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Anyone try the new cafe/champagne bar in Adams Morgan yet? I was wondering if its worth a shot since it's right near my apartment or if I should wait another month or so. I've never been to Cafe Bonaparte but it's owned by the same folks.

Any suggestions on what to get?

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  1. Do I might be going there for dinner sometime this week...any one else been there? The menu you looks quite good. Suggestions on what to order?

    1. I've been reading a lot of reviews over on donrockwell.com and the reviews have been mostly "meh" or just walk a little while longer and go to Birstro du Coin for better food at a better price.

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      1. re: jpschust

        I had brunch there a few weeks ago, and besides the rude service, everything was great. I had a veggie panini type sandwich which looked and tasted wonderful. The fries were also a hit. Everyone I went with was very satisfied... plus, great prices!

        1. re: LisaB

          Ya I've heard some spotty things about there service...maybe its because they just opened---although that has nothing to do with an attitude problem!

      2. I had a pretty rotten experience there the other night and agree with the others. A group of friends met there for happy hour on Friday night (advertised 5-7) when we got our bill, all the drinks were full price (and over priced in my opinion). When I asked our server to check the bill again, he said he forgot to tell us that happy hour ended at 6, not 7 on Fridays. He refused to honor the happy hour prices, even though he confirmed before we ordered the 5-7 happy hour. Not exactly the way to drum up a local customer base. I doubt I'll go again.

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        1. re: EBrasell

          You should write them a letter. That's totally unacceptable.

          1. re: ChocoHound

            I agree, though it seems from friends experiences that the management doesn't seem particularly interested in customer service.

            1. re: ChocoHound

              Somebody stole my jacket at Napoleon last night. Nice place, but spotty. Beware... I am never going there again.

          2. Had bad service there --- sometimes along the lines of incompetent, sometimes more snooty. The place tries to push itself as being sort of high class but there's absolutely nothing about the place that gives itself the right to label itself that way. And that god awful decor!! I would imagine it to be what a place practicing the "oldest profession in the world" would look like. Ok if you live in the hood and maybe just want to grab a quick drink one night and not go far, but I'd never make a point to suggest to a friend to go or take anyone there.

            1. I had been so excited to try this place. Looked cool, looked like there were people there most of the time... So popped in last night and was sooo dissapointed!! First off, the service was good. The wait staff was attentive. Just to give you an idea of how bad our meal was - they were trying hard to make things right but when you've got lousy cooking, what can they do? We ordered a cheese plate (not great for $12) the Mussels Poulette (dry! No sauce), Our entrees were laughable. My partner ordered the Grilled lamb sausage (sounds succulent right? I swear we thought we were being Punkd when the dish arrived at our table! There were 4 measly dark shrivelled of links the size of breakfast sausages!! I ordered the veal stew, which was supposed to creamy and with vegetables, etc. It looked like vomit in a tartiflette plate - cold and tasted like cream of mushroom soup added to old chipped beef! I think even the wait staff was ashamed to serve us these plates. We sent the dishes back and then we saw a woman across from us also complain about her meal, only she was nicer about it and just decided to eat it! The manager offered us the menu once again so we could place another order but geez, we thought take the entrees off and play fair. Nope. They took away the plates, offered us a chocolate mousse and stuck us with the charges for that awful meal. Never again! If you like fries and ketchup. I have to give it to Napoleon. Those were great!!

              1. A friend and I had a very enjoyable dinner at Bonaparte 2 wks ago, maybe you should try there instead?

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                1. re: MsDiPesto

                  I just had crepes today with a friend at Cafe Bonaparte - maybe my expectations were too high, but the food was pretty crummy. The Mirabeau crepe sounded like a good idea, but the shrimp tasted like they had thawed and refrozen, and the lemon ricotta was missing any sort of zip. I don't know why they covered the crepe in salad either - seems like a weird topping. The other crepe, it had pine nuts, and the tomato sauce inside tasted canned. The only bright spot was the chilled cucumber soup, but it could have used a little spice, and definitely cilantro instead of parsley.

                  So, I'd still like to try the onion soup and a savory crepe, but bonaparte seems to be an overrated juke-joint with expensive cocktails and lame food. I don't know why people have said good things about this place during the past few years, but I was really disappointed. The final negative was the completely incompetent and disinterested server who could not be troubled for a glass of water and didn't seem to listen very carefully to our orders. The Popals need to get back on track, but they are doing a brisk business with people who don't know any better. Avoid Bonaparte and Napoleon. Trust your instincts when it comes to restaurants named after dictators.

                  1. re: kgustaf

                    Follow up: I'm feeling under the weather, feverish/sore throat, after my visit to Cafe Bonaparte, and I'm going to blame them for it. Two reasons, at least. 1) the ice bin was uncovered in the back, just outside the door to the bathroom. Ridiculous.
                    2) the menus had not been cleaned or replaced for a long time - they were grimy and sticky with the crap from many people's hands.

                    I've decided - go to Bonaparte if you want bad food, horrible service and a head cold from poor sanitation. Yay!