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    CAFÉ SAINT-EX

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    Café Saint-Ex

    1847 14th St., NW (U Street/Shaw)

    Washington, DC

    (1) 202-265-7839 | www.saint-ex.com

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    • CUISINE

      New American
    • HOURS

      Mon. 5:00pm-1:30am; Tues.-Thurs.: 11:00am-1:30am; Fri.-Sat. 11:00am-2:30am; Sun.: 11:00am-1:30am
    • BEST FOR

      Brunch; lunch; dinner; late night
    • RESERVATIONS

      Accepted
    • BAR

      Yes - full bar
    • YEAR OPENED

      2003
    • PRICE (BRUNCH; LUNCH; DINNER ENTRÉE)

      USD 10-15-15; USD 9-15; USD 11-23
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Fried green tomato BLT
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Wide selection of imported and domestic beer; wine; cocktails
    • # OF SEATS

      130
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      Yes - patio seating
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      U Street
    Cafe Saint-Ex in Washington, DC is created by owner Mike Benson, and inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the pioneering French aviator and author of The Little Prince, and serves American fare with French inspirations

    VIBE

    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.

    CROWD

    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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