Le Chat Noir

4.4
1944 reviews
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Quote as “unpretentious but stylish”, Le Chat Noir, casual bistro-style with Parisian left-bank feel features classic, traditional French cuisine and a large selection of savory and sweet crepes. The Wine Lounge atop Le Chat Noir restaurant pays homage to vintage -- wine-making and a retrospect to Comics Black & White silent films. With an impressive wine list and a wide-range of cocktails for you to choose from, it is a place to share an intimate moment. Cozy home-like ambiance, we look forward to nourishing you and tantalizing your taste buds in our art nouveau inspired Restaurant and Lounge.
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DD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A real gem of a French restaurant in Friendship Heights neighborhood. We were a party of 6 persons, who ordered variety of dishes from the extensive menu, including the set three course one. Everyone was very pleased with his or her respective choice. Our waitress was very accommodating and even split the check among the three couples. We dined at a leisurely pace and did not feel rushed even after we had paid the check. Definitely a place for several return visits.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Quick, attentive service. Kid friendly, but no kid menu. (My 4year old son got the quiche and loved it).

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R
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the most Parisian place in DC!

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f
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Neighborhood gem

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SB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Travelzoo vouchers are the way to go! This is my third time eating at Le Chat Noir and each time, it has been with a Travelzoo voucher. It is an awesome deal with three courses for two and a bottle of Prosecco with orange juice. The appetizer options are a little weird for breakfast options (salad, pate or soup) but were delicious none the less. We had the Gallette and the French Toast and both were delicious. We had the Citron crepe and ice cream for desert, both also delicious. Each portion was just the right amount so we left with no left overs. It is really a treat and I feel like I have traveled to Europe or something each time we go.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Arrived on time. Waited 5 minutes to even be acknowledged and another 10 before being seated. Then we were pushed to order; very passive aggressive. The mediocre food is not worth snobby and poor quality service. Let it be the neighborhood place in some other neighborhood.

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WD
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s been a few years since we’ve been here... but a friend said it was improved. The good part is the service was fine and friendly. Unfortunately the food was average at best. I had the Saturday Cassoulet special and my husband had the special fish of the day. I love cassoulet and this one had good quality of Duck and Sausages, but the beans and sauce were not quite right. I’d still order it again if we came back. Unfortunately my husbands fish dish was a mess. There was some squid ink rice that was so over cooked it just was a blob of rice. He is an adventurous eater and he can eat anything; but he just said “this is inedible” and he just left it all. In the end the desert of ice cream saved the day... but we won’t be coming back.

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DO
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Went for a friend’s birthday dinner. We both had one of the specials. He got the duck leg, duck fat and sausage. Duck fat doesn’t seem like a very appealing dish to me. I had the rockfish with black ink risotto which looked unusual but tasted good. The pear tart was a nice dessert to split. Tables are very close together and the restaurant is noisy.

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PG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent in every way. So nice to have in the neighborhood. Merci bien!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always: a warm welcome, discreet and precise service, exquisitely prepared food, excellent value.

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KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service wonderful. I would highly recommend this to friends.

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C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent eggs Benedict on their special.

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g
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In all aspects, Le Chat Noir is a top French restaurant.I have been there more than a few times during past 5 years for brunch ,lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed.

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JD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch. Service was great, staff friendly and professional and the food really good. We had made reservations and were seated as soon as we arrived. We really liked the ambiance, but the ladies at the table next to use were loud and it did take away from our experience. Though the food was good, it was pricey for what we ordered.

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adorable waiter. Very attentive staff. Food spectacular.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special restaurant for any occasion, especially for a birthday or anniversary.

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Regardless of the noise level, we love the place. Always great food and service.

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c
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem. Off the beaten path, but well worth the trek up Wisconsin Ave. The ambiance is authentic, the food is excellent, and the staff is friendly and attentive. We have visited the restaurant several times and have always enjoyed it. This time we went on Sunday afternoon, the restaurant was quiet when we arrived, but filled up in the course of the evening. The noise level was moderate throughout the evening. We ordered a 3-course dinner from the special menu, with a nice bottle of wine, all reasonably priced. Highly recommended!

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TT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice brunch with 3 courses and a bottle of Cava to go with out meal!

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EP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to celebrate an anniversary and we enjoyed the food and a very good wine, with friendly staff.

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JJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They were unable to make any of the crepes on the menu, which left almost no vegetarian options. They did agree to leave ham off the sandwich I ordered, and the server then gave me french fries instead of the salad that I ordered. The noise level in the restaurant was extremely high, so that my dining partner had real difficulty hearing across a two person table. Had hoped for a lot better.

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DC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love visiting Le Chat Noir. It's a little out of the way for me, but every time I can find an excuse, I'm happy. This is the perfect place for a date, special occasion or just a relaxing, quiet dinner with dear friends. The food is always wonderful, the wine selection is great, and the staff are so pleasant.

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MT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for a special occasion. Food was excellent -- high quality and interesting -- and it wasn't even terribly expensive!

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been going to Le Chat Noir for many years now. Recently, both food quality and service seem to be suffering. Unevenly cooked food, inconsistent portion sizes, skimping on some ingredients, seeming greater turnover in staff, slower service... a marked difference. Newer competition in the area from places like Millie's -- which is consistently solid -- makes me worry about Le Chat Noir now. We feel badly and will still try it again a couple of times, but at some point, it won't be worth it.

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MA
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is really good and it's a cool place. The only negative was that they were out of two types of chardonnay we wanted. The parking is not the easiest but it's doable. Try it!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, amazing food, highly recommend

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SM
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The host was very rude from the beginning of our experience. He acted as though we should have been grateful for the opportunity to dine with them. The night before we got a call confirming our Valentine’s reservation and preparing us for a possible 15 min delay bc they had a reservation prior to ours. When we arrived and I tried to give my name to get checked in and mentioned we had an Open Table reservation, he didn’t take my name and just said rudely that everyone had an Open Table reservation. When he finally checked us in it was 12 min past our reservation time and he said it would be another 20 min. I told him that that was not what I had been told the night before. In order to stand behind their promise, they seated us upstairs at the bar area which is marked downgrade from the ambience of the main restaurant. Service was very slow upstairs. Food was overpriced. I will not be returning.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Celebrating valentines

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R
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Very nice Valentines menu. Very busy so the wait staff was pressed. The meal was quite enjoyable and a decent value.

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H
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

For a busy night (Valentines Day),this was excellent food and service. Naturally it was crowded, but the staff handled extremely well and the food was delicious.

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RP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Valentines Day

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MK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I live in the neighborhood and eat often at Chat Noir. All other times have been excellent, but the Valentines' dinner was not good. Why?? portions were tiny in comparison and expensive for what it was. the dessert==we ordered the most expensive (apple with crepe) but it too was not good; the apple was still hard, the crepe tiny and just nothing lived up to Noir's usual quality.

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wine glasses are way too small. Some meals are way too small.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. There didn’t seem to be enough servers for the room. We will definitely return, but not if any of us have a time crunch.

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

In spite of an attractive menu, the food doesn’t live up to expectations and prices are much too high for the food you get. My husband had duck confit which he couldn’t eat (nothing to do with confit), I had calf liver which was over cooked and chewy and our friend had steak frites. The frites were lovely but the meat not worth the price. Too bad! I think lunchtime is a better bet

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p
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I like Le Chat because of the location and ambiance. Unfortunately, my quiche was cold (which I sent back), but even the 2nd time, it was still cold. So I just kept it. This happens frequently. Must be the way they reheat it. Thanks.

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B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely setting but service was a bit off.

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MK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extremely enjoyable evening was had by us at Le Chat Noir as we celebrated a birthday. The staff also provided a delicious dessert with candle as a surprise for the guest's birthday--and it was a surprise! Food was excellent and timely presented, which is my experience at Chat Noir, not just for this night but typically provided relatively quickly and beautifully presented.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Serving obviously pre-cooked, reheated food is not acceptable.

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JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice spot for quiet conversation at lunch, within easy walking distance of Tenleytown.

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