Napoleon Bistro & Lounge

Ambient / Bar / Bottle Service / Brunch / Champagne / Club / Couples / Dance Floor / Dancing / Early 20s / Fashion Types / Foodies / French Food / Good for Groups / Groups / Happy Hour / Hip / International / Late Night Food / Lively / Lounge / Mid 30s / Outdoor Area / Preppy / Restaurant / Seafood / Small Plates / Specialty Cocktails / Steak / Top 40 / Tourists / Trance / Trendsetters / Trendy Crowd / Twenty-somethings / Upscale / Vegetarian Food / Well-heeled / World Music / Young Professionals
Napoleon Bistro & Lounge Savory crêpes, champagne cocktails, and sultry décor bring a French flare and upscale vibe to Napoleon Bistro & Metropolitan Lounge, setting it apart from the raucous twenty-something scene that often dominates Adams Morgan. Washington, DC United States 38.921323 -77.043832
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Party Earth Review Savory crêpes, champagne cocktails, and sultry décor bring a French flare and upscale vibe to Napoleon Bistro & Metropolitan Lounge, setting it apart from the raucous twenty-something scene that often dominates Adams Morgan... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Red Line: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan

  • Phone:

    202-299-9630

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  • Hours:

    M–W 5:30pm–midnight, Th 5:30pm–2am, F 5:30pm–3am, Sa 10am–3am, Su 10am–10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

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Savory crêpes, champagne cocktails, and sultry décor bring a French flare and upscale vibe to Napoleon Bistro & Metropolitan Lounge, setting it apart from the raucous twenty-something scene that often dominates Adams Morgan.

Savory crêpes, champagne cocktails, and sultry décor bring a French flare and upscale vibe to Napoleon Bistro & Metropolitan Lounge, setting it apart from the raucous twenty-something scene that often dominates Adams Morgan.

Royal tones of black, gold, and red, coupled with intricate emblems and coats of arms, grace the walls of the first floor bistro, where dapper young professionals and groups of girls in designer tags sip top-shelf creations that rely heavily on the bubbly.

Hip foodies make an appearance too, lured in not just by the popular crêpes, but also by the full menu of French fare like coconut mussels and filet mignon, which they savor over conversation and mellow Euro-beats.

The volume kicks up a notch in the downstairs lounge, however, where a DJ – including DC stalwart Will Eastman on Fridays – plays a mix of Top 40 and international beats for crowds of trendy couples and manicured singles cavorting over bottle service and burning off their dinner calories on the dance floor.

A refined yet lively haven in an otherwise rowdy neighborhood, Napoleon Bistro & Lounge leaves DC's twenty-something trendsetters feeling like they've conquered the night.

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Tip from Adriana:

Nothing beats acai berry mimosas for your fruity brunch fix.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, preppy types, fashionistas, upscale tourists, hip foodies, and well-dressed men on the prowl, early 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Mostly ambient Euro-trance in the Bistro. DJs spin house, Top 40, Euro-trance, and world music in the Lounge.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of French cuisine including steak frites, braised short ribs, and several kinds of crêpes. Late-night bar menu includes risotto balls and spinach and artichoke dip.

    Brunch menu offers gluten-free options. Outdoor seating weather permitting. Happy Hour M–F 5:30–8pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $7–$15, appetizers $6–$12, crêpes/sandwiches $10–$16, entrées $16–$26, desserts $7–$13, late-night menu $7–$12, separate seasonal patio menu of small plates $10–$16 (M–F 5:30–8pm).

    Beer $5–$7, wine $8–$13, $35–$60/bottle, champagne $8–$10/glass or $50–$160/bottle, cocktails $7–$10, champagne cocktails $10, bottle service $300+/table.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual: cocktail dresses, polo shirts, button-downs, khakis. No baseball hats, shorts, or men’s sandals.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for DJs and huge crowds on both floors.

  • Close By

    Just a short walk away is Bourbon (2321 18th Street NW), a sleek, modern bar with a wide selection or craft bourbons and whiskeys.

Napoleon Bistro & Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
*Heaven Thy Name Is Napoleon*
Melissa W. Apr 2, 2013
Pull up a chair and a mimosa at your new favorite brunch spot! This was my absolute favorite brunching experience of all time. I mean it! Every other brunch place I have experienced pales in comparison to this foodie treasure. What goes with brunch perfectly? Mimosas are a quintessential part of a balanced brunch! Brunch just isn’t the same without one. Napoleon has a great variety including a blood orange one that will knock your socks off! The Green Fairy (or La Fee Verte) is also exceptional. It is part absinthe, part champagne, and completely delightful. If you need your morning caffeine, the coffee is every bit as enjoyable as the mimosas. Another vital element for an ideal brunch locale is a friendly and obliging staff. The waitress made me feel quite welcome at all times, and I never had to fight to make my requests known. She consistently checked to make sure that my needs were fully satisfied. In addition to a first-rate staff, the authentic French ambience added to my overall enjoyment of my meal. Napoleon is also visually stunning. However, the most stunning and memorable part of my experience at Napoleon was undoubtedly the excellence of the food. The omelet was one of the most flavorful and scrumptious menu items I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. The plates were empty all around at my table! The Mousse au Chocolate sealed the deal. Every aspect of dining at Napoleon was outstanding. You simply must try it, but make sure you save me a seat!
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