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515 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch

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Bearnaise in Washington, D.C., is a French bistro that offers brunch, lunch and dinner in the welcoming, chic atmosphere. The menu features classic French fare, French-Canadian favorites and a few American fusion dishes that locals love. Bearnaise also hosts special events for holidays.

The menu at Bearnaise includes mussel bowls, duck leg confit, pork belly hors d�oeuvres and more. Try the fresh market fish for a delicious seasonal meal and don�t forget to check out the dessert and cheese menu that features chocolate mousse and assorted cheeses like Humboldt, brie and Langres. Be sure to try the Bearnaise single espresso to finish your meal.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary French / American, French
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Hours of operation
Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00AM - 10:00PM, Friday: 11:00AM- 11:00PM, Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday Brunch 10:00AM - 3:00PM, Sunday Brunch 10:00AM - 3:00PM. Closed Mondays & Sunday Evenings.
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Phone number
(202) 450-4800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Lacayo
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Cross street
3rd and Pennsylvania Avenues SE
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Public transit
Capitol South (blue and orange lines) Eastern Market (blue and orange lines)
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Special events & promotions

Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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vipTravelGirl (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Always a pleasure to dine at Bearnaise and this time was no different. Can't say enough about the friendly staff, especially the delightful hostess (hostess/manager?) who greeted on arrival and as we left. Rarely does a restaurant make you feel so welcome. The best thing on the menu is most definitely the bread basket - for a cheap price you get 6 or 7 varieties of freshly baked (still warm) pastries. As for entrees the Montreal special is delicious (salmon, bagel, cream cheese, tomato, onion and capers) while the bennies come with the eggs perfectly cooked and a rich creamy sauce. Nice cocktail, wine and beer list. What a great place - A+

Di379 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

I was surprised by how good my brunch burger was. Plus added an egg on top. Great option for a late in day brunch.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

Fine experience overall, but different from when I go with my friends. My parents are visiting for a few weeks, so I wanted to take them to one of my favorite spots. They seem like out-of-towners. Our waiter commented on that, making me wonder if our service was noticeably lesser because of that.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

Good for brunch with your family. Their Bloody Mary was great.

ErinR (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

We loved José and our brunch experience! The vegetarian omelette was amazing and we met the owners after brunch. Truly a great experience!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

Wonderful Experience as usual. Great food, drinks and service.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

My eggs Benny egg was essentially uncooked... like the white was translucent and completely runny.

Drinks were good... won't be back.

Francis (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

They do frites very well. If you just want wine and frites, this is a good place. I ordered duck confit, and it was so salty yet lacking in flavor that I really struggled to get through it. My girlfriend ordered the steak, which was quite good and cooked perfectly. The waiter brought all of the tables around us bread, but did not bring us any bread. My girlfriend liked her meal, and the wine was good, so it was not a terrible place for a date, but the duck was bad enough that I won't return. There are too many decent French places in DC to waste time, and money, on this one.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 18, 2016

Very inattentive waiter

CPG93 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

Overall we had a great experience. The food was delicious, and the spicy bloody mary's were delicious. The manager and bartender were very friendly, but for some reason, our server just seemed to be un-enthused throughout our stay, which dampened the mood a little.