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Paul

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$$ - $$$
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801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-525-4500
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06:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 20:00
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Artisan bread sandwiches and French pastry dessert described this place for me. Right across the street from the National Archives, so expect it to be a bit pricey. Great bred though, with good sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi is nice. Interesting interior. Quiet enough to talk if you want. I thought the breads were the best thing about it, really good with... More 

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Thank J S
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice sandwiches, but we though it was similar to Georgetown's place, and we were disappointed. There is no menu, no brunch stuff, and dirtier than other Paul stores.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

stopped by one morning before our tour, excellent service, delicious hot beverages and many authentic French pastries! Highly recommended

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LottyToronto
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168 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Excellent pastries in a bakery, with large windows, right on Pennsylvania Arenue, and no more expensive than much less attractive locations.

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Thank LottyToronto
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Baguettes here are good. Their sandwiches are rather small for what you pay for - the salmon sandwich didn't seem to have a lot of fish on it. The quiche Lorraine was prepared to go, although I'd said I was dining in. It was placed on a bed of greens dressed with a very vinegary vinaigrette...clumsy packaging that made it... More 

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92 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Paul is a cafe/restaurant chain, I've seen it in Belgium and Portugal before. The bread and the pastries are really good - especially in contrast to American breakfast.

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Ottawa, Canada
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141 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

I have to be fair and say we went on a Saturday (which means mostly empty streets in downtown DC). I found the food good, but nothing special. Prices were good and the outdoor patio drew us to it. Tables outside are literally falling apart and very wobbly (we weren't the only ones struggling). Benefit of the doubt...maybe it's end... More 

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Milwaukee
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111 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Coffee selection was incredibly limited based on the menu and the pumpkin spice lattes we ordered were lukewarm, not exactly good for a brisk morning. Service was also inattentive, using ceramic mugs when I told them I wanted my order to go. All in all a poor experience.

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Fishers, Indiana
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239 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Group of Girl Scouts trip. The bread was tougher than they were used to and the ingredients more high end, but the parents LOVED it. The sandwiches were fantastic. The soup was amazing. The desserts were heavenly. The price was right. A bit of Europe in DC. The staff was great. Helped with recommendations and followed up to see how... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Paul bakery use to be an average bakery. If you're hungry and there is absolutely nothing else then try Paul. The food is very low quality. Sandwiches looks old sort of like airport sandwich shops in United States. The cleanness is very average. If you want to eat a decent cheap food there are so many other places you can... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, Cafe, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 19:00
Monday
06:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 19:00
Thursday
06:00 - 19:00
Friday
07:00 - 20:00
Saturday
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-525-4500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?