3251 Prospect Street, NW
From a press release:
“Menu Description: The menu at Brasserie Liberté is comprised of classic dishes that incorporate traditional cooking techniques that pay tribute to the true flavors of French cuisine. The dinner menu features a collection of appetizers, flatbreads, salads, chef frites as well as entrées from the land, sea and garden. Highlights from the dinner menu include French Onion Soup with gratinée beef mushroom broth and emanthaller cheese; Country Boudin with roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and mustard cream; Cured Salmon Rillette with crème fraiche and fine herbs; Escargot a la Bourguignon with parsley butter, escargot and mushroom; Tarte Flambees; Tuna Niçoise Salad, herb-crusted sushi grade tuna, egg, haricot verts, tomato, boquerones, potato and olives; Crispy Leg of Duck Confit with seasonal greens, duck-fat smashed potatoes and mustard cream sauce; Chicken Chasseur, braised chicken thigh, bacon lardons, pearl onion, button mushrooms and smashed potatoes; Boeuf Bourguignon, red wine braised short rib with bacon lardons, pearl onions, button mushrooms and fingerling potatoes; Scallop Almandine with brown butter, green beans, fingerling potato and almonds; Vegetable Cassoulet with white beans, mirepoix, and wild mushrooms as well as Steak Frites, marinated hanger steak, served with a petit salad, house frites and a choice of classic Maître d’Hôtel butter or peppercorn sauce.
Wines are front and center at Brasserie Liberté, vertically displayed as a backdrop in the private dining room. A climate-controlled, glass-enclosed wine wall showcases an extensive collection of French and American labels. The highly accessible list features great value wines from classic varieties and regions, as well as a nod to the ever-evolving dynamic of new winemakers and styles from around the world. An extensive collection of over 150 labels are available by the bottle and over 20 wines by the glass. Prices range from $28 to $2,000 by the bottle and from $8 to $23 by the glass.
The cocktail program at Brasserie Liberté reflects the overarching narrative of the restaurant – using the best ingredients to offer quality products at a great value. Cocktails are priced from $11 to $13 each. The offerings pay respect to the classics – focusing on the world’s favorite and most endearing libations along with similarly styled sippers. While not exclusively French, the cocktail program offers a French accent spotlighting ingredients and traditional drinks from Paris to Dejon and the New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Capacity: Brasserie Liberté spans 6,000-square-feet with 250 seats including 39 seats at the bar. A spacious private dining room features its own entrance and can accommodate 65 guests. The space can be divided into two rooms, which can each accommodate seating for 25 and 31 guests respectively.
Two outdoor patios are also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 70 guests seated.
Design: Swatchroom, a design, art and fabrication firm based in Washington, DC, is the design firm of record for Brasserie Liberté. Inspired by the unique confidence and influence that French culture has had internationally on design, fashion and art, the space boasts a palette of rich confident colors and globally inspired materials and fixtures.
Guests enter through French style folding doors and pass under a series of curved archways where they are greeted by ten-foot-high ceilings and a bright white bar with slick hunter green accents. The bar is reminiscent of a French farmhouse kitchen and gathering space: energetic, bold and comfortable.
The main dining room offers a warm palette of pumpkin, crimson and rich navy anchored by a creamy white fireplace invoking the shape of a Moroccan tagine. This room feels like the heart of the home with large curved booths upholstered in an array of masculine woven plaids. Here, cozy tables can be pushed together to accommodate large parties and lingering brunches.
The spacious private dining room, complete with private entrance, is covered with navy walls and light blue floor tiling with a rose gold mirror. Blackout drapes create more privacy in the space. Here, guests have front-row seats of its dual glass wine cellars housing some 1,100 bottles.
Depending on the time of day, a high-tech programmable dimming system creates different moods throughout the lengthy 250-seat restaurant.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday to Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Late Night: Sunday through Thursday, from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.”
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