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1847 14th St., NW (U Street/Shaw)
(1) 202-265-7839 | www.saint-ex.com
HOURSMon. 5:00pm-1:30am; Tues.-Thurs.: 11:00am-1:30am; Fri.-Sat. 11:00am-2:30am; Sun.: 11:00am-1:30am
BEST FORBrunch; lunch; dinner; late night
BARYes - full bar
PRICE (BRUNCH; LUNCH; DINNER ENTRÉE)USD 10-15-15; USD 9-15; USD 11-23
FAMOUS PLATESFried green tomato BLT
DRINKS AND WINEWide selection of imported and domestic beer; wine; cocktails
# OF SEATS130
OUTDOOR DINING?Yes - patio seating
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
Set on the up-and-coming 14th Street corridor, this trendy restaurant serves tourists and casual locals by day and a swinging party set by night. While the food is eclectic American, the scenery says Parisian aviation. That’s because owner Mike Benson named and decorated the restaurant in honor of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the pioneering French aviator and author of The Little Prince. Benson incorporated some family history into the décor as well; his grandfather’s World War I biplane propeller hangs on the dining room wall. The mood of this place certainly changes throughout the day—from a cheery and bright brunch spot to a rocking after-dark dance spot in Gate 54, the basement nightclub.
During the day, it’s a mix of tourists and local regulars. By night, 20-somethings take over for drinks and dancing.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Casual is fine−perhaps ballet flats and a cute tee.
GO HERE WITH
Out-of-towners; the girls for brunch; a small group of friends for late-night dancing
WHY WE LIKE IT
We love the locally sourced food, from menu constants to creative specials. While Chef Billy Klein recently left the restaurant, some of his old standbys survived the transition, like his fried green tomato BLT.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
We’ve heard the service can be slow at night; they seem to be understaffed when it’s busy.
GOOD TO KNOW
Upstairs, there is a gorgeous patio and cherry-stained dining room, but at nighttime, the basement club, Gate 54, is where it heats up. There are DJs five nights a week, and you can check their website to see who’s spinning each night. Late at night, Gate 54 can get packed, though.
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