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About 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.

The Willard InterContinental’s new Executive Chef, Peter Laufer taps his broad-based knowledge of French culinary traditions and international experience to shape and define Café du Parc’s offerings.
Specializing in the native regional cuisines of Europe, Chef Laufer began his culinary career in several highly rated Gault Millau hotels and restaurants in Germany and Switzerland. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation, the Chaine des Rotisseurs and was President of the Professional Chefs Association of Houston for three years.

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am- 10:30am
Breakfast:Saturday- Sunday:7:00am -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

Cross Street:
15th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 942-7000

Website:
http://www.cafeduparc.com/

Catering:
A catered lunch and dinner menu is available as a pick up option for off site events.

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.

Public Transit:
5 minute walk from 13th Street Metro Center Station. Various bus stops are within walking distance.

Executive Chef:
Peter Laufer

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Details
Daily 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

Enjoy an intimate private dining experience at Cafe Du Parc Private Dining Room

Cafe Du Parc Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.6

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Brunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Business Meals (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Romantic (4)
Scenic View (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Authentic (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Casual (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

This is a great place to eat before going to the National or Warner theatre. They can get you out fast, but it's better if you allow enough time so you can relax and enjoy the meal.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We were staying at The Willard and met our son for brunch. We were told when we sat down that they were not offering the a la carte menu. As a result we paid $30 per person for oatmeal with fruit. As nice as The Willard is it is disappointing that the restaurant was expensive and below par.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had tickets to Capitol Steps and had dinner here....Restaurant is in The Willard Hotel, an historic icon in DC. We all ordered smaller fares from the appetizer menu and could not have been more pleased. The presentation and service were outstanding, and I would highly recommend for a taste of fine food and ambiance in this revered historic gem.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 6, 2018

A friend and I had an event at the National Press Club and wanted to have a nice lunch afterwards. The Cafe du Parc is right across the street, with valet parking and a well deserved reputation. This bistro did not disappoint! We both had wine, mussels and frites - perfection.
The service is impeccable, as it should be. My car was waiting when we left the cafe ... if only someone could have driven us back to Annapolis!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Onion soup was a nice treat on a cold day. Good service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

My first visit to Cafe du Parc will not be my last! The entire experience was first-class from start to finish. We had an early pre-theater dinner and although we were early birds, the ambiance was lovely. The lighting was just right, we were seated near the huge window overlooking the Willard entrance and our waiter was wonderful. From the start of our dinner service, we received a great deal of attention, without feeling like our waiter was hovering. He was professional, very courteous, thorough in explaining dishes and the young lady who also served our table was delightful. They both greeted us so warmly and checked on us to see how our meals were going. The icing on the cake, no pun intended, was when they presented our Mom's birthday surprise. She did not see it coming!!!! I was so TOUCHED. In addition to granting my special request, the dessert was PHENOMENAL! Mom offered us all a taste and we were in disbelief.. Too stuffed for dessert, we did not order individual desserts, but I already know I am saving room on my next visit for the orange creamsicle!!! Major thumbs up to you, Cafe du Parc! Merci Beacoup! Bon Travail. :-)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Scenic View, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was great. Hit there during restaurant week and followed the server’s recommendations. She was right on every course.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food and service are phenomenal. A great selection for Restaurants Week.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Good is good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Must have been an off night for an otherwise great restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch and it was amazing! Would highly reccomend if you’re looking for a classy brunch spot in downtown DC.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were disapppinted with the dinner service of our waitress. Our streak choices were delicious .

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The cafe is in the Willard Hotel.
I would not miss the lobby of the Willard. Not necessary to actually eat there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

we went for a pre-theater dinner with grandparent and children, the service was very slow and after 1.5 hours we got our main course in time to dash out to the theater missing the opportunity to order dessert.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Retirement

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We were seated in a corner instead of a nicer central area, where there were open tables.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service was excellent, food was creative, well presented and fresh. Great location but the ambiance was rather sterile. One major turn off was that we were seated next to a service buffet table where they had a baby booster seat nestled among the clean wine glasses...

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was fantastic and the service. I will be back as it is awesome! Thankyou

Tags: Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Fabulous from start to finish!! We went to Cafe Du Parc last week to celebrate my birthday and it could not have been better. Food was flavorful and delicious. The manager gave me complimentary dessert to celebrate my birthday! I can’t wait to go again!!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great experience as usual

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always amazing! Excellent customer care-Food is awesome! And centrally located! Highlight for my two Grandsons is to accompany me to High Tea for the Holidays!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great place for breakfast but dinner was totally disappointing. Service was slow, food was mediocre for dinner, and definitely not worth the money paid. Not what I was expecting for dinner after such a nice breakfast there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food very good. Service seemed shaky, like they had inexperienced staff and were not quite sure what they were doing.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

If Cafe du Parc isn't on the list of top Washington restaurants you are using, think about finding a new reviewer. I am a local and happened in for lunch by chance. I was rewarded with an outstanding lunch. The kitchen showed great attention to detail on all aspects of the order. The setting of the eatery in the Willard Hotel cannot be beat either.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our brunch at Café du Parc was disappointing. We have dined at the Willard before and the food was always fine and the atmosphere outstanding, so our recent visit came as a shock. My husband's steak and eggs had been under the heat lamp so long that the eggs looked like rubber and the steak was overcooked- yet, the waiter served them. When my husband expressed surprise at the dish, the waiter ordered a new plate and took the cost off our bill. Great. While he was waiting for his dish, he shared one of my Eggs Benedict. We kept getting crunchy stuff in the eggs and finally figured out that there were egg shells in the poached eggs. Not great. We didn't say anything about the eggs, at that point all we wanted to do was finish our food and get out of there. The waiter stopped by to express his concern over my husband's dish, the manager came by to express his concern and offered us dessert to compensate for our poor meal, but we just wanted to put a bad experience behind us. Will we return? Not sure, but we certainly know what not to order.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Noisy at first, but the hostess and wait staff were excellent - both friendly and competent. The manager treated us to a free round of drinks and complementary champagne for our anniversary. Very nice experience...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Service was mediocre. Food was so-so, and definitely not worth the price point. I've had much better at local, casual French bistros in DC. Would not return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This was a great spot to get a quick bite before theatre. They have complimentary Valet parking, so you can leave your car while you attend the show.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 21, 2017

A friend and I celebrated her birthday with a lunch at Café du Parc. The food and service were great! It was quiet and we were able to have great conversation. I recommend it as great palce for lunch.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Such a pretty room and the food was delicious. Attentive service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We sat outside. Like being at a cafe in Paris. Chicken was fantastic. I definitely plan on going back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Poor food and service. We had a party of 6, 4 of the Mesa came out to the table and another 15!minutes went by and then finally the remaining 2. My mussels were cold and not clean. I would not recommend coming here.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and service. Good prices. The cheese plate is very good as are the soups. The signature cocktails did not interest us, but the wine list was extensive. We were not rushed.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Casual, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Someone stole my menu order, plated for delivery, from the buffet line. The host was very sweet and offered us a treat while we waited. I'll go back sometime, Le Chat Noir is cheaper though.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had a wonderful birthday meal. Great food and the service was excellent. Will be back next time in D.C.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Terrific breakfast bar. I highly recomend. If using the Willard parking garage just ask waiter for a voucher for the fee.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Decor needs to be redone. Very bad lighting. Food ok but no better .

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was fabulous, and service (darlon?) was amazing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We dined outside on a sultry summer night. A great location! The service was outstanding. The food was good, though not remarkable. Still I would go again just for the ambiance and location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent!! Food and service were very good. Would definitely make a return visit and would recommend it to others

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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