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About L'Enfant Cafe & Bar
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.
Washington, DC 20009
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
Florida Ave./ U St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
5 blocks from Dupont Circle Station
5 blocks from U St./ Cardozo Station
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch
L'Enfant Cafe & Bar Ratings and Reviews
I've never partied so hard in the middle of the day before & DEFINITELY plan on going back for my birthday, bridal shower, & any other special occasion!!!! If your looking for a memorable time to have FUN by dancing on top of your chair while bottles of champagne with sparklers attached to the top get passed around -- then this is the brunch for you!!!
The food is okay...not great but the choices are different than the standard fare which would make it interesting for some. The outdoor seating is great and the road noise is minimal. Inside it is very quaint but VERY small. Only a few tables to be had. They could accommodate a small group with notice. I hear their brunch on Saturdays is wild and crazy. Could be fun! Check out the website...
Food was exceptionally good. Even our picky 7 year old ate their mac n cheese which had truffles in it. Our 5 year old gorged on the beef bourguignon after the waiter let her sample the chicken pot pie which was too spicy for her. We had the tuna nicoise salad and a savory crepe for dinner which was amazing. Service was warm and wonderful which was great for us being out of towners. Recommend this place highly for food and service.
If you're up for a party experience in the afternoon, then do not miss La Boum Brunch at L'Enfant Cafe-Bar. Reservations can be hard to come by, but if you can get them, do not pass up the opportunity. It's a three-hour affair, and about an hour in the party really gets started. It's dark and loud and chaotic, but that's half the fun. It can be hard to get your servers attention, but at any good party it usually is. The drinks keep flowing, the music is great. You forget that outside it's daytime, and you can really let loose. This brunch is not to be missed, if you have the energy for it ;)
Wonderful place what more can I say?
I work 1 block away so I love the fact that I can come right down the street for wonderful food and beer. Will be back time and time again. The outdoor seating is wonderful especially when the street light is out - Sets a very romantic mood.
Overall the food was good. I was drawn here because of the beer selection and I was definitely not disappointed. When we first entered the bar we were greeted by the owner, who was super friendly. Unfortunately, besides the owner the wait staff weren't very friendly or attentive. I went there for good beer, food and conversation. Half way into our visit, the DJ started playing obnoxiously loud music. We found ourselves having to scream to hear one another. Also, we ordered a spiced rum crepe for desert and it was pretty bad. Overall, it started off great but I left irritated. I would be willing to come back to give it another shot because it did have some redeemable qualities.
Having been here twice I must say the food is delicious and I would go back again and again for it. However, the noise level is really a downside. On a Friday night it was just bearable for the average dinere with just the music over the speakers (my dad, who has some hearing loss, struggled), but Saturday when the DJ started playing made it really unbearable. My boyfriend and I couldn't even hold a conversation over the teeny tiny (but adorably Parisian-esque) table where we sat. We finished eating and left without dessert - sadly, because the crepes we had had the time before were heavenly.
Walking into this restaurant was a welcome relief. I'm used to going to French restaurants that are so "up-scale" that the diner feels afraid to put a fork out of line. Here I was greeted in a completely familiar and friendly manner, and seated at a cozy table to enjoy some amazing food. But when the night wore on, the music keyed up and the restaurant took on the bohemian feel of a downtown Parisian hotspot. I felt like we had left Washington DC behind, like the night was a vacation in itself.
L'enfant cafe is a cramped little restaurant and bar with a nice but pricy selection of Belgian beers and a short and moderately priced list of French cuisine. The food tastes good but is nothing spectacular and the portions are exceedingly small. The place is also so packed that you are practically on top of other patrons and can't help but overhear their conversations and be bumped anytime someone walks passed. Not terrible but will not be back.
I had steak, which was just ok-def nothing to write home about. I would recommend it for a friend's bday or celebration of some sort. Not the best choice for a catchup Sunday brunch, but would go back with a large group of friends to celebrate something special.
located at the edge of Admo L'Enfant was the perfect place for a first date. The food is reasonable, and tasty, the service is good and the ambiance can't be beat for a romantic setting. If you want to look at your date in a candle light venue this is the place!
I can't say enough nice things about my experience at L'Enfant! I celebrated my birthday there and had a blast. It's a very small dining room and it gets crowded on the weekends, but if you are looking for a lively atmosphere and friendly service, you should definitely check it out.
La Boum brunch is ridiculously awesome! A large group of friends joined me for a birthday celebration. The servers, emcee, bartenders, and DJ were spot on. High-energy, and a great time! The only negative was the way my reservation was handled. 3 months in advance I made a reservation for 8 people, & the very next day asked to change it to 12 people & received confirmation. Less than a week before the brunch (too late to cancel without being charged), the I got a message confirming my reservation for 8. When I called back & provided the confirmation email with the change to 12, the response I got was that they were able to resolve MY problem only because they made a special exception. Our group was stuck at 2 tiny tables in the corner. Boo.
L'Enfant is as close to NY party brunches that you can get in DC. The do so many interesting events. La Boum brunches are the best parties in town and now they created Speakeasy Sundays. Some local restaurants are trying to copy them but no one can throw a party like L'Enfant!! Don't be fooled by other claims of fabulousness. They are the original and best brunch in town. Book early 'cause they get full quick. I highly recommend them.
This little gem packs people in tight. But, despite that or because of it, I love eating here every time. I've seen groups fit well here, as well as just a table for two. All in all though, if you're looking for excellent food, good beer, and a warm feeling, L'Enfant is the place to go. In good weather, their outdoor seating on the corner makes you feel a part of DC!
This place was amazing! I went there for a friends birthday in the past and had a great time so I did it for my birthday this past Saturday for their brunch called "La Boum". Great for parties and special occasions! They have an awesome DJ, wait staff, burlesque dancers and of course host!
La Boum is magical. It’s a once in a lifetime experience unlike anything imaginable. Check your inhibition at the door as you prepare for an afternoon of dance, entertainment, and more Champaign than your liver could possibly handle. When you first arrive it will seem much like any other brunch. You’re treated a delicious three course meal. Seriously- if they have the roasted red pepper and Gouda as the soup du jour do not hesitate, just order it! As you finish your food the real fun begins. The crowd is wonderful, everyone is in good spirits. They’re easy going and fun, but most of all they are fully prepared for debauchery. The proprietor, Christopher, is delightful! He’s interactive and ever present. He truly loves knowing that everyone
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