really good food it was noisy
really good food it was noisy the night we went since there was a birthday party upstairs. I highly recommend the steak frites.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic neighborhood bistro
Fantastic neighborhood bistro with a great bar, fun patio, live jazz on weekends. Exactly what was missing in this neighborhood!
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
2nd time at Chez Billy's! YES!
Four of us had a great time at Chez Billy's. They had my favorite bourbon- Eagle Rare, which is unusual for DC, and my husband's daube, which I had last time, was still fabulous. I had the mussels, which I wouldn't order again, not enough garlic and the sauce was blah, but our friends enjoyed their fish and the rissoto with farro. We shared a dessert and started with a rabbit pate- all excellent! Bravo, Chez Billy!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for drinks and music
Service, particularly bar service, was slow. Food was great. Drinks at the bar (with live jazz)is a wonderful experience but the main dining room feels really sparse and plain.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I thought the food was excellent:
I thought the food was excellent: we had a risotto, a scallops special and a duck confit, with a beet salad and a charcuterie with house cured sausage and meats to start. We finished with an excellent chocolate pot de creme that three of us shared. The wine list was short but good with bottles in the $40 to $60 range, the overall presentation was fine. As the restaurant filled, the noise level rose but it was never oppressive and fine for conversation. Excellent evening.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gorgeous barroom with high
Gorgeous barroom with high ceiling and tasteful music. My only regret is that my companions arrived so quickly that I could not spend more time in the bar. Our dinner was excellent. We had the special halibut and the charcuterie. Love the booths.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We (group of 4) started with drinks in the outdoor space and headed inside for dinner. Very friendly and relaxed service at the bar, the front desk and the table. Apps; the 'tartine aux champignons' was amazing and the 'charcuterie' was excellent but would pass on the 'brandade de morue'. Mains; both the 'noix saint jacques' and the 'poisson du jour' were special. Will definitely return.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food decent service
Service is generally fair but the food is good! Chez Billy has a good selection of cocktails and great food!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a birthday party at
We had a birthday party at Chez Billy for 15 and the manager and chef were great to work with. Great food, and nice setting. I highly recommend it.
Its great to see some emerging good restaurants in Petworth.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service the last few times has been very slow. I love this place and their steak frites are great but drinks from the bar and the meail consistently come out slow.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, service and atmosphere. Traditional dishes with extraordinary sauces, and everything was cooked to perfection.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor dining for brunch
We went this past Sunday and were surprised at how comfortable the outdoor area was on a hot summer morning. The menu is limited, however, the food great. I love being in the space Chez Billy created, both indoor and outdoor are beautiful.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The open floor, brick walls, dark stained wooden tables and bar and turn of the century accents offer a welcoming and elegant feel. The staff from the hostess to the bar tender to the waiter and the bus boy were immensily cordial and friendly. I can't remember the last time I was able to enjoy a conversation over dinner at a restaurant and be able to hear my friends. Here the walls are draped and the music is at the right volume which makes the noise level very low to enjoy the conversation and still keep your privacy. The food was good, but could use some improvement. The Cod fritters were my favorites. So was the home made sodas, especially the ginger one. Overall definitely a great place to enjoy a good company and a good food.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant and location are somewhat quirky and off beat which may add to the appeal. The food is solid French but not extraordinary. It is more of a neighborhood place and not sure if I would go out of my way for a second visit. Service was very good and pleasant. Desert list disappointing.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Service and Food...Again
This restaurant is officially one of my favorite restaurants in Washington. The service was excellent, the food amazing, and our guest, who never been before, was VERY impressed. It's me and my partner's favorite "date night" place.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great surprise in this neighborhood. The food was excellent and the cocktails also quite good. My only criticism is that the lights were so dim I could barely see my food and could not read the menu without a flashlight app on my phone.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
great neighborhood find
I had read a review, and it was worth the trip. I had the gnocci, and they were grilled, for the first time (for me) with that prepartion. My companion had crab cakes, which she said were really good.
7/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a surprise
I came to Chez Billy for the monthly Jazz night that Capital Bop sponsors. I had a New Yorker with a penchant for live jazz and good food in the area, so I had to come up with something good. This was WAY better than going to an actual jazz club. The food was FANTASTIC. I claim to not like boudin noir, pate, and the like, but I was all over it at Chez Billy. Absolutely delicious. I didn't have a full meal, so I can't speak to the rest of the menu, but that was top notch. Great spot.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our FAVs
Great attentive service, steak frites, sea bass and gnocchi very tasty, portions perfect, fair pricing. Outstanding carrot soup!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This beautiful french bar in the up and coming Petworth neighborhood features fantastic french cuisine and some delightful and smart cocktails. Fantastic specials and service. We had the foie gras, carrot soup, mussles, spicy lamb sausage, gnocci, and the seared tuna. Everything was brilliant.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A step above expectation
This Petworth French bistro provides superior meals in a friendly, sophisticated pub atmosphere, Delicious heirloom tomato salad, fine steak frites and moules frites. No room for dessert. Friendly and unobtrusive service.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice friendly atmosphere, comfortable booths and well-spaced tables. The food prep is a cut above other bistros. .Chanterelle tart was terrifically flavorful, as was rabbit terrine.Blue fish special was succulent. Gnocchi were a bit too potato-y.
Suggestion: full-fledged dessert was too much. How about 'pocket desserts' -- small servings at $2.50 or so each ???
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best French in DC!
Not only was the food delicious, the service was fantastic. The bread was not very spectacular, but the whole fish was very flavorful and juicy, the portions were just right, and the mussels were huge! Also, very delicious! Strongly recommend if looking for French.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My parents were in town this weekend. They love fine food. Often times, I've taken them to places that I love only to hear them complain later that they could have made it themselves and we would have had a nice dinner at home and it wouldn't have cost so much. We opted to try Chez Billy because we had an amazing dining experience there with some friends and thought it would appeal to their sensibilities. It was a home run! From hors d'oeveures (spelling) to desserts, they enjoyed every dish.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chez Billy tastes like dining in France. First qualify menu with authentic dishes prepared beautifully and with a modern style. The service is quietly energetic. Everything about this restaurant makes me happy and comfortable.
8/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
delicious! everything was
delicious! everything was amazing - DC needs good french food and chez billy is perfect. amazing terrine and pates. unreal!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
4 Distinct Spaces
Roasted quail special was wonderful. Coctails were well executed. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, but not pretentious. Choose from a combined bar/dining spase, a separate dining room, a semi-private mezzanine overlooking the bar, or a newly opened coveredpatio.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly staff, neighborhood find
The food was tasty and the staff was friendly. It's nice to have a restaurant like this in the neighborhood.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like no other
Amazing food and wonderful service. Not your typical French restaurant. Incredible dishes and be on the look out for monhtly/weekly themes for dishes representing various part of France. Beautiful inside and some of the best food in this town.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We picked Chez Billy for our anniversary celebration based on several recommendations from our friends, plus for the fact that it was a neighborhood restaurant. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere was fairly laid back and casual, with very friendly staff throughout. The food was exceptional and very reasonably priced, and the music was just right. I can't speak highly enough of our experience at Chez Billy - it was the perfect escape for our evening out.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Petworth elegant dining
I have waited for a gem besides the nearby Domku to move into my neighborhood and here it is - excellent French cuisine at a reasonable price. The building is beautifully restored with tin ceilings and dark wood throughout for a pleasant candlelit dinner.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow. What a meal we had at Chez Billy. We're still talking about it and can't wait to go back. If the blood sausage appetizer is on the menu, be sure to order it. Don't be afraid of trying it -- It's unlike anything else I've ever had. It is so incredibly refreshing to be able to go out for dinner and not have to spend $30 or more for an entree. Similarly, the wines by the glass are fairly priced and the selections thoughtful. Thank you for being here!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional Tastes, Awesome Service
In Oct, Chez Billy is doing a fixed price menu Mon nights. Exceptional choices on this menu. Impressed with the rich flavor and selections on the menu. Service is perfect. Bar options are also fantastic.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for a special occasion
I took my boyfriend to Chez Billy for his birthday and we had a great time. The food was outstanding, we loved the live jazz music in the background, and the service was great. We would both recommend this place highly - it's a hidden gem on Georgia Ave.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed my meal at Chez Billy. The ambiance is nice, quiet and old-worldly. The dark wood, candles and vintage lighting make for a nice place to connect with friends or share a romantic meal with a loved one. The crowd in the dining room was a bit older, and seemed to have been dining there since it opened. This made it homey.
I ordered the quail, my friend ordered the steak. Both were delicious. The house made bread was delicious and warm when it arrived. The cocktail I order (the Chrysanthemum) was lovely and light after a long work day. But, our favorite part was by far the chocolate parfait. Chocolate, on top of chocolate coated in dark chocolate, with chocolate crumbles and edible blue flowers.
It was amazing.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but could be better
Very nice place, right by the Petworth metro. There's only a small sign on the door, so be sure not to miss it. Most of our dishes (2 appetizers, 2 entrees, dessert) were impressive, but the appetizers were definitely the best. One of the entrees (duck confit) was a bit bland in comparison. Dessert (apple tart) was mediocre, especially after the stewed fruits in the appetizer. Bread at the table was fantastic and seemed freshly baked. Service was painfully slow, even though our reservation was early (6 pm) and at a time when the restaurant was not full. Bar service was also mediocre and half-hearted. Ambiance was generally warm, but the bistro tables were a disappointment for dinner. We'll go again, with hopes it will improve.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food in a relaxed environment
The food is good - the rockfish with fennel delicious! The service is friendly. The live music makes for a nice environment. The wait between salad course and main entrée seemed a little long.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent
Very good and reasonably priced compared to other new restaurants in DC. Went on a Monday so it was quiet but it looks like it probably is a good bar scene later in the week. Very impressed food was well above what you would expect from similar look and feel bar/restaurants. Definitely worth a visit!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
The food was delicious. We had the braised lamb and the steak and both were really good. Our daughter ordered the kids steak and the portion size was very healthy. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bone marrow was phenomenal,
Bone marrow was phenomenal, quail entree was absolutely killer. Our server was super attentive, funny and genuine. Would recommend to anyone looking for really, really excellent french food at slightly more affordable prices than Blue Duck or similar.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to meet a friend
Chez Billy is a great place to have a meal when you actually want to talk and visit with your dining companion! It is cozy and laid back and has a homy, cozy vibe. Never got so loud that we couldn't hear each other. For some of us this is a priority when dining out. Chez Billy has the rare combo of laid back and relatively quiet, with really good food. This is not a pretentious place with precious food, just straightforward French food, nice wine choices, great creme caramel !
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely Petworth Gem
Don your hipster finery and take a short drive up Georgia Ave to experience this Petworth pearl. Scoot past the impressive two story open bar area, often featuring live music, to enjoy sumptuous gourmet starters and diligently executed yet slowly delivered entrees (the pork shank was a favorite; scallops were perfectly seared and heaven in the mouth) in one of two dining areas. The upstairs room with crackling fireplace and additional bar area beat out the lower level booth room.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best in french resturant intown.
Food is allways great. Even though the menue changes seasonly the selection are always great.
My wife and venture to this venue last year and have made it our to go place for special occasions.
We truly recomend the mules withe friet, the risotto, well who am I kidding all the meals agreat! The staff ia g reat!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Great Find
Chez Billy's was a pleasant surprise in an up and coming transitional neighborhood in DC. Good drinks, great food, nice atmosphere. Good place to talk with a friend or that special one. Highly recommend.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Date place date place
Its beautiful, and out of the beaten path, so she or he probably wouldn't have seen it yet. Great menu, beautiful bar area, very cute.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family and I were pleasantly surprised to learn that there was a French restaurant in Petworth. The food was excellent, especially the duck pate, which reminded us of our vacation in France. For entrees, we would definitely suggest the quail, which was perfectly tender and grilled just right. The menu had a lot of good options for carnivores and a couple items for vegetarians, but I think it would benefit from adding escargot. The waiting staff was very nice and accommodating as we tried to manage our toddler while enjoy a nice dinner. The ambiance is amazing, with round street lamp lights and dark wood that makes the place feel posh (without the attitude).
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food, great drinks
really nice food -- mussels cooked in white wine, herbs, garlic & duck confit were the highlights. But the French onion soup is great, too, especially on a cold day. good selection of tasty beers, too.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food and service
This is the second time we've eaten at Chez Billy in the past few weeks and we continue to be impressed with both the food and the service. This time we ordered the pork shank, which was delicious, the endive salad, also really good, and the squash soup. We weren't crazy about the risotto and the kitchen/waitstaff was kind enough to remove it from our bill. This underrated restaurant is a great addition to the Petworth neighborhood.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Petworth Community Gem
Very nice restaurant in a often overlooked community. The food was very good and the wait staff was very attentive.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy Winter Gem!
My husband & I took a group of 10 to Chez Billy in December for dinner. It was fantastic! The interior is cozy & warm with lots of dark wood & brick & a fireplace right by the bar. We went on a Saturday night, so we walked into a jazz band grooving away. We got a round of cocktails at the bar & the cocktail menu is unique. The bar also makes two custom-flavored seltzers on any given night, which was a lovely treat for our pregnant friend.
The service was seamless & friendly. The servers were quick to refill our wine glasses & address any question or need. The food was wonderful - most of our party got the pork, which was falling off the bone. The scallops were wonderful & the lamb was nice, too. All around, a great place!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM