Bistro Bistro
Bistro Bistro

Bistro Bistro

  • 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: Italian, Mediterranean, French
  • 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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Bistro Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)great for lunch (24)good for groups (20)special occasion (17)great for brunch (16)fit for foodies (15)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (5)romantic (5)scenic view (4)notable wine list (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good Food and Good conversation
    Enjoy
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    We had to find a place where we could havef a great meal and an opportunity to talk and network. This place provided both. Great food and service, good wine, and a chance to have a networking conversation. I had a Paella that was very good, my wife had a spinach manicotti that was delicious. We will return when we are in town.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place north of Dupont Circle
    VettebkVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Rainy and cold outside but warm and inviting inside, I had a great catch up lunch with my good friend T.E. I got there early and had a little pate while I was waiting. We both had a nice lunch. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sseatsVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Nothing exceptional, but decent food and large portions. Hamburger was overcooked. Monster chicken breast had goo on top that was unwelcome, and mashed potatoes were drowned in butter, but both were tasty. Not many people there for lunch, so not noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it so much, went back twice
    RuthandArt
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We were visiting DC and found Bistro Bistro through Open Table. Nice European ambiance. Great servers --- we loved it so much we came back again before we left. The food was interesting -- we love seafood and it was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good wine and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Nice combination of service, delicious French cuisine--beautifully dressed salad, warm bread, wine by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud, Too Slow
    TdalecVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The menu looks French, but not the food or the loud multiple TVs. Only the slow arrogant service seems French.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice bistro
    AsaMc
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We had a group of 8 which they easily accommodated on a Monday night. They open the doors to the sidewalk and we sat at a large table with nice view of street and relax atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed the meals, my favorite app was the escargot which was in a nice herbal sauté versus the normal strong garlic and butter. Wait staff were attentive and restaurant is large. We had a selection of wines and beer that seem to fit everyone's needs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    DougVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We were looking for a place for our family of 8 to have a Sunday brunch and we found Bistro Bistro on Open Table. From the website it looked like it might work and so a reservation was made. We had no idea that we had found THE PLACE!! The quality and quantity of food on the brunch buffet was unbelievable!! From seafood to beef to veggies to breakfast items to a dessert table that made me cry...because I couldn't eat one of everything!! It was a hit for all of us! In fact, one of our party made a Thanksgiving Day reservation!!! We will go back many times and i'm sure we won't be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not what we expected...
    FrankiefreshVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The location is nice and from the looks of the place you think "nice Bistro atmosphere," but everything from there fell short. The muscles were a bit scary and apps like calamari and stuffed eggplant were sub-par at best. Their espresso was drip coffee in a espresso cup... not to be too negative. It seems a few easy improvement and more attention to detail would raise my rating significantly...because the place has real potential but, are currently missing the mark.
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  • Great Bistro Fare
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I have been a fan of Bistro Bistro since it's opening about 6 years ago. The food and service have been consistently good. Dinner, lunch and brunch will always be a treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Archer
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Bistro Bistro is gem! Food and service are divine. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner. One of my faves
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for family gathering
    Cis4couture
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is good for families/all ages and groups as there is a large and not overpriced menu. Our group enjoyed the food, wine and atmosphere! I would definitely recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's just OK...
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Stopped in here for a bite after passing it by several times. Bartender was pleasant. Happy hour white wine was totally fine. I ordered the escargot and a spinach salad. First...the escargot...are you kidding? Served out of the shell. Totally overcooked. Edible...but...really? The spinach salad is ok. Kind of bland. The staff was nice and the place looks nice...but....no real reason to stop in here again.
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  • Only ok
    AMYCVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Lovely waitress and decent service but food did not match the lovely ambiance-- over-sauced and over cooked food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Sueg
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a lovely dinner here. The food was great. I had Chicken Sorrento, other member of our party of 4 had the duck, pork, and another chicken dish. Everything was served typical French style. Great service, great food; what a find!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I was at a meeting in a nearby hotel and stopped at Bistro Bistro for lunch on a Saturday. The seating next to the open windows was very pleasant. They have both brunch and lunch going, so you can have waffles, crepes, and eggs in addition to the more entree-type fare. I had the country pate and the mussels royale (it's on the specials menu and comes with fries), and both were really good. The coffee was good, too. The waitstaff was very prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cass2157
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We made an early dinner reservation 6pm and we were the only people there. It was wonderful. The food was fabulous, we had pasta and Caesar salad. The people that worked there could not have been. It was getting busy as we were finishing up our dinner, 7pm. It was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solo Diner
    Alice
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was very good, service was very friendly. Absolutely adorable waitress/server. Was seated right in front of the window facing the street...great for people watching!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quick lunch
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    What is nice about lunch at Bistro Bistro is the possibility of dining mezzo-fresca - not quite outside on the sidewalk and sun but on the threshold getting the breeze and warmth. Lunch specials are fine (nothing to knock your socks off). Service is always very warm and ingratiating (Zloti!). They've changed their biscuits to be larger, warmer and delish. Will always go back.
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  • Delicious
    AriMVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Rich flavors and creative specials. Friendly staff from all over the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent food. Service was a little slow to order but then was on point after.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So pleased!
    EtjsingerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A friend and I went here for Restaurant Week. We LOVED our experience! Our waitress was extremely friendly and happy as were all the other people working. Our reservation time was perfectly honored. The meal was delicious from start to finish. For entrees, I had the seafood pasta in lobster bisque and my friend had the lamb. Both dishes were done beautifully! The desserts were also delicious. While we were eating lunch, the woman next to us was having brunch food which also looked amazing. I will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie224
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The service at Bistro Bistro was absolutely terrible. I would give it zero stars if I could and I would advise people to take their business to other restaurants in Dupont Circle. Not only did we have to wait 30 minutes to get the initial check but then everyone in the party of 4 got overcharged $20 each and we had to wait an additional 25 more minutes for the check to get fixed which did not even happen. The manager never came over to apologize even after we requested to talk to him.
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  • Restaurant week
    JAV63
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've tried this restaurant a few times, but I'm still not won over each time I go! This time my entree was cold and since I was dinning with others and theirs was fine I did not ask for it to be taken back. The drinks at the bar were great and everyone was friendly, but they have a long way to go on the food quality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ok food, good service
    churst21
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went on a Friday night during Restaurant Week. We had an early reservation since that was the only time our friends could go. We were the only people in the restaurant for a bit, but when another group came in, the hostess seated them at the table right next to ours. And the next group that came in she seated on the other side of us. We were a bit surprised that with all the empty table around they would put people right next to each other. There were plenty of waitstaff and they always took care of the ladies first. Our table was uneven (we really noticed when we received our entrees and were eating them) and they immediately tried to fix the table and then moved us to a different one. Food was not great, but good service.
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  • Restaurant week visit
    lovesfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was good and service was fair- the waitress could have come around more. I wish that they gave you the option of ordering a la cart in addition to the restaurant week menu. But overall a good lunch for a good price. Oh but our frozen drinks were weak tasting real milky.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Golfer
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We are looking forward to having a wedding reception there in September.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit slow for a business lunch
    BelievenBe
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My boss & I took clients here recently and while the food during restaurant week was pleasing, the service was terribly slow and we ended up there for over two hours (even with a reservation) ... in that, this little Bistro has a lovely European feel.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so much
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    the food was bland. All of it. And they did not have their soup of the day. It was early in the evening
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  • A mix of different foods that works
    MeganP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We went on a Sunday night and it was very quiet with only a few other tables of people eating. The food was excellent. My husband got the veal which was delicious and the pasta dishes were great, too. It was a mix of French, Italian and Mediterranean food, and it really worked. A few of the reviews noted that the service was bad and took forever. Dinner did last a while, but not because the service was bad. Our waitress didn't rush us and we could find her if we needed something. It's definitely a European dining experience, so if you're not used to that then you may think the service was bad. It had a large wine list and great craft beers on tap. We'd definitely go back and I've already recommended it to friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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  • Amazing time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great Choice For My BDAY! Had the most amazing time here at Bistro Bistro, everything was down right perfect. I would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ChuckVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Service was outstanding. The Brunch buffet should have been better stocked. I enjoyed the beef stew and the lemon cake.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 951 reviews are from the Bistro Bistro reviews archive.
  • ridiculous prices for cheap wine!!
    faykids
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    quality of food was very poor and it was expensive!
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  • Out of all food
    beezkneez
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
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  • Neighborhood bistro find
    metman4uVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Fine food excellent service and wide menu selection. Empress ice yet limited wine list. Parking close by is free after 6:30 pm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CupcakeWonkVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Would have appreciated faster service. Moules saffron was good, but wish muscles were more plentiful and bigger!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • johnrVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • met expectations
    dcdinerVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    DeborahR7
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food not great
    lislenlawVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate