Bistro Francais
Bistro Francais

Bistro Francais

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrofrancaisdc.com/
  • Phone: 2023383830
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4 :00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 3:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 4:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Gerard Cabrol
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private room can seat up to 32 persons. Special group menus are available for brunch, lunch, and dinner for parties of 20 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Pon Sothana (202)338-3830
  • Special Events: Join us for our pre-theater Early Bird Specials. 3 courses for $26.95 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and 10:30pm to 1:00am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin Ave & 31 Street
  • Public Transit: Rosslyn or Foggy Bottom-GWU (Orange, Blue lines)
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bistro Francais
With vintage posters smiling down upon cozy, warm woods and crisp white tablecloths, Bistro Français offers a relaxing French atmosphere with excellent cuisine to match. Located in the heart of historic Georgetown, the restaurant consistently offers authentic dishes that are sure to please every palate. Whether you are gathering for a relaxed weekend brunch, a celebratory dinner, or a late-night snack, Bistro Français serves genuine cuisine at moderate prices.

Executive chef and owner Gerard Cabrol came to Washington D.C., bringing with him home recipes from southwestern France. Today he makes sure that his specialties are as consistent as they were when he opened the restaurant in 1975. These recipes of authentic French cuisine have made Bistro Français an institution in Washington, D.C. and has won the restaurant a few awards along the way.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Bistro Francais reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.6
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)romantic (16)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (11)good for groups (10)late-night find (9)notable wine list (9)special occasion (8)great for brunch (8)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • super
    bistro
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Service was great and food excellent nice romantic atmosphere
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was very good. Service was barely OK. Dining area was cold.
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  • Why so much SALT?
    Nancster
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This restaurant had been recommended by foodies we respect as a good Sunday brunch option while having a little troll around Georgetown. On offer, in the two course special was watercress soup which, had the salt content rendered it almost inedible, would have had some promise. My beef brochette was tough and the gravy had to be pushed aside because, again, it was just too salty. My companion also remarked about the saltiness of the soup but pronounced her trout main as very good. The wait staff was attentive and unobtrusive and the venue, charming.
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  • Adventure Dining
    Outandabout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Two of us had the 3 course early bird and one had the two course early bird. the pate for a first course was okay; not impressed with veal kidneys for an entree. This was his first time having kidneys; won't order them again. Gazpacho was a bit bland. The mussels are always very good at Bistro Francais. The sour dough bread is also excellent. Another companion had a variation on paella and said it was very good. I had salmon Florentine which was delicious. The sauce could have been a little more flavorful but I ate every bite. The crème brulee which was extra was the best dessert. The tarts were very good. Our server was efficient but certainly not friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Very, very nice.
    LRCW
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    There were four of us celebrating new jobs and an upcoming wedding. It was restaurant week, which we didn't know about when the reservations were made, but it all worked out. The service was exceptional and the food divine. The raspberry sorbet was unbelievably good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Josh
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went during DC restaurant week to celebrate a birthday, had the lamb steak and the Ahi tuna, both were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Very good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The fried mashed potato was fantastic. The mousse chocolate tart was heavenly
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only during restaurant week...
    Deskiech
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I walk through Georgetown often and always pass this restaurant, wondering how good it actually is. Well - what better time to try it than during restaurant week? I got my answer. My meal was decent but nothing to brag about. I do not think I would ever bring friends or family there, or pay full price for a meal. The only thing I can describe Bistro Francais as is "plain Jane". It was quiet but the inside looked old and furniture was a bit worn down. Needs a bit of an up-lift to bring it back to life.
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  • Great -- as always
    MattStur
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Bistro has been one of our favorites in DC for some time. They never disappoint. Our last visit was no exception. Our guests (from Manhattan) were impressed also. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Overcooked fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Ordered the tuna fillet, medium. Returned because too pink. Comes back to me tough as leather. Will never go again.Service very slow.
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  • Transportative
    HauteDiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Bistro Francais is like a magic portal into France. Everything from the baguette to the view to the jazzy music built a thoroughly authentic ambiance. As for the food, it surpasses description. I will never forget the poached cold salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not good
    MMRVVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The only good thing we had of all The 7 dishes we ordered was The Steak tartar - which was amazing and worths the visit, one of the best I've tried in France! The rest of the menu of our dinner was pretty bad and very slow. If you go ask for the table close to the window.
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  • Average
    Self
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Wasn't horrible, but wasn't very memorable either. The interior was clean, the service was acceptable, though there weren't many people in there, so it's not like we were making it complicated. The food while good, I feel was overpriced and nothing really "special." It was standard American flare with french menu names. Nothing I would bill as "authentic french". The wine list, while comprehensive wasn't very friendly since you had to pay by the bottle. They did have a limited selection of by the glass selections; but nothing to really speak of. The only oddity, was the rap music that was being played over the speakers. Can I really complain that I had a bad experience, no. Am I going to return if I'm in the neighborhood, probably not.
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    romantic
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  • ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Brunch at Bistro Francais is delightful. The food is great and the service is good. Whether you are familiar with French food or not, this is a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I had not been here for years but was back in Georgetown and decided to visit again. It is a nice little bistro. Prices are reasonable for the area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local secret
    TDunkVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great local secret in the midst of tourist trap. Ben there for a long time and always has good food and reasonable prices. Service is typically very good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I always enjoy
    IEnjoyedIt
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Since a teenager I have enjoyed Bistro Francaise. Can walk in for lunch in jeans or suit and enjoy comfortable atmosphere. Love the venison for dinner. Wait staff, great people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's no french restaurant
    DiegoleVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I lived 8 year in France. This restaurant isn't french. Very lower level
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  • Good French Food!
    Fatman
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Nice place, pleasant service, good food, a bit pricey, but what isn't, nice selection of wines.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We chose Bistro Francais to celebrate my wife's birthday and we are very happy that we did. My wife loves Coq au Vin and it isn't always easy to find so we were excited to give it a try and she was not disappointed. I had the duck and it was good but I will be giving some other items a try next time. I can't say enough about the service we received, it really made the evening special. I mentioned that it was my wife's birthday when I made the reservations and they presented her with a lovely piece of cake and glass of champagne which was a wonderful surprise. Our server was incredible, very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. We will be requesting her table on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Old Reliable
    CAngelesVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    When my girl friends and I occasionally meet up, we always do at Bistro Francais. The early bird specials (5 - 7 pm) are great values. The food is good; the red wines are always served at perfect temperature; and the maitre'd and wait staff are very nice and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a pleasant surprise.
    JBDC
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've lived and in D.C. for our 20 years and had never been to this restaurant. I enjoyed everything about it. My friend had the duck and I had a cesear salad with chicken. Both dishes were excellent and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Knightsinger
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Internet presentation is not in accordance with the real experience. Service is friendly but detached. The whole place seems to suffer from tourist groups who want to share meals. This is explicitly mentioned on the menu (no sharing). Wines (not special) per glass are to expensive. Not a sufficient price-quality ratio. Not recomandable to friends, unless you wan't to loose them.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • It's French ... 'nuf said.
    DebMVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We've enjoy Bistro Francais many times and are never disappointed. A rare quiet venue for a nice evening of talking and enjoying friends. The food was wonderful as always. Artichoke salad - spectacular. Tried the ray fish for the first time. It was strange looking at first, but the flavor and texture were wonderful. Maybe only the French can pull this off.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cve66
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Pretty un impressive though had looked forward to it Special soft shell crab appetizer arrived Luke warm Dinner partner ordered artichoke special( had to be sent back to warm up) and sirloin steak medium which arrived as thin piece of meat nearly well done. And we were there early so not crowded at all The people, however, were polite , accommodating, and nice
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 587 reviews are from the Bistro Francais reviews archive.
  • Friendly place
    Hard2please
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We had a very nice lunch. Service was very friendly and good and the food very good and very close to a Parisian bistro.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Bistro review KMD
    hungry
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Cuisine was well prepared. Service was attentive, but not looming. I did like the fact that the waitstaff - while disappointed - were still very attentive given that we did not order any alcoholic beverages. The only issue I had is that the portions (appetizers & entrees) were too large - for me. I would have liked to enjoy 5-6 courses, but could barely manage 1.5. None the less - very nice. Cheers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great location- not on par with the food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always the best
    Revel
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We had another fantastic dinner sitting in the window Friday night in lively Georgetown. We always have great wine, great food, and great services....and why we are repeat customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great evening
    weebaronaVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I took several of my staff for a nice dinner during a conference. It was a great experience for all. Traditional bistro menu, very good service, a nice wine special, comfortable, cozy table and all at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    Edward
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I love this place. I have been here several times and always seem to get the same waitress who is a gem. The management creates a great dining experience.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in Georgetown
    HenryVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Amid all of the mediocre restaurants that serve the tourists in Georgetown, we who live here return again and again to the exception, Bistro Francaise. Reliable, expert cooking, always pleasant service, best place in town late at night. We love it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Disappointing
    GeorgetownDC
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The service was attentive but our food wasn't good. My husband had steak frites that he later said was almost tasteless. My seared tuna was thin, light gray in color, mushy and with little flavor. It was accompanied by an overcooked tomato/baby artichoke concoction that wasn't good. Our dining companion said that he enjoyed his trout. The back of the seat in our booth squeaked very loudly when I leaned back (on my side) so I had to lean forward during the entire meal. My companions had already settled in by the time I arrived or I would have asked to be moved. Couldn't the restaurant repair that? We won't be back, unfortunately.
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  • Nice Bistro
    RestaurantJunkie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Waitress was pleasant, atmosphere was relaxed and food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice enough!
    yumfordinner
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My son and I went there for brunch. He loved his breakfast! I was so excited to get trout with spinach mousse, but for some reason was not significantly impressed. Perhaps it was the fact the trout was not pan sautéed or crisp, which is something I love. Or perhaps it was that it was a bit on the greasy side.... Of positive note, the room is rather cute and we received fine warm French bread as we waited for our entrees. But I was also caught off guard when they made people wait to be seated, even though there were plenty of empty seats!
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  • Very disappointing entrees
    VeryDisappointed
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My duck was chewy and bland, and my wife, who likes all sorts of fish, didn't like her fish dish (some sort of ray, I think) at all. We liked the appetizers, and the bread is great, but the poor quality of the entrees ruined the meal. There is no way that we will go to this restaurant again.
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  • Good food okay service
    HatterbakeVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The ambience and food are pretty good. The service was a little slow though. Our table got neglected for a large party and then for some reason they took our light when it was close to closing bit didn't seem to bother anyone else
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did Not Disappoint
    3VAgals
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I was skeptical that Bistro Francais would live up to our expectations from 25+ years ago, but we were all very pleased with our evening spent there last Saturday. The service was attentive, professional, and we never felt rushed through our evening. The ambiance was beautiful with touches of gold gilding and soft lighting, very cozy and conducive to long conversations. We requested a quiet booth/table and the staff was accommodating.The wines were affordable and the food was excellent. Notable was the French onion soup (authentic),the squab special, the salmon on spinach mousse, and the Coq au Vin, all satisfying and expertly prepared. I recommend this quiet gem in the heart of Georgetown. Bon Appetit ~
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Reliable
    GarethVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Bistro Francais is always a reliable choice. Their Early Bird special is a wonderful treat. I miss the free wine, but it is still a good value. Service is always exceptional at this restaurant.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have eaten at Bistro Francais
    Gayle
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We have eaten at Bistro Francais several times and always enjoy the food and the ambiance. This visit the service was a little less satisfactory. We felt hurried and the waitress was not as attentive - especially regarding timing. We like the fact that this restaurant continues to serve traditional French food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.