100 Best Restaurants 2011: Et Voila!
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Et Voila!
Address: 5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-237-2300
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: French, Belgian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30, Saturday 11 to 2:30, and Sunday 11 to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5 to 10, and Sunday 5 to 9:30.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Endive salad with Chimay cheese and pecans; gravlax with crème fraîche and olive-oil pancake; carbonnade à la flamande; burger with Chimay and bacon; fries; chocolate mousse; Belgian waffle with poached pear and chocolate.

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

The French-accented waiters and comforting soups and stews give this place the feel of a continental bistro. Despite the restaurant’s Belgian pedigree, mussels have sometimes been disappointing. Not so other Belgian classics and dishes that feature fish, such as the seared scallops or the sea-bass waterzooi.

The chocolate mousse is a popular dessert—one night it seemed to land on every table, and the kitchen sometimes runs out. But others are more deserving of attention, including a delicate almond-pear tart with a refreshing Hoegaarden-beer ice cream.

Also good: Smoked trout with lentils; French onion soup; ham-wrapped endive baked with béchamel; Flemish beef stew deepened with dark beer; a rib-eye steak (with a superlative green-peppercorn sauce on request); open-faced ham-and-cheese sandwich (lunch only); lemon tart.

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

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