L'Enfant Cafe & Bar

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L'Enfant Cafe & BarL'Enfant Cafe & Bar
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L'Enfant Cafe & BarL'Enfant Cafe & Bar

Type: Bar, Eatery

2000 18th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20009-1806
United States

(202) 319-1800 | map

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Added by snarl on 05-02-2008

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by blackie:
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

a: stumbled upon this place a little over a year ago while searching for an after-dinner spot, had a great time that night and each visit since, a cozy (and occasionally crowded) little corner restaurant, big windows line the street-facing walls, small ten seat bar with the remaining space occupied by tables that are shifted about to accommodate parties of varying size, nice porch that will be a big plus come summertime, generally a very laid back spot and a little more farmhouse than fancy

quality: no big issues here aside from the bottled beers being far too cold, glassware is appropriate

service: in my experience, table service has been good, and bar service has been great (the same bartender has been there each visit, and this has held over time)

selection: good but not terribly impressive selection of Belgians, think I went with a Floris fruit on my first visit, but have stuck with bottled Westmalle Tripel since, maybe 5 taps with a modest but quality selection of bottles

food: l'enfant serves a range of french favorites, most notably a large selection of both sweet and savory crepes, with the mushroom-gruyere and strawberry-nutella being personal standbys

on the pricey side, Westmalle 375 ml for eleven dollars, others around eight

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 1.5 | food: 5

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place is easily overlooked. If you live in DC, you've probably gone by it and may not have noticed it on the corner of 18th and U St. But it's stealthiness can be a plus when you're seeking a laid back place to hang out. And it makes a nice respite from the madness down the street in Adams Morgan.

Their beer list is exclusively Belgian. You'll usually find maybe three on tap and 10 picks by the bottle. They include Chimay triple, Grand Reserve, and Red; DeKoninck; Hoegaarten; Stella Artois; Kronenbourg; Leffe; Maredsous 10; Kasteel Triple; Delirium Tremons and Nocturnum; and Liefman's Kriek. They also have wine and liquor.

The food menu includes crepes (a good selection of savory and sweet), sandwiches, salads, soups, and a few other appetizers (e.g., cheeseboard, pate plate, olive selection, etc.). The staff has always been friendly.

The place itself isn't very big. There's a small bar, maybe seven or eight tables inside and six outside (I'm going from memory). It's just a solid place to grab a snack, some good beer and chill.

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L'Enfant Cafe & Bar in Washington, DC
Place rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 3 ratings