Le Chat Noir

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$30 and under
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French
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.

Specials

50% wine by the glass

our selection of wine by the glass half price-Every Wednesday

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 21, 2019

Ends: June 22, 2118

Availability: Wed 4:00PM-10:00PM

Half price on selected French wine

Enjoy a bottle of selected French wine at half price. Every Tuesday except the first one

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 18, 2019

Ends: June 19, 2118

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-10:00PM

What 2062 People Are Saying
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k
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you're looking for corner bistrot food at a reasonable price with professional service, this is a great place. Three course prix fixe dinner is $42. Good wines can be had for $40-$50 a bottle.

ST
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating here, met a friend for lunch, and it was very good food!

DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a spontaneous night out with my wife. The dining experience was perfect.

c
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Everyone at Le Chat Noir is very kind and welcoming...however, I was pretty frustrated with the restaurant. The quality of the food did not match the price at ALL, and I felt annoyed by how gimmicky the entire experience was.

v
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the drinks were fabulous, and the service was exceptional. My friends and I had the best time drinking wine, enjoying multiple courses, and the atmosphere was perfect. I would come back to this place again and again and again.

A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have been dining at Chat Noir for many years. Normally the food is familiar (we lived in France for three years some time back) and the service is always sunny and efficient. This time I was not happy with the bottle of Burgundy we ordered; it had an off-putting taste that was not bad enough to ask for a replacement, but it wasn't all that much fun either. The champagne was good, though. The we come to our dinner. Three of us had filet mignon and in my view it tasted more poached than grilled. But the salad was abut as we would have expected and the profiterolles were delicious. They still serve good espresso. So, maybe a C this time rather than the B plus we would normally experience.

SF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Reminiscent of a neighborhood French bistro, great selection of food, excellently preprepared and presented. Very good value, in a quiet location. But it is noisy in the dining room.

CW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding as usual! This is our favorite restaurant.

BE
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect preamble to an evening of post WWII French popular music.

JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent menu options. delicious food. such professional service. appealing prix fixe menu.

CM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Partner and I have enjoyed Le Chat Noir before, so we recommended it to house guests. (Sweetly, they treated us!) We opted for 5:45PM Sunday, early and it was fine. We shared a bottle of wine (a father/son winery but I forget the name). Delightful. Friends had lamb stew and a fish special. We both had beef - me beef tenderloin (WOW!!). Table conversation slowed down a bit as we took advantage of the entrées and salads.

Service was welcoming and efficient. WE CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN.

DK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch. Crepes were amazing!! Great cafe vibe. We will definitely go again.

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can feel the real French Bistro even in DC if you go to Le Chat Noir. You should go right now.

OT
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Le Chat Noir is always different and quite exquisite. Pairings and complementary flavors are more inventive and visually beautiful, to say nothing of absolutely delicious. It's now our favorite restaurant and we just introduced a new friend for her birthday. She was delighted as well.

W
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Service was perfect and the food as always was outstanding

BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, and very rich! OpenTable tricked us though...the $$ rating led us to think it would be slightly more affordable. Ended up spending $100 including gratuity for 2 people for 2 entres, dessert, tap water and one soda!

MW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

I returned a second night because the codfish en croute (in a pastry crust) was excellent, also it was
served with"secret rice" a tasty black rice. The second night I went I was glad to see the cod was still on the menu, so I ordered the 3-course set menu. However, the preparation was not the same, and so was the rice. In terms of preparation the difference was not as good as the first night, but what was really different was that the second preparation had TOO MUCH PEPPER , which was not the case the first night. The waiter kindly asked me if it was all right, but I should have returned it, because my tongue was numb by the end of the evening and I couldn't taste the accompanying dessert. The potato-bacon potage as a starter was excellent.

C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was okay. The tables are very close together, so it's hard to move around and you feel like you are ease dropping on your neighbors conversation. Service was very slow.

A
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Reliably good food in a pleasant atmosphere. I had fish, which was fresh and well prepared. They also made adjustments to an appetizer that had an ingredient that didn't fit with a dietary restriction. I recommend it!

B
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We've been going to Le Chat Noir for years and like the atmosphere and some of the menu. A dinner this week was disappointing though. And it was typical of the past year or so. Their pretty. unique galette/crepe offerings have shrunk in recent times and aren't really as good as they once were. One of our entrees was a cheese and veggie galette. The combo of ingredients didn't mesh well and, in particular, the eggplant was bitter and only partially cooked. A dessert crepe--the basic lemon and sugar--didn't measure up to what you can get at a street kiosk in France. The crepe had been pre-prepared and was dried out and on the small size. The filling/sauce tasted like bottled lemon juice and the dessert was overly sweet--from too much sugar or overly sweet lemon juice.
On the plus side, a lamb navarin was pretty good, especially fresh vegetables that were added at just about the right time.
This place needs to step up its game. Matisse, just across the street, is miles ahead of it in quality and service and the prices are about the same.

MJ
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried out this restaurant based on our daughter’s recommendation. She was visiting from out of town and went with friends for brunch. We tried it for dinner and we’re very impressed. This is a bistro so don’t expect so-called fine dining. It’s pretty informal. But the food is excellent. Excellent! And the service is attentive without being intrusive. We always got bread and water refills when we wanted them. And despite the fact that the restaurant was very crowded we didn’t have to wait long between courses. Between the food and the service and the fact that it was a little bit like Paris, we will definitely return and return soon.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back for the first time after about six years, and this is still one of Washington’s best, most traditional French restaurants, with a friendly neighborhood style and mature, sophisticated ambiance. I strongly commend it.

d
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Veal scalopini dish was sent back for being too salty. Replaced dish was too tough and dry to eat. Diner’s complaint was ignored.

R
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! A bit pricey but still manageable if you go for the fixed price menu.

SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Must request seating inside at time of reservation. Never occurred to us that a reservation only entitled you to a table outside

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very mediocre. The food was nothing to write home about. Wines were sub par. Looking shabby. Crowded. Offered cocktails, but did not have ingredients for a gin and tonic.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner, did steak au poivre and fish stew, very nice and steak perfect medium rare

j
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was excellent, as usual at this marvelous restaurant. An added bonus was that there was no background music. This meant that a diner didn’t have to raise his voice to be heard by his friends, a welcome exception to the usual hectic dc restaurant atmosphere. There was no annoying noise.

j
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’m a regular patron because the food and service over the years have been superb. However, the last time it was a bit frustrating because my companions and I couldn’t get the waiter’s attention to order extra bread to dip into the excellent snail sauce. Unlike most restaurants the noise level is low because the piped in music volume is low. Why not turn off the music entirely? The only people who notice it are those who, like me, detest it. In all of the reviews over the years, have you had one single customer who praised the music?

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good
However when you book at 9 pm they keep cleaning around you until you feel uncomfortable and leave
They should not book after 8.15 pm

L
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Such a good restaurant continues to bring the neighbors in.

l
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! We will be coming back soon. This is a perfect low key French style bistro - w. delicious food. Loved it.

JD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable meal in the front, open-air room. Perfect portion sizes, delicious food, attentive service. For the quality and experience, a fair price, too. Highly recommend.

P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent neighborhood bistro. It’s been around quite a while and there are good reasons for its longevity: good food, and pleasant service in a nice setting.

V
London
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Really lousy service. I cannot help but think that the moment I said no to a second glass of wine, it became impossible to get refills on water, our dessert course took Forever — but they brought us the bill well in advance of bringing us the dessert! Who does that?!

ET
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food4service3ambience3

Should not offer coupons if you are hostile to people using them

JW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I've been to Chat Noir many times - when it is good, it is very good but from time to time it isn't. This last visit was unsatisfactory. The salad was overdressed, and the steak which I had ordered medium rare was definitely well done. I didn't send it back because my companion had been served and that would have meant that her food deteriorated in a warming oven or she ate while I waited. I think this kitchen is erratic - but the steak/frites is a standard and something that shouldn't be that difficult.

b
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We chose Le Chat Noir to celebrate my father-in-law's 87th birthday as it is a favorite of his and we were not disappointed. I actually expected the service to be a bit aloof, really having nothing to base it on. I was greatly mistaken - the service was top notch but all the staff we came in contact with were friendly and very helpful. The only downside of it for me, and it was not the fault of the restaurant, is the day was extremely hot and I was not that comfortable, but not so uncomfortable that I wouldn't go again - we WILL go again! Highly recommend Le Chat Noir for a special occasion or just a nice lunch or dinner out.

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was just ok. Underseasoned and underwhelming, especially given price point.

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