Bistro 1521

4.2
57 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.

In-House & Outside Catering
KAMAYAN "Boodle Fight"
Filipino Street Food Friday Night
Live Music (featuring OPM)
Karaoke Night
Check our website for more information

Specials

1521 Happy Hour

Happy Hour: Everyday from 4 pm - 7 pm

$2 Off of Draught Beers
$5 House Red & House White (Wines)
Filipino Happy Hour Appetizers

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 15, 2019

Ends: April 16, 2118

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-7:00PM

What 57 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food had no taste. Didn't have a couple things I ordered.

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

The service was outstanding and the food was great! I was not disappointed taking my family to try this restaurant and introducing authentic Filipino food ti them. We ordered the ihaw-ihaw, halo- halo, bistek, ukoy, lumpiang shanghai, pancit, ube cheesecake and cassava cake. Everything tasted great and the presentation was outstanding. We will definitely come back!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my 4 years here in the US, I have never come to to Filipino restaurant that comes close to how each dish should be until I came across Bistro 1521. We had Kare-Kare, Inihaw Platter, Sisig, Pancit Canton and Turon. Everything was spot on! Note that this was with my colleagues who were from Switzerland and they loved it too! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

RC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best one in Virginia. Everything in this restaurant is great. The platters are so worth it, and don't forget their desserts, too.

JC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were very excited to try this restaurant. But were pretty disappointed. The food was average at best, but was very expensive. The highlight of the neql was definitely dessert. I had the ube cheesecake and my wife had halo-halo. The service was pretty bad. I'm hoping our waitress was new because her attentiveness was very lacking. We spent about an hour and a half in the restaurant and saw her maybe 3 times. I needed a spoon so I could eat my soup, but it took about 20 minutes for her to come around so I could ask for it and the restaurant was not very busy. But when it was time to pay she was right there very quickly to give us our bill. We don't live in the area, but if we're back there again I wouldnt return to this restaurant and I would not recommend it to others.

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

Me and my family really enjoyed the food and the company. The employees were able to communicate with my spouse in her native language. This was her first time visiting Washington D.C. and this was a very memorable moment for her. Thanks for the hospitality and I'd definitely recommend your restaurant to anyone visiting the area.

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and like coming to the Bistro 1521. The food are well prepared and not greasy. Every time I am in Arlington I usually goes to this restaurant . Keep up the good work.

R
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was pretty great and the location was perfect, but experienced exceptionally poor service.

Our waiter didn’t write down orders which led to lots of confusion, we didn’t receive silverware until after the meal had arrived and never received napkins despite asking several times. The waitstaff was very nice but absent overall. Refilled my own water several times throughout the evening after asking for a refill.

I’d like to give it another shot sometime but not a great first experience.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Father’s Day dinner

ED
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Fourof us had a very good time at this restaurant on Saturday night. The banquette fit four very comfortably. The drinks were very good on the service was good. There was barely anyone else in the restaurant except for a couple of birthday parties. Our waiter was very good and the service was good. We ordered the fried Spring rolls and the grilled platter for the table plus the beef tenderloin. The Chicken on skewers was fantastic, the Shrimp and eggplant were good. There wasn't anything particularly different about it from any other grilled meat and seafood platter in any other restaurant. The beef tenderloin was rather tough in in are very tasty sauce but oversalted. We left there happy but not feeling like we had eaten anything terribly different which was a little disappointing. We were told that the menu is much more philippine on Friday nights and we might try that sometime.

r
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing valentine's dinner experience. Worth the money and ambiance to enjoy a romantic evening

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious drink recommendation from the waiter!

MD
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will come back there again. They serve an authentic Filipino food which i love.

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.

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

Great spot for business lunch

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.

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.

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.

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.

W
Washington DC
44 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

CD
Richmond
2 reviews
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!

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.

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.

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

Great food!

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.

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.

MB
Pittsburgh
8 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.

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...

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

Delicious, authentic, and very friendly!

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.

y
Washington DC
130 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!

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!

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.

CL
Washington DC
14 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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

JN
Washington DC
5 reviews
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.

AD
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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