Bistro Bis

4.6
3007 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Top Tags:
  • Business Meals
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Great for Lunch
Bistro Bis is a contemporary French Bistro by Chef/Owner Jeffrey Buben.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am - 10:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 661-2700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Edward Walker
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Catering
Our sister restaurants, Vidalia and Woodward Table do off-premise catering. Please contact Rachel Forester at Vidalia for more information 202-659-1990
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
New Jersey & North Capitol
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Parking details
Garage parking is available across the street in the Hall of States Building.
There is also street parking, when available.
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Public transit
Union Station
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3007 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Tasty food, great service and reasonably priced dishes. Although the noise level was energetic, we could hear each other throughout lunch. It was great!

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5.0Dined a day ago

Consistently excellent cuisine and service!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Bistro Bis provides consistently good meals. I particularly like their salad nicoise.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a very good meal, accompanied by pleasant and efficient service, in a nicely appointed setting. I've been here for business lunches before and they've all been just like that. Bistro Bis is reliably good.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Elegant, fun waiter with a good wine list

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2.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Extremely rude wait staff. She had a surly attitude and made us feel as if she didn't want to seat us-even with a reservation.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food was delicious, and service was very good. The dining room was practically empty though, which took away from the experience. No vibe or excitement in the air. I don’t need to eat at the trendiest, hottest places, in fact they are usually more hype than good food, but I do want some type of city scene, and on this night there was none. Also, we had wanted a slightly earlier reservation (7:45 instead of 8:00), which we couldn’t get thru Open Table. So I was surprised when we walked in to an empty restaurant. But overall the food was great so I would probably eat there again if I am in that neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

It’s a great restaurant that’s tucked discreetly around the corner from union station making it ideal to meet clients as it’s quiet and the food is good.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Absolutely lovely people there and great food!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

I had not been to Bistro Bis in a very long time, but found the food to be quite wonderful. Our waiter disappeared for a while and was a little standoffish, but it is a French restaurant after all!

I will have to make it a more regular stop. I used to love it for a weekend brunch.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

B.B. is consistently very good. The table was attended to by bar tender which is fun as their style of attention is different than good waitstaff so we enjoyed it. See u next time.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

As a guest at the George Hotel, I have enjoyed both breakfast and dinner at Bistro Bis. Both the service and food are excellent. As a result of its proximity to Union Station and the good food and service, many politicians and Washington insiders dine here and often it feels like a lot is going on —in a good way. Last time I had breakfast the table next to us was conducting a full interview being broadcast on radio.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Excellent food and beverage choices. Our waitress Carey, was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Terrific place with a great atmosphere. My girlfriend had been before and suggested it for our date night. We both had steak frites cooked to our liking of medium. Loved the food but were too full for dessert. Next time we will have to try something different. I had a roaring 20s old fashioned which had a great quality to it. Overall, a wonderful place that takes you out of Washinton for a little and provides for a relaxing evening. Great service and always refilling of water glasses. Which is a must when DC begins to heat up!

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Fabulous breakfast as always. Service top notch.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We enjoy Bistro Bis for its food, service and ambience. Its hotel location means the restaurant has hotel hours, which provides more flexibility. My wife and I are fans, as are friends we've introduced to the place. Keep up the good work.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Didn’t have a welcoming feeling towards our party even though there were very few dinners

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Dinner with my daughter, Great service, amazing food! Would go back again. Thank you for making the night special!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The hostesses here have been mostly unfriendly, even hostile on occasion. Yet, the wait staff are excellent. Odd dynamic. You just shake off the unprofessional greeter, the food and other service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Whenever I am in Dc I try to have a meal at Bistro Bis. Lunch is always a treat with a great menu and marvelous service. A glass of one of their lovely wines is a nice way to end the business day., so I try to make this my last meal before boarding another dreadful 4-1/2 hour flight home.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Daughter came in from New York. Food and staff were excellent. Made for a great memory

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I’ve eaten dinner on a weekday and it was packed (deservedly so!). On this Saturday for a late breakfast, my wife and I were the only diners. I have no idea why! The food is fabulous in all catgories. I had the trout with capers and white wine sauce. My wife had lump crabcakes. They arrived hot, in a timely manner, well presented, and tasty! No complaints except where was everybody??!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This restaurant is consistently very good. The French onion soup is among the best we have had and the fresh beat salad was delicious. We really enjoyed the warm puff pastry as well!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great quiet place with a great menu. Also, the food is exceptional.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

BB was excellent but at this place it's all about getting the right table. We got a booth in the area just down the ramp on the right. The noise in this area is very manageable. Our server (didn't catch his name) was terrific - he was there when he needed to be and otherwise not there. I had the burger which is always terrific and one colleague got the duck which looked really good.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Service was so so.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Bistro Bis is one of my" go to" places when I'm in DC. The food is excellent. Wine list is very good. Service is fast and professional.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Consistently great!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

GREAT FOOD, A LITTLE PRICEY BUT WORTH IT CUZ OF ALL AROUND AMBIENCE!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Loved our waiter Memo!!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Wonderful place that I frequent whenever I am in DC

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Good business meal. We could hear each other in a booth. Great food and nice unobtrusive service.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Amazing!!!! Steve made us feel right st home. Even went back again with other friends! Food was excellent and so was the staff!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Wonderful food, excellent service. If I'm in DC for business and want a special dinner, I'm never disappointed at Bistro Bis. The octopus appetizer was phenomenal as was the trout, accompanied by a great Sancerre. A memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Always great

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Our waiter went above and beyond to find us the perfect wine. Lovely mellow ambience in front room. Would recommend sitting there.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Superb food. Great wine menu.

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1.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The restaurant came highly recommend so we decided to see for ourselves and we're very dissatisfied. The service was not good but was not the waiters fault as we found out the other waiter didn't show up so he was in the weeds from the start. I have eaten at some of the finest french restaurants all over the country and halfway around the world and one ranks as one of the worst french restaurants I have ever eaten at. I don't know what was the problem but that was not french cooking. I've had better food at Applebee's so if you really know what french food taste like go somewhere else.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The service was horrible. It took our waiter 45 minutes to take our order and only after I flagged him down. The bottle of wine I ordered didn’t come to our table until I asked where it was - this was after we had already finished our appetizers. When it arrived, it was room temperature (white wine)! The last glass of the bottle was finally chilled. Our waiter never came to our table to check on us. We were always flagging down the busboy. The food was good, but not worth the horrible service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

great, comfortable Sat date night
serving team is spot on
food was great as advertised- try the duck

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