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Petits Plats

4.6
829 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, American, Contemporary French
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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
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Phone number
(202) 518-0018
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We offer 4 private rooms with a fireplace.
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Private party contact
Cecile or Fred: (202) 518-0018
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Calvert St. and Woodley Rd.
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Parking details
limited valet parking in restaurant private lot; 2 public parking lots within 1 block
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Public transit
across from red line metro stop (Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 829 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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4.2
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MarkP 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our first visit, and had the Valentine's Day menu. Wonderful atmosphere, superb food, excellent wine pairings. Absolutely recommend Petits Plats!

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Prof (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipRon0901 (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

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.

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JJAK (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Whenever were in DC we always try to have a meal becausebecause it’s such a wonderful experience .

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent service , good food and nice price. Good wine list. Would go back !!

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Nice and cozy atmosphere

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vipTetonDiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

A good "go to" french bistro in the Woodley Park neighborhood. Good food, very good value and a good and reasonable wine list.

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vipAviel (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

Quiet, hidden-in-plain-sight gem of a restaurant! Had an enjoyable, delicious meal with friends and were able to hear one another perfectly (such a rarity in this area).

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Another great meal from Irish salmon to scallops and mushroom stuffed pasta followed by yummy desserts and cheese plates. Decent wine list too! Can't wait to go back!

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vipFoodGuy19444 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent as usual. Lovely neighborhood French restaurant with excellent service and authentic, can’t miss menu

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vipLily (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The cook is phenomenal! The New Year’s Eve menu was great.

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vipglory59 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great New Years Eve dinner! The food was excellent.

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Yummy (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

This is perhaps the best meal I've had in Woodley Park. The menu is classic French. All of our dishes were well prepared. The service was a bit spotty, and while we LOVED sitting fireside, the restaurant needs freshening up.

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kaline6 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Loved being in room with roaring fire on a chilly night. Enjoyed snails and venison, special dessert with molten chocolate cake rather pedestrian. Terrific service

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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vipThomas (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

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!

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LisaD (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

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vipCicely (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

I dined here tonight for my aunt's birthday. The food and service was great! Our waiter Edgar was excellent and made sure we were satisfied. We were not disappointed with anything. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

It was, as usual fabulous experience!!! The food is superb and the service excellent. Like a niegborhood restaurant in Paris!

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gidel (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Loved this place! After months of wanting toget brunch here, we finally made it. So worth the wait! Can't wait to go again. We both got the Eggs Napolean (salmon version of a benedict) and belinnis and it was all delicious.

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vipPicky (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

This is a throw back to old school charm, with fireplaces in two of the rooms we saw and a good traditional french menu that was very good. The service could have been better, but that's my only complaint. A great find. We will return.

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vipWellworthyourtime (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a terrific meal with gracious and friendly service. The vegetarian lasagna and the goat cheese and red pepper salad were delicious as were the arugula salad and the bronzino. All in all a great evening

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vipElise (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved it! So rare to find a traditional French bistro these days. Lovely, friendly service, happy atmosphere, Just wonderful. The cassoulet and floating island were perfect, and nice wine selection. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

the food was very good, but the escargot was brought with the soup and as a result it was cold and rather chewy. I would specify that courses be brought another one another.

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Mule54 (London)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

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TGAIII (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

It has been years since I have been to Petit Plats, but it is even better than it was way back when!! I'll be back!!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Food is excellent, great staff allows you to enjoy a relaxing dining experience.

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vipMWM53 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2017

Duck was delicious. Escargot was tasty. Nice selection of champagne cocktails.

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vipSCarrollDC (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 20, 2017

Nice setting, but the quiche and the ice cream were mediocre.

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