Bidwell

4.4
438 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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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I'm deeply offended by the management's total lack of cultural sensitivity. The restaurant had the audacity to serve a specialty drink named gentrification in an area that was historically black and now is on the swing of forced migration by lower income families to move in people that don't represent the idea of "chocolate city". I will never dine there again.

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MariaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Went there for brunch and the food was not good. Coffee was cold, eggs were underdone, omelet and potatoes were underseasoned. Was surprised at the poor quality.

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MarianaB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even though the dinner menu doesn't bring a lot of options, the pizza, which is the main course, it is very good! Also not a lot of toppings available, but very tasty.

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BBBB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience1

It was like eating in a concrete school gymnasium and being overcharged for the privilege.

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vipKeeleyM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Basically, this place is an okay, affordable option if you are in Union Market and want to sit down at a traditional restaurant. Service was pleasant but very slow—we waited 20 minutes for drinks and one person in our group did not get his entree until most of us were done eating our food. The brunch food was fine, not great. I would not go back.

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vipFlvrfndr
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very attentive and the menu was perfect for different food restrictions. Plus the food was delicious!

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vipJosephineR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cassie and the crew created a memorable brunch experience.

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant, great ambiance, the perfect place to take someone on a first date

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The restaurant appeared to be understaffed but there was no disclaimer provided by management or the workers that service may take longer than expected or be inconvenient. My server would only arrive every 30 minutes, rush me and my friend to order and still forget the order, adding more time. Simple communication could have mitigated the frustration in receiving poor service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice atmosphere. We had a great time & will definitely be back.

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BrianM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was delicious. Great outdoor dining in Union Market

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vipbeaslett
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, so glad they are back for dining

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PeeM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My guest and I had a very good experience at Bidwell. The waitstaff, while minimum was very attentive and accommodating. Love the shrimp pasta in broth. It was scrumptious

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vipElNerd
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for brunch after a Father-Son event. My son and I split the breakfast burrito and the French toast. Both were great. We had a table outside and were fortunate that the weather was nice -- but if it had been any warmer, would've wanted an umbrella for some shade. Union Market and the surrounding neighborhood continue to get better and better and we find ourselves spending more and more time there. Lots of great options, but definitely recommend Bidwell for a sit down meal.

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CarlosS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was better than I expected. The location and price was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Came for happy hour!

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Champlifestyle
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the server was too! Will definitely go back.

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vipKendallH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a random stop here for dinner and drinks. We were seated immediately. First of all, the playlist is dope. That always makes food and drinks taste better, no? Our server was the most charismatic, attentive, and helpful gentleman. If only I could remember his name because he was fantastic. I ordered the Divine IPA, which I liked. They had some other good beers on tap as well. I got the burger and the kitchen made some accommodations for me. My only thing is the fries were cooked in some weird oil (I think) because they tasted strange. Really enjoyed this spot!!

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Danthebrickman
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Best charcoal activated pizza pies and lobster tacos in DC!

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ToyinA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good and fresh. The portion sizes were also good.

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NeighborhoodGem
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience overall. The food was very good.

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vipAllison
Washington DC
10 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
26 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
26 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
30 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
26 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
31 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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Bidwell is rated 4.4 stars by 438 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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