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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Amazing

The keish was so good with the simple but amazing salad It is a great place to go for lunch also their desserts were great!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
John W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The keish was so good with the simple but amazing salad It is a great place to go for lunch also their desserts were great!!

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We stopped for coffee and pastries (patisserie in French means pastries and they are usually delicious). The espresso machine was caput and the pastries few and overpriced. Personnel were very friendly but that was no help.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We were tourists in town and happily stumbled on Paul's. It's close to the Smithsonian Metro. The room was lovely and while there were plenty of customers it wasn't crazy busy and we were waited on quickly. I highly recommend the baguette with scrambled egg, ham and cheese - delicious! My husband had a very tasty croissant and we both... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We stopped in on a brisk morning for some coffee. The pastries looked delicious. I had a decaf cappuccino and it was excellent. So many places have bad decaf espresso, but their's was great!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Stumbled on this little place and glad we did. Extremely popular with regulars who know the drill. Line out the door, yes, but man it's worth it. Had the Tuscan sandwich- great baguette, prosciutto, mozzarella...The soups and pastries all look outstanding. Will be back soon!

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Something about being inside this place made me want to dust off my high school French. The selections were gorgeous and the high prices were worth it. This was my first Macaron and I worry that a similar pastry from another bakery just won't measure up. This is right on the Metro at the Navy Memorial and a nice place... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The baked goods here are heavenly! I particularly love the Macaroons...and they make a perfect gift. The coffee is superb as well. However, the service is often challenging, particularly if they're busy. I actually can't recall a time when I didn't have some type of problem with my order.

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Knoxville, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had an evening coffee and pastry dessert and breakfast here. Both were very good. Get's a little crowded and hectic but once settled-in it was pleasant and comfortable. Fantastic pastries.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Pleasant lunch experience. Plan for lunch time crowd, but well worth the wait. Coffee was fantastic and food was really good!!!

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Gillette, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I was here for breakfast and recommend any menu item that includes a croissant. The coffee wase fantastic, the service pleasant and not too pushy. Spring was in the air and the outdoor patio was a nice break to take in the season. Seating on the inside could fill up quickly.

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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, Dessert, Bakeries, European

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