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Where to Find French Cuisine for Takeout and Delivery Around D.C.

15 options for everyday brasserie plates and more rarefied fare

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Boeuf bourguignon from Brasserie Liberté
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With the European Union’s recent ban on American travel, France feels even farther away than usual for D.C. area residents who may have been planning gastronomic tours through the sidewalk cafes of Paris. The District, though, is home to many excellent French restaurants. Casual neighborhood boîtes like Bistrot du Coin and La Piquette serve honest brasserie favorites like steak frites and salades Niçoises, while upscale institutions like Georgetown’s La Chaumière prepare more refined, special occasion cuisine.

No matter what type of Gallic food suits the mood, here are 15 options to enjoy classic and seasonal French food on a takeout, delivery, or limited dine-in basis.

A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

This list is ordered geographically from north to south.

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1. Mon Ami Gabi (Multiple Locations)

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7239 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 654-1234
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Popular Bethesda bistro Mon Ami Gabi boasts a full takeout menu of reliable French favorites, served with baguette, as well as a wrap-around patio for outdoor dining. Choose from à la carte selections like French onion soup, salads, and various steaks. The restaurant also offers steak or chicken family meals, which include Caesar salad, vegetable sides, and bread pudding for dessert.

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2. La Ferme Restaurant

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7101 Brookville Rd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 986-5255
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The elegant, decades-old mainstay in Chevy Chase now seats diners outside for dinner and Sunday brunch. Takeout is also an option to sample its menu, with elevated starters like foie gras crème brulée and prosciutto-wrapped scallops.

3. La Piquette

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3714 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 686-2015
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Cleveland Park favorite La Piquette offers a bustling patio for dining in, as well as a full takeout menu. Chef Francis Layrle was executive chef at the French Embassy for years, lending uniquely D.C. bona fides to his extensive menu of simple, but often excellent, French bistro fare.

La Piquette is also open for limited seating inside.
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4. Bistrot Du Coin

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1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6969
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This busy, reliable Dupont Circle mainstay offers a full takeout menu featuring everything you would expect, at a fair price. The warm goat cheese salad, moules marinières, and steak frites are popular options. Chef’s specials, like an asparagus velouté with trout and seared shrimp, also make appearances on the menu. The restaurant also has limited dine-in service right now, plus delivery. Shortened COVID-19 hours are Tuesday to Saturdays starting at 4 p.m.

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5. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Stephen Starr’s wildly successful Parisian staple returned in April for takeout and delivery. The casual bistro menu is back, including the beef Bourguignon, warm shrimp salad, and of course, the burger with pommes frites. Its famed bread baskets are free for on-site diners (and $8 for takeout orders), with limited seating inside or on its patio under its iconic red awning. Open for lunch through dinner Monday through Sunday, with weekend brunch starting at 9:30 a.m. Weekend hours run until midnight.

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Takeout steak frites from Le Diplomae
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6. Convivial

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801 O St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-2870
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French-born chef-owner Cedric Maupillier’s celebrated bistro in Shaw is running on all cylinders, with pickup, delivery, and limited patio and indoor dining seven days a week. Aside from his buttery escargot, the whole menu — including his beloved burger, quiche, and newer dishes like a bacon-flanked shrimp and grits — is available to-go. Playful on-site accents include ketchup squeeze bottles-turned-hand sanitizers at every table. There’s also happy hour and weekend brunch served til 4 p.m. — Tierney Plumb

On-site details are aplenty at Convivial, with a new yellow marquee and tables dotted with fresh flowers,
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7. Boulangerie Christophe

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1422 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 450-6344
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For those looking for a quick breakfast, lunch, or just a sweet treat to go, this tony French patisserie in the heart of Georgetown serves classic French bread and pastries, plus savory items like sandwiches, salad, quiche, pissaladière, and savory croissants. All are available online for takeout and preorder.

8. Brasserie Liberté

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3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 878-8404
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D.C. restaurateur Hakan Ilhan (MirabelleOttoman Taverna) spent millions on converting a dingy Morton’s steakhouse space into a contemporary brasserie last fall. Dinner (Sunday to Saturday) calls for French onion soup, potato croquettes, pâte, and steak frites. Go the takeout or delivery route, or dine on-site across the sizable and stunning space that sports a big brick patio out front. There’s weekend brunch, too. — T.P.

The bar at Liberte
Brasserie Liberte’s breezy indoor-outdoor setup.
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9. La Chaumière

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2813 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-1784
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Take some of the fancy French farm feeling home from this upscale Georgetown institution. The takeout menu (available daily after 3:30 p.m.) stays true to its “très correct” culinary roots. Escargot, cheese soufflé, cassoulet, and sole meunière are on offer, as are seasonal soft shell crabs and lobster bisque. The restaurant is only serving dinner through the summer, hoping to revive lunch service after Labor Day. Dining in is also an option.

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10. Chez Billy Sud

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1039 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-2606
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Charming Georgetown restaurant Chez Billy Sud offers takeout as well as patio dining in a private alley strung with lights. Chef Brendan L’Etoile’s takeout menu includes favorites like Caesar salad and steak frites, plus summer dishes like gazpacho. The team recently expanded across the river in Arlington with the debut of French sister spot Cafe Colline, which is operating on a to-go only basis for now.

11. Café du Parc

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1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 942-7000
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Dining-wise, downtown’s historic Willard Hotel may be best known for its fancy Peacock Alley high tea. But Café du Parc weaves casual French fare (Niçoise salad, croque monsieur) with plainer American selections like turkey clubs and Cobb salad. Seating available in the main dining room or across its sprawling terrace outside flanked with white-and-blue awnings. Its adjoining coffeeshop Le Cafè got a recent refresh, with grab-and-go pastries and a short French menu from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Call (202) 942-7000 to place an order from the takeout menu.

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12. Bistro Cacao

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316 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-4737
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Along with a la carte options for brunch, lunch, and dinner, this stylish stalwart on Capitol Hill sends out weekly three-course menus ($65 for two or $120 for four) filled out by classics like a roasted trout with crab meat and coq au vin. Delivery or takeout is available Tuesday to Saturday, with dine-in service (Tuesday to Sunday) offered across its newly-expanded setup or patio. There’s also a daily happy hour outside (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

13. 2941 Restaurant

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2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 270-1500
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Known among Northern Virginia residents as Falls Church’s “fancy restaurant,” 2941’s elegant French menu belies its location in a corporate office park — albeit one that includes waterfalls and a koi pond. Dine on-site to soak up its zen views, or opt for some of the D.M.V.’s most elegant takeaway (like butter-poached lobster for two), plus more casual options, including burgers and kid’s pastas.

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14. Bastille Brasserie & Bar

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606 N Fayette St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 519-3776
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This popular Alexandria brasserie’s takeout menu offers a select menu of traditional and seasonal Parisian fare, with an additional $49, three-course option for two. The restaurant also mixes a good cocktail — available for takeout, along with beer and wine. Don’t miss the focaccia, available on Fridays and Saturdays only. Third-party delivery is also available, along with limited indoor and patio dining.

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15. Le Chat Noir

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4907 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 244-2044
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Named after a 19th-century cabaret in Paris, Le Chat Noir has attracted a neighborhood crowd to its Friendship Heights dining room since it opened in 2005. Galettes, or buckwheat crepes, are a speciality here, with thin batter wrapped around everything from ham and cheese or rosemary chicken and Swiss to summer vegetables or crab, bay scallops, and mushrooms. Order pickup or delivery with DoorDash or Uber Eats. — Gabe Hiatt

1. Mon Ami Gabi (Multiple Locations)

7239 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Popular Bethesda bistro Mon Ami Gabi boasts a full takeout menu of reliable French favorites, served with baguette, as well as a wrap-around patio for outdoor dining. Choose from à la carte selections like French onion soup, salads, and various steaks. The restaurant also offers steak or chicken family meals, which include Caesar salad, vegetable sides, and bread pudding for dessert.

7239 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. La Ferme Restaurant

7101 Brookville Rd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

The elegant, decades-old mainstay in Chevy Chase now seats diners outside for dinner and Sunday brunch. Takeout is also an option to sample its menu, with elevated starters like foie gras crème brulée and prosciutto-wrapped scallops.

7101 Brookville Rd
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

3. La Piquette

3714 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016
La Piquette is also open for limited seating inside.
La Piquette [Official]

Cleveland Park favorite La Piquette offers a bustling patio for dining in, as well as a full takeout menu. Chef Francis Layrle was executive chef at the French Embassy for years, lending uniquely D.C. bona fides to his extensive menu of simple, but often excellent, French bistro fare.

3714 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20016

4. Bistrot Du Coin

1738 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Bistrot du Coin [Facebook Official]

This busy, reliable Dupont Circle mainstay offers a full takeout menu featuring everything you would expect, at a fair price. The warm goat cheese salad, moules marinières, and steak frites are popular options. Chef’s specials, like an asparagus velouté with trout and seared shrimp, also make appearances on the menu. The restaurant also has limited dine-in service right now, plus delivery. Shortened COVID-19 hours are Tuesday to Saturdays starting at 4 p.m.

1738 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Le Diplomate
Takeout steak frites from Le Diplomae
Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Stephen Starr’s wildly successful Parisian staple returned in April for takeout and delivery. The casual bistro menu is back, including the beef Bourguignon, warm shrimp salad, and of course, the burger with pommes frites. Its famed bread baskets are free for on-site diners (and $8 for takeout orders), with limited seating inside or on its patio under its iconic red awning. Open for lunch through dinner Monday through Sunday, with weekend brunch starting at 9:30 a.m. Weekend hours run until midnight.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Convivial

801 O St NW, Washington, DC 20001
On-site details are aplenty at Convivial, with a new yellow marquee and tables dotted with fresh flowers,
Convivial/official photo

French-born chef-owner Cedric Maupillier’s celebrated bistro in Shaw is running on all cylinders, with pickup, delivery, and limited patio and indoor dining seven days a week. Aside from his buttery escargot, the whole menu — including his beloved burger, quiche, and newer dishes like a bacon-flanked shrimp and grits — is available to-go. Playful on-site accents include ketchup squeeze bottles-turned-hand sanitizers at every table. There’s also happy hour and weekend brunch served til 4 p.m. — Tierney Plumb

801 O St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Boulangerie Christophe

1422 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

For those looking for a quick breakfast, lunch, or just a sweet treat to go, this tony French patisserie in the heart of Georgetown serves classic French bread and pastries, plus savory items like sandwiches, salad, quiche, pissaladière, and savory croissants. All are available online for takeout and preorder.

1422 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. Brasserie Liberté

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007
The bar at Liberte
Brasserie Liberte’s breezy indoor-outdoor setup.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

D.C. restaurateur Hakan Ilhan (MirabelleOttoman Taverna) spent millions on converting a dingy Morton’s steakhouse space into a contemporary brasserie last fall. Dinner (Sunday to Saturday) calls for French onion soup, potato croquettes, pâte, and steak frites. Go the takeout or delivery route, or dine on-site across the sizable and stunning space that sports a big brick patio out front. There’s weekend brunch, too. — T.P.

3251 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. La Chaumière

2813 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
La Chaumière [Official]

Take some of the fancy French farm feeling home from this upscale Georgetown institution. The takeout menu (available daily after 3:30 p.m.) stays true to its “très correct” culinary roots. Escargot, cheese soufflé, cassoulet, and sole meunière are on offer, as are seasonal soft shell crabs and lobster bisque. The restaurant is only serving dinner through the summer, hoping to revive lunch service after Labor Day. Dining in is also an option.

2813 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. Chez Billy Sud

1039 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Charming Georgetown restaurant Chez Billy Sud offers takeout as well as patio dining in a private alley strung with lights. Chef Brendan L’Etoile’s takeout menu includes favorites like Caesar salad and steak frites, plus summer dishes like gazpacho. The team recently expanded across the river in Arlington with the debut of French sister spot Cafe Colline, which is operating on a to-go only basis for now.

1039 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007

11. Café du Parc

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Café du Parc/Willard Intercontinental Hotel

Dining-wise, downtown’s historic Willard Hotel may be best known for its fancy Peacock Alley high tea. But Café du Parc weaves casual French fare (Niçoise salad, croque monsieur) with plainer American selections like turkey clubs and Cobb salad. Seating available in the main dining room or across its sprawling terrace outside flanked with white-and-blue awnings. Its adjoining coffeeshop Le Cafè got a recent refresh, with grab-and-go pastries and a short French menu from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Call (202) 942-7000 to place an order from the takeout menu.

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. Bistro Cacao

316 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Along with a la carte options for brunch, lunch, and dinner, this stylish stalwart on Capitol Hill sends out weekly three-course menus ($65 for two or $120 for four) filled out by classics like a roasted trout with crab meat and coq au vin. Delivery or takeout is available Tuesday to Saturday, with dine-in service (Tuesday to Sunday) offered across its newly-expanded setup or patio. There’s also a daily happy hour outside (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

316 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

13. 2941 Restaurant

2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042
2941 Restaurant - Falls Church, VA
A pineapple-caramel eclair with rosemary cream, roasted pineapple, candied cashews, and vanilla ice cream
Matt McClain for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Known among Northern Virginia residents as Falls Church’s “fancy restaurant,” 2941’s elegant French menu belies its location in a corporate office park — albeit one that includes waterfalls and a koi pond. Dine on-site to soak up its zen views, or opt for some of the D.M.V.’s most elegant takeaway (like butter-poached lobster for two), plus more casual options, including burgers and kid’s pastas.

2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042

14. Bastille Brasserie & Bar

606 N Fayette St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This popular Alexandria brasserie’s takeout menu offers a select menu of traditional and seasonal Parisian fare, with an additional $49, three-course option for two. The restaurant also mixes a good cocktail — available for takeout, along with beer and wine. Don’t miss the focaccia, available on Fridays and Saturdays only. Third-party delivery is also available, along with limited indoor and patio dining.

606 N Fayette St
Alexandria, VA 22314

15. Le Chat Noir

4907 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Named after a 19th-century cabaret in Paris, Le Chat Noir has attracted a neighborhood crowd to its Friendship Heights dining room since it opened in 2005. Galettes, or buckwheat crepes, are a speciality here, with thin batter wrapped around everything from ham and cheese or rosemary chicken and Swiss to summer vegetables or crab, bay scallops, and mushrooms. Order pickup or delivery with DoorDash or Uber Eats. — Gabe Hiatt

4907 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

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