Best French Restaurants
Gerard Cabrol’s Left Bank-style brasserie in the
heart of Georgetown. Turn-of-the-century posters and even
part of an old wine press. Other chefs show up late-night
for pommes frites, steak tartare, roast chicken. Daily
from 11 a.m., weekdays till 3 a.m., weekends till 4 a.m.
Early-bird dinner 5-7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 3128
M St. NW, (202) 338-3830.
A favorite of the late Julia Child, Gerard Pain’s
romantic country inn in Georgetown for cassoulet, lobster
bisque, boudin blanc, pike quenelles, quail, rabbit, Dover
sole, souffles. Stone fireplace. Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. -
2 p.m. Mon- Sat 5:30-10:30 p.m. 2813 M St NW, (202) 338-1784.
City’s Fine Dining winner. Chef-owner Robert Weidmaier’s
upscale Flemish-French cusine (Alaskan seafood, pheasant
bread, sushi-grade tuna, wild game) in stylish, provincial
setting. Sun. – Thurs. 5:30-10 p.m., Fri- Sat. 5:30-11
p.m. Bar. Live jazz Fri.-Sat. Valet parking ($5) and limo
to Kennedy Center. 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, (202) 296-1166.
Intimate bistro near the Capitol dome (a la Sacre Coeur),
drawing pols for Stephane Lezia’s soups, rabbit
with olives and linguine, cod with mango and avocado,
scallops with sweet pea risotto, duck leg confit, fruit
tart. Sidewalk tables. Tue.-Sun 11:30-2:30 p.m., Tue-Thurs.
5:30-10 p.m., Fri-Sat. till 10:30 p.m., Sun. till 9 p.m.
327 7th St. SE, (202) 544-1244.
|L'Auberge Chez Francois -
a little out of the way, and sometimes difficult to get reservations
- but this place is worth the trouble. The food is
beautifully prepared, the atmosphere is the definition of
charming and the service is always warm and inviting. Very
|La Colline - Better food than atmosphere,
this Capital Hill classic has been around forever - try it
if you are in the neighborhood. 400 N. Capitol Street, (202)737-0400
See DC on land and water! 90 minutes of great fun for the whole
$27 for adults
$14 for kids