Bistro D'oc is a casual bistro-style restaurant that specializes in French cuisine. The restaurant's focus is on dishes from the Languedoc region of France. The dining room's interior is warm and cozy with chandeliers, dim lighting and candles on each table. The walls are adorned with bright colors and photos and artwork of France. Bistro D'oc is a great place to enjoy an elevated meal in a relaxed setting with friends and family.
Begin the meal with an appetizer like onion soup gratinee, snails in the shell, duck foie gras mousse, poached egg with smoked salmon or the signature Bistro D'oc duck liver pepper pate. Choose from a variety of seafood, meat and poultry dishes for the main course. Options include grilled shrimp, salmon and scallops on mesclun lettuce, seafood risotto, braised veal Languedoc and crispy Moulard duck confit on sautéed potatoes.
High quality food. Pleasant, helpful service. Bistro atmosphere - with hard surfaces and no table cloths, so not good for lingering, relaxing or romantic dinners - but cheerful and upbeat and convenient to Ford's Theater, etc.
We had out of town guests who asked us to recommend something downtown. I'm not sure they would have found this on their own. We ate upstairs and it was perfect for a large group that wants to visit. Menu was suitable to both adventurous and staid diners.
Ah, such a treat to eat at a local restaurant amidst all the touristy stuff! We took family and friends from a 'foodie city' and they loved it. I had the wonderful summer treat: gazpacho with crab meat (am sure they'd leave the crab off if one has allergies), and then the chevre chaud - the salad with goat cheese. Together, easily a meal. Of course there was dessert - house-made coconut sorbet that was light and delicious. If there are just 2 of you, make a res. for when they open for lunch or dinner and sit at 1 of 2 window tables. Delightful to watch the passing street scene & tourists while dining. Recommended: the Pinot Blanc Alsace, a light and lovely wine.
We really enjoyed our meal and thought the service was very good. We are looking forward to returning soon.
Service was excellent - helpful and checking to ensure our needs were met, never hovering. We didn't feel rushed, even when our guest was late and after dinner when we wanted to linger. Great ambiance - solid menu and food was well-prepared.
We were a group of five old friends from all over the country looking for good food in a relaxed atmosphere that would permit us to catch up while we enjoyed drinks and dinner. Bistro d'OC fulfilled all our requirements admirably. We sampled soups, salads and beef, pork, and fish entrees and each was excellent. The house wines are reasonably priced and quite good. We were there 2 and a half hours and did not feel rushed to vacate the table. We will definately return.
It was a great choice for a first date. An early dinner time made for a quiet time to converse. Friendly, accommodating staff made it pleasant, and the food was rich, tasty, and very unpretentious for a French restaurant. I am coming back!
This is a favorite in this neighborhood. Often dine here after a late afternoon movie at E. Street Cinema. Very much a French bistro and lots of comfort food. At last visit had short ribs, which were tender and flavorful. They always have appealing specials on a board and I often order from the specials. There is a pre-theatre menu as well with 3 courses for $25. That's a bargain but sometimes I'm not hungry enough for 3 courses. Service was attentive as always.
The PEI mussels were perfectly prepared, tender and juicy. The pomme frittes were flavorful and crisp, and the bread was suberb - crunchy with a light sourdough taste.
Service and ambiance were exceptional, food -- veal and salmon were very good, sides -- noodles and rice could have been more interesting. Restaurant was refreshingly quiet, but it was not busy so I have no way of determining what the noise level would be if crowded. Would recommend it unconditionally. Parking across the street was a hassle, but I'm no longer familiar with the DC parking scene.
Dining at Bistro d'Oc is the best way to leave the country without a passport.
We were looking for something different in Penn Quarter and Open Table did not lead us wrong. The food was amazing, with very resasonable prices for the quality. The ambience was a ninice mix of soft lighting but not overally dark...with a good noise to music ratio. Get 12 of the escargot, they are worth it.
This little French style bistro provides really fast, efficient service and is a good choice if you are not a foodie. The ambiance is "cute, French style neighborhood". I had been to Bistro d'Oc some years ago and couldn't remember why I hadn't been back. One bite reminded me; the kitchen routinely replaces butter with margarine. Margarine leaves a tell-tale taste; it is a cost-cutting ingredient that makes everything else suspect. On the positive side, the server was helpful with wine selection and the ice cream with brandied wild cherries desert was great. It is a shame that the use of a cheap ingredient has left me with such a bad taste - twice. This place has settled for mediocre but with a little more care could be a gem.
I enjoyed this restaurant very much! The food was good, the service was conscientious, nothing went wrong, and it was just the right atmosphere! The only thing that I regret is that outside the building it was crowded with tourists who tended to leer through the windows eerily. Otherwise, good job!
I have been to Bisto d'Oc several times and enjoyed it each time. This time I was part of a large group (8) and expected to encounter a few problems. That did not happen. Everything went smoothly: food was served on cue and while it was still hot. No orders were mixed up. In addition, one of our party had an emergency arise and had to leave in the middle of lunch. Her meal was deducted from the bill with no problem. Nice service and good food. I recommend it.
This was my second visit. My first was a couple of years ago when I sat at the bar and had escargots and cheese/bread, which was wonderful. This time I was looking forward to trying an entree. I recently visited the South of France so I started out with a nice glass of Rose. Next was the house salad which consisted of nothing more than a plate of micro greens and sliced mushrooms - certainly not worth the price although the dressing was good. For my entree, I ordered Rockfish. It was cooked perfectly, unfortunately the sauce and spinach was WAY over salted to the point where it was uneatable. Bread was very good and so was the service.
I live about 2 blocks from Bistro d'Oc in one of the liveliest neighborhoods in DC - Penn Quarter. I am surrounded by fabulous trendy restaurants which I often enjoy. Bistro d'Oc is my neighborhood standby. I have NEVER not been able to get a table here even on a weekend night and with little notice. I probably should not be telling other Open Table members about this hidden gem since all of a sudden it will become enormously popular and I will not longer be able to get a table wheneven I need one in a pinch. I love French food and the menu is very nice and varied. My salad with blood pudding was excellent and the lamb with flageolets delicious.
"Runner" actually loudly running food from kit hen to table... Distracting and eventually annoying.
Server was friendly but eh...
Ambiance is like stepping back into a 60s coffee house, dreadful!
Food is fabulous. you gotta overlook everything else.
The food was very good, as was the service. The only negative was that we had reviewed the menu on the internet and selected what we intended to order. Unfortunately, the menu at the restaurant was quite different. We were disappointed because we had looked forward to the shrimp and scallop item and there was nothing close to that available. Nevertheless, the experience was enjoyable. It demonstrates, however, how important it is to keep web sites current.
The restaurant is very convenient for Ford Theatre patrons, both before and after performances. The prices are quite reasonable for the quality and quantity of the food. We have eaten there several times and food and service has been consistently good.
We had a great time. Our waitress was very friendly and wanted us to have a good time. The portions are more than reasonable. They certainly had a nice range of different dishes as well as the evening specials. The food is very good and fresh. The Duck Confit was very good, a bit salty not enough to create a real problem though. Their Paté is amazing, and their French bread is to die for. Our experience with their mixed drinks was not so good. We went back a second time after celebrating my birthday there a few weeks ago. We will return.
Trying hard, but could be better. We went in on a weeknight and they were almost empty. The one server was trying very hard, but wasn't keeping up. The food was acceptable, as was the wine, but nothing at all remarkable. Next time I'm in Annapolis, I will try somewhere else first.
Always surprising how few tourists are in here. Good place to go before theater or event at Verizon Center - excellent pre-theatre dinner for $25, including wine. Service is fast so don't worry about missing curtain.
The food here is terrific. And the daily selections are creative and sound good. We had an early dinner so arrived with plenty of time to get to Ford's Theatre across the street. The service did become a bit hurried. And the noise level rose considerably from our arrival time to when we left. So, a downside for any conversation.
We dined here before going to Ford's Theater. The food was great as was the service. We arrived at 6:00 pm had a great meal and were able to get to the 7:30 show with no problem and without feeling rushed..
Good food and service. Only one complaint, the pre-theatre menu for $25 is a great deal with a complimentary glass of wine. However, we were not informed until we ordered a second glass that the wine that went with the dinner was not the selection we were drinking. So, we did not get a complimentary wine but paid around $9.00 per glass. Would have made different choices and perhaps had a more reasonable check.
we usually hit the bar before a movie at E Street and then get dinner here afterwards. the bar staff is super friendly, and the owner/ manager is as well. it feels like a local place, but we live in silver spring! i enjoy the French inspired food -- even though the ingredients may not be local or super fresh. it 's good French country fare and a pleasant place to eat and drink!
This restaurant is an "old world" favorite, not hip and sleek but rather something like one would find in Paris. I love their pates and have always enjoyed this perennial favorite of mine in downtown DC. We had the pre-theatre menu before going to Ford's Theater.
Rushed service, food that sounds better than it is, no charm
The haricots vert salad was delicious and practically a meal in itself. The pork tourenados was not. The pork was a big hunk of tough, bland meat. Even the cream mushroom sauce on top was tasteless. What was supposed to be ladyfingers in the dessert, were sticks of some kind of hard crunchy cookie.
The waitress couldn't even understand the English pronunciation of our order. All items had to be pointed at on the menu.
That dining experience will be the only one we ever have there.
I've eaten there twice for lunch and it was great. This is a French bistro, but one with southwestern French flavor not Paris--i.e., the area called Languedoc or the department of Aude, close to the Pyrenees. I particularly like the appetizer of lamb brains in garlic and butter--where else in DC can you get that--which appears to stay on the menu? Even the squeamish will enjoy this great flavor. The butternut squash soup with sour cream is another wonderful appetizer. The basic entree menu doesn't change much and is pretty standard, but they bring a big board with the day's specialties that tend to be different--e.g., a mixture of sausages with a sauerkraut that is not strong on the vinegar as you would find in Germanic countries.
Bistro D'oc is a classic French bistro owned and operated by a French family. This is an excellent place to experience a real Bistro, a name much overused in the American dining scene. The food is excellently prepared, classic Bistro food. The wine list is dominantly Languedoc (Rhone like) and very reasonably priced. Ask one of the brothers to help you select a wine according to your tastes as these wines are little know in the US not easy to find in your local wine shop.
Onion soup was fantastic; short ribs braised in red wine sauce and a chicken dish were good but pork tournedos were so tough could hardly cut them much less chew them. Sent back and all they did was reheat it which made it tougher. Finally just had them take away the pork and ate the veggies and delicious cream sauce.
Across from Ford's Theater, steps from The Mall, in the midst of downtown, Bistro d'OC is a quiet, dependable, quaint location for good French cuisine. Extensive menu of daily specials and solid wine list.
We went to the Bistrot d'Oc with my colleagues to celebrate our work. In the group, I'm French and it's not easy to find nice and authentic French cuisine in USA but this restaurant was really good. The food was authentic, and luckily it was mostly dishes from the South (my region). The waiter (an american) spoke really well French, it was a really bonus.
Good and authentic french cuisine.
The duck pâté was truly incredible. Fantastic tasting and more than adequate portion. We also ordered the mixed cheese plate. Good selection; I'm not a fan of Brie but really enjoyed theirs. Wasn't really meant to be combined, but having the goat cheese with the pâté really made the pepper shine. We shared the butterfly hangar steak...yum!! Perfectly seasoned and the Roquefort sauce was a delicious addition.
If one can score a table at the front of the restaurant, the ambience is excellent. For lunch we were seated in the gloomy back room where no outside light could penetrate, which was quite unpleasant. The food was excellent and I recommend it, but I would not return unless I could reserve a table near the front window. That would not be an issue after dark.
One meal was not prepared as requested and needed to be replaced. Nothing special in this restaurant and disappointed in the meals.
As a party of ten we were thrilled to be able to eat and get to Ford's Theater in time for the show. The service was outstanding. Our only comment would be the pork was a little too tough to enjoy. The rest of food was very good. Loved the butternut squash soup and the desserts were wonderful. Would definitely go again. Once again, the service and making the reservations were fantastic.
We would highly recommend the Bistro, especially in a very touristy part of town.
The restaurant was recommended to us by a local friend and we were not disappointed. Although our table was not ready at 1PM per our lunch reservation, we opted to eat at the bar and were quite happy with the service and food selections. The food and drink prices are fair and good value for the theater's location next to Ford's Theater.
Our bartender/waiter made excellent lunch and wine recommendations, the pace of service was just right and the after-lunch coffee delicious. The fact that the restaurant is next to a major history buff/tourist attraction makes it ideal for visitors to DC and local theater patrons alike.
My wife and I make a point of dining at Bistro D'Oc every time we visit Washington, but in recent years it has been for mid-week lunches, which are always impressive This visit was for dinner, and we were even more impressed. The escargots were marvelous. The Caesar salad was delightfully rich, and the hangar steak was excellent. It is the consistency of the cuisine and the friendly service that most impresses us: No matter what time of year or time of day we visit, Bistro D'Oc is always excellent.