Petits Plats

4.3
935 reviews
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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!
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CM
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful discovery...sat on patio...beautiful evening...the waitress from Mongolia was so nice and so competent...really grateful we found and enjoyed dinner here. Back again I insure you now that I hear beef Bourgogne is very good.

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SC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good good and great service. I highly recommend it

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AS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A simple bistro with ok food. Nice to have in your neighborhood, but definitely not a destination.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Easter Brunch special menu plus regular one. Sat outside on lovely morning. We’re rather frequent diners here when in town. Usually quite reliable all around but some slip-ups this time. A forgotten order for a glass of wine and a large overcharge for two orders of a main course, upped by $14 in total due « error ». Funny thing is the place wasn’t very busy, with one other party outside and another inside. Also one gentleman lurking around the premises, who appeared to be either the owner or the shift’s lead, did not appear friendly.
May pause before booking again.

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WR
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After my friend and I dined at Petits Plats a month ago, she said she wanted to make sure we returned before I left D.C. Last visit, we were seated in what would have been the front bedroom on the second floor of the original brownstone. Friday, we were back in what would have been the first floor living room. We began with a serving of sautéed calamari served with garlic, pine nuts tomato & basil. The calamari were whole little squids in a pewter canister. For our entrées, we both had sautéed shrimp, tuna, salmon & scallops with creamy risotto. The entrées and appetizer were delicious! We finished with scoops of berry, coconut and mango sorbet. My friend and I had the same waitress that we had last time. She was excellent.

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g
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst service ever, we left without food being served

The reviews said the food is great and place is ok. But it was not good. What a very frustrating and bad experience. I took my boss here today April 18 (reserved via open table) and my son. We came early for our 1 pm lunch reservation. Waited patiently for more than 55 minutes and our food never came. The server was unapologetic and simply said ‘she’ (perhaps referring to the kitchen?) didn’t see the ticket so only started preparing our food after 45 minutes or waiting. He didn’t offer any bread or refilled our water despite our repeated asking. The inside of the restaurant was empty except for our table and another guy in the next table. Then 2-3 tables outside so in short the place was not full. Yet the service was sooo bad and the kitchen staff never delivered. We left without being served after almost an hour of waiting. I do not recommend this place and don’t bring colleagues and loved ones here. It will just ruin the celebration and the mood of the group as it did for us today. Am so upset because it also is embarrassing to my director who flew all the way from Vermont for a nice meal and then got disappointed. And the lone server really needs training in customer service he was that bad.

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EC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner at Petit Plats. The staff was very accommodating of a surprise my husband planned. The ambiance was perfect and our food was delicious. Thank you!

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant dinner. The food, as always, is very good. The service excellent and we were never rushed. We like the dinning room downstairs, cozy and quiet.
This is also our favorite brunch spot in The Woodley Park/Cleveland Park area. A nice menu, good food and service and a pleasant, quiet setting.

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MP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner at Petits Plats could not have been nicer. The wait staff was patient and welcoming, the bread is delicious, and the Ratatouille Lasagna is one of the best vegetarian dishes in town! We also enjoyed some of the perfectly crispy French fries--too many! Our room was full of people but there was no problem with too much noise.

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l
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Old school French restaurant in a lovely little house with rooms. Good food, nice ambiance, great value. A good escape for lunch.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Intimate small restaurant, convenient to Metro station. Food was delicious and service very attentive. I would definitely recommend!

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AA
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor Petits Plats is of a French farm house. The wait staff is excellent: knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. This visit, we were seated in what would have been the front bedroom of the brownstone. As tightly as the tables were packed, it was easy to hold a conversation. Those 12+ ft ceilings make a difference. My friend and I began with bowls of French onion soup. She had one of the specials for her entree: grilled scallops with leeks, onions & asparagus in a balsamic reduction. I went with the Irish salmon in a potato crust served in tomato confit & olive oil. The potato crust was just on the skin side of the filet, giving it a nice texture. We finished with scoops of sorbet. The best way to sum up our experience is my friend said as we walked out we have to return at least once before I leave D.C. in May.

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Petits Plats could be an interesting dining experience. However, they have put absolutely no effort into creating an ambience of elegance or coziness; instead, you feel like you are walking into a college dormitory. The food is better than that and effort should be extended to make people feel that their presence is of importance to the owners.

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E
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the moules and frites a lot. Wish parking were easier.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very accommodating at making small modifications to our food to fit our diet. Limited, but above average French wine selections.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petit Plats is amazing: so cozy and delicious. The foie gras is to die for.

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KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this little gem, it's like eating dinner in France! The food and wine list are outstanding and I love the owner Fred, he is true Frenchman and gentleman.

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I sat upstairs and were next to a large extremely loud group. This lessened the enjoyment of what was a superb set of appetisers and main courses, and the recommended wine was quite good and reasonably priced. The desserts were disappointing, but the service attentive and good. We have been before and we will return. Next time we will request a table downstairs, which is both cozier and much quieter.

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Z
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The place is charming. Unfortunately, the food is terrible. The chicken caesar salad consisted of romaine lettuce with a tasteless dressing, heavy on the mayonaise, with no trace of anchovies or cheese, shreds of croutons, and overcooked chicken strips. The salade nicoise contained an inedible piece of fish, poorly cooked and probably tinged with freezer burn. The waiter was attentive through lunch but disappeared after delivering the check and had to be summoned from another floor.

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PB
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were both excellent. Overall a great dinner and experience.

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ML
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is outstanding. Great little hole in the wall. The meal was fantastic from start to finish. The baguette was the perfect balance of crunchy and soft, the foie gras was outstanding, scallop seared to perfection, delicate filet, and warm and delicious creme brulee. I would happily return with my wife or any friends or family. A real treat in the DC area.

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CC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would have preferred to not have had the Valentine's Prix Fixe menu which I think was overpriced for the value. But the food was superb and the service was top notch and it WAS a holiday so I can't really complain.

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FO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant came as a really nice surprise. First impressions are fairly unprepossessing, but we were greeted really nicely and shown to a nice table. The menu is straightforward, but everything on it was delicious and wonderfully prepared. The lamb chops were easily the best I have eaten in DC, maybe in the Eastern US. The squid starter was totally delicious without overwhelming the rest of the meal. The wine list is also very functional and good value. I'll definitely return next time I'm in Adams-Morgan - a great place to escape from all those nightmare mega-conference hotels.

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d
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the trout special and bronzino (however, they did run out of the trout or we both would have ordered it). Dining room is cozy, service was pleasant. We were surprised that the closed at 10 pm but I guess that is not unusual for the area.

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PL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The foie gras was exceptional as always. The warm crusty bread delicious. The wine, a French white Burgundy, excellent. The rest was disappointing this time. Service is much better when the gentleman takes care of you - the lady was a bit brash and not fully attentive. The endive salad was bland. The mussels were small, cold, and both dry and drowning in a ocean hum-ho broth. The scallops were fine. Not wowed this time, but it's still very good upscale food in a quiet, elegant, yet unpretentious, atmosphere.

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RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a great time for our leisurely birthday brunch!

Due in part to the snowstorm, we got a room to ourselves with a fireplace and could take our time without feeling rushed.

The waiter was attentive by not obtrusive, and willing to split checks (super rare in DC!)

The food was solid, too. Not out of this world amazing, but quite good and a really good value for the price.

Would definitely come back again. Thanks for staying open for us!

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DB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely night. One delight after another. The lobster special with blood orange sauce was above and beyond. The duck simply perfect. The service flawless in a quiet and romantic setting. A gem.

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TT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a neighborhood gem. Cozy, friendly and fantastically prepared food. We’ve been going for over 15 years - and I hope it’s here for many more.

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LB
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our fifth visit and we were as happy as our first. You feel like you are at home, with attentive yet unobtrusive staff. The appetizers like Mussels, soup and salads were outstanding. Eggplant lasagna?: unbelievable! The seafood risotto and even the chicken were superb. We finished off with a delectable Creme Brûlée. We cannot wait to come back!

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Too expensive:
Escargots ? We try to find them
Filet was excellent
Bransini: prefer full fish

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T
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food (both branzino and duck), wine selection, and service were excellent. Ambiance was festive--woodburning fireplace in use.
A real Woodley Park gem!

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a simple but cozy local French restaurant offering good food and where you can have a conversation without raising your voice. Friendly service.

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A
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice experience—although the frites were scarcely warm and not crisp, the mussels were good. But I’ve never seen Floating Island served in a cut brick— an unattractive presentation though the taste was ok. The atmosphere was lovely.

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MM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always!
I’ve never been disappointed here.

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M
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A neighborhood gem. The decor is basic but the food and service very good.

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w
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. In addition, it was quiet, so that our group of 7 friends had no trouble hearing each other, even from the opposite end of the table. The menu had a selection that was varied enough so that everyone had a dish that suited. My hangar steak with shallot confit was outstanding and cooked to a perfect medium rare as I had ordered. We will definitely return.

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OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food, attentive staff, and nice selection of wine.

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MT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the service was first class. It was cold outside and they had the fireplace going so it was very cozy.

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MC
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The location is charming, with wood-burning fireplaces, but the service is a little disorganized and amateurish. The food, however, was excellent. I’ll be back.

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G
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Petits Plats remains a very good bistro. This visit, of many, however had two disappointments. The rugula salad had wilted rather than free greens. A new, female server was off-putting in attitude, ill-informed and inattentive. She seemed to be doing us a favor by waiting on our table. When we asked for pomme frites, she did not know what we meant (she did when we said French fries). After serving, she disappeared, never checked if all was ok, did not refill water glasses, did not bring second wine glasses for the red wine, etc.

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