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801 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2615
+1 202-525-4500
07:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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Davenport, IA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

Thank thimdog
Carbondale, Illinois
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank elsbethsanders
Berwick, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank SandN855
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80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Raqsum
Newport Beach, California
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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It might be a stretch to say it is the same as being in France, but if you let the imagination get you, it can. It is a nice fine to have a place that feels like authentic coffee and pastries. The baguette sandwich was great and a throwback to a typical french baguette purchased on the street or a... More 

Thank worldview2016
Williamsburg, Virginia
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767 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

GREAT lunch place (there are several in the DC area). The board at the entry always has a sandwich/soup, drink special as well as the soup special. We've had lunch at the one near Metro Center three times in the last couple of weeks. I've had the French Onion, Tomato Basil, and, recently, the Mushroom/Swiss soups and every one has... More 

Thank RichardinOhio
Kansas City, Missouri
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

We arrived as they were unlocking the doors on a Sunday morning. They had a TV scrolling through special menu items as we walked through the door, so I decided to order one of them -- the eggs Florentine -- I was informed the did not have the spinach so I ordered eggs Benedict instead. It was the saddest looking... More 

Thank Ashley R
Charlottesville, Virginia
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175 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

No visit to France in complete without frequent visits to Paul - especially in Paris, where they seem to be on almost every block. Now they are here in the US as well. The one on Pennsylvania Avenue is spacious, warm and inviting. Their croissants and other pastries are simply perfect. Paul offers a superb refuge for refreshment in a... More 

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Anniston, Alabama
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83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

I make the distinction in the headline because one of the friends traveling with us was expecting a coffee shop that served pastry and bread and such. No. And no again. This is styled after the shops of Paris with it selections of flaky croissants, authentic macarons (not coconut macaroons, by the way). It happens to serve coffee. Ask a... More 

Thank LKTutor
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

If you've visited Paris, you've surely had a delicious baguette or croissant or cup of cafe at Paul. What a treat to find it in DC! We dined at both the Penn Ave shops. Sandwiches, pastries, soups...all were delicious! And nice, comfortable and clean ambiance, as well.

Thank LJKPChicago

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Restaurant Details

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

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