When it opened down the street from Eastern Market in 2002, Montmartre stood out for being so good and so genuinely French. (Capitol Hill’s restaurant scene wasn’t much to speak of back then). Its wooden tables, yellow-splashed walls, ceiling fans, tiny bar, and sidewalk cafe looked like a little bistro you’d find in Paris. The French owner welcomed you and the chef served up French country specialties of duck confit, country pâté, hangar steak, braised rabbit, crème brulée, gratins of this and that. None of that has changed. Should you pop by without reservations and the place is full, you’ll be directed next door to Seventh Hill, Montmartre’s pizza bistro, which also serves fine salads, sandwiches, and soups.
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
327 7th St. SE (at Pennsylvania Ave.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Capitol Hill & Barracks Row Hours Tues–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm; Sat–Sun 10:30am–3pm; Tues–Thurs 5:30–10pm; Fri–Sat 5:30–10:30pm; Sun 5:30–9pm Transportation Metro: Eastern Market Phone 202/544-1244 Prices Main courses $13–$27 brunch and lunch; $23–$29 dinner Cuisine Type French Web site Montmartre