La Piquette

4.7
803 reviews
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A neighborhood Bistrot located in Cleveland Park that stays faithful to its French roots offering the best French dishes on this side of the Atlantic
Executive Chef Francis Layrle prepares a daily menu with farm raised and seasonal fresh ingredients. The bar offers a carefully curated wine selection and house cocktails. La Piquette presents an authentic bistrot atmosphere the way it is meant to be: fun, simple and delicious.
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AE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Although I informed the Manager, the waiter forgot to bring a candle on the dessert (a b'day celebration). Also, $33 for a small salad with very little crab in it, is a little bit expensive...

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food. Service was very good. We were allowed to eat at a leisurely pace but the waiter was attentive.

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W
Denver
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very reminiscent of a Paris Bistro, a bit crowded and noisy. All the food we had ranged from very good to excellent. The soup of the day was cauliflower - absolutely superb. I would highly recommend it

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early for Sunday dinner so the cozy restaurant was not yet full and we could have a comfortable conversation. The food was great. Best Dover sole I’ve had ever. Tuna and salmon were a big hit. Service was excellent and friendly. Once the tables fill up, it’s a bit noisy.

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DW
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My wife and had had lunch here for Valentines Day. The food was great. We both had French onion soup, trout and apple torte. The French onion soup was the best I’ve ever had. Service was a little slow although they weren’t very busy. Once we were seated it probably took at least 10 minutes before any took our drink orders. Admittedly we weren’t in a hurry but had we been it would have been annoying. Also, near the end of our meal I had to flag down a waiter to get additional water and iced tram. Overall I rated the place a 4 due to the quality of the food and it’s a quaint neighborhood restaurant.

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FN
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like we were in Paris!

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LH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. I feel like I’m in Paris every time I eat there. I’ve never had a bad meal there. The food is always wonderful. All the staff is super attentive. I highly recommend this restaurant. It is one of my all time favorites.

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was lovely. Waiter was efficient but indifferent. The runner who brought the food was very nice. I had identified when asked that this was a birthday when I made the reservation but it went unremarked upon. Why bother asking?

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h
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always, though unfortunately, since it's not inexpensive, it must remain a special treat. Totally worth it, though.

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R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all cannot get on plane and fly to Paris for a bistro meal. When you step through the door take it in and think of a favorite bistro meals and you will be transported by La Piquette! Make room for wonderful food and sharing.

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e
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A refreshing find. All the elements of a lovely bistro in NW DC. Service was outstanding. Food was a treat

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P
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had brunch for four. Nice crusty French bread, a good house white wine, marvelous fluffy omelette, beef tartare, risotto. All entrees were very good. Service was pleasant. Walking distance to National Cathedral which worked well for us.

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v
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic French Bistro cuisine, always fresh ingredients and friendly, professional service. Consistently excellent.

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DM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

There were too many people standing around waiting for tables. It felt very crowded. The food was very good though.

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d
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service. A bit closely packed and noisy.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was slow.

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SC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Washington, D.C., French or otherwise

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J
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening for us all the service was wonderful the food out of this world. Merci!

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MP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved this place since it first opened. The Dover Sole was spectacular.

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LL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Piquette is one of my very favorite restaurants -- menu is always interesting and delicious... service impeccable! Great place for a special lunch or dinner....

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JS
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food at La Piquette is excellent, but on the bustling Wednesday night that I went with two friends the service involved a lot of trying to find the waiter (to order a drink, to order dessert, etc). I'd say it was quite loud that evening, and I often had to lean over the table to hear what my dinner companions were saying. I'm planning to try them on a quieter night.

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DJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service and food were excellent. The only issue for me was that we were seated near the rest room and I could smell the air freshener/cleaner whenever someone opened the rest room door. It detracted from my overall enjoyment.

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Piquette is my favorite restaurant in the DC area, because of the delicious French dishes and the authentic bistro ambiance. For a long time the skate with capers had been my favorite dish on the menu, but this weekend I tried the braised rabbit that my daughter always raves about, and it was sublime! It is my new favorite. The tender rabbit in a complex and delicate cream sauce, over perfectly cooked linguine, is truly comfort food. For dessert I had the orange cake with creme anglaise, and it was utterly delicious, layering sparkling orange flavors with a deep hint of Grand Marnier. My family and I love La Piquette for all our major celebratory dinners. The food is that good!

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service. Like being in a Paris bistro. My favorite place!

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HK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I often order the steak/frites here and it is always delicious. This time I went for the duck which was really wonderful... cooked to perfection withdelicious sides of kale and mashed potatoes. Service is good and the ambience is nice, although a little noisy. It's my go-to place for good, traditional French dishes.

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MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly charming little place. This was our first visit. We'll be back!

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E
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a wonderful neighborhood bistro with French standards.

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RB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French spot in DC! The chicken is not to be missed, the steak tartare is the most authentic in town, and the apple tart is to die for. LOVE this hidden gem right in my neighborhood!

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F
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there and will go back. Delicious food. Excellent service. Only drawback was the noise level. Too many hard surfaces.

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PG
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great Restaurant Week choice. They offer more selection than any other restaurant I've ever visited during Restaurant Week, with at least 6 choices for each of the 3 courses. I was happy with all three of my courses, particularly the beef tartare starter. If they could have offered French onion soup, I think that's the only thing that would have made my table happier.

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SP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both food and service were outstanding. Chef Francis creates wonderful flavors and has a wine list to match. Service was excellent. We have been coming to La Piquette every time we visit the DC area and wouldn't miss an opportunity to dine there.

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FF
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The tables may be a little close for a romantic date night, but the food and service are so excellent that it works. We don't usually go to restaurants we like during restaurant week, but the La Piquette Restaurant Week menu was particularly good, and we had no trouble choosing things we liked.

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L
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent & the restaurant week menu choices were excellent & extensive!

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R
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Piquette has been and remains in our top echelon of DC area restaurants. It's a quick excursion to a bistro in France, without the long flight. The lamb steak and skate are especially good, and if you like ris de veau, their appetizer version is superb.

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KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Piquette never disappoints. It is our go-to restaurant for a night out with friends. The atmosphere is lively and the food is dependably delicious. The house red is great, and don’t miss the gateau a l’orange. We’re so lucky to have them in the neighborhood.

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EE
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love La Piquette. They were friendly to everyone and treated my aging parents with care and attention. The food was lovely and the portions appropriately sized. This is a neighborhood gem.

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N
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice meal. Highlights included a smooth and heavenly cauliflower soup, the Salade Composee, and the mushroom risotto.

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RU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Piquette is the best French restaurant in D.C. The food is always perfectly done and the menu is a complete rendition of traditional French fare. The veal and the sweetbreads are delicious and the service is knowledgeable and attentive. The only problem with the wonderful desserts is that we are often too full to eat them.

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service

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OT
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food is very good but the noise is deafening. You can barely hear the person across from you.
The noise makes the meal unpleasant.

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