Cafe Du Parc

4.2
1735 reviews
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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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Sun 11:30AM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 10:00PM

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CK
Greensboro
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect dinner in a great location. Recommend sitting outside if the weather is nice. The staff always aim to make dinner at Cafe Du Parc extra special. Lovely area to take a stroll after dinner, too.

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OT
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Breakfast was good! Had the French toast and it was fabulous!

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AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were looking for a place to go after the 4th of July program at the Lincoln Memorial. I made a reservation here. It took us a bit to get seated and service was a bit slow, but the place was busy and we weren't in a hurry. The food was great and the ambience--on the sidewalk near the White House--was top notch.

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WZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The inside was a bit humid but overall the environment, staff, and food were all wonderful.

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JA
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Cafe Du Parc was a real surprise. Our party of seven included 3 children ages 1, 3 and 5. The waitress was attentive to the children and the kids menu items were well prepared and excellent. The mussels are highly recommended as are any of the steak choices. We will return.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was great and the ambiance was even better. Blue umbrellas and wrought iron tables and chairs make the experience feel like you are in Europe. Will definitely eat here again.

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PC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

So disappointed. Decor reminds me of a cafeteria, lighting far too harsh, no music/white nouce, just banging dishes and silverware, open kitchen with very loud noisy staff. Would never go back. Outside in the "park" area had lunch there the day prior, and it was absolutely lovely . Stick to that. Inside for 3 people, 1 cocktail each, 2 soups and entrees without any sides , no desserts or coffee, bill was $260.

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TL
Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were fortunate to have weather to dine outside, and as usual, that meant a quiet, yummy lunch of salads with very good service.

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NO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Patio dining was lovely

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FC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Bad overall experience. The food was just ok, but the service was simply below par.

We had a difficult time communicating with our server as his English was very limited. When we asked him for the check he said “right away” and it took 20 minutes and asking two other people to finally bring us the check.

Don’t waste your time here, there are a lot better options around this area.

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MC
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely menu, enjoyed my meal very much! Most people sat outside, however, tables were not clothed and buses idled curbside, so we opted to go inside. We ate a bit early but not overly. There was only one other couple in the dining room with us. Very odd environment for a meal out on a Friday evening; no buzz or vibe to speak of. The food was delicious and the service was very good; of course, since there wasn't a full house indoors. Bummed...was looking for a different experience as we were celebrating an anniversary. All food was definitely worth the solitude, however!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best burger ever

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AL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The entire meal was tremendously disappointing. We were at the first evening of our weekend celebrating our 50th anniversary and took 10 of our family to this restaurant for dinner. The food was OK (not much better and certainly not for the price) but the service was beyond abysmal. And the manager watched the entire debacle and did not intervene until enough people complained that they took a couple of dishes off the bill. The server was a trainee (he said so himself) but no one was supervising him. first, he got the orders messed up. Then food came in a very staggered way. But then two main dishes didn't arrive at all, until we mentioned it for the fourth or so time. About 15 minutes after everyone else got their food, those two dishes arrived. And we discovered that one of the people who had already finished eating hand't gotten the full dish. The sauce and bread included in the other similar dishes wasn't included. The restaurant was not very crowded so the terrible service could not be attributed to an overworked kitchen or anything else. It really was a terrible disappointment, particularly for the start of an important anniversary weekend. If this is how they worry about service, they should be ashamed.

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CL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Just as others have said the service is quite mediocre. it's a good thing that we were not in a rush. If we were in a rush and wanted desert and wanted our check quickly we would have missed our next event. As nice as they were there was no sense of urgency inattending to your table for any other needs or to see how your meal was going. It seemed like there were two waiters for about 20 tables.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch! Went for Mother's Day with a large group and had a wonderful time. The French Onion Soup is a MUST! And a great kids menu.
The staff was so friendly. A must stop in DC!

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MH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect ambiance for a business meeting. Service was wonderful.

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 8 dined while waiting for the big bus night tour. The staff managed to keep us on schedule while providing excellent food, service and ambiance. I wish I could remember our servers name because she was outstanding. Our group said this experience was one of the highlights of our trip to DC.

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GM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too touristy for my taste. Upscale McDonald's atmosphere with out of this world pricing. You can get a much finer meal, with great service in a beautiful atmosphere at many other places.

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PM
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, still haven’t received bill from hotel?
Best

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S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday brunch here, service was excellent as was the menu selections. Food and drinks were good, and the wait staff was outstanding. Had previously noted it was a birthday and they brought out a nicely decorated complimentary dessert for us to share. Was a beautiful day in downtown DC and Cherry Blossom time so it was busy on the street and sidewalks, but not so bad or distracting. Valet parking was very good and the Parc validated the parking so just a tip to the Valet was needed. Overall a very pleasant experience and would recommend.

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I felt the food was just OK...was there for breakfast only. I tried the buffet the first day...very expensive ($32) and my eggs and potatoes were on the cold side. I can't eat enough to justify the price. So, the next day I decided to forgo the buffet and just order off the menu. The omelet was bland and again the potatoes were cold and dry. For $16 I didn't even get a piece of toast with the omelet.

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P
Baltimore
65 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Disappointing. Service was s-l-o-w. They we're Severely understaffed for a Sat night on Cherry Blossom weekend. One server for 8 tables. Food was ok but salty. They were clearly rushed. The open kitchen had 2 cooks, to serve a 2-floor establishment, including a large outdoor dining area. I won't come back because it was not an inexpensive place, even by DC standards.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very helpful friendly and knowledgeable- outstanding

Seemed a different spoon was necessary for the marrow dish

Ambiance was a little cold with no tablecloths and The lighting should have been a bit more intimate

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I made a reservation while staying at The Willard. When arriving to check in I was made to feel as if I wasn't welcomed. Maybe that's just how DC people are. The food was horrible, $52.00 for a Filet that was junk. I've had a better steak at a Longhorn Steakhouse. Save your time and money, skip this place.

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TL
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very pleasant site with graceful service and a quiet venue.

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OS
London
37 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Ambiance was more diner than what you might expect at a four star hotel. Food was very average and menu limited. Would not go out of my way to return.

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LQ
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best French onion soup in DC!

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GP
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Buffet and entrees off the menu were less than marginal. Coffee warm-ish. Big Bust! Go next door to the JW for a more enjoyable experience and better value.

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SB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was fantastic but the service was mediocre. The hostess was unenthusiastic, the server was friendly but incompetent and the birthday noted in the reservation went unnoticed. Someone needs to train the staff and it will be wonderful! Very disappointed...

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BV
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was slow considering the restaurant was not that busy. The server also needs to work on her English language skills. We asked for recommendations and she just went down the entire menu. We had already read it. In terms of ambience and the fact that the restaurant is in the Willard Hotel, I recommend white tablecloths for dinner service. I may visit again, but my expectations have been reduced.

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MM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best duck I have ever had. Service was prompt. Everything we ordered wa served perfectly. The food exploded with flavor. Obviously high quality ingredients.

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G
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was mediocre. There were 8 people in the dining room and it took 20 minutes to get our cocktail. The food was bland and the profiteroles we had for dessert were stale. Won’t go back.

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TL
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My first time there for lunch. Great menu, had a fabulous salad, although our server seemed to have too much to do so a bit more waiting than I would have liked.

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MC
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special meal with surprising flavors. We had both lunch and dinner both delicious. The service was attentive love it every time in dc

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was prompt and courteous. Food was just okay for the price. Mussels were the best value and very good. Beef bourguignon was not what was expected. Overall, just above average.

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful, quiet romantic great french food.
Easy to get a table for 5 on a Saturday night.
Lobster excellent as well as cream puffs!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food is expensive, not creative and not very tasty. Service was good, and atmosphere pleasant.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The waffles and pancakes were horrible. -too doughy and not sure what flour they use but the taste was really bad - my daughter and I could not eat our food

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SL
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made brunch reservation on Open Table super easy
Can book breakfast with your room but still reserve for group
We had the buffet full of fresh selections
Check out brunch menu
Constantly refilled
Good service
Lovely setting
Gorgeous hotel, historic

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D
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salvador was an amazing server. We came here for Valentines and had the best Prix Fix menu.

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