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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.
Washington, DC 20004
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
A catered lunch and dinner menu is available as a pick up option for off site events.
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.
5 minute walk from 13th Street Metro Center Station. Various bus stops are within walking distance.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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