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Cafe Saint-Ex

4.4
4.4
85 Reviews
$30 and under
French American

Café Saint-Ex has been a staple neighborhood restaurant and bar in the popular 14th Street Corridor of NW Washington, DC, since opening in 2003. The fun, relaxed atmosphere combined with our friendly, talented staff, well-curated beer list, and French-inspired bistro cuisine using fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients, make Saint-Ex a favored gathering spot for neighbors and visitors alike.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French American

  • Hours of operation

    Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday-Friday: 11:00am- 11:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

    Our full dinner menu is available Sunday-Thursday until 10pm & Friday- Saturday until 11pm.

  • Phone number

    (202) 265-7839

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Cross street

    T Street NW

  • Public transit

    U St/Cordozo Metro

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

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What 85 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. C

    Cath

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2018

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    A limited menu usually promises excellent food. This was not the case at St. Ex. It used to be so good! The steak was low quality and the frites were soaking in the beef juice.

  2. c

    cosmopobeth

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    When we got there, our table was not available, so we sat at the bar. Decided to eat at the bar instead, and were served immediately! The dishes are not super filling, so we needed to order tots on tip of our order, but the mimosa deal is great! ($10 with brunch, and $1 for each refill.)

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    One of the best burgers in town in my opinion. Great service our waiter was fantastic. Great deal on mimosas for brunch

  4. CG

    CharlesG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    The restaurant was too noisy to have conversation. And the food was extremely disappointing. Too bad, as this used to be a great neighborhood spot.

  5. AH

    ArtH

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great local hot spot. Service can be a bit slow when busy but food is worth it.

  6. R

    Raspberryberet

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2018

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    The room is charming, the bar inviting and the service very good. But the menu is awful - the only thing I wanted to order was a burger, which tasted rather gamey, and my dinner partner's choice at the waitress's recommendation was gloopy and rather tasteless. Don't do "Southern" unless you know what you're doing. A French named bar that looks as authentically European as this one could do a whole lot better with simpler, but good, ingredients and dishes. I would have loved for this to become a regular after-theatre spot as it is so attractive and in a great area, but for the menu - never again!

  7. RD

    RomanDC

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Solid and reliable all the time. Good food, good ambience, good drink selection, happening part of town. If you want nice but not fancy along with a menu that most can eat from, this is a top consideration.

  8. TT

    TacoTime

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    This place accepted my reservation on a day they were closed. Terrible customer service.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    We’ve been regulars for years. Sadly it seems that they’ve made changes to their business model and menu accordingly. They’re going for cheap, low quality bar food now and it shows.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    I like this little neighborhood place a lot, but the menu has definitely changed from formal dining to more fried pub food. The place is cute and the service is great, so an excellent option for drinks and snacks.

  11. CM

    CMLP

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2017

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Service was fine but food was something to be desired. French toast was literally one slice of bread, cut in to two pieces. Then they charge $14 for it. Eggs Benedict was bland, no taste. Will not return for breakfast again-perhaps dinner on the cheap.

  12. d

    dc2psguy

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    We were seated at their odd bar-like setting along 14th Street where you're facing out at the sidewalk and street. Great for people-watching! They were short-staffed so service was very slow to start, but it got better and was good until we asked for the check. Once they took our credit card away we had to go inside to find someone to close the tab with. Good thing we're both patient types. :)

  13. KC

    KaiCY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2017

    overall1food4service1ambience1

    Second time in a row I've gone to Saint-Ex and received ABYSMAL service. It took us 20 minutes to have a drink order taken, after flagging down two separate wait staff. It took 45 minutes for first round of drinks to be served. Our server would forget our orders in the time it took for her to listen to our orders, walk to the kitchen and walk right back. This continued through the entire service even as the crowd dwindled.

  14. NC

    NotCsitsma

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    POOR NEW MENU AND POOR SERVICE: I checked the Open Table link to the Cafe St-Ex menu tonight before making the business meal reservation, but was disappointed when the restaurant menu did not reflect the website. There was no veal chop, halibut, filet mignon, roast chicken breast, risotto, shrimp, lamb, because all dinner entrees (except 3) have been stripped from the menu. The server told me twice the "fried chicken" I ordered was 4 pieces of "white" meat. However, the pieces included a leg and thigh which are NOT white meat. I expressed displeasure with the dark meat but the server was unfazed. I did not eat the dark meat. There was no effort to remedy her mistake, bring white meat, or remove it from the check.

  15. H

    Henry

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I enjoyed the place, although it has changed a bit from 'formal dining' to more 'casual'. The menu has great food but it's more on the fried/ grab-and-go style. Costumer sevices superb.

  16. NC

    NotCsitsma

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    overall1food1service3ambience4

    Brunch portions are weak. Salads need to be more plentiful and contain more ingredients. We could not even locate the listed ingredients in the salads as they were so minimal. We all left hungry and had to get more food elsewhere.

  17. S

    Stephen

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Service was extremely slow.

  18. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was inventive and good. The drinks were great. But the staff were amazing! Some of the best service I have ever had in DC!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite places on 14th street. A couple glasses of great wine and an order of their mussels appetizer to share...makes a perfect evening.

  20. T

    Turk52

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    As always the food was delicious and the service consistent.

  21. JT

    JeffT

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Menu is very small for main entrees and the food was just mediocre. It seems to have gone down a little since I last ate there for dinner several years ago. I last had brunch there and it was much better than the dinner dining experience.

  22. DC

    DCExplorer

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Bar atmosphere. A few tables in the back. Friendly staff. Good hangout. And the food was good too.

  23. RF

    RayFlyer

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Friends getting together for lunch & to catch up. Great variety on their menu, nice wine list with some off-beat labels, attentive service. Great neighborhood bar & café. Don 't know what the noise level is normally -- our lunch was on a very rainy day and there was only one other party.

  24. E

    Eric

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Fun local restaurant - always have great service, and the food is better than you might expect. Have been going for years and always enjoy my visit.

  25. FR

    FRank

    Miami

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Add the fried chicken to the menu!

  26. N

    Nicole

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    The restaurant was insanely hot, with no air conditioning at all. Our reservations were at 9:30pm so you would think it would be cool outside, but with the windows open and DC hot summer air, it was super hot inside. I recommend this restaurant with caution due to the hot temps inside the restaurant. Our waiter was amazing--we had a large group of 9 people and he managed well and was super attentive.

  27. L

    Ladmant

    Washington DC

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good brunch. Love the biscuits. Grapefruit mimosas are the beverage of choice. Billy is fantastic.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I went to brunch with a few friends from out of town and had a great time! We were looking for a place with reasonably priced mimosas and good food in the 14th st neighborhood. This fit the bill - service was attentive, but not overly so, the food was tasty, and the mimosas were great! The french toast I had was yummy. Our waiter was kind enough to serve the bacon and whipped cream on the side because he knew I didn't want them (but my friend did). It was a lovely place for a special occasion at a reasonable price.

  29. t

    tinkerbell

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    love this neighborhood gem! great food, atmosphere, service

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Food was decent but not like mind blowing. Service was prompt and friendly.

  31. w

    woody

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, great cocktails. great location and reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?

  32. M

    Markus

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Café St. Ex has been and continues to be a longtime favorite of mine, and it's one of my first picks when looking to entertain out of town guests. As always, it was a great pick and we all had a good time. Great cocktails and cuisine. We'll look forward to dining out here again.

  33. t

    tracey

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My best friend and I went here for brunch this past Sunday and it was great! A perfect location (and perfect day!) on 14th St! All of the staff was so friendly and relaxed and the outdoor seating was great!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2017

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Delicious food. Good atmosphere right on 14th. But service was a little slow and the "bottomless" deal is strange/unnecessary.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2017

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Good food, but it was quite cold out and the doors were wide open. We were seated near the door and had to wear our jackets during dinner. More of a bar than a restaurant.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The pasts was tasty but the portion very small.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect for brunch! I just love this place! The food, the mimosas, everything!

  38. LB

    LeeB

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great service, and a small but tasty menu, Saint-Ex never disappoints. Sitting on the sidewalk is also great people watching.

  39. MA

    MAMc

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    We made a reservation for a party of 10 for a Saturday brunch and were very pleased with our experience. I chose this restaurant for its bottomless deal ($10 for the first mimosa and then only $1 for each after that) and was not expecting the food to be particularly life-changing. While it wasn't amazing, everyone really enjoyed their dishes, our waitress was nice and she kept the drinks coming. If you're looking for a reasonably priced bottomless brunch with relatively good food and enough space for a larger group, this is the place to go. They also have a really nice patio area that they'll open up on warmer sunny days.

  40. D

    Danny

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    This place has gone steadily downhill. The menu was glorified bar food and the service was truly terrible. With so many options, consider Saint Ex a spot to grab a drink, nothing more.

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Cafe Saint-Ex is rated 4.4 stars by 85 OpenTable diners

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  • Cross street

    T Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday-Friday: 11:00am- 11:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

    Our full dinner menu is available Sunday-Thursday until 10pm & Friday- Saturday until 11pm.

  • Cuisines

    French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Public transit

    U St/Cordozo Metro

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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