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Le Pain Quotidien

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701 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
+1 703-683-2273
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good breakfast

We've been here a couple of times for breakfast, and I really like the breakfast options. Breakfast comes with a salad, which is great for people who like their veggies. The vegetable quiche is tasty, but for some reason the portion is very small and it doesn't come with bread, which seems to come... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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113 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Greenbelt, Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

My friends picked this place because it had something on the menu for everyone and was close to a few friends' hotels. We were excited when a spot was found for everyone despite not having a reservation. However, as the service wore on, we realized that everything was not as it seemed. First, there was a drink order mix up... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I go to the one in Newport Beach, CA all the time and always get the same thing - a small cappuccino and a plain croissant. So I was disappointed at this location when the cappuccino was lukewarm and not as caffeinated as the ones they make in the CA location. Even the milk was not frothed the same way.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,060 reviews 1,060 reviews
508 restaurant reviews
304 helpful votes 304 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I like a good rustic bakery, but this place is a bit too big for its breeches if you ask me. Food was overpriced and nothing special, the waiter was rude, and I was overall underwhelmed. Skip it and go somewhere else for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee.

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usa
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131 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We've been here a couple of times for breakfast, and I really like the breakfast options. Breakfast comes with a salad, which is great for people who like their veggies. The vegetable quiche is tasty, but for some reason the portion is very small and it doesn't come with bread, which seems to come with every other breakfast option, so... More 

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2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Just went in at 3 pm for some bread - the basket ($9) - and the bread was stale, very poor quality jam. I would be hard pressed to ever come into this chain again.

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Isle of Wight, England
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85 reviews 85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Despite its name this is actually an import from the UK, and remains faithful to the concept that started in London - good bread and croissants, communal tables with jars of jam, coffee served in bowls and a laid-back ambience. The staff were friendly but service a little slow - certainly not a fast food place. Good for breakfast or... More 

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North Carolina
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320 reviews 320 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The food is fresh, very tasty, and reasonably priced. The restaurant menu is varied and accommodates all food preferences/allergies. Service is personable but not as prompt as it should be. I will keep going back for the food and the very quiet place on a busy street.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I always dislike when people at a french named place use an accent. The food is expensive but very good. Just prepare yourself for the small sizes. I guess one way they make up for this if they have a very good deal for a coffee and a croissant, I think it like 2 bucks.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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136 reviews 136 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The guy manning the cash register and taking orders gave me the distinct impression that he was doing me a huge favor by selling me a cup of coffee and a croissant. He was brusque and unfriendly. The staff seemed unhappy and depressed. Few of the staff seemed able to speak English. The croissant was pretty good, but the coffee... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I ordered a toasted sandwich and it looked very nice but I took one bite and it tasted liked burnt bread. So flip it over and the whole underside of my sandwich was completely black. I was like....for $13.50 I guess we can't get any quality control. I would have fired a cook for pushing crap like that into the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 701 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-683-2273

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Bakery
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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