La Piquette

4.9
1377 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Dear Guests,
UPON MAKING YOUR RESERVATIONS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR SEATING PREFERENCES (MAIN DINING ROOM , BAR AREA OR PATIO) AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR REQUEST. Requested seating cannot be guaranteed.
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

Let us help you make this Mother's Day special with a delicious prix fix menu to celebrate the ladies we love. For lunch or dinner, read on to find the perfect place to celebrate the mom in your life. offered for Lunch & Dinner on Sunday, May 9, 2021 with indoor, outdoor, carry-out & delivery.

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vipAlanD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've been at La Piquette about 10 times. Always a good meal and a very enjoyable dining experience.

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vipJezzawolf
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Visiting from NYC, what a terrific gem. We have travelled through France on many occasions and La Piquette resembles the experience of quality French dining in the surrounds of Washington DC.

Highly recommend.

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vipFran
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always excellent and impeccable service. Can't go wrong.

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vip1970Wahoo
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining on deck on a warm spring evening. A normal event post COVID vaccines made spectacular by la piquette food. Superb.

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IRAF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place. The food is good and the service very nice and efficient. The best thing is their bread.

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ElizabethD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure! Consistently great food, service & ambiance!

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JamesR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a treat. Next best thing to a trip to France

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vipSztravels
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Piquette is a charming authentic French restaurant with excellent professional wait staff. This was our first dining out experience since the pandemic and it was a joy to have a perfectly prepared meal and gracious service. We sat outside, safely distanced from others, but still enjoying the buzz of dining away from home. Notably, the waiters quickly restocked a depleted propane heater without skipping a beat on delivering food and taking orders! Good wine list. Imaginative selection of appetizer dishes. Try the delicate and flaky apple tart.

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vipBonnetteo
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentative wait staff. Good wine suggestions and delicious food. Perfect patio for a spring day.

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vipEpicure
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Usually a very reliable and enjoyable local restaurant, which we've visited many times, but this time, the steak of the steak frites was too heavily peppered and the apple tart dessert was a bit dry. Not their finest hour, but we will return based on past experiences.

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etiam
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent food and wine list. Very cozy, confy. Staff is attentive and helpful.

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vipBarbaraN
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the food and service at La Piquette. Sitting outside was very pleasant too.

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WernerK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent
We will be back soon
- if the weather holds up.

JR
vipJanR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved sitting outside on the patio. Excellent service and our requests were handle promptly.

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Jeffo
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continued excellence with the best in French cuisine in the entire Washington, D.C. area.

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vipBrad
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed the special Easter prix fix dinner. All excellent.

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vipKimharr
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always!

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vipdcminmd
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third visit to La Piquette, and we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves each time. The menu is varied, and they have plenty of gluten-free options, which is critical for me. The waitstaff is helpful and professional, and the food is excellent. It was actually nice to be there during the pandemic with reduced seating, as it was less crowded and quieter...but still felt convivial. We will be back!

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StanislavB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff very polite. Thank you!

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Redhouse3
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our favorite DC restaurant, with truly delicious and truly French cooking. We have eaten in, and taken out, and it's all good. There was a lag, as there so often is in most restaurants, between the ordering of dessert and the arrival of dessert. Aside from
that, all was perfect.

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ThomasD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Two out three courses good. Service excessively slow.

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SanjivK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good bistro fare, escargot and steak frites. Difficult to go wrong.
Safely spacious indoors.

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vipWoodleyParkGuy
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very pleasant neighborhood restaurant. The food is reliable and straightforward. The restaurant is doing a very good job navigating COVID challenges. The outdoor space is pleasant and comfortable. Skews toward the pricey side for a casual dinner out.

JK
vipJudithK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff were very accommodating (outside table/heaters!). Food was delicious. Happy to be able to eat out again!

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FrankL
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality meals. Great service. Excellent value.

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vippetelx
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A truly French menu. How often do you see cassoulet on the menu in a French restaurant? They have it here. And you can start with a cocktail of Ricard. Steak Frites, Escalope de veau Viennoise ( vienerschitzel in a German place) and other well prepared dishes make this a neighborhood jewel.

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vipLuciaH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent sweetbreads--a hard-to-find delicacy--and scallops (Coquilles St. Jacques). Generous pours for the cocktails. Attentive service, once we nailed down our server's attention. Nice and quiet, due to Covid volume restrictions; the uncarpeted room could probably get pretty noisy once it's full again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great community restaurant. No wonder it was in the Washingtonian Magazine. Wonderful

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vipFran
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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vipSteveC
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An oasis of wonderful food, ambience, and wonderful service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice as always

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vipRockcreekpark
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had lunch here several times in the past month. The tables were well spaced (we at inside), the service was excellent and the food delicious. I had the shrimp with pasta (wonderful sauce) and my fellow diners had the chicken paillard.

A+

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vipLynn
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Covid protocols were excellently done. We felt safe and well taken care of.

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Prairie1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have been to this restaurant a number of times, sitting outside and inside. The food is reliably excellent, the service friendly and prompt. I think one should be able to reserve outside in one of the tents without having to go when it first opens for dinner. Previously, we have been seated in one of the tents with a 7 pm reservation. Fortunately it was not very windy this time.

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vipMichael
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French food in town! Francis, the chef, was the chef for the French Embassy.

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MilagrosF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very good. The food is delicious and our server/host Ana was amazing, very nice, and made us feel welcome and comfortable, even in Covid times. The only thing I didn't give a 5-star in everything is that the decoration could improve a little bit, and the indoors lightning can be a little bit more intense. But aside of that, it was a great experience, everything was delicious.

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vipMikeinDC
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to La Piquette this week to celebrate my spouse's birthday with our 3 adult children and it was fantastic. We love the outdoor covered structure that they have put in place for their outside tables - covered on the top with built-in heaters and open on the sides for full ventilation. We were lucky to have sunny weather with temperatures in the low 60's and everyone was excited to be able to eat outside on such a lovely evening.

Most important, the food and service were outstanding! All five of us ordered different appetizers and entrees and there was generous sharing among the group so we were able to experience a good portion of the menu. Everything was perfectly prepared and it was hard to pick any favorites.

La Piquette has become our favorite restaurant during the pandemic!

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LisaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very welcoming and attentive!!! Their attention (and the delicious food) made for a delightful evening! Lovely, intimate and warm restaurant.

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JohnT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable in every way! Delicious and innovative food, great bar, wonderful wine, and service. Maybe a little noisy but small price to pay for everything else being perfect!

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ewintertm
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch outside for our anniversary. The first time out since the pandemic. The wait staff is excellent, as are champagne based drinks and bread. Delicious fish and steak entrees. Only problem was “ceviche” was not really ceviche, more like shrimp on lettuce and too much vinegar. Stick to French dishes. Looking forward to going back soon!!

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You can order delivery directly from La Piquette using the Order Online button. La Piquette also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 686-2015.

La Piquette is rated 4.9 stars by 1377 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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