Praline Bakery & Bistro

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Bistro
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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DC
Washington DC
399 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiter seemed overworked and kept forgetting items we had ordered. Grilled chicken sandwich was super ordinary and fries not as good as usual. Dessert crepes do not disappoint.

FB
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

M
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have read about Praline for years, noticing the consistently enthusiastic reviews. Now I am kicking myself for waiting so long to go there since I live so close. I met a new friend for lunch, and had the omelet of the day. The food was special, the service was classy, and the dining room upstairs from the bakery was a perfect context. I will be back as soon as I can.

DE
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Praline is a lovely spot for lunch. The food in the restaurant and the baked goods are quite tasty.

MK
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for the pleasant surroundings and providing a space that enables people to easily converse without shouting.

KB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Hmmm . . . from my most recent lunch, I’d say there’s room for improvement.

e
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food at Praline is consistently good and the baked goods are fantastic. I am sorry they are only open three nights a week for dinner. I appreciate the makeover the dining room, but I am afraid that it missed the mark. The nicest ambiance has always been the terrace and the bakery,

K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The waitress seemed a bit new, perhaps, - she didn’t seem to understand why I told her on arrival that I had a reservation - but the food was excellent. And we were in a wonderfully quiet spot where we could talk - which is one of the things we always love about Praline..

FB
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always.

r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit. Food and service were excellent. Lots of choices for each course and they are reasonably priced for similar quality elsewhere. I will go back.

F
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and not too noisy! A wonderful place.

F
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

we arrived a few minutes late due to the person giving instructions over the phone failed to tell me the correct floor to exit the elevator. We were seated, fifteen minutes later and after a table seated 10 minutes after us was served the waitress noticed us sitting, waiting. We ordered drinks and meals - well tried. We had a couple from out of town for dinner.. He wanted crab caked - no, I'm sorry, we are out. We are out of swordfish, dolphin and some other fish. The gentleman and I settled on chicken pot pie the ladies ordered salad, Ten minutes later the waitress came back apologizing for not having arugula for the salad. She tried to excuse the lack of supplies to a "large party this afternoon," I attribute it to poorly trained cook, the cook is responsible for ordering supplies for the kitchen but the wait staff takes the guff for the cook being concomitant. Susan called on Saturday to apologize, too little, too late. We have been going there for a number of years, this is the first time this has happened but will be the last time we go there. The couple we took there was less than impressed with the restaurant and our choice, Thanks!

AS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our lunch—a little noisy for this business occasion,

BT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch/Brunch: Always a pleasure to dine there. Staff is extremely courteous and attentive and food choices are varied and tasty.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Customer service is extremely poor at the bistro section. The were out of croissants so told us we could go downstairs to the bakery to pick out another pastry - we picked a tart that was listed as ~$3 and brought it back upstairs ourself to the bistro. When the final bill came we were charged $7 for the tart - nobody told us of the 100% upcharge to serve our own food. Even the waitress said she did not know of the price difference, however the manager just laughed and said that's the price we need to pay. We would have definitely come back to this restaurant otherwise, but not after this poor customer service experience.

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in the neighborhood. They treat me very well there. Love to go after church.

g
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Consistently very good in all phases: service, food quality and quantity, ambiance & value.

IM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Praline is one of our favorite restaurants. It is especially enjoyable when the outside patio is available for dining, as at present.
We are sorry to learn, though, that starting September 1 dinner service will only be available on Friday and Saturday evening. We can understand that this is for budgetary reasons, but it is sill a great shame as Praline is an excellent place for dining during the week.

J
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I so enjoyed dining on Praline’s lovely patio on an unusually 75 degrees and low humidity August evening. And the food and service didn’t disappoint, as usual. We’re regulars at this restaurant anyway. Loved the smoked salmon appetizer, the lamb chops were cooked nicely to order, and the walnut D’Acquoise (sp?) cake was moist, fresh, and not too sweet. Yum!!

FB
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

LA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
41 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

B
Washington DC
193 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
41 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always

FF
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

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
Overall4food4service1ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

F
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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
46 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent setting, good food and nice service

GG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

o
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

DV
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.