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Photos By Nicholas Karlin, Words By Brandon Wetherbee

Le Desales gets a lot of light considering its location. Across the street from the Mayflower Hotel on a side street, the soon to open French restaurant is bright and warm. It’s hidden from Connecticut Ave., close enough to downtown and prettier than every other nearby option. It’ll be a pleasant spot for Executive Chef Raphael Francois to present some casual French cuisine.

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Francois has cooked at some top-rated Michelin-star rated restaurants throughout Europe. He’s spent the last two years at Le Cirque restaurant in New York City. His first D.C. restaurant, Le Desales will be a comfortable lunch and dinner spot.

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We are looking forward to the bar. Lukas B. Smith is behind it and that’s always a good sign. A healthy wine list and a Monday through Saturday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. make it a desirable after work destination.

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Le DeSales, 1725 DeSales Street, NW, opens at the end of March. They’ll be open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. The bar will be open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Come back in a few weeks for our Taste Test. They will accept reservations.

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