La Piquette

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1078 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

The only menu the restaurant will have this date is a pre-fixe menu, priced at $75 per person.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

The only menu the restaurant will have this date is a pre-fixe menu, priced at $75 per person.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What 1078 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DC
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good but not great. Salade Maison - $10 for a pile of lettuce dressed with oil and vinegar and some salt. Duck was good, mussels were bland - not well seasoned. The service was very good. Loud. Not sure I liked it enough to return.

KB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Food was mediocre at best and for the price it is a sin. Service was extremely poor. Waiter never came to check in about the food, water was never refilled until I asked for it (twice). Never made any suggestions after knowing it was our first time, never smiled. Yes, we get it. You hate your life but it's your job so at least pretend to enjoy it.

TM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice evening, good food and service.

MZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Piquette Is for my husband and I the best restaurant in town. We go there to introduce it to friends,for family celebrations and whenever we feel we need to experience good food. Thanks to all at La Piquette.

OB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always predictably excellent. French food cooked to perfection, premier ingredients (fish flown in fresh from Iceland in season) and exciting menu (halibut cheeks, sweet bread, Amish goat cheese, home made pate with apricots). Francis is a great host present in the restaurant, Happy attentive staff.

SK
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went to enjoy the Beaujolais nouveau and have dinner. Highly recommend the rabbit.

DF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friends to La Piquette for their 47th wedding anniversary - it was wonderful! We were treated like special guests, service was beyond excellent, and the food was phenomenal. We started with escargot and a burrata and tomato salad, my friends had skate wing and steak tartare. I had the pan-fried cod in a tomato sauce - everything was perfect. Deserts, as always, were wonderful - apple tart, canelle, and creme brulle. We love this place, and look forward to spending all our special events at La Piquette.

F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Amazing food. I have never had anything less than outstanding there. Big downside: it is noisy as all get-out. Maybe because they pack patrons in cheek by jowl, but we had to shout at each other to be heard. But, as I said. The food is so good it's worth it.

OT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service are always excellent but noise has become an issue. Sigh.

F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's my favorite neighborhood restaurant. The atmosphere is always lively and fun, even though it can be quite loud, but it's all good energy. The food is consistently delicious and the service very attentive. I love the place.

MD
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable and delicious with great service! La Piquette is a wonderful French bistro with a broad menu of favorites and specials at a very affordable price!

F
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not nearly as good this time compared to our last visit. Cooking was uninspired and wait staff inattentive. Yet the restaurant was full, so maybe just an off night at our table.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

MJ
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food but pricey. Tables are packed in tight so not a good spot for a private conversation. Good variety of dishes.

T
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good but it is just too noisy. We went early at 5 to try to avoid but by the time we left, we had to scream at each other to be heard. Service was sporadic. I'd go back in warmer weather where I could sit in the patio where I hope it is quieter. Pate was excellent as was my grilled salmon. Husband's supposedly 11 oz. rib eye was chewy and raw. Frites good, excellent gateau l'orange. I had noted when making the reservation that it was a birthday, after bringing the dessert they later brought some tiny cake that was burned black on the outside, with a candle. The waiter asked how we enjoyed the dessert, I said the cake was fabulous but the "treat' was burned. He said "I know" and we never saw him again. Host brought our check. Meh.

R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in DC. The food is great, the service is amazing and very personal, and the place feels like an authentic bistro in Paris. Love La Piquette. I bring all my friends and family and they aways rave!

O
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We came for lunch on a Wednesday. We had foie gras and veal as main courses, followed by apple tart and orange cake with crème anglaise and everything was delicious. Special mention for the orange cake. I love La Piquette and will come back. The restaurant is a bit too loud.

HC
London
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience both times (dinner) in November 2019. Extensive bistro menu. The sweetbread, prawn ceviche, duck a l'orange, scallops were all super fresh, delicious, and in balance. Desserts--we tried the orange cake and apple tart--were both excellent. Service was courteous, prompt, and not intrusive--a difficult balance to strike but perfectly delivered both times. Wine list also interesting with options for .5 liters on some wine. We plan to return often to try other dishes.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service!

DC
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My two guests and I had a very enjoyable dinner there. The wine list is broad and reasonably priced. We all enjoyed our starters, mains and desserts.

It is a classic French bistro menu well executed at every stage.

It is a bit noisy so if you are hoping for a quiet conversation with friends, you mAy need to go early or elsewhere. It’s impressive the restaurant was so busy even on a Monday night, traditionally a slow evening for many places.

I enjoyed it, hope to return and am happy to recommend it to others.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh food expertly prepared.

G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints!

A
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent, the service efficient, and the noise level low enough that you could chat easily with the others at the table.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Fantastic food, wine list great, service good too. Can be VERY loud though, which makes conversation hard.

PB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was excellent, although the puréed vegetables were somewhat underseasoned. The wine was well chosen for the dishes and was not overpriced. The service -- well, left a lot to be desired We waited a fair while before our order was taken, and after the first courses came, we waited an interminable amount of time before the mains. These were simple dishes (Dover sole and grilled branzino) and should have little preparation time. We finally had to summon the waiter to inquire about the delay. He checked back with the kitchen and said the chef was hurrying, and the dishes then came in about five minutes -- about the time it would take to prepare them from scratch. By this time, the restaurant was no longer so busy, and the only reason for the delay must have been that our order had simply been forgotten. The three of us ate at different rates, and were rather annoyed that the waiter cleared each person's service as they finished their meal. There was no reason for this, as it was nowhere near closing time; it was simply rude and unprofessional.
I would characterize the sound level by a less flattering term than you provide: "deafening" would come closer to the truth. We could hardly make ourselves hear over the din,

RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food! Everything we ordered was superb, including wonderful drinks. We'll return for sure in the near future.

GA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cheerful, friendly, good food. High noise only problem

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I don’t know what has happened to this restaurant as it used to be good but the food and service were really lacking during brunch on Sunday. The service was incredibly slow and we had to ask multiple times just for coffee. It was strange as it wasn’t busy. The food was just so-so in my view. Others in our party thought the food was very poor. It is definitely not worth the price tag.

H
London
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Two of us ordered chicken paillard. It was flavorless. And one was not cooked through. The waiter never checked on the status of the meal once it was delivered. I almost had to tackle him to alert him to pink chicken as he passed by as we wrapped up. He handled it very curtly if not rudely. I told him we didn’t want anything I just wanted to alert the chef so that no one would get sick if this happened to others.
I had been there once before with a favored customer and experienced the red carpet treatment vs the red chicken treatment so I know what the experience CAN be.
Also we had alerted the restaurant it was a birthday. That was never acknowledged.our hopes for a special luncheon were pretty well dashed.
I hope they reboot and improve because it is a great menu and lovely venue. I hate writing bad reviews but they deserve this one.

AB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! We all enjoyed the food, seevers and quiet!

d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was superb. The salmon was perfect. The gateau a l'orange dessert is to die for.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Based on the three items I tasted, I would say that La Piquette serves delicious food. However, be aware that it is very noisy, and the tables are too close together.

PF
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful French Bistro
Excellent French food in an informal atmosphere and good service.

TK
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

With nothing more than good food (too salty for our taste) and incompetent service, this is not a restaurant we can recommend.

M
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very good, as always, especially the rabbit.

S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect neighborhood bistro. Exceptional food, great service, warm and bustling ambience.

LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party was promptly seated. The service was outstanding, many excellent choices of French bistro dishes...the wine offerings were well priced and paired well with our dinner choices.

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience3

We have been there many times and always regarded it as one of the best in town, but this time, the noise level was so high (indeed, off the charts) that our evening was in fact a disaster. There must be some way you can put in noise dampers without ruining the overall atmosphere. At this noise level, I suspect many others would-be diners will be driven away.

DC
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the atmosphere to the artichoke appetizer and mushroom risotto were delightful. We will definitely eat here again.

SS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freshest take on bistro cuisine in the city! Grilled chicken is phenomenal, as are leeks and beets appetizer, t-bone lamb steak. Don't miss the apple tart--thinly sliced apples on puff pastry with of just the right amount almond filling. Perfect end to delicious meal!

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