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Permanently Closed - Sur La Place

424 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Sur La Place is a cozy, fine dining gem nestled in the renowned Palisades area of Washington D.C. A Product of its' sister restaurant, Mannequin Pis, located in Olney, Maryland, Sur La Places specializes in exquisite Belgian cuisine. With over 20 varieties of Mussels and over 30 varieties of fine Belgian beer, one comes to realize that Sur La Place is not your ordinary restaurant. The menu takes a trip through Belgium, from Grilled Duck Pate or Wild Boar and Cranberry Sausage to a Seafood Bouillabaisse with Gambass, Mussels, Salmon, Sea Scallops, and Lobster. Fantastic desserts and a fully stocked bar put the cap on a great experience. With its exposed brick, deep wood hues, and dark red drapery, Sur La Place is an excellent choice for a romantic date, a business meeting, or simply a fine night out in the city. It's knowledgeable and service oriented staff are always eager to serve you and we look forward to having you as our guest.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Belgian, French, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Closed on Monday
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Phone number
(202) 237-1445
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Sur La Place can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (877) 671-1789
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Cross street
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Parking details
Additional Parking Available along Dana street
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Sur La Place will be featuring live music by the LOUNGERS - jazz trio from PALISADES.
This home grown Jazz Trio will be performing contemporary and Latin Jazz from 6:30pm to 9:30pm every 3rd Wednesday. We will extend our Happy Hour deals throughout the music night during the performance.
We cordially invite you to enjoy the music night over Mouth watering
3-course authentic Belgian dinner for only $21 combined with Happy Hour offerings.
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Special events & promotions
Sur La Place will be featuring live music by the LOUNGERS - jazz trio from PALISADES.
This home grown Jazz Trio will be performing contemporary and Latin Jazz from 6:30pm to 9:30pm every 3rd Wednesday. We will extend our Happy Hour deals throughout the night during the performance.
We cordially invite you to enjoy the music night over Mouth watering
3-course authentic Belgian dinner for only $21 combined with Happy Hour offerings.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

The server/busing service was overwhelmed during the New Year's Eve dinner. The initial contact order by the server took 10-15 minutes. The server took awhile with the bread and did not adequately pay attention to clearing pot of mussel shells.

BethL (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Our meal was excellent and the wait staff was very friendly, but the few people working on New Year's Eve could not make up for the 3 people who failed to show up to work that evening.
We heard they are closing and are hoping that is not true. With adequate wait staff the place would be amazing.

vipmjmdc (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

Sorry it's closing

Googie69 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Decided to try this Belgian restaurant as our "go-to" Belgian restaurant, across the street, was packed. What you first notice is a lack of service. There was no one stationed at the front desk as it appeared the bartender and a waitress were, when possible, helping sit those who came into the restaurant.

As the wait staff seemed busy with other stuff we were able to have all the time in the world to review the menu. I started with the lobster bisque. It came out very hot - it apparently was so hot that the lobster was overcooked to a rubbery mess. And the broth was as thin as water and as tasteless as watery tomato soup.

I had the bouillabaisse, my wife had the mussels and our friends had the steak frites and the salmon. Again, the bouillabaisse was near boiling, and the sea food as overcooked. My wife's mussels were also overcooked. It appeared that the restaurant was conducting a science experiment to determine how close to boiling they could get the dishes. The salmon was bland....but the steak frites were ok, and likely the best dish at the table.

I think they are were either short handed and would leave stuff on the stove, get orders, seat patrons, and hustle back into the kitchen that nothing got done right. Nice folks, and the beer selection looked very interesting, though. And the bar had sports playing on the guess this is an ok neighborhood place for hanging at the bar and enjoying a beer.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

We've celebrated a couple of birthdays at Sur La Place, and we love it. The food is delicious, the service friendly and thoughtful, and the beer list is awesome! Try their house-made sausages and grilled duck pate with cherry sauce! Mussels better than any other place in town. And don't forget dessert -- chocolate mousse with the raspberry lambic is a great pairing. Dessert beer. Who knew?

Tiger (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2016

The food was very well prepared and the service outstanding.

vipDCdiner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

I've been to Sur La Place several times in the past and enjoyed the food and quiet ambiance. The mussels this time were the worst I've ever had anywhere; they were so tiny there was almost nothing to eat; just a lot of shells.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2016

Great food, the specials were amazing, the fish superb.

vipJohn (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

Sur la Place was a little disappointing. The service was slow and the wait staff just seemed overwhelmed in this relatively small restaurant. Three of us ordered mussels and they were smaller than expected and more empty shells than expected. My wife ordered hers with a mustard sauce and couldn't taste any mustard. I asked for mustard with my fries and they said they didn't have any. The people were nice but I don't think I would go back.

vipLinda (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

As a frequent diner to Sur La Place, we find the food to be quite good, however, there were only two waiters that took orders. One was the bartender, as well as, the manager. Although friendly, it was obvious that there was a shortage of wait staff. Once seated we waited 20 minutes before someone offered us a drink from the bar. We are hopeful this problem area can be corrected soon, but we will wait some time to return.

vipTechsan68 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2016

Sur La Place offers mussels in about two dozen combinations. The two we tried -- curried and with lobster bisque -- were excellent. The service was fast and friendly.

Ronnie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

Great neighborhood gems. Wonderful service and food presentations.

Ask4JD (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on September 15, 2016

Unfortunately the service was glacially slow even though the restaurant was not crowded. Server didn't write down order and brought the wrong salad. Beef was tender and tasty, however.

vipWebbtyme (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2016

Anniversary dinner!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2016

Employees very friendly. Food was excellent & imaginatively prepared -- a real gourmet experience -- with grilled Duck pate, mussels in lobster sauce, excellent wine, etc.

vipTwelly (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Very disappointing evening. The A/C was out in half the restaurant but they seated us in the hot half without informing us of the issue. The restaurant was largely empty and they seated us next to a big table that was quickly filled with a festive group that made our conversation difficult. Even after the hot and noisy dinner, the management did not even acknowledge the possibility that we might not have had the best evening. On top of this the food was mediocre at best. The food might improve and they can fix the A/C, but they really need to work on the management.

bethesda (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2016

enjoy this neighborhood find! the food and place are terrific

bapster (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Another great experience, as always. Good beer selection and the food is great, but remember to save room for that Belgian chocolate for dessert!

Vegetarian (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on August 9, 2016

My husband had the trout and said it was very good. He also had the lobster bisque and although he likes salt, the soup was too salty even for him. Too bad since he had enjoyed it during an earlier visit so maybe it was just the chef that night. I had the Belgian dessert waffle with creme Englaise. This was an outstanding dessert. One of the best Belgian waffles I have eaten. I wish the waffle had been bigger or that I could have ordered this as an entree. I will go back for that dessert.

vipPeggyH (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

We love this little neighborhood restaurant. Food is delicious and ambiance is great.