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Le DeSales

4.5
4.5
491 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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Booked 7 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French / Japanese, Sushi, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Happy Hour
    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 450-3998

  • 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

  • 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

Menu

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What 491 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very attentive bartender and great happy hour deals went on all night

  2. KK

    KateK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience. Delicious food, polished professional service.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Le DeSales was a wonderful experience. The food was incredible and the manager and waitstaff were kind and accommodating. I’d gladly go back

  4. RM

    RonM

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    2nd day open. Chaotic, yes but they didn't have selections on the menu.

  5. R

    Rusty

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friend had the orange curry soup and endive salad and I had the beef bourguignin special which were delicious. Service was efficient and very pleasant.

  6. a

    afhj

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The $27 lunch special is quite good. Portions are not small! So we decided against dessert. I thought the pate was especially tasty.

  7. h

    heyarnold

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A delicious meal! For food, we ordered the burrata, the cavatelli, and the duck and split every dish between the two of us. We were both plenty full (and had arrived quite hungry) at the end. The mushrooms in both the burrata and the cavatelli were amazing, and the duck was one of the best I've had. The fat was perfectly rendered and deliciously crispy. We ordered the Daisy Basil cocktail for two solely for the fun of a cocktail meant for two, but it was quite sweet and was reminiscent of a white sangria. That was the only strike on the evening. The bread in the bread basket was beautiful, though a bit confusing to have it served with what I think was a honey butter. It was oddly sweet and I think a nice herb butter would have been a better complement. Regardless, we had a delicious meal and the service was outstanding. We will definitely be returning. I want to dive deeper into their amazing wine list!

  8. F

    Fooodddd

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service, and set-up of the restaurant. Also, while the food was very upscale, the music was 80's and 90's hits which I loved.

  9. BF

    BarbF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waitress and chef accommodated food allergies. Would definitely go there again. Delicious! Note: only certain wines available by the glass.

  10. JC

    JohnC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tom Sietsema's 2017 review still holds up three years later. The food is excellent, and the $27 lunch special remains a very good deal. Well worth a visit.

  11. MS

    MatthewS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Prices were a little different from the online menu and the in-restaurant menu, but not pricey enough to balk over. Great service and delicious food. Cute spot.

  12. m

    marciak

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    great food. fabulous location and excellent service. Our waiter knew how to make my drink. That counts!!!!!!!!!!

  13. BT

    BeckiT

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Restaurant Week was great here.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Valentine’s Day menu was great!

  15. KH

    KathleenH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The charcuterie combo is excellent and you get to pick what you want on it.

  16. W

    Warren

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Once again, just a great place to have dinner. Not inexpensive, but a good value for the level of quality and the level of service. HIGHLY recommend!

  17. HB

    HenriB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    It is terribly noisy and one cannot have a conversation across the table. Terrible

  18. J

    Jason

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Good service from waitress and maître d'. Cocktails were well made (I had an aged Negroni). Entrees were mixed - one was great, the other was so-so. Prices for everything were a little high for what it was, but within norms for DC. Biggest reason it didn't get five stars overall was how noisy the restaurant was, even only 60% full on a weeknight. I'm young and have great hearing, and my companion and I had a hard time talking even at adjacent seats. I don't know how someone older or with hearing problems would manage, or how you could talk across a table, or what would happen if the place were packed.

  19. l

    lucretious

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    good food, great service. IMHO not a candidate for top tier of restaurants in dc but definitely worth a visit.

  20. DM

    DannyM

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great food and amazing staff that makes you feel special

  21. MC

    MichaelC

    Houston

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    For being a French restaurant I did not totally get that flavor. The prices were reasonable waitress outstanding . We had unexpected guests join us so we all tried several courses all good but none got that yummy taste but overall still a solid 4

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Lunch menu is a little limiting.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall1food2service2ambience2

    Went for restaurant week. The food they offered was cheap and not particularly exciting. There was no value in the offering. The service was rushed. Remarkably unimpressive.

  24. ML

    MargaretL

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Good (but noisy) lunch at Le DeSales. I definitely recommend this place -- especially for those looking for a location for a business/weekday lunch option in the Connecticut and K Street area. The french-themed menu has a nice variety of options that don't require you to forego healthiness for tastiness. Deviled eggs were good (filling could have been a bit creamier) and I like that they came with greens. Pate was quite flavorful as well. My companions had the cod, which came with a very nice and substantial bed of vegetables. Timely and polite service. Very noisy -- three people seated at a small 4-top had a hard time hearing each other.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience4

    Appetizers were excellent. Entrees were not that good. The steak was overdone and the crabcakes were mostly filler. The service was absolutely amazing though! Our server was outstanding. I would go back for charcuterie and cheese.

  26. DB

    DwightB

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Nothing salty and nothing too sweet. The mushroom soup was absolutely great and not a miserly serving. The same for the cod, an unexpected piece of cod within a plate of accompaniments of veggies and other ingredients that were very tasty. All the food was fresh. Not sure what the sauce was but certainly added to the enjoyment of the food. The chocolate tort was good. The presentation was pleasing and the service accommodating. This a go-back-to place. I'm anxious to return for a dinner time menu.

  27. LN

    LarryN

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner at Le DeSales was excellent. The food was superb, the service was knowledgeable and attentive, and the ambiance was delightful. Highly recommended.

  28. JR

    JosephR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great service and an excellent meal, well priced.

  29. IL

    ILuvRamen

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Very french restaurant. The waiters are trained and appear to speak french. The menu had enough options but not too many where you are overwhelmed. Servers give great suggestions. I had the duck and the creme brûlée for desert. I would definitely go again and try something new.

  30. M

    Maria

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Wonderful service, good atmosphere, but beef tartar was the worst I’ve ever tried. Serviced on a long baguette with mayonnaise, with tons on onions and a few drops of oversalted beef. Doesn’t worth the money, and tastes nothing like real tartar. Had a stomach ache at night. Duck pate was great —as always. And service was excellent.

  31. E

    Edward

    Montreal

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was celebrating my wedding anniversary and my wife and i were received very friendly. We were also offered a free glass of sparkling wine for this significative ocassion. Great service and very good food. I really recommend it.

  32. AS

    ArchanaS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Great service. Okay food. I asked the bartender for a suggestion for a fresh drink, he suggested wine. Nuff said. But the service was great from the bar and the wait staff.

  33. KG

    KarenG

    Portland

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time visiting this restaurant and can't wait to go back! Food was amazing ... special lentil soup, flank steak and fries, Duorado, and more! Wine list was very good and the sommelier was very knowledgeable. Great food and wine and the service was perfect.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I very much felt like a Very Important Person: checked into regularly; easy exchanges with management memorable sea bass - delectable!

  35. L

    Laney

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice location and efficient service. Food a bit overspiced. No bread offered despite ordering soup. Coffee refills not offered either.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very nice place with good food at a reasonable price

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner with a friend I had not seen in years before a show. Terrific dining experience. Cannot believe the quality you get for money! I had the venison, which was tenderized perfectly and had a phenomenal sauce, and my friend got a pasta dish that was excellent. Will definitely be back.

  38. LF

    LouF

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Not up to previous meals

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best cheeseburger ever.

  40. S

    Smarttoddy

    New Orleans

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place which is walk-able from my hotel. Also great service, a good wine list and wonderful food.

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Le DeSales is rated 4.5 stars by 491 OpenTable diners

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Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Le DeSales

1725 Desales St NW Washington, DC 20036

  • Cross street

    Conneticut Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Happy Hour
    Tue–Fri 5:00 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) 450-3998

  • Catering

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

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