Le Chat Noir

4.4
1978 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here during our visit to Washington, DC. As we were visiting American University, we wanted to eat in Tenleytown. The restaurant was wonderful - lovely covered outdoor patio where we enjoyed delicious food. The service is very efficient, and the price point exceptionally reasonable for DC!

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We ordered a chicken crepe. The chicken was over cooked & tasteless. The mignon de porcu was less than average. We have dined there numerous times...very disappointed.

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Le Chat Noir.....it has always been one of our favorites!
Not really suitable for children.

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IN
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is carefully and tastefully prepared: delicious! Service is just the right amount of attention without being obsequious. The noise level is a bit too high for easy conversation when the restaurant is full.

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DM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We are regulars here and always enjoy our meal. This occasion for lunch was with another couple. We all enjoyed our food. We sat in the enclosed terrace and conversation was easy. There were a few glitches in service (having to remind server to bring one persons appetizer, some confusion at first about splitting the check) but this is really unusual.

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PD
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, hot when it arrived, and good amounts allowing you to enjoy course without feeling overly stuffed. Good value. Staff is very friendly, efficient and speak French!

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e
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Love the half price wine by bottle one day, glass another and bring your own without corkage fee on another. Bouillabaisse exceptional.

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LH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, classy atmosphere, Great place to entertain.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French restaurant.

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C
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Le Chat Noir is always good, but on Sunday eve the food was actually spectacular! Four of us dined, and four of us loved what we were presented with. Le Chat Noir is a lovely neighborhood spot that goes beyond being just a neighborhood spot. I'd say we are lucky that it is in our neighborhood. It also should be noted that it has a wonderful open air seating area that is a hybrid of indoor/outdoor, which is particularly nice in the city, as one is not sitting near the traffic, but rather cocooned where you can hear the wind in the trees.

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M
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We return to Le Chat Noir again and again for all occasions! The food is consistently delicious with an inventive and unique menu! The service is outstanding! This is our family favorite!

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CC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, small restaurant with excellent French food! They always have a new twist on how their dishes are prepared and served.

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GW
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great French ambience in a popular local spot. The menu is excellent and sophisticated. My wife has a number of dietary restrictions, which they accommodated by modifying the menu item. She felt it was the best restaurant meal she's had in a long time.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Having made our reservations 5 days prior to the reservation date, my husband and I arrived on time to a restaurant that was almost empty. At that time, we were told that the only seat that was available was one that was on the porch in front of the reservation desk and next to the door. The evening was windy and cool. When I asked to be seated inside, my husband and I were given a table next to the kitchen. The hostess insisted that the waiter take us to that specific table - end of discussion. As the evening progressed the restaurant began to fill, however, as we were leaving we took note of the fact that there were quite a few tables left where we could have been seated including two locations that seated 2 people. Why we were treated in this manner is a mystery to us. We have visited this establishment several times and have never had an issue. Although the food was good, we are looking for an experience that includes good service by the staff. We will not return and will encourage our family and friends to find other restaurants in the DC area given our experience. My husband and I are retired, and we have the time to search for a restaurant that values their guests. There are gems out there just waiting for us!

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CP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I always bring out of town guests because this place is so elegant. I wanted to be seated upstairs but there was a private party so no luck this time. Downstairs is a bit crowded and noisy but still enjoyed the meal

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BM
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely. The doors allowed a very pleasant breeze to flow through the space. Very French. Portion size was good. Food was tasty. Sorbet was especially good.

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u
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The staff is very unwelcoming. When we asked that the music which was at full blast be lowered, although there was no other patrons, the manager refused telling us that it is part of the ambiance. We are not going back to this restaurant, especially since it is not the first time that we encounter that kind of behavior on the part of the manager. Very unpleasant experience.

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CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We brought our 10 year old twins here on a Saturday at 6 pm when it was just getting the dinner crowd going, we were sat immediately and also were able to order simple pasta w/ butter off menu for the kids. My husband I loved our app's and main's much more than many other French restaurants we frequent in the DC area! Deserts were also heavenly as was the check amount!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, great assistance with Boyle of wine selection. Our glasses were never empty. Food was spectacular and it was a perfect evening!

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A
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was excellent! Service was great! It was a wonderful experience at Le Chat Noir!

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way. Prices were extremely reasonable for both food and wine. The service was excellent, the owner was extremely attentive and helpful. You get a steak that’s 95% as good as the great steak houses at 60% of the cost. That’s a great value. I will most definitely eat here again.

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DW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed
Food was delicious and presentation beautiful
Server very attentive
Will surely come again

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LR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We regularly go to Le Chat for our anniversary. Absolutely love this restaurant. The food is great and the service is always top notch!

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D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t have my reservation but they did seat us.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, Authentic food, good service, nice people. This was our first visit, but won’t be our last.

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L
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Slow service on the Food 'n' Friends contribution night -- and we went at 8. Otherwise it's usual friendly self. Trio of pates and bouillabaisse notably good.

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BR
Washington DC
137 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I know many people think of Le Chat Noir as a neighborhood restaurant, and, indeed, many of the patrons are able to walk to this great French cafe. But my husband and I drive down from Gaithersburg because we enjoy the place so much. All the staff are very friendly, and the food is delicious. We've brought many friends here.

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C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended for Food and Friends event. Delightful

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h
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite French resturants in DC Nice Bistro atmosphere, great wine and drinks , outstanding food. Sam the owner is very attentive. Easy parking.

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LP
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food is always consistently good - as well as their wine. You'll love their hot onion soup as well. You won't be disappointed.

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M
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As with Jose Andreas and Robert Wiedmaier, the great restaurant owners of Washington DC, Sam , le patron at Le Chat Noir, is outstanding!

Every time we dine here we leave very happy and content and with continued wonderful memories especially if we are are blessed with the very attractive, attentive, and caring Marina, our server.

Yesterday we were fortunate enough to have brunch. From the pricing ,one can see immediately that this is one of the most reasonably priced mid day weekend meals anywhere near Washington DC. Yet, the quality of the diverse prix fixe menu rival far more expensive places. Each dish is thoughtfully created by the very fine kitchen and always served oven or pan hot.

Amongst the highlights for us were the salads, pate, different versions of eggs Benedict with lemony true Hollandaise, crepes with Nutella or lemon ( both great) and mimosas that allow you to decide on the orange juice to French ( Blanc de Blanc) “ champagne “ ratio.

All this was served with a beautiful smile supplied by the charming Marina and under the watchful eye of the lovely Sam. There could not be a better local “ find” anywhere . Plan early for a reservation. They are very often fully booked.

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable

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NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

A beautiful space, but the food (we had the duck and the veal) was extremely bland. Maybe we misordered. Perhaps the lack of salt speaks to their target demographic. The service is authentically French. It’s great as a neighborhood spot but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here again.

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AD
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed everything. The welcoming, the seating, the service, the food and the professionalism of your staff.

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DD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
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
19 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the most Parisian place in DC!

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f
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
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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