Praline Bakery & Bistro

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566 reviews
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Praline Bakery and Bistro offers authentic French baked goods in the bakery.
In the Bistro upstairs, you can dine on all times favorites or on chef's creations like Lamb Stew, Steak Frites, Chicken Pot Pie, Crab Cakes and freshly made sweet and savory crepes.
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FB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

LA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go here! We felt like we were in Europe! Everything was amazing!

J
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

There’s a reason why I am a regular at Praline. The food is consistently good as the service. And it’s not a loud restaurant. My friends and I can actually hear each other when we’re dining at Praline, unlike at a lot of other restaurants. Definitely a neighborhood gem!

FB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

B
Washington DC
189 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit but we will be back. Delicious gazpacho followed by branzino & roast vegetables. Pacing was good & food very tasty. The a-c wasn’t working well so it was rather stuffy.

FB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always

FF
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Some years ago, Praline was our "go to" restaurant. We'd eat there several times a month and often a few times a week. We went back the other night after a long hiatus. To my delight and surprise and delight, one of the long-time wait staff welcomed me warmly. The food was reliably satisfying — no complaints there — but the service left something to be desired. No only could our waitress not explain some of the terms on the menu, she also failed to check me off on OpenTable in spite of my having asked her to check. Because of this, I had to spend too much time contacting OpenTable to rid myself of a "no show" for the evening.
Praline is still the restaurant we remember, perhaps too much so. It is the worse for wear and sorely in need of some, if not extensive, renovation. A legacy of an earlier employee — a once-beautiful garden she maintained on the terrace — is showing signs of neglect, detracting from rather than enhancing the outdoor dining experience. We'll still return to Praline on occasion, if not with any regularity, if only because the menu falls squarely within my French bistro comfort zone.

a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Food is excellent, except for Sunday nights.
Service is fairly hit or miss; the last time I dined at the restaurant, I had to tell the waiter that we were ready to order, no water had been poured, no water was re-filled during the meal. I had to request the bill, and the waiter did not check in with us at any time.
I am a frequent customer, and there are differences in the wait staff, most are attentive and helpful, but for some reason water re-filling, and checking in at times are not consistent.
The outside patio, with carefully tended flower pots, is gorgeous, and lovely to sit out on when the evenings are mild.
Prices are reasonable, the menu creative.

ML
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal. Praline's menu includes a number of traditional French fares I like at a reasonable price.

F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Praline is truly exceptional. They have redecorated and it is charming! More gourmands should give it a try!

A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The roast chicken had obviously been cooked hours earlier and re-warmed. You had to hunt for the vegetables in the risotto--and this was re-warmed too. $28 for 4 scallops and gloppy rice! The Niçose was made with canned tuna, not filet. The restaurant is not what it once was.

M
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the place but it could use a larger bathroom.

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great neighborhood bistro. The food and the service is excellent - my favorite stop lunch or dinner.

p
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent setting, good food and nice service

GG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch is quite delicious. We came for Father's Day and our party had a wonderful experience. The eggs Benedict are especially good.

r
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful roof terrace, excellent French brunch, friendly and accommodating staff. We will definitely be back!

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Praline can always be relied upon for good food, sometimes outstanding food, and excellent service.
The atmosphere is pleasant, and the noise level is never overwhelming.

I
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorites and we are regulars for brunch, lunch and dinner.

o
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was attentive and friendly, and each one of us (we were four) enjoyed what he or she had ordered.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ate on the patio. They’ve made it really attractive - if only the furniture was more comfortable.

DV
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful gem tucked into a shopping plaza. Food is lovely, service friendly and attentive. On pleasant days/evenings be sure to sit on the patio.

AD
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

As always the food was excellent what let it down was the service we tried to get the attention of our waiter/waitress but ended up running after them and we couldn’t find the manager to voice our concerns.

SC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took a friend visiting from out of town. The weather was nice enough to allow us to sit out on the patio. The waitstaff were friendly, cheerful and responsive without over-hovering or interrupting our chatter. The food was WONDERFUL -- our friend could not get over how much salmon was stuffed into her crepe, and my husband said his burger was perfect. Really an all-around success!

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely warm summer evening outdoors in the patio dining area. The patio has the feeling of a lovely garden with the beautiful planters full of flowers. Our seafood and avocado shrimp salads were wonderful. We're looking forward to coming back again soon.

C
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall my son and me like to have a lunch or dinner at Praline after his Karate class.
We like merguez sandwich and pizza for kids and almond cake for dessert. The food is very good but I have bad experience today with the lady who manage the seat. I requested the couch seat because I have an issue with back and my son is special need. The couch helps him to sit down during lunch or dinner.
So the lady told me that she had 5 people and I cannot sit there. I left the couch but I stayed there for one hour and half and there were no guests. The 5 people were a ghost lol.
My poor back...

a
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good place to experience French bistro cooking. A good wine selection and decent if hurried service. Been here many times and will continue to come.

E
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Praline! The food is delicious and reasonably priced, and our server went out of her way to make sure my sister got the dessert she had especially been pining for (they originally thought they might be out of it), which lived up to her high expectations! This is a favorite Easter brunch spot for us, but I would recommend Praline any time.

J
Oxford
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food - fresh, simple, clean and very well cooked. A little pricey (esp drinks) but overall we were very pleased and will return, and recommend. Also, great to have European sized portions and not to be outfaced by the food on the plate. Many thanks - Julian

EI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliably excellent French bistro food in a charming, quiet setting.

IM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Praline has long been one of our favorites. The food and service are good and the restaurant has a certain bistro charm. The downstairs bakery is outstanding and is an excellent place to stop for an afternoon coffee and patisserie.
The outdoor patio is a plus in fine weather,

l
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food not very good.. Omelette was poor

m
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful and relaxing place for catching up with old friends. Varied and not-the-same-as-every-other-place menu and attentive but not intrusive service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as always!

J
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were able to sit outside on the terrace which was very nice and quiet. The food was good and the service was very attentive. There is free parking in the lot which is nice as well.

N
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a terrific neighborhood restaurant with outstanding fare and service.

BE
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Local French Bistro is quite authentic, and the bread and bakery products are superb. Not a spot for a romantic evening but solid and reliable dining.

M
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

solid neighborhood eatery. we both had the duck special which was very good, with sweet potato puree and spinach mousse. surprised that we've not seen any new desserts given that the owner is a pastry chef?

i
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Praline, but miss the "Frenchness." We were asked to order our dinner before we'd ordered a drink, told the specials or even looked at the menu. We felt rushed- once I had to grab my plate before it was removed with food still on it. And, PLEASE, don't call people in their 70s "you guys"!

LP
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love this restaurant whether for lunch or dinner. My beautiful arranged Salade Nicoise on a large white square plate was delicious (actually much better than one I had at a hotel in Nice some years ago); my husband had the poached pear/candied pecan salad and topped it off with a Nutella/Strawberries crepe; he was in heaven.

FB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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