Le Chat Noir

4.3
1843 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.
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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1843 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with great food and relaxed ambiance. Wait staff was excellent and a lovely evening.

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M
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Snails needed more garlic. Good bread. Veal special was expensive and tough. Steaks were tough. French Fries very good hot and thin.Mussels very small but tasty Desserts grand finish. Banana Crape flame as well as orange crepes delicious. Chocolate mousse yummy.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurant in DC

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LM
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Met friends I hadn’t seen for some time. The ambiance was nice and the food was very good but the server rushed us throughout the evening. One friend pointedly told him to slow down, but he continued to pester us. It was annoying.

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KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back!

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AR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Below average food, it took forever to be served. French onion soup was subpar (better at Panera bread), duck was over cooked (we asked medium rare!), special ... was not special. Dessert: we ordered mousse and got KozyShack pudding with whipped cream. And yes, you will not have a private conversation.

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j
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

This was the second time we dined at Le Chat Noir. It was very busy and the service was a little slow. The waiter highly recommended the ribeye special which was very fatty. I had the swordfish special - the swordfish was a little overcooked and in some strange white sauce that I wanted to scrape off. The salad appetizer was fine as was the stuffed pepper. Kind of underwhelming and not as good as our first meal. It's a cute restaurant but the tables are very close together. The wine is reasonably priced - small glasses but $7.50 not $15. I'm not sure I'll go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation and were on time, but the host ignored us for about 20 minutes, then claimed that he’d told us they were waiting for diners to finish at our designated table (he hadn’t). Waiter didn’t bring us menus or water for another 10. They were clearly overwhelmed by some private party happening in their upstairs dining area, but they weren’t apologetic about it. We’d eaten there before, but this was a disappointing experience.

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f
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

While we have enjoyed LeChat Noir in past, the brunch we had Sunday was mostly inedible except for the champagne, the salad and the ice cream. The haddock we both had was mostly inedible and the lemon crepe I had was basically lemon flavored dough. We had a coupon so no real loss but based on this meal will not return on my dime.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding French cuisine at a good price, wonderful service, and a great atmosphere. I will definitely revisit.

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CH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Charming neighborhood restaurant. Delicious food, artfully presented. I hope to return.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small but very nice place with a great delicious food!!! Good environment and a fast service. Highly recommended 👍🏼

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E
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I think this is an outstanding restaurant because it really has it all, at a very good level. We happily drive across town to go there. It is also one of the diminishing number of places where you can go and hear what your dinner companions are saying. Noise levels have spoiled a number of meals for me recently, but not at Le Chat Noir. Not the place to go for experimental cuisine. They respect the traditions of French cooking. The service is kind and attentive, but not intrusive. Nice ambience. The all around experience is really good. I always leave happy and satisfied.

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JW
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent good (moules and Salmon) - good service and nice atmosphere

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R
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Has the vibe of an authentic provincial French bistro!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Seated immediately upon arrival at our reservation time. Very happy with our date night experience here!

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we love it with our whole family or just us for special occasion

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ML
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good experience overall. I liked the "bouillabaise" and the cold cuts and pate. My wife thought the carb cakes French style were not as good as the standard local recipe but enjoyed her salad. Portions were a bit undersized. The dining room is small and not pretty. Not much space between tables...A minor inconvenience! No problem with finding a parking nearby.

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l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

As a new customer we were truly disappointed. Everything was good until the bouillabaisse was served. It was disgraceful with very little fish, 4 mussels and crawfish was so minuscule as to be unrecognizable. Owner was not professional or apologetic. We would never return.

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t
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We enjoyed a nice meal at LCN during Restaurant Week. The food was well prepared and tasty. However the service was underwhelming. There appeared to be only one waiter. Dinner took over two hours for three courses.

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Management was terrible and wouldn’t let us use our Groupon. Everything else was great!

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Chat Noir is our favorite restaurant in the DC area! If you haven't tried it you are missing out. From the french bread to the wine to the salad, main course and chocolate mousse, our meal was simply delicious!

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K
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food, good value, just put off by one of the waiters who didn’t seem happy with his job. Besides that, wonderful !

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OT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food! You can't beat theTravelzoo voucher deal.

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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Small dining room with too many of tables. One would call it "cozy" except that the noise level was painfully high. We had difficulty hearing each other speak and after the appetizers (which arrived promptly and were excellent), we asked to be moved to the patio which was quieter. Unfortunately, they couldn't (wouldn't?) accomodate us because the only tables they had available were for 4 people and we were only 2. The wait staff was friendly but the main courses took forever to arrive.

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TS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at this restaurant are consistently top notch, even when they are busy. The menu is also more creative than some French restaurants, serving things you don't always see on menus like crepes, both savory and sweet. This is our go-to restaurant even though it is a 10-15 minute drive from home. We also appreciate the free corkage on Sunday nights. It saves on our budget. But remember, you should always tip as if you purchased those bottles from the restaurant. Bravo to Le Chat Noir!

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P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

One dish was quite good (the chicken) and one inedible (the pork loin). Fortunately, the very friendly staff returned the pork dish and substituted the chicken. However, a restaurant of this quality should be sure that ALL its standard dishes have a basic level of consistency. (The pork was overcooked, with maybe 3-4 oz of edible meat. Not acceptable for a place reputed to be a good neighborhood restaurant). This is probably a place that is quite good if you know what to order, but you cannot trust all its dishes. However, the staff were friendly and the ambiance very nice.

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small French restaurant in a DC neighborhood that is outstanding. Food was excellent, well prepared and well presented. Wine list had some very nicely priced wines. Out of the ordinary desserts were another highlight. I had one of the specials, my wife had the duck both were excellent. If you like french food, you will not be disappointed.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience, drinking Champagne on the porch

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Le Chat Noir is a neighhood favorite with very good food and good service. It has an authenticity that some French restaurants don’t.

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DA
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable evening in every respect

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LC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious French brunch, at a decent price! The champagne, Pate, bread, steak, salad, and coffee were all delicious!

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m
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Staff was new but should improve w experience. Still a good value

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RG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Outstanding food. Service was not very good - but I was given the impression this was not the norm. I'd give it another try simply because the food was wonderful. I also like the smaller restaurants.

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SH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good neighborhood place with okay food. Service slow--seemed to be understaffed.

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r
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went here for Sunday dinner and enjoyed the food. There was a slight mix up on the main entree but we had to wait a bit longer than usual between appetizer and main course but we enjoyed the time. Definitely come here for french food with wine pairing.

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SM
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our second time visiting Le Chat Noir and it was just as great as the first. We purchased a deal through Travel Zoo for brunch for 2 with a bottle of champagne/mimosas. They serve fresh, warm bread and salted butter which is delicious. Everything we had, appetizer, entree and dessert was fantastic. The servers worked as a team and were super friendly. We’ll definitely be back.

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A
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely lovely! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was warm and cozy and we felt attended to--and not rushed. The ONLY suggestion I could offer would be to look into a better awning & entryway--especially when it's raining... although... it kind of made it feel like Paris: running into the cafe from the rain!

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M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and inspired cuisine. From soup to salad to superb bouride and galettes to wonderful desserts, Le Char Noir never fails to impress.

From the moment we entered and was greeted by an elegant gentleman from Côte D’Ivoire to charming and very attentive new comers like Nathan and Jessica to the handsome owner himself, all service was memorable and outstanding! Definitely 5 stars !!!

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RM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Service was extremely slow. There was a special event upstairs and it appeared they were understaffed. We have not experienced this in the past.

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