Cafe Du Parc

4.3
1625 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Discover a truly authentic brasserie experience where traditional French food fuses with a modern, casual atmosphere in the heart of the nation’s capital. Cafe du Parc has a one-of-a-kind menu enhanced by the use of locally sourced items and Cafe du Parc’s 3 star certified Green Restaurant status.

Name of the best al fresco restaurants in Washington, D.C. and a Washingtonian 100 Very Best Restaurant, Cafe du Parc is the perfect place to savor delicious French fare by Executive Chef Peter Laufer at an iconic Pennsylvania Avenue address, located adjacent to the Willard InterContinental Washington, DC.

Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. An Afternoon menu is also available for those looking to dine between main meal periods.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am
Sat, Sun 6:30 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Brunch
Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Sat, Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(202) 942-7000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Laufer
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Catering
A catered lunch and dinner menu is available as a pick-up option for off site events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
15th Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is complimentary for restaurant guests during lunch and dinner only. Parking is accessible by use of the Willard InterContinental $39 valet parking service. Street meter parking is also available.
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Public transit
5 minute walk from 13th Street Metro Center Station. Various bus stops are within walking distance.
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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.

Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Overlooking the iconic lobby of the historic Willard InterContinental, the Pershing Private Dining Room offers a vibrant, intimate setting perfect for all occasions. From birthdays and baby showers, to board meetings and business luncheons, to rehearsal dinners and post wedding brunches, the Pershing Room at Cafe du Parc is a truly unique space that can accommodate private events for up to 50 people seated, 75 people reception style, and 30 family style. Semi-private space is also available and can seat 25 comfortably, and 45 people reception style.

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What 1625 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

An Engagement luncheon - the food was very good, the service excellent and the prices reasonable. Most importantly the room provided both the space and privacy for our two families to get together to celebrate the engagement

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BR
Washington DC
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Not realizing that Cafe du Parc was modeled after a French bistro, I was surprised at the casual ambiance. But the food was good, if not remarkable, and they presented my husband with a complementary desert for his birthday.

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New York Area
4.0
Dined 7 days ago

History lives in this hotel. Outdoor seating very pleasant when the weather is good.

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OT
4.0
Dined 7 days ago

Birthday celebration.

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MB
New York Area
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

was very glad we chose Cafe du Parc. the food was very good. I had the veggie wrapped in filo dough, and the steak tartar was very tasty. A little pricey for drinks, but sitting on the sidewalk was refreshing and a great way to end the day.

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Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Great staff and food

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R
3.0
Dined on June 11, 2018

I was looking for a wonderful place to take my husband for his birthday. The was tasteless. I was looking for fableous and I got McDonald’s level food. The steak was old, dry and tasteless. The crab cakes was tasteless no favor. And the sea bass taste as if it was frozen too long. Under cooked. The table had dollar store candles. The server was nice but didn’t understand our special day. We wanted to add a slice of cake to our bill for my husbands birthday. He never ask if we wanted dessert.

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d
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 11, 2018

Meh. I’ve had better. Not terrible, but wouldn’t go back.

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L
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

No better place to eat out doors than here. Food, service and place are outstanding. Like a vacation for an hour or two.

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LW
New England
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

Had a lovely time. Great wait staff. Very very nice and attentive but not overbearing.

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GA
Austin
5.0
Dined on May 31, 2018

We enjoyed breakfast at Cafe du Parc. We were seated a few minutes after our reservation time. Service was fair, but had to ask for drink refills and he seemed very busy. One person in our party enjoyed the breakfast buffet and two ordered off the menu. The buffet had a variety of tasty options, including pastries, fruit, scrambled eggs, meat, etc. The omelet ordered from the menu was very good. Bacon was good and we also ordered a donut from downstairs. A pricey breakfast, but we enjoyed it, and what isn't pricey in DC?

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Columbus
4.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Good breakfast, at prices you should expect at the Willard.

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RH
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

Attentive and friendly wait staff. Food well prepared with first quality ingredients.

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KK
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We enjoyed the patio for brunch this past Sunday. Glad we had a reservation as GW had it's graduation ceremony and the area was busy. My husband and I both had the berry and cottage cheese compote to begin, followed by eggs benedict, classic style for me and the smoked salmon and beet salad for my husband. The eggs benedict were cooked perfectly, the canadian bacon was the right thickness and not dry at all. The hollandaise was home made and very good. My husbands smoked salmon was the best thing ever. I wonder if they make it in house. Beautifully presented as roses, it was melt in your mouth delicious, and not too salty. Accompanied by a mimosa and a bloody mary, we were very happy.

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KS
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

My family and I came here for my graduation celebration brunch and the staff made it a very memorable meal! The food was great, the service was excellent, and the chefs even created special "congratulations" desserts for us to share.

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Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

We regularly eat at Cafe du Parc prior to seeing a show at National Theatre. We love the food and service so much that when I asked my daughter where she wanted to have her 14th birthday dinner party she immediately said Cafe du Parc. They accommodated 13 young women with very picky eating habits ranging from vegetarian, to gluten free, to carnivores. The party guests raved about the French onion soup, crab cakes, mussels, duck, scallops, and salads. The desserts were beyond delicious and spectacular looking. When the chocolate bomb, ice cream, apple tart, and creme brûlée were served every teen at the table had to snap and insta how amazing these desserts looked and tasted. The service is always spot on at Cafe du Parc, and this occasion was no exception. Our server, Juan, was one step ahead of our needs the whole time and kept all our guests happy. It truly was a memorable occasion made delicious by Cafe du Parc.

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Hampshire
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

The Cafe Du Parc is in The Willard Hotel, which is an iconic hotel situated near to The White House and has welcomed many US Presidents, celebrities and is where Martin Luther King finished his "I Have a Dream" speech. The restaurant is a cafe style restaurant, in keeping with the hotel, with booths for seating and tables and chairs. The dinner menu was quite varied and the dishes we chose were well cooked, of high quality and very tasty, as you would expect in a restaurant of this type. The service was also very good. We very much enjoyed our meal in this restaurant.

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AJ
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 14, 2018

First time there, will go back again. The service was great, and the food was very good. I liked the atmosphere, and its location in the heart of DC.

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DR
Phoenix
1.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch was a disaster. Despite only 10% of the patio full because of rain earlier in the day, the service was horrendous and not at all up to par with what one would expect at such a fine restaurant. Our waiter was evidently assigned a large party inside (on the 2nd floor) and our party outside on the first floor. We saw him less than a Haley’s comet sighting. The service moderately improved after we complained and they did take my entree off the bill, but only after I told them is was cold (mussels and fries). It’s not fun to have to complain once, let alone twice during what is supposed to be a special occasion. We expected better from the Hotel Willard.

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b
1.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a Mother's Day reservation on May 13. It was the worst dining experience I have ever had. We arrived at 12:45 and were seated promptly. We all ordered appetizers and a main course and drinks that required no preparation, coffee, coke and a mimosa. It took 10 minutes to get the drinks after ordering them and 20 minutes to get the appetizers even though none of them required cooking -- two salads and two bowls of mixed berries. So far tolerable. Unfortunately, our main courses never arrived. At 2:45 after waiting for 2 hours for our main courses, we got up and left without having a main course. In the interim, the waiter would periodically come by and assure us our main courses were coming. However, he was very inattentive to refilling coffee and my bottomless mimosa. At the table next to ours, a group that arrived before we were seated, they were still waiting for their main courses when we left. The group at the table on the other side of us were less patient than we were and left after one hour without getting their food. No manager ever showed up to explain the situation or apologize.

If you want to spoil a special occasion, or even a routine dining out experience, Café du Parc is the place to go. This restaurant should close its doors permanently.

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OT
Washington DC
1.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Worst experience at a restaurant ever. Had a reservation at noon and we didn’t get seated for 20mins only after reminding the hosts that we existed, twice. When we were seated we asked for a highchair and the host gave it to another table. We waited another 20mins to get water. Then we had to ask 3 times to get bread and drinks. Our food came an hour later and it was horrible. I sent my burger back 3 times because it was a hockey puck and bacon was rubber. The mussels were gritty and obviously not washed. After 2 hours I gave up and left the restaurant hungry. Worst first Mother’s Day for me

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Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

I drove down from Philadelphia to meet up with my friend and her baby. The restaurant was more than accommodating. The hostess was lovely, the waiter was very kind. After hearing that it was my birthday, the gave me a wonderful birthday donut with a candle.

I will definitely return as it was a great breakfast spot and the mimosas were lovely. Later, we sat outside under an umbrella and enjoyed the energy of a warm spring day.

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VR
5.0
Dined on May 7, 2018

Service above and beyond. Many little courtesies, truly exceptional. The food was also excellent, and the setting, of course, at once tasteful and magnificent. Nice to be able to converse in normal tones. Pricey (also of course!), but valet parking was validated at the Café, which amounts to a substantial discount. For a special-occasion breakfast, can't be bested.

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C
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on April 26, 2018

Met with an overseas colleague and spent a few hours after breakfast catching up. Staff were wonderful and very accommodating. Food, as always, was delicious

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New England
3.0
Dined on April 17, 2018

The restaurant itself was very nice and the staff were very friendly. We all ordered the buffet and it was good but very typical of a buffet. Nothing stood out as "amazing" and the price was extremely high ($32 for an adult). I'm in no rush to go back but for a quick breakfast it was a good spot.

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Washington DC
2.0
Dined on April 15, 2018

I have been to this restaurant twice before and enjoyed it. This visit was very disappointing. The food was dry and not very appealing. The portion for the tofu scramble was extremely small.

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BH
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Nice dinner. Bug in my wife's wine, however. Restaurant apologized and put drinks on the house.

RLH

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Denver
3.0
Dined on April 8, 2018

Breakfast at noon is pushing the brunch thang but I am not from this area so maybe I don’t “get it”. Not bad food.

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MF
Tampa
4.0
Dined on April 6, 2018

The food and service was excellent - hard to have a nice French dinner with spring break tourists... still, a nice dinner.

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Los Angeles
2.0
Dined on April 5, 2018

We had breakfast here on a cold April morning. The whole cafe was very cold. Most diners were wearing their outer coats if they had one; some diners who stayed at the hotel went back to their rooms to get their parkas. Most of the food was server room temperature , including the coffee until we asked for a hot pot. Service was good, food was OK, but the overall experience was quite unpleasant.

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Washington DC
2.0
Dined on April 1, 2018

We waited a long time to be waited on and they screwed up our order.

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5.0
Dined on March 31, 2018

My sister and I went for my birthday. We dressed up, although the dress attire for the cafe is mixed between casual and business casual. Yet, the formality of the cafe made us feel like we were not overly dressed, and I think it is possible to get away with wearing whatever to the cafe. The Cafe Du Parc is special to us because our grandparents would take us there as little kids. Even through our transition to our adult lives, the restaurant (and the Willard) has been one of the few places to retain its childhood magic and become something of an adulthood gem. The food is outstanding and well portioned. It has a strong European vibe, which I think all of F street gives off. Anyone else from the D.C./DMV area would understand what I mean. The meals are a bit pricey, but thetas to be expected. However, the menu definitely has some options, such as soups and salads, if you do not want to shell out more than twenty dollars for a meal. We would definitely go again.

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R
Seattle
3.0
Dined on March 30, 2018

Excellent service, tasty food, but otherwise a mixed bag. Honesty, they advertise that it is the French bistro experience, and that is probably correct. But as part of the hotel, you get the guests and their little kids, and the ambiance is less than the dollar value.

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Nashville
4.0
Dined on March 25, 2018

Prompt service, good food. The menu we were given differed from the menu posted by the door so some of the things we wanted weren’t available.

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p
London
4.0
Dined on March 24, 2018

Good French food. Reasonably priced wine list with good choices. Comfortable setting and very good service. A place to come back to in DC

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Pittsburgh
5.0
Dined on March 4, 2018

Everything was absolutely great, even though the description on some dishes in the menu ware not accurate but close.

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New York Area
4.0
Dined on February 24, 2018

We were in Washington looking at colleges for my son. I had been to the Willard Hotel many years ago and wanted my family to see it, so I thought it would be nice to have dinner there.
Willard Hotel is absolutely gorgeous. I did expect the restaurant to be a little more upscale in decor. It was a very casual average atmosphere. The food is really delicious, and the service was great. A bit pricey but quite enjoyable.

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CB
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on February 21, 2018

Amazing food and an gourmet birthday surprise from the pastry chef!

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OT
5.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

Great and amazing service!!!

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KG
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on February 14, 2018

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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