Petits Plats

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$30 and under
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French
Petits Plats is a very pretty French bistro located in a town house directly across from the Woodley Park metro stop, the Marriott Wardman and Omni Shoreham Hotels. Step inside and you will find affordable delicious food in a very romantic atmosphere. On cold days, dining next to one of the 4 wood burning fireplaces is a nice touch. Summer time, enjoy the great view sitting outside in our private patio: watching the passersby on busy Connecticut avenue is a major amusement!
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice cozy restaurant for a Valentines Day dinner!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Great place.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good but not for vegetarians unfortunately the veggie plate was rather small. The rest was great!

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Petite Plats is one of my wife's and my favorite neighborhood restaurants. We were pleased that the foie gras was being served and was up to PP's high standards. We were advised to call ahead to confirm before coming as this isn't always on the menu. The warm goat cheese on toast appetizer with mixed green salad was also terrific. The main courses were good but not outstanding this time, and we didn't order dessert as we've learned from previous visits they are not the restaurant's high point. The wine list was strong, and the bordeaux I selected by the glass was tasty and good value for the money. The decor is simple but charming, and for a hearing challenged diner the noise level is manageable. We will return but will hope for more variety in the main courses and vegetables going forward.

JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I go every time we are in Washington DC. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is quant. Small intimate and elegant. I alway plan on dessert and and I am always too full to eat one after the plentiful delicious food. The kitchen made a dish that is no longer on the menu, but just the mention of it and they jumped at preparing it for us. Bot am I glad they didn’t it was incredible. I cannot recommend them strongly enough for a cozy excellent meal.

H
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent classic French cuisine. Great wines. Great service.

NT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The style of the restaurant is intimate and and personal. However service was indifferent. Nobody greeted us and we were treated in an off hand manner. The prices are exorbitant and you would expect a level of service that reflects that. The food however was very good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genial ... nourriture divine.. attention délicate !

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MM
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

It has a lovely ambiance with the fire place burning and the waiter was very cordial, friendly and sufficiently attentive but he missed a few things. When ordering the venison, I asked to exchange the bokchoy for broccoli...wasn't done so I had to ask that my plate be returned to do so. Drink refills were not done without an effort on my part. Venison wasn't prepared correctly to make it tender and was tough to eat. (I'm a hunter and I know what one has to do to make venison tender.) I should have ordered the filet mignon instead. The appetizer, mushrooms with a poached egg, was excellent so I would recommend that as was the dessert, creme brulee. My dinner date's Sea Scallops was enjoyed however the arugula salad was a bit dry. For a French restaurant I was disappointed with the Menu. No Beef Bourguignon, duck confit, snails or steak tartare offered. Of course, and as always, "less is more" at these restaurants. I think our bill was around $175.00 for two with only one beer on the tab, a soda, two appetizers, two entrees and one dessert. If we ever returned, it would probably be for appetizers only with a glass of wine perhaps.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was terrible the food was cold. The staff needs training.

TT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a neighborhood gem. Food is always creative and delicious and the service is personable and professional.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Christmas dinner

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c
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you are looking for a restaurant where you can enjoy a good meal and can have a conversation without having to shout across the table, Petits Plats is the place to go. The menu offers classic dishes from southern French such as cassoulet and bouillabaisse, plus medaillons de boeuf, all well prepared and attractively served. The wine list is relatively short but with very good selections at reasonable prices. The staff is friendly and helpful. A real fire in the fireplace will keep you warm.

BR
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Petits Plats is a charming, intimate, and authentic French restaurant. I enjoyed the food and also the interesting groups of other diners.

DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, drinks and service. Be sure to tell Cecile and Fred we missed them.

Jackie and David

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An excellent meal and outstanding service, seated next to the fireplace in a cozy dining room. What’s not to like?

CW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The tuna was overcooked in the Salad Nicoise. The service was excellent. And the French bread was the best ever.

VV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet restaurant with excellent French cuisine and very friendly personnel.

PV
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We always have a great time the food is dependable and authentically French. We feel as if we are in Paris. The bread is the best! Onion soup oh my!

MT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a fabulous meal at this restaurant, mussels and fries...and lots of wine. They had no problem splitting this entree between the 2 of us. Everything was beautifully served.

p
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, i had the steak frites and my husband had the salmon, which was also very good. The service was very good as well. We would recommend this restaurant. The only complaint is that the wine was just ok and the pour was very chintzy in a small glass...each glass was like 3 sips....

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is Classic French cooking atavists finest. The duck in particular felllmright off the bone and the Onion Soup was spot on.

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

After a poor experience (at a different restaurant) the previous night, this was a delight. The outside dining suffered a little from mosquitoes, but otherwise had a very enjoyable energy from the local music and street traffic. Service was near-perfect: attentive but not fussy, responsive and smiling, very well-paced. Value was pretty decent, and the food was almost all very good: a perfect salad to start that woke up the palate; a good boeuf bourgignon; well-priced cocktails and wines; a willingness to deviate slightly from the menu when asked.
The bread pudding didn't quite match up: too stolid and heavy, a dense glutenous lump rather than the joy that a good bread pudding can be. But I left happy - very much recommended.

J
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friends and I enjoyed our dinner here. We ate here on a warm night. There wasn’t any air conditioning. But they had a large fan and kept the front door open. The food was great. And we loved the dessert.

G
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for dinner. Fresh food with unique preparations! Excellent service!

OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as usual. My favorite restaurant in all of DC!!!

BR
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very quaint place! Food good and service good. Had a salad which was very good.

c
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is one of the more pleasant French restaurants in town. It is rather informal, and you are welcomed like family. The location is a bit odd, above a pizza parlor and across the street from several big hotels. But it is well worth a visit. What attracts us is that this is one of the few restaurants where you can have a conversation without having to shout. When we were there, it was very hot, and the air conditioning was not working. The cooling came from a table-side cool-air blower.

The menu is French, with mostly standard items, and the wine list has some unusual items. We opted for a 4-course degustation with wine pairing ($80 p.p): foie gras, scallop, lamb steak and choice of three deserts, with a glass of champagne, sauvignon blanc, bordeaux and armagnac (other choices are possible). Everything was well prepared and attractively served. The service was attentive and helpful.

FK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Petits Plats. Food was very good. Dining area is small . No Air conditioning so it was quite warm. Friendly service. Only street parking. Recommend it.

c
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service

n
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I love the food here. I always find the service a little less than desired -- mostly the staff disappear to another room and are not available. Also, they need to improve the AC

HG
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent cuisine at a fair price. Duck was outstanding. Beef was wonderful. Service was adequate. The outside seating was pleasant. Visiting from out of town. Would come back because of the great food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I visit DC I make sure I come here.

CC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was very slow. 30 minutes before drinks arrived and 40 minutes later for overcooked food. To top it off, they tried to charge for 5 entrees for four people. Watch your wallet!

CG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us had a lovely lunch. The grilled seafood salad, floating island, and chocolate mousse were particularly good. Because it was't too busy, we were able to have easy conversation, and service was very attentive. It was a very enjoyable experience overall.

LM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with fabulous fresh ingredients!

S
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a cute little French restaurant! Food was great, service was wonderful. Not too crowded either, allowing for some quality conversations.

OT
Memphis
21 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside balcony table was very nice for a pleasant lunch. Service and food were both excellent.

u
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Petits Plats never fails to please. Simple and authentic French cooking. Not like some of the other pseudo-French restaurants in town that charge outrageous prices and don't really know what they're doing.

CM
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful discovery...sat on patio...beautiful evening...the waitress from Mongolia was so nice and so competent...really grateful we found and enjoyed dinner here. Back again I insure you now that I hear beef Bourgogne is very good.