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About Le Chat Noir

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.

4907 Wisconsin AV NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Traditional French, Creperie

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

Cross Street:
Emery

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 244-2044

Website:
http://www.lechatnoirrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Thierry Sanchez

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.

Private Party Contact:
Marie Ziar: (877) 376-5110

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Le Chat Noir Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (51)
Cozy (31)
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Special Occasion (25)
Good for a Date (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Casual (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Great for Brunch (18)
Romantic (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Healthy (9)
Fun (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Business Meals (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was good, not excellent because the lamp I had was hard to chew and the service was slow because they didn't have enough people working but I liked it in general, the food is not bad.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

As always, the food combinations--especially on their holiday specials--are uniquely creative, delicious and beautifully presented. Right now it's our #1 restaurant choice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food is traditional French cooking, prepared very well. Service is attentive without being too much so. Wine list is appropriate to the food but neither fine taste nor expensive. In Paris, where I used to live, this would be a fine neighborhood place but would not rate tourist attention.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I greatly enjoyed our Valentines Day dinner (a day early Feb.13th)! Its very comfortable and a friendly place to have a meal. Food was very good as it always is for each and every course. An interesting wine list were we always manage to find a hidden gem. It made for a most enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

We have liked Le Chat Noir in the past, but this time the music was awful and too loud.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

It's not close enough for us to be a neighborhood restaurant - wish it were, because we always enjoy dining here. There's a wide range of choices - hits this time were the crevettes de Calanques (six or seven very tasty shrimp atop "brik" and the sweetbreads main course (w/ polenta, celery, and carrot); the basic steak-frites was also excellent. There's also a nicely varied wine list, though if you really can't find something you like, we noted that some diners were BYO - is there a deal there? Service was excellent and friendly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

2nd time we've been-food was delicious! Comfortable, neighbor hood kind of ambience. Will go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food and atmosphere, as always, were great. We are always pleased with our dining experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent food, presentation and service. The dessert trio was fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We went for crepes. My friend wanted to order a custom crepe and the waiter said she could not. So she had boullabaise instead. My crepe was great - lamb sausage, apples and cranberries. The nutella dessert crepe was very small and seemed to have been warmed up in the microwave rather than freshly made. I like the room, and the french bread is delicious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This is a favorite restaurant and one we frequent. I recommend it to friends for its authentic French cuisine and friendly service and pleasant atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The special mahi mahi was in a delicious sauce, but the amount of seafood was a bit spare. The snail appetizer was sadly thin on the butter sauce. The waiter was kind enough to send it back for more, but that resulted in tough, rubbery snails.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

The shrimp appetizer with Dijon was very good, had the duck and my date had the venison and both were excellent. Felt the escargot was overcooked.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I never leave reviews but this place was not good and ruined a special occasion. Went here on the last day of restaurant week. The menu was slightly different than what was online. Our server was brand new (told us 1st day) but was still very nice and capable- hated that the upper management seemed to be helicoptering her performance. Told us they didn't have a beer that was on the menu and tried to blame our waitress for saying the wrong thing. Learned they actually did have it after we ordered something else. The food was terrible. Ordered fish which tasted old and fishy and coq au vin which was just bland and slimy. Dessert was fine but mouse tasted like made out of a package. Crape was just fine. Will definitely not be eating here again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

consistently tasty food , attentive service and good value

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We have been going to La Chat Noir for years and always enjoyed it understanding a haughty French attitude was simply part of the charm. This past Sunday we wanted a special place to take our grandson who had just achieved something wonderful that morning. The service was abominable. We got (after 15 mins)cold red wine and warm champagne without bubbles. the waitress forgot our order twice finally came back and said there was no quiche Lorraine. We waited 45 minutes for our meal and had to beg for bread and water. No mention of the celebration — why ask if you don’t care. Never again. This place has lost us.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great venue. Main dining area appears to be a covered area built-out into the sidewalk providing a quaint bistro-like setting. Service was attentive. Food was presented well, but the 2 steaks ordered by our group had the appearance that they were recently defrosted.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We hosted a friend who was a newcomer. Most excellent and wide-ranging selection for restaurant week. As regulars we were again pleased to enjoy our neighborhood favorite.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I took a friend to brunch for her long-past birthday. It was her first visit to Chat Noir; I go fairly often. The food was excellent and the overall experience relaxing and positive. Our service, however, was the abrupt and largely absent, the worst by far I’d had there. This is unusual for Chat Noir. It appeared to be our particular waiter who won’t last long if that behavior continues.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I went with a long time friend who was visiting DC. The restaurant wasn't particularly busy. Our first interaction with the server was when he arrrived at the table and said 'Are you ready to order?' and when we hesitated he walked off. I ordered the Beef Normandy. I received a chicken dish. The meals were ordinary, overly creamy, and expensive.

I strongly recommend that you avoid Le Chat Noir.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Chat Noir offers consistently good food and fabulous bread.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Exceptional food! (We've been there numerous times before, but this was the best!)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I love this restaurant. It is a wonderful place for many reasons. The food is wonderful - from the standards to the more inventive, all the ingredients are beautifully woven to create dishes that are both rewarding and comforting, and the bread is amazing! It is a great place to catch up with friends as it is cozy and quiet without feeling like everyone is listening to your every word. In addition, the service was great. Our waiter was attentive yet patient with our pace. This is the true neighborhood gem that deserves more recognition than it seems to get.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

This restaurant is excellent and the food is authentic French Cuisine. Staff is efficient and very courteous. This is our third visit to this fine eatery and we hope to have many more in the future. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I took my older mother to this restaurant on her visit to DC. I was expecting a nice neighborhood gem though was put off by the host who was quite rude and screwed up our bill; he added an additional item (and did not include items on the fixed price menu). What was most insulting is that he accosted my mother with a $3.00 bill as she left the establishment when I was in the bathroom. Note I left a tip of $20 on and $80 bill. I wish in retrospect I would have left it in cash so that I could have easily removed it. The food was very salty like my feelings when I departed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The only good thing about Le Chat Noir is the bus boys . The food took an hour to arrive and was cold. The onion soup had no onions. The crepe dessert was still frozen in the middle and the crepe so tough the other diner had to use a knife. The restaurant had run out of the wine we had ordered but the server didn't let us know that for about 35 minutes. All in all a sad disappointment for what used to be a nice neighborhood establishment.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We always enjoy Chat Noir. It is very dependable in terms of quality. The customer service is exemplary.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Most enjoyable--and lovely food. The noise level, however, was a bit high given it was a Saturday night. I enjoy going to Chat Noir mostly for an early lunch when it is not so crowded--and the food is always good!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Le Char Noir is a well kept secret....with a assorted menu for all palates, a varied daily Quiche, the best homemade French bread in Washington, DC and all reasonably priced.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Le Chat Noir is a neighborhood standby. It is a reasonably priced restaurant w/ authentic food and good service. We meet friends and family for dinner periodically, bring friends from out of town or dine there as a couple. The restaurant never disappoints.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very reliable overall. Appetizers, main dishes good, would have liked some dishes to have been warmer and gougeres definitely could have been lighter. Service very friendly and authentic feeling ambiance.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Overall, our visit to the restaurant was good. I ordered the pork chop, and it didn't have much seasoning, but it was ok. In past visits, the Kir Royale drink has been very good, but at this visit, the drink was missing flavor and bubbles.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great brunch deal on Travelzoo, check it out, you will not be disappointed!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food nice place relaxing good date spot to go

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This neighborhood gem has good food and a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. We go often--the menu and wine list provide a variety of tasty options.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Pleasant cozy spot. Good service. Reasonable prices. Nice place for a catch-up lunch with friends. Tables spaced appropriately, lower noise level, attentive but unintrusive service. However, food was a bit disappointing. Atlantique omelet was a huge mass of plain bland eggs with a few tiny bit of salmon. No herbs or any hint of flavoring was noticeable. Salad, decent but ordinary. This was a very limited food sampling so will give another try or teo as all other features of the place are welcoming.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Nice ambiance, food was lousy. Poorly prepared and not according to any French menu I've ever eaten from -- and I have had many French meals. Server was not trained in service. All-around felt like amateur hour.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Chat Noir many times and will return. On this occasion we were disappointed with our table, which was upstairs by the bar.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We first ate at Le Chat Noir in DC in the 90's when our son was a student at AU. We have eaten here several times per year since and always enjoy a very high quality meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

A wonderful neighborhood restaurant worthy of a visit.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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