Address: 327 Seventh St., SE, Washington, DC 20003
Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southeast
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Open Tuesday through Thursday for dinner 5:30 PM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, Sunday 5:30 PM to 9 PM. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch 10:30 AM to 3 PM.
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.
Price Details: Entrees, $17.95 to $20.95.
From January 2006 100 Very Best Restaurants
Photograph by Allison Dinner.
THE SCENE. A former post office in Eastern Market is the unlikely home of the city's best French bistro, a warm, happily chaotic place that reminds you that, although deal-making over dinner might be the norm on the Hill, lingering over a bottle of wine and some soulful plates of food has its practitioners, too.
WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. The unpretentious atmosphere and absence of Gallic hauteur or gruffness. Stephane Lezla's cooking is consistently delicious, full of strong, developed flavors and smart but not showy combinations.
WHAT YOU WON'T. The menu changes little from season to season, year to year.