Best French Patisseries In Washington Near Me

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1. Un je ne sais Quoi...

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Un je ne sais Quoi...
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1361 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 721-0099

Guy: Patisserie


Review: "A French patisserie that lives up to its name."

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Muniba Khan: Absolutely love it! Came here for a dessert-y breakfast because of a mutual friend's recommendation. Everything that we tried was high quality and delicious, and the prices were honestly pretty reasonable. We got the apple tart, cherry blossom cream puff, and flan and I was impressed with everything. I would say my favorite was probably the cream puff or the apple tart! They also have pretty good coffee, I got a cappuccino and I was satisfied. The place was really crowded and the line was out the door, so I would recommend coming as early as you can.

arun varughese: Wow. One of the best bakeries I have been to at a medium price range. They have really nice pastries which are lite and NOT loaded with sugar like many of the other bakeries. Pear tart - My favorite item from the place. It had a lite pear flavor with soft and yummy crust. Croquettes- really good and a steal for the price. Pistachio- they have really good pistachio cream so try any of their pistachio based pastries if available. Hot chocolate- The hot chocolate was good but nothing unique. Optional try. I am not sure if it’s authentic French as I don’t have a reference. But their pastries felt really high quality and you won’t have a sugar rush after having them.

Saminda Wijegunawardena: This first visit was generally underwhelming. Their much lauded meringue failed to impress. I had the Memorable with coffee chocolate ganache, coffee whipped cream, milk chocolate shavings. It was surprisingly dry and not as cloud like fluffy as envisioned. The Memorable was quite forgettable. The flavor leaned heavily on the sugar, a bit too much for my taste. The chocolate eclair in contrast was on the spot. Creamy chocolate filling with a perfectly moist dough in the interior and a crisp shell layered with a generous stripe of chocolate icing. I'm sure there are some other great things but when the eclair trumps your flagship item, it can only garner 3 stars.

Iris Tan: I LOVE everything here! I was visiting DC and My friend brought me here as this is her fav place for French pastries! We ordered 4 kinds and I loved them all! Especially the cream … they are not too sweet and creamy … also I did a quick sketch here to capture some cute moments;)

Christina Z: My group ordered the almond, pistachio and coffee croissants. The fillings were tasty, but there was no beautiful flaky interior texture. It seems as if they cook their croissants at too high of a temperature so the outside cooks too fast and the inside does not fully cook. I've had better croissants elsewhere.

Da-Wang Wu: One of the best bakeries in DMV! They only sell croissant and breads before 11am and start selling desserts after 11am. The chocolate tarts and lemon tarts are both very delicious. Eclair and millefeuille are not bad but slightly too sweet for me, but my partner likes it. The chocolate brioche-like small bread was my favorite. Highly recommend!

Piper Strzelecki: Tragically, I am allergic to gluten, so I often don’t expect much from pastry shops. However, the staff were very helpful and I was able to pick from 2 options. I had the raspberry financier and it was easily the BEST gluten free bakery item I have ever had!!! Thank you for this 😁

Vi Rodriguez: This place is worth the visit! We almost skipped this place because finding parking sucked! I'm glad we parked and walked a block to check this place out. The pastries not only look good but they were delicious!!! We got apple and strawberry fritters and a butter croissant. In additional we got two vanilla lattes one with oat milk. It was a bummer they couldn't do cool designs in our lattes but man those lattes were DELICIOUS! There is seating inside and outside. Service is very fast and the staff were extremely nice and knowledgeable. The require masks to enter the establishment.

Ashleah Younker: My friends and I stopped by on a whim and were very pleased by our decision! I got an eclair that I ate directly after purchasing that was So Good! I also got a chocolate twist and a raisin roll to go to share with my partner for breakfast the following morning. Both were delicious, but I preferred the raisin roll slightly. One of my friends ordered a hot latte, and it smelled divine.

Patricia Alejandro: Excellent apple turnover, warmed up and buttery, crispy pastry. The marveilleux was also excellent, multilayered with chocolate mousse, crunchy meringue and chocolate shards. Best if its kind I’ve had yet.

2. Patisserie Poupon

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Patisserie Poupon
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1645 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 342-3248

Guy: Bakery


Review: "The best French Patisserie"

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Vikram Seshadri: Came across this nice little bakery on the way to Dumbarton Oaks. They have amazing cakes, croissants and pies. The fruit cheesecake was the best one ever.

Karla Guillen: The food was good! The bread was a little harder than what I expected but still edible. The desert was perfect!! They don't have handicap entrance but they have a little parking area in the back which I'm not sure if you can really park there but I did anyways and didn't get a ticket or complain.

Al Edmondson: Really good food. Pleasant and cozy, edged in a Georgetown space, with a nice view of Wisconsin Ave. movements on the street in the front window seating. Nice and comfy patio to sit outside. Plenty of yummy desserts, pastries and some bomb Ice Tea lemonade. Service was absolutely polite and welcoming. Nothing negative to say about this lunch outing. Can't wait to return. I just simply enjoyed it...

Dagmar: The customer service was great. They were friendly, kind and packed my cakes up with care. Cakes were delicious and not overly sweet. I went for two cakes and ended up leaving with four (my own choice) lol I bought extra to share. Coffee was good too a medium to light blend.

Sarah Millet: Had some time to kill and stopped here for some pastries and coffee ! Everything was super tasty and authentic ! The coffee was on point and to top it off, they have the cutest patio.

Matthew Henry: Amazing experience. Incredible French food, don't miss it.

Laura Delgado: I've been satisfied with everything that my family has tried here including the almond croissants, ham & cheese croissants and brie sandwiches. The relaxing atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating is also a plus.

Sarah Diligenti: The go-to place for Fraisiers cakes and for their scrumptious Hazelnut Yule Log at Christmas. I also love their Americano, which I reserve as a guilty pleasure almost once a month on Sundays, together with their almond croissant. My only regret is that the back patio is too small and shady and sitting outside in the front on the curb kills the joy of sipping an excellent coffee: noise and exhaust fumes dampen the experience.

Mark P: Great little bakery that my family and fiance explored when in georgetown. We got coffee from the espresso bar in the back, which were delicious. We got a spinach / cheese savory pastry, a pain au chocolat, and this really cool raspberry mousse/cake thing. All of it was fantastic. Service was really nice and the line moved fast. Bathrooms in the back.

Dania Ramirez: We stopped here for lunch. The coffee was really good and the fruit tarts just delightful. We also ordered a quiche and sandwiches. Everyone was super happy with their orders. I would definitely come back! Highly recommend!

3. Boulangerie Christophe

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Boulangerie Christophe
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.9
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 1422 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM

Telephone: (202) 450-6344

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Wow, great french bakery."

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Leyla Norris: One of the best croissants I’ve tried in the area. Their baked goods are fresh coffee drinks are delicious. They also have a cozy seating in the back, it’s very relaxing.

Kate S: Authentic French pastries. My favorite bakery in DC. Excellent bread too. The giant piece of avocado toast on a slice of crunchy bread is amazing!! They make the best millefeuille with lovely crispy layers. They had a divine Xmas buche made of lemon and pistachio with raspberries on top. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!!! The smoked salmon sandwich is very good too.

Sarah Resenic: Delightful breakfast that left us feeling full and satisfied. We ordered an array of items from the menu and each one was delicious in its own way. I will say that as a first timer I did not specify that we were dining on the patio which is important if you would like everything heated up. Everyone was friendly and the food was fresh and exactly what you would expect from a true French bakery. Glad that we found a table and decided to try it out. Bonus—> Pup friendly!!!

Emma Antonios: Walking into this boulangerie makes me feel like I am in Paris. Everything is authentic and hearing the staff interact with customers In French makes me smile. Perfect breads and French pastries in an adorable environment. Check out the patio in the back!

Risa Dee (Aria): Excellent place for a stop if you're doing your morning walk when you're staying at Georgetown. Fresh pastries and savory pies await you. I opted for their crepe forestiere which I'm glad I did. Succulent mushrooms, creme fraske over tender chicken breast. Brunchworthy!

Michael Goodman: Wow, great french bakery. Had the mont blanc. Don't usually even care for them, but this was phenomenal. The meringue on the outside was crispy yet fluffy on the inside, perfect! The inside was not overwhelming stickiness as is often the case, but a nice understated cream as well to add balance. Will definitely come back.

Dan Drago: Simply amazing French pastries (get the regular croissant to see what a French croissant should taste like), sandwiches, and drinks. Nice seating area outside. Highly recommended.

Tatiana Russell: Delicious French pastries and great coffee. The staff are extremely friendly. I’d skip the pistachio eclair next time but the croissants are excellent and fresh. Lively patio seating in the back, too.

George: Stunning pastries and baked goods.Highly recommend the things you won't find everywhere such as the apricot-tarte and the savory salmon-waffle and classic lunch crepesReally hard to achieve this level of quality.

Fatima D: I don't know how I did not discover this place sooner. I was a little bit hesitant coming here after reading the negative reviews online and the Washington Post article but I'm so glad I did come anyway. This if the best place for pastries and bread in DC. The staff were really friendly and ordering was fairly quick despite the lines. The food is absolutely wonderful the pastries are so delightful and fresh. I ordered a lemon tart pistachio eclair and a salmon quiche and they were all just wonderful. I also absolutely love their marble cakes and hazelnut and Chestnut cakes... They are truly perfect. I didn't like the fact that there was very limited seating... And unfortunately the seating indoors is really terrible... The tables are way too high and uncomfortable... I ordered the majority of my food to go. Will definitely come back again for breakfast in the future.

4. PAUL Franklin Square

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PAUL Franklin Square
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1275 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM

Telephone: (202) 506-4471

Guy: Bakery


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Kelly M.: Love, love, love this place. Is it a little pricey? Yes. But this is DC and the quality is fantastic!! Seriously…best almond croissant I’ve ever had. The sandwiches rival what I ate when I lived in Germany and the coffee is very good. There’s also seating available both inside and outside. I would go here every day if I could! It’s probably for the best that I don’t live nearby but I wish I did!

Melissa Buckingham: The selection of baked goods and sweets drew me in but the overall experience left me underwhelmed. The atmosphere is appealing but the ordering experience was unpleasant. I felt rushed and questioned at every turn. I walked up to the counter with my vaccine card and ID ready based on what I had seen from customers that were in line before me. She seemed confused and asked if I planned on dining in. After ordering my vegetable quiche, chocolate almond croissant, and amaretto hot chocolate with almond milk, I found a table near the barista. She brought me my drink and for the cost, I would have rather had some instant hot chocolate mix poured into warm milk. It was nothing to write home about. If you are in a pinch and want to grab a sandwich or salad, I would say this is your place. If you want a nice warm drink and baked good, I might consider looking into other options. I would go back to try out other sweets but only if I was with someone else that insisted we go to this location in particular. Tl;dr PAUL Franklin Square is pricey and underwhelming but it will satiate your desire for a niche meal and drink.

LP: Lots of baked goods and French style cafe items. I got the croque monsieur. Tasty. I’ll be back! Friendly staff. Covid vax card required to eat inside. No cash excepted.

Michelle Diane: Had a lovely breakfast at PAUL'S that included a veggie quiche with salad and a delicious mocha!! The mocha was certainly the highlight of it all. I want to go back just to have another one.

A.: Hard to pick a rating for this location. Many of the times I’ve come here, the staff is incredibly slow, even when there aren’t many people. On the flip side, I’ve been here when it’s busy and they’re much faster, but the warm food is rushed and isn’t warm after they heat it up. My first exposure to Paul’s was in Belgium, so you can imagine what it’s like to eat at a French cafe in a French-speaking country. The locations around DC just aren’t the same. I appreciate when I go in and the staff are more attentive, but it’s hit or miss sometimes

Lena T: Beautiful cafe with plenty of sweet/savory options. Quiche was lovely, as was my cappuccino!

Chili Palmer: Good coffee except for one day when they have this lady who thinks a cappuccino has to be cooking hot with all flavours killed and got pretty aggressive when we asked for another one. The correct answer is not „ Ima make ya a cold one baby uhuuum“. Rude, should not work in any service job.
Response: Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about our recent visit. We strive to present our guests with the best quality and value possible, from food to service. We sincerely apologize for your poor experience and hope you'll give us another chance. Please contactusat Feedback@pauldmv.com, and share more details about your recent visit, we'd like the opportunity to resolve your concerns and earn your continued trust. Thanks Sarah kian Operation manager

Dan Handel: Consistently out of certain items. Every time I have placed an order with them, they have called to cancel part or all of my order. They have good pastries but having to go back and forth with them every single time is a hassle I can go without

Calum Black: I live this place. The pastries are crispy, buttery and delicious. The staff are incredible, they're so friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!

A Weaver: The place has low lighting, bistro atmosphere, bar chairs and tables, sofa and cushiony chairs, and "wooden" floors. Upon walking in you are greeted with an array of pastries and smiling faced employees. A breakfast and everything else menu is hung on the walls. When I was here there was a short line of 4 people. I ordered the smoked salmon salad and a glass is water (right out the tap), never offered a choice of dressings or even extra napkins as other people within the same line who ordered drinks or was told where to obtain a straw. I was presented with a table number, a tray and 1 silverware. Waiting for my food to come, the ambient noise of music filled the room as I found a place to sit. Food arrives shortly after. The plate was will presented as if The chefs really care about presentation. The bread was hard as stale bread that's been baked art 6 am and left out in open air. The salmon was flavorful and the tomatoes actually tasted as if it was garden grown with plenty of sunlight. Since I had tap water, I put a cucumber into it, to balance the pH. I know it is going to take longer than me eating, but it made me feel good. After pointing out the hard bread, they were nice enough to warm up a new piece. I will return one day.

5. Le Caprice DC Café Bakery

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Le Caprice DC Café Bakery
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.1
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 3460 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM

Telephone: (202) 290-3109

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Not so french but not so bad."

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Mark Blanchard: Not so french but not so bad. Pastries were hit or miss. Pain au chocolat was good, but flavored cookies were bland, no flavor at all. Chairs and tables were dirty with food crumbs everywhere. Staff was nice and friendly.

Jared Szuba: I have been a frequent customer at this bakery over the past two years. I can’t speak to the desserts, but I’ve had everything on the breakfast menu. Their breakfast sandwiches are sub-par, largely flavorless ingredients, no salt. Almost always a disappointment, but hey, there’s not really anything else around here when you want breakfast on the go. Firstly, the variety of baked goods is impressive. Their lunch sandwiches are hit or miss, I’ve tossed at least one in the can. That’s a problem, given how expensive the sandwiches are. The coffee is just fine, certainly not bad and does the job, but perhaps a bit overpriced for its quality. The croissants, however, hit it out of the park! They’re really as good as people say. Ultimately, I’m grateful to have this place in the neighborhood, disappointing as it can be. It’s a quiet place to work and has nice atmosphere. If the owners put a new effort in, this place could fulfill its high potential.

Cyntia: My breakfast croissant was buttery, flaky, and delicious. This has to be the best place in DC for a croissant, just like the sign says (it's what lured me in....). Iced latte could have used more coffee and a lot less milk, but that's my only issue. I'm already planning my next visit....
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Anthony Stewart: Dirty—crumbs all over the chairs in the café, they took 20 minutes to bring out my order, the girl working the till looked as though she couldn’t be bothered... 😑 The “pain au chocolate” (simply chocolate croissant here) was actually decent, but the red velvet cake was a complete and utter catastrophe. It tasted old, and the frosting tasted of washing up liquid. It looked so promising, alas! it was just not meant to be. Had to toss it out after two small forks. Not worth a repeat. A “2” is being quite generous.

Steven Montoya: This is a nice neighborhood cafe for a morning sip and bite. I've been twice thus far, with the first time being busier than the second (today's drizzle likely played a part in this). The chai latte and gruyere & prosciutto sandwich were both very good, while the moon cookie and lavender grandmere were underwhelming (both tasted a bit stale). At ~$53 for two sandwiches, two cookies, a croissant, and two lattes, this cafe is decidedly middle of the road in terms of both cost and value.

Tammie Smith: Not sure why the reviews are so high. Just ate part of a croissant that tasted more like a hardened bread. Likely a combination of being poorly baked then left out to congeal and dry out. Not worth the calories and money. I threw it away.

TAI BERRY: They crafted my son's graduation cake. I couldn't have been happier with the results. It was beautiful and very tasty!!! The macaroons were so divine!!!! My family will be using them often.

roberto garcia: If you're latino, don't go there. Discrimination is at first hand. Sadly, employers and employees are Latinos. I ordered one thing, they brought a different one then I was blamed for it.
Response: Dear Roberto, As you wrote the employees in the front and the baker/sandwich maker that serving now, all are Latinos. We respect all our customers from any origin. Best regards

Sarah: Love this cafe, it's become my favorite place to get pastries, coffee, and breakfast wraps/sandwiches in the neighborhood. The staff is wonderful and always courteous. There is a patio in the front where you can eat safely distanced and enjoy the 14th St activity. This place has too much charm and character to skip. I've always had wonderful treats and meals here and can't recommend it more.
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T L: The place is cozy, its ambience is nice and the staff is friendly. However, for $5.60 I expected decent fruit on my fruit tart. Unfortunately the fruit toppings looked like they've been sitting on the counter for hours. It would've been better if each item had a price marked too.

6. PAUL Farragut North

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343 reviews
PAUL Farragut North
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.3
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.2

Address: 1000 Connecticut Ave NW, Northwest Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM

Telephone: (202) 290-2298

Guy: Bakery


Review: "I absolutly love Pauls, the best french pastries ."

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Héctor Arduz: Between medical appointments I took my wife to have breakfast. My wife ordered eggs Benedict w/avocado. The avocado wasn’t ripe. In fact it was hard and tough. Inedible. Sorry to report this. I do love the pastries, but will never again order something more complex, like Eggs Benedict chez Paul, Again… pity. Feeling disappointed

J Acharya: I got 3 pastries and a coffee. Everything was fresh and delicious. Can’t wait to go back and try their sandwiches and salads.

Celine Aka-Koffi: The mille-feuilles (napoleon) is fresh and tasty. We enjoyed chamomile and mint tea on a cold spring afternoon. Service was excellent.

Alok Sinha: Want to give a shout out to this place. I came in a few minutes before they were about to close and the staff were so helpful in getting me some last second pastries. I ordered a cheese danish and a few other pastries. They were all delicious. The prices were fair. Would recommend stopping by here for a pleasant dessert.

Nitzan Ainemer: Great french boulangerie! The service was great, we’ve ordered two special breakfast, including bread, butter, jam, eggs benedict, coffee and orange juice for 50$ total, with taxes. The food was great! Would recommend!

Jamie K: I thought PAUL was a European only place til I moved to dc and it still gives me those vibes, except with american efficiency. Plus, I think PAUL has the best black coffee in the city. And the pasties are all ::chefs kiss:: but don’t miss the Gourmandise or if you like citrus, the citrus tart.

Kaiser Baam: Honestly the seating outside with a good cup of coffee and a three layer moose and relaxing great place to relax and converse with friends. The staff are wonderful. Coffees good.

anthony danks: Slowly Paul's is opening up It has a few customers and weekends people arrive for take out. It's still expensive and has serious competition for pastries by je ne sais quoi. There sandwiches are good as is their bread but they could be better filled for the price. The Napoleon is big and taste also palmera my favourites. The Croke missure is good looking but expensive and not as taste as I was expecting. Still a good location to sit outside and watch lack of traffic or a 20 veichel car cade of the president coming back from McDonald's. Relaxing atmosphere and helpful service doing everything to please.

mustafa Suwaylih: Amazing bakery. I had the chocolate croissant. It was perfect. Paul always surprise us with they amazing decorations. It was the first time I try the macaron and the taste wasn’t as I expected. It was bigger than the normal size. My friend who knows the taste of the macaron said it was great.

Azza T: Ordered omelette and chocolate deluxe croissant. Their latte was very good! Not a busy place and friendly employees.

7. Vie de France

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218 reviews
Vie de France
Location
3.5
Price/Quality
3.4
Service
3.4
Parking
3.4
Wifi quality
3.4

Address: 600 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 554-7870

Guy: Bakery


Review: "To me that is the whole POINT of a French Patissere!"

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S Wilson: The Californian...need I say more? There is something about this sandwich that keeps me wanting more. From the soft flaky crescent, the swiss cheese, smoked turkey, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, and lettuce. It all seems to work perfectly together. The ingredients on this sandwich are not things I would ordinarily pull together on a sandwich, but this sandwich just works. You have to give it a try!!! Pickle on the side? Yes, please!!! They are pricey but consider the location of this restaurant. Of all the places in the area, this sandwich is the one that kept me coming back to this restaurant for lunch.

William Sandoval: I did not fully enjoy this place. I attended this restaurant for a trip. They served my party a buffet that consisted of meatballs, chicken, potatoes, salads, and a dessert of cookies. I served myself a meatball with a piece of chicken breast, some of the potatoes and the salad, thus a cookie. First, I was disappointed when I discovered that most of the food tasted inadequate, which includes the chicken, the potatoes, and the cookies. The chicken tasted a bit bland, and it seemed grilled, yet definitely did not taste like it. The chicken was also squishy and didn't have an exquisite taste. As for the potatoes, well that is another issue in itself. The potatoes were extremely bland, they had no absolute flavor from no seasoning at all. At last, the cookie was quite a disappointment in itself, I mean how can you possibly mess up a cookie? The cookie was extremely stiff, either it was old or it was just burned. Finally, I attended this dinner trip with friends and some of them just had to share what they thought of this location. My friend that accompanied me stated that , "it [the food] was horrible, it tasted cold and slimey." Another friend explained that, " the chicken was too buttery." As for the cookie, " another friend explained the cookie as, " extremely dissatisfaction by how stiff it was." At last, a friend gave me an overall view of their experience, " The chicken breast was-like- soggy and it felt a little bit uncooked, while the meatballs looked rubbery for some reason; and the cookie looked 2 weeks old, I brought cookies on the trip that looked better than that, so no it was disgusting, their salad was alright though". As explained by many sources, this food is definitely not the best they could have done. I believe this synthetic food lacked effort, and that if effort was applied, the food would be 100% better.

Bruce Cruz: Friendly & helpful service, but food quality is substandard to Union Station's fast food court. The pizza was sitting in the window...possibly made around 10:20 am. Not necessarily the freshest dish in their stored inventory. I'm kind of hesitant to taste this pie. Oh my goodness!!! Not the tastiest decorated saltine cracker I've ever ate...I thought was eating pizza, but it's a jumbo size, saltine cracker. Folks, don't eat here! The pizza is horrible...I would not even classify this imitation as pizza. If I could go back in time, I would not dine here. Save your money, experience, and social engagements to come here...you're not missing anything. Spare yourself the trauma and damage, it's not worth it!

Lauren Badia: I really wanted to like this place. I was excited about their Lemon Chicken. The lemon sauce was good, but the chicken didn’t taste too good or fresh. It tasted like it was reheated from the previous day, same with the potatoes. The only good thing in my dish were the green beans. Also, service was good, our waitress was really nice. After lunch on the restaurant side we went over to the bakery side where I was again really excited about macarons only to find a bunch of little ones sadly thrown in a jar (see picture). I had never seen such sad looking macarons anywhere... This made me think that this place isn’t even trying...

邱志成: Great, they still are good, I enjoyed my sandwich.

M. Torres: Food here is pretty good. Customer service is equivalent to a Starbucks in DC. I usually get sandwiches and they taste great to me. Lunch value is great, but the pastries and breakfast is quite expensive. I can only recommend this place as a, can you afford it, sort of thing.

D Cameron: We kinda stumble upon this bakery and so glad we did! Had a great chicken salad sandwich. And couldn't resist the French pastries! Liked it so much we rcame back for lunch the next day. Prices are not bad for DC

Lorna Christian: Excellent lunch! I had the chicken sandwich and tomato bisque. The soup was rich and delicious, and the sandwich was the perfect blend of chicken, sweet and a light croissant. This combo and a drink was around $12. Well worth it and the lunch service was fast and courteous.

David Kim: The service is really poor. Just the demeanor of every staff is very sad, unwelcoming, and seems like they drag their feet on everything. Even worse than the staff is the food. This is NOT a real French restaurant. The croque monsieur was practically a ham and cheese sandwich- a disgusting one. It came out cold, same with the fries. My wife's crepes also were cold and not tasty at all. If I could, I would give this place zero stars. Restaurants like this need to be shut down and replaced with competent ones. Thanks for considering my commentary!

One Life2Live: staff seemed friendly, but the food is marginal at best. They offered a pasta with meatball special. I'm thinking certainly homemade meatballs, NOT! Frozen, meat balls, and a jar sauce. And then after the fact I discover that they put the tip on the bill already. Dunce cap for me, as I just wanted to get the heck out of there, and didn't read over my bill. I wouldn't go back again, unless of course I'm starving, and even in that case I may eat out of a vending machine. They play the music extremely loud, so loud I feel as if I need a hearing examine. Maybe, it's a better place for happy hour, get drunk and then eat the food?

8. Fresh Baguette

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167 reviews
Fresh Baguette
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 1737 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM

Telephone: (888) 648-0009

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Unassuming French bakery with high quality and fresh selection of goodies."

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Anna Maroni: The best baguette I’ve had outside of France. I walk in the shop and the smells make me feel as if I’ve been transported back to a bakery in Europe. The pastries are amazing. With half of my family being French and Belgian, I have high expectations of bread and pastries! Fresh Baguette does not disappoint. I’ve also purchased some tea imported from France which is now one of my favorite teas. Love their variety of imported food products.
Response: Anna, We're delighted to hear about your most recent experience at Fresh Baguette! Thank you for sharing.

Vladimir Rodin: Great pastries and sandwiches, good variety of hard to find french beverages and syrups, westm and welcoming staff, amazingly fast fulfilling of online pickup orders.
Response: Good morning Vladimir, We appreciate the 5-star review. Although the photos you shared are outdated and we no longer carry the items. We'd love if you shared current photos the next time you visit us. See you soon. Merci!

yvette vandenberg: Wonderful customer service and great treats. Pistachio eclair, strawberry mousse tart, cro-gel sandwiches, and baguette sandwich were amazing. You can sit down outside and enjoy your goodies.
Response: Yvette, Thank you for your recent visit to Fresh Baguette. We are happy you enjoyed the pastries and sandwiches. Don't miss out on our buttery and flaky croissants on your next visit!

Silvia Lacy: I love this place their cakes and desserts are the Best!!! I’m always happy with their croissants and breakfast sandwiches :)
Response: Silvia, Thank you for sharing the delicious photos! Looks like it was a great celebration.

theniceone06: This has been my third visit to the Rockville location and my experience has always been pleasurable. The staff is very friendly (and many of them speak French, which only adds to the experience), the pastries and savory meals are awesome and fresh. But the coffee... EXCEPTIONAL! My only wish is that they have more macarons.

J Foodgeek: I tried sesame baguette cinnamon roll, and almond croissant. Nice store and products.
Response: Hello J Foodgeek, We're happy you were satisfied with your recent visit! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Alexander O'Neill: Unassuming French bakery with high quality and fresh selection of goodies. Staff are always super friendly and get our orders together quickly.
Response: Thank you Alexander for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate and it's always a big encouragement for our team at Fresh Baguette. Starting tomorrow we offer a 25% discount on all the croissant family of products and until Sunday July 18th. A way to say thank you for our loyal customers and encourage new guests to discover Fresh Baguette. We hope to see you again.

Cheryl Daniels: Ordered online, walked in, picked up order and was back out quickly. The pastries are wonderful, the baguettes fresh and flavorful. Quickly becoming one of my favorites spots in Alexandria.
Response: Cheryl, Thank you for stopping by our Old Town location. We're happy to be a part of the community!

Sara Pretl: We love this place and these people! Perfect example for why?: I placed my order this afternoon, not knowing it was right at the same time they were running out of Crog'els... I got a phone call right away, letting me know and asking how they can accommodate me best!?! Perfect service, every time, with simple fresh yummy made to order food? Yes please!
Response: Sara, We appreciate you taking the time to write about your experience at Fresh Baguette.

Kira Yeary: Have loved everything so far!! 😍 have tried chocolate croissant, ham & cheese croissant, Nutella croissant, and the hazelnut eclair. My favorite has been the pesto breakfast croissant sandwich, it.is.amazing.
Response: Kira, You listed some of our customer favorites! Thank you for visiting us in Georgetown.

9. Praline Bakery at The Wharf

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Praline Bakery at The Wharf
Location
3.7
Price/Quality
3.7
Service
3.8
Parking
3.7
Wifi quality
3.7

Address: 965 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 559-8377

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Praline it's a good option for French pastries."

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Austin Graff: Near Hilton's Canopy at the Wharf is a Bethesda-based bakery owned by two pastry chefs who met while working at the White House. Here's our experience visiting after ice skating (located at the other end of the Wharf): 1) Food: My four-year-old daughter and wife each got a macaroon- one chocolate and one raspberry. They both really enjoyed it. One makes for a great small snack, especially for a toddler. 2) Drinks: I ordered a small hot chocolate and loved it. It's thicker hot chocolate and less sweet. However, the thickness makes it very rich so a small was more than enough. 3) Space: It's awkwardly large for a pastry shop. However, the space allows for a few tables and plenty of room to social distance during the pandemic. 4) Service: The person working was not warm, but attentive so no complaints.

Philippe Jacques Kradolfer: The Praline Bakery seems large for the few products they had when we visited them. Entering it, as it looked like an European store from the outside, we were surprise at the very simple and kind of lack of personality of the store inside. Both main displays were basically empty but had great macaroons (specially the apricot and caramel ones!). Although the price per piece was rather high for the size of the macaroons, (smaller than regular macaroons) the taste made it worth the price. The day we were there they had Italian soft nougat bars in several different flavors. Although the price was also high the quality and taste was great!!! We bought several of these bars and we enjoyed them very much!!! The girls at the counter were less than friendly!!

BRWND Butter: If you've been to The Wharf in DC then you know it's filled with culinary gems. We popped into Praline Bakery for a snack, and we were in awe of the variety they had to offer. This cute spot specializes in French pastries and they did not disappoint! Follow us on IG for more foodie pics: @BrwndButter

Malinda Hollingsworth: Customer service needs improving! Please put friendly people behind the counter. The young lady working clearly didn’t want to be there. The owners of this place clearly are not present or involved. The red velvet cupcake was awful. It tasted days old. I wish I could have written a better review.

Sue D: Gross. Soggy, tasteless, tiny macarons for $1.95 each. There were lots in the display, but I was still given broken ones in a plastic clamshell by a woman whose mask was FAR below her nose. Hideous decor with angry political posters. The only bags they had were huge. There’s no excuse for such a terrible business. I’ll be shocked if they’re still around a month from now.

Mimi: The staff wasn't friendly at all. The first thing that you notice when walking inside is how dirty the white walls are! The bathroom was HORRIBLE! I purchased cookies before going to the restroom. Had I gone in the restoom beforehand I wouldn't have purchased ANYTHING! I really wanted to get refunded for my purchase but my husband didn't want to go through the trouble. So, we just trashed the cookies. What a waste of money! I just couldn't eat anything from a place with a flithy restroom. We visited early in the day, so I'm quite sure that it was like that the day before.

Bin_aujan: The shop is clean respected crew delicious Food The price is right All kinds of sweets are delicious I loved I recommend

Summers Journey: The customer service is very poor. It seems like the workers do not enjoy their job at all. Though the baked items are ok, I will not be returning to the bakery due to the horrendous customer service. No thank you!

L. Navarro: Great location. Ok coffee . Only sells cupcakes and weak sandwiches. Needs a better product before the upcoming Starbucks takes your most of your business.

Ashley Rhame: Here’s the thing, I used to love getting their s’mores cookie. I’d get them every time I’d walk the wharf for like 3 years. Then all of a sudden they never have them in stock anymore. They said they’d be back in January and I’ve yet to see them return.

10. Ladurée

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506 reviews
Ladurée
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.2
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.2

Address: 3060 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (202) 948-6350

Guy: French restaurant


Review: "French patisserie is one of the best in the world ( if not simply the best)."

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David Frank: They have a wide variety of pastries and macarons. I love the different flavors, many of which are unique. They have croissant-based sandwiches for lunch and a nice tea service, also with a wide variety of options that you can't find elsewhere. I had a pot of tea which makes about three cups worth (my only suggestion would be to provide more tea). The cafe is decorated nicely and you would think your in a tea shop in Paris.

Kiara C: Loved everything about this place. The ambiance, the large menu selection, the drinks…everything was just fabulous! The staff is very attentive to your needs and ensuring you have a good time. I can’t wait to go back! I ordered the Croque Monsieur and the Ladurée champagne cocktail. Can’t wait to try the other items.
Response: Hello Kiara, thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback very much and hope to see you back soon!

Nova Au: It was Saturday and the place was busy, and looked like they’re short-staffed (not sure), but I think the staff members did their best to serve us. We didn’t have to wait so long for food, and they never gave us dirty look for taking tons of pics xD

Therese Sipes: The hot chocolate is 10 out of 10 stars! The Elysee, éclair, practically every other dessert was stellar, except the “cake” - it’s chocolate loaf bread and was dry and unimpressive. Eat loaf bread at Starbucks and stick to the all-star macarons here!

Devin Boe: Exquisite (and expensive). I have only tried the pastries and confections here, but so far everything I have sampled has been phenomenal. Excellent service at the counter, and their take-away boxes are very cute and stylish. I now know why the Maison Laduree has such an outstanding reputation for their sweets and desserts! Truly world-class, but very pricey.

Fahad Aqeel: Delicious pastries and coffee. They service was a bit pushy and the wait to sit is always long.
Response: Hello Fahad, thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback very much and hope to see you back soon!

Mark Blanchard: Beautiful place and gorgeous desserts. Macarons are delicious, but some of the other desserts aren't authentically French.
Response: Hello Mark, thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback very much and hope to see you back soon!

Hadji Beye: French patisserie is one of the best in the world ( if not simply the best). If you want to taste paradise then go try Laduree because they make the best of what French Bakery offers. There isn't too much sugar in their bakery as opposed to store bought bakery. You taste the natural ingredients used to bake. Just exceptional!!!!

Golden Eye: Cute overload! Cost overload as well - but worth the visit! Nice little pastries, drinks and light lunch items.

Mishal Greenwood: Service was quick and friendly! The macarons are always delicious from Laduree ♥️

11. Nino's Bakery

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Nino's Bakery
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.8
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 1310 L St NW #100, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 597-5207

Guy: Bakery


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YooRi Kim: The BEST croissant EVER!!! As much I love croissant, I am very picky about texture and flavor. Tried mamy famous croissant bakeries in NYC, Boston, and other cities but this place is the top notch! Buttery but not soggy rather a bit crunch. And those layers… please try!!👍🏼 Staffs are very friendly too💗
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Sophie Hækkerup: Best croissants I’ve ever tasted. Simply just great. We stayed in DC for 3 days and ate Nino’s croissants for breakfast every morning, since they were so addictive. The coffee is the only thing that was just “fine” - everything else is great.

Sahar Bayounis: This place has one of the BEST chocolate croissants I’ve ever tasted. It’s so flaky and immaculate. ✨🥐 Before I got in, I checked google maps reviews, and majority of them was about how delicious the chocolate croissant was. So I had to try it! I also got a small cappuccino with skimmed milk. My total was close to $9. I appreciated how clean and spacious the restroom was! Usually coffeeshop restrooms aren’t that clean. I just wish the place was a little bigger to accommodate more customers. Because I waited a bit for one customer to leave so that I can use their table and work on my computer. But all in all, great atmosphere. 👍🏼 Shout out to Blaine & Sarah for being awesome baristas! Thank you for welcoming me with a great smile in the morning! ♥️♥️

Kellan Howell: These croissants are truly life changing. I work just around the corner and find myself coming almost every morning for breakfast. The everything croissant is to die for. I love that they always have some new and interesting flavors to try. The pastries are perfectly flaky and crunchy on the outside and soft and buttery on the inside with incredible fillings. It's just around the corner from another French pastry shop and Nino's just blows the competition away. My only criticism is that the coffee isn't great but I can be picky about coffee.
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Tommy Sommer: I just had a bite of the chocolate croissant and it changed my life. My cappuccino was very good too. After weeks wanting to try this place, I finally stopped by and I’m having a perfectly pleasant experience. Updated with photo of a beautiful chocolate croissant. This place is so consistently good. I love it.
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go potyr: Tried their Yuzu crossiant and Seasame crossiant, enjoyed every bite of them! Seasame Croissant was full of flavour except that it was a bit oily, after all it was a good place for 🥐 in DC.

Maya Patel: We had a delicious breakfast at Nino’s this morning ☕️ I love all the photos of the owner’s dog - Nino, in various parts of Italy that are hung on the walls and that the owner speaks Italian! Both the baristas at the cafe were really friendly and you could tell that it’s a beloved local spot! Their pain au chocolat is amazing – really buttery, flakey, light & delicious! Good coffee too, although next time I need to ask for a single shot cappuccino (it’s strong!) Thank you 💕
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ays al: I love pistachios and I try every pistachio croissant I can find whichever city/country I visit. Never eaten a better pistachio croissant in my life. Simply the best for my taste. Flaky, light, tasty. Their espresso shots are good but I am yet to encounter a good latte/ cappuccino experience in the DC area. Steamed milk should look velvety even if you leave it untouched for several minutes. It should never form mini bubbles, not even one, if it is done correctly.

Brianna Blais: What a great place to satisfy a pastry desire! Enjoyed a scone, croissants, and beverages. The chocolate croissant could have used more evenly distributed chocolate, but Nino's still gets 5 stars because these were so flaky and delicious!
Response: Thank you!

Italia Capone: After reading reviews, I had to try Nino's for myself. Not a big selection of pastries at this time but they did have about 6 or so varieties of croissants. Decided to try the chocolate, it was very airy and flaky. It could've used a bit more chocolate however. Also tried the macarons, and they were beautifully delicious.

12. Lavande Patisserie

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279 reviews
Lavande Patisserie
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 275 N Washington St B, Rockville, MD 20850

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (301) 424-6100

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Excellent French bakery!"

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Brittany Flook: I’m so happy to have discovered this little patisserie. The coffee here has always been delicious, and every drink I’ve ordered has been totally satisfying. One of the current seasonal drinks, the raspberry rose latte, is especially delicious. I’ve tried a few food items from here. The sandwich with aioli wasn’t to my taste, mostly because the texture was too soft for my liking. I tried the pistachio almond croissant which was a bit too sweet for my liking. I nearly gave up on food from here but in my next visit I tried the Medley Breakfast and it is not my favorite breakfast to get in all of Rockville. It comes with a butter croissant and a delicious fruit spread, eggs that are super tasty every time, some fresh fruit, and really yummy bacon. It’s the perfect size and mix of salty/sweet flavors. I crave this breakfast all the time! Also, they add little dried lavender pieces to their plates. It really gives their dishes a signature look, and establishes their name’s importance to their shop. Pictures are of the medley breakfast (partially eaten) and in the background of that picture is the blueberry peanut butter bowl my partner usually orders. The other picture is the matcha latte, and the raspberry rose latte.

Kahaari Kenyatta: Fantastic pastries and coffee drinks. Had the opera, tiramisu, and rose creme brûlée with an americano (wonderfully nutty espresso) and a great dirty chai. Pleasant staff as well. Will return to try a sandwich!

Nora Bui: High quality baked goods! I love the croissants. Coffee is quite good as well. They also have diverse brunch options. Shop is quite small, though, but not super crowded.

Coral Dirks: Exceptional French desserts and coffee near Rockville Town Square. Literally can't go wrong with any dessert. Surprisingly, though, my favorite is the cinnamon roll. Even when it isn't fresh out of the oven, it is moist and full of flavor. Most cinnamon rolls I've tried are all bread. This one, however, doesn't skimp on the brown sugar and icing. Check out the pic! I can't wait until the pandemic is over; this will be my #1 remote work place. I like that the store front has a large glass window to the kitchen where you can observe the pastry chefs prepare your food and dessert. Friendly staff. Great rewards program. Pro tip: there is a small parking lot immediately beneath Lavande Patisserie.

Pinky Adrien: The pastries looked good but with everything I purchased I couldn't really stomach it. The breakfast sandwich wasn't any better only because of the aioli. Food doesn't only have to look good, it has to taste good too. On the up side the service was great.

Ivana Cerovic: Delicious avocado toast and amazing pastry…they have my favorite French dessert Opera

Eriel L: We ordered to go. It was pretty good! We had the French toast, bacon, and egg sandwich. The bacon was $5 for 3 small pieces. Since we ordered to go the French toast didn’t come with the sauce. Overall it was pretty good. I’d recommend it.

Jackie Moore: Do not order through thier website! Their websites places your order through door dash. I arrive at Lavande to pick up my order and was informed on arrival that they did not have one of the items I ordered. The women at the register said she had tried to reach me, however her first phone call to me was as I was parking my car at Lavande and way after I received an email saying that my order was ready for pick up. I was told that I would receive a refund for the item, which I never received. I was then told I needed to contact Door dash to receive my refund and had to talk to multiple people to get it sorted out. Despite all of that my croissant sandwich was cold and not good. I have tired other French patisserie in the area that are far better. The only item that is worth getting a Lavande is the raspberry pistachio croissant.

Matthew Davis: We came as a group of 8 and ordered varies sandwiches, drinks and pastries. Overall nobody had complaints and our experience was solid even though they were overwhelmed by 8 people at once. I would go back but nothing really stood out about this place.

Casey Rimland: This place is simply wonderful. I have probably been here 2-3/week over the last month writing my PhD thesis. The food is amazing, the lavender lattes are amazing, the tea is amazing, the sandwiches/toasts are amazing, the cakes are amazing, the French fries are amazing (writing a PhD requires a lot of snacks what can I say!). Also, everything you eat or drink here is just so darned beautifully presented. Check this place out! You won’t be sorry. Just don’t steal my writing table ;) Only tip I can give is if you aren’t a fan of mustard flavors get the dressings on the side for their avocado toast dish. That has been the only thing I didn’t love here so far... but it was just because I don’t like mustard which is in the lemon dressing on the arugula! With the dressing on the side (which they happily did for me) the avocado toast was amazing :)!

13. la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe Washington

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28 reviews
la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe Washington
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4
Service
4
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4

Address: 1130 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 780-9988

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Go to the French restaurant down the street near Farragut square."

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Jerry Rinehold: My girlfriend and I had breakfast there the food was ok its relly expensive but that was ok i asked for a coffee refill but i was told they didn't do refills ,i won't be going back there ever .ill go to Macdonalds.

Shekara Watts: I’ve ordered catering for my team from this location multiple times. Not only were they extremely accommodating, but the food was tasty too. I’ve also had amazing experiences in store as well. The store is always neat and I’m greeted every time.
Response: Bonjour! Thank you for your loyalty and for sharing your experience with us. We love serving you and can't wait for your visit! Merci, La Madeleine Guest Relations

•SmileKid YouAreDivine•: This is the best Le Madeleine I've ever been to. The staff was very fun and catered to all of my needs. And even though they are a much smaller location, they did their best to accommodate to every thing I walked in there wanting. Will come back.
Response: Bonjour! Thank you for your loyalty and for sharing your experience with us. We love serving you and can't wait for your visit! Merci, La Madeleine Guest Relations

Cookie: Idk why ppl gave this a 1 star Madeline is literally DA BEST best for best PASTRY ughhh I’m so sad they closed in Bethesda I drive 38 minutes just to go to the Virginia one

Kool Breeze: Great staff love being greeted with Bonjour every time I walk in. Food is always amazing even though it's a smaller version of la madeleine still great food.
Response: Bonjour! Thank you for your loyalty and for sharing your experience with us. We love serving you and can't wait for your visit! Merci, La Madeleine Guest Relations

M. Marzulla: Poor service. With the sheer amount of chain cafés around this area, you are much better off going to Pret, Firehook, Paul or Au Bon Pain over this place.
Response: Bonjour, Thank you for sharing your recent visit with us and we apologize for the inconvenience. Our goal is to make your experience enjoyable! Please share your information with our team at lamadeleinecomments.com, we want to address your concerns. We look forward to getting in touch with you! Merci, La Madeleine Guest Relations

Thoms Surgeon: THE WORST SERVICE and FOOD I'VE EVERY HAD TO EAT AT A FULL SERVICE LA MADELEINE. The employees lack customer service and neatness. The sandwich I ordered and required to be heated was burned when I opened it up to eat at my office. I will never return to this location. I'll be surprised if there still in business next year. Also, the interior is atrocious.
Response: Bonjour, We appreciate your feedback and we apologize for the inconvenience– our team would like to address your concerns. Please share your information with us at lamadeleinecomments.com so we may reach out to you! Merci, La Madeleine Guest Relations

Jordan Payne: Great experience glad to have this new cafe to the nabiorhood and outstanding customer service from DJ
Response: Bonjour! We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! Merci, La Madeleine Guest Relations

Captain Redbeard: This is half of a la Madeleine. They only sell sandwiches and salads. No hot plates, no cooked eggs, etc. And the sandwiches, meh, totally not as good as in a real la Madeleine. Won't be back, I do not recommend. Go to the French restaurant down the street near Farragut square. Much better.
Response: Bonjour, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Our operations team would like to address your concerns – please provide your information to us at lamadeleinecomments.com. Our goal is to make each la Madeleine experience memorable and enjoyable; we appreciate your help! Merci, La Madeleine Guest Relations

John McRae: Service was better than food
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14. PAUL

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303 reviews
PAUL
Location
3.7
Price/Quality
3.8
Service
3.7
Parking
3.7
Wifi quality
3.7

Address: 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM

Telephone: (202) 851-4603

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Amazing french pastries and cakes."

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Joyfully His: It’s heartbreaking to read some of these reviews that claim the food is bad, especially the quiche. We actually just came back east from a cross-country trip to LA. We stopped by this location because inside are many dining options, but as a previous reviewer mentioned: the smell emanating from this bakery literally stopped me in my tracks. We went on to look at the other restaurants, but my nose led me right back to Paul’s. Now I’m not a food critic or a quiche connoisseur, but I have developed a passion for good food! Also, we’ve traveled a lot, so we know when we are getting good food! The service here is TERRIBLE, like, some of the worst we’ve ever experienced in our travels. This doesn’t seem to be an issue due to the pandemic or labor shortages: it’s a lack of properly training an individual before they’re in front of customers. Period. This, unfortunately, costs them a lot of business and creates bad reviews leading tourists and travelers away to higher-ranked establishments. We left DC and went to Charlotte, and I couldn’t stop thinking about that delectable vegetable quiche that had a silky, warm, custard filling in a perfectly-prepared flaky crust. I wanted to replicate my experience, so we ventured into a French patisserie in Southpark with decent reviews. Let me just say I left half of the quiche on my plate. What I had here at Paul’s was like nothing I’ve ever had before. It was quiche done right. Now mind you, I DID have to request it heated up bc the girl was handing it over cold—bleh. She was very disorganized and SOOOOOOOOOO SLOW! Like the sloth from Zootopia slow! Have a person take the orders, give out pastries and have a person cashing people out. Seems simple enough? No, they definitely complicate the ordering system here, but that quiche….worth every agonizing moment with the incompetent workers. The pastries were amazing too.

Jessica Morales: If you want to have a piece of Paris, well this is the perfect spot.My breakfast experience was marvelous, the great pastries selection, the ambiance, fresh latte and all the small details makes this boulangerie amazing.

Sarah E: Once we got food it was very very good. But the process is confusing and the gal that was behind the counter had to keep repeating herself that she was ONLY taking orders for bakery items. Would be faster if they just took orders with one person and passed it along with any bakery items. Also quite $$$

Blanca: Today’s start for me was not a good one. I was late for work then to make matters worse I get locked out. Right when I thought things can turn for worse I saw this little gem and wanted to give it a try. Nothing beats fresh coffee and a reuben sandwich. Satisfied with lunch I was able to get some work done and needless to say my day in the end turned to be pretty good. The restaurant is beautiful, the staff was friendly, and perfect.

Claudia Spain: Literally what a bakery is meant to be. THE SMELL DRAGS YOU TO IT. Access to the order/cashier (also main line location to order) for mobility devices is located to the right of the main entrance. Almond croissant and chocolate croissants are delicious. Cappuccino was yummy too! Did I mention how good it smells in there?! 😍😍😍

Isabelle Tran: French style bakery opened early for breakfast. Food was hit and miss - the vegetable quiche and coffee were good but the croissant was not crispy enough. There were not enough service staff that it was a very slow wait. One guy making coffees, heating food, serving customers, while the other staff just stood there and waited. A lot of uncleaned tables too.

Alexandria Burden: First time in DC, stopped in to try this place. Great atmosphere, I’ll call it “colonial chic” and the food is wonderful! Pictured is a ham and Swiss croissant and a sausage, egg and cheese croissant (the cheese is light and nutty, not sure what it was but it was fabulous). It looks boutique-y while still being inexpensive! It’s a fantastic little place to grab a super fast bite and wait out the rain.

Ricardo Rezk: Good pastries, ok sandwiches. For the prices I was expecting better quality, but DC is an expensive city… and not known for its food quality. I’m glad Paul exists. I will probably go back.

Sanjay Gupta: Nice and cozy place. Paul’s never disappoints. Being holiday it was rather crowded and they ran out of things. Food is always great, service was decent. Good variety to chose from. This was one of the best Omelette and coffee I had.

Mimi: Delicious breakfast omelette, fresh green side salad & superb, rich coffee - wonderful way to start the day. The vegetable quiche was wonderful as well. Wish I'd had room for any of the pastries, tarts or eclairs.

15. Patisserie Manuel

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Patisserie Manuel
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 8810 Brookville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (301) 460-1045

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Awesome French bakery!"

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Eghbal Akhlaghi: I give them 4 stars only to be more realistic with my review. I’m happy with the custom cake that they have made on such a short notice and I praise them for that but the quality of the cake itself was not good. It wasn’t fresh on the inside and the majority of the people at my place didn’t like it either it definitely looked good on the outside. Disclaimer : the Two Fast decoration wasn’t done by them.

Carlos: Delicious baked Chilean Empanadas 😋 and cakes that are perfect for large gatherings 🎂 10/10 would recommend. Just dont be confused. This location is not a dine in restaurant or cafe, you must order ahead of time!!

Andrew Miller: These are amazing pastries. My family is very particular and the Patiesserie's pastries and cakes are extremely special, right up there with some of this region's French, Viennese bakeries (likely better on the cakes and absolutely on the pan d chocolate, only had better in North America in Montreal). May be a little hard to find and is not a storefront - be encouraged by checking the menu and speaking with the owner! She and her team bring so much to life in their bakery. Wish I could have these weekly. I have really enjoyed the Pan d Chocolat; it's my mainstay (basically a croissant texture with dark chocolate inside) and it's as good as any pan d chocolat, from here to New Yori City and back, that I've had!

Jeff Tong: Quite possibly the best pastries in the DMV, at the very least the best almond croissants! We've tried numerous patisseries, bakeries, restaurants, and dessert shops from the DMV to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Paris... and none of them can even come close to comparing to the almond croissants at Patisserie Manuel. Please keep up the great job and hopefully someday you'll also make kouign-amanns ;) Previous review: The best almond croissants in the DMV. So many soft chewy layers full of buttery goodness. Crisp on the outside and very dense on the inside. Skip the empenadas, too much breading but the filling does have raisin! The macaroons taste pretty similar to other macaroons. The buy 3 get 1 free is likely only available on weekdays

MOE Saadi: I’ve had the croissant with Almond and the double espresso latte and both were amazing, the place is really nice and the service is excellent :)

Lara Bryant: Great find! I stopped at the shopping center and wasn’t expecting a French Bakery. Beautiful case full of pastries and a selection of cook to order brunch items and coffee. I just had the peach danish and it was tasty, not too sweet. I will definitely go back and try more of their pastries. Great outdoor patio, too.

David Pittman: Spied this bakery driving and so glad I stopped in. Staff very friendly and helpful, plus display cases full of pastries. Got the chocolate croissant and ham and cheese and bot were top notch. Would go again to eat my weight

Nancy McNally: For Christmas I ordered the Four Leches cake! Let me tell you… it was amazing. The flavors so perfectly balanced. It was unlIke any Tres Leches cake I’ve had but it was also better than any other! Can’t wait for another occasion so I can get it again!

Abigail Raines: Traditional Chilean empanadas are so tasty! I am so happy to have found a place that makes them. Everything I've tried has been exceptionally good including the pastries and crepes.

Matt: Really great Tiramisu here. It is pricey (like most good bakeries), but it's an amazing treat if you can afford it.

16. La Bohemia Bakery

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La Bohemia Bakery
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 5540 Wilkins Ct, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM

Telephone: (240) 360-3697

Guy: Bakery


Review: "My number one choice for french bakery."

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Rasha Saleem: Delicious!! Kept missing the storefront, but finally found it-it’s the third or so establishment to your right when you turn I to Wilkins Ct!! Right in front of the car clinic! Love this small business and their bread is so fresh and straight out of the oven!

Tommy Mason: This bakery has a lot of charm. The bread and pastries were great. However, we ordered lattes and they came out cold. It also took about 10 minutes to make when we were the only ones there. I hope they can address their coffee because it would make this an awesome place to go.

Savitri Bach: La Bohemia Bakery and Cafe We some how decided that we wanted to find a good place for Chocolate Croissants and hopefully a good cup of coffee to go with them. La Bohemia Bakery does not disappoint. We only got to try the croissants, cheese pastry and canele and they were all out of this world. The canele was poetry, buttery, caramelized sweetness with a chew and creamy center, the chocolate croissants buttery, lots of chocolate with a wonderful pastry and the cheese pastry the same buttery wonderful deliciousness. After trying about 6 other local bakeries they can’t compete with this perfection. I can’t wait to try their other pastries, breads and sandwiches. Don’t let their location or the front of the store keep you from going there. This bakery is a gem and it’s an honor to have eaten there.

Sophie: My favorite bakery. Always enjoy either the quiche, canele, almond croissants, Portuguese pies, or the cheese pockets if available. Their pastry has a distinct flavor and texture that I've never had anywhere else. And these are hands downs one of the best croissants I've ever had and I love croissants.

Charles-Stephen Laubhouet: My favorite place to go. My number one choice for french bakery. Its actually my only one choice! Nothing tops it. Service is always great ! Christian is the best ! If you would like some authentic french pastries, this is the place to go! Been going there since 7 years! And they speak french too! By the way the big canelés are only weekends!

Aramis Penland: Some really scrumptious breakfast yummies, and for a great price! My favorite was the Portuguese egg tart, followed by the spinach quiche and the blueberry and raspberry tart. The chocolate croissant was just ok (it felt like more of the effort was put into the chocolate than the crispy/chewiness of the dough). Also, I can't help but wish you had some way to know what each pastry is without verbally asking (as there are no signs/labels for any of them), especially when they all sort of sit en masse, but that is just a small complaint for an otherwise tasty morning!

Kevin Lewis: My girlfriend and I saw the 4.6-star review on Google Maps and tried the bakery for the first time today. We were blown away by the terrible service. The two associates were incredibly rude, aloof, and slow. I am not one to complain but I had to leave a comment here because this was honestly the worst customer service I can recall. The energy inside was so bad, my girlfriend and I opted to eat our food in the car. The shame of it all is the atmosphere inside the bakery is cute and the food was actually quite good. It seems to me that the owner isn't as involved in the day-to-day operations as before? Regardless, I really hope he or she reads this comment and takes action. No way this place keeps its 4.6-star rating otherwise.

david ordonez: The Inside: It's a small bakery. The decor is a blend of traditional and modern styles that include faux brick walls, handwritten menus on blackboards, and stainless steel appliances. There are two small dining tables inside, but the bakery is designed as more of a "grab and go" than as a "sit down" venue. The location is very clean. The Service: Staff was friendly and attentive. The sandwich preparation station is in open view allowing customers to witness clean practices. The Food: I tried 3 of the 10 different sandwiches that their menu offers. They're all served on baguette. They make their own baguette and it is delicious. The perfect combination of a crunchy exterior and soft interior. "Paname" was my personal favorite. It was ham, brie cheese, and mustard on a buttered baguette. A very simple sandwich, that managed to deliver a beautifully strong flavor. The brie and mustard really stand out on this sandwich. The deli mustard adds a nice spiciness to the overall experience with slight hints of horseradish in the mix. The subtle nutty flavor of the brie complements the mustard perfectly. They place a very generous amount of brie in sandwich which is very satisfying. The second sandwhich is called the "Dry Sausage" which, you guessed it, is served with dry sausage. It also includes deli mustard and pickles on a buttered baguette. This combination was also a delight. There was again, there was a slight spiciness from the mustard which was nice. The dry sausage brought a nice smokey flavor with hints of pepper and vinager. The pickles also added hints of vinager and brought a welcomed "crisp" to the mix as well. The third and final sandwhich was the "Atlantique" which consisted of smoked salmon, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and dressing on a buttered baguette. Although they give you a generous amount of salmon, the flavor was still overpowered by the lettuce. The flavors were a bit bland in my opinion. Perhaps a little salt and pepper would have made the difference. I wasn't a big fan of the lettuce. And I couldn't really taste any type of dressing. This particular sandwhich has a lot of potential, but it needs to be reworked in my opinion. Desserts: I tried three different pastries. The "Honey Cake" was my absolute favorite. It's kind of their flagship menu item I believe and rightly so because it is amazing. Creamy and fluffy. The honey is definitely the main flavor, but it isn't overwhelmingly sweet. I also had the "Almond Chocolate Croissant." The flavors are perfectly balanced and do not overpower one another. You can taste the bold, butty flavor of almond as well as the slightly bittterness of the chocolate. A lovely combination of flavors on a buttery flaky pastry. Lastly, I tried the "Cheese Envelope." I believe it has 4 different kinds of cheese inside the flaky exterior, including mozarella. It was a nice flavor, however, it didn't resonate with me in any superior way. Perhaps it's better warm. I'll have to give it another try the next time I'm there.

Jessica Landman: Drove there with my daughter for lunch and they were completely out of every single sandwich except Brie cheese. So disappointing they didn’t offer us a free pastry or anything for our troubles. Had to leave and go somewhere that had food.

Linda Schultz: I wanted to love the place. I went because of the ratings while I was in the area and for once, Google has failed me. Very little to choose from and the man seemed quite unhappy to see us. Food is okay.

17. Pluma by Bluebird Bakery

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Pluma by Bluebird Bakery
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.4
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 391 Morse St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM

Telephone: (202) 544-2429

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Comparing them to France?"

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Vijay Joshi: I absolutely love Pluma. I steadily made my way through the menu after living nearby for a year. Their baked goods are fantastic (pistachio croissant and morning bun especially), but I really adore Pluma for their breakfast/lunch food. Having tried mainstays (Croque madame, avo toast, breakfast sammy's, etc.) and seasonal specialties (ramp toast, fried chicken sandwich), I was consistently enamored with the meals. Their breakfast sammy #2 goes craaaazy with the double fennel sausage, the Croque madame was the best I've ever had, and the fried chicken sandwich blew me away given the sheer proportions, herbal flavor explosions, and immaculate bread. Also, definitely try the hot sauces they keep by the utensils. Since they're a bakery, of course, their bread is top-notch, but they also source the rest of their ingredients exceptionally. While not cheap, Pluma always felt like a great use of money, unlike Union Market around the corner where everything feels overpriced. A couple of notes: they only serve food-to-go, and since the kitchen is not their main purpose, hot food can take a little while. Be patient, and good things will come.
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words Vijay. This is why we do what we do, and we love to hear that the love and dedication that we put into our bakery is so well received. We hope to have you as a customer for many more years to come!

Hannah Hunt: Excellent cardamom morning bun and overall experience. There is a good variety of pastries available to order. This was my first time but I definitely plan to come back. The inside was also beautiful, really nice atmosphere.
Response: Thank you so much! We are so glad you had an enjoyable experience and hope to see you back soon.

Stephanie Carter: Very charming coffee shop. Cute atmosphere, but the coffee could have been hotter, and the quiche I had was just okay (though I think the flavor combo just didn't suit me). Savory scones were great!
Response: Thank you! We hope to see back again soon to try more of our pastries and discover which ones you like best. Insider tip: ask for your coffee extra hot 😉

Shane Seeman: Good slice of quiche and good mocha.Service was slow and inaccurate. Gave my slice to someone who ordered at least five minutes after me, and overheard they gave away someone else's whole pie to the wrong person.
Response: A bit short staffed this morning. Sorry for the chaotic moment. Glad you enjoyed the food.

Chanpen Tee: The place looks so nice and clean. The staff is friendly. And chocolate croissants is good. I will tey their coffee next time.

Celestino Garcia: This coffee shop is dope. The coffee is a great and the pastries are A1. Breakfast sandwich is pretty good too.

Shelbi Svoboda: Pluma is an elegant bakery that the NE didn't know we needed! The pastries are fresh and brought out of their open kitchen to the front counters throughout your time so there's always something new and fresh to try. The latte ($4) is possibly the best I've had in DC. The breakfast sammy has port belly, pesto, and an egg open faced on delicious - if hard to cut - bread for $9.5. I highly recommend the avocado toast with an egg ($5.5 plus egg). Seating is limited so probably not wise for a group over four.

Meg Voorhis: Upscale bakery and coffee spot in the greater union market corridor. Fresh savory vegetarian options and good bread, but a bit pricy (~$50 lunch for 4 items) and service from the made to order menu was slow.

Hannah Yoo: Best pastries in the city!! Seriously I always try to stop in for a bite then end up eating the entire pastry case. I especially love the croissants and morning buns, and they also have beautiful salads and yummy pizzas. Also love that it’s a small business owned by locals. Love spending all day here drinking coffee and catching up with friends on weekends. Neighborhood gem!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We love our customers and couldn’t do it without you.

Alex: This breakfast sandwich is honestly one of the best in DC. Freshly made bun + tender, sweet, salty pork belly + perfectly cooked egg. Amazing.
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy you enjoyed and look forward to seeing you again soon!

18. Ooh La La Bakery

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Ooh La La Bakery
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 2600 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (240) 669-8218

Guy: Bakery


Review: "Excellent french pastries"

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Jeremiah Nicholson: One of the best bakery/cafes in the local area. Almost always empty, can't figure out why. There's an IHOP across the streets that's almost always packed which is a shame because you can get the breakfast platter here for the same price and it's about 500 times better. The fruit jam here is the best I've ever had in my life.

Syd B: This bakery doesn't use the word bakery, it uses patisserie and boulangerie so there were high expectations. I went shortly after it opened and it hasn't gotten better. I don't know about comments of people saying they've been to Paris and this is like it because it isn't. The croissants were really stale and made me feel sick after eating them. They are really dry and taste like supermarket breads. Better go to Fresh Baguette for better croissants.

Laura Schneider: I ordered a custom strawberry short cake for a special event and it was beautiful and delicious! I have also gotten pastries and cakes from Ooh La La and have never been disappointed. Cake photo by Get Ready Photo

Maty C.: The desserts are very good and not too sweet. My favorites are the fruit tart and the frangipane. The Paris Brest is not bad either. They need to work on their viennoiserie , or how fresh it needs to be, before serving them to people. I bought a ham and cheese croissant, and I will never do it again. That croissant was hard that it scraped my mouth and gave me a canker sore. I had to deal with that pain for over a week

Shannon Cheung: 10/10 local spot! I’ve been twice now, the visits some time apart, and the growth in the number of offerings is amazing. The online menu might not always reflect what’s available in person — last I went on a Sunday morning, I got a special rose raspberry eclair that was so pretty and flavourful. I also got the cinnamon roll raisin danish, the fruit tart, and a quiche. Everything I’ve had has been delicious and fresh, and I appreciate having such a great spot so close by. The prices are so reasonable, and the people there are very friendly and helpful. I look forward to coming back to try more things!

Amy Schmidt Stowe: Just visited Ooh LaLa Bakery for the first time for carry out. What a delicious experience for the eyes and body! The plain croissant was exquisite with flaky outer and moist inner layers. Perfect! The Strawberry Paris-Brest was pleasantly not-too-sweet and rich. The Chocolate Eclair's flavor was creamy and delicately sweet. The Apple Danish were a surprise of baked apple inside crisp flaky pastry. We will be visiting again....soon!

I M: Just stopped by to check it out and I luv how they offer mini of their regular size pastry. The co owner placed the delicious pastrys delicately in the to go boxes. The flavor of the custard is delicious and the service is great. Highly recommend

Gerardo Nixon: They have really good quality pastries. We tried 6-7 different items as dessert for a dinner party and everyone raved about the taste and texture. If you want to get chocolate croissants make sure you get there early or order ahead, I stopped by around 10:30 and they were completely out.

Lark Bergwin-Anderson: I often shop here and highly recommend them! Their chocolate croissants are to die for. Their chocolate mousse is heavenly, their breads, scrumptious. We even ordered a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving & found it so delicious that we will order the same next year as well! There is plenty of parking nearby. Go early on weekends, lest they sell out of your favorites. And if there happens to be a line, be patient, there is plenty to choose from even when your favorite treat may have already gone home with someone else, and besides, the other customers are worth meeting in the meantime. The service is excellent, the servers are very helpful and kind. Oh! And they observe Senior Tuesday with a discount! You cannot go wrong at Ooh La La!

Celestial Dawn: I've been to this bakery twice already and I'm really disappointed. The pastries are stale and tasteless. This is far from what you would consider a French bakery. I ordered something different the second time around thinking it would be better and it did not taste good at all. There are other similar French bakeries in the Montgomery county area that offer better quality patisseries. Do yourself a favor and skip this location and try the donuts at Dunkin a couple of blocks up.

19. Vie De France Bakery & Cafe

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Vie De France Bakery & Cafe
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4
Service
4
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4

Address: 10146 River Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6:30AM

Telephone: (301) 299-0904

Guy: Bakery


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Aaron Angeles: Excellent. I rate based on what businesses profess to be and this is a chain bakery. It is very consistent with varied food options and I don't get tired of it. As a matter of fact it's top 2 in my book for standard chain fare. The coffee is #1. The croissant blossom with strawberry, chocolate and cream cheese was very good and I had my standard almond croissant. It is very sanitary and helpful customer service. I will return.

Christopher Chandler: Satisfy every flavor desire you could have. This culinary destination presents itself in the fashion of a traditional French boulangerie: clean and understated, allowing the food to take center stage in your sensory experience. Sate your hunger here.

Eryka Silva: Not impressed. When I visit new places to me, I like to order the simplest thing in the menu. I ordered a breakfast panini. Egg was dried and so overcooked ...no flavor in nothing. Looks like more like a toast and egg from the end of a continental breakfast hours in a hotel

sajia aboni: Nice Little french bakery. All their desserts looked delicious. We will try those next time . We ordered tuna sandwich and french onion soup,both was delicious.

irfan ozarslan: Eating at Vie de France is a bit like dining in Paris - the outside dining cafe where you can people watch while enjoying your food and refreshments. The only thing missing is the Seine River. Unfortunately the Seine is replaced with a parade of a variety of cars and the outside patio furniture is unstable. Even a touch of arrogance is in the air. The tomato basil soup was flavorful and delicious and came with a baguette. The baguette was unbelievable, light and crunchy on the outside and airy on the inside. My Tuscano sandwich excited all my taste buds. If you are lucky enough, you will get a side of their incredible mustard. Boy, I was in heaven. The Ham and Brie Sandwich on a croissant hit the spot. This was our first time at this location and we felt we needed a road map to understand the layout. It was a little confusing. Sayonara for now.

Michelle Babin: I’ve been going here for years and always loved the ficelles. The bread quality made the sandwiches special. In the last few months, they stopped selling the ficelles, which were more authentic to actual French baguettes. It’s a huge disappointment. The croissants are still ok, but they’re best when fresh out of the oven or if you get one of the savory filled ones (like spinach and feta). Sad to see the quality go down so much recently! I hope they bring back the old recipes because the bread that made the place special is no longer there. The bread is practically like Subway bread.

nooshi Morr: I used to love this place, I’ve been going here for years and always loved their sandwiches and corissants... But, the last few months I noticed the quality been changed!!!. The croissants are not as good as before, and it is not even like french. They also stopped making their famous fasilies bread!!! Sad to see the quality go down so much recently! I hate to compare places but the safeway and Giant make better panini and sandwiches I hope they bring back the old recipes.

Orlando G.: The sandwich was delicious. Typically I never buy sandwiches anywhere but a coworker recommend the place. Also their dessert section left a lasting memory, and I want more! Red velvet treat was the best in the west (Bethesda).

Krisztina Kiraly: Not the best experience. Staff definitely need to be educated on the items they carry. Ordered a lunch sandwich and lava cake and specifically asked the teller if it is "gooey" inside. The response was "not sure if it is chocolate ganache or is just undercooked but inside it is gooey moist and soft". Cut the mountain lava cake in two and it ended up being nothing else but an overpriced dried muffin. Not with a penny. Quite horrible and definitely disappointing. Lunch sandwich was ok.

V Maxeno: I am from France so impossible to compare, and what we ordered was just not good. The name is attractive but that's about it.

20. Praline Bakery & Bistro

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Praline Bakery & Bistro
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.1
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 4611 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (301) 229-8180

Guy: Pastry shop


Review: "Was told this is a good spot for french macarons."

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Rae W. (Rasheeda Williams): Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! This place, the food and the staff are incredible. Some friends and I hosted a bridal shower here and everything was better than I could imagine. The patio is beautiful. The management is so flexible and kind. The chef outdid himself. Staff are amazing. I felt so welcome. I would not hesitate to come again.

Takahito Kimura: This is a very nice restaurant. The food was all delicious, even the desserts, and the location and the staff were wonderful. The macarons are very pretty. In the picture I ordered the tiramisu. I would love to go back again. Thank you.

Nadia Washington: The building is cute and easy to find. The flow of the place as you walk through and the decor on the walls makes every visit unique and interesting. Their menu is great and very tasty. The staff are aways friendly.

Christina Hersh: I made a reservation through the Bethesda website Resy for today at 2:45. My husband and I arrived at 2:45 and were completely ignored by the staff passing by us on the 1st floor so we went to the 2nd floor to be seated and were stopped at the top of the stairs by a rude hostess?? stating that our reservation was for 2:15 and the restaurant was closed. I explained that my reservation was for 2:45 and further, how could they be closed if we were seated at 2:15 to which she replied they were closed and I must have made a mistake. They would reopen for dinner. They will not have to worry about another reservation for lunch or dinner given their attitude.

Anna Turo: The ham and cheese croissant is pictured in my post. The chocolate mousse was okay, and the chocolate cookie contained apricot. The tea latte was tea with milk.

Yasmina Ramirez: My mother brought home a raspberry tart... and OH. MY. GOD (cue janice's voice from friends). Between her, my husband and myself - the tart didn't make it to the next day. It was just THAT DARN GOOD. We are thinking of going out for a drive just to buy another one and we live all the way in Fairfax VA. Can't wait to taste another one! Keep up the great quality flavor!

Amanda Persad: A beautiful, quiet brunch spot. My friend and I popped in for brunch after a hike at Great Falls. She had the smoked salmon branch crêpe with crème fraîche (not pictured) and I had the homemade chicken pot pie (pictured). The pot pie was perfect comfort food, it had mushrooms and peas and carrots in addition to fresh roasted chicken. We also had dessert from the bakery downstairs. She had a orange marmalade crêpe (not pictured) and I had a crunch bar that has different players with hazelnut and wafers (pictured).

key Char: My steak was rare as per the order however it was tough and lacked flavor, my daughter's drink order was not as expected. There's a lot good here though: salads, lamb stew and their desserts are delicious

Amber Dates: The establishment is a bistro and a restaurant with 2 different sets of hours, despite being inside the same building. As a first time visitor who just wanted to grab lunch I found it confusing & annoying. I left after tasting the blah latte. They offer no flavors for your coffee.

Aylin Bekem: Praline Bakery & Bistro always surprises you In a good way🌈🌈