100 Best Restaurants 2012: Cafe Du Parc
Tried and True: 10 Restaurants That Have Consistently Offered Very Good Dining
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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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


The term "seasonality" is typically shorthand for produce that a restaurant features as the market changes. This cafe, operated by the famed Willard hotel and overseen by a Michelin-starred chef, is "seasonal" in a different sense. It's most desirable in the warmer months, when you can loll on the patio by the park. Inside, the small bar and upstairs dining room don't match the charm outside. Fortunately, no matter where you sit, you'll find well-executed pâtés and terrines, exquisite salads and soups, and main courses that are models of elegant simplicity. If only the service had the same polish.

What to get: Crab-and-avocado cocktail with lobster gelée; one of the area's best crabcakes; lamb stew; sweetbreads with English peas; salumi board; vegetable-stuffed trout in Riesling sauce; roast chicken with light jus; steamed mussels with garlic and white wine; roast cod; salty caramel topped with crème brûlée and meringue; Jivara milk-chocolate bar; Saint-Honoré cake, candied cream puffs.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Expensive.

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