Westend Bistro DC
Westend Bistro DC

Westend Bistro DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.westendbistrodc.com/
  • Phone: 2029745566x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:30-10:00PM; Friday - Saturday 5:30-11:00PM; Open 7 nights a week (Cocktails, Happy Hour and Full Menu)

    Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30-2:30PM; CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Adam Barnett
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: M Street
  • Public Transit: Foggy Bottom/GWU & Dupont Circle
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
    $8 after validation at the restaurant
A word from Westend Bistro DC
Welcome to Westend Bistro, an award-winning casual American bistro located in Washington, D.C.’s trendy West End. Chef de Cuisine Adam Bernett presents a straightforward menu of simple signature dishes inspired by family traditions and recipes. The focus is on the ingredients, culled from fresh, quality produce by local farmers in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Westend Bistro offers a vibrant atmosphere with an extensive wine list and signature cocktails. Guests can indulge in lunch and dinner at the bar or in the stylish booths and banquettes throughout the dining room.
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Westend Bistro DC reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)special occasion (23)great for lunch (20)great for outdoor dining (19)neighborhood gem (19)romantic (17)notable wine list (14)vibrant bar scene (12)good for groups (11)late-night find (7)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good for grown-ups
    ellenefrosVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Not only is the food always good, as well as the service, but you actually can carry on a conversation without shouting! A plus for those of us who like excellent food, attentive service (without being buddies with the wait staff), and do not need the buzz of decibels of overwhelming noise. This restaurant is far too overlooked and the prices are more than fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delishdiner1
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Wow, the Skate Wing was perfection and the for dessert, the Pina Colada sorbet left me with a smile on my face for the rest of the day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average at best
    Cnj54321VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    In the past had good experiences at West End but the past visit was very average. Steak was poorly cooked, too raw and cold, and fish sandwich was bland. Veggie side was mostly beans, which last I checked are not vegetables. Only highlight was garlic fries.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Alexandra
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I took my friend here for his birthday dinner. The staff were courteous, personable, and very kind. The menu had a variety of choices and the ambiance was very calm in the section where they sat us. I think we may have been the last 2 in the restaurant, but the hours we spent laughing and eating were well worth every penny spent. I'm unaware of our servers name, but he was VERY very kind. I'd return and recommend 100 times over!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • no title
    nonickname
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The taste of smoked beef was outstanding, BUT- the top of the piece of meat was burnt, the smell of burnt meat accompanied the plate when it arrived and I had to wait a few minutes for it to dissipate; also I had to cut and discard the top part of the meat. I didn't want to ruin the moment with my spouse by returning the dish to the kitchen, so I just accepted the dish as it was. It was a very pleasant surprise to be offered champagne because it was a special occasion for us, a birthday; thank you again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant week meal
    fcmk
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sunday night dinner with great service and great food. Mussels, cooked perfectly with proper broth. Star of the show was the gnocchi with spinach in them with corn and mushrooms and the best lemony hollandaise I have had, maybe ever. Dessert was nougat glace raspberry consommé, a classic in French cuisine (parfait)not often seen on menus here. The consommé was a delight and a good contrast to the richness of the parfait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Limited Menu-Great Tastes!
    RBinDC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Three of us had dinner on their outdoor sidewalk area during DC's Restaurant Week. We started by sharing one tuna carpaccio appetizer, which is the best that I had anywhere. It's a "must try" dish. We also had the mussels and the salad appetizers, both of which we're delicious. Two of us had the skate wing and the third had the trout. All were very tasty, though I would give the skate the edge. Typically I would choose the salmon but the restaurant serves farmed salmon, which I avoid. The number of choices on the menu is limited but glass. Before I forget. The restaurant offers a lot of wines by the glass. The white Burgundies are a good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed during Restaurant Week
    Katherine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First let me say our waiter Juan and the host Diego were wonderful. The restaurant itself is cute and very close to our home. We made our reservations for restaurant week a month in advance. The mussels were over cooked to the point of mush, full of sand, and the sauce had no flavor (go to St Arnold's instead). The steak was tough and over salted (try Rays the steaks). The deserts were pretty & artisanal but tasted fake and too sugary (jaleo or zaytinya rock the small plates scene in dc). The "specially priced" bottles of wine for restaurant week was almost 3 times market price. The Bordeaux gave both me & my fiancée (avid wine drinkers) a hangover! Would not recommend & will not return. Take your money elsewhere!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Westend bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We did the prix fixe restaurant week thing and the service was pretty abysmal, it took forever to get water or our food. Not to be repeated.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The service was good but very slow. We were on a work lunch during the week and it look forever for the food. Plus, once we had dessert you'd think they would bring the check, but we had to wait awhile after dessert was finished and only then they asked if we wanted the check, then we had to wait for the waiter to go get it. The menu had great options but the food was bland, this was the consensus from everyone at our table. Great atmosphere.
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  • Amazing Wine List
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This restaurant has great food, great service and an amazing wine list! They have something like 50+ wines by the glass, and wines dating back to the 1970's by the glass that the sommelier Michael bought at auction through their Coravin system. We tried a couple of these in half glasses and were blown away. This is one of the best by the glass wine lists I've ever seen. Also, must try the Tuna Carpaccio, the Duck Breast and the NY Strip. Mussels are great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still great
    Dinerx
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The skate was amazing! Great dinner! The tomato salad and the crab/watermelon salad were terrific and refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucia
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Nice restaurant. Try to sit inside to avoid the noise from the traffic. Good service. Outside is pretty but the lighting is very low, so it's hard to read the menu or see your food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Entrees and Decent Wines
    NandF
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had the opportunity to eat at Westend Bistro for both dinner and lunch over a two day period. Both meals were quite good. My husband ordered the skate for dinner and found it well prepared and an interesting offer on the menu. For those who have not tried it, the texture is a bit like firm crab claw meat with a mild flavor. I ordered the shrimp with grits and chorizo sausage. Delicious! We ordered a nice, dry Rose with dinner from Spain and the Sommelier made a point to come over to the table to talk about the wine based on his experience with an actual visit to the winery. The service was attentive but not over bearing. Overall, an enjoyable meal with good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service - Great Wine!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My wife and I dined at Westend Bistro last night and had a great experience. Our server, Binyam, was incredibly friendly and fun. We were celebrating our first night free from the kids in some time and he made it very special. The Duck Breast was amazing and my wife's NY Strip was smoked and delicious. The sommelier had perfect pairings for the food, and was very respectful of our limited budget, and had a great magnum of wine by the glass.. Very cool! Overall, really great experience. Thank you Westend!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    BethH
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our group ate at Westend to celebrate a bachelorette party. The staff at Westend Bistro was very attentive to our group of 12. Due to the large group, we had to take a reservation for 8:45. The restaurant was quiet and classy. The menu seemed slightly more limited than what I had seen on the website, but everyone in our group was able to find something delicious! Don't pass up the duck and make sure you get a side of macaroni and cheese. The location was perfect. It was a 10-15 minute walk to all the lively bars in Dupont.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    mike
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Always solid service and food. Reception is friendly
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  • Consistent quality service and food
    DCeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I often have lunch at Westend Bistro and I am always very happy with the service, quality and selection of food, and overall atmosphere. Staff go above and beyond to make you feel welcome, from the hostess to the person serving water. The menu has something for everyone and food is always fresh. I love the "light" dishes - allows you to eat out frequently without feeling guilty :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy Dining at the Ritz
    CamWasVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Well executed cooking with outstanding fish and seafood. Shrimp and grits scored full marks from a fussy foodie in our party from South Carolina! Great service too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food; lousy service
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    TYhe food was outstanding. But it was overcome by poor service. We arrived early for dinner (at 5:30), and the restaurant was empty. It didn't stop them from taking over 1 1/2 hours to wait on us, even after I had said to them that we had to make a show at 7:00 PM.
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  • Anniversary
    MikeH
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Sat outside, perfect summer night. Celebrating anniversary, staff super friendly, food A+. Had mussels and the smoked/aged NY Strip was one of the best i've had. Topping off dessert was a custom written "happy anniversary" in chocolate on the plate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I enjoyed a lovely dinner at this beautiful, romantic and cozy restaurant. The service was impeccable and the food was very tasty as well. The mussels were some of the best I have ever tasted! The ambiance was very warm and welcoming. I would recommend this gem for either a special occasion or even just for a drink at their gorgeous bar. I highly recommend giving this great restaurant a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Evening
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Although the restaurant was relatively empty (day after the 4th) the beautiful interior still created a rich and vibrant environment. I had let them know it was our anniversary via Open Table and they were incredibly nice- brought champagne and a special desert. The food was just terrific - the bread great- the wine was good although a little light on more affordable options. The service was outstanding. We felt great about our experience and would highly recommend Westend Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The west end bistro is simply a very pleasant place to dine.the food is first rate,the service always good and the menu continues to have numerous dishes that please the palet.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good!
    MDchick
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I have been to this restaurant with co-workers and for a date night. Both times, the food, service, ambiance and overall experience has been phenomenal. Must have experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service- ho hum food
    CitationVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The service is over the top fabulous. The food- not so great. The menu has interesting items but the taste doesn't live up to the description.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kidragtime
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Excellent food at a reasonable price (for DC, that is). Service was above average, very accommodating for a dairy allergy and was kid-friendly.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We highly recommend West End Bistro
    Jewel
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food was beautifully prepared, served graciously, and was excellent in flavor. In particular, the skate was very tasty and the dessert - three flavors of ice cream -- was wonderful. Our favorite was the salted caramel flavored ice cream -- outstanding. Will come again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service
    Madison
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Two of us had the light grilled trout. It was outstanding and did not taste low calorie. The other diner had the duck and that was excellent too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a lovely table outside. The area is surrounded by plants and even though it's on a busy street, the noise and bustle is greatly lessened. The food and service were wonderful. The service attentive, knowledgable but not rushed. Everyone's food was delicious and received raves. We'll definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michael
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Looking for a place after the theatre but for early dining as we had a 2 hr. Drive home. Food was excellent and the service was friendly and very efficient. Would recommend to others and dine there again.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can hotel restaurant be this good?
    itwasgoodVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Did not realize Westend Bistro DC was in a hotel when I selected it from Open Table. Was very surprised at how good the food was. My friend needed and got gluten-free pasta with the featured special. Excellent service!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably good....
    Daisy
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Westend Bistro is possibly the perfect lunch place - the service is friendly but not overly familiar, the food comes fast, it is delicious and healthy, and the surroundings are nice but casual. I had friends from out of town staying nearby, it was a perfect place to catch up - we sat outside under umbrellas, enjoyed our lunch and there was no pressure to leave - tho if you are in a hurry you could easily manage lunch in one hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This time, things went wrong
    MaxeliasVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I've eaten at Westend Bistro many times. Delighted with previous visits, but this one was bad. My guest and I were seated separately and were left unaware of each other's arrival. This was the desk's fault -- but no apology. We each ordered 2 appetizers. All four arrived together after a long wait -- and one of them was wrong. Chilled pea soup x2, seared tuna, quiche -- all quite good. Discarded plates from first two courses left on table for 10 mins. Cappuccino to finish: Awful, something was obviously wrong with the machine -- they served it up anyway. A little under $100 for two, without wine. Ridiculous. The memory of this shambles will have to fade before I try again. Though, to repeat, my previous visits had all been good.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1336 reviews are from the Westend Bistro DC reviews archive.
  • Are they kidding?
    LgreeneVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    It has been quite a while since I had had a meal so poorly prepared...basically inedible. Meat that should have been falling off the bone was impossible to cut even with a steak knife. Housemade pasta was so unevenly thick and cut as to be both undercooked and gummy, swimming in a salt broth. Servers were very pleasant and seemed to know that what they were serving was not good at all.
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  • Great gathering spot
    TomK
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Charming location alongside the Ritz Carlton with a great street view from the window booths. Dinner offerings were both unique & nicely prepared. Wait staff was enthusiastic & knowledgeable about the food & wine menus. Definitely worth a return visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food justifies a visit. It is good to see that other reviewers who wrote about the quality of the food were right. The service was good - but not great, not so much because of the human element but because we felt rushed by the restaurant. The entrée came minutes after our table was cleared of the appetizers. That gives the impression that the restaurant wants you out of there as quickly as possible. As a counterpoint the waiter provided excellent service - but that did not stop the food rushing in...
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Good food but not great
    SubstancenotjustformVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went for pre-show at Kennedy Center. Great location, good food but expected more for the $$$$. Have a drink there and have dinner elsewhere!
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Judala
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Menu inventive with many fish entires. Even at dinner, menu includes some sandwiches and lighter fare. New feature has lighter dishes with calorie count. Wine list is pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding food!
    MsFussyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our dinner was excellent. The food was outstanding. We both had the fish of the day in an amazing preparation with a vaguely Asian pasta and also excellent salads to begin. Our server was excellent as well. The only downside is that the room is extremely noisy- uncomfortably so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.