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About Bearnaise

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.

315 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, French

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.

Cross Street:
3rd and Pennsylvania Avenues SE

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 450-4800

Public Transit:
Capitol South (blue and orange lines) Eastern Market (blue and orange lines)

Executive Chef:
Brian Lacayo

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:

Bearnaise Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (693)
Fit for Foodies (611)
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Romantic (345)
Special Occasion (324)
Great for Lunch (289)
Great for Outdoor Dining (224)
Good for Groups (180)
Notable Wine List (121)
Hot Spot (116)
Vibrant Bar Scene (74)
Kid-friendly (47)
Late-night Find (36)
Scenic View (14)
Good for a Date (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (2)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Food was fine (fries very good, even). But service was rude and disorganized. We won't be returning.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Man i went to this spot with my lady friend and she was amazed . Dimly lit area makes for a nice romantic vibe . I ordered the big boy steak and she ordered the duck . The steak was amazing. The waiter was too funny . Created a great vibe for us .

Tags: Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Bearnaise is the perfect date night location; I've been twice and plan on returning! The atmosphere is inviting, the servers are attentive, and the food is amazing. If you would prefer to dine by yourself, the bar area is comfortably filled with interesting conversation. Well done, Bearnaise!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

Service was slow considering it wasn't that busy and a holiday weekend. We ordered bottomless mimosas and sadly it took forever to get our waiter to refillthem. Food was good but nothing special. Portions were large, which was nice. Unfortunately we sat at a table that was in direct sunlight and it was difficult to see without wearing sunglasses indoors.

Really cute place, wish we had a better experience.

Tags: Romantic
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food3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2016

I planed to have group lunch but ended up having brunch on Saturday. The restaurant does not serve lunch menu dishes over weekend.
Fresh bakery basket was good. I had Norwegian salmon bennie. Hollandaise source was delicious but eggs were cold. My friend's French toast was burned. She had to cut burned part. Another friend's steak was quite hard. All of us had high expectation but we were not satisfied.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Food was great but service was sub par. Very difficult to get a drink in any capacity and server was rarely around. I'm guessing we just had a bad server but the place seems legit.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 7, 2016

Bernaise has been one of my favorite spots for a number of reasons. Great food, great location and beautiful restaurant. Sadly, the last couple of times I've dined at Bernaise the service wasn't only terrible, the server was outright rude. Being inattentive is one thing, but going out of your way to to make rude comments is another. Most recently, our waiter, Jamaal, left me profusely apologizing to my friends on his behalf. I was embarrassed for him, for Bernaise, and for taking them there. As someone who waited tables for years, I'm not easily offended by a waiter having an off day. He ignored us for 20 min after we were seated. He never refilled our drinks until we asked him multiple times. If we could flag him down. Never asked how our food was or if we needed anything. Pushed us to pay quickly and then collected our checks and refused to refil our water. Obviously he has better things to do. Unfortunately for Bernaise, we won't be back. He insulted one member of our party directly and for the sake of this review I'll leave that out. As someone who dines often, I've experienced poor service, but this was beyond unacceptable and left us feeling downright offended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2016

Bottomless brunch was a hit! We were a party of 7 and thoroughly enjoyed the food and mimosas/bloodies.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2016

We were seated upon arrival (actually a bit early) . Our waiter seemed unable to keep up with all his tables and we waited quite a while between getting seated, drink orders, and other orders. We ordered the bread basket and he seemed amazed that we wanted this before the meal. One of our party (this was a Sunday brunch) wanted egg white omelet. First we were told that they couldn't do and then and was told it would require 30 minutes. I offered to crack and separate the eggs. Really not a big deal. Overall food was OK, nothing special.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Went here with my girlfriend who is a French food connoisseur based on the write up in the Washington Post and interest in trying a new Mendelsohn restaurant. Prices were certainly reasonable, especially the wine and the house special Steak Frites, and the overall decor and ambiance set the stage for a nice romantic evening. However, the hanger steak was a slightly under cooked and the chicken paillard came out a luke warm, dry and generally boring. Service was good, not great, as we had to wait on our server a couple of times despite the fact that the dining room was thinning out once our meals started to arrive around 9:30. A saving grace was the French onion soup, which was delicious. Overall, just an OK meal. Be willing to try it again with hopefully better results.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic
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food3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2016

First time I've been to Bernaise. I went alone and sat at the bar, bartender was very friendly, knowledgeable about menu. The 2 wines by the glass I had, each $10, were average. Took forever for french onion soup to arrive 20-25 minutes, but entree came as decent interval. I felt it was a bit pricey for what I ordered.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food3
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value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2016

Everything was average, food, service, ambiance. Noise level was high .

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 16, 2016

Béarnaise is definitely a city gem. It is not very large, but it does have an upstairs that I did not see. We chose a table just outside of the kitchen, so we could see the food being prepared. I was impressed. Staff and service was very professional and helpful, and the portion and taste of the food was exceptional. I would definitely recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Price fix meal for NYE. The food was not good at all.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2015

Bearnaise is a great place for a high-quality lunch in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Chef Spike's menu stays true to those of French bistros with its simplicity and quality. Highly recommend the classic steak frites, mussels, or french onion soup.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2015

We truly enjoyed the restaurant and will be going back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2015

We will go back again and again. The food for brunch was to die for. Like everything we ordered was awesome. However, we all shared the crime brûlée French toast and that had to be the best thing I have ever put in my mouth. Dear god!

Ambience is like old school Parisian restaurant. Service was meh - but we weren't in a hurry so no big deal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 27, 2015

Everything about Bearnaise was perfect: Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2015

Consistently excellent -- perfectly cooked steak, sumptuous frites, delicious bearnaise sauce to dip bites of both. The $40 bottle, whatever the choice, is the exact accompaniment. Bravo.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2015

I think I just had an angry waiter. He was not very pleasant.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2015

The food was ok, the service was inattentive, main courses were served before we finished or apps. The management need to pay attention to the service as well as the missing light bulb and light globes all over the dining room. Very disappointed for a top chef restaurant,

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2015

Nice brunch, although I felt the menu was limited. I would have preferred a bit more in way of options. Everything seemed to come with frites; it would have been nice to have veggies or salads offered.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2015

My wife and I really enjoy Bearnaise. The service is consistently good and we find the food to be good quality compared to other DC restaurants. For example, the steak tartar is made with hand-cut filet mignon, and the serving size is incredible. If you get the chance to try the butternut squash soup, go for it! I'm not sure why Bearnaise doesn't get more busy on the weekends, but then again, I'm inclined to keep this little gem for myself.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2015

We've gone to Bearnaise a couple of times and always liked it. I took my wife here for her birthday and they did an amazing job taking care of us. We had the Duck Confit and the Steak frites. Both were very well prepared and tender. Our waiter did a great job taking care of us and surprised her with a birthday desert. I highly recommend this place and like it better than many of the other French restaurants in DC.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2015

We had the chicken paillard , duck confit and the burger- all outstanding In a stylish setting

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2015

The food was great. Only complaint was that the refill rate in the bottomless mimosas was quite slow. We had to ask for more each time we were empty.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2015

I visited after having been away for about a year and was not as impressed this time. My steak was underdone (rare instead of medium as requested) and the sauces were way oversalted. (I took it home and cooked it and it was fine.) My 2 companions were not satisfied with their meals either. Sloppy salad making caused a few haricots verts and radishes to creep into my friend's Warm Goat Cheese Salad and her steak, ordered medium well, was served very well done; my other friend's butternut squash soup was syrupy sweet. A little more care in the kitchen would have provided us with a much better meal. Disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2015

First rate service and food --music a tad too loud-but a real gem

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2015

On Sunday [11/8] morning, the eggs Benedict with salmon was very tasty. The fifty-something waiter, with glasses, really needs to refine his professional hospitality skills.
Upon taking my order, he rested his hand on my shoulder and, a few minutes later, when I began to ask a question as he walked away, he replied, "Talk to me". I would wager that I'm not the first person feel miffed by his flippant manner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2015

I'm somewhat of a regular here. Food is consistently good as is the wait/bar staff. Steaks are delicious, but over a number of times I've visited, I've found the degree to which the steaks are cooked to order seem to differ. Usually, it's a bit rarer than you order it, but this night, it was over what my wife had ordered. Salmon was on special and was one of the best dishes I've had there. I am also a HUGE fan of the brussel sprouts.
This particular night, our waiter although friendly and attentive had a bad habit of nosily throwing the bussed dished into the buspan. My wife and I though for sure he'd broken a dish or two on one of the trips. Also, it seemed louder than normal, mostly due to a few load tables.
If you have drinks, be prepared to go into triple digits on the bill!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2015

My husband and I dined here while on vacation in the DC area. The service was great, very friendly, and helpful. The soups were spectacular and the fries were out of this world. We highly recommend Bernaise for special occasions or just an enjoyable night if great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2015

The staff was very friendly and the food was great. I had the goat cheese salad, which was huge, and the Vietnamese mussels, which were delicious. They have a very simple and accessible wine list. The downstairs space is small and somewhat awkward. On one side is the bar with a couple of high tops, where we ate , and on the other side of a wall is a more traditional dining setup. The tables for two make you feel like you are eating in a hallway. The tables for four or more are a little more tucked away and probably feel nicer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2015

Everything was excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2015

Fabulous fries and bearnaise sauce -- steak frites was delicious, as was the butternut squash soup. However, the burger was undercooked. Ask for medium well, maybe? We also loved the decor! Very Parisian.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2015

Service was good. Food was delicious. Atmosphere very nice. Recommended for small groups, romantic dinners and celebrations. Bring a lock for their iron fence.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2015

We celebrated our daughter's 24th birthday and the food and service were exquisite. We had a wonderful time and the wait staff was superior. Would recommend Bearnaise to anyone interested in a first class experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2015

Food and service outstanding. Approach to wine list interesting. Set prices, regular, premium, by the glass. Great concept. Good wine, too. Highly recommend. Especially the mussels.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2015

Our server was very direct, efficient, and entertaining. The food we ordered was mostly delicious yet a bit heavy. The ambiance reminded one of a French Bistro, yet Americanized. Overall we enjoyed our meal here.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2015

Great food. Amazing service. Really nice neighborhood bistro.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Bearnaise. Waitstaff are friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious! Kudos for poached eggs done perfectly, the yolk was volcanic; perfection!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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