Cafe Du Parc
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 Gyo Santa 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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We were staying at The Willard and just wanted to stay in after sightseeing. Cafe du Parc was perfect. It was a Monday night during the Jan. '19 government shutdown, so it was not very busy. Everyone from the host to the waiter to the cooks were really nice.
What a disaster. Went signed up via open table for a New Year’s Eve meal. Our reservation was at 9:45 pm. We arrive at the restaurant and the doors were locked shut. We found a hotel employee who contacted the restaurant and someone came Down and let us in. We went upstairs to be seated and the employees were removing the New Year’s Eve decorations. There were only a few guests still eating. We asked why they were removing the decorations and we were told the restaurant closes at 10pm. We were shocked. We explained that we signed up for a 5 course New Year’s Eve meal for $155.00 per person. The waitress told us the meal we could still be served our 5 course meal even though they were closing. We asked how they could advertise a New Year’s Eve meal if the restaurant closes at 10pm and why they even accepted a reservation for 9:45 pm. We were furious and our New Year’s Eve plans were ruined. We refused to eat a 5 course meal and pay more that $300 within a 15-30 minute window. We ended ordering a cocktail and leaving. We lucky found another restaurant that could seat us before midnight. What a shame a disappoint at Cafe du Parc. We have eaten there before during the summer months and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. My wife has even brought Embassy delegations to this restaurant but unfortunately our experience last night has left a bad taste in our mouths for the restaurant. Really unfortunate.
The lights were too bright from the kitchen. One couple had on beautiful clothes for New Years and the were placed by kitchen looking right at an exit sign, bright, waiters going in and out. If I had been them, I would have left.
We were in the corner sitting by two young children. Our candle blew out twice. Food OK
The hotel lobby was amazing as was the French cuisine served. The tenderloin was prepared as asked and the music at the proper level for a comfortable evening.
Excellent service and the best Salade Niçiose ever!
Very disappointed. The food is average and overpriced. Service was poor. Don’t bother eating here. The hotel lobby is worth a look and that’s about all.
The hotel that houses the restaurant was exquisitely decorated for the holidays. Beautiful atmosphere, close to DC National Mall attractions. The food was outstanding with delightful holiday themed touches. Two of us had the 3-course Christmas Eve specials and would highly recommend them. The others in our party of 9 ordered from the regular menu and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Since we were also celebrating my niece’s birthday, we were treated to a breathtakingly beautifully decorated assortment of cookies and chocolates that tasted as good as they looked. But the best part was the service! From the hostess to the servers, the manager and even the chef, we felt like we were their only customers and our happiness was their priority!
The meal was delicious and servers attentive! Lovely experience and we'll be returning soon.
Food was tasty, but nothing memorable. The rest was dissapointing.
Restaurant was maybe half full, but it took 5 minutes to get seated with no one ahead of us, and 10-15 minutes before I finally got the attention of the hostess and pointed out that no one had come to the table yet. Service after that was attentive, but food took so long that waiter came by to reassure us it was coming. Decor is OK, but again no wow there. A French version of McCormick & Schmicks (sp.?) at best.
For the price (over $80, before tip, for pork chop and beef bouguignon; small side of fries, and water) and the stature of the hotel in which it's located, the public should expect more.
(One upside: free valet parking, which would have been $22 if we'd just gone to the hotel bar.)
Food was delicious. Service below average.
Terrible over priced honestly disgusting
Exceptionally prepared food and warm/cozy atmosphere. Wonderful destination restaurant to share a special meal or create a lasting memory.
This is an excellent restaurant for lunch or dinner on any occasion. It well represents the famous hospitality of the Willard Hotel. We were there during the Christmas season, but it would be wonderful at any time of year.
Chic, lovely bistro with a French vibe. Was just a little chilly in the dining room. Great service, super friendly waiter. Didn't wait long for food which was delicious.
They provide a dessert for special occasions which was complimentary and very appreciated!
Everything was wonderful! Had the wrong menus at first, then got the right ones but we didn’t know there was a kids menu and didn’t know what to get for our 7 y/o. Finally got all the right menus and were good when we saw another child get a kids menu. Food was delicious!
Awkward inside; wait for Spring to eat outside. Food was good; server had little of wines on list. Not as good as I expected.
We dine at Cafe du Parc before going to the theater. We generally eat at the bar. It is always good — a nice menu, well prepared selections, wonderful service.
Amazing dinner. Had the pork chop and Brussel sprouts. Tons of flavor and perfectly prepared.
Tony our server was amazing. He was sweet, attentive and very funny. We had a wonderful meal and a lovely time with the friendly staff. We even chatted with the Cook - he was gracious and fixed us a fabulous meal
Not a great experience. We arrived on time for our 615 reservation and to wait about 10 minutes to get seated--because there was no one at the reception stand for that time. Very noisy table behind us--too much Christmas cheer?--and horribly slow service. We had to ask several times for my wife's cocktail, and none of the items for the four of us arrived together---they could not seem to get more than three to the table at one time.
Food was nothing to write home about and it is fairly expensive. On the other hand you get the benefit of valet parking at The Williard and those amazing decorations.......
Cheeses were very nice, with all the little tidbits. My grouper was perfect, but my friend’s halibut was a little dry. Another diner had the mussels which really good. Good wine selection. Charming place at the Willard.
My friend and I enjoyed lunch - we asked to be at a quiet table (because it was quite noisy at 1 pm), and they were good about that. Then it became much quieter.......we stayed to talk, and they were very accommodating. A good experience.
Everything was excellent except the VALET parking...took fifteen minutes to have someone give me a ticket and take there car...and fifteen minutes after the meanly...a place like the WLLARD hotel should have a much more efficient service.
It was my bosses birthday and I took him to lunch and they treated him amazing because he has been a customer forever. The food was awesome.
The food was really perfect. The service was excellent.
They make renovations so the ambiance was different but not unpleasant.
I recommand this restaurant.
Onion soup out of a can and over cooked Halibut.
This was my wife’s birthday and we had friends and family joined us. We had a wonderful time. The service was exceptional and we had the servers attention, help and total care. The food and desserts were delectable and satisfying. Everyone left pleased to have been invited. The birthday surprise of the macaroon was the perfect way to celebrate. It had a touching and sentimental value for us. An emphatic thank you to the team at Cafe Du Parc.
Food was served in a hideaway as the actual restaurant seemed to be under repair. It would have been good to have had forewarning when we made the reservation. We would have gone elsewhere. I don’t know whether food handling was compromised by the relocation of service to a hideaway, but I did become mildly ill from the meal. The dish we ordered was poorly presented and inedible as presented.
It was a nice dinner. Only downsides were slow service and they forgot to bring my husbands creme brûlée.
Excellent lunch! Loved how close it is to everything, including the national theatre.
We showed up 30 minutes before opening time and our reservation because we were out museum touring. We were welcomed to sit down and have a glass of wine before the restaurant officially opened. The staff was so sweet and wonderful. The crab cakes are the best I have had. The food was overall very delicious and we enjoyed our meal very much. I would recommend this restaurant and would come here again if back in DC.
Perfect as usual. Food was amazing. Service is outstanding. Definitely make a reservation though.
I loved the Cafe du Parc. I ordered the Stilton salad, which was a salad of Belgian endives, walnuts, and a Stilton mousse. The waitress was skeptical that I would like it (not sure why - I love Belgian endives), but I loved it.
I also ordered the traditional moules frites (mussels with fries), and I have never seen so many mussels served for one person! It could easily have served two, maybe more. The fries were just the right amount of salty, and the mussels were perfect. I could not finish all of them. I had hoped to try dessert, but I was much too full.
Very nice space. Service was awesome and very accommodating. Coffee was a bit overpriced, but brewed fresh when ordered.
We’ve been going to Cafe du Parc for years and have noticed a decline in the overall quality over the years. This last experience was a true disappointment. Starting with the French onion soup which lacked seasoning and had whole pieces of bread in it instead of bite sized croutons - in was sort of funny having to use a knife to each out soup. Then the mussels arrived under cooked, with almost a quarter of them unopened and the rest clearly still raw. The waiter (who was fantastic) sent them back for us and got us another plate done correctly. But then the filet, which we ordered medium-rare came out raw and still blue. The waiter sent that back for us as well, but the chefs just cooked the original filet some more which made it over done and dry. While the waiter comped us a glass of wine and desert, the multiple quality control issues from the cook staff made the meal less than enjoyable. Not expected from an institution with such a high reputation.
Great food and great location. Sit outside for best experience. The mussels are amazing
Stayed at adjacent Willard, so this was our breakfast location. Tried both the cold and hot buffets. Felt cold was a better value. On third day, ordered from the menu. Food was so much better freshly made and the options were superior to the buffet. Saw DC pols and business people each day. Service was excellent whether dining off menu or buffet.
The French onion soup is one of the best in DC!
Great place. Food was well presented and delicious. Even-though restaurant hostess placed us between 2 group dinners of 6 and 10 each. Not very nice, since both groups were loud. Actual waitress was very accommodating otherwise. Was visiting in town, but if lived there, would definitely give this place another try.