Party Earth Review A popular neighborhood haunt for artsy post-grads and young professionals, Café Saint-Ex may fly high with its aviation-themed décor, but the vibe is considerably more bohemian – in fact, a chalked sign near the door respectfully... ... read full review
1847 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Bar: M 5pm–1:30am, Tu–Th 11am–1:30am, F–Sa 11am–2:30am, Su 11am–1:30am
Restaurant: closes M–F, Su 10:45pm, Sa 10:45pm
U Street Corridor, Washington, DC –
A popular neighborhood haunt for artsy post-grads and young professionals, Café Saint-Ex may fly high with its aviation-themed décor, but the vibe is considerably more bohemian – in fact, a chalked sign near the door respectfully asks that “all collars be turned down prior to entry.”
Named after Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French aviator and author of The Little Prince, the narrow bistro and underground music venue features a long wooden bar where puddle-jumpers of all ages gather to sip beer and specialty cocktails or chow down on some comfort food.
A line of simple wooden tables provides a place for quieter couples and groups to enjoy their barbecue sliders and eco-friendly pork chops, while the larger upstairs dining area fills up quickly with patrons pouring over the extensive wine list to find the perfect libation to go with their meticulously-crafted desserts.
Larger parties can take their pumpkin martinis and macadamia oat ice cream sandwiches to the dark cherry leather booths in the back, or mingle with the other guests out on the small patio.
Evenings, meanwhile, tend to be the most popular and bring music lovers and dancers down into the sparsely furnished basement, aptly named Gate 54, where local DJs spin Brazilian beats, old school, and hip-hop five nights a week, giving the younger crowd at Café Saint-Ex ample time to dance off their desserts and cocktails.
Shabby-chic local students, young professionals, musicians, and artists, 20s+ during the day, 20s at night.
DJs spin hip-hop, old school, and Brazilian beats Tuesdays through Saturdays in the Gate 54 basement from around 10pm. Occasional fund-raising events and tastings. Check the website for details.
Dishes featuring locally-grown ingredients, including fried green tomato BLTs, Smith Meadow Farms burgers, and house-made pappardelle pasta.
Brunch $8–$11, appetizers $9–$11, entrées $10–$25, dessert $5–$8. Beer $5–$24, wine $7–$12/glass or $25–$75/bottle, cocktails $9–$12.
Casual: jeans and t-shirts.
Tuesdays through Saturdays for the DJs and dancing.
Utopia Bar & Grill (1418 U Street NW) offers funky live jazz and Brazilian music for a slightly older crowd.