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Bistro Francais
Bistro Francais

Bistro Francais Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrofrancaisdc.com/
  • Email: pon@bistrofrancaisdc.com
  • Phone: (202) 338-3830
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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 ~"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "In DC for a business meeting. This was my second time at this restaurant. Made reservations on Open Table. Luckily we arrived 10 minutes before the specials ended. Not sure that was on the website. Meal and host was great. Good wine. The only thing was that we did not receive a refill on bread as we requested. But truthfully we were so satisfied, it did not make a difference. Hope to go back."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "A wonderful, neighborhood-type bistro in the middle of DC (Georgetown). We couldn't be luckier. We stop here each time we are in DC for the Kennedy Center performances. Late night dinner is perfect as Bistro Francais is open to the wee hours. Great wine list. Very helpful waiters. Wonderful menu. What else is there to say?"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We went to Bistro Francais, as we often do, after attending the theater. This time, the Aussie play "Rupert" at the Kennedy Center. As always, we were treated well. My girlfriend got the Lamb Couscous, one of her several favorites. I wasn't hungry, so got an omelet. I was goind to start with a bowl of that day's soup, but the waitress discovered it was sold out so I had the dependable Lentils with Merenguez Sausage. Everything was very tasty. We will return."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I've been to Bistro Francais many times and it never fails. it's such a lovely, cozy, relaxing atmosphere with a menu of comfort foods but cooked in a way fit for a king. Every dish I've tasted at the bistro whether it's eggs benedict, beef, chicken corden bleu, a sandwich dish or dessert, is so well done with such attention to detail to the ingredients that every dining experience whether with family and friends or business luncheons is just a gastronomic delight. Truly a gem in Georgetown and I highly recommend it for any occasion--whether for family dining or romantic dinners. It's just such good food and cozy, intimate atmosphere that every dining experience there becomes a special occasion!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "You can get a better chicken Caesar salad from just about ant take-out joint around town. And without having to wait forever to pay your bill."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Bistro Francais is consistently good for classic French fare at reasonable prices. When I'm in the mood for escargots and rognons, I head for Bistro Francais.This is Georgetown at its homey best."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "One can always rely on real French bistro dishes, well-prepared, pleasantly served, at a reasonable price, in a warm romantic surrounding. But last night more than usual it was difficult to make up our minds between the various offers. We all had high praise for our delicious food."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Alright, it's true: Georgetown's restaurants aren't the best in the city, by and large. But for a real bistro, good, steady, tasty French cooking this promises and delivers in a lovely space. Pleasant waiters, good wine list, decent prices, and late, late night service when you need it, we go here often."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Perfectly prepared food. I recommend the trout in beurre blanc. FABULOUS!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The price of the food is not worth the quantity you receive. The service was horrible, my finished plate sat on my table for the reminder of my evening until I was ready to pay the bill."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This is a great bistro type restaurant, in an excellent location. The food is simple French style, but always good and fresh. We have been going there for years, and are amazed that the food is as the menu describes it. There is no surprise: it is very good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Overall a nice place and the food and service are very good. When making the reservation I did ask for a quiet table but when we first arrived we were put at a table that was jammed in up front (the space should have been left open given the close proximity to other tables). I did politely request to be reseated and this request was granted without any of the typical DC restaurant attitude; which was nice to see. We ended up in the rear of the restaurant and it was quiet despite it being Valentines Day. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable. The food was perfectly (and quickly) prepared and the wine list is solid. Just be careful where you sit and perhaps we will go back on a slower night and get one of the nice booths."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to Bistro Francais after a show at the Kennedy Center, which we do about once a month. We were given our usual table overlooking the M Street sidewalk. A kabab-like entree on the special $25 two-course menu appealed to me, so I got that and a bowl of mussel soup. She wanted Black Bean soup, but the restaurant had run out. One of the problems with eating late. She finally settled for the Merenguez sausage with Lentils, a small caesar salad with blue cheese dressing, and the Ten Clams appetizer. We ended with a blueberry (me) and pear (her) tarts and glasses of Eau de Vie (her) and Armagnac (me). Everything was delicious. We look forward to returning after our next visit to the Kennedy Center."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We needed a place for a large group. Bistro Francais was a great choice. Attentive service, good food and a great location. The only challenge was it took some time to split up the check."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening thanks to the professional and easy going staff, delicious food and wine."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We hosted a European friend at this restaurant...a place we have enjoyed for more than 30 years. It did not disappoint. Food was delicious and not too much of it. The good wines on the list are a bit pricey but those prices are balanced by the reasonable cost of the dinner specials. We three agreed that the evening was delightful."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal or service. Host staff remembers customers. Authentic French food, but never stuffy"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Stood in the rain having arrived 3 mins early. Made to wait in the rain couple of minutes after official opening time! Not sure that was really necessary. Very quiet, yet had to call staff for service. Food ok."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner. This was my daughters choice who loves everything French. Did not disappoint"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Bistro Francais reminds me of places I have been in Paris and other parts of France. The food is simple, but well prepared and delicious. On a recent visit I had the tuna special and my friend had the chicken special and both were excellent. The cost was reasonable and the service was attentive, but not intrusive."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "It is wonderful that such a restaurant still exists in Georgetown. It is unpretentious, pleasant, and convenient. We go before or after the movies, and while the food is not gormet, we are never disappointed."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We waited until very late to make the decision to go out to dinner on Christmas day and so had a hard time finding something that would appeal to our conservative taste. We decided on Bistro Francais because of the appeal of a French restaurant and the warm atmosphere conveyed by the website picture. In terms of charm the place certainly has that. We were comfortable and happy to be in such a surrounding. The food was just average but this may very well have been simply because of the day. The service was a little slow because there wasn't a full staff but it was very pleasant. I'd like to try the restaurant again on another day to see if the food improves."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "This was one of the few DC restaurants open on Christmas Day. It was a great choice. Lovely menu for the holiday or a la carte as well. Food was wonderful, setting was lovely. Holiday decorations were very tastefully understated. The only complaint is the cold draft that swept across us every time the front door was opened. They need to do something about this. We moved to another table and that solved the problem."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We had a nice dinner but were appalled to discover after leaving that we had left a 20% tip on top of the restaurant's own service charge. The waitress should have notified us that the gratuity was included and she had ample time to tell us after the fact but neglected to do so. I do acknowledge that the fine print on the menu disclosed that they would add the tip for a party of 6 but we obviously did not see that before we added a $50 tip. The waitress should have said something. The restaurant said it would reverse the charge when we telephoned and actually no refund has posted yet to our credit card."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Bistro Francais consistently pleases as a reliable go-to neighborhood purveyor for reliably good French specialties. While they have "lost" the older staff, they have benefited by a new crew of enthusiastic and attentive waiters and waitresses. It is a great spot to take visitors for a fine sample of French cuisine at reasonable prices and usually available seating."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "A feature of fine dining is ambience. I wish the restaurant would make an effort to provide that for it's patrons. A table near mine had a child who when she wasn't screaming she was using the table as a drum. This was at 9 at night! It was very uncomfortable and ruined an otherwise great night. I was disappointed because this is the place I always make sure I visit when I come to Georgetown."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We have been going to this place for yers and every year it is fantastic. Very consistent, personable service. Great food. A wonderful time."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The potato soup and mussels we had for app for quite good. But the entrees were really bleak - it tasted like any tavern where you just go to "eat something". Mashed potates were dry, the meat was blend and tasteless and the sauce had a sharp taste. The service was really good though."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Food was ok. There was no bar. Wine list was pretty disappointing and the staff was friendly but not knowledgeable about the wine or the food. At the end of the day it was ok but for the price it was certainly not worth it. I will not go back."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Good overall restaurant. Non pretentious, casual atmosphere. Good escargot and fresh, well prepared fish. Coq au vine was disappointing and totally non-traditional. Desert was excellent."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "The 3-course Thanksgiving meal is a good bargain at 25.00 $ per person. It is rather light and includes a nice pate and apple pie, beside the traditional turkey and cranberry sauce. The crusty and warm bread was a plus."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "In DC for thanksgiving and wanted something other than turkey. Pleasantly surprised by this Georgetown bistro on M street. Great service, delicious food, I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "I like the ambience of this old-time French bistro. But the food is not anything you'd write home about."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "This restaurant has been here forever! It is consistent & just what it purports itself to be - a fine french restaurant. All the dishes are well prepared. I had the bouillabasse & it was delicious! Bread is served warm& great with butter! I have been going here on & off for years - some times it slips off my radar. I enjoyed my fav for lunch Thursday before this: Eggs Benedict & french fries which are to die for!! This place also holds a special place for me as the old section used to be my Great Great Uncle's Dry Goods Store during the turn of the last century. My Great Grandfather's store was across the street & my paternal grandmother was raised just blocks away on N Street. Great spot for the center of Georgetown."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I dined with two former coworkers after a jazz concert at the Kennedy Center. The always reliable Pon had saved a table on the M Street side of the restaurant for us, from which we could see the post-Halloween throng. All our dishes were delicious, although my peppercorn steak would have benefited from more pepper and longer cooking. The kidneys one of our friends got were very tasty. We look forward to future gatherings at this Georgetown gem."
    Dined on 11/2/2013