5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Washington, DC 20016
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: French, Belgian, Breakfast
Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM; Open for dinner Monday 5 PM to 9:30 PM and Tuesday through Sunday 5 PM to 10 PM; Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 2:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Intimate
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.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups
Scene: Food Specials
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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.