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Le Sel, Washington, DC

Le Sel

4.1
4.1
134 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Le Sel is an authentic gathering place rooted in the fabric of DC’s dynamic culture. Serving approachable French classics with a twist, this reimagined French bistro offers an intimate and energetic environment just steps from Dupont and Logan Circle.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, French American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sun 7:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 234-6390
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Walter Silva
  • Catering
    PLANNING AN EVENT? Request a Proposal Let us help you organize a custom meeting that's anything but business as usual. Just email us at Sales@thebanneker.com or call us at 202-234-6393, and an expert member of our team will be in touch to guide you through all the details to ensure your event is a success.
  • Private party facilities
    PLANNING AN EVENT? Request a Proposal Let us help you organize a custom meeting that's anything but business as usual. Just email us at Sales@thebanneker.com or call us at 202-234-6393, and an expert member of our team will be in touch to guide you through all the details to ensure your event is a success.
  • Neighborhood
    Dupont Circle
  • Cross street
    16th St NW & O Street NW
  • Parking details
    O and P St
  • Public transit
    Dupont Circle Station
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunday Brunch

    $40.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us every Sunday for Le Sel's fabulous Sunday brunch. Indulge in favorites such as decadent French toast, creamy avocado toast, heavenly croque monsieur, and more. Enjoy live jazz and feel the buzz of the city while dining on our outdoor patio. Top it off with a mimosa or two and Sunday will become your new favorite day! Menu Price is a la carte and excludes alcoholic drinks. $40 is an estimate Price based of the highest priced item and does not include additional items, service charge and local taxes. View here https://bit.ly/44h9viy.
    Sunday Brunch Photo

What 134 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    French

134 Reviews
  1. RachelM72

    Miami

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience for date night. The manager was extremely nice and gifted us an appetizer and was attentive. Great food, great experience!

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  2. Kmwr

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food at Le Sel really exceeded our expectations! Everything we tried was delicious. Strongly recommend the sea salt tasting, raclette, baby gem salad, braised root vegetables, duck breast (big enough to share), and trout. Service was mediocre and it was cold near the window, but would definitely eat there again.

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  3. KristieKR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I really enjoyed my dinner here and did not think it was under seasoned or bland. The only item I would critique is that bread does not come with the mussels.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fairly bland for being French cuisine. The escargot lacked any flavor, but the tuna tartare was a saving grace. The mushrooms in the risotto were overcooked, and the duck confit was as well. The bartender did make a stellar Old Fashioned, and the server who helped us was phenomenal. Even though it wasn’t our actual sever. I’ve learned to stay away from hotel restaurants, as they should cater to more of their guests and not locals.
    Le SelResponded 6 days ago
    Thanks for the feedback. We're sorry to hear that our food did not meet your expectations. We strive to create unique and flavorful dishes, so it's disappointing to hear that the escargot, duck confit, and risotto didn't hit the mark for you. We're glad you enjoyed our bartender's Old Fashioned and that our server helped you. We'll certainly take your feedback into account. We hope to have the chance to impress you in the future.

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  5. 07rg

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Just not good enough, in terms of food and service, for the price and the expectations they set. Will not return.
    Le SelResponded 6 days ago
    Hi 07rg, We're sorry to hear that your experience at Le Sel didn't meet your expectations. We strive to provide exceptional food and service, and it's clear we fell short this time. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to improve. We hope you'll reconsider and give us another chance to provide the quality experience you deserve. Best, The Management Team

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service (and management) were engaging and helpful. Also, we appreciated the vegetarian offerings throughout the menu. The warmed bread with butter and a variety of salts sets a **great** tone for the evening, and they added another hot loaf when we’d finished. As a new spot, they’re off to a fantastic start!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was good but it's a very small/limited menu.

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  8. gtlizzie724

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is beautifully designed, with lovely ambience and attentive staff. The menu is somewhat limited, but what they have is very good. It was a great choice for a group brunch, and I would definitely go back.

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  9. DarrinS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. Food was creative, fun and well prepared.

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  10. GraemeM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good but the service was not what you would expect. It took an hour before the bread was served. The wait staff didn’t appear to be happy to be working - maybe they were new or under-staffed? One of the wait staff brought us desert but when we said we hadn’t ordered desert, they looked confused and then took it back to the kitchen; then another member of staff brought the desert back to our table and they also looked confused when we told them we hadn’t ordered desert; finally another member of staff said we were being given a complimentary desert because we were celebrating a birthday - what was a genuinely nice gesture turned into an example of the inconsistent service we received.

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  11. anniec64

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was delicious! It was very crowded which was great so service was a bit slow, otherwise the bartender and server were great!

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  12. SamC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I ate there as part of a New Year's Eve event, so I was restricted to just a few choices. What I had, though, was excellent. Breakfast the next morning was also quite good, and promptly served. My only cavil would be that at the four-course dinner -- possibly because of the nature of the event -- the amuse bouche was no given to us.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service by Ricardo. Thank you so much for making a great memory for my family!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can’t say enough good things about Le Sel!! We cancelled our reservations somewhere else because we love the food but more than anything love Emma! Every person at Le Sel treats you like family which only accents the amazing food!!

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  15. CHER

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were both exceptional! Very creative pairings of flavors, and very well-prepared. All of the service personnel were extremely attentive, and seemed to genuinely care about giving their customers an enjoyable dining experience. Highly recommend.

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  16. SzilviaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The service was the worst I’ve had so far in the US. We asked for duck and received pork (!) because the restaurant ran out of duck, so they brought us a pantry of pork salami without asking. The service was extremely poor and impolite, we waited an hour to get our food and the waiter did not even apologize. We were far from finishing our meal when she brought us the bill which contained items we did not order. She talked to us in an extremely rude way.

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  17. LaVIELaVRAIE

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Escargots Disappoint at Le Sel While the steak/frites and duck were enjoyable, the escargots at Le Sel were a major letdown. They tasted like they came straight from a frozen box, and the overall quality was subpar. Additionally, my lentils were lukewarm, which was a frustrating dining experience. Despite the decent steak and duck, the disappointing escargots and lukewarm lentils make Le Sel an unlikely choice for a memorable meal. Unless you're in the immediate vicinity, there are better restaurants worth seeking out.

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  18. Olivia

    Northern MI

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance was fantastic. Drinks were delicious. Food was good but not out of this world. Service was great

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Advertised as a Beaujolais Nouveau event and they served a Fleurie. 😳. Trout looked and tasted like salmon, French bread disappointing, escargot not traditional and no shell holder, made Kir Royale with rose champagne, Crème brûlée was unrecognizable. Never again.
    Le SelResponded on November 20, 2023
    Dear valued Le Sel guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We truly appreciate your opinion as we constantly strive to provide exceptional service to all our guests. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify that Fleurie is located in the center of Beaujolais. A Fleurie wine is known for its light, silky, and supple texture, with floral, bright blueberry, and red fruit aromas. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our food during your visit. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused and hope that you will give us another chance to exceed your expectations. On behalf of the Le Sel team, we would like to extend a warm invitation to you to visit us again. Best regards, The Le Sel Team

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  20. DavidB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience for me and my team, we had a variety of dietary needs and everyone was blown away.

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  21. Duran1963

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I really liked the vibe of the place: in-door/out-door patio. Beautiful night and well designed. The service was excellent - everyone was very attentive and almost exceedingly helpful. The food and the wine were unfortunately just ok. Nothing exceptional - which I was expecting because of the prices. I had the duck at our waiter's highly and assertive recommendation. It was good but nothing really special. My friend had the fish - also good but again nothing special. I also had breakfast here (I was staying at the hotel). Again, it was ok - I felt they tried really hard, but the food didn't wow me which is a shame because I really did like other aspects of the place. Want to point out in case it's important: not veggie or vegan friendly.

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  22. CindiB

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the Americain. Nothing special. The bread was hard, the staff was unmotivated, and the bill with tip about $30. IHOP would have been much better.

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  23. Alex

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The music was so loud we could barely talk. It was brunch, why do we need to hear edm music playing so loudly in the am? The service was mediocre at best. The server also forgot about one of of our orders. The food was also kind of meh for the price.

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  24. FelipeP

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good place with good service and very good food. However, selection of ambience music is poor and level of sound is too high, that force a non natural conversation.

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  25. Pointspro

    Dallas

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely awesome experience! Exceptional service and delicious food! I will be back!

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  26. CmdrBond

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nothing really stood out. The onion soup was bland, the onions were still crunchy. Everything looked better than it tasted.

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  27. RMD3

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very loud and noisy. Prices for brunch items typical of hotel’s restaurants. Disappointed.

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  28. osvaldos

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It took the waiter 30 minutes to bring me a glass of wine. Then, it him another 30 minutes to bring my meal. And, restaurant was almost empty with only two other tables.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, bad service! Not sure if they're new but our drinks took forever and they were the wrong order. They were also out of the dish we all wanted to order (jumbo crab hash)

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  30. marley

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A lovely space, great outdoor Terrace and indoor seating. Lighting was good, service very good and food would have been great if it hadn’t been too salty! Way too much salt .

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is terrific. Portions are small. Ordered the lychee cocktail and somehow it showed up with a pickled onion in it instead👎🏿

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was good, the food was tasty and nice!

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  33. Loyalcustomer

    Washington DC

    97 reviews

    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice dinner and excellent service, we shall be back!!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cibo veramente molto buono e impiattamento sofisticato e magico. Personale accogliente e disponibile. Inoltre abbiamo conosciuto il cuoco, molto amichevole e simpatico che ci ha spiegato la nuova preparazione dell’anatra. Location da favola.

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  35. LaurenH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation for breakfast, but we had to wait ten minutes before being seated despite there being only two to three tables of customers and at least three members of staff working the floor. I ordered the pastry platter. The filling of the eclairs and the choux puffs was thick and gluey with little sweetness, and three of the desserts incorporated this filling. It was disappointing.

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  36. GeoffM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great and the waiter was very attentive to our needs

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  37. Patricia1949

    New York City

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Chef is skilled! Great food and superb presentation. A gastronomic pleasure. Thank you.

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  38. TheodoreA

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Good modern French food. Poor forgetful service, rarely checked in on, couldn't order second drink

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  39. JodyIndy

    Indiana

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delightful dinner at this French bistro - we sat at a table on the outdoor patio. The lighting was lovely, and nice potted plants helped define the space and offer privacy from the street/sidewalk. The setting of Sel is so nice, and the menu offers plenty of options while also keeping it simple. We had a baguette w/ fresh, deliciously whipped butter and a sampling of different salts, then we had a gorgeous dish with prawns and a fresh, bright green sauce (sort of a salsa verde) as well as a seared octopus appetizer. Our entrees included a classic steak frites and a beautifully prepared roasted half chicken with broccolini. Our cocktail and wine choices were spot on. Above all, we enjoyed the friendly and knowledgeable service which was attentive and personalized. Huge thanks to our wonderful server, Emma and to Chef Walter, who came out to check on us and describe the preparations. You have a reason to be proud of your efforts. Congratulations, you made quite a great impression.

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  40. RSRH

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at Le Sel is always DELICIOUS!! We have been there for Valentine's Day and on week nights, and it has been consistently perfect.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Le Sel is rated 4.1 stars by 134 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 13 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Le Sel

1315 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20005-2205

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    16th St NW & O Street NW
  • Neighborhood
    Dupont Circle
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sun 7:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, French American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    O and P St
  • Public transit
    Dupont Circle Station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Walter Silva
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 234-6390
  • Catering
    PLANNING AN EVENT? Request a Proposal Let us help you organize a custom meeting that's anything but business as usual. Just email us at Sales@thebanneker.com or call us at 202-234-6393, and an expert member of our team will be in touch to guide you through all the details to ensure your event is a success.
  • Private party facilities
    PLANNING AN EVENT? Request a Proposal Let us help you organize a custom meeting that's anything but business as usual. Just email us at Sales@thebanneker.com or call us at 202-234-6393, and an expert member of our team will be in touch to guide you through all the details to ensure your event is a success.
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