Le Chat Noir

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2122 Reviews
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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 2122 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The omelet was fantastic.

BN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, cozy restaurant, great food, great service.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and experience! Will be coming back again for sure!

c
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had our Valentine's dinner at Le Chat Noir. The restaurant was full of happy diners and the atmosphere was very festive. The service by Issa was perfect. The dinner was delicious. When we left, they gave us a little box of candy and a red rose. A totally fine experience to celebrate a special evening.

J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I’d tell them to look at other options. Service vis-à-vis pricing was not an equal value. Nice neighborhood place that go to a lot bc it’s close to home. Would not go there if it was a big effort I will say food is always fine.

DI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, generally, although the steak frites featured a very skimpy piece of meat. The rest of the food and desserts were very good. The space is pretty tight in there, so be prepared to keep your conversation to a whisper.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always.

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very very nice intimate and friendly neighborhood French bistro. Great food. Chicken, Trout, boulliabaise, beef burgundy; all wonderful. It's our go to French bistro. Excellent staff and service

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had a 5 o'clock reservation. Arrived 10 minutes early. We're not received very graciously.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wil go back, loved the champagne and the bread (of course!)!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place for brunch. Special brunch menu offers several favorite dishes and includes a glass of mimosa or wine.

PR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We came here for a birthday dinner on a Saturday evening. Nobody was at the hostess desk when we got there. Had to wait for a bit before somebody comes. We got seated right away considering it was a very busy night. Our waiter didn’t really created us and ask us if we are having wine right away. The specials of the day was never mentioned while the other waiter had mentioned it to the table next to us. Service was not so great in my opinion. Definitely was not a good first impression. The food though was delicious and well prepared. We got the duck cassoulet and the poulet grand mere. For the dessert, the chocolate mousse was yum but the creme brûlée was lacking. Wines are reasonably priced. Not something I would come back to considering there’s other great places around to eat. Also, I specifically mentioned that it was a birthday dinner when I booked this place on open table. It was never mentioned and our evening didn’t feel special at all.

DC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great dinner, great service reasonably priced , if anything too many tables crammed into a small space :(

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here

h
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Charcuterie was not French.my bouillabaisse had no safran,one little shrimp,the rouille was 1/4 of tea spoon with two little croutons.the server in t-shirt.the four of us were not impressed.
The food was not at the level of the bill.$300.
Just the bread and ice cream were ok.big deal
I am a French chef,so if you need a class let me know.
You are very far of what a French restaurant is.

Z
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Spaces were quite poor and the beer menu was not exceptional, but food and service were excellent.

D
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

This is a favorite restaurant of mine, but on this last visit my dish was not up to what I normally expect. The cod and salmon in the dish were washed out with the red wine sauce so that one could not even tell you were eating fish. But the other members of our party were quite happy with their other main dishes.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mediocre at best in all regards.
Service was uninterested and not engaged. Never say him again after main course. Hailed maitre D for after dinner drinks and bill. Definitely don’t go out of your way to experience.

PF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure. And so charming. I always await the daily specials. Thursday, one of the special appetizers was an escargot fricassee in mushroom cream sauce served in small, individual Dutch ovens. We found a good red Bordeaux on the wine list.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The food was good, it wasn’t amazing. I was more let down by the ambiance and appearance of the dinning area. Honestly? It looks run down and shabby. This place needs a major decor overhaul.

K
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend for her birthday. Le Chat Noir was the perfect place. We sat in the sunny enclosed porch. Our dishes were delicious and definitely a good value!

PJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I've been to Le Chat Noir five previous times, always for dinner, and never been disappointed, although the last time I visited I was a bit underwhelmed as I felt it was a lot of money for smaller portions with a slight dip in quality. It used to be that every item on the menu was outstanding, but as of late I feel that this is not the case any longer. Although the food is tasty, I feel that there is better value elsewhere. Perhaps this was yet another "off day" due to my visiting during Restaurant Week, and the place was packed, but...no excuses. Come on, Le Chat Noir, shape up!

ML
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite bistro this side of the Atlantic. Friendly staff who know their food, comfortable ambiance and noise level, and the food itself is reliably good.

PF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, a memorable experience. I will return next week with several friends for another event.

FC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The escargot are so overpowered by the flavor of the sauce you can barely taste them. The sauce was good to dip the bread in it but too much for the dish. The bouillabaisse was good but a bit too thick for my liking, tasted more like tomato paste than the flavors of the seafood. My son’s steak was cooked perfectly medium rare but had a lot of fat in it. The fries were heavenly and so was the bread. Service was good!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

This is a local restaurant for us, and enjoy it very much. However my husbands meal was not so good. He had the Steak Frittes, and the meat was tough and not good. .

KC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Le Chat Noir is a perfect place for Saturday lunch to catch up with friends. The menu has quite a bit of variety and everything was fresh and delicious. I plan to return soon.

JK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Very gracious and helpful staff. Much welcomed assistance for an elderly, cane-wielding dining partner. A very pleasant experience.

E
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very noisy. Next time will be on a weekday, not weekend. Maybe quieter at 8p rather than 7:30p.

d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, quiet, delicious. A hidden gem. Wonderful menu selections. Very attentive, without being hovering, service. Tin ceilings add to the ambience.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Steak had little flavor. Broth on onion soup was too thick... tasted unauthentic.

WH
London
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb service and delicious take on traditional French food with a satisfying and approachable wine list.

GS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a wonderful choice; delicious food and wonderful ambiance make this a family favorite.

JG
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, terrific ambiance. Highly recommended.

CC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Chevy Chase and are lucky to have LCN as a neighborhood restaurant. The food is consistently good, so is the service. It is a great place for celebrations or just for a night out.

H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Tables are jammed beside each other, food isnt the best. Taste is great but amount of food comparing to price is terrible. But it's a French restaurant, what to expect!

OT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An excellent meal and a charming ambiance. Our guests loved it!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived down the street 10 years ago and this was my first experience here. Holiday 4 course menu for a great price and amazing meals! Can't wait to go back!

OT
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always terrific at Le Chat Noit but their holiday special menus are simply extraordinary. Hard to choose what to have. The combos are innovative, delicious and beautifully presented. We often make 'new friends' with the next door table as we rave about our choices!

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