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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!

2653 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Calvert St. and Woodley Rd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 518-0018

Website:
http://www.petitsplats.com/

Parking Details:
limited valet parking in restaurant private lot; 2 public parking lots within 1 block

Public Transit:
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

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
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Business Meals (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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Scenic View (1)
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Tapas (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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!
























9Bronziand

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was great. Nice warm atmosphere

Tags: Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We had wonderful food (foie gras, pork chops) at Petits Plat on August 11. The service was good.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Very good french bistro food, great service, and quiet - mercifully quiet. If you are looking for a restaurant in which you can actually talk in a normal voice to friends, and like good french food, this is for you.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 20, 2017

great food great service.. best part of our 2 day trip to Washington. thank you.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Lovely little bistro with a great brunch and nice ambience. Th service was fantastic. Everything we ordered was delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We took our mom here for Mother's Day Brunch. We were definitely pleased with the food and service. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

excellent if you actually want to have a conversation as well as eat!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

great for birthdays. The service and the quality of the food are unsurpassed.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Our meal was great. One person had the Bronzino, one had the steamed mussels and I had the free range chicken. Everyone raved about their selections. The chicken was the best I have ever had. The frites are extremely habit forming. This is the closest you can come to great French bistrot food in D.C..

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on April 30, 2017

The food was delicious. The only comment is that we wished the portions were a little more generous. We would return if we are ever in the area again.

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 (Austin)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Excellent food. They were very busy with a few conference groups but our food was outstanding. Will definitely go again -

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 10, 2017

I love this traditional French Restaurant. It serves delicious, well prepared dishes with expert, courteous service. In addition to a limited but well chosen wine list, there is a full bar.
I began with a Manhattan, which was dry and delicious, and then had the onion soup as a starter, and the Moules marinières with french fries - which were thin, crispy and delicious, as was the french bread with olive oil dip. My friend is a vegetarian, and she was able to put together a satisfying supper with two starter salads. I was away from Washington for almost 8 years, and I am very happy that Petits Plats is still in the neighborhood - it is a favorite, and I will come often.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 5, 2017

If you love authentic french fare (foie gras, scallops) you will not be disappointed. Absolutely delicious!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Service was good and attentive. I thought The food was ok, no more than that. The service and the option to seat 25 people was the requirement.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2017

While the food was nothing to write home about, the staff was extremely pleasant. Great place to take a first date :-)

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 14, 2017

The food was extraordinary, the service attentive, and the ambiance sublimely cozy. We are foodies who have explored hundreds of restaurants in France, so our expectations are high. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of food and the delightful setting in what was once a home. Fred (the owner and Chef-de-cuisine), spent a lot of time at our table advising on dishes and was particularly helpful with the wine selection. I was leaning toward a 2010 Pomerol based mainly on the vintage, and he steered me toward a less expensive 2007 Bordeaux blend by Fronsac that was a delightful bottle with excellent structure and a perfect complement to the filet de boeuf. We liked the food and experience so much that we returned the next night to enjoy a meal as well prepared as the night before. On night two, we shared an apple tart avec vanilla ice cream for desert - it was well worth the calories! We will be back whenever we are in DC.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Good, old-fashioned French classics done reliably in a nice environment. Great party rooms upstairs for big groups.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Nice small French bistro feel, with multiple small dining rooms - ours had a working fireplace, which was nice. Very good escarcot. The mussels were good, but not the best I've had - I prefer a richer broth. My husband had the rib eye, which was very flavorful and perfectly cooked.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2017

What a lovely dinner! The fireplace was burning. The services was attentive without being intrusive. The beef bourguignon was to die for. I brought family who commented, "We are always going to let you pick the restaurant!"

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2017

Really superb food - best boulloibase ever allother food first rate

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Great place, great food, great service, not too noisy, not too quiet. I recommend for a party of ...2!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My wife and I visited Petits Plats for Valentine's Day.
It was our first time at the restaurant, and we had a 7 PM reservation and upon entry there were a number of people waiting near the door. We soon realized that they all had 7 PM reservations and we're waiting to be seated. The hostess was nice, but initially called a couple who arrived after us to be seated first.

They corrected the error and we were seated 5 minutes later. The restaurant has limited seating and we were sandwiched between two other couples. Our server was nice, but he seemed to be one of only two servers in a room of about 30 people. It took 20-30 minutes between the time we got a glass of wine and each course. The food was delicious, but I feel like the other couples around us were getting much more attention than we were.
Perhaps better planning would have made the experience one that would have inspired us to return in the future.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Disappointing experience. Very poor service. Waited 1.5 hours for our entree to be served on a prix fixe menu. On Valentines Day to boot.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Excellent service and food! They even went to the store next door to purchase a grapefruit so they could make a grapefruit martini for my husband!! We will be back!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Interesting French menu, great french deserts good wine

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Friends and I had a lovely meal here after the Women's March last Saturday. I appreciated the range of options offered - enough but not so many that I wondered whether anything would be cooked well. We each chose different items from the menu, and we were all pleased with our meals. Service, including taking our coats as we walked in the door, was attentive without being overwhelming. A wonderful meal to end a most exhilarating day!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We used to go to Petits Plats as a special occasion while visiting family in DC. It was always expensive, but the food was so good and the service so welcoming that it felt worth it. This time, the service was worse than casual - almost neglectful. We felt like they were just trying to get us out of there. And when I took a wrong turn looking for the restroom, a waitress actually yelled at me instead of politely pointing me the right way. Overall, it felt like a ripoff.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Creme Brule is best in city....and I've had a few

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Disappointed. Once a good restaurant, it has steadily gone downhill, especially with the quality of the food. Better choices out there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Very nice menu, nicely prepared, and a pleasant, cozy, home-like atmosphere. While we didn't have much competition, the service was good and we very much enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Lovely birthday celebration

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2016

This place is always amazing. The food is consistently delicious. The ambiance is wonderful. I highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2016

We had two fish main courses, rockfish and branzino (which the menu lists as "bronzini"). Both were overcooked, especially the branzino, which tasted as if it had been frozen. The sauces were good on both. The waiter urged us to have the octopus appetizer, which was heavy on potatoes and grapes and light on octopus - certainly not worth the $14 charge. Not nearly up to the standard of my last visit here so I won't be quick to come again, although I live in the neighborhood.

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