Cafe Bonaparte

Bistro, French
$$$$ ($25-$34)

Editorial Review

If M Street is the destination for cupcakeries, burger joints and nostalgic temples to calories-be-damned American dining (think: Serendipity 3), the upper stretches of Wisconsin Avenue are Georgetown's European vacation.
There, on the blocks just around Dumbarton Oaks, you'll find cafe Patisserie Poupon, wine bar Bistro Lepic and the tiny bijou shop the French Apartment. It's here that Cafe Bonaparte has been serving crepes for almost 10 years. They come oozing with Nutella, or goat cheese and spinach; salads such as the tart, currant-studded endive incarnation are stars in their own right.
Plan brunch before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m. on weekends, however, because the wait at other times can be brutal. And forget about eavesdropping: At Bonaparte, it's not unusual to hear a half-dozen languages above the whir of the espresso machine. -- Lavanya Ramanathan (July 20, 2011)