Bistro Bis

4.6
3056 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
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 3056 People Are Saying
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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mussels were perfect... and the rosé delightfully dry. A great meal!

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, elegant food, wonderful and attentive service. Close to Union Station and the Senate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic!

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M
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Came here for our anniversary dinner last night. The chips on the steak tartare were stale, my steak frites was over cooked, and our server was unfriendly. Everything my husband asked how to pronounce she looked at him like he was a moron and had no idea what he was trying to say. Only gave 3 stars because the cocktails were decent and their wine pours were large, otherwise would give a 2. Definitely won't go back or recommend to people.

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JB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. However, air conditioning not functioning very well - it was very uncomfortable inside dining area.

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LA
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and reasonable prices for menu. Less appealing for vegetarian among my guests though. Need to add more selections in the menu. Somewhat warm on thermostat in the dining area

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c
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Only complaint - AC wasn’t working and it was rather warm in the restaurant. Otherwise food and service were excellent.

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KB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked for an got the perfect table...and had a perfect meal and outstanding service. Who could ask for more?

The halibut was superb.

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my 3rd time at Bistro Bis since it was opened. It only gets better with age.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely, amazing. Will totally recommend this place - besides you never know VIPs could stop by!!

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M
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good as always...although my lunch partner ended up getting the wrong dish...but she tried what they brought and liked it, so no harm done.

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PP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Bis is truly my favorite restaurant in DC. I tend to like French food more than any other cuisine, and Bistro Bis offers some of the finest. The staff has been there for many years, and several waiters know me by face recognition. Wish I could order a different appetizer than the Beet Salad, but I can't bring myself to do so. Love the place!

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G
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved their Restaurant Week menus! The food choices were a great representation of their overall menu! Will definitely come back again!

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MZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great but the service is VERY slow... over an hour to get entrees is a bit extreme.

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JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Ithe French onion soup was good but the entree of “almond encrusted scallops” was a let down! There were absolutely no almonds on them, they were served with a seasonless couscous with pickled vegetables (I wouldn’t eVen eat the couscous after the first bite I was turned off).. Desert was supposed to be a light flaky apple desert - instead it was doey and something tasted canned. I would not recommend it to a friend.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve been twice and wait staff were good with Gluten Free/Dairy Free assistance both times

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R
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This review is based on a Restaurant Week Lunch, which was excellent. First of all, unlike many other restaurants, Bistro Bis offers a large menu, not just three or four items per course. Second, the menu offered several new items as well as some old classics. I had the corn soup, the branzino, and the apple dessert. All were superb. This may be the best Restaurant Week bargain in DC, but Bistro Bis is, from my experience, an excellent restaurant all the time.

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KW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Joe was the best waiter. Food fresh and delicious.

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FT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for Restaurant week. Had the mussels, which were great, and the trout, which could not have been any more fresh or perfectly cooked. Crime brûlée was also top-notch and service was prompt and gracious.

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a
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We went for restaurant week. We traveled from Baltimore just to try some of DC’s finest. We arrived a bit early and decided to have a drink at the bar. The bar tender was very helpful and knowledgeable about the drink and wine list. The food was really good. Especially the French onion soup. Excellent restaurant week options. The server was efficient but not very personable. He did not add anything to our outing. Basically just got us in and out.

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere. Pleasant, warm, comfortable.
Good service with pleasant accommodating service staff.
Food is always good; onion soup,mussels, duck confit, and delicious desserts.
Will always return knowing i will have a good experience.

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HA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very nice as was the service. Good menu and delicious desserts.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Hector for great service. We were out on a date while on vacation. Romantic but a little bit noisy. Great food and wine. Good value.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I have to say that was the poorest meal I have had in years at an upscale restaurant. The prices would have been fine had this been an excellent or even a very good meal, but the food was, frankly, stunningly bad for the price. Ordered a salad as a first course; it came with much of the lettuce literally browned at the edges, drenched in an acidic and tasteless dressing. Trout as a second course was floating in an oily sauce, came with rather tired haricots verts and was altogether disappointing. To top this all off, unfortunately, we had a server who I am sure thought she was being friendly but would not stop interrupting our gathering to talk at great length multiple times about her experiences at this and other restaurants. Altogether a big mistake. Avoid.

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H
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been awhile since we had visited Bistro Bis, but it delivered as usual. Great Steak Frites and Crab Cakes. The wine list was exceptional as usual. Glad we went and look forward to our next visit.

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

You can always count on their exceptional French food and high quality ingredients. Although service was very good, it was a little slow. If you’re in a hurry make sure you let them know.

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B
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service by Jonathan was impeccable.

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KP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A birthday meal as precursor to taking the Monuments by Moonlight tour. Location, service and food exactly as advertised. Will go again should occasion arise when back in town.

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Austin
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I have eaten here several times and it's been okay in the past. One of the people at our table described the halibut as tasteless. I had the steak frites--looked to be a nice cut of beef but it too was rather bland.

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GK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, Excellent French food. Reasonable wine list.

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SW
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On a strong recommendation from an acquaintance, I brought my teenage daughter here for a special dinner while we were visiting DC. We reserved a table on a weeknight using OpenTable. The host staff were all very welcoming; the ambiance was just right; the food was excellent; and our waiter was charming and attentive. We had a charcuterie plate - one of the best I've seen in many years, the Potato Crusted Halibut and the Trout Ardenaise. Both were perfectly seasoned, elegantly presented, and just right. On the waiter's recommendation we shared the Opera Cake, though we were too full to finish it and brought it with us. Rich and chocolaty, and beautifully presented. There were only a few other guests present at that late hour on a weeknight, so the atmosphere was fairly quiet, though I imagine it would have been louder if more tables had been full. All in all, it was lovely, and I'd recommend it highly.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The A/C was not working well. Made it hard to enjoy the restaurant.

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LG
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always love the specials at Bistro Bis. Tuesday's Salmon special was outstanding. Unfortunately, our server was having an off day -- brought my husband the wrong entree so we all waiting while the correct one was prepared -- and he kept forgetting to bring extra ice, which we requested several times. He was very nice, but I think he had a lot on his mind.

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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

RESTAURANT WAS VERY WARM, PLEASE TURN THE AC ON!!!

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BH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best eggs in DC. Best breakfast in DC. I love eating in the front.

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AB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu wasn't overwhelming, had some fun options, as well as the great staples like steak frites. Our waiter was friendly and helpful and recommended some good dishes and drinks. I got the salmon on the specials menu and really enjoyed it, and 2 of the others loved their steak. The desserts were also fun, such as the chocolate cake with layers, which included gold flakes. Good experience and ambiance overall. The noise levels were reasonable for us to have conversations in, too. Thanks!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Hoping to see an updated menu with more salad and lighter options

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f
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always great. smart and friendly staff. super fresh, Frenchish food....low key class, when you want to have a politico/in the know/ grown up lunch with fresh, highly professional dishes-- yet entirely unpretentious quality to all.....super fresh food
that is why you see just all about all the hill, courts, press/media etc. in and out for a proper lunch
quiet good dinners
good wine list not insanely overpriced like so many other spots...
pure insiders spot

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great time.

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