Bistro 1521

4.5
44 reviews
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Filipino
Bistro 1521 is a Filipino Restaurant - Bar based in Washington D.C. that offers a variety of authentic Filipino dishes with a unique fusion style of cooking, which evolves from influences of Spanish, Malay, Chinese and USA. The combination of enriched native ingredients and style of cooking will leave an amazing and unforgettable taste that guarantees to excite the palate.

Bistro 1521’s Filipino style of hospitality is top-notched and it’s our priority that our guest will have an amazing and memorable time with us and it’s our goal to bring you the best experience and to make sure that you’ll come back for more!
Year “1521” is a significant part of history upon the discovery and exploration of the islands of the Philippines.
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HC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Overpriced food and it was terrible. This restaurant will not last for another 6 months.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for business lunch

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

Got engaged here. She said yes. Needless to say review is positive. Management was extraordinarily helpful for arranging a picture perfect engagement. Food is delicious. Get the Ube cheesecake.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Monggo soup was a delightful surprise. My first time having this dish. Lovely hearty soup with balanced rustic flavors. The cassava cake dessert is a must try.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

It was a slow night, -so the bartenders and waitress could have given us a high level of service, -but they just didn't care. Just not looking at us, not coming over. When she did come over, -she was trying to up sell us, and acted disappointed when we selected regular items, instead of the most expensive. Then, they just apparently spending time in the back, -turning on the friendly when it was time to give me the bill, which I had to ask for. No, "thank you for coming in!" from the bartenders. Just kept visiting with each other.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really liked the Pancit Bihon and Ube Cheesecake. Staff were friendly and attentive.

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W
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food really tasty and we had a great waitress! I'll definitely go back as we want to try some of the other options that we didn't try this time. The only "downside" was that there was karaoke going on in the bar

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CD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Filipino restaurant, thus far, in the DMV area. My boyfriend and I enjoyed our meal here and will definitely recommend to our friends, family and will definitely be going back!

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BM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here a few times on a date and group dinners and lunch. Number one, the food is delicious. I love their ihaw ihaw platter. I always get that. Number two, as a parent, the restaurant is kid friendly. It's great there are booths to contain the children. Number three, there is a karaoke area in the back with another bar. I wouldn't hesitate bringing over friends or business colleagues to try out Filipino food at Bistro 1521.

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TR
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, service, and venue. I will recommend to friends and other family members who want to taste or miss Filipino dishes.

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k
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food!

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KL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our fave restau in Arlington. Great service from everyone too!!! Our all time fave is their Binagoongan Rice.

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LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!
A good place to eat aubthentic filipino food- specially when you haven’t had any a while- brings you home (so-to-speak). I Took my friends from different Asian ethnicity and the Thad a good time.

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MB
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very quiet spot, perhaps it was the day, Thursday evening. Food is passable, not overly thrilling. Good beer selection. Good service and pricing was also highly acceptable.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great get together with classmates and a way to introduce Filipino food and culture to them...

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P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, authentic, and very friendly!

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B
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an elegant Philippine restaurant where you can bring friends and family for a great lunch or dinner. Large selection of dishes, drinks, and desserts from their menu. The " family grill (ihaw-ihaw) is a favorite for groups of 5 people. We had been here several times and it never fails to disappoint. Servers are very friendly. Free parking is sometimes hard to find but there's a "for pay" garage parking at the back.

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y
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Entrees are bit salty but good clean flavor. I wasn’t crazy about lumpia, maybe oil wasn’t so fresh.
Halo Halo here is to die for.... best Halo Halo in Nova!

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Decent place. I hope them the best. Why are all the Filipino restaurants overcharging? Especially for the portions received. I guess because they are hot & trendy right now. Tasty food though!

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BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We atttended the 1st anniversary dinner which was cooked by the Embassy of the Philippines chef. It was superb! Of the charts good. Classic dining with a Manila twist. We've eaten the regular menu before and it too is great. Lots of food and very well done. Get: sisig, hal halo, and the palabok.

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CL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Just what we were looking for, some of our favorite Filipino dishes. The pansit was particularly good with the chicken nicely charred and the spices in perfect balance. We’ll be back for lumpiang and chicken adobo. Great value!

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IL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I’d been wanting to try Filipino foods for a while and recently found this newer restaurant in my neighborhood. This was my first time to dine here and I had only one dish and one Filipino beer, so my experience here is very limited but I really liked the place. All the staff we met were polite and very professional and our server was friendly and informative. Both dishes my friend and I had were very simple and nothing fancy but were tasty. Some might feel the foods we had are overpriced considering their ingredients and simplicity but if you think about the service and envience, dinner here is a good deal. I would like to try their special menu next time. Lastly, I hope they will remain authentic instead of becoming Americanized. I definitely see the value in that.

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JB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun and interesting food. More hits than misses. Excellent local draft beer list. Parking can be challenge.

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ET
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It's closed. You took our reservation and the restaurant is closed!

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Horrible service. Was not offered larger plates for entree dishes, no serving utensils were provided either. Appetizer was served with Main entree. Overpriced for mediocre Filipino cuisine. If you’re looking for an authentic place to taste Filipino food, this is NOT the place! I am Filipino and this is a disgrace. Please hire staff that is friendly and hold the true spirit and grace of our culture. Small waiting space, interior decor was subpar. We held a reservation but were still made to wait 10 minutes. Overall, an embarrassment to Filipino culture and cuisine!

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JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Really great Filipino restaurant to take your Filipino family and those who love Filipino food. Can get a bit pricy, but everything is in good portions that its shareable. Is traditional Filipino food that tastes like its straight from Lola (grandmas) kitchen.

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AP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything, as did our kids! Saturday brunch was lovely!

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IE
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was good. The person waiting on us was really patient and took the time to give descriptions and recommendations.
There were some hits and misses for our food but overall is was decent.
I would return to try some of the other dishes.

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch on a Saturday. Really loved the food, and service was great! Wish we could dine there more often, but we live some distance away. We expect to return whenever possible.

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MM
Philadelphia
77 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friends wanted to eat Filipino food, so I recommended to meet up for dinner at this restaurant. Although I think the kare kare is quite expensive, it's still my absolute favourite dish -- as a Filipina, I feel compelled to get it! The ube ice cream was very good, while my friends enjoyed the mango ice cream, and halo-halo. Salamat!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 6 of 3 generations of family members celebrating Mother’s Day. Bistro 1521 was the perfect restaurant for everybody. The food was delicious and plenty to select from. We ordered lumpia, the platter, crispy lechon, kare kare and the rep snapper. This was enough food for all of us and still has leftovers to box. Keep in mind to save your appetite for dessert. The Ube cheesecake is worth the calories. We ordered different desserts and shared so everyone could have a taste of each and enjoy. Great dinner!!! We would be going back again for sure.

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We noticed this restaurant because it’s the third attempt at a location in Ballston that doesn’t do well. The food was either over seasoned or under seasoned. We will not go there again. Ambience was quiet because there weren’t a lot of patrons there.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was amazing granted it wasn’t very busy. Food was hot and fresh. Definitely going back to try other dishes.

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FC
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is pretty large. Food and service were great.

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JN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food AND Service - We always come here when we visit from LA, great for large parties and small. The Staff here always helps with choices and are perfectly attentive.
Oh, and... Get the Ube Cheesecake :)

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CP
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was authentic! Worth the drive. Highly recommended!

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RE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought my mom here for her birthday. She had the pinakbet, and absolutely loved it! My kare-kare was really delicious too. Service was great and the table/booth was super comfortable. Looking forward to going back soon!

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you have not tried Filipino food, I highly recommend. The combination of Spanish, East Asian, and island flavors is fantastic. The staff was friendly with great dish recommendations.

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FS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An authentic Filipino restaurant in the heart of Ballston. Everything from lumpia to halo halo.

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k
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg, those drinks! The food was delicious too!

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