100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Montmartre
The dining room at Montmartre on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph by Chris Campbell.
Comments () | Published January 28, 2014
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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.

The arrival, last year, of chef Brian Wilson was not heralded in the food world. Wilson wasn’t a celebrity, and Montmartre—a dependably good pit stop in Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market neighborhood for French comfort food—has never been a destination. But Wilson has proven to be a smart hire, nudging the bistro into relevance with a more seasonal approach and a light, expressive hand at the stove. If you missed his dish of prawns in a pistou with white beans and tomatoes, you missed one of the great dishes of the summer. Diners have always descended on this low-lit space to ease into a meal without gimmicks, and Wilson’s renditions of bistro classics such as duck confit and scallops and cream are as on-message as a consultant-coached politico. Desserts remain much as they were in French restaurants a generation ago—not a bad thing, especially when it’s a sumptuous île flottante, a fluffy meringue ringed by a silken moat of custard.

Open: Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

Don’t Miss: Duck-confit salad; croque madame; hanger steak; mixed-berry tart.

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