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K Town Bistro

4.6
4.6
676 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Burgers, French, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 933-1211

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Hermelindo Mazariegos

  • Private party facilities

    Please call (301) 933-1211 to schedule your private event

  • Neighborhood

    Kensington

  • Cross street

    Armory Ave.

  • Parking details

    Free street parking.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 676 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Romantic

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  1. M

    Mrycemy

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, outstanding food, just an overall great experience.
  2. C

    Cathy

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love going to K Town restaurant. The staff is always helpful and the food excellent. The menus are getting worn. I suggest they create a new one on a computer and print this
  3. i

    italianfoodlover

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The service was delightful. The daily specials were tasty.
  4. m

    mom1964

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good. The service was pleasant and helpful in describing our options. It’s a small restaurant so I would recommend reservations.
  5. BH

    BrettH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had lunch with a friend who was visiting from out of town. The food and service was terrific with very generous sized portions and a great value for the quality. There was a large group dining there as well, so a little bit noisy with that festivity. Overall a lovely experience!!
  6. TB

    TBTB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time great experience all around. Not only was the food over the top the service was excellent
  7. B

    Bambi

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The waiter appears brusque; actually he is just humorless and a good waiter. The waitress was sweet, helpful, accommodating. The atmosphere is the best: presentation is lovely. And the deep fried oysters and soft-shell crab: the best: lightly breaded so the taste of the seafood comes through.
  8. D

    Dinner4for2

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location for parking, fairly priced, consistently good food.
  9. GG

    GlennG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed every dish. We all share a little with each other. The atmosphere is amazing! The food was amazing! The Service was amazing! We highly recommend it. My wife and I have planned to return for a date night. This restaurant is wonderful!
  10. A

    Alicia

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The taste of the beef Bourgogne was very good but the quantity of it and the mashed potatoes was a bit poor for the price.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very charming.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dinner with very attentive service. Lovely evening and we’ll be back.
  13. SB

    SylB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    I was expecting you to have "duck breast" because your menu on the internet states that you still serve it. That is the reason we picked your restaurant. Plus the liver was very disappointing, it was like a stew and was not very good
  14. LC

    LooseCannon

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Easter Brunch! Amazing service
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and attention. The food was delicious. Our first time at K Town but we’ll be back
  16. l

    louiseb

    Washington DC

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food wonderful - well worth the visit
  17. PM

    PennyM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local restaurant. Close to Kensington Town Hall where we were seeing British Players.
  18. LG

    LindaG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food are the BEST. First time and we will definitively go again!
  19. c

    cookie

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner with friends
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was just delicious cuisine, and excellent personalized table service such I haven’t often experienced in the US…checking on us and anyicipating needs. Food was great and Specials delicious. Great for a date, special ocasion or antique or bookstore shopping nearby.
  21. b

    baja

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A charming off beaten path restaurant which has been around for years. Friendly staff, good menu, and good prices. Very noisy especially when children there. I recommend and having late lunch when less crowded.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I think this restaurant is a neighborhood gem! It's small and a bit cramped for inside dining but the food is outstanding and take-out service is offered. My husband enjoyed the scallops. The pork chops I ordered were very tender and delicious. Service was polite and friendly. The staff wore masks. Free parking is on the street.
  23. ML

    MikeandLisa

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience, as usual. Everything was delicious and the service was superb.
  24. WT

    WellTraveledDiner

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for lunch and had the lovely table by the window up front. From start to finish, the service was superb - waiter was quick with the bread and water, went through the specials, and was attendant to our needs without over-checking. We had the butternut soup and the onion soup - these were excellent . . . perfect portions and both delicious. I had Caprese salad, and friend had the Bistro salad - again, flawless and well-presented. We finished off the birthday lunch with apple crisp served with french vanilla ice cream . . . . perfection. I will definitely be back, and look forward to trying new items. I need to point out that the place itself is just lovely - elegant but comfortable. I can't believe I haven't tried it before so don't miss this gem!
  25. M

    Mcfgjh99

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Quaint, somewhat romantic restaurant. Staff is always friendly and efficient. Several menu items are unique and delicious. Needs to update music selection to improve ambiance.
  26. m

    merskamp

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant. Great food and brilliant service. I cant say enough about how much we love this restaurant and in an area where there arent too many great choices, this is a total gem. Very well priced also - the food is excellent and the staff are really nice.
  27. M

    Mcfgjh99

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious as usual. Will definitely go again. Soups and scallops are amazing. Beet salad: too many beets, not enough goat cheese or pecans
  28. JR

    JRM44

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Personal attention to each dish and table on Christmas Day is a good recommendation in itself. Our rib eye and pork shank dishes were well-prepared, good quality ingredients, and the portions ample enough for 2 additional meals from our take-homes. The fried oysters were fresh-tasting and the avocado sauce a creamy counterpoint. A welcome option for weary Christmas Day travelers!
  29. E

    Elcipote

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Friendly and rapid service. Definitely will be going back.
  30. RR

    RichardR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Love this place.
  31. BH

    BobH

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  32. JZ

    JoeZ

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, great kitchen, nice little place to eat with friends.
  33. DE

    DEvans

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Nice, intimate bistro will excellent food and service.
  34. MZ

    MildredZ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was very good. Was disappointed with Chocolate mousse. I like it creamier. Service was great and so was ambiance. Would go back again.
  35. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    This was our first time at the K Town Bistro. We both got the striped bass special. Also, had beet salad and escargot to start with, and the desert trio to finish. The food was excellent, although the snails were very small, and not really worth the price. The sampling of three deserts was great, and there was a good variety of wines by the glass offered. Service was good, but could have been more attentive. Definitely intend to return.
  36. HF

    HaroldF

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding Thanksgiving experience! Delicious food and wonderful service.
  37. RR

    RRatcliff

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant
  38. LV

    LindaV

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For me, this was a hidden gem that I will definitely visit again. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. There were many inviting choices but I was glad to have chosen the Pork Chucabuco (or something. I kept getting it wrong) which was one of the specials. It was a dinosaur sized pork lollipop with meat that fell of the bone. Served with Risotto and spinach. Yum! We were dressed up which didn't feel like a problem, even if some others were semi-casual. My only complaint was that there were to many specials to remember, I would have preferred that they be on a sheet of paper rather than trying to remember what the server said. But that is a small thing. I can't wait to go back.
  39. KR

    KulRiggs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first venture to K Town Bistro. What a lovely surprise! It reminded us of a little European cafe. The service was SUPERB. Waiters VERY attentive. Food was TOP-Notch. We had the gazpacho as our appetizer. I had the Tuna Tartar and my husband had the Beef Stroganoff with in-house made pasta. Both were EXCELLENT. We then split the K Town Dessert Trio, which was also outstanding and just enough for the both of us. Price was reasonable. We will recommend this restaurant to everyone!
  40. JH

    JeffreyH

    Washington DC

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A surprising gem. Small, intimate restaurant that got all the small things right. Special of three fish in shrimp sauce was much better than expected.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

K Town Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 933-1211.

K Town Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 676 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for K Town Bistro

3784 Howard Ave Kensington, MD 20895

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Armory Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Kensington

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Burgers, French, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hermelindo Mazariegos

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (301) 933-1211

  • Private party facilities

    Please call (301) 933-1211 to schedule your private event

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