La Piquette

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$30 and under
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French
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A neighborhood Bistrot located in Cleveland Park that stays faithful to its French roots offering the best French dishes on this side of the Atlantic
Executive Chef Francis Layrle prepares a daily menu with farm raised and seasonal fresh ingredients. The bar offers a carefully curated wine selection and house cocktails. La Piquette presents an authentic bistrot atmosphere the way it is meant to be: fun, simple and delicious.

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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vipRob4Food
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was wonderful to be back at one of my favorite places in DC after the lockdown, my friend and I shared a lovely meal & a bottle of Crament al fresco, we stayed for over 3 hours.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So happy to have our favorite neighborhood restaurant back!

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ZacharyA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

It was our first time there (we are a mid 20’s couple) and were pleasantly surprised. Perhaps it was the champagne on a warm summer night, but the food was fantastic and staff, even with masks, was so welcoming. I got the medium duck, and she got halibut, the chef did such a nice job. Meat was cooked to perfection!

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vipKalaloch
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So glad to be able to enjoy the fabulous bistro fare offered by la Piquette. I had the Cassoulet, my friend the Steak Frites with a starter of tomato buratta salad. Y UM! Welcome back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La P is a destination and a neighborhood gem. The food is consistently good and there are quality wine choices. Like a bistro should be.

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vipVASFfan
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always, La Piquette was excellent. Very attentive service, superior food (skate wing for the main course, a shrimp ceviche for an appetizer...though I would characterize it as a very French take on ceviche). The chocolate lava cake was fine but I don't think it was as thoroughly cooked as it could have been...the interior wasn't as 'molten' as it could have been. A very fine chablis to wash it all down with. I'm always very happy to dine at La Piquette, though sadly it may be a while before the opportunity again presents itself.

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Panisse
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A quiet lunch with a dear friend. Due to COVID 19 the restaurant was not crowded. The wait staff were as friendly and efficient as they always are. The food was delicious.

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vipDonLivia2
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience.
First experience,
Planning to return.

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vipglover
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was very good, atmosphere was just buzzy enough without being deafening, and we enjoyed great friendly service by Edgar.

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AnandA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent cuisine. Many choices. Nice location. The wait staff were helpful, courteous and friendly. Quite crowded on a Saturday but that is to be expected for a good restaurant.

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vipkmc4
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food with appropriately sized portions. Ambiance is Parisian and so lovely. Bartender, server, hostess all delightful! Great location - I love everything.

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LevonA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We made the reservations to dine before a concert at the National Cathedral but we arrived 20 minutes ahead of the time we had stated and they cheerfully seated us Our waiter could not be friendlier or more helpful as we bantered through the dinner. I ha a very satisfactory salmon while my friends had the duck breast and the mussels. we were well-satisfied. One suggestion, though. The blackboard with the day's menu, (which did, indeed, have items not in the menu), was not well-lit and we missed an item or two we would have considered.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at La Piquette. Fun, sophisticated and French!!

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EllieK
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is delicious, the service is efficient and upbeat, and the ambiance very French, bien sur! I’m never disappointed.

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vipArminia
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

We were a party of 3; appetizers were decent, but two of our three entrees were really no better than a fast food place. We have never felt so rushed to eat and move on. The wait staff felt the need to remove used plates or flatware the second we were done with them, and seemingly refreshed our water glasses after every sip. It was not a relaxing evening when you literally have to shout across the table to be heard. For the amount we paid, we could have enjoyed a more relaxed evening and had better food at so many other places.

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bergsy
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

A classic French bistro with very good food, a good wine list, and good service. crowded and loud. I could happily eat there once per week for a long long time.

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RichardTSeymour
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The noise level can be overpowering when the restaurant is full, but it felt and sounded perfect when the restaurant was half-full on Feb. 24. The food was excellent, as always. The photos on the wall are a constant delight.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Except for the noise, this place is excellent. An informal dinner with good food.

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SoniaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The skate wing w spinach was super delicious 😋 as well as the sweetbread, and moules frites that my friends . We all enjoyed our desserts.

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Enjoy
Houston
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at La Piquette hit every right note. We ordered the artichoke appetizer - very unusual and absolutely delicious. The Caesar salad was the best we have ever had. My husband raved about the ribeye, and I had bass - handled with such a deft touch. Light and flaky with a delicious sautéed spinach. The service was just right - informative, upbeat, and accommodating. Any future trip to DC will include a meal at La Piquette.

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vipPeterP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Great food. Noise level so loud could not have any conversation.

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Ito4keeps
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Braised Beef Short Ribs, Sautéed Fresh N.C Shrimp, and the Canard Rôti à l’Orange were to die for. I could have been ok without ordering the Poireaux Vinaigrette (leek salad) as an appetizer.

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vipScottA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the lamb and the ribeye. Both were perfect. The service was very friendly. La Piquette is everything you want a neighborhood restaurant to be.

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vipZiggy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food is very good and the service exceptional. However, the spaces are quite claustrophobic: tables are only 40cm distant from each other so that they need to move them to help people to get seated... Overall, a bit overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food, service, etc. I felt it was a bit pricey but it was a special occasion.

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LauraH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant. I always have an excellent meal here. Feel like I’m in France. Highly recommend.

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NedJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure, no matter how many times we go.

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vipgene
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Tasty and approachable French classics. Service was collaborative, genuine, efficient. Former members of the Resistance were also sprinkled around the dining room and available to answer any historical questions and expound on the present moment.

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vipLeenda
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the kind of authentic French bistro you hate to recommend because then everyone will start coming and it will be harder to get a reservation! Food is great and service is very professional, yet friendly. It’s number one in our top 3 restaurant rotation for the DC/MD area.

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vipVicM
New Mexico
39 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Keep in mind this is a bistro—-tables for two are very small and spacing is close. Not the spot for a romantic dinner. But the service was friendly, good wine list and food. Recommend the duck breast; thought the dressing on the house salad was a bit acidic but the greens were excellent. Would definitely return.

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vipLouise
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always wonderful food. This might be my favorite French restaurant in DC.

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vipPetiteChatteNoire
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

This is easily one of my favorite French restaurants in DC. Nowhere near as pretentious or uppity as some others, but with equally fantastic food. Great cocktails and wine list. Casual atmosphere without sacrificing service or menu.

Some of the tables can be a little cramped, but it's worth it. Definitely make a reservation.

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vipDianeE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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vipGaryF
Washington DC
9 reviews