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 Le Café Descartes at The French Embassy provides gourmet meals for the distinguished palate — executed with meticulous attention to detail by Executive Chef Mark Courseille. All menu formulas are subject to change based on seasonal offerings.

CAFÉ DESCARTES

Mon - Fri  |  8:00am - 5:00pm

Select from one of our menus below for more details.

Proudly Serving warm beverages By:

 
 
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Le Petit Bouchon offers you and your guests a custom-tailored, gourmet, fine dining experience that showcases classic and artistic French culinary traditions.

Hours of Operation  |  Lunch 11:50 am - 2:30 pm  |  Dinner - Available for private parties of 15 – 42 people

All Guests are required to present their Frequent Membership Card and Identification at the entrance to the French Embassy.

LE PETIT BOUCHON

 

 

All reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Email all reservation requests to reservations@lecafedescartes.com

Please include the first and last name of each guest in your party.

Host your next private dining experience or event at Au Petit Bouchon!

Our restaurant is open in the evening for you and your guests with a minimum reservation of 15.

Contact us at (202) 944-6075 or by emailing reservations@lecafedescartes.com

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CAFÉTÉRIA QUATRE SAISONS

Hours of Operation | Mon - Fri 11:30am - 2:45pm
Created by our Chef de Cuisine with special attention to detail and French culinary traditions, our menu is seasonal and offers a wide variety of selection to appeal to every palete.
 
Le Café Descartes is located within The Embassy of France, in Washington, D.C.
ALL GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO PRESENT IDENTIFICATION AT THE EMBASSY ENTRANCE GATE.
 
 
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CHRISTMAS ORDER

it's THAT TIME OF THE YEAR! no WORRIES, WE HAVE THE PERFECT ALREADY COOKED MEAL FOR YOU! the ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO DO IS TELL US HOW MANY ORDERS YOU WOULD LIKE AND COME PICK IT UP! it's THAT EASY! what DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT?! SEE YOU SOON

PICK UP TIME :

CHRISTMAS MENU AND OYSTERS ORDER December 24th Between 10:00am - 3:00pm

CHRISTMAS LOG DECEMBER 21ST BETWEEN 10:00AM - 4:00PM / DECEMBER 24TH BETWEEN 10:00AM - 3:00PM (Make sure to specify the date and time of pickup)

 
OPTIONS: -East Coast: Blue Point Oyster -West Coast: Kushi Oyster
OPTIONS: -Classical Praline and Pear 4ppl , 6ppl or 12ppl -Tiramisu Jivara Milk Chocolate 4ppl , 6ppl or 12ppl -White Chocolate Opalys Valhrona and Raspberry 4ppl , 6ppl or 12ppl
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Christmas Menu and Oyster Menu: December 24th Between 10:00am - 3:00pm Christmas Log : December 21st Between 10:00am - 4:00pm or December 24th Between 10:00am- - 3:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DESCARTES CATERING

Le Café Descartes proudly offers catering services for your next luncheon, party, or event.

For more information, please email info@lecafedescartes.com or call (202) 944-6075 or visit

https://franceintheus.org

 

OUR MISSION

Le Café Descartes’s mission is to create a memorable French culinary experience for everyone that walks through our doors. Le Café Descartes, at our core, provides homemade, gourmet meals for the distinguished palate which are executed with meticulous attention to detail and bolstered by first-class customer service. Our goal is to provide an unforgettable made-to-order experience that transports you to France!

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OUR CHEF

Chef Mark Courseille’s passion for the culinary arts started at a a young age. Before he was old enough to vote, his heart and mind had decided that a chef's coat was truly his calling, which is reflected in the passion he brings to his food today.

Originally a native of Bordeaux, in Southwest France, Chef Courseille graduated from the Culinary High School of Talence. Chef Courseille continued his culinary journey in the kitchens of many high profile restaurants, including Washington DC's Citronelle by Michel Richard, Le Paradou by Yannick Cam, and Le Saint-James (Relais & Chateaux) in Bouliac, France.

Chef Courseille has earned recognition and artistic respect of the world’s leading chefs, restaurateurs, and culinary experts.

 

 

Hidden inside Washington’s embassies: A world of fun (and free) stuff to do

LE CAFE DESCARTES ON THE WASHINGTON POST BY FRITZ HAHN, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2018

 
 Chef Mark Courseille prepares lunch at Le Café Descartes in the French Embassy. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Chef Mark Courseille prepares lunch at Le Café Descartes in the French Embassy. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

The French Embassy hosts a variety of activities in its event space, La Maison Française, in Georgetown. It’s best known for regular, free screenings of French films; other programming includes concerts, wine tastings and, last summer, packed World Cup viewing parties that ended in a champagne-drenched celebration.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the embassy, though, is Le Café Descartes, a cafeteria and restaurant open to anyone who fills out a form on its website. The kitchen is run by Mark Courseille, a native of Bordeaux who served as pastry chef at Citronelle and Et Voila! The most popular order, says general manager Max Jacquet, is the three-course, $30 menu du jour, which might include butternut squash soup and sauteed sea scallops. And although fine dining is a draw, don’t overlook the cafeteria, where daily specials, such as duck confit or a haddock filet in sancerre sauce, cost $10. Both are open for lunch daily; the bar hosts Friday happy hours from May through September. 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW.



 

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“AN INTERVIEW WITH chef MARK COURSEILLE”

BY CALVERT WOODLEY 2018 FALL SALE CATALOG

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“THE DISTRICT CAPITAL CUISINE”

LET’S EAT OUT!

AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED AND IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO GET TOGETHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

FOR A PLEASANT SUNDAY BRUNCH, MID-DAY BREAK, OR FUN-FILLED EVENING. THESE DC-AREA

RESTAURANTS HAVE PUT OUT THE WELCOME MAT FOR YOU! BON APPETIT!

BY THE WASHINGTON POST MAGAZINE, FALL 2018 / OCTOBER 14, 2018

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RENAISSANCE GALA DINNER AND BALL

On March 22, 2018, under the patronage of Ambassador of France Gérard Araud, the Embassy of France hosted The Renaissance Dinner and Ball to celebrate Goût de France/Good France, an annual event organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held worldwide to celebrate French gourmet cooking. Exclusive 6 course dinner prepared by no less than 12 talented and prominent Washington-area chefs to showcase French-American friendship and our shared culture of fine cuisine.

TABLE RENAISSANCE GALA DINNER

 

 

celebrating the "french open" with CHEF MARK COURSEILLE OF LE CAFÉ DESCARTES

by good morning washington (NBC7)

 

Frequent diner membership

We love having you dine with us! Le Café Descartes encourages you to apply for a Frequent Diner Membership card — making it easier for our most loyal guests to visit us time and time again. 

Le Café Descartes is accessible only with our Frequent Diner Membership Card. No guests will be allowed inside the embassy without this Card. Once you are done filing out the form, you will receive a confirmation email allowing you topick up your badge inside the embassy in our office located next to our restaurant Petit Bouchon.

Please allow up to 2 weeks for membership processing due to embassy security requirements. Thank you for your patience.

Please Note: After the form below has been submitted, we ask that you kindly email a photo to info@lecafedescartes.com in order to complete your membership card. Merci!


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LE CAFÉ Descartes                   located within                                 the embassy of france

4101 Reservoir Road NW             Washington, D.C 20007