French food is delicious!
French food is delicious! Needs warmer/decorative curtains not miniblind to fit more of a French Style high upper scale restaurant which comparable with the price.
Will come back! This is my 2nd times at the restaurant.
4M7837 (Mclean, VA)
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Bistro Vivant - McLean
This is a Neighborhood Gem. Everything is so fresh. We've eaten here on several special occasions and even attended a wonderful wine tasting here featuring small French vineyards with food parings. We are always surprised and delighted with the food offerings. Ask for their wine suggestions.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellent. The
The food was excellent. The service was impeccable. One could converse without a lot of noise interfering noise. We will come back...many times.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a wonderful Halibut Friday
Had a wonderful Halibut Friday night and everything else everyone else had was very good. Will come back.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
SURPRISINGLY GOOD EVERY TIME
The food has been excellent... and better than the place or location signals--(it's part of a strip shopping mall with parking in front). The service could be better: it's very attentive until things get busy. I've been there 3 or 4 times under the current management and have found the offerings creative (a multi-colored beet salad)... or topping a green salad with really nicely grilled hangar steak(and rare as I'd asked)... but they also had grilled chicken and other protein toppings. The menu is quite varied.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bisto Vivant is a real gem.
Bisto Vivant is a real gem. And well needed in McLean which has a clientele that loves to dine out but limited choices. Service is excptional and bistro cuisine very well prepared.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Post- Concert Delight
Other than Evans Farm, which has been long gone for many years, I had not eaten at a restaurant in McLean until this past Sunday. Our group of three We were very pleased wwith Bistro Vivant. It was just perfect for a post-concert (as a choral singer, I was the only one in the restaurant wearing a tuxedo). Our waitor was very patient while the three of us had difficulty trying to choose from a wonderful menu. The food was superb. We will return soon (although I won't be wearing a tuxedo the next time.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Exceptional Experience in McLean
The good people at Bistro Vivant have transformed a location that has seen restaurants come and go. Do NOT drive by thinking you can pass up this new entrant into the McLean dining scene. Bistro Vivant has find food, a wonderful selection of French wines and a total commitment to giving us an exceptional experience. Give them your email and enjoy their special evenings. The food and wine pairings share some of the best of French cuisine and wine. This is a new place to try and return to over and over again!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great birthday dinner!
The menu includes something for everyone, and everything was delicious. My two dinner companions had the hanger steak and the trout, and I had the duck confit. Each of us agreed that our meal was properly prepared to our specifications. Unfortunately, my preferred escargo appetizer was not available, but my second choice of oysters was not disappointing; they were firm, juicy, and briney with a touch of caviar. Our friendly server was knowlegable and attentive without hovering. And the half price bottle of wine was worth the trip.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Diamond In The Rough
Bistro Vivant is simply superb...the seafood dishes are fresh, creative, well prepared and taste excellent. The salads and salad extras are unique to the Norther Virginia restaurant scene...and complement perfectly any lunch or dinner entree. The daily specials rely on local and seasonal produce, and each is prepared with a flair not often found in restaurants today. The owner strolls through the dining area to ensure that all is well, and the wait staff is attentive, but never interrupts the table conversation. The menu is straightforward without the clutter of many menus that require a ring binder. The wines are mostly French and are from smaller vintners...a needed break from the "storied wine lists" many restauranteurs promote.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent meal...when we got it!
Dined on the evening of Mother's Day which likely caused some of the kitchen and server slow down. The food was excellent, the service was very nice. We will definitely go back for the food!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I hadn't been there before and didn't know what to expect. The food was good, the atmosphere pleasant, service attentive without being a distraction to enjoying lunch with a friend. I would go back again and would recommend it.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a lovely little restaurant in a strip mall. Not cheap but not terribly over priced. Have been dining there a number of times. Every meal was quite delicious.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I enjoyed a lunch here on a Sunday with a friend and the food was remarkable, the menu is well designed and written, the service is attentive and well done, the grilled octopus apatizer is amazing! And the hanger steak with the duck fat fries is wonderful, a must visit!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent mussels and frites! Try the squash blossom appetizer. In a strip mall, but a great find for lunch or dinner. Lovely service, too. Nice wine selection.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Innovative and delicious
This was my second dinner at Bistro Vivant. Both times I have had specials of the day, and found them to be truly special. On Mother's Day I had lamb shanks in pesto sauce, and on Escargot Day I had escargots and mussels in a garlic sauce with gnocci. I am not a food critic so can't describe how wonderful they were, but they were 5 star. The bread, desserts, and wine by the glass were also excellent. My companions were equally happy with their choices. The service is very friendly; they are still ironing out a few kinks. There were a couple of long waits - between the appetizer and main course and then between dessert and the bill - and they forgot to bring us all plates for bread. But it did not detract from the experience.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nicely done! Creative food. Good use of unusual vegetables including purple potatoes and tri- colored cauliflower. Interesting lavender creme brûlée. Prices are to be expected in McLean
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding lunch! I will be back!
I love the fact that this restaurant is close to home and I always get amazing food... every time. This was my first lunch experience at Bistro Vivant, and I was so happy afterwards, I can't wait to return. They offered a Prix Fix menu for lunch with 2 or 3 courses. I chose the three course meal (Roasted Beet salad, Duck Confit Salade, and Chocolate Mousse). The food was outstanding -- fresh, simple, with amazing flavor combinations -- and the portions were large, especially for lunch. We stayed for a while and were not rushed. The only down side is that it was a beautiful day and there is outside seating, but it's on the parking lot. So we ate inside; after we tasted the food, this seemed like no concession at all.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but pricey
We greatly enjoyed the food at Cafe Vivant. But I thought $100 was pretty pricey for lunch. Of course, we did have 3 courses (and not from the "special" menu). Salad with goat cheese, pea soup, grilled octopus on chickpea puree, shaved roast beef "hamburger," glass of wine, a beer, and dessert (strawberry-rhubarb tart and caffe affogato) were all delicious.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our fourth or fifth
This was our fourth or fifth visit to Bistro Vivant for either lunch or dinner. Its location in a strip mall belies what's inside - an ambitious and masterful kitchen and chef, turning out really excellent bistro fare. On this occasion we had a first-rate hanger steak, a tender and delicious lamb shank, and the grilled octopus first course, all of which were perfect. There is a long and varied wine list to match. Service, helpful and professional.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
good bistro menu: hanger steak
good bistro menu: hanger steak cooked to specifications, excellent frites, one of us had the roulade of lamb which was a big hit. Appetizers/salads a little pricey but good. It's on the end of a strip shopping center in downtown McLean so ambience is lacking (the view is of a parking lot). Service friendly and attentive.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bistro Vivant is a great new addition to the McLean neighborhood. The food is exciting, tastes great and is presented beautifully. Service is attentive and helpful. Don't miss the grilled octopus - it is a standout! I've been twice in recent weeks and am planning to return as often as possible.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great - but needs to up its service
Really, really a big fan of bistro vivant. Great food and wine list. A little on the pricey side. The one draw back is the service feels immature and unseasoned relative to the overall restaurant value and niche. Service is too slow and poorly timed. Service was amateurish relative to everything else in restaurant (fork and knives got reversed, felt like had to track down the waiter, ask for bread, didn't have knives for butter, etc.).
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff is very pleasant,
The staff is very pleasant, the service is responsive and helpful and the food is very good. All in all, a very enjoyable experience.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great McLean resto
The food here is surprisingly excellent (lamb shank with polenta was one of the best dishes in recent memory). The service, though, is consistently mediocre--slow and disorganized. Similar problems befell this restaurant's predecessor, McLean 1910, which closed quickly.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic French bistro
Loved the authentic menu, extensive wine list, friendly and helpful service. Could have sworn I was in Paris not McLean Virginia. The only difference--in a good way--between bistro vivant and a champs élysées lunch spot is that American chairs are WAY more comfy!! Highly recommend the cochon de lait (suckling pig) and the apricot tart. Will definitely be going back here.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great lunch at Bistro Vivant and will certainly return for dinner soon. I hear the bar is a lot of fun. It was quiet in the restaurant for lunch Saturday, but it is summer after all. Food was great! Nice to have another quality restaurant in McLean.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We live in the McLean area, and dine here once or twice a month. The menu is constantly changed and the offerings have a fresh flair with a French twist. Bistro Vivant is sitting in a little strip mall off Old Chain Bridge Road and looks deceptively "diner-ish" from the street. The increasingly busy dining room suggests people are catching on. Highly recommend.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We recently made our fourth
We recently made our fourth or fifth visit to Bistro Vivant - the food is always excellent and interesting. On this occasion we went especially to try the Tuesday special - rabbit. Rabbit stew was tasty and tender; the first-course offering of a rabbit liver pate and rabbit sausage also delicious. As a first course, we usually can't resist the grilled octopus. Service is very accommodating. The wine list is varied both by type and price; overall we'd prefer to see somewhat lower prices, but the restaurant does offer half-price deals on the slower days earlier in the week. Typically at BV we see more interesting-sounding dishes than we can sample in one visit. This time was no exception so we will be returning.
7/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fabulous soups and salads
We had a luscious tomato salad, a frothy creamy beet soup, a cold tomato soup, and duck fat fries- all excellent! My lamb Provençal was good over a creamy risotto .
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant but...
Granted, the HVAC system was on the fritz on Sunday, but they didn't tell us until I asked. It was HOT. In the winter it's way too cold as the doors on each end allow for all heat to leave everytime they open and they don't turn the heat up to compensate. I guess we'll have to confine our visits to Spring and Fall, which is a pity as the food here is excellent.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will definately return
This was our first visit and we stopped by for lunch. The hanger steak was perfectly prepared and tasty. We can't wait to come back for dinner.
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I'm a very finicky eater (pescatari
I'm a very finicky eater (pescatarian), like a good wine list, atmosphere is important, and customer service is the icing on the cake...
If any of these relate to you, this is your place! Its French.. but offer daily specials, nice variety on menu, and kitchen is always accommodating.
Bistro Vivant is my neighborhood place seeing popular figures there often. I frequent at least once a week. Love the owner and staff - genuinely friendly! You can enjoy outdoor dining, sitting at the vibrant bar, or dining with others in restaurant making you feel like you're sitting in a bistro in Paris.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved Sunday Brunch
After church, my husband and I were looking for a nice, quiet place to have brunch with good food. Bistro Vivant is just wonderful. The service is outstanding, absolutely outstanding. So nice and so helpful. The food was outstanding. We both had omelets, different ones. Delicious. Great, HOT coffee. Love my coffee hot.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fine addition to McLean
Dinner was very good. Service was great. We will definitely return. All ingredients were fresh. Dishes were original, and very attractively presented.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hanger Steak Delivers
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.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is good, service not so much
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.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
A discovery in McLean
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.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM