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Cafe du Parc Restaurant Review: With its very French name and picturesque views of Pershing Park outside the Willard InterContinental Washington, Café du Parc adds an element of sophistication to the downtown DC dining scene. In its early days, the menu and sometimes the kitchen itself were overseen by one of Europe’s most famous chefs: Antoine Westermann. He structured a contemporary French bistro menu that has great appeal to the clientele who partake of cocktails at the downstairs bar, a casual lunch on the terrace, or a fancier meal upstairs. Today, executive chef Serge Devesa is at the helm to continue the tradition. Upstairs, with its wide open kitchen, makes a good setting for patrons enjoying the classic French onion soup with a pool of melted Gruyère on top. Whether guests stop by for lunch or dinner, or even a classic Sunday brunch, the choices extend from a classic croque monsieur to a griddle-cooked bronzini and braised beef short ribs bourguignon. The restaurant offers both an afternoon menu and a children's menu, and an extensive wine and cocktail list.