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Cafe Saint-Ex

Cafe Saint-Ex

Gastropub, American Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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    John B.
    "The food is delicious, try the Fried Green tomato BLT"(2 Tips)
    "downstairs dance floor"(2 Tips)
    "The downstairs on weekend nights with a DJ can get pretty wild."(4 Tips)
    Roxy K.
    "The cocktails are great, the food is delicious."(8 Tips)
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  • dancing
  • brunch food
  • DJs
  • happy hour
  • outdoor seating
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  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    I love this restaurant’s feel, oh and the food. The laid back neighborhood vibe is so comfortable. Café St. Ex’s commitment to the community and local farmers is just part of what makes them so great Read more
  • Keegan
    KeeganApril 25, 2013
    The main bar is perfect for a weeknight date. Head outside if it's not too hot or cold and enjoy the tables. The downstairs on weekend nights with a DJ can get pretty wild.
  • Ann Marie B.
    Ann Marie BNovember 9, 2014
    Great brunch spot. Amazing food (I got the veggie burger with cheddar hashbrowns and ate every bite). Small area but with little to no wait, I can't complain!
  • ManBites(Chicago)Dog L.heart icon on user image
    BLT and the burger (rare with mushroom and cheddar) - excellent. So was the pâté. Service was spotty but food made up for it. Great Lakes brew was solid as well!
  • Universal E.heart icon on user image
    Universal EmNovember 27, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The staff excels at service. Which kind you ask? Well, above and beyond of course. Ask for Noah, Pete, Ben, Owen, Dave, Pretty Ricky, Hill, Drake and Whitney #BestofTheBest #NoEricRoberts
  • Roxy K.heart icon on user image
    Roxy K.April 17, 2017
    One of my favourite brunch spots. The cocktails are great, the food is delicious. Brunch ends at 4 pm.
  • Meg B.
    Meg BiallasSeptember 2, 2013
    Great cocktails on the first floor - come in around 11 for a nice drink, then head downstairs for a dance crowd that really knows how to have a good time!
  • Jim
    JimOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place can't decide if it's the local bar or the U St. Hotness, but in a way it's both. The beer selection is eclectic, the menu is inviting, and the bartenders are both.
  • John B.heart icon on user image
    John BakerJuly 26, 2015
    Cute little place with outdoor seating right on the corner. The food is delicious, try the Fried Green tomato BLT
  • Rianheart icon on user image
    RianAugust 18, 2017
    Good happy hour and a really cute patio. Late night dance parties in the basement are also a fun time!
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PolicinoJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    This summer 2016 gnocchi is a hit! Get it while you can. Duck confit, asparagus, pecorino, peas - yes please!
  • Chris F.
    Chris FredericksAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch! Reasonable prices and homey yet "from the farm" food. Service can be hit or miss but we keep going back.
  • Diana B.heart icon on user image
    Diana BrodySeptember 9, 2016
    Get the slow-roasted lamb. Sit on the patio under pretty twinkle lights. Super romantic.
  • Paul W.heart icon on user image
    Paul WeidingerJanuary 7, 2019
    The downstairs bar is great for a seedy dance spot. But if it’s empty, try Codmother down the street
  • NightScene
    NightSceneNovember 18, 2010
    By night, Saint-Ex is the bar with all. Weekdays is perfect for a drink and chat at the main bar, come weekends, the downstairs dance floor ha a DJ and is packed all night.
  • Yong K.heart icon on user image
    Yong KwonFebruary 27, 2015
    Great sazerac. Will be back for the food. They had me at pork belly bites.
  • Katie B.
    Katie BucknerSeptember 23, 2014
    They have malort, which should make any Chicagoan over the moon happy
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    Head to the basement lounge to hear DJs spin a variety of music, from Brazilian and soul sounds to more upbeat party music on weekends.
  • Gabriela S.
    Gabriela SchneiderOctober 20, 2012
    Caramel apple dessert is insane. Not for vegans. Porky deliciousness! Gracious service to boot
  • Jen G.
    Jen GushueNovember 16, 2013
    Get the Fried Green Tomato Benedict with a side of Tomato and Smoked Gouda Grits!
  • Stills
    StillsSeptember 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the "Bees in a Beer": an IPA mixed with honey and Wild Turkey. Hoppy + sweet, and it even comes with some honeycomb to chew on.
  • Edson C.
    Edson C.March 20, 2011
    Great brunch, mimosas are mostly champagne and the food is awesome,.the place is very friendly and prices are good.!
  • Kris
    KrisSeptember 16, 2013
    The bartenders are great. Friends with several of them, and they're the coolest people.
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    CharJune 14, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheap happy hour + that basement tho
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel ClarkMarch 21, 2015
    The veggie burger is delicious. Decent cocktail menu, too.
  • Posue Pirataheart icon on user image
    Posue PirataApril 5, 2019
    Nice place. Nice people nice food. Everything was ok.
  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsSeptember 25, 2011
    The food is a bit overpriced, but the basement bar makes for a very fun night. Watch out during the summer, though. It can get very hot down there very fast.
  • Nyc L.
    Nyc LabretsApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Right now I'm listening to Forster for teh Peeples "Pumped Up Kicks". Mad props to the DJ.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 12, 2015
    Pop a squat at the bar and order up some brunch.
  • Chris V.
    Chris ValdezJune 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the PranQster! Oh wait it's out.. Try the Maisel! Oh wait it's broken... Try the Bud Light.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Anthony Lombardo, chef of 1789, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Macadamia nut ice cream sandwich. Read more
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceMay 30, 2013
    They serve a chilled asparagus soup that is phenomenal.
  • Julia S.
    Julia SullivanApril 23, 2011
    Try the Ruffled Shirt! It's Saint Germain, Bitters, and White Sparkling Wine with an orange twist. Delicious!
  • Dan M.heart icon on user image
    Dan MoneyOctober 26, 2019
    If your favorite vintage is 17yo
  • Brett B.
    Brett BishopJune 9, 2013
    The closest you'll get to a frat basement without being in a frat basement.
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TurmanJuly 31, 2010
    I have always enjoyed my time at Cafe Saint-Ex! I recommend sitting upstairs or outside.
  • Allyson H.
    Allyson HarttenSeptember 6, 2014
    Late night dance parties in the basement. Need I say more?
  • Chris D.
    Chris Du4August 8, 2014
    Good drinks but pricey
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FrenchJune 8, 2010
    You must try the chocolate creme brulee! Must. You'll never be the same -- in a good way.
  • Jade U.
    Jade UlrichJuly 24, 2013
    Funky little place. I liked their curry alright, wasn't expecting it to be noodles and not rice though!
  • Naureen D.
    Naureen DhukkaAugust 22, 2013
    Mole enchiladas are delicious!
  • M d.
    M dDNovember 26, 2011
    They have the unsympathetic policy to only seat your party when everyone is present
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyAugust 4, 2010
    See Rusty...coolest guy ever!!! And great bartenders that make u feel at home
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 13, 2011
    Stylish French-style cafe with savory faire
  • L. Dijon A.
    L. Dijon AndersonMay 31, 2014
    Great brunch. #goodeats
  • Alison J.
    Alison JohnsonMarch 1, 2012
    Try the Buffalo Style Sweetbreads - Yum. Seriously
  • Leandro L.heart icon on user image
    Leandro LageraMay 28, 2016
    That dance floor in the basement. Rock out
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BeckerFebruary 25, 2010
    My server Rachel was amazing. She belongs in pictures, so beautiful. And smart and funny loved her
  • Sonja S.heart icon on user image
    Sonja StrongarmAugust 17, 2014
    Delicious quiche
  • Michael R.
    Michael RoikeFebruary 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you are lucky enough to have Johnathan bar tending, ask for one of his specialty cocktails! They are delish!
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