La Piquette

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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.

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RT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The noise level can be overpowering when the restaurant is full, but it felt and sounded perfect when the restaurant was half-full on Feb. 24. The food was excellent, as always. The photos on the wall are a constant delight.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Except for the noise, this place is excellent. An informal dinner with good food.

SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The skate wing w spinach was super delicious 😋 as well as the sweetbread, and moules frites that my friends . We all enjoyed our desserts.

E
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at La Piquette hit every right note. We ordered the artichoke appetizer - very unusual and absolutely delicious. The Caesar salad was the best we have ever had. My husband raved about the ribeye, and I had bass - handled with such a deft touch. Light and flaky with a delicious sautéed spinach. The service was just right - informative, upbeat, and accommodating. Any future trip to DC will include a meal at La Piquette.

I
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Z
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service, etc. I felt it was a bit pricey but it was a special occasion.

LH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. I always have an excellent meal here. Feel like I’m in France. Highly recommend.

NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure, no matter how many times we go.

g
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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.

L
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

VM
New Mexico
39 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

L
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food. This might be my favorite French restaurant in DC.

PC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.

DE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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GF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, as always. Best bistro in the DC area.

C
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

SS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well executed French Bistro classics.

AH
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love La Piquette--food, service, ambiance. Very cheerful in every way, and it was exactly where I wanted to celebrate my birthday!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service!

M
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

MD
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

how can you not enjoy seared foie gras and properly prepared and served Dover sole (even when it's from Denmark)

P
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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?

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The salads were minuscule. The entree was tasty, but also small portioned. The service was great, and the ambience was pleasant.

F
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

2
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

r
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

j
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

R
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

CD
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food and service! Waiters are attentive and food comes out quickly and tastes great!

J
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.
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SC
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience as always at Washington's best French bistro

SH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

T
London
19 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

LN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Special friends dinner for someone retiring.

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