Bidwell

4.5
416 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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vipNeighborhoodGem
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience overall. The food was very good.

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Allison
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I consider Bidwell a casual dining spot in DC. First, our waitress took excellent care of us. She seated us quickly and got food and drinks rolling for us, and provided good recommendations for us on the menu. My husband and I split a few different entrees and all were tasty. If you’re looking for an American food joint to take the whole family or want to entertain guests from out of town that want a solid burger or pizza, its a good spot.

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vipPatrick
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurants was available on open table for reservation. I got a call about 1 hour before my reservation and told me they were closed until April 1. Why were they available on open table?! I made a reservation assuming they were open, and they didn’t honor it. And there weren’t any others to make by the time they notified me.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite the reservation, this restaurant does not have designated tables and instead shares an outdoor seating area with the entire area. We could not get anybody to take our order nor answer the phone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great outdoor dining experience.

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JAG1
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, flexible, kind, and funny. Excellent (really, to be sought out) food. Great seating options. Rare treat in these days. Needed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic experience! Definitely will be coming back.

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vipbeaslett
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great! As aways! Keeping up with current covid protocols and such great food. Cannot recommend enough. They don't take reservations for outdoors in case of bad weather but easy to switch outside if you already have a reservation. Go there now!!!!

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DCFoodie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Great outdoor sitting! Delicious food and great service!

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vipbeaslett
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Couldn't make an outdoor reservation probably because they don't want to worry about the weather, but it was easy to move outside. So glad to be able to enjoy this and still be safe.

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RoseD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend as a brunch spot, very good service and great ambiance as well.

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DCFoodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to meet with friends or for a date!

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vipfood4jackpine
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our go to weekly. Brought new local friends who loved it. Thanks for working so hard to get back open during this National Emergency 🚨 😷

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vipStevenM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice work considering the coronavirus. Felt safe. Staff super nice. Pizza and appetizers were tasty. Good drinks. My only complaint was that my steak and my wife’s salmon were both overcooked (asked for medium rare, steak was medium well-similar with salmon). Dessert and limoncello good too. Maybe a little bit off tonight but we’ve had good meals before and will be back.

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vipbeaslett
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doing a great job since reopening. Great food just like before. Bartender made me a yummy drink he created himself. Welcome back bidwell

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vipcpf218
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Solid food and good service. Great option for outdoor dining.

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vipDeirdreW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The food was delicious, but there were limited breakfast options on the brunch menu. Even though the menu started at 9:30am, the options were very much designed for a noon crowd. Portions were small and did not seem to fit the end bill.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Went here for brunch on a Saturday morning. The ambiance was decent. Wasn’t super busy but where they lacked is in service. Not only was there things floating in the water, but they brought the wrong dishes out - despite only having three or four other tables in the rest of the resturaunt.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was good . The server, Bridgette, was very good. The noise made it extremely difficult to have conversation across the table. Add to the noise a guy at the bar, who is reportedly a regular, attempting to sing arias at the top of his lungs, while curious the first time or two, was very annoying as it continued.
Not sure if I would return unless they address the noise level.

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vipPJorgensen
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Comfortable spot for a group. Excellent beer and pretty good food too. Service was a bit abrupt the night we went, but we'd probably go back again.

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SaraJC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are top quality at Bidwell- great choices for vegetarians/vegans and the charcoal crust pizza is a must-have. Beautiful interior, attentive and pleasant staff, and very high quality drinks and dishes at reasonable prices.

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MoniqueM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My group had mixed reviews on the food. I was expecting more inventive food taking advantage of the rooftop garden greens that were advertised. The fact that much of the food seemed like standard "American bistro" fare is probably a reflection of what we ordered (two people ordered ho-hum burgers). I ordered crabcakes with avocado and there wasn't much avocado, but it was still good. Mussels were good but a little salty. Appetizers ("drunken" bean dip and brussel's sprouts) were both good. The service is very friendly and it's a lively and fun location and atmosphere. I would go back but probably order pizza and salad.

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vipDexterB
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Had a very nice lunch meeting.

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vipGratian
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Bidwell accepted my reservation, accepted my money, but did not give me 100 points for dining there. Why?

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ValentinaG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, charcoal pizza was delicious. However, my husband and I made a reservation for my birthday one week before, and still we don't receive the best table or special attention. But in general food was very yummy.

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vipDCfoodfan
Washington DC
161 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice neighborhood option for a casual dinner. Great staff

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service was great. Server was training a new staff member and both were attentive, outgoing, and absolute pleasures to have. Keep up the good work!

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dmindc
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine's day dinner at the Chef's counter, good place to sit, a little more room and less hectic than the bar

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monicam
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Unsure I could recommend Bidwell. We love good food AND good service. We were seated over 30 minutes late, received our food much later than tables near us that were seated and ordered after us and generally didn’t see much of our server. I realize that Valentine’s Day is busy and part of the issue maybe that one at our table did the fixed price menu but hungry people hate to wait for their food.

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sktrounson
Boise
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great crew at Bidwell’s. Everything overall was very good. We received water immediately then our appetizer. But the drinks we ordered before the water was brought cam close to 20 minutes later with our entrees. Kind of odd but ok, we had water. Fun atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great experience for my birthday, were able to accommodate a last minute change in party size

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KEL3
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Steak was not good, very tough. My friend sent hers back and when they brought a new entree they had cut the meat for her. It was still really tough so she returned it again. They did take it off the bill, but then charged her the appetizer price for the two sides that came with the steak. $14 for a baked potato and spinach. The wine was good, but the service, not so much. We asked for more water which never came. We also had to flag down waitress for steak knives. Waitress not very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience5

My family and I chose this restaurant for my birthday. I asked to sip a couple of varietals of wine. The server gave me one glass with one type of wine; then a small carafe for the other type. How was I suppose to taste the other wine. She said the restaurant ran out of wine glasses. They also got all of our dessert orders wrong. The pizza was tasteless. It was really disappointing given it's reputation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was mediocre. Our server didn’t care. We waited for our drinks 20 minutes and our appetizers arrived first. Not worth the hassle nor money paid for “just okay” dinner. Asked for second drink for wife and drink didn’t come. Waitres showed up 7-10 min. later without drink and asked what else we wanted. Are you kidding? I said “her drink” and was given a smart aleck remark.
Needless to say, Stay away from this dump.

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vipKristinM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious drinks, appetizers, entrees and dessert! And the music playlist they had going was exceptional.

TD
vipTDE526
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service and food very good. Staff very attentive.

JR
JoshuaR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here more times than I can count. The food and service is amazing! Always have a customer in myself :)

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Coffeephilosopher
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The good was good, but despite the restaurant not being terribly crowded, the service was poor. We had trouble finding our server and little things, like we ordered a root beer float, which sat in the kitchen (we could see it) before it was delivered to us.

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LarryB
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We ate here on New Year's Eve, though it was early in the evening. While I was initially disappointed that they did not have any NA beer to offer, the bartender came over and offered to make any cocktail without alcohol, which was nice and unexpected. The food was excellent. I started with a fried oyster appetizer, continued with a kale salad, and then a truffled grilled cheese with a poached egg. The menu is limited, which I like, though there are plenty of good choices.

PJ
vipPlainJane
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great sit-down option in Union Market. The cuisine was exceptional!

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Bidwell is rated 4.5 stars by 416 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.

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