Bistro d'OC
Bistro d'OC

Bistro d'OC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://bistrodoc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 393-5444
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bistro d'OC
Bistro d'OC is a casual French restaurant located in downtown DC. We serve specialties from the Languedoc region of France, as well as typical French bistro fare. We are family-owned and operated, and serve high quality food at a moderate price.
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Bistro d'OC reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (57)fit for foodies (39)romantic (24)great for lunch (22)special occasion (19)notable wine list (13)good for groups (12)great for brunch (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Underwhelmef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It was nice to be in a downtown economy restaurant without a huge crowd. This rustic restaurant has a bit more ambiance than the normal chain restaurant, but overall I was a bit underwhelmed by the experience. Probably wouldn't go back unless looking for a quieter place in downtown economy.
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  • Left without ordering due to poor treatment
    PhyllisFVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    OpenTable does not allow for a blank rating on food, so the one star there is not reflective of the food quality since we did not actually eat anything. I reserved for lunch with a friend on a Friday via OpenTable. When I arrived, I found my friend seated in the very last table, in the darkest recesses of a mostly empty restaurant. except for the three tables in front by the window. I asked, "What happened?" My friend had first been offered a table by the back kitchen door by the serving items, then, given this back table, she asked about all the other empty tables between the front and the back. She was told that they were all reserved. Really? It was already noon. We left. I understand that restaurants want to spread guests around to make it look more full, but our table could not be seen from the front. My friend did not say anything that might have caused her to be banished. So maybe they were trying to hide us, two professional Asian women in their 40s? The two waitstaff working appeared to be Asian women. The people in the front window tables were all white, mostly men....? It was strange and unprofessional.
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  • Great Hollandaise sauce
    Kiki
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Leave it to the French to make amazing Hollandaise sauce - I guess this is what it is supposed to taste like. Order the Florentine Eggs Benedict for a great brunch treat.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic French Food
    foodfocus
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This restaurant is a classic bistro - focus is on providing excellent food at comparatively reasonable prices. Food, food food. That is what this place is about. Homemade sausage special - the red wine mushroom sauce made it delicious. Salmon in filo dough with curry sauce. delicious. Salad was simple, and properly served on a cold plate. The ambience is casual for this level of food, but that added to the charm. It reminded me of the excellent start up restaurants of New York City in the 80s, 90s, and early 00s. Bistro d'OC was quite charming because it is not "edgy" or white table cloth service. Those restaurants are a dime a dozen these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Bistro
    melekalikemaka57
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went here our first night in D.C. Classic fare - escargot, steak au poivre, sausages. Nice wine bt the glass selection. Kid enjoyed his dessert!
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, ok service
    Maxine
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I very much enjoyed the warm chevre salad appetizer, delicious and good size. The bread (baguette) was delicious. This on its own is a yummy pre-theater treat. Our table was at the back, less inspiring/pretty, with a view of the wall and a door. Mostly the issue was that our waiter seemed inexperienced and lacking English skills. Very nice guy, hard working, and I get that everyone is new at some point, but he didn't seem to have prior waiter experience or answers to any questions. I'm allergic to nuts and even though the menu does not state that the chevre salad comes with nuts, it had walnuts on it. My allergy isn't fatal so I could just remove them, but the menu should list allergens. The steak was ok; could have been more flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatoutalot
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Our servers were very accommodating of our theater start time and served our food quickly and were very attentive. The food was very good - all in our party of four enjoyed their entrees. We will eat here again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Four of us are lunch here for the first time. Service was good but not exceptional. I had a burger, prepared ordinarily (cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion); it was good- the bun was the best part. Everyone else enjoyed her well proportioned entrees, including a salmon salad and an omelette with crabmeat. The stand-out for me was the mousse dessert, which is worth a return trip.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    bistroloveVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Took my daughter to lunch-she raved about their eggs benedict! My onion soup was the best! Great bistro atmosphere . . great smells from food. Can't beat the service - always on it! Favorite place for lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food
    Winedine
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Unfortunately two of our party didn't enjoy their food very much. One had the chicken which they thought was quite dry and one had a pork special which was ok but not great. The other 2 had the cassoulet which was tasty but it is quite a long wait (takes half an hour to prepare). I would say on the whole it was average.
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    good for groups
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  • Ryan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Overall it was fine, but for a bill the climbed rapidly, it was not, on the whole, totally worth it. Our appetizers were excellent, but our entrees failed to rise to the same level.
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  • Good for Lunch
    PJTdining
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    There were 6 of us for lunch. We seated promptly and treated with courtesy and friendliness. Our food was very tasty just not exceptional. Our waiter was new and had some difficulty with understanding English and being understood by us. He was attentive and with practice will be a excellent waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around awful!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This restraint used to be great. It must be new owners the food and service was horrid!!! So sad
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always a delight to lunch at this casual, welcoming place. The ambience is that of a bistro on France, the food is always delicious, priced fair and service is efficient and friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How can you make Salmon tasteless?
    Barbara
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We went for the pre-theater dinner, which has limited choices. This is generally not a problem. But it seems that the restaurant has special dishes for this option. The butternut squash was OK, though a bit sweet for our taste. The salad was uninspired greens without even a tomato or cucumber slice. The chicken was fine. The salmon was tasteless. The cream puffs were fine, the berry mousse seemed just like a jello dish. Perhaps the regular menu is better. This is too bad, since the location directly across from Ford's Theater makes it otherwise an attractive choice.
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  • French Comfort Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    No small portions or imaginative plating here--just simple French country cooking at its best! Bistro D'Oc is a cozy place where you can get a great steak frites or even branch out to something more adventurous like veal kidneys (there are several organ meat selections on the menu). One of my favorite dishes is the cassoulet, a hearty white bean stew with braised lamb, duck leg, and sausage. The portion is rather large, so don't fill up on the appetizer! But if you want a reliably good French meal at a reasonable price with a cozy atmosphere to boot, then Bistro D'Oc is a great choice. My one complaint about this recent visit was the wait staff--clearly newbies who didn't seem very familiar with the menu and were not very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Charming spot for dinner
    Mmeastie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This place greatly exceeded my expectations. The space is very charming, the staff was very nice and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Connection
    BillTVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was impressed by the nice selection of french dishes. I enjoyed the french onion soup and steak frites. I would like to go back again and try the cassoulet and some of the other items as well. The service was really good and the price was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Food was very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a group of 5, upstairs, and each of us had excellent food. They did not have a beer that was listed, but otherwise, fulfilled our needs. The whiskey sour was best I've ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • New Management?
    jdub
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Not the same Bistro we remember. Our waiter looked VERY young and acted VERY uncertain. He didn't know the menu very well and certainly not the French. He did double-check the order before turning it in and had it correct. A more experienced waiter would have checked whether we had theater tickets (we did) with Ford's across the street. I returned the Cosmo -- never do that, but it tasted like watered-down cranberry juice. Food was very good, although the frites were not done in the French style. House pinot noir was mediocre and the usual DC over-priced dab of red in a cheap white wine glass. We'll think twice about going back to this old standby as we wonder if it's under new, still learning, management.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Overpriced food that is not very good. Wine selection is horrible and the first two bottles we selected were not available.
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  • Consistent
    MichaelW
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Always consistent. It won't knock your socks off but you'll walk away satisfied
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Went before the theater , seated immediately, food was okay , service was just okay , don't think I would return to many other places to dine Try turning some music on .
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  • Gina
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The prix fixe pré-theater was a mixed bag. Salmon was somewhat tasteless and came with a glob of rice. Dessert was not strawberry mousse but vanilla mousse with some strawberry preserves on top. HOWEVER, my husband ordered from the regular menu - what a difference. Great mussels and pommel frites, nice salad. I would definitely go again but not bother with fixe prix. The wine specials were also tasty. Service was attentive but not pushy; we had plenty of time to get to the theater. A nice option, conveniently located.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC Trip
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Stopped in for lunch. Glad we did! Food was wonderful. Asian waiters were good but not great. Nice French food in a US city.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice
    geekguy1VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    There is much to like about this restaurant: it has a great central location, a fairly extensive menu to please almost any palate, well prepared and interesting food, and an excellent early-bird prix0fixe menu. The service was reasonable and wines by the glass were reasonably priced for the area and quality.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Daisy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Very convenient for dinner before going to Ford Theater. Food and service were good. Moderate prices. Relaxed dinner with plenty of time to get to the performance.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    ADiner
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    A disappointing visit. Most of the red wines on the wine list were unavailable. The white we ordered was served warm. The food was ok, nothing bad, nothing terribly distinctive. It had that vibe restaurants give off when the owner or head chef is taking the night off and other folks are filling in. Sorry, but at a reasonably serious price point I'm not willing to put up with that vibe.
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  • What happened??? Definite downgrade
    GoodEatsGal
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I used to love this place, so you can imagine my disappointment when I took a few out-of-towners there recently for what turned out to be the worst DC dinner I've ever had. Service was bad, food was even worse. Dry, flavorless, poor presentation and way overpriced for the quality we received. Seriously think the restaurant owes me an apology and a refund. To add insult to injury, I was truly embarrassed in front of my visitors for recommending this restaurant. Not sure what's going on with the management, but clearly not all change is good. I called to speak with the owner and waited more than a week for a return call prior to posting this review. Still waiting for the call.
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  • Going to Ford's Theater?
    LindaFromNewHaven
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Directly across the street from Ford's, this is an authentic French bistro with a wide and interesting menu, lovingly prepared. Worth a detour even if you're headed somewhere else for the rest of the evening.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Washington dinner
    TimLJ
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Bistro d'Oc i listed in several guide books as a good place to eat in downtown Washington and so it proved. It is an excellent neighbourhood French bistro-style restaurant,as its name implies. The welcome was friendly, the atmosphere as one would expect and the food ad wine very good. The service was very attentive and cheerful, with a bit of friendly banter about football with a waiter from the Cameroons wearing an English shirt. We especially enjoyed the tournedos de porc, the Toulouse sausage and the cassoulet, although the size of the latter was enough for at least two people and so could not be finished. We had a nice bottle of Madiran. A good experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great Meal and Service
    LonghorninVA
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were one of the first to arrive on a Friday evening. Our drinks came right away. We both had specials for an appetizer. My sausage on lettuce, red beets and a bit of mustard was excellent. My wife had smoked salmon on toast that had just the right amount of smoke. I had the Cassoulet Languedoc. It was a very tasty mix of duck, sausage, lamb and pork that came in a clay bowl. The beans were done just right - not too soft and not too hard. The broth had a strong taste of all the different meats. It was an ample portion. My wife had a sausage with fries. It was more than she could finish but tasted great. We shared a creme brulee with raspberry for dessert. Service was great all evening.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disppointing
    HenryVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    A late dinner at 9:15 did not live up to our expectations. We had been to the Bistro quite a few times before. The menu was less interesting than before, and the service was not good. With more waiters than tables with diners at that hour, it should not have been necessary to call for a waiter. The plate of charcuterie was at its usual tasty level, but several mains of sausage accompanied by something were not much. Wile decaf espresso rarely is as good as the real stuff, here it was undrinkable: We sent all four cups back. Hoping for better next time.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Order lost; evening ruined
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My friend and I went to Bistro d'Oc for dinner before a movie at E Street cinema, allowing enough time. While we had reserved in advance, we were shown to a table right at the host stand, in front of a closet door used by staff. Our server greeted us and we ordered quickly from the pre-theater and specials menu. After 30 minutes we had not received the soup or salad, so I flagged down the server and asked him what happened. He told me that the entire order he had submitted to the kitchen had been lost. We told him when we had to leave, but it still took some time before they brought us the first course. We had to eat the main course in 10 minutes. The waiter also forgot the dessert (included in the pre-theater menu).
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  • French comfort food
    CalgourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I chose this restaurant because they served cassoulet (my idea of French comfort food) and I was glad I did. If you like really thick cassoulet with beans, sausage, and duck that you can stand up a fork in (my favorite style) this is the place; if you like it soupy this is not for you. I also like escargot, which I rarely order, but was glad I did here. The charcouterie place was also enjoyable. The duck confit was a touch on the dry side, but still quite nice. There is a very limited wine list but the 2009 Bordeaux from Bourg (right bank) is drinking well. Service - well, we had a brand new waiter with limited English and no French, but it didn't really detract from the meal. I will go back again.
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  • A delight
    Vance
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We took friends here for dinner & they can't wait to come back. The gazpacho here is thick & lush and worth your attention, but summer is almost over & it may not be on the menu much longer. I had the Toulouse sausage in a red wine & mushroom sauce that was delicious. My wife had the foie de veau, which is not easy to find & often not prepared properly. Bistro d'OC cooks it perfectly. We split a chocolate mousse for desert & it was excellent. This is a fine bistro that serves the kind of food one finds in little towns in France. If you have not tried it, you are missing a bet.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • After movie dinner
    lilgayle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Close to E st. Cinema. Generally pleasing place food is good, some excellent. French menu drawing on traditions of Languedoc. Oddly the a/c is cranked even on a very moderate evening. Do not sit at front table past the bar. Soo cooold My trout was superb while accompanying pasta was bland A comfortable place where noise level is acceptable
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic French Food
    ttcrews
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We just returned from a week in Paris and this restaurant could have been transported from a back street in the Marais. Great bread, tasty sauces, wines from the region (hence the OC) and good service made for an enjoyable evening. I had the housemade sausage (slightly spicy) my spouse had mussels with a tarragon cream sauce (both were specials) and our teen son had the flank steak. Due to our own error, we arrived one hour late for our reservation, but were treated courteously and promptly seated. We received good advice on wine selection. Although busy on a Wednesday night, the restaurant was not full. The tin ceiling contributes to a noisy atmosphere but for good (sometimes loud) evening with friends, this would be perfect.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • is it ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    the food was good, decent list of appetizers. I like big open restaurants, this place a bit too small, it could get noisy and hot.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • a quaint little spot
    naenaeVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was okay, however, the food was not what i expected. The temperature of the warm food could have been a little warmer and the presentation was okay.
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