100 Best Restaurants 2008: Montmartre
No. 40: Montmartre
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Address: 327 Seventh St., SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-544-1244
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southeast
Cuisines: French
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Eastern Market
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Mussels with chorizo or shallots and cream; chestnut soup; duck pâté with Armagnac (a special); roasted-eggplant mousse; braised rabbit with linguine; seafood pot au feu; hanger steak with red-wine sauce; floating island; fruit tarts.

Cuisine: All the warhorses of the French classical canon are here, from pâtés to pot au feu—carried off with consistency and a minimum of fuss.

Mood: Yes, it used to be a post office, and the wraparound glass windows don’t exactly bespeak the kind of bistro you can lose yourself in. But the inside, with buttery walls and art-deco posters, glows at night and the clatter of plates and rich smells emanating from the open kitchen feel right. The only thing missing: the Gallic hauteur.

Best for: Celebrating a special occasion for two for less than three digits.

Best dishes: Creamy chestnut soup with smoked bacon; country pâté and duck rillette; a poor man’s caviar of finely whipped roasted-eggplant mousse; hanger steak with caramelized shallots and red-wine sauce; braised rabbit legs over linguine; a fish pot au feu with clams, mussels, shrimp, and monkfish; floating island.

Insider tips: The nightly list of specials typically strays beyond the classics, with mixed results. Often the more conventional-sounding the dish, the better.

Service: ••

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