Bistro Bistro

3.6
1385 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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Bistro Bistro is part of the Dupont Circle culinary infrastructure, offering exquisite French and Mediterranean cuisine for years. Our private dining room can accommodate up to 300 guests with built-in AV function for your special presentations.
Our 4pm - 7pm happy hours include Martinis for $4.95, glass of wine for $4.00, beer for $3.50 and mixed house drinks for $4.00. We also offer a very popular Sunday Brunch Buffet.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Mediterranean, Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm,
Friday: 11am - 11:30pm,
Saturday: 10am - 11:30pm.
Sunday: 10am - 11pm
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Phone number
(202) 328-1640
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sebastian
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Catering
Let us know three days in advance about your event, and we will team up to please your taste buds, and impress your guests.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Plenty of parking on Connecticut Ave., R street, and nearby public parking garages.
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Public transit
Dupont Circle Metro Station is two blocks away from us, and for those who are visiting the DC area, the Metro stays open very late on the Weekends.
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Entertainment
Classical and jazz background Music
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Special events & promotions
We have a Gorgeous Private Dining Room with A Seating Capacity of 85 guests. Private room has its own bar and A/V. Absolutely no private room charge or staffing fees with a minimum of 25 guests! Full Venue Buyout Available with A Seating Capacity of 225 guests. For more information please email bistrobistrodc1@gmail.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Bistro Bistro offers menus to suit all budgets & food preferences and has a parking garage close by, easy access to taxis, and is only 2 blocks from Metro. Our private dining area has a full bar and built in AV facilities. We also offer exclusive use of the entire restaurant for up to 275 guests.

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Sun 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:30AM 12:45PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Thu - Fri 11:00AM - 11:30AM 12:45PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 1385 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Went here for my wife's birthday. Made a reservation and got even more than we expected. The service was amazing. They give free champagne and cake for birthdays. We wound up with the restaurant to ourselves and they brought out speakers and let us play our own music. This was a great dining experience. The food was great and the staff was professional, but friendly and fun. This a great place to visit.

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We were very disappointed in the service and the food. Nothing horrible happened. And, in fact, we really liked the feel of the restaurant. We were a group of eight on a family trip to DC and the restaurant was right down the street from our hotel. No one enjoyed their food and it took an extremely long time to get our food despite the restaurant being almost empty. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Thanks so much for accommodating our large group!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was extremely fresh! Will definitely be back. I worked with Ahhmed and he was genuine and professional!

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The worst brunch ever the brunch was until 5pm i was there at 2pm waffle taste like all batter turkey sausage was burnt and dry the did not refresh any buffet item after 2pm when I got there most of the food was gone it was a few scraps of grilled salmon I asked them to restock it never happened I and the rest of the food that was remaining was little to none and the appearance of the food and the quality was worst the McDonald's

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Pay attention to the existing negative reviews. They are an accurate summation of this restaurant.

The food was absolutely, completely, and utterly the worst food I have ever had. It was shameful that they let this food out of the kitchen.

I told the management about the food. Strangely, my OpenTable reservation was cancelled BY the restaurant AFTER I ate at the restaurant and this prevented me from leaving a review. I had to contact OpenTable to reinstate my reservation so I could leave a review.

DO NOT GO HERE.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Services and food was ok for brunch... the brunch menu has to much food it’s hard to make great food where your cooking so many different things.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Was really looking forward to Mothers Day brunch with my children and friends. It was a quaint place, but that is where the pleasant experience ended. They seated us immediately then someone took our drink order and said you better hurry to the buffet it’s going to be crowded. No menu handed to us for pricing on anything. The breakfast portion of the buffet was horrible. The Eggs Benedict was cold and hard, no taste at all. The French Toast sticks looked and tasted like they came out of an eggos frozen food box. The omelette station was a mess. The cook there had really no idea what she was doing. The dessert table looked like it was all prepackaged desserts that had been taken out of the box and put on plates. The kids said the chocolate chip cookies tasted like chips ahoy. Honestly never seen anything like it in my life. To top things off they handed us the wrong bill then replaced it with one $100 more. Don’t go here!! Absolutely awful.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My first and only visit to Bistro Bistro was on Mother's day. Unfortunately, it was not a great experience.

The space was cute and at it's prime was probably great, but the place has not been maintained. It felt old; the seats had stains on them, cushions felt 30 years old, there was heavy dust on wall decor, a big ceiling patch (not painted), walls with minor cracks, tables were weathered, plates at buffet had food spots on them, my coffee cup had lipstick on it, servers needed a little better training (felt like the B team).

Mother's Day buffet: the serving platters/equipment looked old, the food was "fine", the omelette lady butchered the omelettes like it was her first time making them. They would probably benefit from slimming down the amount of options and concentrate on a few main dishes as the stars. There were a lot of pastries/desserts that were probably from Costco; another situation where less is more (if you can't make it, don't serve it). General presentation was a bit sloppy and on old platters that made me feel uneasy about the food.

Overall: The food wasn't bad, just nothing to bring me back or compliment. The biggest detriment to this place is the general upkeep. Things that could be solved pretty easily; table clothes to cover table blemishes, wooden chairs to avoid stains on cloth seats, cleaning/dusting, tighter quality control, retraining servers and finish the repairs (ceiling paint and walls cracks).

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Had dinner with an out of town friend and my girlfriend. We had some drinks that were made well. Dinner was cooked to perfection and we enjoyed a relaxed setting by the open front window.

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2.0Dined on May 9, 2018

I had such high hopes... they handed us a wine menu after we asked, but then told us that they didn't really have anything on that menu. In fact, they only had four varieties of red--all of them Robert Mondavi. They also didn't have a few items on the food menu. Seems that their food delivery wasn't made that day? However, the food was fine; nothing special, but certainly not bad. And the service was quite nice, even if they had to apologize for the lack of food and drink. I wouldn't seek it out again.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I first came here for winter restaurant week 2018. I chose this place because of the great selection they offered on their menu. I finally got time to bring my significant other here and he also enjoyed himself. The staff is great and I have no complaints about the food either. We will return in the near future.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Lovely Sunday evening dinner. Quick, friendly service which was nice. Food was just fine. Mussel/clam dish was delicious. Beef carpaccio was good but skimpy.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great for groups large and small with close proximity to metro

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The atmosphere and staff were nice, but my “Croque Madame” was not a croque madame at all. My sandwich was a dry grilled turkey sandwich with cheese. This should have been a buttery griddled sandwich with salty ham, melty grueyre cheese, rich velvety bechamel sauce dripping off the edges, and topped with an over easy egg. When I ordered, I requested an egg on top of the sandwich. Instead they brought out an over well fried egg on a separate plate from the sandwich, so I put it on the sandwich myself.

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1.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The staff wasn't very friendly or welcoming. Server or management did not check to see if we needed anything without us having to ask. Not the best experience.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Ran out of waffles, Services was slow especially with only 6 people dinning in the whole restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was a little slow coming out but it was very tasty!

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This had to have been the longest we have ever waited to be served in any restaurant. We were a table of ten. Four of us arrived first and we were seated. The rest came in about five minutes later , saw us and sat down. It took about twenty minutes for a waiter to come by. They asked a teenager at the table if we were ready to order. He hesitated, and then the waiter said "I guess you need a few minutes" and left. Another twenty minutes, and we had to go find a waiter to help us. The food took well over an hour to show up, and the wait staff barely stopped by to check on us or ask if we needed drinks, etc.

When the bill came, the tip was already included, so I guess they figured they didn't need to work for it and just didn't put in the effort.

Won't be back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I had a wonderful experience during the Sunday brunch buffet. The food selection was incredibly varied and delicious. You really get great value for what you pay. This is a brunch buffet that will please everyone and the staff are attentive and welcoming. I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great place for Easter brunch! Staff and quality of the buffet were excellent!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch. From out of town

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Last night ,I enjoyed my dinner with my friends .We were seated promptly and we were treated well by the maître D.Thanks a lot for accommodating our group .William and Mercello were great and they split our checks professionally.Thanks Bistro Bistro for a great night .We highly recommend Bistro for our friends and Family

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I never write reviews, but I have to speak up about what a horrible place this is!! Invited friends to Sunday brunch, and was so embarassed. Our first clue that something was off should have been the empty dining room when we arrived at 11. Our server's clothing wasn't clean, and he looked like he just rolled out of bed. Serving items, such as the creamer, were greasy and dirty; food took forever to arrive, was cold and unappetizing. Will never eat here again!!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Enjoyed a meal with longtime friends when they came to DC. We all ordered mussels in white wine sauce, and asked for extra bread to sop up the delicious liquid at the bottom of the bowl. Worth the hassle of driving into the city and finding a place to park. A nice place to eat, only a few blocks from Dupont Circle, and near the Hilton.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I have not been to many restaurants that did NOT have the first or second choice of wines. The waiter gave us a wine listed at $75 for $48, because we did not want to pay $75. They did not have the veal chop and thought they did not have the pear tart even though both were on the menu.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Overall this restaurant provided acceptable but non-memorable Bistro fare. I ordered the cassoulet which was subpar. Duck was dry and a bit tough, not much lamb. Service was good, not many choices for wine by the glass. Overall ambience was good, I ate early on a Friday evening (Before 7:00pm) so there were not many other diners. Prices were reasonable but the one can do better in the category of Bistro dining in DC.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Thanks William and Mike for a beautiful night .We enjoyed our dinner and your service

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We have been coming here since the restaurant opened. The food is great, wine list sisreasonable and the service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

It was a lovely night at Bistro Bistro .We had a blast .Thanks William and the boss Jamal for taking care of our large party

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Arrived at 1855 on a Sunday evening. Wasn’t crowded at all. Server was very attentive. My girlfriend and I opted for the three course dinner. Tried beef carpaccio as an appetizer. Was wonderful. Girlfriend’s bisque didn’t appeal to her much. Said it had a curry flavor to it. The lamb was sold out. We had the stuffed salmon and chicken Florentine with mixed veggies. Both were excellent. Desserts were good. The house pino Grigio was very good as well.

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1.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The French onion soup tasted like canned soup with a slice of cheese on top of it. The mussels were moderate. The bartender did not know how to serve pastis, a French staple. The pasta tasted like something you would buy at the store and the sauce the same. Service was all together below average.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was really good. The service was just ok but I think it was our specific waiter and not the staff on a whole. I will return.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

What a lovely little treat Bistro Bistro was. We went for my boyfriend's birthday and they were wonderfully accommodating. I would definitely recommend for a special occasion. The desserts were excellent. They were thorough from start to finish, treated everyone like they were family.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

I love Bistro Bistro! I go all the time with my friend and it never disappoints. The service is incredible and the food is always delicious. Last time, our waiter William was exceptional with his service. 10/10 would recommend.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Restaurant Week

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Was told there was plenty of street parking when arriving - but not true.
Silverware was dirty - tabletop needed wiping (gunk on my side)

Ordered lamb chops medium rare - was served well done. Four meaty chops were nicely seasoned but...well done.

Sea bass was horrid - frozen portion was dipped in beer batter/tempura (seemed not quite either or both?) at the restaurant and deep fried - then sauced!

We ordered from the “Restaurant Week” menu at 5pm - but my fiancée was told Creme Broulee (one of three desserts offered) wasn’t available just before the dessert course was to be served. (So how are they out of a featured menu item at 5pm?)

We both ended our meals with Bistro Bistro “Chocolate Soufflé cake” which, was either a TGIF/Chili’s Molten Lava cake or sourced from a wholesale club (Costco?) drowning in chocolate syrup.

Cappuccinos were very nice.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a great culinary experience dining with our kids

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We chose this restaurant because we could walk from our hotel (Washington Hilton) and because I love merguez. Our starter courses were super good - merguez with tomato sauce and fried egg, and shrimp bisque. So the mediocre main courses were a big disappointment. I ordered salade nicoise and asked for the tuna to be rare - it was medium well. The lettuce was limp and the dressing was only ok. My husband got a pasta with shrimp which was tasteless. We still enjoyed ourselves. I like the menu (classic French bistro food) and would be willing to try other items. Or just have the merguez as a main. It was really good.

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Food is substandard quality and so was service

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