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Bistro Vivant

Bistro Vivant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrovivant.com
  • Phone: (703) 356-1700
  • Hours of Operation: Bistro Vivant is open for Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch!

    Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am - 4:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Friday and Saturday 4:00pm - 10:30pm;
    Sunday 4:00pm - 9:30pm
    HAPPY HOUR: EVERYDAY 4:00pm - 6:30pm
    (available at the bar only)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact our General Manager, Shannon Paretzky, for more information.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact our General Manager, Shannon Paretzky, for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rt 123 Dolley Madison Blvd
  • Public Transit: Metro Bus stop one block away, on corner of Old Dominion Dr and Chain Bridge Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking in parking lot.
A word from Bistro Vivant
A contemporary French Bistro in the heart of McLean. We are open ALL DAY, EVERY DAY... so join us for a late Lunch, early Dinner or any Holiday.
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Diner Reviews
  • "A little bit of France in Mclean. The beef bourgogne is fabulous. Best NY strip in town."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Our experience and food were enjoyable. We were dining with a friend who was very exacting about what she liked and our server was very patient and pleasant with her and with us. We had differing choices from the menu, and everyone was pleased. The only drawback was too much salt in the food, especially the beef dishes we ordered. We had to send our coffee back because it tasted stale and bitter, but the servers brought us fresh coffee, which tasted delicious. All in all, it was a pleasant dining experience and once again, I commend our server for being so accommodating."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Nice, authentic French restaurant/cuisine in "downtown" McLean. Interesting specials and attentive, friendly service."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Bistro Vivant was a great disappointment. There is no ambiance in this French restaurant located in a McLean strip mall other than some pretty half curtains on the window. The Croque Monsieur was no better than an underdone toasted cheese sandwich with chunks of ham. A friend ordered mussels and frites only to find that there was an additional $5 charge added to the bill. The butternut squash soup had the most peculiar yellow color, it was hard to identify the source. I will definitely not recommend this restaurant to friends and am sorry I suggested it to the two friends who accompanied me there."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "When Bistro Vivant first opened we gave it a try and were very disappointed in our meals Recently we decided to try Bistro Vivant again and had a wonderful dining experience. I ordered salmon that was prepared perfectly. We also had the grilled octopus that was very good. We enjoyed our dinner so much we decided to try their Sunday brunch. I would have liked a little more variety on their brunch menu but the eggs benedict and the brunch cocktails we delicious."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Excellent food, reasonable prices, nice atmosphere. Easily the best place in McLean and a Northern Virginia standout."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have eaten at Bistro Vivant several times. Usually it's a good experience, however this time we were not happy with the meal or the service. It took about 10 minutes for the server bring us our drink order. I ordered hangar steak and frites; my wife ordered salad and French onion soup; we split an order of escargot. My wife requested that her soup be brought out when my entree was served, but it came with the appetizer. Service was really slow, considering the place was not that busy at the time. My hangar steak came very rare, instead of medium rare as I requested. I'm not sure if we'll be coming back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The place was fine. Very pork and shellfish heavy. If I lived there, I might return, but I would not drive there even from Arlington."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Came here right after they opened and was underwhelmed. After 2 lackluster meals, I stayed away. Lately, the reviews had improved and then I heard there was a new chef. I decided to give Bistro Vivant another try and I'm glad I did. Is it Le Diplomate? Mais non! Is it a solid neighborhood bistro? Oui! A celery root soup was comforting and a starter of poached duck egg with mushrooms, kale, parmesan and prosciutto was decadent. Salmon was well cooked and moist. Lamb shank cassoulet was tender, albeit a bit underseasoned. The bartender makes a superb Manhattan and the wine list was well chosen and fairly priced, with an almost completely French list and good choices by the glass. Bottom line-I will be back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Great service and wonderful food. Great wine list also."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Food (a special menu for Valentines Day) was excellent. The lobster salad was simply outstanding, but all the food was very good. It was a great evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I used to love this place but the service has gotten very sloppy and frustrating. Previously there seemed to be more wait staff, perhaps tat is why it is so lax. The waiter mixed up our order...giving my friend a different dish than the one she ordered...and this last time, the vegetables were cold. Wen the dish was returned for reheating, it took ages to come back...and repeated requests for salt were ignored until we enlisted a bus boy to bring some. I miss the old service!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a working lunch meeting. The food was good- salad and soup for me and salad and sandwich for my guest. The bread was great, service was attentive and we were not rushed."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "no flavor in truffle mousse, carot soup, and trout too sweet-restaurant tries too hard to do unique things and misses core flavors. bread is great. a bit pricey for the atmosphere and food."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I don't mind paying premium prices for very good food in the context of an excellent dining experience, but Bistro Vivant falls a bit short. The service was very good, the bread was excellent, and it is clear that these folks are trying. And I hope that they keep trying, because McLean really doesn't have a "special occasion" restaurant. However, at the end of the day, fine dining is about the food, and the food just didn't meet my expectations for the price. I believe I get a better meal with higher quality ingredients at Clyde's for less. Bottom line: McLean still lacks the outstanding fine dining restaurant it arguably deserves."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been coming here occasionally since before it was sold to the present owners and the food has never been this interesting or this good before. The menu is not extensive, but everything looked tempting so it was hard to choose. My husband ordered the "cassoulet" which worried me inasmuch as he is a purist, and I was right in thinking this might be an original "take" on it. Well, we were both right--it was certainly not the cassoulet of his youth, but it was delicious. It was also very abundant, so we got two meals out of it; ditto for my steak/frites. In all, it feels like a polished good restaurant, bistro-style..we enjoyed everything."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Bistro Vivant is delicious treat. The onion soup is just right, fois gras was exceptional (wanted more!) and the duck confit was some of the best I have ever had. I only wish that there was more space between tables and the wine list had more moderately priced options."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Poor to mediocre food at high prices. Need more moderately priced wines."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Food was very good, especially their soup du jour (turnip soup). They made special accommodations for my friend & altered his meal to his liking. The owner stopped by twice to check on us. It was not intrusive & he was very friendly."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The restaurant has lots of good food choices on the menu and we really enjoy dining here. However, to bring this restaurant from good to great, it needs to focus on consistency and making sure it delivers hot food to the table even during the busiest time of the evening."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I used to frequent Bistro Vivant. Then a chef that came in tried to make it mainly French delicacies and limited the choices for those of us that like French food...just not some of the 'specialties'. The menu offers plenty of French cuisine choices with some more mainstream main offerings. I hadn't been there for months and am glad I returned. Please keep this chef and menu (I know it changes somewhat seasonally). Their Hanger Steak is a winner and altho' their 'frites' are great...I opted for the salad substitution and it was great."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My wife and I had a weekend lunch at Bistro Vivant. We ordered a bottle of wine and four appetizers/side dishes for a relaxing afternoon. The grilled octopus was outstanding, the steak tartare very good, the foie gras mousse excellent, and the frites cooked in duck fat with paprika aioli were also good. The service was attentive and friendly, but in a low-key, non-intrusive way. The wine selection, which was recommended by our server, was a very good choice. We've been here before and we'll be back again!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Great food all around, but the octopus appetizer was truly exceptional."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I had heard some things bout this restaurant but unfortunately I was pretty disappointed after dining here. Good things first... Their broiled octopus was great..by far the best thing we tasted. The ambience was pretty chill and staff was friendly Their French onion soup and two entrees we ordered were extremely forgettable and really lacked spice and flavor. The choc lava cakes were extremely bitter, pretty much a disaster. The cost was too expensive compared to the value we received. The service was extremely slow even with an relatively small crowd (maybe 4-5 tables dining). Waitress forgot one of our orders, barely apologized, and did not do anything to rectify the situation. Overall, your money can be better spent elsewhere."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We came for the Christmas day lunch. The food was great. I had the prix fixe meal with lobster salad, filet mignon and chocolate tort. Everything was perfect. The new chef is really talented. However, the food came out very slowly and the place was not full. This could be a problem for someone in a hurry. Our server was quite nice and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The boeuf bourgignon was perfect, loved the touch of young parsnips and carrots. Might be the best I have had including in Paris. The fries were perfect. My lunch companion enjoyed the hangar steak. I found out only by going there that they serve weekend brunch. They advertise this no where! The menu was on the back of the daily specials! I have no idea what they offer for dessert as our meals were filling and that is not on their website either. I pointed this out to the waitress, but she dismissed my comments as unimportant. I go out for an omelet about 3 times a month so they have lost a lot of business potential with me already. Seems silly, but oh well."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This was our second New Year's Eve at Bistro Vivant. last year everything was wonderful. This year was the opposite. The service was incredibly slow. After we had been sitting for about an hour the waiter came over to our table and told us that the dish that one person in our party had ordered was no longer available. This was unbelievable since we had an early reservation. We were so disappointed. The food was mediocre at best. a steak was order medium and it came out rare. I will say the management was very attentive and apologetic and made an serious adjustment to the bill. However, going our for new year's eve is a difference type of experience and it was very disappointing."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Years ago when we used to live in the DC area, this restaurant space was home to, "Three Little Pigs', a southern BBQ joint. We were pleasantly surprised to find this new neighborhood gem while driving through the DC area for Christmas. Friendly service. Good Food. Nice wine list with nice house Cote du Rhone. The duck fat fries with the mussels were great as was the homemade pasta with lobster and a cream sauce. The prices were fair and setting was modern and inviting."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Out entrees were really good, but the appetizers and dessert were only so-so, if that. It's so close to our house, we will go again, just for the entrees. Wouldn't make a trip for it , though."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Bistro Vivant has a new Chef and she is awesome! The menu has a lot of new options -- too many things I would like to try so I'm going to have to keep going back. We were celebrating a birthday and the service helped make it even more special. Love the owner and his staff!!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "It is an ok local place. Will go back but mot too soon. Not vert exciting. Use to be better."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Bistro Vivant is a real addition to the galaxy of neighborhood eateries in the McLean area. We enjoyed the best beet salad we've tried for years plus duck confit done to perfection and a very tasty Amish chicken. We'll certainly be back to try the fish! Desserts are home-made except the sorbets and ice-cream (we could manage only a shared portion of the latter, which was very good). Only slight blemish is the pricy wine-list: we hope the sommelier will find some quaffable bottles at a more moderate price."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "The restaurant is located in a strip mall but looks nice for the area. The inside is well lit during the day because of all the windows and the tables are nice. However, I found that one of my napkins had a dark stain on it. The waitress was nice and energetic but seemed a little too eager to involve herself in my party's personal conversations. Food service was slow and not worth the long wait. My party and I were at the restaurant for an hour and half before we were able to finish our meal. The only thing that came quickly was the bill. Overall, the food was okay. The escargot and mussels were decent and the bread was delicious as well as the lava cake. However, the french ham sandwich was a little too heavy on the cheese."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Broiled octopus was recommended but I found it bland and strangely fatty. Flank steak was average. Veal chop was ordered medium rare and arrived medium well. Side of spinach and pommes frites were perfect. Vanilla ice cream with cherries was $10 for a 1/4 cup of ice cream and morello cherries from Trader Joes -- ridiculous. Wines by glass were $12-14, a bit expensive for a neighborhood restaurant. Not sure we will go again."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We went to this restaurant because it's close to home and other diners gave it high ratings. We were disappointed with the lack if "wow" factor. Food was fine. Service was ok. Ambience was fine. It all seemed rather perfunctory. We didn't feel special and it was my birthday. The waiter didn't even offer us dessert. Overall we felt that for the price we paid, we should have felt it was more of an occasion and less of just a meal."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "On a slow Monday night, we were surprised that our waiter was inattentive and not very helpful. Also, even though the restaurant was pretty empty, a fairly loud party of women were seated right next to us rather than spacing them out even a little. The food was very good - we had boeuf bourgignon and the hanger steak. I had to send mine back since I had requested the shallot sauce on the side and it was slathered all over. Again, not hard for a waiter to remember so that added a negative to our evening."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "I invited some friends to join me at Bistro Vivant because I knew they enjoyed good food and I had had good experiences in the past, but last Saturday it was all downhill. The service was spotty. There didn't seem to be enough staff to handle the diners. I had bragged on the octopus appetizer and it arrived tougher than nails and had to be sent back. The hanger steaks and frites were good, but a bit tougher than the last one I had at the restaurant. One guest ordered the boef bourguignon and declared it good, but the onions were not cooked. I expected better."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We were in the mood for some French food and we were pleasantly surprised by Bistro Vivant. Nice selection, good flavours, modern cuisine. Very pleased. Creates the atmosphere of a small bistro."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Wife and I have been several times for lunch and dinner and I've ordered the hanger steak and fries each time and it consistently delivers. My wife has had daily specials and they have usually been quite good as well."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Dinner was very good. Service was great. We will definitely return. All ingredients were fresh. Dishes were original, and very attractively presented."
    Dined on 10/13/2013