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

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  • 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 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (27)romantic (17)special occasion (13)good for groups (8)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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service was bad. The busboy ended up serving the food.
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  • Praise
    shortyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Dinner for two at 6PM on Friday evening made for easy seating and great service. Salad was just enough for two to share. my wife's bouillabase was an ample serving and the " soup " was mouth watering. My " sea bass " was prepared well and the accompanying sauce was scrumptious. Personal contact with manager made for good P.R.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    While the food was up to par from our fist visit, I'm sorry to say our entire group was underwhelmed this time. Service was markedly slow for a slow Tuesday evenng.
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    good for groups
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  • Horrible service - good food
    DiningLady
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Arrived at 6:20 p.m. and left at 8:20 p.m. as we needed to go to an event -- and we only had appetizers (salad, soup, escargots) and entrees (two had mussels, other person ordered a variety of sides) since there was no time for dessert. The three of us actually enjoyed the food that we had although we never had our water glasses filled unless one of us got up to find someone who would finally fill the glasses. One had an interesting beer but not asked if he wanted more. The inattention throughout the two hours was enough to make it that we will be unlikely to return despite enjoying the food once it arrived. BTW, no one ever stopped by to explain or apologize as to why the service was so poor or why the food took so long in coming out.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Ms. Eats
    lyndadinerVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    this is a great neighborhood find. food is very good, better than et voila across the street. the mussels and pomme frites are better here as well. service has greatly improved. went on a monday and it was closed but no sign was there...i thought maybe they had closed. i am glad they haven't but they should put a sign up.
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    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great Food
    DeeDee
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had dinner on a Sunday night, so it was very quiet. Sur la Place has a narrow long dining room, so on busy nights it may well be too noisy for us. The mussels were excellent; my dinner partner raved about the avocado/shrimp salad appetizer and his Flemish stew. We shared a chocolate mousse, which was delicious. Service was friendly and efficient; courses spaced just right. A great restaurant, just like it's sister place in Olney. Sur la Place is a bit more formal while the Olney restaurant is more typically Belgian pub. Both are great. DeeDee
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need more staff
    good4uVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was a Saturday night and the place was pretty crowded. Our waiter never checked on us to see if our food was OK, we had to flag down (anyone) to get water refills, and we waited 15 minutes for our check. All of the staff were busy constantly. Normally, I'd give this place another shot, but the other factors (food, etc.) aren't really worth it.
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  • Mussels Disappointment
    SparkyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Groupon had a special coupon (about 50% off) so it was an incentive to try this Belgium restaurant. If you are into Belgium beers, than you would be in mini heaven as the place has a wide variety of said beers. Personally, we prefer wine to beer and the selection of wines is rather limited. As to the food and especially the mussels, I was disappointed . There are about ten offerings of mussels and the one we chose was dull and devoid of taste. We shared one kilo of mussels and left quite a few in the pot. There is another Belgium restaurant across the street and their mussels are superior.
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  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a delightful dinner at Sur La Place. Everything was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LindaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Just an excellent find! Very consistent and yummy.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Glorious Mussels, Fantastic Service
    BrandrBVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We dined here on a Groupon deal (mussels, pomme frites, and draft Belgian beers for two) but will definitely return thanks to the excellent service we received from our waiter, Derek. The creative mussel menu and excellent beer selections make Sur La Place a unique choice. Very good overall.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good mussels
    bobrVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Mussels are decent, wish they were plumper. Fries a +. House salad very good and generously proportioned.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FIND!
    McLeanEater
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Worthy a trip .... easy parking, charming restaurant. And my moules were about the best I've ever had! There are plenty of other things on the enticing menu, but I went specifically for moules. And a yummy dessert. Nothing to not like about this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jane
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We always enjoy Sur La Place. It's a terrific neighborhood restaurant -- good food and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Polenta
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Reliably very good food. Great menu and diversity. Polenta
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Musty smell
    FLCarolVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Slow service and a musty smell in the restaurant will keep us from making a return visit.
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  • pleasant dining experience
    mimiatbethesdaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    the waiting staff is friendly and helpful, the food is very tasty with good portion. we had mussels and pheasant sausage with fruity Belgian beer to go. the food was served efficiently, we did not wait long even the restaurant was very busy and almost full. we will visit again soon.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food, poor service
    foodisgood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    For starters, the food was excellent. The service, however, was not. Server seemed distracted looking off in other directions as we placed our orders. A requested substitution was incorrectly executed, leaving the exact ingredient that I was attempting to avoid on the plate. Also, it seems they just don't have enough servers. It even took 15min. to get the check after asking 3 different people. It seems to be a neighborhood spot and again the food was very good...they do need to figure out a better system for servicing their tables though.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • GrandmaK
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Wonderful mussels and beer! The selection of mussels is awe some, and I love the distinctive beer glasses -- as well as the choice of beer
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    fit for foodies
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  • Enjoy the food and ambience
    Marylandcrab
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    As usual we enjoyed our meal and the ambience. Nice to see the restaurant filled to capacity. The staff did their best to serve everyone. We like leisurely dining so that us fine with us. We never feel rushed. Also enjoy that we can hear each other talk. Will return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mussels, mussels, mussels
    mariko
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    imaginative chef has devised a huge variety of additives to disguise very fresh mussels.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food here was great! I shared a kilo of mussels with a friend. They have a huge variety of sauces and everything is delicious. The staff is very friendly and it's not too crowded in the middle of the week.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Consistently good
    Open2gooddining
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is a charming restaurant wih good atmosphere and food, plus a great selection of Belgian beer. Mussels are delicious, as is the seafood.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sur La Place: The Place for Mussels
    JLSCTVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    C'est si bon! Sur la Place is a small & charming locale on MacArthur Boulevard NW. The big draw is the wide variety of Belgian beers, each served in a specific & individual type of beer glass, and their mussels. The "small" [1/2 kilo = 50 mussels] size @ $12 will satisfy most average appetites, although the "large" size @ $22 comes with the added bonus of free frites (You have to pay $6 extra for the frites with the "small" pot size, meaning the true cost is $18.] The crabcake w/ asparagus & orange salad was prettily plated and very good. The Mussels a la "Snob," were delicious and it's worth saving the French bread or the frites to dunk in the broth! Watch for frequent discounts via LivingSocial or Groupon & use Ebates to save extra money!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • wonderfully large pot of mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    easy going, great beer selection, delicious and generous portion of mussels. all around good food and great value
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a lovely dinner and evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Other reviewers complained about the slow and indifferent service. but our experience was very pleasant. The food was very good, the service was attentive and timely, and, happily, the noise level was comfortable for conversation. Granted the restaurant wasn't very crowded the evening we were there; nevertheless, it suited us just perfectly.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service, mediocre food
    Dissatisfied
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Waited 40 minutes for an salad due to a "computer being down" (??) after asking two to three times when it would be served. Then waited another 30 minutes for my salmon entree which was grossly undercooked and taken back to the kitchen. I went to manager and told him I would cancel my order, as my husband was finishing his entree, if it did not arrive in five minutes. This promoted the kitchen to prioritize my order. All the food and presentation was mediocre or below e.g. too much salt on the salmon and few vegetables. The manager did apologize and remove our two glasses of wine from the bill. I will never be back. There were only two servers and likely too much staff in the kitchen given our experience.
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  • MarkNearRFK
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our food was tasty and reasonably priced. But your lack of service added half an hour to the time that it took--more than 2 hours, without dessert. You should let customers know when they arrive that you have service problems (2 waiters short, supposedly) that will cause service to be slow so that they can decide how it would affect their evening plans.
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  • Outstanding food!
    EricMgtVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Mussels were a delight and chocolate desserts to die for...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Place In The Palisades
    KateMVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been a fan of Sur la Place since my first visit. It truly is a neighborhood gem --friendly, excellent food, good service, not too noisy, and most importantly, a restaurant that wants its customers to be happy. Although I have always eaten there on Friday evenings, I have never felt at all rushed. This past Friday, there were four of us; we sat down at 6:30 and were there well over two hours, enjoying the meal and the conversation. I was surprised, in fact, when I got in my car and realized how long we had been there. My only (and (I underscore only) negative is that this restaurant has no non-alcoholic beer. PLEASE have one non-alcoholic beer available even if it is not Belgian beer!
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  • A sweet spot in the Palisades...?
    tgindcVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a voucher for 2 pots of mussels, 2 orders of fries, and two draft beers. Great service. The shocker: there were NO draft beers because all of their kegs were warm. They offered any beer on the menu instead. 2nd shocker: about half of their bottled beers were out of stock! My Belgian friends would be mortified! Most of the available bottled beers cost less than the better draft beers...a little bit tough to swallow. I ordered the Kwok beer, and it was very good. Our mussels were also great, and we had a nice time. We might go back, though we would go back a lot faster with another half-price voucher. And even then, I would call ahead to check on their beer selection that was actually in stock and chilled.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice restaurant but thisessary
    jack
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I find this to be very tiresome. I do not go to restaurants to write a paper on what
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • LindaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent food and attentive service! As returning customers, the highest of recommendations goes to the menu.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Food good/service is slow
    ArcherVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've been to this restaurant several times. I keep returning because the mussel pots are very good & unique. Service has always been slow. Our server was new, and it took him about 20 minutes to come to our table. I find this to be the norm here. But, I will say that I really did like him. He was witty, charming and pleasant. My date and I both ordered the mussel pots, the bruxelles and the snob. I didn't care for the broth of the bruxelles (who knew you could go wrong with goat cheese, bacon, & bier), it just had no flavor, and was overpowered by the taste of the bier. The snob was amazing, it had a lobster bisque broth that was so good, I wanted to drink it straight from the pot, but I'm a lady, who was on a date, so I decided against it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Beee
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I went to Sur la Place with a Groupon that covered a kilo of mussels each, frites, and a draft beer. When they didn't have the draft beer I wanted, they were happy to replace it with a bottled beer that was outstanding. Our server was great although got a bit hard to find towards the end of the meal. The mussels were very tasty, although a bit small. The ambiance is lovely. We would definitely visit again!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was very good, the service was attentive ,the decor was attractive - it all came together to create a very pleasant and enjoyable evening out after all the guests had left our home. Thank You.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Service needs some muscle.
    FoodSage
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    While mussels are their specialty and members of our party were pleased with them, the service was less minimal than McDonalds and could use some more muscle power. No check backs, had to ask several times for things and generally took a long time to be noticed and served. The wait staff seemed unhappy. The menu had no accommodations for gluten free meals, and about one item for vegetarian, so it could use some attention to diversity in serving a mixed population that might be accompanying those who have the constitution to eat heartily and richly without consequences. The beer menu was large and wine menu adequate. The background music was too loud to hold a comfortable conversation.
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  • Excellent mussel dishes
    GourmondVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Sur la Place specializes in Belgian dishes, especially mussels with a choice of a dozen or more broths all of which are excellent. My wife had the Snob broth which is based on lobster bisque and I had the Bruxelles broth which has herbs, bacon, onions, and goat cheese. Both were excellent and so good that when we were unable to finish the broth one of the owners offered to package the broth for us to take home--they both made an excellent soup for lunch the next day. Oh, I can't forget the frites--only the Belgians and French can make fries to die for and these were the best.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work your mussels!
    MusselsFreak
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Mussels, mussels, musses. I never knew mussels could be served soooo many ways. We tried mussels with wild mushrooms and with lobster bisque. Both were excellent. I'm already thinking of what to order next....
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING!
    REK1VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Sur La Place is one of the hidden secrets of the Washington restaurant scene. I hesitate to say this because i don't want it overrun with people seeking out the sweetest little neighborhood place...with the best food...informal....and really friendly. From the minute you walk in the door you are treated with generosity and attention. The mussels and frites are great....and the bouilliabase is outstanding. But everything we've had at Sur La Place is wonderful. The avocado and shrimp cocktail is a wonderful treat. Do not miss this place. eat there once, and like it has for us, it will become one of your regular favorites.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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