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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.
Washington, DC 20003
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.
3rd and Pennsylvania Avenues SE
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Capitol South (blue and orange lines) Eastern Market (blue and orange lines)
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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Bearnaise Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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