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801 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2615
(202) 525-4500
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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United States
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful French pastry, quiche is amazing, delicious espresso. Best location is near the Naval Memorial. Service is underwhelming.

Thank Starshill
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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112 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great if you're in a hurry to grab a healthy lunch on the run. Most sandwiches and salads are pre made, but extraordinarily fresh and light. There are other options, but I've only had a salad with salmon and several of the many sandwiches. Always good and fresh, but a bit pricey.

Thank DLM212
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent place for breakfast in Washington DC especially a French breakfast on the other side of the Atlantic

Thank Ahmed E
Weston, Florida
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106 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We initially tried to go to the Founding Farmers and the place was packed with a 2-hour wait, just across the street there is Pau bakery. We had fine omeletes and decent cappuccinos. It took a while in the line to get the order, but food and drinks were good.

Thank ANDRETS1966
Alexandria, Virginia
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bakery part is fantastic. I often stop off and buy a loaf of brioche to take home. The food is OK, not as good as the baked goods.

Thank Miriam450
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
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187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our mid day macaron and coffee break. The raspberry macaroon was so good...wish I has one now! They have an assortment of delectable pastries and delicious savory items to choose from. Close to museums and a short walk to the Capitol building

Thank BinMcKin
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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313 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You know you are going to get crappy espresso when ALL of the portafilters and neatly lined up on the tray INSTEAD of correctly in the group heads staying hot. Indeed, the espresso / cappuccino was crap. The accompanying croissant was dense, not at all light and flakey as it should be. Very disappointing experience, and not inexpensive to boot!... More 

Thank mjmccoymd
Charlotte, NC
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159 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I know that in Paris, Paul gets a little bit of a bad rap mostly because it's a chain, but when I was last in Paris I ate and/or drank coffee at Paul every day as it was next to my hotel, and I loved it. When I saw this version of Paul in DC, I had to stop in... More 

1 Thank TipperNC
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39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the Croque Madame which was served with a great mesclun greens and cucumber salad. The sandwich was perfectly prepared, crunchy on the outside, soft, cheesy inside.

Thank AdventureBoundNow
Bellbrook, Ohio
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327 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have eaten at the Paul chain previously, and the one on Pennsylvania Avenue is close to several tourist stops on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington DC. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch with no waiting. The counter service was friendly, and the atmosphere was clean and inviting. I had the traditional ham and cheese, French, "jambon" style sandwich with a soda.... More 

Thank TJouer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
French, Cafe, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?