327 Seventh St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Southeast
Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Eastern Market
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
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.
More than any other French bistro in the area, this chatty room on Capitol Hill makes us feel like we're in Paris. Chef/owner Stephane Lezla's cooking nods to modern trends but is at its heart traditional--in a good way.
Simple wooden chairs and tables are usually jammed with neighborhood types and Hill workers of all ages. But this is also a destination spot for Francophiles who sip regional wines, slather butter on rounds of crisp baguette, talk politics, and regale friends with tales of their latest sojourns abroad.
What to get: Mussels with pastis; country pâté; veal tongue with sauce gribiche; braised rabbit with olives and linguine; floating island of meringue in crème anglaise; chocolate tart.
Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.