100 Best Restaurants 2008: Cafe Du Parc
No. 35: Cafe Du Parc
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Cafe Du Parc
Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-942-7000
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: French, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday 6 AM to 10 PM, Saturday and Sunday 7 AM to 10 PM
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Federal Triangle
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Steak tartare with a raw quail egg; pâté en croûte; pot of mussels; crisped pork belly; roast chicken; mille-feuille.
Price Details: Starters $5.95 to $12.95, main courses $16.95 to $23.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Breakfast

Cuisine: French bistro cooking conceived by three-star Michelin chef Antoine Westermann and executed with a deftness and lightness that make the classics—pâté en croûte, quenelles de brochet—feel almost contemporary.

Mood: It depends. Outdoors in good weather at an umbrella-topped table with a view of Pershing Park, it can feel like a glorious slice of café society. But the dining room upstairs is charmless and the downstairs bar offers little seating.

Best for: Francophiles who’ve never gotten over their honeymoon in Paris and power breakfasters looking for a good cup of coffee and a crusty croissant.

Best dishes: A superb pâté en croûte—veal, pork, and duck foie gras in a crisp, buttery pastry; quenelles de brochet, ethereal pillows of pike mousse bathed in a dark crawfish sauce; one of the area’s best pots of mussels, big and sweet and perfectly steamed in white wine and parsley; a classic mille feuille, all cream and crunch and air.

Insider tips: Keep costs down by sharing a pot of mussels as an entrée and sticking to glasses of the excellent and agreeably priced Rhône wines.

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