Bistro La Bonne
Bistro La Bonne

Bistro La Bonne

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrolabonne.com/
  • Phone: 2027583413x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch:

    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Daily: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian, French
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Labonne
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 13th St. NW and 14th St. NW
  • Public Transit: U Street Metro Station (Green, Yellow)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro La Bonne
Bistro La Bonne’s main dishes are favorites that range from cassoulet Toulousain (cannelloni bean stew with duck confit, sausage, smoked bacon and lamb) and navarin d’agneau aux primeurs (braised leg of lamb with tomato, carrots, turnips & green beans), to grilled merguez sausage and blanquette de fruits de mer (mussels, shrimp, scallops and salmon in a champagne cream sauce).
If you seek authentic French cooking in the Washington area, take a spin up to U Street, where executive chef/owner Daniel Labonne tackles some of France’s more complex fare with a winning hand.

Our mission is to create a memorable dining experience for any special occasion, in addition to a simple dinner date with friends or a romantic evening with that special someone. So come and “Enjoy the Journey, at Bistro La Bonne”.
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Bistro La Bonne reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (6)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)romantic (2)special occasion (2)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • A hidden gem
    Sicilia
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Tucked into a row house on U St, Bistro La Bonne is a delight. Its french bistro cuisine is close in quality to that of La Diplomate, in a smaller, less crowded space. We had four at a table, found it easy to talk, while eating the french equivalent of comfort food. We'll return often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Brunch
    daveytia
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Bistro La Bonne is our go to brunch spot, it never disappoints. There's something for everyone in the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice
    AmbassadorOfBrightwood
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Bistro la Bonne was great as usual. I brought friends for brunch. There's something for everyone on the menu, even people who are not into brunch. The bottomless mimosas are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mussel Special
    pmrthirdVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Went to happy hour where you can chose from a variety of mussels with frites and get a glass of wine too all for $15. Tried the white wine version which was good but I enjoyed the Thai version better the last time. Wines were good and also enjoyed an order of escargot. Ate outside unfortunately someone decided to smoke which ultimately an employee approached them and asked them to stop. Enjoyed the food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 79 reviews are from the Bistro La Bonne reviews archive.
  • Sadly, food quality is not there.
    RoadWarrior45VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    One of the so-called signature dishes simply do not match up with our definition of what they should be and certainly not what other French restaurants do. Specifically, the cassoulet is virtually tasteless. The music was cranked up to that always annoying "can't hear the person across the table" level that essentially said there are better places than this in the DC area.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Happy Hour
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Happy hour deal was great, and the mussels were fantastic. Service could have been a little better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food was awesome and the service was very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Mussels
    keliz
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The mussels were absolutely delicious and the service was great. Restaurant staff was very friendly and attentive. Great location right at 14th and U.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food was disgracefully bad. This place should be sued by the government of France.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastique
    Debbie
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Very nice place for moules et frites. This is my favorite French place because you actually hear the staff speaking French. Good scene and not too loud.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and staff
    GemmyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    With generous servings and affordable mimosas, this was an excellent choice for brunch. My friend enjoyed the seafood omelette and my ham and Swiss cheese one was good as well. The salmon tartare was delicious and very well proportioned. The mimosas may have been cheap, but were made with much better quality ingredients than others I've had. Add a cute table outdoors in beautiful weather and a charming Parisian host, and it was altogether a lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Staff was very friendly and accommodating for our group of 6-8 (some coming and going). Everyone was very happy with their dinners. Fun place to hang out with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lori
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Good food, good service, and a reasonable tab at the end. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious
    LisaJ
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant for special occasions. The service is impeccable, the food consistently delicious and the ambiance is comfortable. Overall, a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva la France!
    FoodAficionado
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Bistro La Bonne is a quaint spot hidden in plain sight on U. St. The first greeter we met spoke with a thick French accent and we found most of the employees to be the same. It was delightful! The food was exquisitely prepared, with wonderful flavors and textures. The presentation was aesthetically pleasing and all features put together encouraged me to finish everything on my plate! I would recommend Bistro La Bonne to anyone looking for a small taste of France on an average night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Ok so I booked a rez here on Easter..last minute. I googled & it said kid- friendly. This place is NOT kid friendly. Don't get me wrong it was fun. Reggae & brunch, an endless flow of mimosas, a late 20's to early 30's crowd, we fit in besides the FOUR kids we had in toe. I would definitely go back without the kids! The food was decent. French bistro style. The service was great. Very attentive, and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Brunch!
    Holly
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I absolutely love Bistro La Bonne! Great food, great prices and a super friendly staff. It's always easy to get a reservation!! I recently tried the shrimp and grits and fell in love.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment meal and service
    Gigi
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Had been at the Bistro La Bonne twice before, but during the week. We had dinner reservation for 4 this past Saturday night, found the quality of the food and service was poor. The quality of the meat was fatty and stringy, the pepper corn sauce was watery, the fries were ok; the server clearly did not want to be working on that night. Therefore will not be eating at this establishment again. With all the new choices of restaurants in our neighborhood, why have a mediocre meal!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot for post-theater dining
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I dropped in after a Smithsonian lecture and liked what I found. The country pate and peppercorn steak were both tasty and service reasonably attentive. Tried and liked the daily special dessert -- a lemon tart. I'll keep Bistro La Bonne in mnd for dining after plays or lectures.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely French Bistro
    StarACDC
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    If you are looking for good food and a reasonable price, then this is the place. The food is authentically French and delicious. I have been at least 3 times and have never been disappointed. Great ambience, also.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Little Place on U
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere and great food paired with great service at this little French bistro on U. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu changes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We have been regulars for 5 years. This last visit we encountered a new menu: a lot more meat, no duck, and for fish and sea food only salmon and a few mussels options. Their delicious trout is gone. They have added rabbit and still have a lamb dish. Their previous menu was more varied and less loaded with red meat. For a French restaurant to not only have chicken as a poultry option is limiting. The staff are friendly and corteous. The desserts delicious. It is a not too noisy, reasonably priced restaurant, one not crawling with only hipsters and yuppies, but with a mix of all types of folks. A neighborhood treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    Ehhhhh
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Meal left much to be desired. Only plus was the unlimited mimosas. But, I don't drink. Food, ehhhh.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty great!
    homerandflanders
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    A little weird sitting upstairs because the waiter had to go up and down constantly, and was not as attentive as I'd like. But the food was great. The steak tartare (spelling) was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent bistro w/flare
    XtineS
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I've been to Bistro la Bonne four or five times now over the course of the last year and I've enjoyed it thoroughly every time. The food is always fantastic, it won't break the bank, and all of the pretension you'll find at other French inspired spots in DC is left way behind. Try the beef tartare- it's the best I've ever had. The mussels, which are somehow always plump despite the season, are also fantastic. The "Americaine" version includes HEAPS of seafood- big shrimp, crawfish tails, and scallops. It's incredible! The service is good, but sometimes a little rushed at the end- if it's busy, don't linger. They do a great job if you order your whole meal at once and tell them you want it paced- courses always come out perfectly timed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Had a very nice brunch there. First customers so it was quiet and very relaxed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • had a fantastic experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food, wine, waiters were all excellent. We sat at a table upstairs overlooking U St, which had a lot going on. All in all, we really enjoyed our experience and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good good, terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Very cheap mimosas and belinis and decent brunch food, but the service was very poor. For example, they brought us the wrong dessert to share then told us it was what we'd ordered (last time I'd checked a sample platter was not one piece of chocolate cake). Not sure I'd go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bottomless Mimosas-Need I Say More?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    So this place has good brunch food. Not bad, not great, just good. But bottomless mimosas for ten bucks is great--at least to me. They are always watching to refill your drinks. Last weekend they replaced my champagne glass with a goblet :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud but good
    Meanteeth
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I brought my hard of hearing parent and her friend here for dinner. The food was tasty and authentically French, but the venue is LOUD. We sat upstairs on the mezzanine which has a much more intimate feeling and less noise.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food, questionable service
    Guest
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The food was ok, nothing super amazing, not bad either. The service was not good at all though. Our server was very nice when at our table but that didnt happen much. Our group had several of bottomless brunch drinks. The small glasses got refilled maybe 3 times during over 2 hours we were there. Just a very slow service over all and not very attentive to the patrons. We had to walk with our payment to the cash register because nobody came over to get the payment from the table. We do brunches all the time and even though the food was not bad, the service was poor and we will not be coming back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks to a thoughtful waiter...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Being old folks, we were put off by the blaring music, which typically leads to room full of shouting patrons struggling to converse. So we initially didn't even want a table. Rather than dismissing us with a Gallic shrug, the waiter immediately turned the music to a non-ear-ringing level and found us a table in the back. He soon seated next to us another similarly aged trio. They were delightful; we could hear each other talk; and we all a fine evening with good food and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!
    maacs
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Needed to make a last minute reservation for a large group for Sunday brunch. Was surprised to find that bistro la Bonne was available. I live close by but never realized there was so much space. The food was delicious and my friends and I had a great time. Excited there is such a solid brunch place in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    timmah1VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    My fiancee and I had been there before and had a nice experience, so we decided to try it again. Service was some of the worst we've had in DC. Took almost an hour to get our first glass of wine (even then I had to ask for it), and overall dinner was two hours. The waiter never asked how our meal was (my steak was well done when I asked for medium rare), and tended to two other tables who were seated after us. Not a good experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a little cramped, but great food
    Lovebrasseriebeck
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    this place is enjoyable depending on where you are seated. one couple was right in the middle of all the traffic. they did not enjoy their evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat the mussels
    steve
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I like most everything on the menu but the variety of mussels they have and the flavors can't be beat. Happy hour gives you a huge bowl of them, a glass of wine and steak frites for only $15. Great deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • need a hostess
    gary
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Arrived 5 min early for our reservation. Stood by open table kiosk for 15 min after our reservation time without being greeted staring at the screen that showed the restaurant half full. Decided to sit at bar. We enjoyed our food and the bartender was friendly. We watched multiple people walk in to the same problem. The only reason we got credit for our OT reservation was because we are familiar with the software and sat ourselves on the abandoned kiosk. This place is busy enough to afford a hostess. They should get one.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome French food. Lots
    klar
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Awesome French food. Lots of options from the mussel bar in addition to several types of entrees. So delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The food is great and the service is friendly and helpful. The price is right for the excellent quality and choices. The only suggestion to the owner would be to make an effort to maintain the decor a bit. The restaurant's age is showing and might be keeping it from greatness!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hectic but well meaning
    Greg
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Food is fine if you like standard bistro French, but the noise is deafening, tables too close together and service well-meaning but harried.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic