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“Excellent French Bistro Food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe du Parc

Cafe du Parc
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
+1 202-942-7000
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Ranked #252 of 2,709 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 15th Street
Transit: 5 minute walk from 13th Street Metro Center Station. Various bus stops are within walking distance.
Albany NY
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Excellent French Bistro Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Lunch at Cafe du Parc on a recent stormy day was lovely. To start, we enjoyed the crab soup that was to DIE for...a velvety bisque with an extremely healthy portion of crab floating on top. Oddly, there is a 'shared plate charge' which was kind of goofy...especially because we both ordered an entree. We followed up the soup with the mussels, which were tender, flavorful and plentiful and the roasted chicken.
We drank their least expensive sparkling wine....which was not great and priced way higher than it should have been. My only criticism is that they should offer better value wine.

Visited March 2013
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Goksel G, General Manager at Cafe du Parc, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you for your great comments. The issues you reported were being address and I am very happy to let you know that we are in the process of updating our wine list. We are hoping that you will join us next time you are in town and enjoy the wine selections.
Sincerely,
Goksel Gozen
Cafe du Parc General Manager
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Kitchener
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104 reviews 104 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Nice breakfast, questionable service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We were staying at the Willard and had breakfast at the Cafe each morning. The space is nice, bright and typically French Bistro. My partner is not much of a breakfast eater, and ordered simply oatmeal both times. This was obviously confusing to our waiter, who seemed to be pushing the buffet.

My order for two eggs and coffee was similarly disconcerting it seems. The coffee is good. The eggs were scrambled as requested (once I had to send them back) and came with nice potatoes, a small salad and toast.

Given the quality of the food, the price was reasonable. It is the quality and the surroundings that would bring me back to the Cafe.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Goksel G, General Manager at Cafe du Parc, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Gundi,
Thank you for your feedback. Although we are disappointed to hear that the service was questionable, your comments will definitely help us improve ourselves. We already shared them with the staff members.
Other than that, we are glad that you like the quality and the surroundings. We look forward to seeing you here at the Willard again and will make sure you will have an outstanding experience here at Cafe du Parc.
Sincerely,
Goksel Gozen
Cafe du Parc General Manager
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Boston
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Be sure to go upstairs...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

From the first floor it looks like a nice takeout counter. Upstairs is a different story: authentic French breakfast buffet replete with cheeses, French breads, fluffy pancakes and waffles, eggs, pastries, etc. A must do when in the area...

Visited March 2013
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Goksel G, General Manager at Cafe du Parc, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you for the wonderful comments.
You are right; occasionally our guests get confused with the main level where we serve Illy coffee and pastries. The full buffet is served upstairs.
We are glad to hear that Cafe du Parc is the restaurant of your choice while in Washington, DC and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
Regards,
Goksel Gozen
Cafe du Parc General Manager
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Cafe Du Parc is wonderful !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Just wanted to share my absolute satisfaction with the food, service and staff at Cafe Du Parc. Everything was top of the line from the beginning until the end. Everyone in my party was very pleased with the food and service. I highly recommend this restaurant. Ask for Karan if you are planning a special event. He will make it worth your while !!!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Goksel G, General Manager at Cafe du Parc, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Bridget,
Thank you for the wonderful comments. Cafe du Parc team was very happy to see that we exceeded your expectations. Please let us know when you are planning another special event. We will make sure you will receive the same outstanding experience. Also, if you choose to hold your event outdoors, we will be very happy to offer you our courtyard which could accommodate up to 50 guests.
Looking forward to seeing you again,
Goksel Gozen
Cafe du Parc General Manager
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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Awesome breakfast buffet. Perfect croissants, Illy coffee, and the best French toast. Not all staff spoke French well enough to answer questions about entrees.

Visited February 2013
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Goksel G, General Manager at Cafe du Parc, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your comments on your visit to Cafe du Parc. Although I am really glad to hear that your overall experience was great, I am disappointed to see that we did not meet your expectations regarding menu knowledge. I have already shared this with my team and can assure you that the staff will be able to answer all your questions next time you are at Cafe du Parc.
Regards,
Goksel Gozen
Cafe du Parc General Manager
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