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801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-525-4500
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Navarre, Florida
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211 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Jam 19,2017 during preparation for inauguration we stopped in for a pastry and coffee. I had the elephant ear and it was crispy and yet not dry and the perfect sweetness! My DH had the almond chocolate croissant and it was creamy and sweet. Both pastries were the best of kind we have ever enjoyed. The the regular coffee was... More 

Thank dkorwood
Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped in early on a Sunday morning to grab food for a long train ride. Both gals behind the counter were funny and kind and helpful. $25 worth of pastries and sandwiches fed two of us all the way back to NC, happily.

Thank Lynna906
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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116 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Friendly staff, superb coffee and omelettes - felt like we'd been on a little side trip to Paris as the cafe has a very "euro feel" to it.

Thank Karen D
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Artisan bread sandwiches and French pastry dessert described this place for me. Right across the street from the National Archives, so expect it to be a bit pricey. Great bred though, with good sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi is nice. Interesting interior. Quiet enough to talk if you want. I thought the breads were the best thing about it, really good with... More 

Thank J S
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice sandwiches, but we though it was similar to Georgetown's place, and we were disappointed. There is no menu, no brunch stuff, and dirtier than other Paul stores.

Thank Julian C
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

stopped by one morning before our tour, excellent service, delicious hot beverages and many authentic French pastries! Highly recommended

Thank debgagnon1
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168 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Excellent pastries in a bakery, with large windows, right on Pennsylvania Arenue, and no more expensive than much less attractive locations.

Thank LottyToronto
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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116 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Baguettes here are good. Their sandwiches are rather small for what you pay for - the salmon sandwich didn't seem to have a lot of fish on it. The quiche Lorraine was prepared to go, although I'd said I was dining in. It was placed on a bed of greens dressed with a very vinegary vinaigrette...clumsy packaging that made it... More 

Thank Mark H
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

Paul is a cafe/restaurant chain, I've seen it in Belgium and Portugal before. The bread and the pastries are really good - especially in contrast to American breakfast.

Thank peach2504
Ottawa, Canada
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141 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

I have to be fair and say we went on a Saturday (which means mostly empty streets in downtown DC). I found the food good, but nothing special. Prices were good and the outdoor patio drew us to it. Tables outside are literally falling apart and very wobbly (we weren't the only ones struggling). Benefit of the doubt...maybe it's end... More 

Thank Mathieu M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, Cafe, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-525-4500

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