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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.
Braised Beef Short Ribs, Sautéed Fresh N.C Shrimp, and the Canard Rôti à l’Orange were to die for. I could have been ok without ordering the Poireaux Vinaigrette (leek salad) as an appetizer.
We had the lamb and the ribeye. Both were perfect. The service was very friendly. La Piquette is everything you want a neighborhood restaurant to be.
The food is very good and the service exceptional. However, the spaces are quite claustrophobic: tables are only 40cm distant from each other so that they need to move them to help people to get seated... Overall, a bit overpriced.
Very good food, service, etc. I felt it was a bit pricey but it was a special occasion.
Love this restaurant. I always have an excellent meal here. Feel like I’m in France. Highly recommend.
Always a pleasure, no matter how many times we go.
Tasty and approachable French classics. Service was collaborative, genuine, efficient. Former members of the Resistance were also sprinkled around the dining room and available to answer any historical questions and expound on the present moment.
This is the kind of authentic French bistro you hate to recommend because then everyone will start coming and it will be harder to get a reservation! Food is great and service is very professional, yet friendly. It’s number one in our top 3 restaurant rotation for the DC/MD area.
Keep in mind this is a bistro—-tables for two are very small and spacing is close. Not the spot for a romantic dinner. But the service was friendly, good wine list and food. Recommend the duck breast; thought the dressing on the house salad was a bit acidic but the greens were excellent. Would definitely return.
Always wonderful food. This might be my favorite French restaurant in DC.
This is easily one of my favorite French restaurants in DC. Nowhere near as pretentious or uppity as some others, but with equally fantastic food. Great cocktails and wine list. Casual atmosphere without sacrificing service or menu.
Some of the tables can be a little cramped, but it's worth it. Definitely make a reservation.
Love La Piquette!
Wonderful experience, as always. Best bistro in the DC area.
Our omelettes were dry, tasteless, and overdone, very different from the same omelette I had ordered the week before, or yhe same one served to the table next to mine.
Well executed French Bistro classics.
I love La Piquette--food, service, ambiance. Very cheerful in every way, and it was exactly where I wanted to celebrate my birthday!
Great food, great service!
Noisy but fun place. I brought my own wine and there was no hassle about it with a reasonable corkage fee of $25. The veggie on my plate with grilled branzino was unimaginative. Delicious fish though
Fantastic. Every course was great, fish was flavorful without heavy sauces so often found at other restaurants. Tight Quarters, so if you are next to someone loud it could be an issue, but we had a very pleasant experience.
Love everything about La Piquette from the casual cafe environment to the always perfectly prepared food with great service. Also a plus - it’s very affordable!
La Piquette is our favorite restaurant in all of the DC area. You get delicious, authentic French dishes, the lively bistro ambiance, and friendly but impeccable service. Highlights of the menu are the pan-seared skate wing (flaky and tender), the steak and frites (proper frites, crisp and crunchy), the lapin en gibelotte (in a sublime cream sauce), the creme brulee (it’s perfection), the orange cake with creme anglaise (fragrant and light), and the marjolaine (a delightful variety of textures and flavors). We love coming here for a good dinner.
how can you not enjoy seared foie gras and properly prepared and served Dover sole (even when it's from Denmark)
It used to be so good! I had the bourride, which has been consistently great, and it tasted like it was made from leftovers, except for the mussels, which were great. My companions’ dishes also were lackluster. What happened?
The salads were minuscule. The entree was tasty, but also small portioned. The service was great, and the ambience was pleasant.
I love this neighborhood gem. The food is consistently good, the service attentive and the atmosphere friendly and lively. La Piquette is one of my favorite to-go-to restaurants when I have friends or family visiting from out of town.
Although noise levels in this always busy restaurant are difficult for the harder of hearing, the wait staff is very attentive to one’s needs and the food is worth every effort. Wonderful menu with always delicious specials makes this a great choice for celebrations and “I don’t want to cook” days. Early reservations may net a quieter spot in the space.
Went during restaurant week. Lots of choices and everything was truly outstanding. We had the skate fish (beautifully prepared) and coq au vin. Both were great. Desserts delicious. Very impressed with this restaurant! Will return soon.
Our first visit to La Piquette, during restaurant week. French bistro, right out of Paris. Unlike many other restaurant week restaurants, serving sizes were large. We arrived 30 minutes early, but unlike other places that would make you wait we were seated immediately--and able to change tables without problem to accommodate a large man jammed between his table and ours, which would have been uncomfortable for both of us. Highlights of the meal: Sweetbreads - best I've ever had. Skate wing and trout both beautifully prepared, great sauces--light, didn't smother the fish. Tart for dessert really good. Excellent wine list, selected a great Bordeaux blanc--great wine, absolutely fair price. If we lived nearby, this would be our go-to restaurant.
My second visit; first during Restaurant Week. The three of us all found the restaurant charming with food representative of an authentic French bistro. The RW menu was ample with good choices and almost no "upcharges." Mygolden beet appetizer was both large and sensational. The mushroom risotto main course was outstanding and beautifully seasoned. For all that, the dessert, the Gateau L'Orange with crème anglais was my favorite dish of the evening. The RW meal was a complete bargain, but I'll be back again at normal prices. A gem.
Quality food and service! Waiters are attentive and food comes out quickly and tastes great!
Restaura tween drawsthe crowds luckily they had thinners bit by 8:30 pm Tuesday. Good choices for RW me u. Not too loud but it's usually too loud when full. Good food always.
A great experience as always at Washington's best French bistro
La Piquette has the charm and food quality of a very good Parisian Bistro. The serving staff was attentive and did not to rush us along even as the restaurant began to fill. We also enjoyed the Restaurant Week fix prix menu which had variety and great presentation.
This was our first visit to La Piquette as we tried it during Restaurant Week. The food was very good but our entree slipped through the cracks for almost an hour. We didn't have the extra time and were annoyed. They did comp my husband's glasses of wine but probably not going to make our repeat list.
Special friends dinner for someone retiring.
Our UK guests were London investors
Lovely brunch- crab and avocado salad was completely faultless.
We come to La Piquette every time we visit Washington DC. The menu is extensive and food is prepared exquisitely. Chef Francois is a master. Interesting variation on Duck a l 'orange and a rabbit stew. the recommended Bordeaux paired perfectly. Service was impeccable.
Best meal that I have had recently. Excellent food and wine, not pretentious. Highly recommended.