Le Sel

4.2
42 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Located on the first level of the Kimpton Banneker Hotel in Washington DC. Le Sel is a French restaurant and bar concept led by Executive Chef Laurent Hollaender, offering artful handcrafted cocktails, local craft beers, and the pursuit of simple honest food. Wine list being heavily European and curated in French Region.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 42 people are saying
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DeneiseF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, impeccable service

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MJMdc
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The adjoining bar is very loud and we had to move tables because we couldn't hear each other. Slow and inattentive service, but a very good meal. Rather unattractive furnishings. But if you just want some reliable, well-prepared food, the tenderloin was cooked to perfection and the salads and desserts were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, food and service! Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is located in the Kimpton hotel. The menu is small but The food is very good. Will need to try their brunch

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vipgattoem
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and properly prepared food at the right temperatures. Cocktails and wine were perfect matches to the dining.

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EMSR
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience at Le Sel. Everyone was very friendly and a special thanks to our waiter Mychalle (sp?). He is awesome. Their menu is limited right now but they only opened in June. We're sure it grow. Wine choices were also limited nut what we had was quite good (we are CA wine snobs)
So check it out.

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MarieM
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t go to Le Sel if you live in Maryland or Virginia. They have no parking. It’s also another basic hotel lobby restaurant. They attempted to serve us dinner on a tiny coffee table. The wait staff is indifferent and the decor is nonexistent. We did not stay and definitely will never go back. This is not the first time I have booked one of open table recommendations and each time it has been a disappointment.

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YvonnickR
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t stay since it was taking 45 minutes to get any assistance and care .. we had to walk out .. very disappointed

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EliR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Mediocre food with terrible service. Completely understaffed.

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IAKA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent experience. The pork belly was one of the best things I’ve eaten recently. The value for the quality is superb as well; I was kind of shocked when the check came out. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and incredible service!

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jessicat
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food and excellent service. Harsh lighting and too many hard surfaces make for a less than comfortable ambiance. Tablecloths and turning off the overhead lights at the very least would make a great improvement.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Restaurant seemed understaffed and servers were nice but didn’t appear to be well trained, especially for a restaurant at this price point. Food was good but nothing to write home about. I had the pork belly, which was flavorful, but the salad it came with was inedible and I’m not usually a picky eater. It took at least 15 minutes to get our bottle of wine and my husband asked for bread two times and we never got any. Will not be recommending or returning.

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YakovM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The food is good but nothing outstanding. The service was sloppy. We were waiting for a cup of tea that we ordered as we arrived for 40 minutes. The food arrival took quite some time too.

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vipCarlNation
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was good. Food was ok. Restaurant on the louder side. Not because it was busy but lacked sound absorbing materials.

Le Sel
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thanks CarlNation for your feedback. We'll definitely review this with our team so your next visit is a better experience! Le Sel team

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vipJSLee
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Saturday morning brunch with wife. Nice ambience and good food! Service was attentive without overdoing. Overall very nice.

Le Sel
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi JSLee, Thanks for your visit and glad you enjoyed our brunch! Don't forget to grab a mimosa or a latte and enjoy the fall weather on our patio for your next visit Le Sel Team

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GwynnieJT
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great new French bistro! Luckily, the weather was perfect so we were able to take advantage of the outdoor seating. Le Sel has a stellar HH menu from 5-7P Monday-Friday including $10 wines and starters like roasted prawns and frites. Although not on the HH menu, I had to get the escargot served piping hot and bathed in butter, garlic and parsley—phenomenal! My friend had the grilled peach salad and she raved about the balanced flavors. For the cocktail crowd, get the Sidecar featuring Pierre Ferrand cognac. Our server was outstanding—the food, drink, ambiance and service made Le Sel one of the loveliest dining experiences I’ve had in quite some time. Highly recommended!

Le Sel
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi GwynnieJT, Thanks for visiting us and enjoying our HH menu items! Come back again and enjoy this cool weather upon us on the patio. Le Sel Team

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vipLauren
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great time with Johnny. But, it would be great if you could add shrubs or some landscaping to try to block out some of the sound and sight traffic from 16th street. Otherwise it’s great!

Le Sel
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi Lauren! We have plans on new landscaping work and patio furniture coming very soon! Hopefully those items can block out the traffic sounds. Le Sel

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vipJeremyM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic. The vibe of the space reminds you of France, warm, inviting and overall great experience.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hi JeremyM, Thanks for your amazing feedback! We are excited that we made your night feel so special. Cooler weather ahead of us so we'll see you on our patio! Le Sel

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BoldFoodie
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were so glad to find a same-day reservation in a restaurant that has received rave reviews and appears on the best restaurant lists. It was even better to receive such a friendly welcome from all the staff, the bartender, and the servers. The food was delicious and fresh. I loved the tomatoes and burrata salad and the scallops entre. This was one of the few times I have completely cleaned up my plate, other times have been at The Dabney. We are already planning the next time we will go and bring friends.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hi BolFoodie, We are glad to have hosted your evening and appreciated your patronage! We are excited for your friends to come try next time Le Sel

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Foodlover
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Other than the fact that the place was mostly empty partly due to the fact that they only opened in July and this is August, Congress is on vacation, and so are a lot of other people, this place is truly exceptional. Food was a five out of five and I rarely get that high of a rating. Service was also five out of five. When this place catches on, it’s going to get packed

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hi Foodlover, Now that August is over, we are getting back into the swing of packed house! Come on back and enjoy a cool weather in our patio seating Le Sel

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vipkylem
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great addition to the neighborhood. We really enjoyed the restaurant week menu and it was a good value.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hi Kylem, We had an amazing DC Restaurant week due to your support and expect some amazing menus for future Restaurant Week participations! Le Sel

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camdenm
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a wonderful meal and look forward to returning. The Restaurant Week menu was quite varied and had great options. Menu should fit a range of tastes, from those less adventurous to those wanting to try something new. Really want to come back and "run the menu" as everything we had was delicious and beautifully presented.

Service was a little slow to begin as we were served by the bartender, who then got busy with other orders. But the team rallied and we were well taken care of.

Place was overall not too loud but we were 8 ft away from bartender, so heard all the ice shaking for cocktails. If you are more toward the middle of the restaurant, I would not worry about noise.

Space is beautiful.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hi Camdenm, Our first time with DC Restaurant week and glad you enjoyed the experience! We hope to see you back to try our regular menus! Le Sel

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vipamsNYC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amaaaazing cocktails. Very professional yet warm service and food is the most delicious version you could imagine of each dish. Not one misstep. They only recently opened and are observing Covid protocols so you must book in advance.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hi AmsNYC, We are glad you guys enjoyr your night out with us. We love to see you soon Le Sel

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Greg
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our server was fantastic and sweet. The food was pretty mediocre but the space is well designed.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks Greg for your feedback, We hope to WOW you on your next visit! Le Sel

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vipCDC63
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service really set this place apart. From the moment we walked in, the hospitality and even joy of the staff was palpable. I felt like I was among friends and well-taken care of. The vesper martini was also one of the best I’ve had in the city. Hostess and server were top-notch. I look forward to returning.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hi CDC63, We are thrilled your experience was fabulous and top notch! Our team is always excited to hear feedback highlighting hospitality! We love to see you soon Le Sel

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vipMichaelD
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent experience

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks MichaelD, Weathers getting cooler so come on back and enjoy a patio night in our restaurant! Le Sel

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vipjjcc
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The appetizers were delicious (the tomato carpaccio, the tartine and the grilled peach salad). The fries were thin and crispy - yes! The service was amazing, the cocktails were very good. It was a beautiful day so having the doors open was very pleasant. Only downside was it was pricey.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks JJCC, Weathers getting cooler means more patio time! Hope to see you back in the patio Le Sel

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vipLeannH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fabulous service (thanks to Johnny)!

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks LeannH, Johnny is a superstar and glad you enjoyed his service! Le Sel

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Food was average, Noise level is too loud.
Service was ok.
The restaurant is inside a Krimpton hotel.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks for your feedback! We are working on creating memorable experiences for our guests so come back and try us again! Le Sel

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vipClare
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had much higher hopes for this place. Service was very friendly but slow; took forever to even get drinks. Food was fine but not great, and the ambiance was not that special.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hi Clare, Thanks for your feedback and we hope to WOW you on your next visit! Le Sel

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vipChristieP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I came here 3 times in the last week, having had one wonderful dinner with a friendly (but I think novice) waitperson. Second time I came, they forgot to give us the pate on the charcuterie board, but since I knew about it and asked, we got it. Drink service especially slow and the server's knowledge about the wines and the food was minimal but friendly. Last night I went again and all the dishes I had eaten the first time were not as good, the plump shrimp were now drowned in sauce. They didn't have one of the draft beers so I tried a different one, didn't like it and asked for a Stella. It came in a glass that was almost full and turned out to be the beer I didn't like in the first place, they were out of Stella. The server didn't tell me, his boss came over and said he'd made that decision, did I want something else. Given the wait time, no, I'd settle for it. I told the waiter that he would have had a better tip if he had TOLD me that he was giving me a different beer. He apologized and charged me for it anyway. I was hoping this place would become a go-to fave rave after my first dinner there. Now I'm going to wait at least 6 months to see if they can get their act together. I think the chef is good. Disappointing!

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks ChristieP for your feedback, Our team will review and make adjustments as necessary for better experiences in the future Le Sel

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vipDaveS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A good place that just opened and still feels like it’s getting started. It definitely has potential - I hope

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks DaveS, Appreciate your patronage and we are working towards creating a memorable experience for our guests so hope to see you soon! Le Sel

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Megan
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

great food, service was a quite slow unfortunately.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks Megan for your feedback! We will definitely review this with our team and hope your next visit is 5 star!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoy the cocktails. So on point for the summer. Lovely service.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks and always being creative with cocktails so come back and try other ones before summer is officially over!

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TimM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the interior design absolutely beautiful, we can only highly recommend.

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Dear TimM, We are glad you had a fabulous experience and can't wait to host you and your friends soon! Le Sel

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vipWBranham
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new addition to 16th street

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks WBranham, We are glad to be part of 16th St and here to stay for long time! Weather's getting cooler so come on our and enjoy our patio! Le Sel

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whatif
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New spot… just opened so service was off but the can do spirit was evident. That goes a long way. The staff will be ready when everything opens up again. Good luck guys, we really enjoyed ourselves. We’ll be back!

Le Sel
Responded on September 14, 2021

Thanks for your feedback! We are working towards creating memorable experiences here at Le Sel! Please come back and try us soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love trying new places. French is a favorite. Le Sel was really good. And the people were wonderful.

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vipLoyalcustomer
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

New neighborhood restaurant with great potential!!!!

FAQs

Le Sel is rated 4.2 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.