Le DeSales

4.6
502 reviews
$30 and under
French / Japanese
Le DeSales, a restaurant located in South Dupont, across the street from the historic Mayflower Hotel. Upon reopening in December, Michelin-starred Chef Raphael François has brought back his most popular dishes while teaming with award winning Sushi Master Noriaki Yasutake (formally SEI Restaurant) presenting French/Asian cuisine, including a full sushi menu (signature Fish and Chips Roll) in an informal, cozy, and romantic setting. For its bar program, Le DeSales features a specialty cocktail menu including Liquid Wasabi, Asian Pear Sangria and on draft, GoldenBeard and the DeSales Rickey. The specialized wine list includes diversified appellations encompassing regions as unexpected as Macedonia and Portugal, with a concise focus on France, Italy, and California. Also offering a sake menu and selections of Japanese Whiskeys. Le DeSales is available for large parties, semi-private events, and buyouts. Outdoor seating is available, weather permitting.
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4.8
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4.5
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vipSeanC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was friendly courteous and professional. Great branzino at a great price. Loved the ambiance also

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vipCareyB
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything is lovely about this warm, edgy, unique establishment. The staff are well trained, attentive and friendly. The hamachi crudo melts in your mouth with freshness and lovely subtle seasoning. We had to order seconds! The sushi is equally fresh and creatively inspired. We enjoyed every minute, every bite and sip. Put this one on your list!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We pleasantly came across this restaurant when searching for a reservation and couldn’t have been happier. The staff was exceptional as well as the food. Such a creative and tasty meal. We will definitely come back next time we are in the DC area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Upscale level service at a midrange price. What more can someone ask for.

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vipDishOnSushiko
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I’m glad my favorite downtown lunch spot is back open, albeit only for happy hour. I’m looking forward to lunch availability in a couple of weeks.

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Food4Thought
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing experience. We booked on OpenTable last minute, it was a catch up dinner with a friend. The Steak Tartare sushi with truffle was AMAZING! it’s an absolute must order! I passed my gratitude to the chef for such great food quality and he/she sent out a complimentary creme brûlée on the house. Such great personalised service.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great for birthdays, they went the extra mile!

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Getawaygalsd
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I am all about trying new and different places. This both. The cocktails were super and the food was delightful. Service was above and beyond.

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AmandaL
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time eating here and everything was excellent! We had a very friendly server, Vincent. The restaurant vibes were warm and cozy. We ordered three different sushi rolls that came on a gorgeous plate. Highly recommend the fish & chips! (The other two we got, the SOS and the shrimp, were unique and tasty too.) We also got the skirt steak—ordered the steak rare and it was delicious, plus sweet grapes and creamy broccolini on the side. Finally, we were served creme brulee on the house, which was very generous! Not too creamy, not too sweet, a good portion for 2-3. All around, this was a lovely restaurant experience and I'm hoping to bring my fam here when they come visit!

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vipunhappy
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

It was our first time back to Le Desales, a restaurant we quite enjoyed pre-pandemic. The menu and staff have all changed. Can't say our party of four were crazy about the changes. We liked the French selections of old. Everything we ate was good, but the selection was quite limited. The service was obsequious but clumsy. We hate it when waiters take plates away before everyone has finished eating (seems to be am American plague these days), and the second someone put a fork down someone was rushing to take the plate. We asked them to stop. We also hate it when the server returns to pour wine. We asked for him not to do it, but he did it anyway. The last complaint is that we were at a table for four but they served everything in large dishes that overcrowded the table. I don't think we'll return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service wonderful food! Will return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attentive bartender and great happy hour deals went on all night

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KateK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience. Delicious food, polished professional service.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Le DeSales was a wonderful experience. The food was incredible and the manager and waitstaff were kind and accommodating. I’d gladly go back

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RonM
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

2nd day open. Chaotic, yes but they didn't have selections on the menu.

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Rusty
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend had the orange curry soup and endive salad and I had the beef bourguignin special which were delicious. Service was efficient and very pleasant.

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afhj
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The $27 lunch special is quite good. Portions are not small! So we decided against dessert. I thought the pate was especially tasty.

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heyarnold
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A delicious meal! For food, we ordered the burrata, the cavatelli, and the duck and split every dish between the two of us. We were both plenty full (and had arrived quite hungry) at the end. The mushrooms in both the burrata and the cavatelli were amazing, and the duck was one of the best I've had. The fat was perfectly rendered and deliciously crispy. We ordered the Daisy Basil cocktail for two solely for the fun of a cocktail meant for two, but it was quite sweet and was reminiscent of a white sangria. That was the only strike on the evening. The bread in the bread basket was beautiful, though a bit confusing to have it served with what I think was a honey butter. It was oddly sweet and I think a nice herb butter would have been a better complement. Regardless, we had a delicious meal and the service was outstanding. We will definitely be returning. I want to dive deeper into their amazing wine list!

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Fooodddd
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, and set-up of the restaurant. Also, while the food was very upscale, the music was 80's and 90's hits which I loved.

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BarbF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress and chef accommodated food allergies. Would definitely go there again. Delicious! Note: only certain wines available by the glass.

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JohnC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tom Sietsema's 2017 review still holds up three years later. The food is excellent, and the $27 lunch special remains a very good deal. Well worth a visit.

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MatthewS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Prices were a little different from the online menu and the in-restaurant menu, but not pricey enough to balk over. Great service and delicious food. Cute spot.

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marciak
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

great food. fabulous location and excellent service. Our waiter knew how to make my drink. That counts!!!!!!!!!!

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vipBeckiT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Restaurant Week was great here.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s Day menu was great!

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KathleenH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The charcuterie combo is excellent and you get to pick what you want on it.

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vipWarren
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Once again, just a great place to have dinner. Not inexpensive, but a good value for the level of quality and the level of service. HIGHLY recommend!

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HenriB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

It is terribly noisy and one cannot have a conversation across the table. Terrible

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Jason
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good service from waitress and maître d'. Cocktails were well made (I had an aged Negroni). Entrees were mixed - one was great, the other was so-so. Prices for everything were a little high for what it was, but within norms for DC.

Biggest reason it didn't get five stars overall was how noisy the restaurant was, even only 60% full on a weeknight. I'm young and have great hearing, and my companion and I had a hard time talking even at adjacent seats. I don't know how someone older or with hearing problems would manage, or how you could talk across a table, or what would happen if the place were packed.

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lucretious
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

good food, great service. IMHO not a candidate for top tier of restaurants in dc but definitely worth a visit.

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DannyM
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great food and amazing staff that makes you feel special

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vipMichaelC
Houston
63 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

For being a French restaurant I did not totally get that flavor. The prices were reasonable waitress outstanding . We had unexpected guests join us so we all tried several courses all good but none got that yummy taste but overall still a solid 4

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vipErinW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Lunch menu is a little limiting.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Went for restaurant week.
The food they offered was cheap and not particularly exciting. There was no value in the offering. The service was rushed. Remarkably unimpressive.

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vipMargaretL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good (but noisy) lunch at Le DeSales. I definitely recommend this place -- especially for those looking for a location for a business/weekday lunch option in the Connecticut and K Street area. The french-themed menu has a nice variety of options that don't require you to forego healthiness for tastiness. Deviled eggs were good (filling could have been a bit creamier) and I like that they came with greens. Pate was quite flavorful as well. My companions had the cod, which came with a very nice and substantial bed of vegetables. Timely and polite service. Very noisy -- three people seated at a small 4-top had a hard time hearing each other.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Appetizers were excellent. Entrees were not that good. The steak was overdone and the crabcakes were mostly filler. The service was absolutely amazing though! Our server was outstanding. I would go back for charcuterie and cheese.

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DwightB
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nothing salty and nothing too sweet. The mushroom soup was absolutely great and not a miserly serving. The same for the cod, an unexpected piece of cod within a plate of accompaniments of veggies and other ingredients that were very tasty. All the food was fresh. Not sure what the sauce was but certainly added to the enjoyment of the food. The chocolate tort was good. The presentation was pleasing and the service accommodating. This a go-back-to place. I'm anxious to return for a dinner time menu.

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vipLarryN
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner at Le DeSales was excellent. The food was superb, the service was knowledgeable and attentive, and the ambiance was delightful. Highly recommended.

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vipJosephR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great service and an excellent meal, well priced.

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vipILuvRamen
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Very french restaurant. The waiters are trained and appear to speak french. The menu had enough options but not too many where you are overwhelmed. Servers give great suggestions. I had the duck and the creme brûlée for desert. I would definitely go again and try something new.

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Le DeSales is rated 4.6 stars by 502 OpenTable diners.

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