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Cafe Saint-Ex

Cafe Saint-Ex

American Restaurant, Gastropub, and Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
  • NightScene
    "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)
    "Late night dance parties in the basement are also a fun time!"(3 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • brunch food
  • dancing
  • fried green tomatoes
  • DJs
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  • Rian
    RianAugust 18
    Good happy hour and a really cute patio. Late night dance parties in the basement are also a fun time!
  • Roxy K.
    Roxy K.April 17
    One of my favourite brunch spots. The cocktails are great, the food is delicious. Brunch ends at 4 pm.
  • Diana H.
    Diana HamiltonSeptember 9, 2016
    Get the slow-roasted lamb. Sit on the patio under pretty twinkle lights. Super romantic.
  • Chris P.
    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!
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 28, 2016
    That dance floor in the basement. Rock out
  • Sara Y.
    Sara YApril 26, 2016
    Brunch grits.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 12, 2015
    Pop a squat at the bar and order up some brunch.
  • John B.
    John BakerJuly 26, 2015
    Cute little place with outdoor seating right on the corner. The food is delicious, try the Fried Green tomato BLT
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaJuly 23, 2015
    Late night drinks
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsApril 20, 2015
    Millennium Falcon toast? Count me in! Read more
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CookApril 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Brisket is out of this world!!!!
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel ClarkMarch 21, 2015
    The veggie burger is delicious. Decent cocktail menu, too.
  • Yong K.
    Yong KwonFebruary 27, 2015
    Great sazerac. Will be back for the food. They had me at pork belly bites.
  • Yong K.
    Yong KwonFebruary 27, 2015
    Bomb diggity sazerac
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CookFebruary 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing brunch spot! Brunch is Til 4pm. Come get the Beef Brisket you'll fall in love and thank me later! Lol
  • Universal E.
    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
  • 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!
  • Katie B.
    Katie BucknerSeptember 23, 2014
    They have malort, which should make any Chicagoan over the moon happy
  • Allyson H.
    Allyson HarttenSeptember 6, 2014
    Late night dance parties in the basement. Need I say more?
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StrongarmAugust 17, 2014
    Delicious quiche
  • 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.
  • Chris D.
    Chris Du4August 8, 2014
    Good drinks but pricey
  • 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
  • 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
  • L. Dijon A.
    L. Dijon AndersonMay 31, 2014
    Great brunch. #goodeats
  • Jen G.
    Jen GushueNovember 16, 2013
    Get the Fried Green Tomato Benedict with a side of Tomato and Smoked Gouda Grits!
  • Kris
    KrisSeptember 16, 2013
    The bartenders are great. Friends with several of them, and they're the coolest people.
  • 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!
  • Naureen D.
    Naureen DhukkaAugust 22, 2013
    Mole enchiladas are delicious!
  • 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!
  • Jen R.
    Jen RombaJuly 13, 2013
    Round about midnight on a Friday this place is balls hot.
  • Brett B.
    Brett BishopJune 9, 2013
    The closest you'll get to a frat basement without being in a frat basement.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceMay 30, 2013
    They serve a chilled asparagus soup that is phenomenal.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nyc L.
    Nyc LabretsApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Long and very busy worxdays, now It's Miller Time.
  • Kristin S.
    Kristin SchallhornJanuary 13, 2013
    Really friendly staff. Also, downstairs exists and it's better than upstairs.
  • ManBites(Chicago)Dog L.
    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!
  • Greg O.
    Greg OdumDecember 8, 2012
    the bartender likes to be entertained
  • Gabriela S.
    Gabriela SchneiderOctober 20, 2012
    Caramel apple dessert is insane. Not for vegans. Porky deliciousness! Gracious service to boot
  • Jim
    JimOctober 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ 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.
  • 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.
  • Kurt J.
    Kurt JJune 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for a beer .
  • Matt R.
    Matt RMay 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The udon is amazing.
  • Edward F.
    Edward FendleyApril 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
  • Kevin
    KevinMarch 14, 2012
    Man oh Man, Pastrami.
  • Alison J.
    Alison JohnsonMarch 1, 2012
    Try the Buffalo Style Sweetbreads - Yum. Seriously
  • Peter M.
    Peter MeisterFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask carina to cure your hicups!!
  • Micheal M.
    Micheal MartinDecember 30, 2011
    Try the cheese steak, its amazing
  • M d.
    M dDNovember 26, 2011
    They have the unsympathetic policy to only seat your party when everyone is present
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GhostonNovember 4, 2011
    Party in the basement.
  • 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.
  • Kenneth W.
    Kenneth WestlingSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy waiting hours on end for a drink
  • Aiden K.
    Aiden KirchnerSeptember 13, 2011
    Stylish French-style cafe with savory faire
  • Lina P.
    Lina P.July 17, 2011
    Best bloody Mary. With the chipotle vodka!
  • 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.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SummersMay 26, 2011
    Had bad experience here. Got the burger sent it back twice because it was over cooked. Wanted med-rare but got mid-well service was horrible and will not be going back
  • Ivan V.
    Ivan VidyakinMay 15, 2011
    Lots of airplane models!
  • Julia S.
    Julia SullivanApril 23, 2011
    Try the Ruffled Shirt! It's Saint Germain, Bitters, and White Sparkling Wine with an orange twist. Delicious!
  • 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.!
  • shaun q.
    shaun quigleyNovember 25, 2010
  • 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.
  • Jad J.
    Jad JureidiniNovember 15, 2010
    The porc chop is well prepared. Try it.
  • 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.
  • AskMen
    AskMenSeptember 3, 2010
    The neighborhood eatery is closing down T Street so we can dig on swine & enjoy music. We can even cheer on the competitors in the Barback Olympics or make a donation to the Fillmore Arts Center. Read more
  • Kenneth W.
    Kenneth WestlingAugust 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of different beers!
  • Joy H.
    Joy HAugust 15, 2010
    Try the Pop*Tail on a hot day. It's refreshing and tastes like happy!
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyAugust 4, 2010
    See Rusty...coolest guy ever!!! And great bartenders that make u feel at home
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TurmanJuly 31, 2010
    I have always enjoyed my time at Cafe Saint-Ex! I recommend sitting upstairs or outside.
  • Eli M.
    Eli M.July 20, 2010
    If Paul is bartending and you like rum, order the Nautilus. You won't regret it.
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FrenchJune 8, 2010
    You must try the chocolate creme brulee! Must. You'll never be the same -- in a good way.
  • ditriech
    ditriechApril 4, 2010
    Any place with great lakes is okay with me. Th-the beer. Not the bodies of water
  • DmedusaD
    DmedusaDMarch 26, 2010
    Order the grappa. Expensive but hard to find in the US.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteMarch 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    No.1 place in U St
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BeckerFebruary 25, 2010
    My server Rachel was amazing. She belongs in pictures, so beautiful. And smart and funny loved her
    THEABAAGENCYFebruary 10, 2010
    Best Burgers!!! Read more
  • 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!
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TurmanJanuary 16, 2010
    Always great! Ask about special night for tasting single malt scotch.
  • Peter M.
    Peter MeisterApril 17, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    have the bartender take you on a beer tour. eat fries with aioli
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