Service was quick and attentive and the food was excellent!
Small portions that will fill you up. Good deception. Had the steak. Steller.
Overall, good food in a nice atmosphere.
They didn’t have some of the more traditional Italian meals. They had very good pasta and good Italian wine selection. The venison was delicious but very small servings.
We had a wonderful evening, great wine selection. Andrew, our waiter, was awesome and the food was amazing! Great place for date night!
Very cozy feel but not too intimate so it's comfortable for colleagues. Great food! Beautiful presentation & tasty! I had the beet salad & risotto! Both were exceptional. Finish with sorbet or gelato! Yum!
Was at a conference at the Grand Hyatt and decided to pop in for dinner one night (It's about a block away). Really loved the texture and flavor of the food. I had the the meatball appetizer and caccio e pepe - fresh pasta makes a huge difference. Service was excellent and attentive. I'll be back next time I'm in town.
Excellent service and excellent food. Great place to eat.
Table near us 3 businessmen, one of whom was terribly loud. Very annoying.
Had not been here in awhile but not sure why- as everything was excellent. Service, ambience and especially the food was excellent. Sword Fish was particularly excellent. Definitely will be back soon.
We were pleased with the food. The service overall was good. The entire staff were friendly. We would recommend this restaurant for dinner.
Nice upscale Italian dining with exceptional service and inventive menu. Prices were reasonable by DC standards and noise level was relatively low, a real treat in today’s restaurant world.
Very authentic Italian cuisine, take it from an Italian from Tuscany. Chef is from northeastern Italy, Pordenone, but his mother is from Ascoli Piceno, in the Marche region so he is familiar with central Italian cuisine, which is Italy's best. The Brodetto was as good as any I have had in the Marche region. The pasta/sauces we have tried have been excellent.
I love this place and the food was excellent. My one complaint was that they must have changed the pastry chef because the Tiramisu was no where as good as the last time I ate there. I would still go back in a heartbeat.
Our son was here to visit and we wanted to take him out for a special dinner before he goes home to Seattle. We were surprised with how accommodating the staff is and how my husband's needs were even met (he walks with a cane) so he had enough room to be comfortable. Our dinner was delicious and we will definitely be back.
Close to our hotel, nice wine menu that is classified by region in Italy. Desserts were wonderful
We came to a very energetic restaurant and the staff took everything in stride. I've worked in the industry before and I can tell that they are professionals. Flow was just right and no one seemed hurried. The vibe was so good.
Definitely a winner! We've not been in a long time but after reading the great review from the post, we decided to give Bibiana another chance! Talk about a revival...
Outstanding. I ordered cervo (venison). I was told that Chef had been working on that dish all week, and had only offered on the menu for the first time that night. Three small fillets, cooked medium well, not even a hint of 'gamy', not an ounce of fat. Fillets looked to be rolled in pepper, chocolate or cocoa, spices, and some salt. Texture was firmer than prime rib, but more tender than sirloin. Flavor intensity in the middle, too. The coarseness of the spices and salt made for a nice augmentation of the texture. That is, the meat was as expected, but the spices and salt from the edges added a subtle, barely-there crunch, which I found interesting and welcome. The crunch was not especially salty, but you get the idea of the texture. (I also had no objection to the amount of salt in the preparation. At home, I add no salt at all for health reasons, so my palate is sensitive to salt in restaurant cooking.) The manager noticed that I had ordered a Tuscan blend for my wine, but generously offered me a glass of rose with a hint of effervescence that he said would complement the cervo better. He was absolutely right. I find many roses to be sweet, lack character, and reminiscent of Boone's Farm. Not this one. This one was light, which made me wonder how the pairing would go. But after a taste of the cervo, I discovered that the sip of light-body rose with the hint of bubbles cut straight through to cleanse the palate; something the medium-bodied Tuscan was not doing. I finished the cervo with the rose, and drank the Tuscan before dessert of almond gelato (INTENSE flavor, perfect sweetness). Note that in keeping with authentic Italian cuisine, the portions will be smaller than American. If you are especially hungry, you will need to order a pasta course, as well. Because of the high caliber of the chef, food, preparation effort, and restaurant, expect to pay a higher price for your meal than in many other restaurants. I recommend the cervo.
What a pleasant surprise! The restaurant is so nice. The decor matched the elegance of the food and our server was top notch!
Treated my friend for her birthday dinner and we had such a great time. They even gave us a birthday dessert!
Too expensive for what you get
The appetizers were great, we shared Grilled Octopus and the meatballs. Our entrees were disappointing: Bucatinin, Risotto and Cavatelli. Overall the flavor of each entrée was bland. No offer of fresh ground pepper or grated cheese: we had to ask for these. The additional pepper and cheese was helpful. However, for entrees ranging from $22 to $28, these additions, in my opinion, should not have been necessary. It had been a while since I ate at Bibiana - I doubt that I will return.
Our experience was poor right off the bat. The waiter hastily took the menus away from us at the table and was overall very dismissive. The food was below average, as the steak was cold and horribly undercooked. The spaghetti squash that came with the dish was bland and looked like it had been sitting in Tupperware all night. The service in general made us feel rushed. We spent about 45 minutes at the restaurant and felt pressured to leave.
Awful. Staff over salted a salad. Like really over salted it. I'm not a chef but it was so salty it was like a 4 year old over salting their very first boiled egg. Sent it back. The chef came out and said I didn't know what I was on about, saying parmesan cheese is the reason. There are other complaints I have but in the end of the day this place lacks the luster it advertised. The management has deteriorated I will not return there or the conglomerates like Rasika
from the minute you walk in the door you are greeted by friendly staff in a elegant setting .
highly recommend Bibianna. a short walk from City Center shops. superb Italian cuisine from
talented chef formerly from Casa Tua in Miami Beach does not disappoint.
Did not like the new menu as much as the former one
Delicious Italian fare in a contemporary, well-appointed setting and impeccable service. We thoroughly enjoyed the short ribs and the swordfish. The tiramisu and the bombolino deserts were to die for.
Wonderful food and atmosphere!
I thought the portions were insufficient for the price of each meal. The food needed a lot more flavor. Though the restaurant was recommended by a friend, overall we were disappointed.
Celebrated my friends bday at Bibiana. We were blown away with the service and cuisine! Bravo!
Our experience at Bibiana was perhaps the highlight of the winter dining season. The food was excellent. The service was superb. It was a simply delightful evening.
My spouse and a friend and I had a memorable dinner. I had only been there once before for a Restaurant Week lunch and enjoyed the food then. The menu had some truly interesting options and the wine list had a spectacular number of good Italian wines listed by region. We shared a wonderful bottle of borolo. My octopus appetizer was amazingly good and so was my pasta dish. We enjoyed all of our courses. Convenient to the Metro. We will definitely go again.
delicious food. excellent service. some unusual dishes but really tasty. a good choice for something a little different. Check out the menu!!
This is a good restaurant, with fine food and acceptable service. But for the prices we would have expected excellence across the board -- not just a nice dinner. A sazarac cocktail for $18? A glass of wine for $21 (chosen by the waiter)? Small portions of the main courses accompanied by high prices ($30+ for a piece of fish)? You would think given the multiple choices for excellent Italian restaurants (e.g., Fiola, Tosca) Bibiana would seek to distinguish itself in same fashion or moderate its pricing unless it survives based upon a theater crowd.
Food as always was outstanding, and our service was too, on a night that the winds must have kept a lot of diners away. I appreciated how attentive our server was to my old friend and I catching up, they did not disturb us in the slightest as we closed the place down. The agnolotti with foie gras was totally to die for, as was the crudo swordfish appetizer, kind of like sushi but delicate and beautiful. Thank you, Bibiana! I will be back!
remarkable food and service. the new chef is outstanding. we will go back soon.
Wonderful all round and an honor to meet chef Navone
After going to other Italian restaurants around DC I thought Bibiana's food was fair. The pastas are impeccable but the sauces were either too heavy or one note in flavors. The appetizer I ate, the meatball with polenta was good. The polenta was delicious, could have eaten that all night but the meatball lacked seasoning. Drinks were great, and the atmosphere was elegant, but the dishes were a bit lacking in flavor.