Bibiana

4.5
1413 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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As a native Italian, Navone’s passion for the culinary arts and Italian cuisine started at a young age. Growing up in both Switzerland and Italy, he would assist with his mother and grandmother in the kitchen creating dishes for the family. Navone returned to the USA in 2006, to join Casa Tua in Miami where he was appointed sous chef. He went on to establish himself as a prominent chef in Miami holding positions at popular Italian restaurants such as IL BOLOGNESE on Lincoln Road/Ocean Drive, and the Dolce Italian at the Gale Hotel, which was chosen as winner of BRAVO’S Best New Restaurant under his leadership. Bibiana is delighted to welcome Chaf Navone to Washington, DC.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; All Day Menu: Monday - Friday: 2:30pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm;
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Phone number
(202) 216-9550
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Loris Navone
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th and H street
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Parking details
We offer Valet parking for dinner only.
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Public transit
Metro Center is the closest metro stop, it is located at 12th and G street and our front door is one block away at the corner of 12th and H street.
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Featuring high-style Milano design and ample private dining options with Executive Chef Loris Navone in the kitchen. A dramatic stainless steel beaded curtain defines a semi-private dining area for up to 12 guests. The restaurant also has a large private dining room with two walls of expansive windows and 13-foot ceilings that can seat 48 and comfortably accommodate up to 80 guests for a reception. The main dining room can also be reserved for a private celebration. Please also inquire about catering options available for off site events. For more information about hosting a private-event, please contact Arthur Tanwangco at (202) 216-9550 or email: bibianaevents@gmail.com.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Washington DC
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Very attentive, careful not imposing. We were very satisfied with the food quality except the shaved black truffle. It was tasteless and not having the known aroma that the truffle usually carries. For $15 extra it was a waste of money.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fixed price meal was delicious with proper portions and perfect timing

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, good wine selection, superb meal!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance, the food is delicious and service is very good.

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DM
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My colleague was late to the restaurant almost 30 minutes. The wait staff was incredibly cordial... absolutely no pressure or any display of displeasure.

When my friend finally showed up the waiter hung around just out of sight but seemed to be at hand as soon as I turned looking for him.

The appetizer (smoked swordfish) was exquisite - very flavorful and simply delicious.

The entre I had was excellent. I had ordered steak prepared a certain way (that I like). The manager came to the table to inform and explain that the way they cook would not crisp the steak to the level I asked. He gave me a choice of another dish (I stayed with the steak which was done to perfection).

In short, the staff was ubiquitous but non-intrusive. The food was great, the noise level low enough for me to easily hear my friend across the table.

In short.. I would go there again in a heart beat.

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JL
Washington DC
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed another wonderful meal at Bibiana! They had some new summer menu items including a watermelon gazpacho and shrimp carpaccio that were refreshing and flavorful! Also enjoyed a turbot with a fried zucchini flower and grapefruit gelee. I highly recommend Bibiana for its creative yet dependable cuisine!

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GS
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Italian dining DC has to offer! The staff is sensational, friendly, articulate and attentive. I called to ask about parking and they quickly addressed my concerns. Two splendid martinis started the evening. A crisp, well dressed and presented Tri-Color salad was shared with my date. We also shared delicious pasta entrée. For our final selections, I had swordfish encrusted in pistachios she had the branzini. Taste, exquisite! We shared a dessert and she had the espresso and I a cup of black coffee. We topped the evening off with a glass of cognac. Nothing could be finer DC dining on a Saturday night!

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Seattle
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal and fantastic service at this restaurant. The food was inventive and tasty and the presentation was lovely. We started with the Gambaretti and beet salad appetizers, then had the veal, Gruyere stuffed gnocchi, and tagliatelle Bolognese entrees. All were amazing. We shared three desserts recommended to us and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The wait staff was very knowledgeable and courteous. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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SF
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food preparation and Service was excellent!
Wine was overpriced but good selections.
Risotto was fabulous and the Bronzino was very tasty and the Octopus was the best of all!

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BK
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was delicious! I had the venison and it could not have been better. My husband had the branzino. We started with a pasta that was creative and very good. Good service and nice wine recommendations. We will go back!

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Chicago
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Great food. Great service. A terrific restaurant.

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AS
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The service staff was attentive, a little too attentive. I felt a little rushed. The food was awesome, a little too pricey, but awesome. The risotto with shaved truffles atop was not worth the price. The cheese overshadowed the dish. My first time having truffles and I couldnt identify the truffle taste apart from the cheese.

The environment was comfortable. Overall a good evening. I would return.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good service even tho they had a very large group at the same time. Octopus was fabulous as well as tuna tartare.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place for special occasions. As always, the food was excellent. The theme is Italian, but the dishes are innovative. The shrimp carpaccio (yes, shrimp) was fantastic. The venison was unusual to find in summer and was delicious. A great selection of Italian -- and other -- wines for any dish. The service was just right. The recent remodeling gives the restaurant a fresher look. A great choice for a special or just a regular meal.

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GN
3.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was fine but not worth the price. Better off going somewhere cheaper for same quality or checking out one of the more highly rated places in town.

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Cincinnati
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was quick and attentive and the food was excellent!

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small portions that will fill you up. Good deception. Had the steak. Steller.

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AG
Washington DC
3.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, good food in a nice atmosphere.

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Washington DC
4.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening, great wine selection. Andrew, our waiter, was awesome and the food was amazing! Great place for date night!

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LJ
San Diego
4.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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!

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Portland
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Kent
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food. Great place to eat.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary date was excellent. Great food and service.

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JR
St. Louis
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Table near us 3 businessmen, one of whom was terribly loud. Very annoying.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were pleased with the food. The service overall was good. The entire staff were friendly. We would recommend this restaurant for dinner.

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Charleston
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Washington DC
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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Philadelphia
4.0Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Close to our hotel, nice wine menu that is classified by region in Italy. Desserts were wonderful

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have eaten here at least half a dozen times since Chef Loris Navone arrived. He turns out creations that taste like they do in Italy. They are well-presented and demonstrate that someone cares about what is served. They are neither new fad deconstructed nor old style red sauced dishes, just delicious examples of Italian cuisine.

The refreshed decor is attractive with some welcome pops of color.

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OT
2.0Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Too expensive for what you get

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Washington DC
3.0Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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Dallas
1.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

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.

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SB
Washington DC
1.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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

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MT
Miami
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Washington DC
4.0Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Did not like the new menu as much as the former one

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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