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801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
(202) 525-4500
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Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Stopped in for breakfast. The 3 egg omelet was HUGE. Slightly oily but very good flavor. Comes with a nice fresh side salad and a roll. The tea came in a pot not a cup. The espresso was real, jet fuel, like it is suppose to be. I asked for the olive fougasse to be toasted with a little olive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Stopped in for breakfast. The 3 egg omelet was HUGE. Slightly oily but very good flavor. Comes with a nice fresh side salad and a roll. The tea came in a pot not a cup. The espresso was real, jet fuel, like it is suppose to be. I asked for the olive fougasse to be toasted with a little olive... More 

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Midland, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I eat at Paul when in France and this location fell below standards. The brie on a baguette that had cranberries in it, the bread was too thick and not crisp as a baguette should be. There was barely any brie in the sandwich. I threw it out. The portion sizes were small, the almond croissant was flat as a... More 

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Wheaton, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I went to Paul at the beginning of an afternoon off from work in DC, and while the atmosphere reminded me of a French cafe, the prices discouraged me from returning. I had a croque madame (think a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top), and while it was good, it was too expensive to enjoy... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Very nice French style bakery. Lots to choose from. Very good croissants and muffins. Service was a little slow, but well worth the stop!

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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The smell of fresh baked breads and pastries is what first lured us to try Paul. Whenever we visit the DC area, Paul is always on our list to re-visit!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I've always loved Paul - especially for the amazing baguettes and croissants. In addition to being on the pricier side (especially when compared to it's European counterparts), the service at the takeout counter was really, really slow. It took close to 10 minutes of waiting in line, etc. to get a simple baguette because the staff was too overwhelmed by... More 

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Albuquerque
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Yummy blueberry tart $5.65 Huge pistachio macaron - "1 high & 6" diameter $5.45. Good chocolate croissant $2.65 & Americano $2.56.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Their lavazza coffee is great! Also ate their egg/ham/cheese baguette for breakfast....incredible! Macaroons and pie slices, although on the pricey side were very good. Wish this chain was nationwide!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I think the DC locations are all a little different. This one reminds me of Paris. However, there's not a lot of seating so be flexible - and hope that you can get a seat outside and watch everyone. I've been here a bunch of times, and everything has been lovely. The service is a little vague sometimes but that's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We traveled to Paris in 2014 in the summer and winter and found ourselves eating at a boulangerie called

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

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  • 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, Dessert, Bakeries, European

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