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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

Private Party Facilities:
Café Du Parc is the perfect place for any celebration or event, be it a birthday, anniversary, holiday, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, wrap party, awards show reception, charity reception, or corporate meeting. Our capable staff is happy to help coordinate your event to ensure it is both effortless and successful.

More information coming soon!

Private Party Contact:
Roosevelt Castilho: (202) 942-7000

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, 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.

Cafe Du Parc Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.2

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4.1

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3.9

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Quiet

79% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food was average good enough to enjoy. Service was good and the ambience was great too.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great staff and exceptional food. Highly recommended.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 27, 2017

I was expecting a more interesting restaurant considering it is inside the Willard Hotel.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I had no idea how good the restaurant was going to be. I looked up french cafe's in the area and went simply on that. I was blown away - I had an amazing salad. The food was so fresh and the menu was unique. There were combinations I didn't expect but wanted to try. Beautiful setting and right in the heart of the city.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Fantastic restaurant. The service was quick and the server made sure to check on me every now and then to make sure I didnt need anything. The dirty plates were cleaned quickly. The food was beauifully cook. Highly recommneded. I know I will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Outstanding and careful service. Well done. Will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Just okay food. Left feeling underwhelmed. Out door dining space very nice

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Foie gras was excellent while the fish special (grouper) was over cooked and the escaloped veal was too thick (not pounded enough) and thus was very tough. The lobster tower was reported to be OK and the crab soup and crab cakes were good. 2 out of 4 is not good enough to justify the $400 check (including tip). An earlier experience at the restaurant was quite satisfactory, but not this one.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Went for the crab cakes...TOTALLY worth it! Cucumber martini's not bad either 👌

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Having eaten at Cafe du Parc before on business for lunch at outside seating, I was happy to take my wife and daughter here for breakfast on a personal vacation. However, the experience was poor. We asked for outdoor seating, but were told that all seating was "upstairs inside". We're we're initially seated at a tiny table at the end of the buffet line, in heavy traffic pattern near the bus station, despite having made reservations and several open booths and tables. I had the hostess move us to an open booth which was still loud but not right in the traffic pattern of the buffet. Halfway through breakfast we discovered that there was seating happening on the patio deck, not all inside as we had been told - frustrating. The food was good, but since it was mass produced and sitting in chafing dishes on a buffet line, it was not as good as I had expected, and no dish stood out as exceptional. When my daughter asked the waiter for recommendations for a vegetarian, his only suggestion was an up-sell to the $29 buffet. Otherwise, service was slow, we had to ask twice for water, and dirty and/or unused dishes not removed from the table during our meal. Overall, breakfast was overrated and overpriced for the experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Pricey for average food near an open kitchen. Does not belong in the Willard.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 12, 2017

The food and our server Salvadore were amongst the best we've ever had. Five star. Unfortunately! This was our 46th anniversary, and we stayed at the supremely elegant Willard hotel in DC. Unfortunate describes our tremendous disappointment to arrive in the hotel's only restaurant- we dressed elegantly- and the restarant "dressed" casual. The Willard gave up its one beaitifully elegant restaurant and now has a restaurant they must cater to millenials😒😒--- the hotel can make so much more money taking the space that housed the old restaurant any making it a banquet hall. The hotel in every aspects completely overshaadows the mediocrity seen in the casual atmosphere of Cafe du parc.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Breakfast here is wonderful. It reminds me of being in a European bistro especially if I get to dine al fresco. Highly recommend and suggest getting Roy as your server if he's working. He's great!

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Food was Luke warm but otherwise the experience was great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Our family had lunch at sidewalk cafe after tour of the White House. The waiter was very testy and rude - hostess and another waitress were understanding with their smiles. Ignored our waiter's behavior and managed to enjoy lunch. Food was good, but not great.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We decided to do the brunch buffet option. There was a lot of variety from waffles to wontons to French pastries. There was even fresh juice. It was a great buffet, and the service was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Graduate school celebratory dinner

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 (London)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Enjoyed a lunch of salads on the patio/sidewalk on May 17. Good service and a very pleasant setting.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 16, 2017

We ate outside & it was very pleasant. The seafood crepes are more like a seafood scramble, but very good. Also got the Cafe du Parc salad with tuna, which was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great service for a Mother's Day brunch or any special occasion.

Tags: Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Love the Parc!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Salad Nicoise was terrible. Tuna overcooked. Salad drenched in dressing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great place also for a quick bite or leisurely casual dinner. Children friendly menu.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Had a delicious salad with salmon and excellent service. Patio is very pleasant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2017

I had the blueberry kale salad with a filet added to the salad. It was very ordinary and the filet was not a special cut of meat. Wish I had better news for a nice restaurant in a central location.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We had a great server--didn't get his name, but he was from Portugal. The prices were steep, and the preparations were not extraordinary. The ambiance, and historic location seemed to justify the bill somewhat. Would get again for the salad. Entree, not so much. They had a gluten free menu, and GF bread service. We were very grateful for this!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Food was excellent. Our server and the chef were above and beyond expected. I had steak and my wife had fish. Both were cooked and seasoned with delicious precision. There was a limited choice of appetizers on the menu but the chef put together a selection of cheese and cured meats that was a meal of its own. The only knocks, as small as they may be, are the noise level and price. The noise was a little high for my liking but not unusual for a DC eatery, especially one with sidewalk dining forced inside because of rain. The price was also not extraordinary for the location, food and service, but it was high and diners should know that dinner for two will be significant. A great wine selection priced surprisingly diner friendly wrapped up the meal perfectly.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The food and service were excellent. My wife and I very much enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Food is always good. Same with service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Great location. Fantastic service and food was very good. Spring time

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Political meeting in Washington dv

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 16, 2017

THe food was outstanding. I would def return. One of the best meAls ever

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (東京)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Chef's selection was great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 8, 2017

I hosted a business meeting over lunch with two colleagues from out of town and a guest. It took over an hour for our food to be served at a time when the restaurant was half full at best. Our server was very inattentive during the almost two hours we were there. I'll never choose Café De Parc again for any business or personal meals.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Love the food at Cafe du Parc, always fresh and great service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

I did not enjoy the meal
Very few selections
Will not repeat

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 28, 2017

French flair, French onion soup, mussels, wine: the perfect end of a busy day t relax and debrief. Excellent service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 23, 2017

I've had other meals at Café Du Parc that have been much better. I generally order a salad there and it is generally fresh, tasty, and well made. Both my colleague and I ordered the salads and both were a bit flat (this was the Salade Café du Parc). The greens were not as fresh they should have been, the flavors were blah, and it was just disappointing. For the price point, this is not at all acceptable.

If it is a beautiful day, the outside seating is awesome. The service has always been good, this time included. I have to say though the food this time left me thinking that I would hesitate before coming back.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Restaurant in Willard. Food too salty for my taste. Crab cake flavor dominated by herbs, spices and lemon; wouldn't have known it was crab just based on taste. When staying at the Willard in the future I'll chose another restaurant unless the weather is too frightful to venture out.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was very bland and had no taste what so ever.

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