Le Chat Noir

4.4
1993 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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Father’s Day and the 3 course menu was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, but the restaurant had a special Father’s Day menu which didn’t offer any kids menu items. So we were forced to purchase expensive meals for the kids. They also removed almost all of the crepes from the menu. Good food but very poor value. We overpaid for the experience by a long shot. Best to avoid this restaurant on special occasions. Not worth it.

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MI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific, prices reasonable, service friendly and the atmosphere conducive to good conversation and enjoyment. Overall, a great experience!!

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PF
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our second visit to Chat Noir, each time it's a special occasion. The food is always good, and reminds my husband of true French cuisine. Each time we've picked something new from the menu to try and were more than satisfied with every choice. We are definitely going to come back for another special occasion and are looking forward to trying something new on the menu!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live near Le Chat Noir and while my family was in town visiting we decided to try it. It’s a great spot to take family. The staff’s recommendations for wine and food were spot on. I had the french onion soup to start, veal as an entree, and classic creme brûlée as a desert. I will be coming back!

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P
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful find in NW. we will definitely be back!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Not as good as it use to be. It’s just okay. The crepe has changed. For me, it was not a good change.

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KL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my granddaughter's birthday and graduating from Brown University. We always get together to celebrate our June birthdays.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Feels very French, with fine food and service, and an excellent brunch menu. Free street parking.

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L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of course. Authentically French, excellent wine, just enough choices.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Too noisy! Otherwise perfect!

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite of ours. Always reliable re: service and food. And the open air ambiance in the front can't be beat.

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CR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We ate here a couple of years ago and it was great. The place still looks cute and feels like restaurants in Paris. Unfortunately, the food is not as good as it used to be. The fries looked like they were from a bag from the freezer. My bouillabaisse was supposed to include scallops and shrimp but only had 3 mussels, 2 small pieces of fish and a crawfish. How can one even eat a crawfish sitting in a bowl of soup? You can’t exactly pick it up with your fingers! The other members of my party said their dishes were not very tasty either- maybe needs more seasoning? We won’t be going back.

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EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was fast and friendly!

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F
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
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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H
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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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D
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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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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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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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
109 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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