Cafe 15 (Sofitel Lafayette Square Hotel)
A plush and gracious French dining room.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 10, 2006
Ici Urban Bistro
Address: 806 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-730-8700
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cuisines: French, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open for breakfast Monday through Friday 6:30 to 10 AM; Saturday and Sunday 7 to 11 AM. Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 4 PM. Open for dinner Monday through Friday 4 to 10 PM; Saturday and Sunday 5 to 10:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: McPherson Square
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Dinner starters, $8 to $16; entrees, $18 to $29

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THE SCENE. Moneyed Continentals and girl groups out on the town gather at this swanky restaurant in the Hotel Sofitel--with its aubergine walls, raw silk drapes, and abstract art--for updated French classics. In the high-decibel lounge across the lobby, the crowd skews slightly younger than in one of the most serene dining rooms in the city.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. Gracious, unflappable service in a space that manages to be of the moment yet also warm and welcoming.

WHAT YOU WON'T. The schizophrenic quality of the cooking--some dishes soar, others belly-flop.

BEST DISHES. Perfectly cooked fresh prawns with lemon confit and buttery white tarbais beans from the foothills of the Pyrenees, a reminder of what shrimp ought to taste like; succulent lobster with the airiest of curry-shot cream sauces, ribbons of zucchini, and pumpkin gnocchi; a dense dark-chocolate mousse cone with praline ice cream; the signature beer brioche with beer ice cream and caramelized pear.

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