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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
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
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!
Elements of the food were really good, but there was an odd assemblage of parts in two of the dishes that made the whole, well, odd. Service was okay--mixing up plates and wines when there were a total of four guests at two tables in the restaurant struck us as sloppy. The wines by the glass were also more mediocre than not, with some of the blame appearing to go to pours from bottles that had been open too long. At least the quality of the wine made us less unhappy that the pours were so skimpy, although the waiter did offer a replacement for the glass that was clearly bad. Overall, we'd love to find a place like Petits Plats in the neighborhood that lived up to its cheerful and attractive decor, but there were simply too many misses in our meal for us to recommend it.
I selected this restaurant due to its location; boy was I glad I did. The ambiance is good, a "town home" right on Connecticut Avenue, next to a row of restaurants. The seating was prompt, a bit noisy due to the proximity of the tables but not bothersome at all. A warm welcome by the owner, with a quick offer of drinks. The octopus appetizer was superb, salad was fresh and tasty. The main courses of fish were perfectly cooked (Bronzino and Rockfish) and the accompaniments were delicious. Desert of three different sorbets were perfect. Overall, a wonderful dining experience at a reasonable (for DC!) price. We look forward to returning!
When I checked out the restaurant for a large group, it was so elegant and so subdued. Unfortunately, the night we went, almost every table was taken and they were understaffed so It's really not a fair assessment. Service wasn't up to par but only because of circumstances. Probably on an average night, it is great for a nice, quiet dinner in an elegant setting. However, there are several steps to climb to get in.
Recently visited Les Petit Plats and it is anything but "small plates." Petit Plats delivered BIG!
I had the escargots and the Bronzino. Everything was prepared beautifully. Excellent food, spices were subtle and not too much salt! We sat outside and had a lovely evening. Inside is cozy but very noisy. Would go there again and would definitely recommend. It's a neighborhood gem!
The foie gras is divine and all the rest of the food we tested was perfectly executed and tasty, satisfying the taste buds of this picky French reviewer (not picky eater, just picky reviewer!). Service was excellent. The wine selection could be improved. Sitting on the tiny upstairs patio, a bit removed from the street was perfect. The inside was quasi empty. We weren't tempted to sit inside as there is a strange musty smell to the place when you come in.
This restaurant does a great job on French cuisine. We had filet mignon with a peppercorn sauce that was excellent. For desert we had ice cream with chocolate sauce that was also very good. The service was attentive but not in your face. Since we ate early, it was not crowded although by the time we left all the tables outside were full. A very enjoyable meal, and we definitely plan to go back.
While we were impressed with the restaurant and menu, we were less than pleased with the noise coming from upstairs. Someone was moving furniture and chairs around so our dinner conversation was interrupted by the sound of chairs being dragged along a wood floor. Kind of killed the moment.
Just perfect for a chic but cozy afternoon lunch for friends, business meetings, or when you want to feel like you could be in France for a few hours. Menu is a bit limited but has all the requisite items like Salad Nicoise, Steak Frites, and a perfect lemon tart.
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