In a message in the "dinner downtown" chain, someone asked about the DC Les Halles. My husband and I have been there several times, but swore it off three or four years ago.
The problem was not the food, which was good. In fact, I miss the lentil salad with sliced tongue, and if anyone knows where else I can get it, please say so! BUT Les Halles' service was awful -- not just indifferent, but rude every time. The straw that broke our backs was when we went in and asked to be seated in non-smoking, and were told that there was no such area. People were smoking cigars all over the restaurant. When we protested that there was a sign pointing to a no-smoking area, the host told us that since it was late (about 10 pm), they had decided to let people smoke everywhere.
I hope things there have changed. I'd really like to have that salad again.