Cafe Du Parc

4.3
1888 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French
A Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant, Café du Parc is a quintessential French bistro offering classic French dishes with a contemporary twist.

Influenced by the Beaux-Arts architecture of the Willard InterContinental and the French-inspired design of Washington, D.C. by Pierre L’Enfant, a French-American Engineer, Café du Parc was opened as a French restaurant in 1997 looking to bring a slice of France once more to the Nation’s Capital.

Located on Pennsylvania Avenue across from Pershing Park, a national park home to the World War 1 Memorial, Café du Parc is reminiscent of a Parisian-inspired sidewalk café. Paying homage to traditional French cooking, the restaurant offers diners a variety of culinary offerings from coffee and pastries at its coffee shop, Le Café, to breakfast, lunch, and dinner on its terrace or inside the main dining room.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kris
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The website of this restaurant gave a misleading impression of having a grand upscale space. In reality it turned out to be just a cafe with upscale french restaurant prices.

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vipJeff
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal with a superb wait staff. Thank you to the entire Du Parc team for making it another great night despite the pandemic!

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vipShanaC
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was nice and our server remembered us from the previous morning. The menu is very small for breakfast. The prices are a little much, but we didn't have time to go elsewhere.

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vipShanaC
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It was extremely crowded. We were seated in a booth, which was fine. Took some time for our drink order to be made because they were so busy. A pen also landed in between us from the second story. We just laughed about it. However, the double doors closest to us was our main problem. One door was left open, which we understand it helps the staff walk in and out. However, it was allowing a freezing chill into the small space. I had to eat with my coat on the whole time.

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BiasedBehavior
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious AMS service was spectacular

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vipCCCC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was fair. Interesting menu. Slow inconsistent service. The big plus was a nice outdoor location a few blocks from the White House.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was cold, could never get a coffee refill, reservation was for the dining room but was sat in the middle of the coffee shop.
Felt like a 3 star hotel disappointing room service versus a legit restaurant and way overpriced for the quality

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vipCasa
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was not impressed with the menu options. The server he was very nice. Our drinks were nothing great!

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vipHERBERTF
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Revival gathering on Mall.

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vipHERBERTF
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attending Worship Rally

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was absolutely great. Service was excellent and food was quite good. If there had been tablecloths on the tables it would have felt like Paris! I’ll definitely go back.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
740 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the lobster bisque! Salmon was terrific, great desserts, which I give away, but responses were amazing.

Excellent service!

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PeekskillProwler
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was as good as could be expected eating indoors during Covid 19. Fabulous bouillabaisse. Other than a small fruit fly who annoyed us throughout our meal, we really enjoyed ourselves. Nice ambience. Way more than 6 ft between each table so the place looked very sparse. You can definitely feel relaxed dining indoors at this location

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EmelineG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food so good ! I’m French and I eat French food in this restaurant and it was like at home in France ! So just so good !

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JohnT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb service. Outdoor seating is on busy Pennsylvania Avenue, but perfect for a 60 degree clear day and some people watching. Service was excellent.

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LindaD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

a beautiful day and we could be outside. truly delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat outside and had late dinner.

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EvgeniaS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for breakfasts, delicious food at dinner time.

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vipVeronica
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, it was my first time there but everything went well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We made a reservation, but arrived and did not have a table ready. When we were seated, the wait staff was disorganized with multiple waiters coming to take orders. We made reservations for 11:00 AM because the website and menu both said that’s when the restaurant starts serving lunch. When we asked for the lunch menu, the waiter told us that lunch wouldn’t start until noon, then rushed us for a breakfast order. We had coffees, quickly made reservations for the Old Ebbitt Grill around the corner instead, and had a much better experience there. This place is not worth it and not up to the otherwise exceptional quality of the Willard.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful and comfortable setting. Delicious Cafe du Parc salad! But need to do something about the bees!

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vipKellieB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was very good but service was terrible. There seemed to be as many servers as patrons but it still took them 30 mins to take our order. Then the appetizers came out well after the entrees and only after we flagged someone down to ask about them. Actually, we had to flag someone down every time we wanted something. Unfortunately, the beautiful view was marred by the sight and sound of construction right across the street, so outdoor dining here won’t be truly enjoyable until next year.

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GloriaT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! The food was great! The cafe was located in a historical/beautiful hotel.

JM
JulieM
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal in a beautiful setting!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made reservations, got there and they told us they aren’t taking reservations. We then waited for a table and multiple groups of people who were there after us were seated first. When we got seated we waited 15 minutes for someone to come to our table then left because it was obvious we would not get waited on.

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JamesM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We highly recommend Cafe Du Parc. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was great.

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EARLR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We stayed 3 nights at the Willard Intercontinental so we had dinner twice at the Cafe Du Parc. Both nights the service was extremely bad even though we had different servers each night. Several employees were overlapping in their responsibilities. I don't know if the servers have too many tables or what the reason is for such poor service. The 2nd night it took 2 hours (exactly) to have a dinner that shouldn't have lasted not more than 1 hour.

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Beej
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff, very attentive and the food was delicious

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CLS52
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The kitchen was backed up 30 min when we got there. Not a big deal, but kind of annoying.

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KatH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I get it, COVID, and a busy weekend. We arrived at 9:40 for our 9:45 reservation. We were seated shortly after. Then we sat, while every single waiter walked past us, and even made eye contact. After 25 minutes my husband went to get a waiter so we could at least get drinks. We were told that they would not take our order for 30 minutes because the kitchen was backed up. I've never heard of this before, as orders usually are taken then submitted when the kitchen is reopen. Nope. All the distanced tables were full when we walked in, but emptied to about half before we even ordered our drinks. There was line for the pastry counter of 9 people, which made it crowded for current times.
After sitting there for 30 minutes, another table walked in and sat right away. About 10 minutes later our server finally came by to take our order. (this was 40 minutes after we arrived) I watched the recently arrived table almost complete eating their meal before our food arrived. Over an hour for eggs and waffles was beyond understandable. No offer for a pastry, coffee, or anything else for the inconvenience. I was not impressed. Upon leaving, I did speak to the manager. and encouraged him to give his staff discretion for compensating when the kitchen is refusing to take orders for over 30 minutes. He offered champagne which was kind, but we didn't want to wait any longer, so we declined.

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DianeA
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I arrived in DC in the early am to volunteer for the Franklin Graham Prayer March. We dined inside Cafe Du Parc for breakfast (due to covid spacing restrictions, we had to make a reservation in advance). When we arrived shortly after 7am, several tables had just been seated, but there was plenty of space in between tables.

Cafe Du Parc is a beautiful, immaculate French bistro that’s part of the luxurious Willard Hotel next door, and a block and a half away from the White House. The wood panels/trims, upholstered and leather chairs, thick cloth napkins, etc, all made for a warm, elegant and cozy charm...especially so early on a rainy morning like on our visit. They also have an expansive outdoor eating area.

Our breakfast was absolutely delicious (their home fries are amazing...so light, airy and crispy) with special touches on the plate like a broiled cheese-topped tomato wedge. I’ve also been to Cafe Du Parc twice in the past for coffee and dessert while in DC (pre covid pandemic), and their pastries were scrumptious and exquisitely decorated. Along with the wonderful ambience and great food, their service is very professional, warm, friendly and accommodating. If you’re ever in DC, you should definitely give them a try!

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vipukie214
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was very tasty and the waiters were attentive. I unfortunately almost passed out at dinner so I was unable to finish and try a dessert but they looked delicious and what I ate was very good. I’ll try this place again for sure!

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PattyW
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Dined here all 3 nights it was so good. Outside quiet. Simple but excellent menu. Will return for more if ever in DC again.

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JoeG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good. Lovely umbrella lit outdoor table worked well with rain. Waitress was lovely, just had too many tables.

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EdwinA
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent we had breakfast and dinner there. We had to ask twice for juice for my daughter but overall was very good and the people were nice

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IsabelO
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You pay for what you get. Party of 4 paid $400 for dinner stood there for 2 hours. Outstanding quality. Drinks well made. Ambience is classy. Busy establishment went for breakfast the same morning I ate dinner that speaks volumes to want to go back the same day. Friendly workers.

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vipGeorgeS
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had reserved outdoor dining but appreciated their cooperation -- because the temperature had dropped precipitously -- to move us indoors when we requested it.

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KatarinaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting and food. Will be going back.

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SuzannaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was horrible. Only one waiter was working and there was no hostess. People were just standing around trying to figure out how to be seated. No one was greeting guests.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
740 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Brunch selections were excellent. Great service. Moderate price. Socially distanced. A very nice dining experience.

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Cafe Du Parc offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 942-7000.

Cafe Du Parc is rated 4.3 stars by 1888 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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