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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
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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