La Piquette

4.6
993 reviews
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French
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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.
What 993 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Energetic is not really accurate for noise level. It interfered with our conversation and my husband left early because he had trouble hearing our friends.

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

The best French bistro in town! An excellent meal, wine selection and service.

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

Such a friendly, welcoming restaurant. And with a genuine French feel. The food was very good. It will become our new go-to restaurant.

DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love La Piquette but Saturday night was extraordinary. The veal was the best I'd ever had.

P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, ambiance lively and nice, and they offered the full menu for restaurant week - - which most places do not do. Service was friendly and efficient. The appetizers (calamari plate and cod croquette) were delicious. The seared scallops and a breaded veal entree were both terrific. Desserts were a delight as well (esp the chocolate mousse). Very impressed with this restaurant. Will return!!

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

LaPiquette is a wonderful bistro! Great food and ambiance!

DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Really good food (4/5), not quite the same level as the food you'd find in Paris but still solid.

My wife and I spent $77 for 2, enjoyed the meals (I had the duck breast from the dinner menu and she had the 3 course set lunch menu of the salmon tartar salad, loaded omelette and creme brule) but left somewhat hungry. The portion sizes and the overall value (2/5) wasn't quite what we would have liked.

Atmosphere, decor, location all great (5/5). The waiter forgot about bringing us dessert, but another waiter noticed us sitting and took the time to ask. Also brought us extra table bread when we asked (though some of the bread was a bit stale while others were fresh. Overall service (4/5).

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. Has become my favorite place in DC. Food is delicious and staff is superb

n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Washington Restaurant Week offerings were excellent in all categories. The bronzino was very good and the. Chocolate fondant was to die for!

DD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal of cod croquettes, steak frites done perfectly, and tarte au pommes (the best I have ever eaten in the States).

W
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food at reasonable price. Friendly attentive servers.

SW
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Came for DC restaurant week, we were seated promptly and the menu was much larger than I was expecting. So many delicious sounding options that I had a hard time choosing! I cleaned my plate during every course, and everything was delicious! Service was a bit slow at some times and it was a bit hard to get a refill on my drink, but overall - will definitely be returning!

SB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck, coq au vin and mushroom appetizer were huge standouts. So glad we went for restaurant week!

I
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the duck and it was ridiculously goos. The restaurant week menu was wonderful, basically there full menu with some proce adjustments. I would definitely go again.

DA
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A delicious, enjoyable meal in a charming atmosphere. The noise level makes conversation a bit difficult, though.

RL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful french food. great atmosphere and a pure delight.

SC
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding French bistro. Small, cozy, unpretentious.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place, with good food, reasonably priced, and good, attentive service!

CW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful meal for the three of us!! And a new cocktail—-yum!

LK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was good but the leek and potato soup was exceptional.
Didn’t need the reservation at 11:30 AM
Will sit outside next time (weather permitting)

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose’s and Edgar were great servers! Food was very good.

GS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic French Bistro food at its best. My wife and I had steak and frites. Sorbets are the best this side of Europe. We sat outside on the restaurant's small street-side patio so I really cannot comment on the noise level inside.

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal, chose to sit outside because of the noise level in the dining room. Very good food, excellent service, reasonably priced wine list. Look forward to a return dinner.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food and service; perfect weather for a late date-night dinner on the patio.

i
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating a dear friend’s special birthday. The staff was helpful in seating right away and it was much appreciated as two of us are disabled. The food was fabulous, although the timing between courses was a wee bit slow. However, they did allow us to stay extra long at our table and that was appreciated also.

DC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Since we go to restaurants for good food, La Piquette is excellent. But difficult to carry on a conversation.

n
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful squash blossom appetizer, followed by seared scallops and lemon cake dessert. Fit for foodies!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Piquette is my family’s favourite restaurant! Every time we go we have a wonderful time, the food is always delicious and the service is great.

B
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food ... soft shell crab, mushroom appetizer, bread, and orange cake with cream sauce. And the other dishes were very good Fois Gras, Duck L’orange, and veal. In addition a great mixed drink - Gin & Tonic. In addition our waiter was most polite and experienced. La Piquette is consistent with very good to excellent dishes and terrific service ... my favorite French Bistro in DC.

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and value. lovely ambiance. Seasonal dishes such as the squash blossoms and soft shell crabs were well prepared.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Piquette has become my favorite restaurant in D.C. Its old-world charm with wonderful food and first-class service is always a treat. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

LW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. Some of the best skate I have ever had. Service was very good. It was the excessive noise level which reduced the ratings

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were terrific, noise level is very diffucult , even with 4 people.

L
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s like coming home to Paris every time.

AR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Piquette is one of my favorite local restaurants. The servers are knowledgable and helpful. We had the mushroom and shrimp cerviche appetizers which were divine. The branzino and haddock entrees were flavorful, balanced, and reasonable portion sizes. The cream brûlée and apple tarts were the perfect compliments to our dinners. We left sated and satisfied! My friend had never been there and is already planning her next meal at this lovely restaurant.

SC
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Piquette is Washington's hidden secret when it comes to being able to enjoy quality French food in a relaxed atmosphere. The small but open restaurant space is free from the noise, crowds, and pretense of many of the so-called "higher rates" French restaurants in the Washington Post or Washingtonian "best" restaurants.

L
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! Best French food in Washington. Like being in Paris.

J
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food but way too loud. Had trouble carrying on a conversation

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Really overrated and not a good choice based on what else is available in the DC area. Each dish was rather basic, with no real taste or flavor. When you order a side of $10 Brussel sprouts and they come out boiled with no seasoning, you’re not trying very hard!

Would not return.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A delightful evening!

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