Bistro Bis

4.6
3076 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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 3076 People Are Saying
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MR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my "go to" spot on the Hill! It is a breath of fresh air located in a neighborhood where good food is hard to come by.

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very fine place to eat lunch in the shadow of Union Station. Light and airy. Attentive but not intrusive wait staff.

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J
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again, Bistro Bis delivered a fantastic dining experience. The service was attentive and the meal was outstanding. I make a point of going there every time I am in Washington, D.C. and have never been disappointed.

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BT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good location, good service. As an out of townner, could not have been a better choice.

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RR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant and delicious brunch super location. Friendly service. Fair prices. Excellent attentive care. A real find

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The service was outstanding. The food was a little stuffy and not particularly well paired or prepared. It was an interesting mix of flavors that didn't quite mesh.

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LH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Located near Union Station and The Hill, Bistro Bis is consistently a great place to dine. Hotel George is a funky hotel and offers a great lobby to wait for your guests or you can sit at the Bistro Bis Bar. Food is excellent and this is the perfect place to have a business meal.

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M
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good and great service.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steve rocks!!

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Olga, is a credit to youe establishment.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have dimed here on many occasions, but it had been a while. My aunt & uncle were in town, plus a childhood friend. Everyone else ordered steak frites, upon our server’s recommendation, and my mother’s go to. I had the bouillabaisse. We had charcuterie and salads to start— these were all great. The entrees failed. No one enjoyed their steak and my bouillabaisse included gritty mussels and not very tasty broth. Can’t imagine coming back.

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VP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and attentive service.

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SR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, Bistro Bis food and service were superb. I think this is one of the best restaurants in DC.

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E
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly underappreciated in the hurly-burly of Washington, DC, but clearly one of the very best!
Outstanding food, ambiance, service. A gem!

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DW
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good! The onion soup was excellent. The duck was tasty and cook to the right temperature, but the fat was not crispy of could have been rendered more. My son had the veal chop which was excellent. Desserts were very good as well. Service was good, and the wine by the glass had excellent selections. Nice spot to have dinner any night. Also has a more casual bar seating, which I will go back to enjoy.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent waiter, Norman.
Male maître ‘d- dreadful. True attitude issues.
Norman made up for it and the meal was delicious .
Moules marinière and trout ( ordered without ham!) main course.
Coffee and délices

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f
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely server great food

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BC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience wonderful staff fantastic food

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LV
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The server never came back during our meal until the end. My steak was cooked perfectly but the pomme frites were way over cooked.

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
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
66 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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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
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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