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Paul

801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Federal Triangle)
(202) 525-4500
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Ranked #118 of 2,564 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Bakery, European, Dessert, French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Federal Triangle
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Federal Triangle
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Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

You order and pay at the cash register,,,depending on what you order you might end up carrying your own food or staff bringing it to you or some combination of the 2. It's all good no matter how you get it. Coffee, pastries or entrees.We chose a table by the window overlooking the Navy Memorial that was very comfortable and... More

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Katy, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We needed a quick, early dinner before our Signature DC by Night bus tour, and Paul is across the street from the pickup spot. Line service, good roast beef sandwich, croque monsieur, and quiche lorraine. Reasonable prices. Nice, outdoor seating.

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Great outdoor seating this Sunday morning, still a little cool but a lovely view. Delicious lattes, Nova Benedict, and breakfast sandwiches. They were baking fresh bread so the aroma was amazing! A lovely stop before a crazy day!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Great little cafe with French pastries and European atmosphere...it is nice to walk from the Capitol on a cold DC day and stop half- way at Paul! The breads are to die for, the little pastries a delight...I love their salads and sandwiches...early mornings, grab a newspaper and have a continental style breakfast! Lovely!

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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240 reviews 240 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We came here for breakfast on the way to the Mall. The selection of pastries is very good and for that alone it stands out against other bakeries. Everything else is pretty much your standard fare. So if pastries for breakfast are your thing, then Paul is a good choice, especially if it's on your way to the Mall from... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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120 reviews 120 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I realize that although this is a chain, it isn't quite the same as the ones in Paris. But I was still disappointed. Loved the 3 I visited in Paris last year, for both bakery items and sit down meals. Saturday at 1:30, the place was packed....standing room only, very few seats, too cold to eat outside. The staff was... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

When we lived in Tokyo I used to buy my bread at Paul and have not found bread that good since then. But today we went to Paul and it was love at first bite. The bread is amazing. The seating is sparse and the service is so so. We were there after prime lunch time and the place was... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Stopped in for a quick treat after a long walk. Paul's exterior is irresistibly French and inviting but the staff couldn't keep up with the promises made at the door. What is a specialty food establishment when the staff has no enthusiasm for the product? Moreover, what is a perfect morning pastry without perfect coffee-- how about good coffee? Really???... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,198 reviews 1,198 reviews
509 restaurant reviews
610 helpful votes 610 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

I saw this pastry shop when I was passing by and I couldn't resist it. The pastries look yummy but unfortunately my pan au chocolate was just ok. The filling was too dry. Average price ($2,35).

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Honest, this is the same Paul as in Paris and at CDG. As "convenience food" goes, it's as good as it gets: baguette and focaccia sandwiches, good pastries, great breads, table service, pleasant and attentive staff who do say, "Bon jour" even if that's their whole vocabulary. We think this is a cut above Pain Quotidien and certainly above Pret... More

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