Cafe Du Parc

4.5
1649 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
Discover a truly authentic brasserie experience where traditional French food fuses with a modern, casual atmosphere in the heart of the nation’s capital. Cafe du Parc has a one-of-a-kind menu enhanced by the use of locally sourced items and Cafe du Parc’s 3 star certified Green Restaurant status.

Name of the best al fresco restaurants in Washington, D.C. and a Washingtonian 100 Very Best Restaurant, Cafe du Parc is the perfect place to savor delicious French fare by Executive Chef Gyo Santa at an iconic Pennsylvania Avenue address, located adjacent to the Willard InterContinental Washington, DC.

Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. An Afternoon menu is also available for those looking to dine between main meal periods.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am
Sat, Sun 6:30 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Brunch
Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sat, Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 942-7000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gyo Santa
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Catering
A catered lunch and dinner menu is available as a pick-up option for off site events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
15th Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is complimentary for restaurant guests during lunch and dinner only. Parking is accessible by use of the Willard InterContinental $39 valet parking service. Street meter parking is also available.
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Public transit
5 minute walk from 13th Street Metro Center Station. Various bus stops are within walking distance.
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Special events & promotions
On Thanksgiving day we serve a French Cuisine influenced three course menu. for adults and children.

Celebrate Christmas at Cafe du Parc with a specially prepared three course menu for adults and children.

Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Overlooking the iconic lobby of the historic Willard InterContinental, the Pershing Room at Cafe du Parc is a truly unique space that can accommodate private events for up to 50 people seated, 75 people reception style, and 30 family style.

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What 1649 People Are Saying
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Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I loved the Cafe du Parc. I ordered the Stilton salad, which was a salad of Belgian endives, walnuts, and a Stilton mousse. The waitress was skeptical that I would like it (not sure why - I love Belgian endives), but I loved it.

I also ordered the traditional moules frites (mussels with fries), and I have never seen so many mussels served for one person! It could easily have served two, maybe more. The fries were just the right amount of salty, and the mussels were perfect. I could not finish all of them. I had hoped to try dessert, but I was much too full.

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JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice space. Service was awesome and very accommodating. Coffee was a bit overpriced, but brewed fresh when ordered.

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ND
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We’ve been going to Cafe du Parc for years and have noticed a decline in the overall quality over the years. This last experience was a true disappointment. Starting with the French onion soup which lacked seasoning and had whole pieces of bread in it instead of bite sized croutons - in was sort of funny having to use a knife to each out soup. Then the mussels arrived under cooked, with almost a quarter of them unopened and the rest clearly still raw. The waiter (who was fantastic) sent them back for us and got us another plate done correctly. But then the filet, which we ordered medium-rare came out raw and still blue. The waiter sent that back for us as well, but the chefs just cooked the original filet some more which made it over done and dry. While the waiter comped us a glass of wine and desert, the multiple quality control issues from the cook staff made the meal less than enjoyable. Not expected from an institution with such a high reputation.

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t
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and great location. Sit outside for best experience. The mussels are amazing

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MM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Stayed at adjacent Willard, so this was our breakfast location. Tried both the cold and hot buffets. Felt cold was a better value. On third day, ordered from the menu. Food was so much better freshly made and the options were superior to the buffet. Saw DC pols and business people each day. Service was excellent whether dining off menu or buffet.

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LQ
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The French onion soup is one of the best in DC!

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TC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food was well presented and delicious. Even-though restaurant hostess placed us between 2 group dinners of 6 and 10 each. Not very nice, since both groups were loud. Actual waitress was very accommodating otherwise. Was visiting in town, but if lived there, would definitely give this place another try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT SERVICE, GREAT FOOD AND A BEAUTIFUL DATE. STARTING WITH OUR VALET PARKING AND ENDING WITH A GOODBYE FROM ALL OF THE STAFF WE COULD NOT HAVE ASED TO BE TREATED ANY BETTER. ALMOST AS IF WE WERE FAMILY.

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W
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the lobster tower which was truly excellent. The duck was not as “wow” but still very edible. Salads nicoise was excellent w seared ahi tuna. The Gigondas provided a great accompaniment. The place is very nice and free parking in the Willard lot. Only complaint was the table next to us was very loud otherwise an excellent experience

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot for lunch whether business or personal. The food is good, comes quickly and you are uninterrupted— how wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roy was a wonderful waiter. The food was especially wonderful. Great coffee! All the choices on the buffet menu were tasty! Made to order poached eggs were excellent

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b
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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MS
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little too loud for a business meeting

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BD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Also good for breakfast!!! cafe au lait et croissants!

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AC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had breakfast meeting there. Always nice to visit the Willard. Staff was very friendly but there wasn't a great deal of character or ambience in a restaurant affiliated with such a historic hotel.

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w
Little Rock
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and atmosphere was very slow on Monday night.

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CF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Very uneventful. Food was sub-par. And a huge disappointment considering it is in a world renowned hotel. Definitely not a good value.

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LQ
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in DC! The food, service, and atmosphere are extraordinary!

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CK
Greensboro
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful birthday dinner al fresco. Lovely food and drinks. World class, hospitable service from Justin. Made for a special night for our family.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great menu at restaurant week lunch. In addition to lunch, We availed the wine pairing option for $25 which was a great value-for tasting three glasses of wine. Our server Juan Pablo made the experience amazing.

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LQ
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. Highly recommend for Restaurant Week!

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d
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, comfortable, casual place for breakfast and lunch. Food is good. Service is outstanding!

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KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great food as always, perfect for business meetings

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HB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stopped by here for dinner after finding it on OpenTable, and very much enjoyed my meal. Friendly service, lovely spot, very good food with nice, reasonable portions (instead of the absurdly large American sizing). I had the mussels in white wine and they were outstanding.

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T
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An Engagement luncheon - the food was very good, the service excellent and the prices reasonable. Most importantly the room provided both the space and privacy for our two families to get together to celebrate the engagement

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BR
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not realizing that Cafe du Parc was modeled after a French bistro, I was surprised at the casual ambiance. But the food was good, if not remarkable, and they presented my husband with a complementary desert for his birthday.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

History lives in this hotel. Outdoor seating very pleasant when the weather is good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Birthday celebration.

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MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

was very glad we chose Cafe du Parc. the food was very good. I had the veggie wrapped in filo dough, and the steak tartar was very tasty. A little pricey for drinks, but sitting on the sidewalk was refreshing and a great way to end the day.

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff and food

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R
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

I was looking for a wonderful place to take my husband for his birthday. The was tasteless. I was looking for fableous and I got McDonald’s level food. The steak was old, dry and tasteless. The crab cakes was tasteless no favor. And the sea bass taste as if it was frozen too long. Under cooked. The table had dollar store candles. The server was nice but didn’t understand our special day. We wanted to add a slice of cake to our bill for my husbands birthday. He never ask if we wanted dessert.

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Meh. I’ve had better. Not terrible, but wouldn’t go back.

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L
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

No better place to eat out doors than here. Food, service and place are outstanding. Like a vacation for an hour or two.

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LW
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely time. Great wait staff. Very very nice and attentive but not overbearing.

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GA
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed breakfast at Cafe du Parc. We were seated a few minutes after our reservation time. Service was fair, but had to ask for drink refills and he seemed very busy. One person in our party enjoyed the breakfast buffet and two ordered off the menu. The buffet had a variety of tasty options, including pastries, fruit, scrambled eggs, meat, etc. The omelet ordered from the menu was very good. Bacon was good and we also ordered a donut from downstairs. A pricey breakfast, but we enjoyed it, and what isn't pricey in DC?

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OT
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good breakfast, at prices you should expect at the Willard.

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RH
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Attentive and friendly wait staff. Food well prepared with first quality ingredients.

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KK
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the patio for brunch this past Sunday. Glad we had a reservation as GW had it's graduation ceremony and the area was busy. My husband and I both had the berry and cottage cheese compote to begin, followed by eggs benedict, classic style for me and the smoked salmon and beet salad for my husband. The eggs benedict were cooked perfectly, the canadian bacon was the right thickness and not dry at all. The hollandaise was home made and very good. My husbands smoked salmon was the best thing ever. I wonder if they make it in house. Beautifully presented as roses, it was melt in your mouth delicious, and not too salty. Accompanied by a mimosa and a bloody mary, we were very happy.

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KS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I came here for my graduation celebration brunch and the staff made it a very memorable meal! The food was great, the service was excellent, and the chefs even created special "congratulations" desserts for us to share.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We regularly eat at Cafe du Parc prior to seeing a show at National Theatre. We love the food and service so much that when I asked my daughter where she wanted to have her 14th birthday dinner party she immediately said Cafe du Parc. They accommodated 13 young women with very picky eating habits ranging from vegetarian, to gluten free, to carnivores. The party guests raved about the French onion soup, crab cakes, mussels, duck, scallops, and salads. The desserts were beyond delicious and spectacular looking. When the chocolate bomb, ice cream, apple tart, and creme brûlée were served every teen at the table had to snap and insta how amazing these desserts looked and tasted. The service is always spot on at Cafe du Parc, and this occasion was no exception. Our server, Juan, was one step ahead of our needs the whole time and kept all our guests happy. It truly was a memorable occasion made delicious by Cafe du Parc.

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