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Le DeSales

4.6
4.6
549 Reviews
$30 and under
French / Japanese
Le DeSales, a restaurant located in South Dupont, across the street from the historic Mayflower Hotel. Upon reopening in December, Michelin-starred Chef Raphael François has brought back his most popular dishes while teaming with award winning Sushi Master Noriaki Yasutake (formally SEI Restaurant) presenting French/Asian cuisine, including a full sushi menu (signature Fish and Chips Roll) in an informal, cozy, and romantic setting. For its bar program, Le DeSales features a specialty cocktail menu including Liquid Wasabi, Asian Pear Sangria and on draft, GoldenBeard and the DeSales Rickey. The specialized wine list includes diversified appellations encompassing regions as unexpected as Macedonia and Portugal, with a concise focus on France, Italy, and California. Also offering a sake menu and selections of Japanese Whiskeys. Le DeSales is available for large parties, semi-private events, and buyouts. Outdoor seating is available, weather permitting.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French / Japanese, Sushi, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 318-4066

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Raphael Francois & Nori Yasutake

  • Catering

    Please call us directly at 202-450-3998 or Text AVVII at 202-318-4066

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Le DeSales can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (866) 602-7822

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Conneticut Ave

  • Parking details

    Parking: Le DeSales is located between 2 parking garages with easy access to Le DeSales. Street parking is also an option.

  • Public transit

    Le DeSales is located by the historic Mayflower hotel at 1725 DeSales Street, NW. We're two blocks from Farragut North Metro accessible on the red line and four blocks from the Farragut West Metro accessible on the orange, blue and silver lines.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 549 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet restaurant next to the Mayflower Hotel. Excellent food and service! Enjoyable dining experience!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and great food and cocktails! The staff clearly cares about quality of food and experience.
  3. GS

    GailS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very well prepared, particularly the branzino. Server was extremely pleasant and helpful. We were there very early, before any noise or crowds.
  4. F

    Frenchis85

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is great! And food are very delicious
  5. N

    Nate

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I was a big fan of Le Desales before the pandemic, but hadn’t been back since February 2020. Unfortunately, the menu has changed a lot and the quality has declined dramatically. The food is now quite mediocre although the atmosphere is still nice and the staff worked hard to please, I probably won’t be back.
  6. y

    yumyum

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party were first timers. Extraordinary, lovely, service from Vincent! Loved the perfectly executed salmon ñ; then even deboned the whole fish for us after overhearing us debate! Wonderful creme brûlée, good enough to share…but you won’t want to! Liked it so much, we’ve planned another larger gathering there!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was top notch. Food was high quality and reasonably priced. Definitely will be back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Interesting concept with an aim at French-Japanese fusion. Great service, the venue is nice for the price, but the food didn't really match with our palate. Importantly, most sushi items are based on cooked fish/meet which is not our cup of tea.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here at Le DeSales, we loved it so much! Great service and very friendly, very welcoming and great team work. Good are delicious!!! We will be back again.
  10. CM

    ChristianM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive staff and great wine recommendations
  11. M

    Musicadeclub

    Edinburgh

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me gustó el sushi de cebiche y la albóndiga y el camarero fue muy agradable
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute pleasure of an experience. The food is incredible, unique and imaginative. The staff is professional and kind, and made for a wonderful dining experience.
  13. SG

    SusanG

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!!!! The best dining experience I’ve had in a long time!
  14. LB

    LindaB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The skirt steak was the best we ever had. Great service and ambience!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    It was overall
  16. f

    formerfoodie

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Inventive food and cocktails. Generally all well executed except that some of the mains could have used a bit more seasoning.
  17. c

    cecfrench

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food ! Really good mix of flavors and amazing staff . The crème brûlée est delicious and the twist on n’agiriez with the Camembert a surprising dish . The cockatiels were great.We really enjoyed our night and the pricing is very reasonable . Fantastic place for good food and good time .
  18. PM

    PiaM

    Cleveland

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    We went for my friend’s birthday. Food was delicious. We tried the skirt steak and sushi. The fish and chips sushi was something the waiter recommended and it was definitely unique. Our waiter was so friendly and polite. He brought my friend a complimentary dessert for her bd. Will definitely come back when i visit dc again.
  19. SW

    SheldonW

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The food was very rushed. We had really just started on our appetizers when the main course came out. Instead of waiting until we were finished with the appetizers, the waiter put all of our main course down on the table in front of us. The sushi was excellent. The meatball was average. The french fries were cold
  20. k

    kdmeit

    Washington DC

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Not exactly French-Japanese fusion but two separate menus. Both are tasty but somewhat odd to navigate. We started with Himachi crudités paired with country pate and french bread followed by a lovely selection of creative sushi rolls and nigiri and a delicious French-style grilled Bronzino. All paired with refreshing cloudy sake. A little confusing to the palate but fun nonetheless.
  21. MM

    MatthewM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salmon and broccolini were seasoned just to my (moderate) liking, and the pinot blanc was true to its description.
  22. B

    Brenda

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best bartender, Aberto, (pleae excuse spelling if incorrect). He gave us great suggestions for food choices and was so personable and fun!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Had a reservation. Host refused to seat me. Ended up having a great time at the bar.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the sushi and French options. Can’t wait to come back. Billy the GM was amazing. Exceptional service and wine selection
  25. JA

    JACKD

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven't dined here, it should be high on your list. We enjoyed excellent food and exceptional service. Try the Hamachi crudo and the Bronzino with a bottle of the Pinot Blanc. This is our new favorite restaurant.
  26. FG

    FloG

    Miami

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    It is more of a Sushi and Crudo place than a French restaurant. Wine options are not the same of what they have listed online. I had much higher expectations and I was somewhat disappointed
  27. C

    Cathy

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique and delicious sushi - shrimp beignet and spicy tuna were excellent as was the salmon entree. Loved the innovative and fun cocktails too. Service was terrific. A definite do-over.
  28. AS

    AnneS

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, great service and excellent sushi rolls!
  29. RN

    RachelN

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was lovely and the restaurant itself is beautifully decorated. It really is a secluded gem. I can’t wait to go back and have more of their inventive and delicious sushi!
  30. EC

    ECLamb

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, warm and welcoming service. The space is loud, so if you want a quiet meal, this might not be the best choice.
  31. HB

    HannahB

    Little Rock

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful, intimate space. Excellent for a date night or double date, probably not the spot for a larger group. Menu is a little eclectic - French dishes, charcuterie, sushi, global fare - but manageable and everything we tried was very tasty. Cocktails were exceptional. Most highly recommended as a date night spot for drinks and a snack.
  32. JH

    JessicaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    We ordered the Valentine’s Day pre fix, the lobster sushi option was not in fact lobster and was not told to us, until after we said something to our server. They tried to do right by comping cocktails we had before dinner, which I appreciated the thought, however, the negligence of not being transparent to their diners was too off putting. The cocktails that were comped were mediocre at best. Certainly will not go back nor recommend the restaurant to anyone I know.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pre fix menu was amazing and every bite was super delicious. Would definitely come back here. We went there for a Valentines day special so the menu was different than the usual.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good and ambiance was perfect!
  35. RJ

    RebeccaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Friendly staff. Incredible food and drinks.
  36. MA

    MichaelA

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Billy and his staff were wonderful. We tried the restaurant a few weeks ago and returned very quickly. Creative food and wonderful attention to detail.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went on a very busy night and there appeared to be about 2-3 servers on rotation so in the beginning service was a little slow, but as the night progressed one of the servers, who wasn’t our original server (wish we got his name) made sure we were properly taken care of and continued to consistently check on us. Other than that the food was delicious especially the beef tartare, which ended up being our favorite dish of the night. The NY Steak was also really great and beautifully prepared. For our drinks we ordered the lavender margarita which we both described as “okay” since it was tasty but nothing to write home about.
  38. SA

    StacieA

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a large party and it was a busy night but we’re treated like we were the most important table in the place. Food was outstanding with fun takes on traditional sushi, perfect steak, delicious fish and of course great cocktails. Highly recommend End a visit. Staff were so busy but never appeared stressed or frustrated. Bravo Le DeSales. Welcome back
  39. EB

    ElizabethB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal and time. Would love to come back again.
  40. CM

    CMTL

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Happy to see Le DeSales open again, although we miss the familiar faces from before the pandemic . Nevertheless, the new staff was excellent, and the food tasted delicious , especially the burger, parmesan dusted fries, and broccolini . The ambiance was mostly pleasant and comfortable, in spite of background music that seemed not to fit the crowd or the environment. Overall, very satisfying experience.

FAQs

Le DeSales is rated 4.6 stars by 549 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Le DeSales

1725 Desales St NW Washington, DC 20036

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Conneticut Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French / Japanese, Sushi, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking: Le DeSales is located between 2 parking garages with easy access to Le DeSales. Street parking is also an option.

  • Public transit

    Le DeSales is located by the historic Mayflower hotel at 1725 DeSales Street, NW. We're two blocks from Farragut North Metro accessible on the red line and four blocks from the Farragut West Metro accessible on the orange, blue and silver lines.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Raphael Francois & Nori Yasutake

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 318-4066

  • Catering

    Please call us directly at 202-450-3998 or Text AVVII at 202-318-4066

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Le DeSales can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (866) 602-7822

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