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L'Enfant Cafe & Bar

4.2
269 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

At L'Enfant café-bar, you'll feel more like you are on holiday in Paris, than in Washington DC. This casual and pleasant cafe-bar, with a lovely interior and a beautiful sidewalk garden patio is one of the city’s happiest places to visit. Our menu features a large selection of delicious starters, a menu of Main Plates (like Beef Bourguignon, Roast Chicken and a sinful 3-Cheese, White Truffle Macaroni and Cheese), delicious savory crepes, the best and biggest French Dip sandwich in town, a cheesy French Onion Soup and our signature Croque Monsieur that will whisk you to the Left Bank with every mouth-watering bite. And no visit would be complete without a sampling of our menu of sweet crepes, where Nutella is king. Our candle-lit bar is cozy and friendly with a large selection of Belgium beers, fine French wines and champagnes, top shelf liquors and DC's most delicious cappuccinos, lattes and mochas.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Belgian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm– 12:00am, Friday: 12:00pm – 1:00am, Saturday: 6:00pm - 1:00am. Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00am; Brunch: Saturday: 10:00am – 1:30pm, 2:00pm – 5:30pm (La Boum brunch), Sunday: 10:00am - 3:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 319-1800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Florida Ave./ U St.
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Public transit
5 blocks from Dupont Circle Station
5 blocks from U St./ Cardozo Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch
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4.2  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDCnewbie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day - special prix fixe menu with cheese plate, starters, mains (choices: lamb, steak/crab cacke, ravioli, snapper); limited but suitably tasteful moderately priced wine selection. Food preparation and presentation just right for a special occasion, and attentive, professional service.

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vipRobert (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on December 5, 2016

It was closed...

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2016

A great first experience. Love how accommodating the staff was.

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vipHellorio (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

I love this restaurant, the value is great for DC, the food is pretty good and it's perfect for a romantic night out. You'll have a bit of a wait, which is expected due to the freshness of the food.

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vipBlondie (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Very disappointed! The server had no idea how to check in someone with an open table reservation and we have not received points on open table. The server was horrible. Could care less if he was there. Felt like we did not even have a server. Food was way overcooked. A medium burger came out as a extremely well done burger. A total waste of an evening and money. Would never recommend this place to anyone!

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NavyGuy (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Got the Gilt City voucher for a bottle of wine, appetizer, two entrees, and a desert for myself and the girlfriend. The food was not great. The cheese board app we got was mostly bread and a little cheese, the mains were ok but not great, and the creme brulee desert didn't have a caramelized top. Wine made my girlfriend a little sick and I thought it was fine but not great. The waiter was really nice and accommodating, he even looked like he felt sorry as he knew what we were getting into... Nice ambience and I hear their party brunch is a must do in DC.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

My friend and I ate here before heading out for drinks. The place was really quiet for a Friday night, but was fine with us. We sat outside and enjoyed being able to people watch and relax. The waiter was great (don't recall his name), but really friendly, accommodating, and the food came out quickly. We tried the: Heirloom tomato salad (good, but not enough heirloom tomatoes! Mostly arugula and would have liked more tomatoes), Pommes frites (nice and crispy, loved the dipping sauces); Cheese plate (we mistakenly didn't tell the waiter we hated bleu cheese, but they were accommodating and switched it out for feta), Duck confit (very good... the leg was cooked perfectly, seasoned well, and the mashed potatoes were tasty). Enjoyed the meal!

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vipScott (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

We hadn't been for a while and there are new items on the menu that were delicious. I dont remember our server's name but he went out of his to make it a fun evening.

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vipDiane (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

This place is affordable with a good bar and great service. Ask for Kevin!

The spare rib and jalapeño grits were excellent. The crab cake sliders sadly fell short as mushy and a bit bland.

We'll be back to try the duck.

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MelanieR (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 16, 2016

Very disappointing. Serviceverymediocre, food avg.

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vipHLJE (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2016

Gilt City coupon - 4 for dinner - value for excellent......wait person JAM was a real gem. Kitchen was busy and food was a tad slow.....The food was delicious - well worth the wait.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

The duck crepe was outstanding. The music was a little loud for such a small dining space, but overall we enjoyed our experience. Would definitely recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 16, 2016

Loved this place. Can't believe this was my first time - passed by for years. Thank you for the amazing food and great service.

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vipGJHGJH (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

Although the food is still good, the menu has been become almost completely un-French.

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bigt (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Valentine's dinner experience was wonderful and the food was delicious. As good as any of the pricier places I've been.

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vipVMarie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2015

Sat at the bar. Food was good and there was a good amount of it. I was full from the "appetizer" lamb lollipops! The couple next to me bad the charcuterie and had enough to share!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2015

The host and waiters are SO warm and efficient.
It was difficult to leave, since the dinner area was slowly changing into a dance floor!
Highly recommend.

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vipKh25 (Wilmington)
4.0  Dined on June 10, 2015

We had a late dinner here on a Wednesday night. The outside seating was great. Service was attentive. We had mussles, flatbread, and burgers. Everyone enjoyed the meal.

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vipDinerinGtown (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 29, 2015

I've eaten at L'Enfant many times over the past ten years and the food has been fairly good. However, I was disappointed recently to see that they've changed their menu a bit so you're paying the same amount for less food/quality. The outdoor dining space is the main attraction. Go for some drinks and an appetizer if you're starving—skip the $16 bland crepes.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 4, 2015

Lots of outdoor seating, but in winter, limited indoor seating. Dark, so bring your flashlight to read the menu. Food is very good, order the savory crapes. Been several times, really like the place. Very cozy and friendly.

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