Permanently Closed - Evo Bistro

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759 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Evo Bistro offers Mediterranean-style tapas and entrees featuring wines from around the world. In addition, Evo Bistro is also a retail wine shop.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm
Friday: 11:30am - 11pm
Saturday: 4pm - 11pm
Sunday: 4pm - 9pm
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Phone number
(703) 288-4422
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Driss Zahidi
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Private party facilities
Evo Bistro offers a private tasting room that accommodates up to 10 people, in addition to lounge and dining areas for larger parties. Contact Evo Bistro to reserve your next event!
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Private party contact
Driss Zahidi: (703) 288-4422
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Catering
Evo Bistro provides full service catering to accommodate every need. Contact one of our catering managers and see how we can work for you. Email info@evobistro or call us at 703.288.4422.

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Cross street
Dolly Madison Blvd
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Parking details
Open Parking. Large parking lot.
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Public transit
No Metro accessibility.
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Entertainment
Tuesdays 7:30-10pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The menu that is on their website is a bait and switch. The menu that is in the restaurant is about 25% of what they actually of what they tell you they have online. The food was good but service was slow, and we were let down the second we saw the menu was not what was advertised. When we asked about the dishes that were on their website, they said they no longer offered those dishes...CHANGE YOUR WEBSITE!

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DH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food & drink options for Happy Hour! Very pleasant and helpful service!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Atmosphere was nice, wine was good, and detting was comfortable. Food was cooked and presented well

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FF
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Our evening would have been very lovely had it not been for really odd service from our waiter, Hamid. First he got irritated that - when we said we didn't want sparkling water,, it didn't mean we wanted bottled still water. Then it took forever to take our order and get some wine. He told my friend, when she was prepared to order a full bottle of wine, that she couldn't taste the wine first, even though it was also offered by the glass. She corrected him. Although we all ordered a number of small plates (which means a sort of constant flow of food), they arrived very unevenly. One of us sat with no food for QUITE a long time, while two of us had two plates each. After about 20 minutes, the other plates all appeared.

At the end of the meal, we apparently asked too much when we gave 3 credit cards to split the bill evenly 3 ways. He seemed irritated and overwhelmed.

To be fair/kind, it might have been Hamid's first few days of working as a waiter. But his attitude and abruptness very much impacted our evening. And that's too bad. The food was very good, and having had a pleasant lunch there before, we were surprised by this.

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N
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The perfect restaurant to meet a friend for lunch. Very good food with a wide choice. Excellent service. Low noise level. All appreciated.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What an unexpected find. Very unassuming from the outside. Evo is just a jewel of a restaurant. Our food was perfection, as well as the wine. Server was friendly, and accommodating. What more could you ask for? Can’t wait for our next visit!

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D
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We attended the Chateau de Saint Cosme wine dinner. A fantastic value at $65, and poorly attended. Apparently there were many last minute cancelations. Everyone that cancelled and anyone not on the restaurants email list should be kicking themselves for not attending. The 4 course meal was fantastic with great wine pairings. For wine dinners, the chef is provided the wines in advance and takes geat care to create dishes that pair well. He is extremely creative and it is an opportunity to sample dishes not on Evo's regular menu. If you get notified of a wine dinner, GO!

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MC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

reason i rated service fair is because my friends and I wanted to get the happy hour red (because they had tried it before and liked it) but because we were not seated in the bar (even if we wanted to, there was no more room in the bar), the waiter said we couldn't order it, even if we wanted to pay a different price than the happy hour price. That is ridiculous... Disappointing.

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DM
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, EVO does a great job. We enjoyed the Cakebread winery pairing event. The food was delicious: small, just-right portions paired perfectly with the wines. We especially liked that this menu featured courses that even a non-adventurous companion could enjoy. Of course, the wines were a real treat.

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MD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Evo Bistro has become my favorite spot in McLean for French bistro cuisine. Friendly service and delicious food.

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KB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy eating at Evo Bistro. I had tpas - Tomato Tartare, Ribs over mashed potatoes and vegetables, and a Mushroom dish. I am on a gluten free diet and it was easy to find excellent food choices that I could eat.

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JW
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Evo Bistro. Our waitress was Russian and was delightful. I'm sorry I don't know her name. My husband had the Steak Oscar & I had mussels. Both were very good.

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LM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is the best around. The chef made a custom paella for us. The wait staff is what makes this place amazing. Our waiter made sure everything was just how we expected and was so helpful with the menu. We love this place. Great food and wine.

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MD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Evo Bistro is consistently one of my favorite restaurants in McLean for lunch and dinner. The food is delicious and the service is excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and attentive service. Wonderful for small plates or exceptional dinner entrees!

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waiter was a little rough around the edges. Food was average to good. Wine selection was good. Location is good for the neighborhood. Perhaps better to convert this establishment to a more neighborhood place than an upscale place. Just because you are in 22101 does it mean you have to have a more than regular menu price.

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A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The team was great - very accommodating of our fluctuating group size. The food is high quality and the wine list fun to explore.

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M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Tapas were very tasty but main dish, Mediterranean Sea bass was really bad. I was very hungry so I ate some but couldn't finis... great service...

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, delicious food and great ambiance for a date, get together, or special occasion !

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great menu, healthy, good choices not run of the mill. Very good service, friendly, helpful.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what an amazing gem! The TAPAS are delicious you can taste how fresh everything is and their wine selection is wonderful. Could not believe I live down the street and I had never been before! The service was fantastic and I can't wait to return!

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We've been there twice. The first time service was slow but still acceptable. The second time, there were only 3 groups of customers, but the only waitress let everyone wait for at least 20 minutes before even taking drink orders. Don't know what's going on there. However, the food was OK.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my military son here for Memorial Day dinner. The service was outstanding, really good wine list., the food was amazing and our server showed gratitude toward my son's service. The manager stopped by our table to make sure everything was nice. We both really enjoyed our dinner. We have a beautiful dinner memory that no one can take from us.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we stepped out of our taxi to the moment we left, everything here was amazing. The staff were amazingly attentive and the food was gorgeous. The atmosphere felt warm and inviting. The Evo Bistro's cocktail is a must to begin your night. We enjoyed Crepe with crabmeat, Paella, lamb and halibut, all of which were done to perfection and with an imaginative twist. I like that. Thank you to everyone who made our night so special.

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W
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Mother's Day dinner. Choice of special Mothers Day menu which was excellent or tapas. Everyone devoured the food from appetizers to dessert. Loved the lava cake, the surf and turf was perfect. Nice filet that was perfectly cooked medium rare with a sweet succulent lobster tail. The lobster ravioli was good, the butternut squash ravioli was amazing.

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Q
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wine choices were great! The food was very good, as usual. We decided to do mezzes and share a few different plates. The artichoke was delicious as were the asparagus small plates. The empanadas were okay, but a tad too greasy for me. The service was excellent! Would definitely go back again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

There appeared to be a single server for the dining area where we were located. It was early in the evening however and the restaurant was not full. It wasn't that there wasn't enough staff, but it was unclear what they were doing. There was a separate room with a party of 8, and it appeared to be the focus of attention for several individuals including the owner and someone else in more of a managerial position. They weren't really paying attention to what was happening elsewhere in the restaurant.

We each ordered a glass of sparkling wine to begin--two different wines. When they arrived the waiter did not know which was which. That was the 'opener' to our experience there. Additional disappointments: Did not bring small plates for us to share the tapas. You would think this would be 'automatic' for this type of restaurant. Did not check back with us for ordering additional wines after our first glass of champagne. When we did order another glass of wine, it took so long to bring the two glasses of wine that we had already completed the meal by the time it arrived!! They were very fast at wisking the plates off the table.....just too fast. There was a dish with a sauce that we wanted to keep to use with bread---gone before we realized it.

The food was OK. We ordered a shrimp dish, and I understand this is small plates---but we were served 4 very small shrimp in a serving dish that made the shrimp appear to be 'microscopic'!! So disappointing in comparison to a previous experience I had.

It was embarrassing to see what was going on in the restaurant, and to have brought someone there for a special meal.

We did let the owner know on the way out that the restaurant did not meet our expectations and although was very polite....we certainly had the sense that this was modus operandi. In fact, I was concerned that our waiter was going to be 'blamed'---and really he was only a very small part of what was wrong with our experience.

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E
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Less enjoyable than our last visit. Small but well-prepared portions in a unique Mediterranean/North African style, excellent wine, happy hour noise and confusion, OK service, a tad pricey.

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R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed. Apparently I had read older reviews of the restaurant when it was doing really well and the food was wonderful. The restaurant has a tired appearance and the food was mediocre at best. Our waiter was over-worked but such a great guy. He kept coming back to make sure that everything was OK. Unfortunately because the food was very expensive and the environment and the food was fair, we won't be going back. I hope they get their act together, because they had a great menu, which is why I chose this restaurant.

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H
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very long wait for main entrees. Food flavorless. Dessert burned. First and last time there.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful meal. Great ambiance. Quiet enough to have easy conversation.

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LM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service from start to finish. Paella was amazing. They have a full bar which was busy and they have a nice list of wines. We are happy we found Evo and will be coming back again soon.

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MD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Evo Bistro continues to knock it out of the park with creative and tasty cuisine at lunch and dinner.

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DQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect leisurely, delicious Valentine's Day treat!

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AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Evo Bistro is a good restaurant that was rated as such because it seemed understaffed which led to slow service on our visit. The food was good family fare but not as 'great' as it had been in the past. Having only 'good' food at the relatively high prices made the experience not as nice as it once was. It seems to me that feeding two people for $100+ is pricey for a rating of only good.

We will likely go there again but not as frequently as we have.

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TB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I chose a french chardonnay that cost $11 and was told they were out of that wine but he would bring me one that I will like much better. It was a very oaky California chardonnay which was not what I was looking for. He did ask how I liked it and I told him my opinion. No accommodation was made and when I got the check, the "much better" wine was also $16. I found the service to be slow. I would also say that the average age was 50+. This used to be a hip place. Not sure what happened.

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LL
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't been to this restaurant in a long time and had forgotten how wonderful it is! The food was fabulous and the wine selection if first rate. I won't wait very long before going back.

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DM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived @ 5:30 on a Sunday and had the place to ourselves for a short while. Crowds started coming in @ 6:00 for a large wine tasting and an anniversary party. Service was good throughout, great food (although, even for tapas, the portions were on the small side), nice atmosphere, reasonable prices. I'll doubtless be back!

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LR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We brought out of town friends because we thought it would be a great place to be able to talk , have great food and beverages.... we were not disappointed! Our guests really enjoyed it. One small note, the 6-top table/booth seats and chairs up against the wall of the private room were really really worn and need repair or replacement. Otherwise, lovely evening all the way around.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had not been back to this restaurant for several years but it is much improved and is now chef-owned. A very pleasant experience and very good food. Nice wine list.

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