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801 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2615
+1 202-525-4500
06:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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482 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went her with my sisters at 460 Bethesda Ave in Bethesda and we were not disappointed. There were many parties, crepes, quiches, sandwiches to choose from, as well as many coffee and tea drinks options. There are not many seats, so you may have to take out or wait to be seated if busy. One of us had Cafe... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there with family. We had apricot pie and other items for breakfast. Really enjoyed it. They also have a kitchen and can make you egg and croissant dishes. This location is directly across archives.

Thank chaudhrysohail
Santa Monica, California
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yum: went once for breakfast on a Friday during Spring Break Rush. They make their own pastries, which you can see them doing through a window while you wait in line. They have both full sized and mini croissants, etc. They make delicious omelettes to order served with baguette slice and side salad, decent coffee not-too-weak. It's a popular spot... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard raving things but my salad was below average (poor quality chicken, some wilted greens, and a too-tiny dressing), and the sandwiches all looked not-quite-good-enough to order. It was far too crowded, with many of us standing and eating. I must say our cookie was delicious, the young man who checked us out had awesome, upbeat energy and... More 

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Washington DC
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Getting past the ever-changing and often poor counter staff is key. Lunch options are fresh and delicious. Pastries and coffee are great. Nothing is cheap.

Thank worms2u
Houston, Texas
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533 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is overpriced and not that differentiated from the masses. Paul bills itself as a French bakery with upscale selections, but the only thing I found upscale was the bill. The bread was nothing special and the sandwiches we had were fine, but not worth $13 each.

Thank George Y
Davenport, IA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We stopped by for a snack after visiting the Archives. Each of us ordered a different dessert and all five were devoured.

Thank thimdog
Carbondale, Illinois
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

I had the prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich and the tropezienne tarte. The sandwich was good, but the tarte blew me away. I am a changed woman after eating that tarte. I've never had anything so fresh.

Thank elsbethsanders
Berwick, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

A light breakfast, but a great selection of fesh baked goods and more. We had coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice and several pastries. Everything was very good. All the staff were very friendly. Service was excellent.

Thank SandN855
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80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

The pastries are very good! Just as good as the one in Paris. I have not tried their sandwiches, but I will have to go back and try those!

Thank Raqsum

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
French, Cafe, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2615
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-525-4500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?