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Ici Urban Bistro
Ici Urban Bistro

Ici Urban Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.iciurbanbistro.com
  • Phone: (202) 730-8800
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday to Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am, Week ends: 7:00 - 10.45am Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm (closed on week end) Dinner : Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm ; Saturday - Sunday: 5.00pm - 10.30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Franck Loquet
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Large parties, privatization, gift certificate.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th St. & H St.
  • Public Transit: Mc Pherson square station (orange & blue line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: valet parking available with Mid Atlantic Parking Services $10 for 3 hours
A word from Ici Urban Bistro
Ici Urban Bistro offers a fresh and contemporary twist on traditional French bistro cuisine. Offering French comfort food using the best local ingredients, Ici provides patrons with the perfect place to mix, mingle, share and enjoy. Executive chef Franck Loquet.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Ici, attached to the Hotel Sofitel, is a chic, modern French eatery in an area devoid of such a spot. The menu had light, but nonetheless lovely options, including a fantastic sea bass that was 250 calories. This is great for business diners who want excellence but need to watch their calories. But if you want decadent, this place has that too. The bread the bread the bread. Wow. Superior service. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful and we thought we've found another great spot to dine... up until the bill arrived where 2 items were priced higher then in the menu presented to us, and one of the dishes were ordered 1/2 portioned for a 1/2 price (it was waiter's suggestion not ours) but billed to us in full price +$3. So we were $14 overcharged but both a waiter and a manager had a nerve to tell us it was a "misunderstanding" or some computer problem refusing to recognize or correct their mishaps. Very unprofessional and shameful to use these kind of tricks to pull few more $$ from the pockets of the patrons. In spite of our liking the food we'll never give them our business and feel like we ought to worn the public about their practices."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I always think this place will be as good as its ambience but it never is. Service is poor and food is fine but nothing unique. I have come here twice in the last month and both times I was surprised at how poor it was in terms of service and food. Prime property so I wonder what is happening with the management? Why spend so much on it and charge high prices and then just fizzle."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Took a group of 7 to Ici for a birthday dinner. Great ambiance - the restaurant was a little quiet, but I'm sure we changes that slightly what with our party being lively. Wine list was excellent if slightly pricey. All food was outstanding - everyone in our group had first course and main dish as well as dessert and there were only praises without exception. The service was attentive and appropriate - but not a place to get a quick (fast) dinner - as you might expect given all the dishes being prepared on demand. The Sous Chef came out (upon request) and explained all of the entrees and ingredients etc which was a nice touch. overall a great place to dine with friends."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Another fantastic business breakfast on the terrace on a perfect day. The food is good and the setting is elegant and quiet without being stuffy. The hostess here called Binta is absolutely lovely and manages to remember even occasional guests by name."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Hidden in The Sofitel Hotel is Ici Urban Bistro. It is DEFINITELY worth finding! The menu is plentiful of choice and everything we've had had ALWAYS been excellent! The service matches toe to toe the quality and taste of the meals. Louie certainly knows the list and how to pair the perfect bottle (or glass) with your meal. NOT TO BE MISSED when in DC. FIND IT!!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Ici Urban Bistro. I was impressed by the sophisticated ambience and the excellent service. The food was good contemporary French, and presented beautifully. I'd like to go back for the lunch and brunch menus."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in all of DC. The food is delicious. The service is impeccable. The staff treat you like royalty! Love it!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Have been coming here for about 5 years & last Friday brought a couple of new folks. We waited by the host stand for 10 minutes while staff bustled around us not offering to seat us. Finally we were seated but sat 10-15 minutes before being asked if we wanted a drink which (there were 4 of us) took 15-20 minutes. A staple of their menu, Steak Frites, is gone & other than a hamburger no beef selections. The waiter offered a ribeye served in room service which was nice, except it was so fatty/grisly that I could barely eat it. I had raved about the place so I didn't want to complain. I asked for bernaise sauce & not sure what I got but it was brown like gravy. I was disappointed & don't think they added 2 new patrons that day."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was great, and service was wonderful. Sat outside, and it was beautiful."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Quiet, sophisticated, low-key but very attractive ambience. Service very friendly and helpful and generally pretty quick. We were the last people there on a weeknight at 10:15, but they never rushed us. Food was excellent. Both us had fish, and it was very well-cooked, a bit crispy on the outside but moist on the inside. So nice to be at a restaurant where you don't have to scream to be heard."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Recipes showed imagination and good ideas; servings about right size; service was attentive but not overdone."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the service, nothing to fault sitting outdoors was a must"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The dinner we had on Jun 15th was a pleasant surprise. Our waiter along with the other staff were friendly and attendentive. The food was excellent. We especially thank you for the birthday wishes and the entire waitstaff coming to sing happy birthday to my partner."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Took my dad here for a night in the city and it was fantastic! I couldn't have asked for anything better. We both had an appetizer, the Chilean sea bass, and then 2 different desserts. Everything was prepared to perfection, and the service was fantastic. I would definitely recommend trying something from their wine selection. This meal made my dad's Father's Day wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a table booked for 7.30 on a Saturday night and when we arrived realized that a reservation was not necessary as there was no one in the restaurant and only 2 tables taken outside. We asked to be moved to the patio as we felt there would be at least some sort of atmosphere and it was so cold inside it would have been impossible to enjoy our meal. The service was good and attentive but no too intrusive. There is a limited menu but the food was very good and well presented. Our waiter was very informative and friendly. I would recommend this restaurant but warn that if you want a lively busy restaurant to look elsewhere."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very nice place We had a delicious breakfast! If we come back to Washinghton, we certainly take the same hotel and the same place for breakfast"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The menu while not extensive provided a reasonable choice. The food was very well cooked and presented. Staff were attentive and the pricce was reasonable for a city centre hotel. Outdoor dining was good but be careful where you choose to sit as at dusk some of the tables are not well illuminated which makes what you are trying to eat difficult to see!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great food and nice services! Not really expensive compared to other french restaurants. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Ici Urban Bistro was the perfect choice for my daughters law school graduation. As a family we were looking for a special place with fine food and service, special attention to detail and a beautiful enviornment. Ici met everyone's satification and that's not always easy with family members. The food was exquisitly presented and delicious. Everyone had a wonderful meal. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great, food, wine, experience, atmosphere and dessert."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant for a quiet, romantic dinner with great ambience and a touch of French language for fun."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Very good food and quiet. The menu was limited but we were lucky we found things we liked which were delicious!!! Our waiter was nice but, disappeared for a while. I would go back. Valet parking!!!! the hotel is lovely."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We picked this restaurant because it was close to the Warner theater. We were very pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm of our waiter. He recommended several dishes and each one was delicious. They also made sure to see that we got out in time for the performance."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "There was nothing special about the food. Wine was extremely overpriced and I will never go back. We could have gone to Barcelonia ans had way much better cuisine dining."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I am a fairly regular breakfast customer at Ici. I breakfasted there this morning with a colleague and, while the service (in particular the very professional,friendly hostess) remains impressive and the food tasty, I noted changes from past breakfasts which either represent inconsistencies in service or changes in policy that made the meal a bit less special. Traditionally, I have been greeted at breakfast by a refreshing little yogurt-based smoothie. Today I didn't receive one (but did notice that other diners had). Also, I've also enjoyed the complimentary bread basket that was delivered while awaiting entrees. Today, nothing. Didn't ask as didn't want to make a scene in front of my guest. Perhaps an aberration?"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "A bit hard to find from the street as it is in the Sofitel hotel. Modern, clean decor but does not feel cold. Plenty of sunlight coming in. Nicely done. Waiting staff are very attentive. I usually visit this place for lunch so my experience is limited to the half sandwitch and soup, but as far as that goes it is delicious."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I left after determining I did not want a 3 hr experience, no idea if they had a cook or not, food may be excellent when they serve it"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Last minute decision and wanted something tasteful. My daughter and I wanted something that "tickled" our tastebuds and took a chance. It was all a delicious treat. Unfornunantly since we were are little late they ran out of the sea-bass but we "made do" with other yummy choices. An elegant setting inside the Sofitel Hotel, a little "stuffy" but worth it because the food was cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We eat out 10-12 times a week and had never been to Ici. Can't wait to go back. Had a marvelous seafood stew, fois gras and also a mushroom plate. Great sommelier and wait staff. Not in Zagat, way under the radar. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Warmly greeted upon arrival, seated quickly at corner table and our waiter welcomed us as soon as we were settled. Wine list was good and reasonably priced, menu was short but all great options. Food was wonderful with perfect portion sizes. Though our waiter was excellent with just the right amount of attention, bussing was slow and oddly we never had our watter glasses refilled. Otherwise a perfect meal."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The Valentines Dinner was pre fixe at $85 per person. The choices were not outstanding for that price. The branzino was delicious and well prepared with the delicate juxtaposition of crispy skin and moist, flaky meat. The dessert left much to be desired. Cocktails were excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was very good and different. I don't know if this is considered the best restaurant in Washington DC, but their prices certainly suggest that they think they are!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food and service were great. Every dish was truly delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is a hidden gem inside the Sofitel on 14th street. The food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. It is very quiet lending to an easy conversation."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Ici Urban is centrally located, for those of us who work near the White House. It quietly sits in the Sofitel and presents some fairly impressive lunchtime specials, especially the one-plate 45 minute lunch ~ you get a full tasting menu, including dessert, in appropriate portions. Everything was delicious and the staff was smart enough to let us have our working lunch. The food and service quietly appeared, then disappeared without disrupting our conversations. Highly recommended for a classy power lunch."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant for restaurant week and sampled their special menu. I also asked the staff about a wine paring to go with the dish. I was pleasantly surprised by the openness of the staff. The food was great. It was my first French restaurant in the DMV area and I will return."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Went for Restaurant Week 2014 after hearing great things about this restaurant from a co-worker, and it was totally worth it. The food was absolutely delicious and aesthetically pleasing when it came to its presentation. I definitely hope to return so I can try other dishes on the regular menu that looked just as delectable as what was on the restaurant week menu."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "A slice of heaven. The food and service was AMAZING!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "My wife and I had the pleasure of dining at ICI URBAN. A thirty year veteran of Washington restaurants I was delightfully surprised with my first visit. My wife is French and, in fact, owned a restaurant in the Haute Savoie of France for ten years. We enjoy food and felt the service, ambiance and food were outstanding. The price is reasonable for this high quality. We also stayed at the hotel, Sofitel..another delightful experience. A l0 out of 10 .. the ici crepe is not to be missed."
    Dined on 1/5/2014