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801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
(202) 525-4500
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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Great bread

Have been often. Great when you're in a hurry. Quiche is good. Breads are great. Little sandwiches on small baquettes are great to eat as you keep walking. Good expresso too

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Celia S
Hollywood, South Carolina
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Hollywood, South Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have been often. Great when you're in a hurry. Quiche is good. Breads are great. Little sandwiches on small baquettes are great to eat as you keep walking. Good expresso too

Thank Celia S
Yardley, Pennsylvania
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121 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This patisserie always does an excellent job and, because of that, I visit each time I'm in DC. The cafe au lait is super, the croissants are fresh, and the other items on offer are just as tempting and delicious - a friend recently had the vegetable quiche and commented on how delicious and well-made it was. Prices are reasonable,... More 

Thank worldexplorer0820
North Carolina
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90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quiet, fresh baked goods and good coffee. Priced in line with almost anywhere you can get decent pastries. Thought everything I had here was above average. They give samples too.

Thank RossNorthCarolina
Lake City, Florida
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so thrilled to find a Paul here! They are popular in France, but very unusual to find in the U.S. Wonderful pastries, real french-style sandwiches, and good coffee. A very nice place to sit and have a coffee and dessert, or lunch.

Thank grn11
Charlotte, North Carolina
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a cute little shop! I love the decor-it is fresh and bright and has a very inviting atmosphere. My friend and I stopped by here when touring the National Gallery of Art since it is close by. I ordered a latte, chocolate croissant, and a sandwich. The sandwich was served on a poppy seed baguette. I was... More 

Thank Lindsaymgo
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great please for French bread as well very good tea. Really recommend this place who like French food. Will definitely come back again.

Thank Dorian84749
New Rochelle, New York
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We stopped here for a snack on our way to the Capitol Building. Good selection of french pastries but a fairly long wait and they confused my wife's order which extended the wait. Decent place to grab a quick bite.

Thank Donny N
Perth, Australia
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Come here thismorning for a coffee and was let down. Food was average. I woule look elswhere. Let down for sure

Thank Robbo8888
Villanova, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Great place for dessert, we enjoyed watching the baker in action. Reminded me of a bakerin Paris. Will return!!

Thank Angela Z
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72 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is just across the street from the National Archives, so is very convenient for tourists and researchers. While not the cheapest 'fast food', it is quite good.

Thank garryej

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: (202) 525-4500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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