Montmartre

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365 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

With a bright and welcoming ambience reminiscent of a European bistro, Montmartre serves elegant French fare in a casual and inviting setting. Starter options include the rustic pate with toasted baguette and pickled vegetables and the chilled asparagus with lemon oil and almond hummus. House specialties include the eggy custard quiche Lorraine with bacon and caramelized onions, the mussels marinieres sautéed in garlic, shallots and white wine and the savory Normande buckwheat crepe with smoked salmon and crème fraiche. The ideal way to round out your meal at Montmarte is to try one of its desserts, such as the flourless chocolate tart with white chocolate and raspberry sauces enjoyed with a hot cup of fresh brewed French roast coffee.

On days with lovely weather, try to get a seat on Montmartre's outdoor patio to enjoy your meal in the warm sunshine and refreshing breeze.

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KD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had a lovely lunch at Montmarte. Although it can be noisy inside, the patio was an appealing place to eat and to talk. The service and the food were both excellent. We shared an endive salad and a calves liver entree (most people shudder at the thought, but we both love it, and this is a beautiful, silky rendition). The dishes arrived divided and plated, making them easy to share and adding a touch of graciousness. We both left feeling well-fed and well-pleased.

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A
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My hangar steak was mediocre, the accompanying kale was chewy but the cucumber gazpacho was absolutely delicious

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D
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Highly recommend seafood stew. Great French Burgundy wine. Attentive service.

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SO
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service excellent! Mussels appetizer outstanding! Loved the outdoor seating!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT PLACE, GREAT FOOD, NICE OUTDOOR PATIO. WE'VE LIVED IN DC FOR YEARS, ONE OF THE BEST, MOST FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS (OR ACTUALLY THE BEST) IN DC AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best neighborhood restaurant. Consistently excellent with a relaxed ambiance.

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KD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant on Capital Hill. Services is very friendly. Food is always delicious. Had a date tart for dessert and it was super delicious!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Montmartre in the past. I live on Capitol Hill, so for me it is a "neighborhood" place. Also, I lived for 25 years in Paris, so my standards are high. Because of my connections to France, I do not normally go to "French" restaurants elsewhere. But I have made an exception for this one. I was also accompanied by an American friend from Paris. We both thought the experience rated highly. The staff was courteous and helpful and French-speaking, so we could converse with them in French, and they could explain things to us clearly The food was excellent and the service helpful and efficicient. We were scheduled to see a play after dinner, and we had plenty of time to enjoy our meal and make our curtain on foot. The wine list was excellent. I ordered a red Sancerre, which is not an easy wine to find here. But, Montmartre is pricey, very pricey, in fact. There is good value for the money, but it's expensive.

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KK
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was fresh and excellently prepared. They also easily accommodated my choices to account for my lactose intolerance. Montmartre is always our favorite.

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Mainz
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Gutes Essen, Bedienung etwas arrogant

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Charming restaurant in the exciting Eastern Market neighborhood. Best steak tartare I’ve ever had. Ordered the cod as my main dish which was also delicious. We were there for a late lunch and the place was pretty quiet but the service was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 6th time here, as we always make it a point to eat here whenever we vacation in Washington DC, and this restaurant never fails to disappoint. The food is amazing. We had the escargo and octopus appetizers and they were so many layers of flavor. We had the Rabbit and Angus NY strip entrees and they were just delicious. We finished it off with the floating island desert and the Creme anglaise was to die for. Honestly everything on the menu is underpriced as you get amazing food for the money making it a great value!

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NB
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently excellent. I particularly enjoy the fish dishes, which never disappoint!

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c
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I loved my meal of mussels and salad, but my husband had the cassoulet and while the duck part was good, the beans looked like a can of pork and beans. It was a disappointment.

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LO
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We realized that only one waiter was serving the whole restaurant, inside and out. But, we had to keep waiting to catch his attention.

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CH
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I discovered this restaurant on Open Table when looking for a place to have lunch somewhat near the National Gallery of Art. It was a beautiful day and we dined outside at a table with an umbrella. I ordered the turkey sandwich on grilled sourdough bread with Brie cheese and arugula and it was probably one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. I will definitely return if I’m back in the area.

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v
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very consistent the food and service is always great. My favorite Eastern Market restaurant.

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RS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a pleasant evening so we were able to sit outside which added to our positive experience. Multiple servers checked in on us so we felt well taken care of. Food was very good and nicely presented. Good value at $40 for entree and glass of wine.

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CG
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

montmartre was the best culinary discovery during my visit to washington!

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C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good casual french restaurant. Food is consistent and good - not over the top fancy. Wine list is not overpriced with some really nice options. Always enjoy Montmartre for a relaxed meal with friends or business colleagues.

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EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Really delicious and authentic food. Tuesday was 1/2 price bottle of wine day so we dined well & thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A little Capitol Hill gem.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live nearby and have been going to Montmartre for many years. Always an excellent meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, I had a great meal.

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PB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montmartre is my favorite restaurant. The French bistro cooking is consistently terrific; the staff is knowledgeable and friendly; the prices are reasonable; and, it sits in the heart of Capitol Hill. Also, bottles of wine are half price Sunday and Tuesday! My favorite dishes: mussels, cassoulet, calves liver; my wife always orders fresh fish.

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NJ
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montmartre remains our very favorite local restaurant. As always, the food was excellent, the service first-rate and the staff attended fully to our special requests. We love Montmartre.

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k
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I recently reconnected with a friend that I knew as a teenager. Forty+ years later, he's coming to DC. I didn't hesitate for a second and made reservations for lunch at Montmartre. Naturally, I was a bit nervous, but was fully confident that our meal would be delicious, which helped smooth the nerves. We had a great time (thanks Montmartre!!). My strategy is to order from the Daily Specials menu. :)

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SG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As always great food and great quality, but please dial back on the “your in a french restaurant and don’t bloody forget it” stuff.
I speak fluent french myself but this is DC...the snobby correcting of my guests because they got one accent wrong on the menu is really just so absurd!

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BB
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met an out of town relative recently for an early dinner and dined outside. The weather was perfect and she had no problem finding Montmartre from the Eastern Market Metro Station.

We had a wonderful evening made even more memorable by our attentive and helpful waiter and the entire waitstaff, the delicious food and the ambiance. I have already told some friends about my experience, and will continue to do so.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the rabbit dish was fabulous!!

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a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner at a favorite place. Our praise of Montmartre could go in and on. Our only negative comment is the size of the tables, which is unfair, but the table for two, with bread, drinks, bottle of water, and an appetizer is so small such that place settings tumble to the floor, and drinks nearly so, only to be immediately replaced by an attentive busboy. Part of the dining experience is like a chess game but to make every piece fit on the board. These are petty niggles in light of the food. Fresh, well presented, and appropriately portioned to price point. The meringue clouds on a sea of creme anglaise, just do it, you won’t be disappointed. We’ll be back and happily so.

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DC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We always love Montmartre. For some reason during our last visit we had to wait nearly an hour for our food and my husband’s request for medium rare duck ended up being a tad grey in the center. He was so hungry he didn’t return it and loved every bit of it. I had the rabbit and truffle linguine - a must have before you leave this earth. Seriously.

The outside heater wasn’t working but the waiter got it fixed in no time. The unusual delay in food service was not typical so we will always count Montmartre as one of our better restaurants for good French cuisine.

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LT
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG, the lunch salads are just divine. Everything here is always good, but the current menu? Yum, just go, already.

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OT
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Date night with my husband. Attentive service and excellent food! Had Bistro salad, Dijion mussels, rabbit leg and the special - pork tenderloins.

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DC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants! Wonderful neighborhood, and the gem is always special. Mussels cannot be beat. The cod was amazing. Loved the meringue dessert - all of us had a great meal, and the service is always attentive yet not intrusive. Cozy, pretty place. Love it.

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HB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Montmartre has long been my favorite restaurant in DC. It's not an extensive menu by any means, but everything I've had there has been delicious. It's quiet and the service is unobtrusive. The wine list has a lot of good wines at very fair prices. My only complaint from this recent visit: the chocolate mousse was under par, rather dried out or overcooked.

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DS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service are always excellent. Our table ready on time. Noise level was a bit higher than during past visits

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RP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bet meat I have had in a couple years...…..THE OCTERPUS......WOW Awesome

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DG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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NP
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were celebrating a 40th birthday, a 45th wedding anniversary, and the imminent conferment of a doctoral degree. The starters—two different types of mussels and an onion soup—were devoured, and the main dishes—gnocchi, hanger steak, a beef special, liver, and scallops—were equally delicious. The birthday dessert (chocolate mousse) and the complimentary anniversary dessert (crème brûlée) came out on beautifully decorated plates. The service was attentive without being cloying. All in all, an evening to remember.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to come to the restaurant lovely staff. Excellent service.

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