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About Permanently Closed - Bistro d'OC
This restaurant is permanently closed.
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.
Washington, DC 20004
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
We have private rooms available for parties 10-45 people for dinner and a private bar for up to 65 people.
Private Party Contact:
Benoit: (202) 393-5444
Bistro d'OC - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
We've dined at Bistro d'Oc twice, once before and once after the show at Ford's. On both occasions the service was great and, on each occasion one of us got a fabulous entree while the other was very good but not superior. From our two visits we conclude that the chef is great with meats -- the beef and pork dishes were the stars on our visits.
We have eaten here several times in the past and thought it good, not great, but this last meal drops its rating to fair. I had Dover sole, a delicate fish and not easy to prepare well. Bistrot dOc did not do so. The filets were this and pan frying was not the way to go - there was no flavor left in the fish. My wife had trout and the problem with that dish was the sauce overwhelmed the also delicate flavor of the trout. Veggies were better but when the main dish is not good, the rating must reflect that.
We visited recently after finding a couple dishes on the menu that caught our eye (special of the lamb chops and then the steak with roquefort sauce). Unfortunately, the lamb chops were gamey. The steak was ok...the roquefort sauce was the saving grace. To add insult to injury, our doggy bag for the steak and roquefort sauce, did not include the most important thing...the roquefort sauce! We thought on our way home that we bet the sauce was not put in the bag (we were concerned because of the level of service we encountered at the restaurant...see below) and sure enough, when checking the bag...and no sauce. We called the restaurant just to let them know of issue and they didn't seem too put out and stated that the kitchen was closed. We stated that we weren't going to drive back, just that training of staff should take place to not make that mistake. I guess we shouldn't be surprised to the level of service as others have noted here; simple things one expects in a restaurant were not present:
- bread arrived only long after appetizer was completed
- no new silverware after appetizer and our used forks were placed back on the table
- no butter and plates presented with bread and when asked, only brought butter, no plates. I was thinking, is this a joke? We then had to ask for plates.
- no water provided
- and finally, the staff's attire looked very sloppy...TGIF hosts & waiters look more professional
Too many other restaurants around to return...wouldn't recommend at all
Cozy french bistro, great location, great food and service. Compared to the high-end new restaurants in the area, this place is refreshing. Family run, attentive, delicious, authentic and moderate prices. This is our third time there and we brought friends of ours who are true Foodies and sophisticated wine drinkers. The pre-theater menu was excellent and value priced. The wine list great. The waiter was of professional quality and served us well. And the building is authentically quaint.
The dining experience started off badly with a waiter who ignored us while being efficient with two tables next to us. They had their drinks and appetizers and he still did not come to us. So we asked to be reseated and we were; then he threw attitude at us. So, if you dine here and your waiter is a balding white guy, change to another table. Once we were reseated, the service was excellent and speedy. The food was great as always!! We will return and will not accept service from the attitude-throwing waiter. Anyone dining here will be very pleased overall with the excellent food and prices for a center city restaurant.
Quaint authentic French bistro in the middle of tourist street has turned into a tourist restaurant with a French name. Entire staff is now Asian (which is not an issue, but you want to hear a French accent somewhere), and the waiter even came to our table to remove dishes when spouse had a forkful of food in his mouth. Food is still good, rustic pate is excellent, as were the main dishes we ordered...husband, the duck, and I ordered the sole almandine. Duck confit came with frites.....we substituted polenta, which made much more sense. Frites are for French restaurants located in the north of France...this is supposed to be Languedoc region cuisine... Need to be faithful to the region. French patrons visiting DC would much prefer a more authentic setting. A bit disappointed.
What a great restaurant! Best French food since we were in France - the bread was wonderful. Also, they took care of a special request for my husband's birthday - both of us were impressed. Directly across from Ford's Theater so it's a great location if you're seeing a play at Ford's. Even though it requires an almost-2 hr drive we will be going back!
We had a nice pre-theater meal with reservations I had made for 2 hours before the start of the play in Ford's Theater, which is directly across the street. The kebab meal couldn't have been improved. The lamb, eggplant, and rice were perfectly seasoned. The crispy duck confit was also a lovely dish. The french fries were perfect, lightly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The lobster bisque was delicious. The restaurant welcomed those who dropped in last minute and did not have reservations.
Five of us had dinner just before Christmas. The four adults ordered off of the prix fix menu and were very satisfied with our meals. The young adult in the crowd also had a very good meal. Also, they have a nice wine list. Service was professional and timely. We had a very good experience and will go back.
Expectations were low given the concrete frame going up next door, but we needed a decent pre-theater dining experience that was convenient to Ford's Theater. Bistro D'Oc more that fulfilled that bare-bones requirement. Three of our group had evening specials, only one of us ordered off the regular menu. The specials, particularly the three course "Pre-Theater" special were the real deal, offering credible versions of the earthy country cooking from the heart of France. The hanger steak off the menu, on the other hand, presented something of a mastication challenge. The house wines were good and reasonably priced. The other good news beyond the food was that service was brisk and that one could actually have a group conversation during dinner. Together with the later energetic production of "Christmas Carol" across the street, it made for an enjoyable holiday outing.
I was encouraged to try this restaurant because they are on the list of places that offer an incentive to members of Ford's Theatre. They are right across the street. We went late, at 9:30 pm, right after Ford's production of The Christmas Carol. The service was a little disorganized -- we kept getting confused by two different servers doing different things -- but the food was great. In particular the special of the night -- a pork chop with mushrooms in wine sauce -- was one of the best I've tasted. The restaurant also offers a very reasonably priced pre-theatre menu.
We both ordered the prix fixe, which was a very reasonable price. The squash soup was delicious. The entrée, a chicken stew, was good but could have been better. The waiter brought me the wrong dessert but fixed the problem. The dessert, a strawberry mousse with a berry sauce on top, was yummy! I will definitely return.
I have dined at this restaurant many times. This is the first time that I found the food disappointing. The onion soup was good, but the salad with sausage was at best mediocre -- too much dressing and otherwise uninteresting. When the owner was told, he merely shrugged his shoulders.
The restaurant meals and staff were excellent. My wife and I had fantastic meals, a great waitress and it all went smoothly. The restaurant is across the road from the Ford Theatre and at the time of our visit there were roadworks; this made it slightly less appealing when thinking about going in. In short we are glad we did!
The food here was quite bad. I had ordered the mousse de foie gras, which came out like a block of ice. It was clear that it was just taken out of the freezer and plopped on a plate. The charcuterie plate had pieces of meat that were like cheap slices of salami that came from Giant grocery store on a plate with a sad piece of lettuce on it. The creme brulee was ok. The service wasn't that great either. The waiters were curt and grouchy, especially when I had to send the mousse back because it was too tough to eat (how and why would mousse be tough?!).
Used to really like this place. Good service, good food, a relaxed atmosphere. Hadn't been in a few months, went Saturday night on special occasion with out of town friend. Service was pretty poor. Waiter had no idea what pastis was. This in one of the few places in town that serves it, a regional specialty associated with the resto's home base. Strike one. Guest ordered the roast chicken in her perfect French, as stated on the menu. Waiter said huh? Then she said it in English. Chicken. Roast chicken. Waiter had to bend over to look at the menu to make sure he got it. Yikes! Big time strike 2. Finally, waiter had to return to table several times to re-check what wine by the glass we wanted refilled. omg.
Food barely ok, not as good as in the past. Was embarrassed at having taken my friend here! Not coming back until things shake out. Something definitely bad happening here right now. New owner? New management? Don't know, but not coming back for awhile. A long while.
I must say service was much improved as opposed to my previous visit; and, it behooved me to so state. It was only fair since my previous visit had not been favorable and I had expressed my dissatisfaction.
The food is always good. Thanks ever so. I will be returning.
This used to be my favorite French restaurant in DC. Every time I ate at Bistro d'Oc, I almost felt sort of clever having chosen it over of all of the other more notable French restaurants in DC. It used to be that stepping into Bistro d'Oc was like stepping into the cozy den of a Languedoc cafe in France. But after my pre-concert dinner last Saturday, it felt more like a mildly tasty meal trapped in some endless loop of dining purgatory where your food never arrives and you keep repeating your order to the waiter over and over.
We were seated upstairs with one other table. Normally I like the upstairs area because it feels cozy but there was no one there, you could hear a pin drop, and there was space downstairs where we could have enjoyed the ambiance of other diners. Fortunately our food was tasty but our waiter was beyond incompetent. He couldn't remember our order and returned to our table multiple times, interrupted conversation, and chanted our orders back to us for double and triple checking. He had zero people skills and fulfilling a request for a pen with the check took two tries. My favorite part of the evening was when I sat my old dinner plate behind me on an unoccupied table to make room on our table. Instead of just picking it up silently and walking away, our waiter came over, interrupted to ask "You done with this?" No, I'm not done, I want to lick it clean later and I just sat it over there so as not to tempt myself before dessert. Yes I'm done with it. The whole ordeal took two hours. We had a relatively simple meal without dessert. At one point, one of us had to get up to go track down the waiter as he'd forgotten about our wine order.
I used to love the buzz and welcoming environment of this cozy little place serving up authentic morsels. The manager needs to ditch this dreadful server, slap some fresh paint on the walls, and get someone to run a marketing blitz. I'd hate to see this place go under but I don't expect it to survive long.
I find that on every occasion that I visit the restaurant, the wait staff are not very cordial. They are stiff, never smile and are not welcoming. Never make suggestions should they be out of certain meal, wine, etc.
I really enjoy several of the restaurant's dishes, however, the staff put me off from inviting others to join me.
My guest and I enjoyed a quiet evening at d'OC since there was no show that evening. Had a pleasant evening with very attentive service. We started with their wonderful rustic style bread and butter; bread has the chewy crust we love. My guest had the shrimp entree what was excellent with several large prawns and rich stew-like vegetables. I had gone hoping to get the cassoulet that was on the website menu but was not on the menu, so instead I had the duck confit off the specials menu. It was very tasty and expertly prepared with a nice sauce with potatoes, mushrooms and carrots. The wine list not extensive, but more than adequate for this size of restaurant, and reasonably priced.
The wines that we chose were delicious and French, but overall there is not a phenomenal selection of French wines. There were plenty of California and Oregon options. The food itself was delicious and presented in traditional French fashion at an appropriate pace. Overall a very good, classic French meal.
The food was great. I got the Pullet Au Con Vi* (chicken cooked in wine) and my boyfriend got Veal. It was our last dinner together before I headed off to study abroad for 9 months. It was more than romantic, my partner claims that it was the best dining experience he has ever had. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if my thumbs weren't preoccupied eating its delicious food!
I used to dine frequently at this cosy French bistro because of its good food and proximity to Metro and E Street Cinema, but the food is not as good as I remember. The Pre-fixed Theater menu offers an unimpressive selection of three choices of appetizers, entrees and desserts which I should have steered clear of had I known how boring two of the three sections would be. The green salad appetizer and pork entree were so-so ... but at least the dessert (Profiteroles) were good, as was the coffee. My dining companion described the butternut squash soup as tasty but a little too sweet. She wondered if sugar had been added? I will visit the restaurant one more time only because I don't want to completely give up on this place I've visited over many years and have fond memories from ... but next I'll make a point of selecting from the board menu that displays the day's specials with hopes of a better overall experience.
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