Primrose

4.7
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$31 to $50
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French
Primrose is a French-inspired wine bar from Sebastian Zutant and Lauren Winter. Born from years of dedication to good food, drink and hospitality. Each bottle, each plate, and each glass is here to represent all that we hold dear in the world of food and drink. The food, although from another country, is made with ingredients found near to us, without sacrificing flavor. The wine is in its most raw form, untouched, from the field to the cellar.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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HN
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had anything but wonderful food and service at Primrose. The roasted chicken to share is to die for. My out of town guest was delighted by the charm and beauty of the space to boot. Lovely, full stop.

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and amazing service. I'd say Primrose is a combination between a neighborhood gem and a go-to for great French food and welcoming, comfortable ambiance.

MC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal and the overall experience. The dishes were well executed. Only downside is that the whole chicken was not available. That gives us a reason to return!

f
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Tasty entrees, steak and eggs cooked to perfection. Mussels were sublime.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars snd have always had the best time!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from food to service to ambience was outstanding, would not be surprised if this moved off of bin gourmand and received a star in the near future. Excellent meal.

VL
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best natural wine list in DC carefully curated by the owner Sebastian and offering French food...que demander de plus! bravo.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sebastian was amazing!!!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants for all occasions.

AC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night out for couples or friends. High quality food and service with a great wine list!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening. Our table wasn’t quite ready and we were given complimentary sparkling wine to compensate - in a beautiful wine glass. The meal was fantastic and the ambience perfect. The waitress was the perfect balance of professional and friendly. She paid special attention to our daughter which was appreciated.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Warm environment with superb service and delicious food. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. We ordered the shrimp toast and wine to start, and both were culinary delights. More tasty and creative than expected. Our entrees were perfectly cooked and nicely seasoned. We were too full for dessert, but left satisfied.
We will return again for special occasions.
We live in Brookland so are thankful to have this gem of a restaurant so close and convenient.

EC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! Also a really charming atmosphere with unique decorations. A great brunch spot. Try the French toast...it is incredible!

AA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I think I would recommend this place more for the cocktails and the atmosphere than the food. That's not to say the food was bad, I just didn't find it as exceptional as perhaps I had hoped/imagined it might be. The food is a solid 3, while the cocktails are a 4 and the decor/vibe was easily my favorite thing. Service was great, my dessert was tasty, but I don't think I'll be going out of my way to get down here again in the near future.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, nice decor and ambiance! I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to try out a new place

JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could talk - the foo, ambiance, service were perfect

EE
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, waitstaff and very appealing small and intimate restaurant. Worth the effort to venture away from central DC to dine here and would definitely return!

O
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food and wine were fantastic. Limited choice of entree for vegetarians. However, a meal can easily be made from the small plates.

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foie gras and crudites appetizers were excellent. Wine recommendation (no rose available, so a very light dry red) was pricey, but a great match for our food. We had the gnocchi with a perfect sauce that did not remind us of Italian. And the moules were cooked just short of chewiness which is how you want them, and had a very satisfying broth with a hint of the sea and a great mixture of herbs. The servers did not hurry us along, luckily, since it was not a busy night, and thought of little nice things all along the way without being intrusive. It was expensive but the wine tab pushed it a little north of a great deal.

PB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place - ambiance, the food, and our waiter was amazing! So much fun and great service!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The meal was delicious. We had the fish and steak frites for our mains, which were both outstanding and delicious. My only complaint is that the eclair dessert was disappointing.

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food and atmosphere were good. Food especially. Service wasn’t on par. Waiter and host were both cordial but service was rushed. Pressured to order and pay that was unpleasant.

Wine list, cocktails, difestif, after dinner drinks all good. Overall good but certainly didn’t “wow” me.

BJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant felt welcoming and tantalized our taste buds.

JD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot good, service and ambiance

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

So this past Friday was my first and hopefully not my last experience at Primrose!

It was a wonderful evening. It was an energetic environment, but yet somehow was still allow for a cozy comfortable feel while dining even at the high-top table we were sat.

The food was exquisite! Done perfectly. We started off with the Duck liver mousse - Berry compote, crostini to whet the appetite. It was simply marvelous! Then we shared the "off-menu" version of the "30 oz. 28 day dry aged Roseda Farms Ribeye - Bone-in." It was bigger and aged longer. (I believe it was a 40 or 45 ounce, 60-day? aged rib eye.) The side of choice for us was pomme pureé. We went with glasses of wines recommend to us by our sever, I believe it was the Domaine Rolet, Poulsard blend, Jura, (FR 2012) [Please forgive me on the details of the ribeye and the wine I don't remember the exact details all of it was just too good!!]

Earlier in the evening at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, I had proposed to my now fiancé (and yes, she said yes - wedding in May 2020). Upon learning this news, Sebastian the host owner, was absolutely wonderful and kind to us! We were flattered by the attention. He brought us complimentary glasses sparkling wine to celebrate the occasion, and checked on us throughout the evening. I believe it was the Sebastien Brunet, Chenin Blanc Pet Nat, Vouvray. Again, absolutely wonderful, and again forgive me if I am wrong as to which one it was exactly. We were simply enjoying everything of the evening and the restaurant!

The bottom line, is we thoroughly enjoyed it! It will remain a special place for us and one we will come again to over the years to come! Sebastian, thank you and God Bless, Matt Hassan, Warrenton, VA

JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Wish I lived in DC as it would be our go to!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is a beautiful space, great service and a very caring staff. Enjoyed my meals very much.

JE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. This place is so good for brunch and dinner. Super yummy. Amazing service and please order everything on the menus.

DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Primrose. Dining outside is wonderful and typically more quiet than dining inside.

DC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal. Highlights were the wine, the duck confit, and the mussels with frites. Absolutely worth the trek. I paid $30 round trip for the Uber, but I’d do it again.

M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food very good except for a pea pod salad but they took it off the bill. Server, on her first night, was very helpful and knowledgeable! Definitely would go back again.

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places. Everyone on staff cares about your experience and makes it as enjoyable as possible. Food is fantastic, and the wine is great with a range of price points.

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really enjoyed the pop up at Primose. Great food, drinks, and service. It was truly special.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was quite slow but they were busy. Really lovely staff.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall, it was a great experience. The service has a lot of room for improvement. We had to wave to get our waitress’ attention almost all the time.

d
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

My wife and I went here for our anniversary. The setting is beautiful and our server was great, but we found the food to be very disappointing. We ordered the mushroom ragu as a starter, which was tasty, but only came with one small piece of toast and a much more generous serving of the ragu. We ended up using our bread basket for the rest of the ragu, because we weren't sure what else to do with it. My wife's mussels were lackluster, had at least 4 that didnt' open up, and not a whole lot of broth. I had a burger that was very juicy but under seasoned. We decided to go somewhere else for dessert. Think this place would be best for drinks at the bar.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Ribeye was soooo good!!

SM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the ambiance at this restaurant. They have a great menu selection as well as tasty cocktails. The decor is wonderful as is the staff that works there. Cute neighborhood setting with plenty of parking close by. I'd definitely recommend and go back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Work accomplishment.

OT
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Not a wide menu but very good.