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Cafe Dupont

4.3
721 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Great for Brunch
  • Cozy
Café Dupont at The Dupont Circle is a contemporary French-American bistro reflecting the cosmopolitan sophistication of the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Executive Chef Laurent Aubel infuses his irresistible, seasonal menus with fresh, high quality ingredients from local farmers and butchers. A selection of specialty cocktails and extensive wine list complement Chef Laurent’s innovative creations.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Modern European, French American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast served Monday - Friday from 6:30am - 11am,

Dinner service 7 days a week from 5:30pm to 10pm Sunday - Thursday and 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour Daily from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Weekend Brunch with $10.00 Mimosas and Bloody Marys served from 7am- 2:30pm

Bar Dupont opens at 11:00am serving throughout the day with a late night menu options available.
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Phone number
(202) 797-0169
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Laurent Aubel
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Catering
Banquet rooms available for all size parties. Audio and Video available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
19th @ Dupont Circle
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Parking details
$38.00 a day for overnight and if your just here for a few hours it's $20.00.
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Public transit
Dupont Circle Metro is 1 block East of the station located on the North part of the circle between 19th st., Q st., and New Hampshire Avenue.
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Special events & promotions
Private cocktail receptions, birthday or anniversary celebrations. Please feel free to contact Sabrina Kroger with any questions about the space.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Cafe Dupont can accommodate private parties from 8 to 32 guests in the restaurant with additional locations that can accommodate up to 200 people. Please contact us to make a reservation for any parties above 6. Cafe Dupont split check policy applies.

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What 721 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined a day ago

Food was ok, nice warm bread Wait service was slow but informed by hostess only 3 waitstaff working; to their credit they did the best they could given the circumstances. Too bad management doesn't value service and staffing.

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was OK at best. Really nothing interesting at all - either on the apps or the mains - and really not worth the prices as better food available nearby for less. Great people watching if sitting in the front of the bar on Dupont Circle, though!!

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Used to be one of my favorites but all four in my party did not like their food. I had the risotto which has always been my favorite. I’m pretty sure it was pre-made and reheated and was very dry. Having dined here for many years I was disappointed.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Jackson was very pleasant but the kitchen was very slow

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Nice brunch menu with outdoor seating which was beautiful today. Service was excellent.

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1.0Dined on April 2, 2018

First, and most important, Café Dupont is NOT open for lunch. The bar/seating area serves lunch, not the restaurant. To say that the service was lackadaisical would be high praise -- and it wasn't busy or crowded. We waited forever for someone to come over. We waited forever for someone to take our order. We waited forever for out lunch to be served. We waited forever for someone to ask if we wanted dessert. We waited forever for someone to take our dessert order, and we told the waitress that we needed to have it come quickly as we were running out of time. We ran out of time, cancelled our dessert orders, and left. The food is alright, the setting is comfortable and relaxed, but the service is WAAAAYYYYY too relaxed. So, only go if you have more than 2 hours to spare for lunch.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was under seasoned and bland. Service was amazing though.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

A favorite of mine for a long time. Consistently good food and service. Quiet enough for a conversation. Great view from the main dining room. Great place for Sunday brunch and for afternoon drinks. Also has a great outdoor space. Hotel and restaurant staff are very nice and always helpful.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I searched the internet to find a place at/near Dupont Circle that was walking distance from our hotel near GWU and found the reviews for this restaurant ranked very high. We had a delicious meal (duck, and the short ribs) and though we were early customers, we were treated very graciously. The menu was varied and well-priced --hard to choose just one entrée!
We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Very nice. Loved the salmon, lentils entree. Good spacing between tables. Helpful staff

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The cafe was closed so we had lunch in the bar, which has a limited menu. The salmon salad was very pleasant and tasty. Good service. I would definitely go back here because it's a great location, just a block from the metro, but it really isn't a restaurant, it's a bar. I was surprised they took a reservation on open table.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Met in the bar to start. The cocktails were excellent and it the view of Dupont Circle and the night life was fabulous. It was pretty noisy, but it was obviously a very popular bar, so this was to be expected. On the other hand, the restaurant was really quiet and intimate. The food was fresh and delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

My wife had a hard day and needed a smile, she found one at Café Dupont at the bottom of her martini.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food and service was very good EXCEPT that they added nearly $100 in food and drink that we did not order. One cheese plate showed up on the bill as two and a glass of wine became a bottle. We were very disappointed overall because of the incorrect charges that did not seem to be genuine mistakes. I doubt we will go back.

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was cold; we had made a reservation and were seated on time, however, we were told they were behind schedule. We asked for juice and the waiter informed us that there was apple and orange juice but I recalled from a previous visit that they had healthy juices and mentioned it, at which point the waiter went for a small menu with juice bar type combinations. The food was sub-par. I would not recommend this restaurant for breakfast.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Came to Cafe Dupont for Valentine's Day. We were told when we got there was only a prix fixe menu offered tonight, and the kitchen was not making any of the other items. The Prix Fixe menu for $55/person was pretty limited in options, but we decided why not...let's go for it. Unfortunately, the entrees were not very good (we both had the fish, which ended up being a very bland option...should have gone for the venison). The appetizers/dessert were hit or miss (my girlfriend's appetizer was outstanding, components of mine were dry/bland). "Is it possible to have a flavorless chocolate dessert" is not what you want to hear from your significant other on Valentine's Day.

To make things worse, we ended up with a $10 water bill at the end of the meal (the busser at the beginning, who told us there's only a Prix Fixe tonight, also offered sparkling water, we said no thanks still is fine for us...we were unaware that their still/tap were separate).

All that being said, the waitress was outstanding, and took the water charge off our bill. I mostly felt bad for our server (there were 20-25 tables set up for Valentine's Day, and there were maybe 6 couples total). One couple got up and left before having a meal, and one party of 4 ended up leaving as well (didn't want to pay $55/person for dinner).

To add insult to injury, as we walked back through the bar and lounge/booths on our way out of the restaurant (which were packed), we saw people eating the Burgers, Duck, Fries, and everything else offered on the normal menu. Turns out that wonderful menu Cafe Dupont is known for was being offered, but not in the main dining room. Woof.

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2018

according to the manager cafe dupont closes at 11am on weekdays. why they then accept lunch reservations is beyond me. we were sat in the bar area, but this is not conducive for a lunch meeting. service was terrible. food was so-so at best.

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Both of our entrees were terrible. My superfood salad was watery and tasteless. His salmon with eggs was also tasteless. Our server was lovely, but we won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Nice quiet spot (during the morning/early afternoon hours) and great view of DuPont. Service was great, food/beverages were tasty, no complaints, would go again!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Had a great brunch here. Good coffee, great pancakes!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Very nice! Food was good and service good.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

The staff is always very professional and helpful- at breakfast, lunch or dinner and the food is always very good.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was not as good as usual. The meal was served before the cocktails arrived and an appetizer was never delivered. Could have just been an off day as it was a holiday, so we will be back.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Filet was one of the best I've had over past 10 years. Much better than Charlie Palmer steakhouse in NYC (bottom 5). Made top 5 list for me on Filets. Nice setting at night and large windows showing Dupont Circle. Great experience. Servers were very professional.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Awesome service !

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

went after a show at Keegan Theater. great experience.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

Hotel restaurant but a neighborhood and personal favorite for a number of years because of the location, food, and architectural design of glass walls that allow one to enjoy the Dupont Circle location year round.

Lovely wait staff and bartender.

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3.0Dined on December 12, 2017

We were happy to connect with friends for my birthday dinner. The restaurant looked festive. The crab on toast appetizer with carmellized onions on the side was delicious. The rabbit stew with mushrooms was tasty but the dumplings did not add much and seemed heavy.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Nice quiet place to meet up with your adult children. Good variety of brunch food, including smoothies, in a clean, elegant setting. Warm service.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Jackson, our server was very personable and professional. Bar area help was full of bright and helpful souls

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner at Café Dupont. The food was great, and the staff was very attentive without being too intrusive. A great experience overall.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food and service, we will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

My adult nephew was visiting from New York and I wanted to take him to a nice but comfortable restaurant in DuPont Circle. Cafe fit the need. We had eggs Benedict with smoked salmon- outstanding. Service was great as well.

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2017

The service and food were wonderful. The atmosphere was comfortable and inviting.

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2.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Host (maitre d?) greeted us with a very rude "we don't have any availability". Ok, that's great for your business, but I made a reservation. He made me say my name 3x, pull up the confirmation on my phone, and then consulted his system. And the hostess who was standing next to him the whole time was sympathetic to us.

They found the reservation but said it would be 5 minutes before a table opened up. In the meantime, we saw 2 tables open outside and another 4-6 inside. Which we had no problem pointing out. Eventually he said - let me get the [furthest table away] set for you. Ok great.

We sat and after 10 minutes had to go get someone to wait on us. The poor server looked stressed; he said it was going to be quite a wait b/c they had a couple of large tables. I'm sorry, but you're attached to a hotel/apartment building. If you can't have orders for ~20 dishes around the same time, you've got a failing system. We pleaded with the server and immediately gave him our simple (all eggs) order and asked to get ahead of the large parties.

From there on out things were fine. The food was good and delivered hot. The service was fine. Not enough to make up for the initial issues though.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

The best French toast EVER!!!!!! The server was extremely friendly.

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2.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent service but food was very disappointing. Went there for dinner on a Friday night. Ordered salmon and red snapper main courses. Both were tasteless and were no better than microwave meals. Ordered drinks but no complimentary bread was provided. As DC natives, can say that there are far better options in the Dupont Circle area.

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Food is very good, well-presented and fresh. The servers did their job with courtesy, friendliness and (even) good-mannered charm. PLUS...it's s good value!

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Great Sunday brunch! Excellent coffee and awesome bloody Marys! Wait staff was very attentive too!

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