Washington St. Bistro
Washington St. Bistro

Washington St. Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://washingtonstbistro.com/
  • Phone: (973) 267-7425
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


    Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ray Luetters
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout
  • Catering: Full Off-Site Catering service available, from small private diner parties in your home, to large and corporate events, we work with you to design a menu tailored to your tastes and budget. We can also hold your event at our restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Schyuler
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking and public parking are both available.
A word from Washington St. Bistro
Opened in late February of 2013, just off the green in historic Morristown, Washington St. Bistro is a reflection upon the culinary traditions and influences of Gen. George Washington as well as those of our Founding Fathers, while employing today's cooking techniques. Having been described as ‘Inspired Colonial Fare’, the seasonal, creative and inventive menu offers a range of distinctive flavors one can enjoy. The walls of this 40-seat American Bistro display the works of local artists and creates an ambiance that is both warm and inviting. Washington St. Bistro, a BYO restaurant, is open for lunch and dinner.
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Washington St. Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (42)romantic (18)special occasion (11)good for groups (6)great for lunch (6)hot spot (6)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Fantastic BYO
    LovetoTravelVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is the second time at this restaurant. Once again, everything was good. We had 4 different appetizers and 4 different entrees. You can't go wrong with anything. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • George Washington?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Nice small space. A bit too noisy. Food was interesting - apparently the cuisine is based on food that may have been served in GW's time. Food was well prepared and service was attentive. BYO made dinner for four quite affordable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    Ronzo1162
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Cute place. We had a nice table close to the window looking outside onto the street. The food was great rib sticking - warm delicious food. Our waitress was very customer focused and provided good suggestions both on a starter, entree and dessert . She cleaned plates glasses etc. quickly which I have noticed at other restaurants the wait staff doesn't do promptly. We will be definitely going back. highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WineguyVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Very solid, well priced neighborhood bistro. Well done
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Small table for 4. Waiter forgot main entree for one of us; never wrote it down and didn't ask us why there were only 3 entrees ordered. Didn't refill glasses of water.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet gem
    MoPlainslocal
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The Bistro can be overlooked with so many other larger choices in town. With only 15+/- tables, the little treat is NOT to be missed. The service was attentive but not over bearing. The chef was fantastic! This is a BYOB which keeps the check at a reasonable level. Everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We picked this restaurant because of there great reviews on here and other websites but being foodies we were not impressed at all with a town with such great restaurants this one unfortunately is on the bottom of the list!!! Won't return and won't recommend
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soho-like dining
    gastrogirl
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I wen t to Washington St. Bistro with girlfriends, all of whom lived in NYC when younger. We all commented how the vibe of the restaurant was live a restaurant in Soho. The food was all delicious and the prices were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food and service were excellent. Already have a reservation for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Experience
    Beststuff
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We totally enjoyed our meal at Washington St. Bistro. It is truly a little gem in Morristown.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointed
    Emmy42
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant has a great menu, but the food definitely falls flat. I started off with the pumpkin soup which was VERY good. Outstanding. We had the pork chops with Gouda grits and steak for dinner. They were both incredibly bland -- it tasted just like meat, almost as if it was suppose to come with a demi glaze and they forgot to put it on. For dessert, we had the bread pudding which was very good and tasted like french toast. The dinners were so awful, that we will not go back here. Considering this is a BYOB, we sure spent a lot of money!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie paradise...
    Inkblot
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I selected this restaurant to meet with some former work colleagues/friends - we were not disappointed! The kale and brussel sprout salad was delectable, the mussels had a broth that made you want to grab a soup spoon and eat it as such (but bread sufficed nicely to soak up the broth). I had the scallops, which were delectable, a couple of folks had the cod pie - a nice way to start off fall, great flavors. When we got there, it was quiet, but as the place filled up, the noise level increased, but not to the point that you had to shout to have a conversation. Our server, Paul, was attentive, informative and allowed us to just sit and kibbitz, as he clearly recognized we were friends catching up. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    overall a great experience. food was very good but our waiter was very rigid and not the nicest. hostess was sweet
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    didIeatallthat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Cozy romantic decor w exposed brick walls. Complimentary small french rolls arrived warm and were delicious. Split the terrific Mussels Steamed with Dark Rum and Coconut Milk app- the broth was so flavorful, we almost asked to take it home -stuffed ourselves dipping the fresh rolls. Salmon and skirt steak were both perfectly cooked and highly recommended; minor criticisms: the crispy polenta was not my preferred side for the very tender bourbon bbq skirt steak and would have preferred a more substantial vegetable side to the small mound of sprouts. Fennel, sage and saffron cream sauce on the salmon was delicious (another bread dipper). Deserts and coffee were reasonably priced and enticing, but we were full! Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Welcomed Addition to Morristown
    Shield6339
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Not sure how I missed this restaurant for over a year. Menu is exceptional and all the food was prepared to perfection. The Chipotle glazed pork chop is to die for. Going back for the Bison Steak entrée. Our server, Paul, made us feel welcome the minute we walked in the door. He knew the menu and nightly specials like the back of his hand. never once had to refer to any menu notes on his order pad. Came back multiple times to check on us and spoke freely about the history of the restaurant and kitchen staff. Service was impeccable. This is must try restaurant if you live in or near Morristown. Reservations are a must on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ykcat
    ykcat
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    What a joy to find this gem in Morristown. Great food and a lovely atmosphere. BYOB. We will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    thigpen
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant was rated 1# on tripadvisor, however, I have to say, "it was not an epic meal". The place is super small, so the noise level is high. The food was average. Nothing to write home about. It was good, not great. I expected more from a restrauant that was rated 1# place in Morristown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good meal amazing service
    Parisfan2
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had an excellent dinner at Washington St Bistro recently. Chose it for a family birthday celebration and were not disappointed. Service was professional, warm, caring and friendly. Food was very good. Favorites were the the fish special the delicious artichoke app. Hubby loved the terrine . We all enjoyed the interesting mix of menu options (we had more and less adventurous eaters in our party. ) Finally I really appreciate that specials and their prices are written and not just recited. Makes ordering so much easier. In total a good experience.We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular meal, great value!
    Terese33
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best meal I've had in a while, and that's saying a lot, since we just got back from a vacation in France. Everything on that menu was interesting to me. Such innovative dishes, and so appetizing it was hard to choose a dish! I went with the warm kale salad appetizer, based on our fantastic waiter's recommendation. It didn't disappoint. I then had the cassoulet, which was delicious! My husband had the asparagus soup and a fish dish that made him really happy. Can't wait to go back and try more of their wonderful selections!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Third Good Meal Here
    MisterTravelFellaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Mi husband and I had dinner for the third time on a recent Friday evening. We began with the special terrine, made of scallops, corn and leeks, which was velvety and sweet and served with a sun-dried tomato pesto on the side. For entrees, we had the BBQ skirt steak (and substituted the smoked gouda grits for the poletna which was the side on the menu) and the fish special, a halibut filet in a beurre monte sauce with sea beans. The steak had been skillfully cooked, not tough at all, and the BBQ sauce was quite subtle. The fish was impeccably fresh and beautifully cooked; however, the beurre monte was bland and the sea beans were underdone. But those are small criticisms. Overall: a terrific meal and we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality and Care
    Foodie65
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Been to many of the celebrity chief restaurants and Washington St. Bistro ranks on the same level. Our party all had different items and all prepared to perfection. Chef/Owner Ray Luetters provides an interesting and exciting menu. He visited our table and was a pleasure and very engaging. I plan to use him to cater an offsite event in the future. A foodies paradise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great BYO in Morristown
    LovetoTravelVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    If you blink, you will walk right past the door to this fantastic restaurant. It is a very small restaurant right on Washington Street and Schyler. The food was great and very creative. The Boar was flavorful and didn't have a gamey taste. The cod and potatoes was very fresh. You can't go wrong with anything.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    Walt
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were very impressed with this wonderful addition to the Morristown dining scene. Menu was creative, food well prepared and well presented. We look forward to the fall menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Second Visit
    MisterTravelFellaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I ate had our second dinner here recently. The place was full, which is good to see. For starter we had pheasant and pistachio terrine (a special), with a stone-fruit "salsa" on the side, which was terrific. For entrees we chose the pan seared duck breast with rhubarb chutney and braised radishes, and the grilled maple chipotle glazed pork chop, with smoked gouda grits. Both were very good but the pork chop was just out of this world: the maple-chipotle glaze was more subtle than we feared, and the chop was thick, juicy and piping hot. We ordered the cheese course instead of dessert, and it was also quite good. Only negative was the noise level: it was punishingly loud at times. Still we will come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet, Cozy, Tasty Spot
    TheBigDu
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took a date here on a Friday night. The food was excellent, the service was great, and the place has a really romantic vibe to it. I would highly recommend the Radiatori with Wild Boar or the Scallops. This place is pretty small, with a total of maybe 16 candlelit tables, so it's great for a quiet date night or maybe a small family dinner. Not good for rowdy groups. Also, it is BYOB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely amazing!
    Christy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've read many fantastic reviews about this neighborhood gem. I'm so glad we gave it a try for our anniversary. Our waiter, Paul, was so kind and attentive. Everything we ate was terrific. I had the duck, cooked perfectly, with wonderful accompaniments. My husband had the stuffed chicken thigh with goat cheese, spinach, and shiitake mushrooms, which he loved. I tried some too, it was great. The soups were excellent as well for a starter. For dessert, I had the daily creme brûlée which that night was lemon. The lemon was not overbearing, which was perfect. We will be back again, and I highly recommend Washington St Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant flashes, execution issues
    JerseyExplorer
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Third visit; first two had been great, this time ok. Accompaniments to dishes are delicious (intense basil puree with vegetable terrine, amazing radishes and rhubarb with duck, smoked gouda grits with pork chop, truffled potates and treviso with scallops, polenta with skirt steak), but the duck was a miserly portion--half a breast?--overcooked with too much fat, pork chop and skirt steak very tasty but a bit dry. Scallops wonderful. Maybe an off night--probably hard for the chef to maintain top form midweek. We will try again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Marty
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Interesting menu, good service, good food. Second time there. Everything was good and there are several interesting choices that the average restaurant does not have. Only downside is it can get nosy when filled up.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Leelee
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Lively for lunch...quiet, charming restaurant,good food and fine service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You'll Find Things You Like
    dandd
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Washington Street Bistro was a delight. There were new twists on familiar foods. A gourmet or a picky eater can find things they like. The ambiance was nice, especially for a store front restaurant. The servers were upbeat and very helpful. Our server was Kelly and she couldn't do enough to make our evening enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the warm kale and brussel sprout salad, which Kelly said was a very popular item. The portions were perfectly sized for the average diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Kipp
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Prices a bit high, but food delicious! They do not rush you at all; since we were dawdling over an appetizer, they didn't bring dinner out until we asked about it--and then had to gobble it down to get to a show. Paul=excellent service! Also, very loud and hard to hear table-mates.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 70 reviews are from the Washington St. Bistro reviews archive.
  • Good Place
    JoeH
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A great BYOB place. Food and service was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best value in M'town
    DineFineVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Visited twice: both meals were well-prepared and unique, latest visit radiatore pasta with wild boar sausage. Service was attentive and informed without being intrusive. For the quality of the meal, underpriced relative to other Morristown establishments
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DennisK
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The Bistro is almost hidden - a small storefront - just off The Green, but once inside the wonderful experience begins. The restaurant is small and cozy, and the tidy table settings and attentive waitress - Kelly - suggest that the dining experience will be worth the trip. And indeed it was. The menu offered several unique entree options and our party of four ordered the cassoulet, meatloaf, and two salmons. Thumbs up from everyone, ditto desserts. All things considered, particularly being a BYOB, and quality of food and service, I would rate five stars for value. The Bistro is a small gem in downtown Morristown. Gotta' go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    wonderful fresh food and service. Each time we go we love it. There can be a wait at times for the food but it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 6-21-2014 Dinner
    Irons401
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our first experience at Washington Bistro revealed very good food, with interesting combinations of ingredients. The menu is unlike anything else in downtown Morristown, and deserves a visit. The venue is small, so reservations may be required during weekend nights. Our server, Paul, proved to be pompous, and arrogant, providing inconsistent service. This individual proved to be a detraction to the evening. Overall we will try it again, with the hopes of a better server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great find
    njdevil1VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great food. Attentive service. And pleasant decor. There is nothing not to like about this small place on Washington Street. A bit off the usual restaurant path in Morristown but well worth the two minute walk. The pork chop was amazing as was every dish we had. Try it. You will like it. a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just Fair for the price
    wonderful
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wife's pork chop was tooo peppery..Oyster app not very good...Kale salad was very good..Halibut special was Ok..Desserts were very good. For the price this restaurant was just OK for our group of four and definately NOT #3 restaurant in Morristown
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fairymum
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Washington Bistro is a real gem. It's small, cozy & the food is fabulous! We have eaten here 3 times and the food is consistently top notch. It's also BYOB which is an added bonus!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, a little too noisy
    LLMinNJ
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband, mother-in-law and I ate here on a Saturday evening. We had no trouble getting a reservation two days in advance and there were a couple of empty tables most of the time we were there. The food was interesting and generally very tasty. I had scallops, which were excellent, as was the warm kale and brussels sprouts salad. Unfortunately, we found the noise level a little too high for comfortable conversation. There were times when it was fine, but some noise dampening hangings would be nice. We may be more fussy than many about this, but it definitely a consideration for us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.