Raphael Francois introduces his first casual French restaurant to DC. Prior to launching Le DeSales, Raphael was executive chef at fine dining restaurants in Paris, London and New York. Now in DC, Raphael brings casual French cuisine with a modern twist. Creative or classic, Le DeSales dishes are crafted from fresh, local ingredients whenever possible.
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Personable service. Good food.
Had a wonderful experience there! Would definitely visit again.
Good food, nice and quiet location.
It was just ok. Not my type of place.
Food was delicious. We would have never gone there if not for the Nift. Our server Julie was so lovely. We felt like we were regulars she made us at home.
Delicious food and great service.
The lunch special is a great deal: $27 for two courses and a glass of wine/soft drink. I work in the area and will be back with friends!
Loved the open windows. I sat and ate at the bar. I ordered the cod for lunch. The plate was small for the price ($16) and a bit too salty but okay. Lunch prices are definitely over the top. I wasn't given bread not asked if I wanted some. Realized they had some too late, when another guest asked for it. It was still a good experience.
It was lovely to sit outside and enjoy a nice meal. Overall a great experience!
Awesome food and service! Such a cute restaurant—would love to go back!
We had a lovely, relaxed dinner. The food was excellent, the staff very helpful with the wine and we were even gifted an extra dessert to try! Great waitress, funny and attentive. I highly recommend!
Wonderful French food!
great portion size
Idyllic French restaurant tucked into impossibly quiet location in downtown DC. Delicious classics done well, mostly excellent service. Perfect for date night. Merci Beaucoup!!!
Really great food and a nice atmosphere. We went for lunch and they have a great lunch special. The Squid Ink Lobster Toast was awesome and really unique!
Great service and delicious food!
The restaurant was lovely and service was great.
3 I felt the food was alright but portions were a bit small. Nothing super memorable stood out to me but the service was also okay- they forgot to give us bread in the beginning.
Delicious food, great service, awesome location. 5 stars!
Very quaint, European atmosphere; will definitely return.
Good service, wine, nice venue, good food. Thanks!
Delicious, even if small portions
I was planning to order just one dish, but the waitress told me a special I missed on the menu where I could order any two dishes for $27. I ordered the cod and the lobster toast per her suggestion, and wow! That lobster toast with squid ink and gooseberry was fantastic. I plan to go back again!
The customer service was amazing and their menu options and food quality was great
Bartender who served me was very nice, wasn't pushy about buying drinks. Restaurant had nice music, was able to find a seat immediately, water was refilled often.
Awesome restaurant! Great food, good variety, and wonderful service. I will definitely be back!
Service was gracious and wonderful. Food was good but not extraordinary.
Nice atmosphere, good service. Food tasted great. Menu sort of confusing but I guess that is how their dishes are. Really enjoyed this restaurant.
Le Desales was great! Amazing food and very good service - not always guaranteed in DC, especially in the Farragut North neighborhood. The prices were reasonable too!
Slightly overpriced, but tasty. Good selection of sustainable seafood.
Delicious menu and cozy environment!
I would definitely go back for their creme brulee and their drinks. I had the daisy basil and i was the perfect drink for a hot day. Also i peeked their happy hour specials, they have happy hour all day on Mondays!
It was great! Thanks for the Nift. Will definitely go back.
It was great. Good quality food and service. Will definitely return. They also have excellent happy hour options
I wish this company all the luck for many , many years to come so others can enjoy the good , ambience and the good hospitality this establishment offers their patrons. Thank you!
Beautiful location and amazing food! Thanks, Nift!
Delicious food and great service.
The cocktail was really good! Perhaps a bit pricey but not shocking for the area. The lobster was decent, but not mind blowing.
My first time at Desales and I was not disappointed! I ate at the bar and went with the recommendations of the bartender which were all delicious. I loved the cozy but very elegant atmosphere.
1725 Desales St Nw, Washington, DC 20036