we loved icibistro and will
we loved icibistro and will definitely be back. we were there for breakfast, the staff was most attentive and friendly, the pastries are TO DIE FOR. the french pressed coffee strong and yummy. we highly recommend a place to stop for brunch while sightseeing.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed. Portions
Really enjoyed. Portions are typical of French restaurants. Food tastes very fresh.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
My girl's night out was fabulous!
My girl's night out was fabulous! Ici Urban Bistro is a fantastic restaurant and one I'll return to when I want to have a special evening with great food, service and ambiance. Thank you.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Food, Outstanding Service
Warm, hospitable, friendly, helpful and yet not pretentious is how I describe the service at this eatery. My 11 year old son, who is very well travelled, declared one of their 5 varieties of bread the best he's ever had. We enjoyed the fois gras, French onion soup, and the pork loin. We were too full to try the scrumptious looking deserts. Bets of all was the service. This was all very unexpected from a hotel cafe!
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent service and food
Excellent service and food - a memorable experience.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Perhaps the best fine dining that I've had in DC, especially for the price. The escargot was fantastic and the duck was brilliant. Outstanding service by Marlos. I could not have had better service. Marlos took care of me and my girlfriend who celebrated her 24th birthday that night. Excellent! Highly recommend!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had breakfast at ICI Bistro
We had breakfast at ICI Bistro because of the good reviews and the location, in our hotel. I had the eggs Benedict, the eggs were slightly overdone, I like them runny. The holland aisle was excellent. My wife had pancakes that were very good. They placed a basket of fresh made breads at the table, they were all wonderfull. Anything bread related seems to be the way to go. Service was impeccable. Very nice upscale atmosphere. We will return.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went by myself for dinner.
Went by myself for dinner. One of my "tests" is how a fine restaurants treats single women diners...passed with flying colors. Great table and I notice that they did that for all of us. Superb service and beautiful food.. Don't expect huge portions. This is about amazing presentations fascinating blends or taste and texture . Scallops were fabulous. Hope to go back next time I'm in town.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Une très bonne adresse!!!
Voilà un restaurant fort sympathique où on y mange très bien. Leur menu "léger" est très intéressant. Le service est impeccable
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived 20 minutes late
We arrived 20 minutes late due to heavy traffic, but were greeted very graciously and immediately seated at a table by the picture window with a spectacular view of promenad dinners and passers- by.
Our waiter was friendly but not patronising very helpful. We started with cocktails and enjoyed the view and modern ambiance while we talked our waiter periodically would check on us in the most unobtrusive way, that aspect alone makes it worth coming back for. Finally we ordered, appetizers and main course, they arrived in a timely manner, not bunched up and crowding the table, very orderly, the way it should be.
We definitely plan to return.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very posh, and excellent atmosphere. I don't speak french, but I felt like I did after leaving.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our first time at Ici
It was our first time at Ici Urban Bistro and we were extremely pleased. The food and service were very good. We can't wait to go back again soon.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was very impressed with
I was very impressed with Ici Urban Bistro. The food was fantastic and I felt the service was exemplary. Our waiter paid attention to every detail and was very flexible. The entire experience felt very personal without being the least bit stuffy. I was surprised that it was not more packed on a Friday night. I highly recommend to anyone staying in town near metro center to consider Ici Urban Bistro. I will absolutely be back again.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our best meal in D.C.
We were amazed by the wonderful dining experience that we had here. Our waitress was exquisitely attentive but not obtrusive and gave a wonderful presentation of truly outstanding cuisine. Starting with complimentary lobster salad canapé, it ended with equally wonderful gifts from the pastry chef. In-between were generous portions of superlative culinary offerings. My wife enjoyed chilled pea soup and my clams with chorizo were savory & satisfying. Her veal T-bone with morels and asparagus overcame her capacity (but I was pleased to help her out). My red drum fillet was PERFECTLY cooked & overlaid al dente white beans. Our wine, chosen from excellent choices, worked perfectly. This was a meal we hope to repeat whenever we're in town.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved the small quiet French restaurant (with American size portions) in the Sofitel hotel. Along with the great menu they also have a "diet" or light menu for those who are calorie conscious. The food is outstanding and the service is great. Beautiful outdoor seating is available under the large shady trees. Excellent selection of wines, cheeses, and entrees. Make a reservation as it can be filled with the Washington business people as it is 3 blocks from the White House. Even breakfast can be crowded during the week.
Being smaller than most DC restaurants, it is wonderful to have a low level of noise while enjoying a great meal with excellent service.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Perfect Evening!
What would you call a delicious meal served in a quiet, romantic setting with soft background music, served by a staff of individuals who wanted to insure your complete enjoyment from start to finish? A perfect evening! The fresh sea scallops and halibut dishes were exquisitely prepared, and our dessert of molten chocolate cake with house made ice creams was the perfect finish. A very enjoyable and memorable evening for the food, the wine recommendation, and most importantly for the kind and thoughtful service extended to us by every member of the staff.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our entire dining experience was incredible. The food was fantastic, highly recommend the chicken crepes to start, and the prime rib was exquisite. Our server (Mouna?) was one of the best we have had, we were visited by 3 different managers throughout the meal, every single one with genuine concern for how our experience was going. There was a lot to be impressed by, but most impressive was the awareness of the staff - our server recommended a terrific non alcoholic mojito for my wife who was not drinking, offered accompanying honey to our cheese board to meet my wife's sweet pallet, and paired a perfect red wine with my prime rib. I cannot say enough - or wait to return
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Find in Washington
Based on recommendations in Open Table, we booked a Saturday evening dinner with friends at Ici Urban Bistro. It far exceeded our high expectations. Since we all spoke a little French, we tried it with the maitre'd and wait staff, and enjoyed laughs and conviviality as we started with Champagne and ordered our meals. The food was delicious, the service professional, and the ambience invitingly quiet as we enjoyed all the courses, crowned by desserts that were "to die for." After our friends departed on Sunday, my wife and I returned for dinner and found it just as good as on Saturday. I guess that one should expect this from a restaurant in a Sofitel Hotel. We'll make it number one on our list when we return to DC for another weekend.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Paris in DC
This was French dining in DC at its best. The sleek decor, intimate tables, knowledgeable and helpful French staff served to
showcase the fresh menu of creative and tasty offerings of traditional favorites. From the menu offerings we had no trouble ordering three courses. Our server and staff were very helpful in finding just the right wines. Instead of dessert, our third course was a sampling of French cheeses, which were wonderful. But our server surprised us with a sampling from their homemade desserts - delectable almond macaroons with our espresso. What a finish! The food was excellent in preparation and flavor, the atmosphere subdued but friendly and all well worth the level of dining. We will return on our next visit to DC.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came to Ici Urban Bistro
I came to Ici Urban Bistro on a date, and do not regret the choice at all. It is very romantic and makes a great impression. The service was very good: attentive without being pushy or intrusive, and very knowledgeable. The food didn't quite measure up to the rest of the experience though. Our appetizers (the beets and the asparagus) were under-seasoned and not particularly inventive, while my entree (the black bass) was very salty. To be fair, I was warned before hand that the vegetables were served in a salty sauce, but I wasn't quite prepared for the fact that it was almost inedible. That being said our fish were cooked perfectly. Our sorbets were top notch and beautifully plated. I will certainly return to/recommend this restaurant!
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our dinner experience for
Our dinner experience for two at Ici Urban Bistro was totally delightful with perfect teamwork among the staff and delicious mixed grill fish options from their special lighter menu.
As a guest of the hotel for several days, I also had breakfast there several days and found the same mix of superior service and delicious food options.
I look forward to dining there again on my next trip to DC.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
the food was amazing, the prices of the wine and the champagne were inflated. The service was very good. We dined outside because the restaurant was pretty simple and it was a lttle noisy because of the buses. However the food more than made up for the noise. The vegtables and combinations were fantastic.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. Dinner entre menu
Great food. Dinner entre menu could be more expansive. I found it limited.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful fine dining experience, dining room was beautiful, though we enjoyed the outdoor dining, of course street side dining noise level increases, but was still pleasant. Excellent rib eye steak!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
BEST RESTAURANT FIND IN WASHINGTON
ICI has a French chef, from France, who is fantastic. We are foodies and have never been disappointed at ICI. The drinks are divine. Appetizers are always excellent. Main course meat, fish, and chicken are always wonderfully designed and delicious. Desserts are better than France. They also have a low calorie menu that is terrific.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was trying to eat light
I was trying to eat light but still go somewhere nice. This was the perfect place for lunch.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Only 2 problems with Ici
We've been eating at Ici for years, through many executive and pastry chefs; the current executive chef--Franck Loquet--is excellent. The menu changes thru-out the year so we don't get bored with it; we can always find a delicious dish (tonite we had a great new tuna prep). But prob #1: the website menu is not kept up to date; it's really frustrating to get to the restaurant and not find what you were expecting. How hard is it to keep it up to date???
Prob #2 is the dessert menu. It doesn't change with the main menu and is seriously lacking an obvious French dessert: something with a lot of chocolate! I'm sure the pastry chef wants to use his creative talents but why not include say 2 perennial favorites: choc mousse and tarte tatin?
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good, but pricy
Food en service are outstanding, but also a little overpriced
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice lunch experience
Service was superb and fast. Food was excellent and interesting.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
we were looking for ambiance, a little coddling, and delicious food and wine. ICI hit all those requirements, all provided with gracious service.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thought everything was just about right. Having said that there was no wow factor.
While the service was outstanding, the food delicious, the decor was not up to par with the rest.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleasant surprise to d c
Been to a few restaurants in the past few days in baltore and dc and this is the best so far. Food portions are still quite big for a french restaurant but small compared to yr typical american flair. Definitely a place to have a decent meal. Good food and wine
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
French bistro experience in DC
This was our second time at Ici Urban Bistro. We again found the wait staff very friendly and accommodating, the outdoor tables atmospheric, and the food very good (my salmon was excellent, my husband's tuna was merely good). The only thing marring our evening was heavier-than-normal traffic, with an emergency vehicle parked next to the outdoor seating area for approx. 30-40 minutes (lights flashing, engine running). These are not things the restaurant can control, but unavoidable on 15th Street. I highlight recommend the restaurant.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellence in Service and Food
In rarely few occasions, you could find a place so perfect that you would not even look at the end at the tab; this was for me and my wife one of these occasions dining a the ICI Urban Bistro located at the SOFITEL Hotel; eveything was perfect from the service, the food and the wines; it shoudl serve to many in DC to discover or re-discover what an outstanding restaurant means !!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Went there for lunch during restaurant week. Food was delicious - gazpacho salad light and tasty, grilled atlantic salmon good, dessert - mini blinis good as well. And all for a mere $20 +tax and tip. Service was great.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT IN WASH DC
Every time we eat at ICI, we say "why do we eat anywhere else."
ICI has clean, pure food without additives. IT IS FANTASTIC. I never gain weight eating at ICI (at other restaurants there is always any extra 2 - 4 pounds gain the next day; it takes a week to get rid of it).
The arrangement of the food, the taste of the tuna (so pure like it was just fished from the ocean), all of the courses are PERFECT.
And the desserts -- delicate and light, beautiful, perfect taste.
WHAT A TREAT TO EAT AT ICI.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food - great service
It was a pleasure to eat there. We had great and excellent food, Service was excellent. Everything in the menu is appealing. Many items are not on the menu. Hard to decide! They also provide a tasting even for wine by the glass, in the case you dislike it (that is really enjoyable).
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice neighborhood spot
This place seems to be mostly overlooked by locals, but it's a fantastic place for outdoor dining.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for a birthday celebration
Everything about the evening was perfect for a very picky husband to enjoy his birthday.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and food. The
Great service and food. The breads tasted like in Europe! We're glad to have chosen the Ici Urban Bistro to celebrate my husband's birthday. We really enjoyed it and will sure go back!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best kept secret in DC
This is my favorite restaurant in DC. The food
is consistently delicious and the service
excellent. I love it!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tres, tres bien!
We had the first dinner seating and were the only ones in the restaurant til we finished the entre as we had an appointment with the Washington Capitals (game). Our waiter was very friendly and nice, the food was wonderful - we had the chicken crepe appy, marine scallops and braised rib gnocchi! We shared a crispy ravioli with watermelon for dessert, it was fantastic. We'll be back and take our time and thoroughly enjoy everything!!! I'm sure the ambience and noise picks up later in the evenings.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful brunch recently at Ici Urban Bistro. The Eggs Benedict were fantastic and the Nutella Crepes were amazing. The staff were very friendly and engaging. the only issue I had was to beware of the automatic 18% service charge assessed on your dining before the tip.
Pricey breakfast but wonderful and memorable.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM