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801 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2615
(202) 525-4500
6:00 am - 7:00 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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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We've always loved the Paul locations in Paris and were ecstatic to find branches in D.C. We ate at two different ones, and at both the pastries were terrific--especially the croissants, which set the standard. The house-made jams were excellent as well. I loved my café au lait, although it didn't come in a proper bowl, and my husband was... More 

Thank Catullus
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We needed to kill some time before the museums opened, and stopped in at Paul's for some coffee and quiche. Prices were much higher than I expected, but once we received our generous slice of Quiche Lorraine with a generous salad, I took back my resentful feelings. The coffee was excellent, as was the quiche and salad. A nice place... More 

Thank africanaddict
Dundas, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to get a morning coffee & pastry. Stumbled upon this spot our 1st day in DC. Enjoyed our coffee & goodie while we oriented ourselves for the day. At the end of the day picked up a few pastries for the Metro ride home.

Thank OurWanderingCasa
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the location, the ambiance, the quality of food you will not be disappointed. The blueberry tart and the turkey sandwich are a taste explosion in your mouth. I would talk to this from the Willard twice daily while in DC. If you are interested in fine French pastries and baguettes, do not miss this stop. I sat outside in... More 

Thank lodhe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for true French bakery, this is the place. We didn't get any regular food; we went straight for the desserts. Macaroons, tarts, croissants, etc. No matter what we tried, they were all good. We went back twice while in DC.

Thank tman4lom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our meal was delicious- French onion soup, ham and cheese sandwich, chicken avocado sandwich, and chocolate croissant. The portion on the half sandwich is small. The pastry case holds lots of tempting dessert options!

Thank Jennifer Z
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As hoped the chocolate croissant and croissant sandwich were great. The coffee was just OK, though. The service was quick and efficient.

Thank Joe S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for a light lunch while out for a walk. Paul is at a nice location with opportunity to eat Inside or outside. Outside patio area is a bit cramped but there is an open area with fountain right outside. For lunch I had tomato and mozzarella sandwich. I took dessert home - giant macaroons. They were very good.

Thank wannatravelwkids
New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I only had desserts two different days and was amazed at how outstanding they were. Éclair with fresh strawberries was excellent.

Thank NJtravelor
Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

To some extent a Paul is a Paul, but we had a nice reasonably priced breakfast here with good coffee, excellent fresh orange and very good pastries - service was quick and friendly. For a change, in Washington, did not feel ripped off. Give it a try.

Thank 929ScottB929

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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
Kids, Families with children
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 Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2615
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: (202) 525-4500

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?