Le Chat Noir

4.4
1962 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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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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CF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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Washington DC
109 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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H
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
107 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
135 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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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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C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended for Food and Friends event. Delightful

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LP
Washington DC
19 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
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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WD
Washington DC
52 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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