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French, Cafe, International, European
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

So, the first attempt at becoming an evening dining venue by the long time owners of what was Cafe Bonaparte (16 years) was not the success they had hoped. The reviews here bear that out, but so does the fact the just a couple months...into its new approach the owners wisely stopped (Feb 15?), hired a new chef and restarted last night (Feb 22). The results were fabulous. The new chef, Matt, created a limited but highly creative menu on the fly that was so unique but also delicious. My wife and I started with the steak tartare, and the kohlrabi and blood orange salad. Both preparations were well balanced and extremely flavorful. For our entrees we had the gnocchi with mushrooms, and the duck. Both were excellent but the gnocchi was the star with a European flair but ‘comfort food’ flavor profile. The almond cake for dessert was also a winner with the passion fruit layer giving just the right touch of citrus flair to the cake. For those patrons who have reviewed the first iteration of Lutece I would recommend giving this second version a chance. I believe you will be very happy you did.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 4, 2020

Now renamed "Lutece by Bonaparte." We immediately noticed things were amiss when we recently retuned to Bonaparte. The always reliable small French bistro in Georgetown was well regarded for its soup, crepes and salads. However, with the renaming, refreshening of the interior, a new menu...and a new chef; the new restaurant - despite it’s display of old honors- is off to a dreadful start. Yes, the small room walls were uncovered to reveal brick and framed mirrors increased the light but the very short lunch menu has eliminated crepes and had but one salad. Our waiter was obliging but things got off to a bad start when he delivered main course before the soup. When ordering, we specifically asked if the onion soup was, like its predecessor, a traditional cheese encrusted crock. What was delivered was cheese toast, floating on on a wan broth in a semi-artisinal bowl. The soup was inedibly salty and was sent back. Subsequently we learned also that the formerly rich broth had been replaced with vegetable stock. The substituted butternut squash soup, though served with an unpleasant oil sheen, was acceptable but bland. The request for a cracker or bread was not honored until, after the soup was consumed, a tiny bit of flaccid baguette was delivered “just out of the oven.” The main courses, which seemed have been sitting under a warmer, were then returned. The hamburger was ok but, with too many sauce elements, had to be consumed with a fork. The accompanying pile of french fries were tasty. The mussels were not improved by their wait and there was no spoon or bread to sop the well-prepared sauce. A small dish for empty shells was replaced several times. Soft drink options were limited, the wine was overpriced, the iced tea merely acceptable. We had no desire to try desserts.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 3, 2020

This is so distressing.Looks the same from the outside but inside the Gallic charm is gone. Lovely bar replaced by crude ugly bar. Tables now packed together. Crepe menu gone and replaced by a limited, boring and expensive menu. This is vandalism on a monstrous...scale.'If it ain't broke don't fix it ' is a good motto. Now it is broke and deserves to fail. I live around the corner and will never set foot in the place againMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 21, 2019

I popped in there for a late lunch with a friend. Gone were the Matisse yellow walls and antique photos of Paris. It was all neutral and restrained. The funky wooden tables were now marble topped. I was aghast when the menu no longer featured...the signature crepes. And, the prices were double what they used to be. I was really disappointed, because Bonaparte had been my "go to" place in Georgetown for 10 or 15 years. I asked the bar tender if the establishment had changed hands. He said it was the same ownership, but was now a bistro instead of a cafe. I am sure it will do well, but I suspect for a different clientele.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 21, 2019 via mobile

Anyone who knows a little about French cuisine would call this place a fraud. Since the change of owner a couple of months ago, Bonaparte has drastically changed - and sadly not for the best. We ordered « Crêpe Suzette » but what came had none of...the ingredients of a Crêpe Suzette : no caramel, no orange zest and no Grand Marnier. Instead, a salty (!) thick crêpe with whipped cream (!) and store-bought orange marmelade! We flagged it to the waiters - would have appreciated a refund but no, we were charged full price for these fake « crêpes ».More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

Maybe the staff had a bad day- no smiles. Slow, inattentive service that made multiple gaffes (asked if we are ready to order then walked away without taking it, took forever to come back and take our order only to come back stating that our...dish was unavailable). The funny thing was that the waiter kept asking if we want to cancel it. I kept repeating that if it is unavailable there is nothing to cancel... a three stooges reenactment. The food we did order and receive was very good but even that was spoiled since the wine we asked for also took forever and three reminders to finally make its way to our table. The topper was that the unavailable, "canceled" dish still showed up on our bill. Had to smile and walk away which also took forever as they did not have change and asked for us to pay with a credit card.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

BEST BRUNCH!! Casual cafe. Authentic French food with extensive menu. Crepes are to die for. Great for any time of day. I had breakfast crepe with fried egg (to order) on top! Dessert crepes yum. As good if not better than the real deal cafe...Nice or Cannes. HIGHLY RECOMMEND for any meal of the day.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019

Went there with friends for Sunday brunch. Service was very attentive and unintrusive. Food was very good. I had an omelet with salmon. The restaurant is a little gem in Georgetown that I had been to before. I do not know why I do not...go more often. It is very comfortable with windows looking over the street. Not expensive. Traditional atmosphere. It was a little noisy due to the crowd but it did not bother us much. Go, relax and enjoy.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

We had lunch there. The ingredients were very fresh, the service fast and the atmosphere friendly. The crepes are traditional and the portions perfect.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 16, 2019

Stopped in for lunch on a Sunday afternoon because it looked so cute as I walked by. The laid-back French music playing in the background, sunlight streaming in, the buzz of lively conversation, the perfect pureed zucchini soup, a crepe from heaven, and lovely attentive...wait-staff made this a really perfect experience. Could not have asked for more.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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