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About Petits Plats
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!
Washington, DC 20008
French, American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Calvert St. and Woodley Rd.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
limited valet parking in restaurant private lot; 2 public parking lots within 1 block
across from red line metro stop (Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan)
Private Party Facilities:
We offer 4 private rooms with a fireplace.
Private Party Contact:
Cecile or Fred: (202) 518-0018
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Petits Plats Ratings and Reviews
We came to Le Petits Plats for Valentines... It's easy to walk past and miss it (my husband thought I was turning into the pizza restaurant that's in the English basement, because that sign is more obvious.) My husband has hearing problems, so we asked to be seated upstairs... which is quieter. We chose the foie gras w brioche toast + the endive/apple salad for appetizers & the rack of lamb + the duck breast, all of which we split. The foie gras and endive salad were lovely (and I grew up in Belgium & we have a house in France). The foie grass plate was every bit as good as in the one-star Michelin restaurant in our hometown of Sancerre -- and both together were delightful. The lamb plate was also spectacular, and the duck breast was very very good -- the duck not quite tender enough, but the taste was wonderful, and I LOVED the sides with it -- the pureed sweet potatoes, the quinoa, etc. By the end, literally, there wasn't a drop of sauce left on our plates!
If we were quibbling, we'd say the 2016 Sancerre my husband was served (by the glass) was not as crisp and flinty as most Sancerres (the vineyard is a bit of an outlier in its taste), but then also 2016 was not the best year.
The trio of desserts was very good — a crème brûlée that I liked because it was creamy, but my husband prefers the more classic version and he likes his crème brûlée warm from the caramelizing. There was also an ehh chocolate mousse and a nice fruit tart. The best part of the dessert was the truffled chocolate heart that was the garnish in the fruit tart. The desserts were nice, but not in the same class as the appetizers or the main courses. The service was also good, but our water glasses lingered empty on too many occasions and it was hard to catch the eye of the servers. But it was a busy night, so certainly we understood.
We have been there before and we will definitely be back. And not just because we can walk there. This is a restaurant worth coming a long way for.
We went to Petit Plats for a business dinner after a workshop at the nearby Omni Shoreham hotel. The restaurant was not very busy on a Monday evening, but the service was excellent, as was the ambience. We sat in a small front room with a real fire in the fireplace. Two of us had the special duck breast with a juniper berry sauce and wild rice and acorn squash puree. The combination of flavors was outstanding. One of the other in the part had mussels - again, reported as outstanding. My only complaint was that the wine should have been decanted, but otherwise, a very enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend Petit Plats.
I never take the time to write reviews, good or bad but this experience moved me to Act. Three dear friends went to Petit Plats for a special holiday meal. Everything was superb. We shared appetizers, two main courses and a dessert. The chef split all in the kitchen and the presentation was exquisite. The waiter was accommodating to our every request. With the roaring fire and a fine bottle of Sancerre, the evening was the special occasion we wanted
We had excellent food, including potato leek soup as appetizer, special of monkfish accompanied by vegetable moussaka, and wonderful floating island for dessert.
Chef was really on target that night! Wine list includes affordable choices, and service was
very accomodating. Will return!
We were taking our young adult nieces out for the holidays. The food was superb and the service was excellent. We stayed late talking, and ultimately realized no one else was there except the help and we felt bad keeping the place open. We appreciated that there was no pressure to leave and enjoyed our evening immensely.
My friend and I walked past Petits Plats the first time. It's in the top three floors of an old brownstone. The basement is a grab-and-go pizza joint with a garish sign. Petits Plats has an awning over its door, and the name is perfectly visible from the other side of Connecticut. Too bad we crossed the street before looking for Petits Plats; all we saw was the pizza sign. The decor is a French farm house. We were seated in the front dining room, the parlor of the original brownstone. Both of us liked the fireplace. Each of us began with a bowl of French onion soup. We followed that with one of the special entrees, the baked rockfish. It was served over leeks & other veggies in a white wine based light cream sauce. The rockfish filet was prepared perfectly: tender and flaky with a crispy skin. The veggies complemented the rockfish. We completed our delicious meal with creme brulee. The service was excellent.
We really like Petit Plats even though we almost always pass by it as it's so unimposing. The food--particularly the fish--is terrific. Boeuf Bourginon is melt in your mouth. A decent wine list. The menu is reliable--not a lot of changes--but that also means that it is reliable and comforting. Perhaps a bit rushing on service, but then they are near a convention hotel.
We dined here with our nephew and his wife visiting from Switzerland. We'd been here before and chose it because it has been an island in DC's sea of noisy restaurants. It was perfect for this get together with good wine, food and relaxed conversation where we didn't have to strain to hear or shout. Highly recommended when this is your objective.
We ate brunch at PP on Saturday with a group and it was delicious. My husband and I needed a place for Sunday night dinner and close to our hotel. We decided to return to PP. Dinner was wonderful, the restaurant was busy and everyone was talking about how delicious their food was. It is a quick 5 minute walk from Marriott Wardman. We will return on our next DC visit.
Petit Plats is a very pleasant restaurant for friends to get together. The dining room is small, so the general noise level never prevents us from good conversation. The food is creative French bistro, reasonably priced. We’ve eaten here three times and have never been disappointed. Last night all four of us wound up ordering cassoulet; huge servings, delicious and filled with tasty morsels. Duck is always a good choice, and the appetizers are very nice.
Our waiter this time was very friendly, attentive without being intrusive and made great suggestions.
My friend and colleague and I were looking for a place close by the Marriott Wardman Park, where we were attending a conference. We both love French food and decided to try this place because it was located across the street. We opted for a $35 prix fix menu of three courses that was delicious! We had a champagne and elderberry liqueur cocktail, a delicious lobster bisque soup, and a roasted chicken and french fries entree. For dessert, I opted for the chocolate mousse, which was rich and delicious, and my friend had a decadent bread pudding with an almond sauce to die for! The server was so kind and accommodating! He made the dining experience a wonderful one. It was a very quiet restaurant, which was perfect because we wanted to catch up. We attend this conference once a year so we wanted to discuss some business but also catch up on each other's families. It was just perfect! I highly recommend it!
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