Bidwell

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$30 and under
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Chef John Mooney’s restaurant gets its name from General John Bidwell, an Army general in the 1800′s and founder of Chico, California. An avid farmer, he developed the Bidwell heirloom melon, a gold medal winning flour, and California’s first commercial raisin crop.
The Bidwell menu features Chef John Mooney’s signature dishes with Southern flair and flavor including: Gin & Tonic Salmon with Caramelized Cauliflower, Crispy Deviled Eggs with Homemade Ranch Dressing, Lobster Taco with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, and Suckling Pig. Completing the menu is a confidently curated selection of regional wines, craft beers and classic cocktails.
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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for date night on Friday for dinner and really enjoyed the clam pizza, octopus ceviche and fried oysters. Loved the food and atmosphere so much that I went back with friends on Sunday for happy hour!

SF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good. Took a while after we were seated to meet our waitress. Drinks came slowly. Main complaint was the speed between courses...literally 5 minutes between appetizers being place on the table and the mains arrived. We had to shuffle quite a bit on the relatively small table to make things fit. Never really got to enjoy the burrata or bean dip, which we would have liked to have more time enjoying.

D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The noise level was extremely loud. Me and my guest had to shout through our hands the entire time whether it was the music or people talking. The noise level was lower out in the market area than it was in Bidwell. I will not return for that experience again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excelente lugar, súper agradable el brunch!

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C
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Dinner on Saturday evening began well, with fried oysters and went downhill from there. Ordered the Nicoise salad, which arrived with a very few slender slices of tuna and a salad that tasted of chemicals or heavily chlorinated water. Was told by the waitstaff that manager would come to discuss; manager never appeared. Received a discount on final bill. Not sure what niche this restaurant is filling at Union Market: much better food is available elsewhere at the market; its atmosphere as a sit-down restaurant hardly makes up for a so-so-dining experience.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We returned the next night to sample more of the menu.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch, waitress made great recommendations, fruit was fresh and they kept the bottomless mimosas filled. Great service. Never felt rushed....

BL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Noice level throughout dinning experience ruined an otherwise great experience.

DB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Top-notch food . . . prepared extremely well. My new favorite lunch restaurant with convenient parking to meet up with folks.

H
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Service was fast

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Our first trip to Union Market. Bidwell was one of the few sit-down restaurants so we tried it. My husband's short rib was very good. My fried chicken was undercooked (bloody when I cut into it undercooked) and had to be sent back. Replacement took so long that I asked for it to be boxed having shared my husband's meal while waiting for a new plate.

TD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a little warm in the place, but the food was good!! Will go again but maybe in the winter. :-)

Bidwell
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hi Tony, My apologies for the heat. Unfortunately, since we are in an open space, once the market gets too warm, our air conditioner seems to pull double duty and takes away from our air circulation. I'm hoping you return sooner then the winter. As the weather cools down, our A/C functions at full capacity. Please be sure to ask for me when you return. Kelsie Wright/General Manager so I can personally say hello.

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Not 5 stars because we couldn't get a tour of the garden!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They gave away our reservation and the wild mushroom made my friend very ill.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Terrible servoce

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JE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner around 5:30, so it was early and not as crowded. The place is cute. It's inside Union Market but it has it's own space so you can people-watch without having people walking around you. The food was really good, very flavorful and the drinks were unique. There are different seating sections and styles: bar seating, booths, free-standing tables, and outdoor seating. The service was very good as well, prompt, but not annoying. 10/10 would go again.

DQ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Got us right in for a Saturday brunch which was awesome. Bloody Mary was just straight tomato juice and the vodka kiwi drink was just fine. We ordered sourdough toast for $3, our fault for assuming it would be some nice rustic slice- it was actually a slice of what looked and tasted like presliced target brand sourdough bread. The steak on my Benedict was cooked to death while the poached egg was just plain raw still. My husband ordered the veggie omelette and was also more than underwhelmed. The potatoes that came with it were ok. Cool looking atmosphere but because of the high ceilings it was way too loud to enjoy each other’s company. Service was mediocre. Server was pleasant enough but wasn’t anywhere to be found for the majority of our visit.

KL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was okay, nothing spectacular. Not a very kid friendly place. Not a lot of options for non soda drinks aside from tap water, sparkling water, or alcohol.
Our waitress had very little insight about the menu options and was confused when we asked questions about the menu. Once she realized we weren’t ordering alcohol or dessert to go with dinner she immediately dropped the check and didn’t come back. If we happened to be in the immediate area for dinner we might stop in again but we won’t go out of our way to seek dinner there.

M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Pizza base was very average. Bland and tasteless. Any taste came from the excessive cheese. Not worth the price.
My 'burger' was not a burger but a greasy grilled cheese with burger patty in the middle. The meals did not arrive at the same time. My 'burger' arrived over 5 mins before the rest of the tables food.
Overall, disappointing experience. Glass of Sauvignon Blanc was served Luke warm too ....

DR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for meeting friends and enjoying excellent food.

EC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If you’re plann

TJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service. No issues with us taking out time. Definitely a place to go back to.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great energy, and the service was amazing. Our server Kasha (sorry if I spelled it wrong) was so good.

CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

No AC, very hot inside, burrata is good but clearly frozen before bc it was hard inside

SE
Tampa
81 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were at a Politics & Prose book event and this was dinner after- We were seated promptly even though we were early. Waitresses attended to us timely through hectic and chaotic crowds- the place being packed to capacity. We ordered the serrano ham/pineapple pizza and the fish & chips with a mash substitute- and all came up good. This is a newly gentrified marketplace- we loved the murals across the back of the buildings. For a steamy hot mid summer evening the lively millenial ambiance was almost an over the top experience for us energized boomers. Fun and enjoyable for all.

GR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was pretty bland and uninteresting. The concept is awesome and I love the location, but the food didn’t impress me.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice

OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a pleasurable experience. From the initial greeting all the way down to our waiter. It was my first time and I’ll likely visit again while in the neighborhood.

JD
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the best experience! I cannot remember the name of our server but she was wonderful. We were visiting from NC and happened upon Bidwell and I would definitely recommend to anyone for brunch.

RT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife did not care for her burger although all else was good. Unfortunately and through no fault of yours, our dinner was shortened by a fire alarm and as such, one of my guests had to leave. Therefore, only 3 had dinner.

L
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent! One of the best places I have eaten in DC. High Value and excellent service.

ES
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pizza is super tasty! Really fun vibe in Union Market but can definitely get a little loud.

A
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The salmon was very good and the service was very nice and friendly.

NC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Busy but kind hostess, food sized seemed excessive for the amount of food. Great mimosas.

BF
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a dinner with a friend... great atmosphere, super nice waitstaff, and the food was delicious. Would definitely come here again!

S
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST Nicoise salad: Tuna was seared perfect. The dressing not overpowering - just right. Unbelievably fresh and delicious. Hawaiian Tuna Nachos were like nothing I've ever tasted before. And a fabulous cocktail, wine and beer list. A must visit for any foodie!

l
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been to Bidwell a few times now. The Cobb Salad with steak cubes is great! However, I don’t see the draw of charcoal in pizza crust —- not that tasty. And, I wish the place served a bread basket because food comes out slowly. Would also note timing of dishes coming out could be better as this last time the pizza came out way before all the other entrees.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bodwell’s food is always good. I like the location as well

CB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was not great. Specifically, order was wrong and when corrected you can tell it was rushed and the food wasn’t that great. The waiter was also not attentive. Union Market is a nice area but would recommend other restaurants in the area.

DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We really like Bidwell, and go often. But we had a terrible evening there a couple nights back. Took some out of town friends who we wanted to experience Bidwell and Union Market. Almost comically bad service (unusual for Bidwell). Wrong food orders, mis-timed orders. A bottle of wine taking 15 minutes to arrive - by which time we’d finished the meal. A friend ordering a Gibson from the bar and the bartender being mystified. It’s a Martini with a cocktail onion. The server brought sliced onions in the side. Wow! That was a first. So - guys - do not rest on your laurels.

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