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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
The name is a modest invitation, the entrance discreetly wedged between some more obvious establishments on Connecticut Ave. Inside is unpretentiously French - courteous and professional staff, unremarkable décor, simple but refined menu, and a place in which you can actually hold intelligible conversation in a lively atmosphere over a pleasurable dinner. Petits Plats is as good as any bistro I have visited in France (ici on parle français, si vous désirez!). Both food and wine were well up to expectations, and fairly priced. Reassuringly French!
Charming French bistro with typical fare. This is a place where you can relax, enjoy your wine and a simple delicious meal---and stay for awhile. You can people-watch from the elevated patio or sidewalk seating. Inside is cozy. The service is attentive and polite---the servers have been working for years, not months. We enjoyed the mussels, Steak frites, and Bronzino. They make desserts in-house. You won't regret dining here.
We were in D C for a conference and ate at some very nice restaurants with our group. On the last night, a cool and rainy night, and since it was just the two of us, we decided to walk across the street from the hotel and try out this quaint little French restaurant, Petits Plats. What great choice! We sat next to a crackling wood burning fireplace and had a fantastic meal with a nice bottle of wine, and a cheese plate for dessert. We'll be back!
The food was good, but not spectacular. The service started out well but quickly deteriorated. Our food arrived and we didn't see our waiter again, although I would have liked another glass of wine. After our plates were cleared we sat for quite a long time with nothing on the table. (10 minutes after we noticed, I don't know long before we started timing.) I finally managed to catch our waiter's attention by waving both arms in the air. (Keep in mind that this is a pretty small place, so I felt fairly ridiculous.) He offered no apology for his inattentiveness as he dropped off a dessert menu. After dessert, we again waited an unacceptably long time for the check to be delivered and then collected. We won't be back.
Petits Plats has been a favorite restaurant in Woodley Park for many years. So happy to find at a recent visit that it has not changed; still charming and cozy with a friendly atmosphere. The fireplace was lit in the small front room. Despite being a small room with tables filled, it was never overly loud. The service was attentive. Food is on the expensive side but always prepared nicely with a nice portion. I had the stuffed chicken breast which was moist and delicious. Easy access to the Woodley Park metro stop.
My fiancée and I went to Petits Plats on Valentine's Day 2016 and had a very nice meal. There was a prix fixe menu, so we had set courses of an appetizer, main course, and dessert. The service was great! The waiter recommended an excellent wine and the food was served promptly and table cleared efficiently. Overall, it was a very nice and romantic meal.
We have dined at Petits Plats on a number of occasions and the food has always been topnotch. That being said, when we recently dined there for Valentine's Day we were very disappointed. The food was not hot (it could be since it appeared that the entire room where we were seated was served all at once rather than table by table). The food also lacked the care and attention we have come to expect. We invited another couple and were sad that the meal did not live up to the dining experience we had described. It certainly was not worth the price.
For an excellent meal in a quaint and quiet converted home, this restaurant leaves little rom for improvement. Creative French with a full infusion of Japanese fish to expand the menu, their chef has successfully transitioned from bistro to excellence.
You will not be disappointed!
dined in this restaurant 10 yrs ago while on trip to DC--delighted to find it still open and operating at the same high standards of food, service, and atmosphere--the same owner, too. Indeed, my wife and I were so impressed on our return visit we went back the next night for another try--and were not disappointed
We went to Petit Plats for a pre-Valentine's dinner with another couple. From the exterior, it's not too impressive, especially because you're walking right past another restaurant that's not too classy (but is fun - I've been there too - the crawfish place).
Once inside Petit Plats, I was happy. Everyone was speaking French, even other customers, so it felt authentic. There was a complimentary coat check, and we got a nice table near the front windows. The ambiance was nice & cozy, and felt like a special yet unpretentious space.
The servers seemed like they were trying hard, but we all ran out of water, and no one ever asked us if we wanted more wine. The french accents were challenging, but everyone was very friendly.
The menu had entrees between ~ $26-$30. I ordered chicken, my wife ordered scallops. Someone else ordered the salmon. I was left hungry after my meal, even though I had ordered an appetizer before. My wife was hungry too. The person with the salmon was filled up - a good portion.
Here's the thing: the food was just not impressive. I have been eating out for decades, and this food was something I'll forget about quickly. Nothing memorable.
We have been using "Blue Apron" lately (cooking meals at home), and I enjoy those meals much better. So, a delivery meal service is preferable to eating at Petit Plats.
Sad. Not bad, just could be better.
This restaurant is a gem. The menu has good choices, the wine list has a good selection from the various regions of France, the service is friendly, and prices are quite reasonable. The ambiance is homey, with a crackling fire in the fireplace, and the noise level is moderate, so it is actually possible to have a conversation. We have been to Petits Plats on several occasions, we like it and recommend it highly.
appetizers were fine but not exciting. entrees were tasty but a little lacking (fries should be crispier, more tomato chunks for mussels). a french restaurant should make fresh crepes with better grand marnier sauce...which just seemed like orange marmalade on soggy crepes.
Charming rooms with lots of French touches, particularly the collection of Gallic roosters on the mantelpiece. Well done, classic bistro cuisine, including garlicky moules frites and a perfectly pan-roasted branzino filet. And a classic flan among the dessert offerings.
The food was delicious. I sampled the escargots, which was served sizzling in cast Iron Poelon with exquisite garlic butter. I also tasted the soup du jour: a delicately flavored creamed clam chowder. I dined on duck which was served sliced with creamed potatoes…my clean plate served as a review.
The table shared the chocolate mousse… smooth, not overly sweet …a nice finish with a glass of port.
Across the street from the Woodley Park Metro, Petit Plats is an inviting and charming French restaurant with authentic French dishes perfectly prepared. Mussels and frites, seafood stew, and cassoulet were served perfectly cooked. The wine list is superb and the atmosphere--a private house with 2 fireplaces--is inviting and comforting. PP was so satisfying on every level that I ate two dinners there in four days. Five stars all round.
PP has been around a long time now, and pretty well keeps up with expectations and time. We went for a nice dinner for two right in front of one of their REAL WOOD burning fireplaces. So comfortable and enjoyable. Service was excellent and the kitchen gave us exactly what we wanted. One of us had their duck confit--truly outstanding; I had the special chicken which was moist and tasty--and just the right portion size. PP is highly recommended for a casual french/american cuisine night out---and a place where it is actually possible to have a conversation with the folks at your table--and be heard, even when dining room is filled.
I have eaten here a number of times, and the food is excellent as ever. The drinks are strong, and the wine list is very good. The chef's choice of four courses with or without wine is a real bargain. My complaint was with the service this time round--and they weren't crowded. The service was confused and confusing. Things we hadn't ordered kept showing up at our table. Our own orders were a bit delayed. Sometimes two or three different people would ask us the same thing. The staff were pleasant enough, but seemed a bit inexperienced or overwhelmed.
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