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.

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50% wine by the glass

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

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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

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

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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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
35 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 3

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

JW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fabulous!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

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

Place was bustling. Food was great. Our house guests loved the atmosphere , ambience and charm, and great servers. I would recommend enthusiastically.

Look forward to our next meal at Chat Noir...

JH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We had night expectation but did not enjoy the food at all

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Need waitstaff who in a French restaurant don’t say “ I don’t speak any French” and at least know that Pommes Frites means French fries.

C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere is cozy.

Escargots are too small, main dish cod was good, stuffed pork tenderloin was mediocre, creme caramel was excellent, and ice cream was OK.

We did the restaurant week lunch menu. Maybe it's better if you choose from regular menu.
Service is all right.
Nothing special, nothing bad, just an all right neighborhood restaurant.

K
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good eating place with sidewalk/porch dining.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

CREPE FERA WAS GREAT, BEEF MADALION GOOD , SALMON VERY GOOD, THOUGH WISH THE SKIN HAD BEEN REMOVED BEFORE SERVING.
WE CAME SUN. EVE. AT 7P. NOISE LEVEL MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK (INSIDE ROOM). BETTER IF WE HAD COME AT 5P OR 8P.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our go to French restaurant for Bistro food. When we are homesick for France we come here. We had amazing ratatouille, fresh and savory. The crepe was filled with bay scallops in a cream sauce and the mussels were cooked to perfection. We are never disappointed

LR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always good here. Had a very nice meal, as usual.

AR
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening. Great food and staff.

GM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, great wine list, and acceptional service. I will strongly recommend.

SD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a charming bistro atmosphere. I highly recommend Le Chat Noir!

D
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delightful experience. Talking is easy, the food is delicious and the service experienced and cheerful. Wonderful neighborhood spot.

AV
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

On a scorching summer day like the one we went for dinner, the room was extremely hot and the floor fan in the corner was not enough to cool of the room. As a suggestion, have few extra units for use in these super hot days. Eating a fabulous meal on suche a hot ambience is not agreable. Constructive criticism. Ana María

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Le Chat Noir: My favorite neighborhood bistro. I especially like the holiday event meals. It was Bastille Day this time, and we loved the baked cod en croute. As for ambience-- this time the piped music was too loud, the only distraction from a lovely evening.

RL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, really near excellent. I had a fantastic salmon and my date had the bouillabaisse. Also enjoyed a nice bowl of carrot soup chilled. It was a busy nite and service was just a tad slow at points but still enjoyed immensely. They had doors open on front patio where we were and road was a tad noisy, but really enjoyed the entire visit a lot.

MS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bastille Day Weekend was fabulous. Enjoyed the special menu, usual great service and the ambiance. Making for a perfect evening to catch up with friends.

L
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 3-course pris fixe celebrating the Quatorze, and the food was lovely, with top-class choices. Because the restaurant was full, the staff was rushed off their feet, but they stayed cheerful and attentive. Everything was festive! We are close-to-regulars, and Le Chat is always pleasant and flavorful, but this evening was extra.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating friend’s birthday. Servers were very attentive. We enjoyed our lunch, quiet but unstuffy atmosphere. We enjoyed ourselves. Will return.

L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, very attentive service.

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