K Town Bistro

4.6
624 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 624 people are saying
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Margaret
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I had made a reservation for my husband and I for lunch but it didn't seem necessary as there were only two other tables in use when we arrived. Nonetheless, we were given a poor table in a corner because we asked to sit next to each other. My husband had a wall to stare at and I had the service area to look at. Is there some other reason the staff couldn't be more accommodating when the room was almost empty, other than their own convenience? My trout had so much paprika on it that I tasted nothing else, my husband had pork ribs although we weren't told they were ribs, we were told it was pork barbeque. We were so sad about the entire experience we will not return. It looks to be a delightful Bistro, but in reality, the staff seemed to be bored with their work and it showed.

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VernM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 that included three generations of married couples, a 64th wedding anniversary, and my grandson recent wedding. We enjoyed our time at K-Town.

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RobertW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place! A little far from us but a target when needing to go to hardware store around the core!! Great food by a railroad track! What a combo!

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vipEdPr64
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a quiet lunch. Food was quite good. Salad and omelet were nicely prepare. A bit of higher end pricing but worth it for the ambience and variety of choices of food.

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vipJoyful
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great. Tasty food. Large portions. Wonderful servers. Homey environment. Go!

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EileenR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, and portion size for the price. Service was very good. We will be back. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place for lunch! We made a last minute reservation to celebrate my daughter’s birthday and it turned out to be fantastic. Great food and top notch service. Can’t say enough about this little gem!

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NicoleP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing from going into the restaurant to leaving. The shrimp tempura was the best I have ever had and the French Onion Soup, pork chop special, ribeye and wine were also excellent!

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vipBeau
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of our favorite places. Classic recipes done well.

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vipjojo
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very glad KTown made it through the pandemic! Food and service was superior! Don't miss the short ribs or the scallops. We tried their pate special as an appetizer. Delicious!

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brandy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

the rib eye steak was well prepared but the meat itself was tough , lots pot fat
the salad was very tasty and the trio desert was delicious as aleays

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johnt
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food, ambience, service were all outstanding. Very pleasant evening, great staff, no wait. Food was well prepared and attractively presented. Minor dings -- the tomatoes in the caprese salad were not fully ripe, and the bread was dry. Portions were generous, prices fair.

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PhDinthehouse
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good choices for vegetables and seafood, nice wine selection. The dessert trio is dreamy to share! Terrific idea for lunch before exploring Kensington's Antique Row.

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John
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming restaurant. It's casual yet elegant. The perfect place to have a nice meal in a quiet setting. My wife and I love it.

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vipmerskamp
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place, have been coming here for years with my wife and we love it here.
Kensington doesnt have a lot of great dining options but this place is amazing and the service is always top notch.
Great food, very friendly and a nice location. We're very lucky to have them locally.

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BarbaraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Glad that K-Town Bistro has "weathered" the pandemic. It is a definite plus for the Kensington neighborhood. I enjoy my meals there. I am happy to support individual restaurants like K-Town Bistro.

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vipRenmus
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and amazing service!

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NoName
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This particular visit was disappointing. Hot day and the AC was just not on high enough so I was very uncomfortable throughout the meal. While the beet salad was wonderful, the blackened salmon was a major disappointment (and the mashed potatoes were cold). Will be reluctant to return. That said, previous visits have been much better and my table mate enjoyed her meal very much. Ambiance is wonderful, as is the service.

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Letseatout
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable lunch! Cute restaurant and the salads were fantastic

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AvidCook
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb tuna tartare, fried oysters and their special for the evening- softshell crabs. We had a lovely dinner and the staff could not have been nicer.

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HapC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As marked, everything was outstanding. The gazpacho was the best two of have had

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Though the restaurant wasn’t too crowded on the weeknight we were there, the service felt rushed when we were not in a hurry. Meal was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined in for his first Father’s Day and loved our experience. We felt welcomed by the very friendly and attentive staff. We ordered the tuna tartar and the beet salad as our appetizers with which was delicious and well presented. Our appetizers made us very excited for our entrees. We ordered the Blackened Salmon and Short Ribs and we’re not disappointed. Each bite was scrumptious. We ended up taking the dessert to go and didn’t regret it. What a lovely experience. My baby girl had a few bites off of our plates and loved it too. We will definitely be returning very soon. And thank you as well for the Chocolate Cake it was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience5

Food was ok. Not great.

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vipStephen
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Situated in lovely location where you can take a pleasant walk. Smallish restaurant less than 20 tables. Service fast but relaxed. Food excellent with appropriate prices for type of restaurant.
Will return there another time.

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Lester
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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

love this neighborhood restaurant-will keep going back!

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SuzzB
Wilmington
3 reviews
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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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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vipTaliaC
Washington DC
25 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.

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 4.6 stars by 624 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.