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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: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Le Chat Noir Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (39)
Authentic (31)
Good for a Date (26)
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Cozy (25)
Special Occasion (24)
Casual (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
Romantic (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Great for Brunch (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Healthy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (5)
People Watching (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 7 days ago

I cannot be impartial - I love this place - it is good - it has always been good - we went there about 5 years ago and it was good then. We live out of state and often want to return just to eat at this place!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We love this great neighborhood restaurant. The staff are always friendly and welcoming. The food is delicious - the menu has a nice mixture of traditional and modern French dishes. A lovely piece of France in Tenleytown!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I have enjoyed Le Chat Noir on many occasions. However, the food on my recent visit was inedible. The fish was overcooked and rubbery; the salad was stale and slimy; and the flavor pf everything was unappetizing. I didn't signal the waiter to come over, since I was intent on visiting with my friend, but he also didn't stop by to see how everything was until well after my friend had finished his dinner, so even though he then offered to bring me something else, there wouldn't have been time to eat it. I don't think I will go back any time soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful, memorable meal. Lovely wait staff. Reminded me of all the good things about a cozy French restaurant

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everyone's food arrived cold. Crepe starter was okay but not much flavor to any of the dishes other than the sauce for the frogs legs appetizer but the frogs legs themselves seemed to have been cooked separately and then put with the sauce. I had duck. My wife had the calves liver with prune and star anis sauce, she said that the liver and sauce were cold with little flavor and the liver was dried out.

I bought mineral water with gas and had it stored by the table in a wine bucket by the table to keep it cold but this did not stop the server from pouring tap water from a jug into my half full glass and destroying it. I gave my ruined water back and drew attention to the fact it was mineral water that they had just served me but they never offered to replace and just used more of my bottle to give me a new glass. 5 minutes later they attempted to pour more tap water into my mineral water but I stopped him in time.

We are English and have eaten in a lot of French restaurants in Europe and USA (including some around DC) and the food at this restaurant did not compare well.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Another lovely evening at Le Chat Noir. Wine tasting followed by a leisurely dinner. I always look forward to our visits. Food is great. Service is attentive and on point, but not intrusive.
The only problem is I want to go back the next night.
Thanks again for a great evening!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent dinner once more. Mussels and frites were just right along with the half price wine by the glass.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

A solid neighborhood favorite. We have eaten here breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have brought several guests and Le Chat Noir never fails to please.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Tables are ckose; but food is very good as is the sevice. But it is to be $100 + light after a dinner for two with but a glass of win apiece.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Chat Noir has been a local gem for many years. It keeps a good quality menu and an authentic French cuisine and the wine list is good and reasonably priced . The service is very good.

Last Saturday we had dinner with friends.

The food was good but for one of the plates that was not in the specials of the day list, a fish in a puff pastry. It was ok, but the pastry was hard. the rest of the choices were vey good.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

It took a while to get the waiter to bring us a menu, but after that things went pretty smoothly. The food was delicious and a very nice ambiance.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We come here every 2 months or so. Our server wasn’t the friendliest chap.— the questions I asked him weren’t cleared up and he had his eyes and energy elsewhere. We were seated next to an extremely loud and obscene man who yelled
The F word the whole night and was disrupting a lot of other people as well.
My starter shrimp salad wasn’t tasty, bland and not as described. Fish was very good, bar took a long time, just not great this time around.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great bistro atmosphere..lovely food. Felt like we were back in France.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was excellent as was the service. We were seated upstairs next to a very noisy table and it was sometimes hard to hear my table mates.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We arrived very late for our reservation, but they seated us at an excellent upstairs table, just the same. Traditional French cuisine for dinner with excellent flambe crepes for dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Charming and pleasant small restaurant. The food was very good.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Le Chat Noir is my go-to French restaurant/bistro. The food is consistently good, creative, well-executed, and the service is excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Le Chat Noir may be the hidden secret of the neighborhood. Beautiful food, great service, parking and a casual atmosphere.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I always have a a good meal at a reasonable price and the noise level is OK

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Birthday celebration. Enjoyed the meal very much, from soup to dessert. Saturday evening, brisk business, overflowing with people and casual gaiety. I'd return. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food is spectacular, and seriously French. We were excited to see pate and escargots on the appetizer menu, the bouillabaisse was rich and delicious. We sat there for nearly two hours and nobody said boo.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

A freindly french restaurant to enjoy with friends and family , especially for brunch on Sunday.
We liked very much the food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I am very fond of their traditional fare - crepes, sweet breads, steak frites.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We like this restaurant very much and have been before, often with out of town guests. However, I generally feel that the service could improve. This time, our waitress took drink orders for the table but was in such a rush that she skipped me. Also, although our reservation was made through Open Table and I received several reminders, the restaurant did not have our reservation. Luckily they were able to seat us anyway.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

My wife and I had been twice before. This, the third visit, was the best. We will be back again but not soon, as we live about 40-45 miles away.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always a fun place, food was good, service attentive, if a bit awkward. We were there early so the place was mostly full of older folk, not an issue unless you want something younger. My business partner picked up the tab so I didn't see the overall bill but food was tasty, particularly the duck. We both order the smoked salmon appetizer with asparagus which was delicious. The upstairs bar is more hip, good for first dates.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Dinner meal was very good. Wish tables hadn't been so close together in open area dining; wasn't clear to us when waiter displayed a dessert to us, if it was part of special dinner meal or acknowledging the person for special occasion (birthday). And last, we ordered a flambé crepe that was way over priced for a teeny tiny sliver of a crepe with 3 or 4 cherries.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We will definitely return. Not many restaurants that are quiet.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Best French bread outside of France. The salade Nicoise is excellent. The grilled tuna was slightly spicy and served rare as ordered, and the greens were all very fresh. Service was attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Le Chat Noir never fails to deliver excellent food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It was a beautiful day, life-long friends, and a wonderful birthday celebration topped by wonderful crepes and a candle on the dessert.

Had asked for a quiet corner due to a serious hearing problem. They put us in a private room.

Absolutely lovely experience. Had been there multiple times before, but will not wait so long to return. I live in Virginia.

I did compliment the owner.

By the way, I have told numerous people how impressed I was with the reservation process. Perfecto!

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

A new neighborhood favorite for us; the food is terrific. We have eaten there twice in recent weeks and will return over and over again. Service is smooth and responsive. It all works, making a very pleasant dining experience. We like seating in the front patio - whether open or enclosed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Decided to go as we did not want to do a "chain" restaurant. It was a good decision. Wait staff was attentive width being obstructive. Food was good. Very nice atmosphere.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We enjoyed our fixed-price brunch, despite the fact that the restaurant had run out of our chosen entrees, at only 1:15 in the afternoon! The service was good. Although we sat on the covered patio conversation still was a challenge. Nevertheless, we would return, as the menu is quite extensive, well prepared, and good value.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Awesome brunch! Wonderful fresh baked baguettes, great coffee, classy french lunch and typical Parisian bistro food ... the fries are great as well!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food is always very good -- and the crepes are special. Good, alert-but-non-intrusive service, and quiet enough that you can have good conversations. One of our favorites

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We dined on a TravelZoo voucher. The food was excellent although the menu had changed from what was advertised when we bought the voucher in July. The service was good. We will return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My husband and I together with another couple enjoyed a wonderful meal. The service and atmosphere together with delicious food made for the perfect combination. I look forward to going again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent meal with my husband on a Saturday night. Second time for him. Charming space. Authentic cuisine. Service was excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Enjoyed restaurant week menu which was delicious.

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