Cafe Du Parc
A Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant, Café du Parc is a quintessential French bistro offering classic French dishes with a contemporary twist.
Influenced by the Beaux-Arts architecture of the Willard InterContinental and the French-inspired design of Washington, D.C. by Pierre L’Enfant, a French-American Engineer, Café du Parc was opened as a French restaurant in 1997 looking to bring a slice of France once more to the Nation’s Capital.
Located on Pennsylvania Avenue across from Pershing Park, a national park home to the World War 1 Memorial, Café du Parc is reminiscent of a Parisian-inspired sidewalk café. Paying homage to traditional French cooking, the restaurant offers diners a variety of culinary offerings from coffee and pastries at its coffee shop, Le Café, to breakfast, lunch, and dinner on its terrace or inside the main dining room.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
With COVID 19 restrictions setting the operating standards, the overall visit was acceptable.
The food was good and the wait staff tried. BUT, it was under the staffed and the staff was over worked, yet they were pleasant. The heater was not adequate, but we managed.
We arrived and every table outside was vacant, except for one. The bakery/to go was open. We left because who would want to have dinner at a restaurant that is nothing like what is described on Open Table. We understand that COVID protocols have been challenging for restaurants, but this experience was avoidable and therefore inexcusable.
Great and fast service. We had the beef bourguignon which was prepared well and quite delicious. We were in a bit of a hurry but they were able to accommodate without diminishing their quality of service. Great date night location as well!
Location is nice. Food was ok.
Service was good. Food was delicious but no kids menu options. We had to order full portions. Also too pricey for what it was.
Café ambience. Great food, service not intrusive, but I had to call the server over 3 times. Second appetizer ordered arrived 20 minutes after the first. Had finished appetizers several minutes, had to flag down server to order main courses. Need to work on rotation among diners.
Food delicious & tasty! Ambience was great! Highly recommend!
Outdoor seating is not available even if you make a reservation outdoors. The staff were rude when showing them the confirmed reservation for outdoors. We received sliced cheddar cheese (like for a sandwich) and something that seemed like a small baby bell as the cheese for our cheese board. The lobster melt was not satisfactory... the desserts were nice and the service was nice once seated.
We had lobster bisque soup . It’s was terrible. It’s was like water and no lobster meat.
Duck was tender sous was good but cabbage didn’t match. And so many potato.
Waiters was not professional. They don’t smile and not good for explanation of the menu. This hotel is amazing but restaurant must be more careful with food and stuff.
Non mi è piaciuto il servizio! Molto prepotenti e senza rispetto ! Non è più come una volta . Il cameriere portava la mascherina sotto il naso sempre. Negativo come cibo e come servizio
The website of this restaurant gave a misleading impression of having a grand upscale space. In reality it turned out to be just a cafe with upscale french restaurant prices.
A fantastic meal with a superb wait staff. Thank you to the entire Du Parc team for making it another great night despite the pandemic!
The atmosphere was nice and our server remembered us from the previous morning. The menu is very small for breakfast. The prices are a little much, but we didn't have time to go elsewhere.
It was extremely crowded. We were seated in a booth, which was fine. Took some time for our drink order to be made because they were so busy. A pen also landed in between us from the second story. We just laughed about it. However, the double doors closest to us was our main problem. One door was left open, which we understand it helps the staff walk in and out. However, it was allowing a freezing chill into the small space. I had to eat with my coat on the whole time.
Food was delicious AMS service was spectacular
Food was fair. Interesting menu. Slow inconsistent service. The big plus was a nice outdoor location a few blocks from the White House.
Food was cold, could never get a coffee refill, reservation was for the dining room but was sat in the middle of the coffee shop.
Felt like a 3 star hotel disappointing room service versus a legit restaurant and way overpriced for the quality
I was not impressed with the menu options. The server he was very nice. Our drinks were nothing great!
Revival gathering on Mall.
Attending Worship Rally
The patio was absolutely great. Service was excellent and food was quite good. If there had been tablecloths on the tables it would have felt like Paris! I’ll definitely go back.
Get the lobster bisque! Salmon was terrific, great desserts, which I give away, but responses were amazing.
Everything was as good as could be expected eating indoors during Covid 19. Fabulous bouillabaisse. Other than a small fruit fly who annoyed us throughout our meal, we really enjoyed ourselves. Nice ambience. Way more than 6 ft between each table so the place looked very sparse. You can definitely feel relaxed dining indoors at this location
Food so good ! I’m French and I eat French food in this restaurant and it was like at home in France ! So just so good !
Absolutely superb service. Outdoor seating is on busy Pennsylvania Avenue, but perfect for a 60 degree clear day and some people watching. Service was excellent.
a beautiful day and we could be outside. truly delightful.
Sat outside and had late dinner.
Great for breakfasts, delicious food at dinner time.
Great experience, it was my first time there but everything went well.
We made a reservation, but arrived and did not have a table ready. When we were seated, the wait staff was disorganized with multiple waiters coming to take orders. We made reservations for 11:00 AM because the website and menu both said that’s when the restaurant starts serving lunch. When we asked for the lunch menu, the waiter told us that lunch wouldn’t start until noon, then rushed us for a breakfast order. We had coffees, quickly made reservations for the Old Ebbitt Grill around the corner instead, and had a much better experience there. This place is not worth it and not up to the otherwise exceptional quality of the Willard.
Beautiful and comfortable setting. Delicious Cafe du Parc salad! But need to do something about the bees!
Food was very good but service was terrible. There seemed to be as many servers as patrons but it still took them 30 mins to take our order. Then the appetizers came out well after the entrees and only after we flagged someone down to ask about them. Actually, we had to flag someone down every time we wanted something. Unfortunately, the beautiful view was marred by the sight and sound of construction right across the street, so outdoor dining here won’t be truly enjoyable until next year.
Fantastic service! The food was great! The cafe was located in a historical/beautiful hotel.
Great meal in a beautiful setting!
We made reservations, got there and they told us they aren’t taking reservations. We then waited for a table and multiple groups of people who were there after us were seated first. When we got seated we waited 15 minutes for someone to come to our table then left because it was obvious we would not get waited on.
We highly recommend Cafe Du Parc. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was great.
We stayed 3 nights at the Willard Intercontinental so we had dinner twice at the Cafe Du Parc. Both nights the service was extremely bad even though we had different servers each night. Several employees were overlapping in their responsibilities. I don't know if the servers have too many tables or what the reason is for such poor service. The 2nd night it took 2 hours (exactly) to have a dinner that shouldn't have lasted not more than 1 hour.
Great wait staff, very attentive and the food was delicious
The kitchen was backed up 30 min when we got there. Not a big deal, but kind of annoying.
I get it, COVID, and a busy weekend. We arrived at 9:40 for our 9:45 reservation. We were seated shortly after. Then we sat, while every single waiter walked past us, and even made eye contact. After 25 minutes my husband went to get a waiter so we could at least get drinks. We were told that they would not take our order for 30 minutes because the kitchen was backed up. I've never heard of this before, as orders usually are taken then submitted when the kitchen is reopen. Nope. All the distanced tables were full when we walked in, but emptied to about half before we even ordered our drinks. There was line for the pastry counter of 9 people, which made it crowded for current times.
After sitting there for 30 minutes, another table walked in and sat right away. About 10 minutes later our server finally came by to take our order. (this was 40 minutes after we arrived) I watched the recently arrived table almost complete eating their meal before our food arrived. Over an hour for eggs and waffles was beyond understandable. No offer for a pastry, coffee, or anything else for the inconvenience. I was not impressed. Upon leaving, I did speak to the manager. and encouraged him to give his staff discretion for compensating when the kitchen is refusing to take orders for over 30 minutes. He offered champagne which was kind, but we didn't want to wait any longer, so we declined.
Cafe Du Parc offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 942-7000.
Cafe Du Parc is rated 4.3 stars by 1898 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.