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Kafe Leopold

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3315 Cady's Alley, NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
+1 202-965-6005
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8:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Description: Forget all the cliches about heavy Austrian fare served by waiters in...
Forget all the cliches about heavy Austrian fare served by waiters in lederhosen. Leopold is about as Euro trendy as it gets, with an all-day coffee and drinks bar, an architecturally hip dining space, and a chic little patio complete with a minifountain. Food is pared-down Mitteleuropean: mushroom tart, crisp schnitzel paired with peppery greens, an endive salad with mustard dressing. In the middle of a design-obsessed alley just off of M Street, the cafe draws an artsy city crowd that's content to sit and watch the scene evolve, just as it's done in Europe. Brunch is a particularly popular setting for such people-watching manna, and the neat-as-a-pin breakfast is available daily until 4 pm. The perfect oasis for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between. They have a very respectable wine list that compliment all the dinner specials. Reservations are taken for dinner only, starting at 5pm.
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Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 73
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not quite Vienna in Georgetown

A nice place for brunch after a morning walk in Georgetown, with an atmosphere that is authentic Georgetown rather than authentic Viennese. I was excited by the idea of Viennese coffee and Palatschinken (pancakes), but the first was a little disappointing, and they had never heard of the second... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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London
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Dessert
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A nice place for brunch after a morning walk in Georgetown, with an atmosphere that is authentic Georgetown rather than authentic Viennese. I was excited by the idea of Viennese coffee and Palatschinken (pancakes), but the first was a little disappointing, and they had never heard of the second. The food was fine.

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New Jersey
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92 reviews 92 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My "go to" lunch spot when I am in town visiting. Have been here many times for lunch and it is my favorite. Charming little restaurant in Georgetown, down a steep flight of stairs into an adorable little open area off an alley. Feels very European. Outdoor seating with umbrellas in the summer is so relaxed. AND THE FOOD.......had my... More 

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

The food and drink selection was wonderful and authentic. I ordered the Kaesespaetzle, which had a wonderful taste, but it was a bit dry. The appetizer, the grilled asparagus, was extraordinary, as was the Topfertorte for dessert. The wait staff was marvelous and efficient. Definitely sit on the club side of the cafe- it is very cool! I will definitely... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Tucked away in an alley, Kafe Leopold definitely has an other-worldly charm to its venue. The restaurant is best enjoyed when the weather permits sitting outside. I prefer brunch to dinner at this restaurant (I find the dinner menu to be a bit overwhelming / its hard for me to find something I want to eat). The brunch menu is... More 

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McLean, Virginia
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This adorable cafe works for almost any occasion: "date night," quick meal with the kids before a movie, indulgent brunch, snack after a walk or jog on the tow path, etc. Everyone in our family loves Kafe Leopold. In my opinion, the pastries are the best in DC (my wife, whose rare exception to a mostly-gluten-free diet is Kafe Leopold's... More 

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Southold, New York
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115 reviews 115 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We visited here several years ago, and were happy enough to return. Same nouveau European decor--still great food--the surprise was the attentiveness of our waitress-she was great--without being overbearing. The steak was tasty, the mussels a delicious treat--and the pastries are always fresh and well presented. We'll be back!

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Lisbon, Portugal
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70 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Food tastes natural, portions are reasonable, one can eat healthy. All delicious, matched with a simple and tasty decor and good looking people around. Great find!

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Adelaide, Australia
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38 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014 via mobile

Georgetown is a mixture of hills and slopes. There are many shops down off the main street and they are sign posted from the street or from within another shop and all of a sudden you see stairs or an escalator or elevator. Take the time to have a good look as that is when we saw this lovely indoor/outdoor... More 

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San Jose, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We were there recently on a weekday evening. We were seated and served promptly. I had Leopold's Schnitzel and my wife had Croque Monsieur, both of which were very good. We were seated near the large pastry case, so we couldn't refuse dessert. My wife had a slice of cake, I forget which one, which was okay but not great.... More 

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Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We were walking through the alley on a full moon night and saw Kafe Leopold. It was cold (Friday, Nov. 7) yet two of the outdoor tables were occupied, with heaters turned on. We went indoors and they had a table for us right away. We went splitsies on a bowl of very good white wine based vegetable soup, a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3315 Cady's Alley, NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-965-6005

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Austrian, Central European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients

Description

Forget all the cliches about heavy Austrian fare served by waiters in lederhosen. Leopold is about as Euro trendy as it gets, with an all-day coffee and drinks bar, an architecturally hip dining space, and a chic little patio complete with a minifountain. Food is pared-down Mitteleuropean: mushroom tart, crisp schnitzel paired with peppery greens, an endive salad with mustard dressing. In the middle of a design-obsessed alley just off of M Street, the cafe draws an artsy city crowd that's content to sit and watch the scene evolve, just as it's done in Europe. Brunch is a particularly popular setting for such people-watching manna, and the neat-as-a-pin breakfast is available daily until 4 pm. The perfect oasis for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between. They have a very respectable wine list that compliment all the dinner specials. Reservations are taken for dinner only, starting at 5pm.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:59 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?