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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The servers were kind and efficient. The food was delicious and the ambiance was very cozy. I enjoyed this experience greatly!

Nettie, December 12, 2019

Great lunch

Noa, December 7, 2019

Great lunch special! Includes choice of 2 courses and a glass of wine. Service was friendly and efficient. Presentation of meal was impressive.

Jen, December 6, 2019

The food was amazing. Me and a friend shared two entrees and she is already talking about going back.

Collin, December 2, 2019

Great food and service!

Rachel, December 1, 2019


Farrell, November 24, 2019

The lunch course was a very good deal and the food was balanced and delicious!

Jasmine, November 22, 2019

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FM, November 22, 2019

So cute!

Erin, November 20, 2019

Personable service. Good food.

Serpil, November 9, 2019

Had a wonderful experience there! Would definitely visit again.

Lola, October 24, 2019

Good food, nice and quiet location.

Josh, October 15, 2019

It was just ok. Not my type of place.

Patrick, October 14, 2019

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.

Brandi, October 11, 2019

Delicious food and great service.

KATHERINE, October 4, 2019

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!

Margaret, October 1, 2019

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.

Evelyn, September 26, 2019

It was lovely to sit outside and enjoy a nice meal. Overall a great experience!

Emily, September 25, 2019

Awesome food and service! Such a cute restaurant—would love to go back!

Ashley, September 21, 2019

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!

Patricia, September 21, 2019

Wonderful French food!

Jenna, September 20, 2019

great portion size

Kelsey, September 19, 2019

Idyllic French restaurant tucked into impossibly quiet location in downtown DC. Delicious classics done well, mostly excellent service. Perfect for date night. Merci Beaucoup!!!

Kelly, September 17, 2019

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!

Lara, September 11, 2019

Great service and delicious food!

Mardi, September 8, 2019

The restaurant was lovely and service was great.

Christina, September 7, 2019

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.

Michelle, September 6, 2019

Delicious food, great service, awesome location. 5 stars!

Suneel, September 6, 2019

Very quaint, European atmosphere; will definitely return.

Sharlene, September 6, 2019

Good service, wine, nice venue, good food. Thanks!

Valerie, September 5, 2019

Delicious, even if small portions

Emmie, August 30, 2019

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!

Rebecca, August 27, 2019

The customer service was amazing and their menu options and food quality was great

Taryn, August 23, 2019

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.

Ben, August 9, 2019

Awesome restaurant! Great food, good variety, and wonderful service. I will definitely be back!

Charlotte, July 23, 2019

Service was gracious and wonderful. Food was good but not extraordinary.

Claudia, July 19, 2019

Nice atmosphere, good service. Food tasted great. Menu sort of confusing but I guess that is how their dishes are. Really enjoyed this restaurant.

Chelsea, July 17, 2019


Sammy, July 5, 2019

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!

Lindsay, June 17, 2019

Slightly overpriced, but tasty. Good selection of sustainable seafood.

Kat, June 16, 2019

Delicious menu and cozy environment!

Christina, June 13, 2019

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!

Kinjal, May 21, 2019

It was great! Thanks for the Nift. Will definitely go back.

Nausheen, May 1, 2019

It was great. Good quality food and service. Will definitely return. They also have excellent happy hour options

Milind, April 19, 2019

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!

Blondell, April 15, 2019

Beautiful location and amazing food! Thanks, Nift!

Anastasia, April 4, 2019

Delicious food and great service.

Dana, February 6, 2019

The cocktail was really good! Perhaps a bit pricey but not shocking for the area. The lobster was decent, but not mind blowing.

Alexandra, December 26, 2018

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.

Francoise, December 7, 2018
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