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Bistro Bistro
Bistro Bistro

Bistro Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrobistrodc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 328-1640
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm,
    Friday: 11am - 11:30pm,
    Saturday: 10am - 11:30pm.
    Sunday: 10am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Sebastian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us know three days in advance about your event, and we will team up to please your taste buds, and impress your guests.
  • Entertainment: Classical and jazz background Music

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Metro Station is two blocks away from us, and for those who are visiting the DC area, the Metro stays open very late on the Weekends.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking on Connecticut Ave., R street, and nearby public parking garages.
A word from Bistro Bistro
Bistro Bistro is becoming part of the Dupont Circle culinary infrastructure, offering exquisite French and Mediterranean cuisine. Our private dining room upstairs can accommodate up to 100 guests with built-in AV function for your special presentations.
Our 4pm - 7pm happy hours include Martinis for $4.95, glass of wine for $4.00, beer for $3.50 and mixed house drinks for $4.00. Also check out our very popular Sunday Brunch Buffet.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Very disappointing dinner. They were out of veal, lobster, and duck. So this French restaurant soon turned "Italian" with only pasta and chicken dishes available. They were even out of the beer on tap!!! Took over an hour to get served dinner. Dinner was so-so. Would not recommend. They should have been closed on a Friday night in the summer if they knew they were out of so many types of food--I mean why have veal on your specials if you know you are out?!?! Friday, in the summer, in DuPont, come on now!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Fine food excellent service and wide menu selection. Empress ice yet limited wine list. Parking close by is free after 6:30 pm."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Would have appreciated faster service. Moules saffron was good, but wish muscles were more plentiful and bigger!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "First time here Menu diverse Food was excellent Sat by the open window and enjoyed an outdoor atmosphere We live in the neighborhood and will be back"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I went to this restaurant for brunch on Sunday. The bloody mary's are cheap and yummy so of course we ordered 2 rounds. I had the steak omelet (it had a good amount of meat and vegetable filling, didn't fall apart too easily, and came with a side of flavorful breakfast potatoes). My roommate had the quiche lorraine and really liked it. She couldn't finish the large portion but definitely said it was tasty. We also ordered a side of fresh fruit to share which brought some extra freshness to the meal. Overall a great meal for under $60. Our main complaint was that it was fairly empty when we arrived but we were sat practically on top of the table next to us. We could hear everything they said and at times it was uncomfortable."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I was went to listen to some live jazz at the Black Fox Lounge…..they have great jazz and drinks but they serve bar food. I wanted something of more substance! I definitely found it in Bistro Bistro. The food was awesome! The service was great and not intrusive and very attentive. The owner was there and made a point to come over to our table to talk to us. Please go!! All fresh fish and unique dishes. We went again the next week and it was very consistent. Very comfortable and soothing atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Nice big spot with good service and good seats by the window. The eggs benedict was terrible. The hollandaise sauce was more like gravy - not lemony at all. Potatoes were tasteless. Other food was just ok."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The space is perfect of good weather: indoors but open to the street. The food is good: solid, but nothing to write home about. I'll never complain about a dish there, but nor can I ever rave. I get the impression these are not secret recipies with a special ingredient, but honest, same as mom made in a hurry after work fare."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I enjoy mussels so I tried the Moules a La Mariniere and they were very good. Really mussels just need some herbs and butter to bring out the flavor and these were flavorful. I had the large pot which I think is necessary when eating mussels in order to feel satiated. The French Martini with raspberry liqueur and peach schnapps was nicely done and not to sweet. We sat near the front with the windows open on a nice afternoon so the feel of the place was very relaxed and cool. We also had a lovely French waitress who was very pleasant and indulged us by helping us to pronounce the menu items in French--very cool!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Good food, excellent service, and a nice atmosphere--Bistro Bistro is a great find. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This is the second time in 5 years that while visiting DC I ended up in this restaurant, both time looking for French food. Well this is not really French but the food is good. I wouldn't recommend the calamari but the rest was good. Noise level was way to high for our group of 3. My husband had to leave to rest outside while we waited sooo long for our dishes. The server mentioned a free drink to compensate for the wait but did nothing on our bill, weird, I would rather she said nothing. She was good though and very practical."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Pasta good. The rest of the food was average to pretty good but the bread was awful. Neighborhood joint with moderate prices."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Whenever I'm in DC I make a point of getting at least one meal at Bistro Bistro. Same great accommodating staff year after year. .. great food. .. fair prices... and you'll feel taken care of and appreciated ... perfect in my book. My last trip included 9 for dinner. ... many are fussy... all were happy! whew! They never disappoint"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great place for a Graduation Dinner! Jackie our host was friendly, hospitable and adorable! She was professional, answered all questions prior to accepting the reservation. So, there were no surprises! Food was perfect -- serving portions were appropriate -- not too much, not too little -- everyone finished their plates - had just enough room for a nice dessert - champaign, appetizer, salad etc. There were no wasted food. Service was swift - on time - no hanging around -- didn't disturb us -- had great conversation with graduates, family and friends -- luckily we found parking just within a few feet of the front door -- so, it was perfect."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on Mother's Day. Food was great. Restaurant itself is attractive and would be worth trying the evening offerings as well."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The brunch at this restaurant is advertised as having been voted the best in DC. With that as context I was a little disappointed on Mother's Day. The restaurant is pleasant and is located in a great DC neighborhood. And there were certainly many choices and most items were delicious. However, most of the prepared food items that should have been served warm were not even close to the proper serving temperature. When I chose to order an omelet I was disappointed that the woman making them didn't seem to know how. What resulted was more like scrambled eggs with veggies mixed in. (No ham was available for omelets.) Overall it was a nice but not great brunch."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had to wait over 30 minutes for our reservation. The steam stations were out of breakfast food. They filled them later. The waffle station took a very long time. The food was not hot and some of it was dried out. We have been there before and it was much better. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Had a great lunch with friends at the restaurant. The brunch buffet had a rich selection of food items and they were all fresh and hot. The service was very good."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "No one here was in a hurry to serve our group - we had 7 people, but it took an extremely long time to flag down a waiter to take our beverage orders...and then a very long time to get a waiter to take our food orders, as well. Surprise - the check also took a while. If you're not in a hurry, the food is good and the place can accommodate a large group, but don't plan to be out of there in any reasonable amount of time."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "This was very disappointing. The ravioli tasted no better than Canned Ravioli and the bread was stale."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We have been frequenting this restaurant for several years and love it. We brought out of town guests for dinner and there was an electric problem in the kitchen resulting in a considerable delay (first time for us). This can happen anywhere. The server comped an extra bottle of wine as well as dessert. The food, nonetheless, was delicious with a healthy portion. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The host was terrific. Despite being filled to the rim, my party of 6 was quickly seated. The buffet was a little tight so you got ot know everyone dinning. The food was terrific. Caution, dont load up on the breakfast food - there is so much more to enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We were late for our reservation but the host seated as as quickly as he could given the numerous reservations and walk-ins of large parties. The buffet was about what I expected for a $25 all you can eat brunch. Highlights were the ham egg's benedict, roasted salmon, raw seafood spread (when it had options minus the watered down cocktail sauce), meatloaf, mimosas, and fresh fruit. What you can avoid, the homefries, the omelet station (essentially scrambled eggs with toppings), Dessert table (unwrapped pre-made hostess snacks and jell-o cups). If you want fine dining don't come for the brunch buffet as there are no a la carte options, but if you want plates of tasty food and a fun atmosphere, check out Bistro Bistro."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The restaurant was friendly with good service but the food was mediocre at best. The buffet meats were over cooked and the desserts looked all store bought and not made in house. Options on the dessert table included containers of Jello and canned peaches for Easter! We were very disappointed. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I took my best friend to Bistro Bistro to celebrate her birthday. We both ordered Ribeye steak and frites and asked for it medium rare. When we received the steak it was almost well done. The server took our steaks and returned with two perfectly medium rare cooked steaks that were delicious. The server brought us a complimentary glass of wine while we waited. To finish our meal, the staff turned off the lights in the restaurant and came out with a dessert with a giant candle on it that resembled a sparkler. The entire restaurant sang happy birthday to my friend. The overall experience ended up being terrific even with the initial minor glitch. I highly recommend this restaurant for birthdays."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We chanced on this spot walking back to our hotel and noted the menu board out front. Lentil soup pulled me in. Service was friendly and we were seated immediately. We were given a roll with parsley garlic stuff- yum! We ordered the special menu beginning with the lentil soup followed by chicken Marsala and a big swirl of linguine. The bowl of soup was so tasty and large, I barely ate any of my entree. We returned the next night since it was cold and a bowl of soup seemed just right. We had the house salad and it was just the right amount. I felt was that the noise level was very loud. I don't know if it was acoustics or if it was because the large front windows were shut against the cold, but conversation was very difficult."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My date and I enjoyed the restaurant and our meal, although as the title states, felt that everything - ambiance, martinis, appetizers, meal, menu were all good, but not great. The service was more than acceptable. It's worth trying, but I don't think I'd run back."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Were visit DC for a short break and staying at a Hotel nearby. Booked this based on the reviews for our "fussy eater" teens birthday. Service was a bit slow to start but food was good (especially the Mussels) and everyone had a nice time. Lots of good restaurants in the area though, so competition is strong."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We went on a cherry blossom Sunday at 1pm. Fantastic variety and well stocked buffet brunch. Opted for the bottomless Bloody Mary and our waiter never slacked,,when the glass hit the table he was right there with it to refill. Made to order omelette, crisp bacon and sausage as well as ham. Jumbo shrimp cocktail and on and on, we'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "A great place to eat and enjoy dishes not usually available. The Cassoulet was tremendous and part of a fixed price 3 course meal that included a martini and a glass of wine all for about $45. Go and enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A relaxed atmosphere, great good to share as you meet friends from out of town and relax. Food is fit for a more formal atmosphere, such as the Portobello ravioli. Yet, it is not stuffy or formal. Service was excellent and friendly without being chummy. Would definitely go back for relaxed, casual meetings, an inexpensive meal including the dinner special which includes a Martini and glass of wine with the 3 course meal for just $49...can't beat the price and the great food."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "If what you want is a big brunch buffet of boring dishes except for fresh fruit, skip this place and find something with better food. We ordered off the menu and my omelette was burned with frozen spinach filling and tasteless hashbrowns and they only have white bread. Boring and tasteless food is all I can say. And to pretend that this place is somehow connected to the bistro tradition is deceptive."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I came here for brunch with a group of 8 friends and it was perfect! We had the whole upstairs to ourselves at a large table with comfortable couch/benches and pillows. The food was great and very reasonably priced. The wait staff was excellent and we didn't feel rushed at all, spending almost 2 hours there. They also brought a complimentary bottle of champagne with a sparkler. I would highly recommend Bistro Bistro for special events!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Not your typical breakfast-only buffet. The amount of seafood available was astonishing. I've gone two weekends in a row and it's safe to say that this is now my favorite brunch spot."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I have always liked Bistro Bistro a lot--- the early arriving Members of my association Executive Committee that I brought along on Wednesday night LOVED it. This is a group for the most part who travel a lot, like to eat and drink, and can be pretty jaded about so-so service, food, and drinks. They loved our waitress AND the food--- i think what they loved most was that the food is VERY good while remaining simple French bistro fare, the drinks and wine list are all great, the atmosphere is comfortable--- casual enough to relax--- formal enough to not be sloppy--- and the service has ALWAYS been excellent every time I have been there with a personable, friendly, and knowledgeable young person."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "As always, we are always provided a warm welcome when we dine here. The ambiance is very nice with a great street scene view. The servers are attentive and courteous, the food is outstanding and generous portions abound. The prix fixe is quite a bargain! We'll be back. "
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "An annual conference is held at a local hotel each year. We chose this restaurant over another local one that we love. We had heard that is was very good. Boy were we disappointed. The food was soggy and bland. I requested information on a red wine. The waitress recommended a wine that was not at all what I had requested. Our group asked about menu item, the waitress said she had never had it, but that several people had ordered it. The calamari was not crisp. The entrees were disappointing as well. Overall, I would not recommend this place. There are too many good restaurants in the DC area to eat bad food, drink mediocre wine, and have poor service!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Sixteen of us were there for brunch on Sunday. Price was good; food was good; staff was very accommodating. Would not hesitate to go back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great attention paid to quality ingredients and proper preparation. Table of four had mussels, steak, pork chop and fish and we all exclaimed on how GOOD it tasted and how well the textures had been developed. My mussels in white wine were plump and the broth delicious. The frites stayed crisp and hot throughout my meal. Great restaurant to meet friends and enjoy good food."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Most of us chose from the fixed price options, which I've read is a way for the kitchen to unload food on its last "sell by" date, but we were all satisfied, if not exactly wowed. The mussels were fine, and if I had had more bread to soak up the saffron cream in which they were served, would have been even better, but I make a better cassoulet myself. Service was attentive, and the noise level was low enough that we could all hear each other without effort. I'd return for a business dinner, but there are better options for a date night. Only real complaint: Was served a dreadful martini during happy hour, and then had to have the bill corrected to reflect HH prices - overcharged for a bad drink!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014