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Paul

801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Federal Triangle)
(202) 525-4500
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Ranked #145 of 2,650 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Bakery, European, Dessert, French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Federal Triangle
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Federal Triangle
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,558 reviews 1,558 reviews
625 restaurant reviews
810 helpful votes 810 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We went here for breakfast on a weekday. We shared the "complete breakfast" menu and a red fruits pie. Unfortunately they run out of oranges and we couldn't get a freshly squeezed orange juice. The scrambled eggs come with a fresh and well- seasoned salad. Everything was very tasty. And the pie was delicious. Courteous service.

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Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Nice To find Paul in the US that compares well with it's sister shops in Paris! Coffee and cake after a long visit to the nearby National Gallery of Art or the Newseum was nice.

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Pittsburgh PA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Staff is friendly but slightly indifferent? Restaurant isn't air conditioned? Tables tend to get a little messy in the afternoon? Amazing pastries that you can order in French? Delicious food and drinks that are a little too pricey? Awesome outdoor seating? It's like they picked up a cafe from Paris and dropped it in the middle of Washington DC.

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Savannah, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My wife and I always drop by Paul's on our way to, or from, the National Gallery when we are in Washington. It is a treat, indeed, to enjoy ourselves at an authentic French bakery, both for its subtle and discreet ambiance, but for the quality of the pastries, desserts and bread. Sitting outside in the European fashion, we are... More

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Santa Rosa
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104 reviews 104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were looking for a place to sit down for lunch, out of the hot sun, in the touristy area near the Smithsonian and the Mall. We didn't want to eat the expensive, lousy food served in the museum cafeterias, so we wandered about a block away and found Paul. This is a GREAT little bakery/bistro. The pastries are terrific.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

1. Great option for a simple lunch or breakfast if you're on the north side of the Mall or near the Convention Center. 2. Simple and satisfying sandwiches on good bread, eg ham, cheese, and butter on a baguette. 3. Quick service at the counter, then take your tray to indoor and outdoor seating.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The pastry and sandwiches here are awesome (haven't tried the salad,but they look great). One of my favorite places to grab breakfast or lunch. Coffee is fantastic too. My favorite pastry in life is a fresh croissant - they don't disappoint here!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Fabulous ham and cheese croissants and quiche Loraine. Great coffee and pastries as well. Not five stars because of the high prices.

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United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Warning! Don't go to this place unless you want to have an amazing melt-in-your-mouth French pastry that will make you go back over and over and over again. And their regular coffee is decent, too. Totally coming back here if I make it to DC again!

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Cookeville
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Staff was rude. Not helpful. Item on menu but the kitchen had not started making for the day. Way over priced. Bread was very hard on sandwich. Drinks was $5.00.

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