You’ll always have Paris, even on a trip to Washington DC. Check our tips for where to go in DC when you’re in the mood for a glass of Chablis and a steak.
Make your way to Georgetown for a Julia Child-style meal at this Provence-inspired hideaway. Chez Billy Sud’s understated, elegant dining room is the perfect place to enjoy a meal of classically French cuisine. Highlights include an earthy curried acorn squash soup and trout grenobloise with lemon-inflected brown butter.
1039 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
If you’re looking to make a real splash, head just out of town to the ultra-romantic L’Auberge Chez Francois. This farmhouse-style spot, located in a bucolic area in Virginia, will make you feel as if you’ve taken a wrong turn and ended up in a tiny village in France. Choose an entree from the old-school, prix-fix menu and prepare to be wowed.
332 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Bored of the usual French fare and in the mood for something totally innovative? Head to this creative fusion spot in Shaw that brings together French and pan-Asian cuisines. Standout dishes include a sea bass with orange, a buttery brunoise vegetable mix, and fish sauce for a perfect mix of Gallic cooking techniques and Asian ingredients.
1924 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Homey Georgetown bistro La Piquette scores points for authenticity with its white-chalk-on-blackboard menu and a fantastic wine list. Come here to enjoy a hearty steak frites or a goat cheese salad.
3714 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016
One of the city’s top restaurants, Le Diplomate is known for its stunning French interior (ask for a seat on the tiled, glassed-in patio), more incredible French cooking, and a lengthy French-wine list. We can’t recommend this Gallic 14th Street spot enough, so make sure to grab a table for a classy Parisian dinner.
1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009