/17/2014We reserves two for dinner on advance to celebrate our anniversary while in D.C. We arrived a day before our reservations & in searching for a restaurant for lunch during the week, saw several reviews stating Cafe' du Parc was a disappointment in several areas. We became quite apprehensive and considered canceling our reservations. We decided to keep the reservations and take the risk. We are so glad we did. The food and wine were excellent and service was attentive but not intrusive. And The Willard Hotel is so overwhelming beautiful.Special Features:
- We come here often and asarbydeeDined on 3/15/2014We come here often and as usual the food was very carefully prepared. I had the seared halibut with the most delicious asparagus that I have had in memory. My friends enjoyed their entree as much as if did mine.Special Features:
- good basic food for moneyOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 3/15/2014the menu is limited but the food items are done well; decent wine list; accurate French cuisine versus fusion; like in a simple Paris bistro; excellent breadSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Server, Good FoodKabo1Dined on 3/12/2014Had a friendly, attentive server who helped make the dining experience a pleasure. Roast chicken with a nice bed of mixed mushrooms was moist with crisp skin. Mashed potatoes on the side were creamy. All around very nice lunch spot near the Ronald Reagan Building.
- Good is goodPeepsVIPDined on 3/11/2014That's about it -- food and service are fine, but not memorable. The first time there was much better than the last two.Special Features:
- Enjoyable dining experienceGhoulardiDined on 3/8/2014Cafe du park is located at the Willard Hotel and thus is strategically located in one of the most picturesque and historical neighborhoods in DC. Plenty to do and see both before and after a meal. Our dinner (for 6) was excellent, as was the service and the prices.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- like a neighborhood cafe in ParisOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 3/8/2014The decor is classic yellow and white French with an open kitchen to the dining room which overlooks classical DC architecture, the White House and parks. Amazing atmosphere that reminds us of our favorite cafe in Paris. The manager stopped by noting that we had moved our reservation a number of times from the original Valentine's Day and had champagne served as if we were there on the right day. Very personal experience. The food was excellent if unimaginative although it completely and accurately fits the French Cafe in Paris theme. The dessert was exceptional, fresh and imaginative: pineapple carpaccio. Worth every dollar on a very nice evening out on the town.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overall the food was goodOutForAGoodTimeInDCDined on 3/8/2014Overall the food was good although my steak was way overcooked which was surprising given how few people were in the restaurant. Our server was very quick, too quick. He asked for a drink order and immediately began pushing us to order. The restaurant wasn't full so there was no reason to try and flip the table. That being said our server was very nice and based on where the restaurant is located has to deal with a fair amount of tourists. I can't say I would go back given the price points.
- Top-Notch. Can't wait to go back.shweeDined on 3/8/2014I was treated by my husband to my birthday dinner at Café DuParc and show at the National. What a memorable evening. The food was excellent. I'll remember it for years. Quality ingredients, careful planning, and preparation were a delight. We were especially impressed with the charcturie appetizer. My husband, a meat-a-holic, said it was by far the best he's ever had. My advice is to split the appetizer, as the portions of all courses were generous. The service was friendly and there was a birthday card waiting for me at our table when we arrived signed by the kitchen staff, which was very sweet. After the show we had drinks at the Robins Nest, also in the Willard. For all you guys out there -- this is a easy to pull-off fancy date night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love this gem!stephVIPDined on 2/22/2014I took my daughter (16) and a good friend here for dinner. My friend was quite late and we waited for her to order. The waiter and staff were so sweet and never pressured us at all. The bread was delicious. We had plump muscles, pate and salad to start and everything was very good. The portions were large and we could have stopped there or shared a main. My daughter had the steak and fries (steak cooked well and yummy frites), I had onion soup and my friend had salmon. The only small complaint from my friend was that the salmon was salty for her taste. The restaurant is upstairs and we had a nice table with a pretty view of the lights outside the Willard. All in all, a very pleasant experience and I wouldn't hesitate to go back!Special Features:
- Great food in a Grande PlaceDrewDined on 2/21/2014Cafe Du Parc finds itself just off the back of the exquisite Willard Hotel. Although the restaurant itself sits in the hotel it does not have the same grande feel, however, it still maintains ambiance and charm without a bank breaking budget.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great for theatre not dinnerFrenchFanDined on 2/21/2014We initially chose Cafe Du Parc with the hope that we could practice french and enjoy french cuisine. Unfortunately, our waiter spoke no french. The food was okay. I ordered the salad with crab cakes and remoulade sauce. It was a nice sized portion and tasty. My husband ordered the halibut and the tiny serving size that rang in over 30$, left him coming home hungry. Good aspects-the parking. Park in the connecting hotel and receive free validation through the restaurant. The proximity to the theatre district-we walked two blocks away to enjoy our play that evening. think I'll return to Cafe du Parc in the spring when you can enjoy the outside tables and have a light lunch or coffee. I doubt we'll do dinner again.Special Features:
- Need more variety in entreesJillDined on 2/15/2014The duck with multi vegetables was very good but the sauce was intrusive. I would have like a small salad but the only salads were $15. I would have liked a fruity dessert but all but one of the choices were chocolate which were too rich after a rich entree. The chocolate desserts were for the Valentine's day weekend, but I would have preferred variety. It is a great service to be able to leave your car while you attend the theater, several which are close by.
- Valentine's Day TreatkricoDined on 2/14/2014Although we ate from a pre-set menu, the selections were interesting and delicious. The ingredients for our salad and quail appetizers were obviously fresh, and the fois gras brulee and cauliflower mousse were a nice surprise. The entrees were nicely portioned and flavorful. We appreciated the nice dessert presentations as plated, and the kalamansi panna cotta was light and tasty. Our issue was that we had to wait a bit before our waiter came by the table to take our order or even give us water or bread, despite the fact the restaurant was far from full. Still, the staff overall was very friendly and the meal quality made our overall dining experience enjoyable. We would come again to try the regular menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Valentine Weekend 2014BlackFalconDined on 2/14/2014Celebrated Valentine's Day with my girlfriend and enjoyed the food. The pre-fixed menu was enjoyable but not exceptional. My preference would be the ability to order off the full menu. I was happy to see that the ambience was much more romantic than pictures on the website display. The staff was very good with the correct balance of attentiveness and time away so that couples could enjoy their dinners and conversation.Special Features:
- Valentine's DayOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/14/2014Went here for Valentine's Day, got a private booth just like I requested. It was very quiet and the restaurant had a great ambience. It was very romantically lit. The waiters were very on top of everything while still leaving us alone to enjoy each others company. Only wish it was warmer so I could have sat outside and enjoyed the view.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Happyfeyx0006Dined on 2/10/2014I had a very nice dining experience and would definitely recommend it. The mussels were wonderful!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Pleasant SurpriseDonInDCDined on 2/8/2014I picked Café du Parc because of its location. As a rule, I avoid restaurants in hotels, but this is The Willard. We were not disappointed. This was a birthday celebration. Staff reserved a table in a quiet corner and placed a birthday card from the staff on the table. Our waiter, Salvador, was exceptional. Attentive but not hovering. The food was exquisite. The “Filet Mignon de Porc” melted on the tongue. Complimentary champagne completed the night. A wonderful experience. The dining room is understated but pleasant. Too bad the windows are not large enough to view Freedom Plaza across the street -- not possible as The Willard is an historic building. Still, making our own history within this piece of American heritage was wonderful.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SorryBobbVIPDined on 2/5/2014My steak and frites was overcooked but for me the problem is that the menu is just way too expensive for what you get. Very nice people, though.
- This is a beautiful restaurant,OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 2/4/2014This is a beautiful restaurant, offering wonderful food and service. The setting is beautiful and elegant...all which makes for an outstanding and overall dining experience and a memorable evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good ExperienceGalebertDined on 1/18/2014Since it was DC Restaurant Week, we didn't expect much from the limited menu. However, the service was excellent, the food delicious and plentiful. Two minor issues: It was very cold outside so the meager one coatrack for all their diners was overflowing with coats. We kept ours at our seats. No other option was offered. Also, my seat on the bench by the window was located under air flowing from the ceiling onto my neck, so I changed seats with my husband. Overall, it was a great dining experience, and I would recommend it to others.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Go for food, not serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/17/2014Yambi was my server but I only knew that from her name tag. She didn't introduce herself, welcome us or go over the menu. She asked what we wanted to drink and perhaps since we didn't order alcohol she didn't feel the need to "serve" us. My guest was experiencing French cuisine for the first time and she had several questions. Yambi would answer one question then walk away; leaving us to flag her down to keep asking questions because once she answered a question she would instantly walk away. We had to ask to have our ginger ales and water glasses refilled. We ordered a side of steak frites and she gave us a bottle of ketchup with the plastic still on the bottle. She didn't check in on us. The food was amazing but not worth the service.Special Features:
- Fine diningRWeekDined on 1/16/2014Visited for Restaurant Week: the prix fixe menu was diverse, the food impeccably presented and cooked, with delicately seasoned taste. Very French, very pretty, and remarkably (let's hope not sadly) uncrowded. Why is hotel dining looked down on?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An underrated treasureConnectDined on 1/1/2014Our lunch New Year's day was the perfect start to a new year. We felt cosseted, relaxed and nurtured by sophisticated food delivered in a beautiful and serene environment. We wouldn't have changed a thing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- best steak in DCBestSteakDined on 12/31/2013If you are a fan of fine steak, this is the place you want to goSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New Year's Eve dinnerjmethechefVIPDined on 12/31/2013We had reservations elsewhere but were faced with an awful, scant pre fixe menu upon arrival and had to find another option for the night for 3 of us. Café Du Parc had an opening, so we took it. The food was very very good. My filet was a bit tasteless, but the pork tenderloin and scallops of my companions were great. The haricot verts were very good. The onion soup was delicious (very large portion) and happily, they had chocolate soufflé which was incredible. Served with pistachio ice cream. Heaven. Service was friendly, but servers did tend to stand around talking to each other, when we needed attention. Made one of our party late for another engagement because we were constantly trying to get the server's attention.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FairDirkDined on 12/31/2013The food was fair, nothing special. Tables were very tight. Restaurant staff was constantly knocking into my table and me. Twice my foot was steeped on. This was the second time that I had visited the restaurant. Also, the last.
- Beautiful Historic GemOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 12/31/2013This beautiful little french gem is located in a gorgeous historic hotel. The resturant looks exactly like something you would imagine seeing in Paris. Lovely clean, bright. The service was very good, nothing to complain about. The menu was fantastic and diverse, though I was disappointed to see a lack of escargot (not soul crushed as other appetizers we fantastic). I would love to take someone there for a romantic evening or meet friends for lunch. Overall very enjoyable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.