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Le Chat Noir

4.2
1765 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Traditional French, Creperie
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sun -Tues -Wed- Thur: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 244-2044
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Thierry Sanchez
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Private party facilities
Le Chat Perché Room can be your own space dedicated to celebrating an event among friends or hosting a conference for colleagues. A variety of setting suited to a seating dinner, a buffet or cocktail gathering with style and enduring appeal. Let us know if we can help you plan an event.
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Private party contact
Marie Ziar: (877) 376-5110
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Emery
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1765 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

food is always reliable good here; service is excellent; charming environs

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

A quaint corner restaurant with authentic French charm and cuisine. I will admit that as a table of "one" reserved within 30 minutes seemed to create a little stir as it was quite busy. The staff was very pleasant and welcoming. It did take awhile to be waited on, which was noticed by the owner/manager. He was sure to get my order and my food arrived with speed. The food: quite good as I selected the duck. Not the duck as presented on the menu, but they had an alternative. As I browsed about, the steak frites seemed to steal the senses and made me second guess my decision. I would definitely dine again.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A real gem! Great place. We will definitely be going back very soon.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Le Chat Noir is tiny. My friend and I last dined there two years ago. The food and service were as good as I remembered them! For our hors d’oeuvres, we split the Saumon fume: Norwegian smoked salmon, lemon, chives crème fraiche dip & a garnish. For my friend’s plat de résistance, she had Les Crevettes: pan seared jumbo shrimp, asparagus brunoise, truffle risotto with Chablis garlic sauce & black pearl roe. I went with Bijoux de boeuf au poivre: grilled beef tenderloin, grilled asparagus & potatoes Pont Neuf with a black pepper corn sauce. We completed our feast with caramelized apple flambée made with Calvados. It was all absolutely delicious!

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

ALWAYS RELIABLE NEIGHBORHOOD GEM A wonderful French Bistro with authentic cuisine well-prepared. Menu has considerable range in the choices. Portions are reasonable rather than overwhelming which allows one to have room for dessert without overeating. We always enjoy our visits to this long-established gem.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The Tuesday night half price wines by the bottle makes this the destination of choice on days when I cannot prepare a French dinner at home due to work commitments. The regular menu is solid. There are often enticing specials.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Though your menu was limited on Mother's Day, we found tasty dishes (salmon and chicken).
And the upstairs room was nice and very quiet. We all enjoyed our dinner.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was our first wedding anniversary. After our waitress served the appetizers, she disappeared for the rest of the meal. We waited one hour, ten minutes for the entre. During this time, we had no water, the complementary champagne was never served, a waiter served hot French bread to tables around us, but ignored us. Not just our waitress, but waiters, concierge, and manager all walked around us constantly, no one noticed we had nothing for 50 minutes, finally we asked for the champagne then waited another 20 minutes for the entre. Most clueless staff I have experienced. We paid, and saw no one as we walked out. Never again, Le Chat Noir.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We arrived a few minutes early for our 1pm Sunday Mothers' Day reservation. While our table wasn't immediately ready, the owner / maître d' gave us another table right away. The menu selection had something for everyone - poisson, boeuf, volaille - the lamb stew was perfect - could have been in Paris for lunch. This is my "go to" neighborhood restaurant. Servers work very hard to please. You won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Fabulous as ALWAYS. !!!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Service was very slow. Ambiance is odd. Food is excellent and well priced.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The food was fantastic!

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2.0Dined on May 8, 2018

My guest from Boulder, CO, had requested either French or Lebanese food for this special occasion celebrating a big promotion. I've enjoyed Le Chat Noir before but was very disappointed in this week's experience, especially the quality of the food. A friend of mine, who eats out frequently, said that she feels Le Chat Noir has declined recently. Say it isn't so!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Very Paris Bistro atmosphere. Beouf Bourguignon amazing depth of flavor and Bouillabaisse loaded with seafood and flavor. Can't wait to go back

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was outstanding my compliments to the chef! The service left a little to be desired, however they were very busy and we will still give them another chance because the food was delicious!

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food was delicious, but our server was terrible – dismissive and rude, and not in a sort-of-charming French waiter kind of way. A shame since the other staff members seemed attentive and pleasant.

I doubt we’ll return.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent ambiance. Food was fabulous! Would absolutely go back for special occasions. Romantic setting. Some live jazz could make for a wonderful wine bar experience without the noisy distractions of larger places in the the thick of things. A real gem.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Le Chat Noir has always been our go-to neighborhood French bistro. Unfortunately this time our experience was less than satisfactory. The place was packed (good for the restaurant) but sadly understaffed with only 3 workers, and that included the maître d' who pitched in to help serve & clear tables. Our waitress was scurrying around her many tables (10?) .. not a relaxing environment for a Sunday dinner!

The lamb osso buco was tough & chewy with little flavor. The mahi mahi was unimpressive thawed from its previous frozen state. The last positive was a good bottle of Medoc.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Always pleased with the food and service at this neighborhood restaurant. I also appreciated my server’s recommendation of a wine to match my menu selection.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Excellent entrees, nice drink and wine selection, superb desserts!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Consider us old fashioned, but we have discovered that we prefer coming back to favorite neighborhood restaurants like Chat Noir rather than branching out to new unknown venues. This restaurant is not five star or perfect, but it has all that we want on a Saturday night. It's consistent in it's great food, wine, service, and neighborhood ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Love this place. Reliable French bistro. Great food and no one’s rushing you out. Highly recommend...

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We have frequented the restaurant for years but recently have seen a decline.
We were last there for a birthday celebration and it was disappointing. The service was consistently and unnecessarily slow and a little rude.
The food was adequate but not up to their former standard.
We have always liked the restaurant but may not go back anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Dining out for life

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

People have complained about the service. We had no trouble although we did have an early dinner. Food is good.

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Restaurant closed!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Probably short-staffed as the service, aside from water refills, was weak, and the food--when it finally arrived--was not worth waiting for.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This is a fun restaurant where you can easily park in the neighborhood. Service is fabulous. Food really delicious French.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Excellent crepes! This is a pleasant and charming place for any occasion.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Food and service were both excellent. It became a little hard to hear as the place filled up.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent as always. The Raclette was perfect for a cold evening.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

As ususal, the meals were delicious. The salads were large and topped with a light, flavorful dressing. The steak frites was tender, cooked exactly to our specification, and the fries were nearly perfect.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The restaurant was closed so we had to find another place That was disappointed

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Nice atmosphere, good service, good bread, salad, and decaf capuccino. A little disappointed in the crepe fourree.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Small and quiet with a good selection of food at reasonable prices. The appetizer salad had a delicious Dijon vinaigrette dressing. I was pleasantly surprised at the portion I received on the tenderloin au poive. I expected two small medallions and got three, which provided a snack as a take-home. My wife got cod and loved it. Our server recommended a delicious crepe for dessert and we were not disappointed. Would recommend. Appears to appeal to an “older” crowd.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I go to Le Chat Noir often. Today was a off day.. Some one in the Kitchen must have called I sick as the service was slow.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had not been to Le Chat Noir for some time, only because we live outside the city. We had been there for a holiday meal during the winter and enjoyed our meal, the amibiance, and warm feel of the restaurant and the staff. It was great to walk in and see the same people and receive the same warm welcome. We were meeting our son, who lives in Glover Park. The company that he works for also provides the breada. It was a great meal, the service is excellant and the food was wonderful. It's on the list to go back more frequently.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is such a special place that I hate to tell anybody about it!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was excellent as usual, but some of the new servers need to be more attentive to when customers are ready to order each course or refresh drinks. We sat inside but it was difficult to get the attention of anyone after we ordered the main course. Inexcusable in such a small space.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Close your eyes and think you’re in the 6th Arrondissment - my favorite French bistro in DC!

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