Named for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French pilot and author of The Little Prince, this bilevel bar has a split personality. The upstairs brasserie has pressed-tin ceilings and a propeller hanging over the polished wooden bar. Downstairs is the Gate 54 nightclub, designed to resemble an airplane hangar, with dropped corrugated-metal ceilings and backlit aerial photographs. The downstairs DJs draw a fairly young crowd, while the upstairs menu attracts a more subdued
clientele for dinner.
Jul 15, 2012
Visited Saint Ex again last month and had the mussels and filet mignon, both truly outstanding! The above reviewer could not be more misguided. I lived in the neighborhood on T Street and went to Saint-Ex at least once a month for many years after it opened in 2003. There is a reason this place has won multiple times the Restaurant Association of greater DC's "Rammy" award for best neighborhood restaurant in the entire metro area. Still so much
better than the other "johnny come lately" trendy restaurants that have opened in the hood over the last couple of year. Sounds oddly like the above author has something personal against the owners... maybe jealous that they have such a cool place that has stood the test of time!? Food and beer selection are outstanding, patio is great, and the younger crowd for the DJs generally shows up after 10pm. Definitely worth trying Saint-Ex!
Jun 19, 2009
Horrible: I had the worst culinary experience of my life there (twice). The ambiance matches the food perfectly. Overcooked and flavorless food, spilled beer and slow service, overpriced for what it is; rowdy and drunk kids on the best nights...the most overrated place in town. Nice decor, patio, and great location are the only +s. My thought is that this is probably one of the relics of the dot com era...my guess is that kids with a few bucks
and no knowledge of the restaurant business must own this restaurant. Don't go...waste of money and time!