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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Cafe Du Parc at the Willard Intercontinental is hosting a special evening for you and your sweetheart with a four-course Valentine's Day menu. The $ 110 per person reservation also includes a champagne toast and roses for the ladies.

Wine pairings will be available

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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4.2

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4.0

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4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (11)
Great for Brunch (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
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Business Meals (9)
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Pre/post Theatre (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Romantic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·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 30, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·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.

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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...

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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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (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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·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 15, 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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on December 3, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 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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 (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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 (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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·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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 (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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·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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·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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was just OK, certainly over-priced for what we ordered. Dinner for two with no alcohol and $120 tab should be much better than we had.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Loved the outdoor seating on a warm sunny day but nice tree-shaded area! Great kale blueberry salad.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Lovely place to eat outside. While it is near many touristy places, it has a sense of calm. You have a choice of eating inside or outside under the umbrellas. Great for people watching of those who are heading into the Willard.
Their mussels are great! Huge serving and come with fries.
Elegant yet reasonable cost. Very good service.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Café Du Parc is a great get-away from the office place for lunch. Low foot traffic, very nice outdoor seating, attentive staff and great menu. Head-and-shoulders above other nearby venues for menu, price and atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very peaceful relaxing spot for outdoor dining. Service and food were great. I've come to this spot for cocktails, but this was my first brunch experience. I would definitely come back again in the future. The cocktail list is really impressive.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Favorite place in all of DC for a Sunday brunch.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

While visiting the District, enjoyed a delicious cinnamon French toast with blackberries and raspberries at a Sunday breakfast with a longtime friend and mentor here, who enjoyed his stack of big, plump pancakes. Ambience is pleasant, just like the al fresco cafes in Paris. Would recommend this place.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The place is unique, great service, food was excellent.

Tags: People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The service was excellent. The food was not. Terribly over salted veal. Normally a cutlet is served very thin too, these were served in chunks. The risotto was also mush.

Wife's mussels were terribly inconsistent. Some cooked well, others were clearly not cooked at all.

The dessert, an espresso Creme Brûlée, though was amazing.

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