Praline Bakery & Bistro

4.3
601 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJenniferC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The food was mediocre and the service was not great.

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vipFriendsnlunch
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is always good, the menu offers an interesting variety of options. the staff is friendly and accommodating, the patio in the Spring, Summer and Fall is very pleasant. A sure bet for lunch!

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vipDonnaV
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

How long will Praline fly under the radar? The food is wonderful, you can hear yourself talk, and there is ample free parking. This time we shared a butternut squash salad (they are enormous) and enjoyed trout almondine and scallops on a mushroom risotto. Cocktails are tasty and the wine list is varied with unusually helpful notes. The dining tables are located upstairs surrounding an atrium with lots of open space, keeping noise down. Only a few minor flaws and a slow start marred the otherwise fine service. We were curious about the brunch menu, and after seeing it, decided we will not only have to come for brunch, we'll have to come more than once.

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vipMary
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The experience was awful. It was great last time I went a couple of months ago. The server was terrible. I wanted to swap out the tuna with salmon for the salad Nicoise and this time I was told I could not make that substitution unless I added the price of the salmon. I got the frisée lardon and egg salad. Awful - almost iniedible. Won’t be going back.

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MarksFriend
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This was a most pleasant experience for 4 of us to celebrate my mothers' birthday. Food, drinks and ambiance were excellent for an afternoon brunch, and I appreciated that both brunch and lunch options were on the menu.
The only slightly "off note" was when we were lingering and asked to leave as a party was setting up for a baby shower. It was obvious something was happening, so we were about to leave--it would have been more diplomatic to ask us to move to a downstairs table or somewhere else instead. We might have had another coffee!

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DevonB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pralines was wonderful. It’s the first time all of us have had dinner there. I would recommend it to all of my friends. It was a first class five star restaurant! I have had lunch at pralines or taken lunch and desserts to go. They have always been delicious!

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vipWannaBeRegular
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went back to Praline for New Year's Eve dinner and it could not have been better. The food was fabulous. The Beef Wellington was perfectly prepared. The meat tender. The green beans and mashed potatoes flavorful. The Arctic Char was delicious and the rack of lamb, perfection.

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always.

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vipcookie
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely place. Everyone enjoyed their meal

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MTOT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Since the space is so small, the guests at different tables can join in conversations with those at other tables. That might be ok to some, but definitely made a more business focused lunch awkward. No elevators so an older guest asked but was told he had to take the stairs. Definitely a no go for future lunches.

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always.

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ebte
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, including daily specials of duck confit, scallops, and desserts (creme brulee and cookie sampler). Expensive, but ... .

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DonnaR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. We had a nice table upstairs. Our waiter was a friendly guy.

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vipBumblebee
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a cute bistro with a great staff.

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
406 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
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.

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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vipMac70
Washington DC
53 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.

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vipDEM126
Washington DC
105 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.

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MarilynK
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
vipKBPW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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

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elissak
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,

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Kate9
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..

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always.

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ric2019
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.

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vipFriendsnlunch
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFern
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!

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vipAnnS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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BooTop2
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.

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SidC
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.

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CatherineB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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vipgeorge67
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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vipIanM
San Francisco
8 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.

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vipJudy
Washington DC
94 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!!

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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vipLaurieA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJudy
Washington DC
94 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!

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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vipBubbe
Washington DC
199 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.

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Praline Bakery & Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 601 OpenTable diners.