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801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-525-4500
06:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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Kansas City, Missouri
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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172 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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168 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our concierge recommended Paul for brunch and we were thrilled with it. Paul is a fast casual dining option - meaning you order at a counter and your food is either given to you there or prepared and brought to your table. My daughters had chocolate croissants and macarons - both were excellent. I had a croque monsieur and other... More 

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Inverness, Florida
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181 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply the best French style bakery I found in a long time. Macaroons are luscious. Tart was great. Love it.

Thank Elizabeth A
Navarre, Florida
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215 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Jam 19,2017 during preparation for inauguration we stopped in for a pastry and coffee. I had the elephant ear and it was crispy and yet not dry and the perfect sweetness! My DH had the almond chocolate croissant and it was creamy and sweet. Both pastries were the best of kind we have ever enjoyed. The the regular coffee was... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in early on a Sunday morning to grab food for a long train ride. Both gals behind the counter were funny and kind and helpful. $25 worth of pastries and sandwiches fed two of us all the way back to NC, happily.

Thank Lynna906
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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116 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Friendly staff, superb coffee and omelettes - felt like we'd been on a little side trip to Paris as the cafe has a very "euro feel" to it.

Thank Karen D
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Artisan bread sandwiches and French pastry dessert described this place for me. Right across the street from the National Archives, so expect it to be a bit pricey. Great bred though, with good sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi is nice. Interesting interior. Quiet enough to talk if you want. I thought the breads were the best thing about it, really good with... More 

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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, Dinner
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 Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
  • 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?