K Town Bistro

4.8
599 Reviews
$30 and under
Burgers
K Town Bistro is a family operated restaurant nestled in the heart of Historic Kensington that serves a variety of international cuisine. The owner, Gonzalo Barba, has over 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Having spent twenty of those years at the renowned Watergate Hotel in Washington DC, Mr. Barba has served sons of kings, presidents, and senators. Mr. Barba's personable nature combined with a passion for fine dining service creates a wonderful place to eat out with a stay-at-home feel. Additionally, the chefs of K Town Bistro formerly worked in the prestigious Old Angler's Inn in Potomac and The Vyne Bistro in Rockville. Together, K Town Bistro will be cooking some of the finest dishes Kensington has to offer.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM
Tue - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 8:30PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM

What 599 people are saying
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4.9
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lester
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice room. Staff polite, friendly and helpful. Food very good. Price fair.

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JoelR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was attentive, food was very good, ambience was good and quiet

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vipPrincesa
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite local restaurants o go with friends and relatives. Not only is the food and service good but the ambience is very welcoming. Plan to go again on June 30th with my two nieces.

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful little French bistro. Great selection of food, always excellent service and quiet, so you can carry on a conversation with your table mates.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner here. Food was amazing and service was outstanding!

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MarilynF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a charming restaurant I’ve been to several times. The food is very good and the service is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Never disappoints. Great food choices
Waitstaff very attentive

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SuzzB
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ktown is just so delightful. Carena was a gem, available but not hovering, informed, pleasant. The Italian Pinot Grigio she suggested went perfectly with the pasta and salmon. The food had delicate flavors. The blackened salmon was cooked just right. It had a crunchy light glaze and was rich, moist, flaky and flavorful. We loved the ambience: the beautiful warm and colorful china, sparkling crystal, white cloth napkins, and warm buttery walls. It was quiet enough to have real conversations with friends at the table. I really look forward to our next visit.

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KTBistroFan
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this neighborhood restaurant-will keep going back!

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, great food and excellent service. I got the short ribs and my wife got the ahi tuna. Looking forward to going back!

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TaliaC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Salmon and the shot ribs were very good. The place had a family feel, very welcoming, good service. We will be back and will save room for dessert next time.

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vipSamanthaC
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. Food is consistently good and the service is exemplary.

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HenriK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The crispy oysters and the short ribs were especially delicious.

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AlohaWriter
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent lunch choices and food arrived promptly. Very delicious. We will return for future meals. Ambience very pleasant.

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vipDANIELB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighbor gem has managed to survive the pandemic thanks to loyal customers
and great food. You can take your impossible to please in-laws there without fear.

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vipCORKyVino
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wide variety of classical dishes to choose from and good selections of wine by the glass. Service is friendly and attentive. Save room for dessert.

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KateW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I have been a frequent patron of the K Town Bistro and I expect to continue dining there often. I found several of the items I chose for dinner to be a little shy of exceptional. Perhaps the chef has changed? Don't misunderstand, I think it is a wonderful restaurant and I recommend it highly.

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SharonH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten at K Town Bistro for many years. We have always found it to be a wonderful place to eat especially for occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. The food is very good with portions that are reasonable and not over whelming. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is pleasant. You can have a conversation without having to raise your voice. I recommend it to my friends and often treat someone to lunch or dinner there.

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DianaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a delicious and lovely evening at KTown Bistro. Staff and owner are very welcoming and go out of their way to make dinner special. A little gem in Kensington.

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vipAdventurousDiner
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The catfish special was Amazing!!

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vipLooseCannon
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in EVERY way!

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vipKEArion
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

I went to this restaurant because it's one of the few on Open Table that allow you to redeem $100 worth of reward points.

There is zero ambiance, and the decorations are very random. There are spots on the walls missing paint, and the ceiling just barely looks like it might cave in.

The food is pretty good, but the menu is lacking. Our waitress told us more about what was NOT on the menu than the specials available. Also, when I ordered the scallops, they came with under-done (i.e. crunchy) risotto, not the couscous that the menu stated; I was never made aware that there would be a substitution. But I will say that the desserts are delicious; I got the dessert trio (I had to try more than one!), and they were all really good.

I'll go again, but probably only because I still have $11 on that gift card...

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Annie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to this charming bistro in Kensington. Came for an early weekday lunch. The food and service were great. I had the Oyster Po'Boy, my husband had the Beef Stroganoff, both excellent, with generous portions. Street parking was not a problem, but the area was a bit quiet, likely due to the ongoing pandemic. Definitely plan to return to sample more of the intriguing menu!

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vipMadeleineC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great wait staff, would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and service was very attentive but not overly so. Lovely experience.

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vipLooseCannon
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous salad, delicious main course, chocolate mousse desert to die for and excellent wine selection! It doesn't get any better. Bravo K-town!

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vipWallace
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent dining experience.

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vipWallace
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal.

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Dianna
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining with them. The wait staff was great, the food was delicious, and the wine was perfect.

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vipSteve
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great lunch burger with super big fries. Excellent servcie!

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vipLouisianian
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dishes. Perfect service. Following safety guidelines. Please support this gem of a place!

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vipLooseCannon
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant for lunch or dinner. Superb cuisine, service and excellent wine selection with a quiet ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch, and were delighted! Not many others, in keeping with Covid-19 regulations. Delicious food, wonderful service. Looking forward to return visits!

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Nancy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate inside during COVID restrictions so it was very quiet, but has been on the more quiet side even with the usual number of tables in the past. Excellent food and service as always.

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suzanneb
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this wonderful restaurant is one of my all time favorites........ever. i could eat there
every day of the week and never tire of the food. the chef knows how to bring out
the flavors every time. i'm so glad a friend told me about it last year!

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CarolP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch. Great food and friendly service.

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vipMadeleineC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant, would recommend to anyone, delicious

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vipLooseCannon
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous bistro restaurant and their sirloin hamburgers are fabulous for any meal and their regular dinner menu and specials are amazing, plus service is SUPER!

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vipCongressDJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn’t be more impressed by this place. Quaint location and excellent service. The prices were reasonable and the portions large. I ordered the ahi tuna sandwich for lunch. While the presentation was basic, no frills, the taste and size was phenomenal! Also, get the fried oysters on a bed of guacamole. Wow. So good!

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vipLooseCannon
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous cuisine superbly prepared and served. And their newly added hamburgers are phenomenal!

FAQs

K Town Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. K Town Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 933-1211.

K Town Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 599 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.