La Piquette

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1274 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipRob4Food
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time at La Piquette

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foodietrio
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met friends for dinner. Evening was warm and it was wonderful to dine al fresco. The swordfish and Bronzino were magnificent. The tables were spaced safely. The waiters were careful and wore masks. This is my favorite place to go during this pandemic.

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vipLIsaR
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

This was my first time at La Piquette. We ate outside and got there before the lunch rush so there was so issue about social distancing. However, by the time we left tables were close enough together that proper social distancing was not possible, especially since once seated guests tend to take off masks to eat and drink. This was surprising since the restaurant’s outside area has expanded considerably. The food was excellent and the portions ample, but the service was less so. People seated well after we were got served more quickly. We needed to ask about where our food was on multiple occasions.

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vipValueKing
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience. Everything was excellent. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out first choice to have a memorable brunch. We always have a great experience at La Piquette.

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vipMikeinDC
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable - had a wonderful lunch outdoors with friends - food and service were fantastic. Don’t miss the Chicken Paillard.

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vipSteveC
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French bistro in DC and our favorite restaurant.

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vipedgeworth
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Classy French bistro food, with real French sauces. Bronzino fillet with a delicate white sauce was well cooked with excellent flavor, as the sauce did not overwhelm the fish. Accompanied by very good spinach. Pasta with grilled shrimp also fine, with complex flavors in the light tomato sauce. Wines on tap were just OK, but waiter replaced the too-sweet red with a real Bordeaux. Chocolate mousse for dessert was a winner: aromatic and not too sweet. Outside table was just right. We're going back soon.

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MaggieB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in DC. The food is always fantastic and the service is phenomenal.

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Packrat
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Dc restaurant has not lost a step. We always went often and it remains our go-to place for most special events. Since we're older we had been reluctant to visit restaurants for in-house dining, but La Piquette was too difficult to pass up for our first venture. Easy inside and outside seating options, the same quality food and excellent servers who have been there for years. And a surprising complete menu that still offers many options. Chef Francis is busy as always, but still finds time to check in with diners he remembers. We'll be back much more often now.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite French restaurant in DC that I have loved for years. Delicious food and wine, wonderful service, and charming ambiance. We had the salmon tartare, escargot, duck confit, duck l’orange, and a bottle of vino blanc. Everything was perfect. We didn’t order dessert (although I would usually get the apple tarte - amazing!), but they still sent us home with a complimentary cake and candle for my birthday which was such a sweet gesture. Outside seating and mask wearing made for a safe and worry-free evening out to celebrate a special occasion. 5 stars, highly recommend this gem.

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ChrisO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, dinner was wonderful! They did a great job making us feel safe and comfortable, socially distanced, etc. And, the food and service was excellent! My wife and I love this place and will keep coming back over and over.

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Jeffo
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French quality and consistency - two distinguishing features of La Piquette!

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richard
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great time and wonderful meal at La Piquette

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vipWDC1
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful outdoor dining experience with excellent service and fine food.

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RobinM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love La Piquette. But Open Table implied I could get an outdoor table. When my guest and I arrived, it wasn't available and we had to sit inside. Condensation from aircon dripped on me. Open Table needs to correct form to show customers must phone La Piquette to request an outdoor table.

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vipDPerry12005
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with great service and excellent food!

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vipRob4Food
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another typical meal @ La Piquette - the service, the food, and the mood, all excellent

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EIlisa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the cous cous and the frisee avec lardons, very nice ambience. Felt lively despite social distancing, and safe.

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vipAnneB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They gave a free dessert to the gal having a birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our first dining out experiences during Covid and it was phenomenal. Attentive service, incredible food (great selection), and felt safe with social distancing. Definitely recommend for a good value out for dinner. Will definitely be back!

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vipElizabethW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious the risotto and branzino are amazing. Loved the outdoor seating and great service. Highly recommend!

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Barb
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent lunch, fully up to La Piquette’s standards, on nicely spaced table on the sidewalk. Service was attentive but unobtrusive. We were made to feel very welcome. The experience was only marred by the sound of nearby road repair, which certainly wasn’t the restaurant’s fault.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for making this birthday a special occasion.

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TAMMYS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, authentic and lovely! The food is creative, the bread outstanding, and the service attentive. What more could you ask? It is a great neighborhood restaurant that feels like a special treat!

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Mouche
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening at Piquette!! Beautiful French classics (coming from a French family, it means a lot). Spot-on charcuterie platter, steak tartare, crispy skinned duck confit , melt in your mouth perfectly executed short-ribs. Always the freshest oysters and Outstanding cannelés for dessert!! Basically everything is a favorite ! Amazing service and incomparable welcome from Chef Francis!! We love the decor, the ambiance, the staff and we can’t wait to go back soon!
Oh and Piquette also fully follows Covid-19 safe dining protocole too!

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vipJP123
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and wonderful service! We will definitely be back soon.

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NancyFancy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful from the minute we arrived. The service was excellent and the food
Superb.

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dgwdc
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful early fall evening on the patio. Excellent food and service! Feels a little like Paris in DC!

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TroS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our COVID dining experience was pretty good, considering how tricky it is dining out right now. Unfortunately we were sat at a table far away from the charming and well lit patio, right next to an alley which cars repeatedly used to turn around in. The lighting at our table was non-existent so we couldn’t really see the excellent food we were eating. I wish they wouldn’t seat so far from their restaurant, or at least provide better lighting at the remote tables. Food and service was excellent though.

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vipDCer
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at La Piquette. The service and food are reliably excellent and the precautions they’ve taken for Covid made us feel very safe. We are so thankful for this neighborhood gem.

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MaggiW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating here is like being transported to Paris. Love it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with wonderful food and excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Ambience, service, and food were exceptional!! Thank you.

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vipSteveC
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant, French or otherwise. Wonderful waiters and maïtre d's, great chef and manager.

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vipJakeFoodie
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent dinner! The rabbit (Lapin Gibelotte) is extraordinary.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you can't get to Paris this is the next best place to go!

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genevievem
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive wait staff. Superb food. Save room for deserts!

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vipAnneH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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vipChristopherR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite cuisine with excellent service in a charming petite location make La Piquette a must for visitors and regulars alike.

FAQs

La Piquette offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 686-2015.

La Piquette is rated 4.7 stars by 1274 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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