Bistro Bis

4.6
3212 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.
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MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I have had great food and service at Bistro Bis in the past, but my brunch experience this week was most unsatisfactory, and has erased my goodwill. The service staff was unpleasant, with one person not actually speaking to us when we made a request, which was fulfilled, in silence. The food was marginal, which is made all the more vexing due to its cost, and the fact that everything is a la carte. I don't mind paying for good food, but this was not it. I had salmon benedict, a featured item on the short menu, so that one would expect it would be special..instead it was tasteless and unappetizing, and I left most of it. One saving grace was the great crabcakes that a companion ordered..but the overall experience was dismal. Perhaps brunch is not their thing. Beware.

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DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Extremely rude maitre’d
Service was fair

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FB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I WOULD recommend Bistro BIs, but I am very sorry they changed their menu. I can see adding some new things, but many of my favorites are gone. And the onion soup was very salty.

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n
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was ok. Coffee and orange juice very good. Comfortable place and convinent.

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G
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding in every respect. We avoided a super loud crowd of drunks at the bar and insisted in a table way in back, which helped. Best meal we’ve had in a long time.

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SI
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for a business lunch.

Interesting French-oriented menu; wasn't sure how the unusual combinations of ingredients described in the menu would taste. However, all was excellent— wonderful blends of flavors the atmosphere was lively, but not distracting.

Would definitely go back for Capitol Hill business!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food and service is always consistent and spot on at Bistro Bis! Its quickly become one of my favorite restaurants for business lunches in the area.

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TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was inconsistent to what I am accustomed to experiencing at Bistro Bis. There was a "tone" to service as if we weren't welcomed or not desired. Hard to decipher.

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JM
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This remains our neighborhood go to spot. Great food, but spectacular service. Steve is always amazing, and takes great care of us. It's no wonder he has so many regulars. We had to have Olga's Minsk Mule, a blueberry take on the Moscow Mule. It was awesome!

We were celebrating the acceptance into the Princeton history PhD program of a friend, and Steve made it special!

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FF
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bistro Bis offered an elegant atmosphere and updated version of some Amerian classics. The food was creative and the service excellent. It was a bit loud for conversation, but still, a great place to people watch and enjoy excellent cuisine.

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B
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always reliable fine. Excellent Menu and specials. Excellent and courteous service. I return when I can and always look forward to it.

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H
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the steak frites and the seasonal crab sandwich, both were very good. The service is great and everyone was very friendly.

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Service was attentive, but not intrusive. Food was delicious.

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I
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Having had the cassoulet several times before, this dish was a bit disappointing. There were only two half slices of sausage which is sort of like the prize in cracker jacks. Everything else was grand as always.

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SR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite restaurant in DC. Great food and fair prices for DC.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evelyn was our server and my son and I had a wonderful dining experience with her attentive service. The scallops were amazing and so filling I couldn’t finish them. My son enjoyed a new drink addition to their menu of a white sangria with beautiful chunks of fruit in the drink.

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JM
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to Capitol Hill restaurant. The staff is highly experienced and greatly enhances the dining experience. Steve is our usual waiter, and they just don't come any better. Olga is awesome too! We tried Olga's new cocktail, and it was an amazing summer drink! We already booked to come back in two weeks!

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D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was so mediocre. I had the shrimp salad, it was four small shrimp, a few pieces of lettuce, maybe four halvedcherry tomatoes, and a few splotches of tarragon sauce. Pretty spare and unimpressive. My guest had the chicken salad, with soggy Romaine and a sliced chicken breast. A disappointment. I used to like this place a lot. Been there twice for dinner and several times for lunch with friends and colleagues. It’s gone down hill considerably so it’s no longer in my list. Sorry.

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EM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The main course of duck confit was delicious. The two different starters we had at our table (escargots and endive salad) were disappointing. It was noisy to the point of having to raise one's voice to speak to one's table mates - we were in a booth next to the wall dividing the bar section from the rest of the restaurant.

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MB
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Greek salad is a solid lunch option. Ambiance is not special but diners are not constantly aware of being in a hotel, which is important. Service is exceptional. Menu is 15 to 20 percent overpriced.

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. I can't say anything bad about our whole experience.

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RS
West Virginia
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, GREAT service! Felix and staff are very attentive!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The portion size was small, even for lunch, and the taste was forgettable.

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NI
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Want to have breakfast at this place, but didn't available so we went for lunch, not much options on the menu. Food tastes good but not outstanding. Service was great.

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C
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! The ambiance was perfect and food beyond delicious!

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RH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed a place for a business lunch, convenient to Union Station. Bistro Bis was perfect.

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TR
Salt Lake City
45 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love having lunch @ Bistro Bis. The energy, service, wine & cuisine are always A+. We dined on the chicken salad, burger & we always finish w/their heavenly apple tart w/espresso. Going to Bistro for lunch is always a real treat.

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RA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I’ve sat at the bar before and had spectacular service, a classy charcuterie plate and other apps. Dinner two nights ago was disappointing: a lobster bisque, lacking depth and a bland quenelle de poisson. The trout and it’s sauce with capers tasted as if out of an assembly line. My guest who had the lamb shank thought it wonderful. A pleasant but too busy server, a dining room way too loud and a pretty caramel chocolate dessert stablizized with way too much gelatin. It would hold up well on a business class flight to Europe on a US carrier. Still, I’d return to the bar, though not to the dining room.

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C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We asked for a quiet table, and were graciously accommodated. Cocktail was excellent. Food was superb. Waiter was rather dour, but very efficient. All in all, everyone in my party had a great meal. We will definitely come back when we are in DC again, which I hope is soon.

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OT
Washington DC
97 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never fails to deliver.
Superb, personalized service.
Very nice menu - with food prepared exactly as you ordered it and to perfection.

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V
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant every time I visit. The food is delicious, the service impeccable and the ambience perfect.

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WH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bistro Bis on a Sunday evening at 5:30pm. It was very quiet. We enjoyed the service and the food. Recommend this restaurant

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TB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic. The waiter was the bartender, so service was a little slow...but still above average

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E
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We chose this restaurant because we felt like French food and this one had tables available (Saturday early evening). It tuns out that it mostly gets busy during the day and during the week while congress is in session so it was very quiet.
The menu was filled with most French staples. We ordered onion soup and escargot fricassée which were served promptly and tasty fine. Our main courses were Chicken confit, which also tasted good, and trout. The potatoes on the dish were hard and when I started eating the thickest of the 2 trout filets, it was clearly row. The waiter took that half, took it back to the kitchen and returned with it a few minutes later... my potatoes were still under-cooked, there was no sauce to eat with the second half of my fish... no apologies and we were charged full price. We will not return.

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JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My extended family ranging in age from 30+ to 80+ had a lovely meal. Our waiter was spectacular in every regard even when something was not quite right. The white wine we ordered was not available so he suggested another at a comparable price point, but when we tasted it, it was too sweet. With great grace he found us a perfect substitute and made everyone feel comfortable with our request to change. Will definitely return!

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JC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding host, excellent food, acceptable service

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JC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. There were four of us dining and we each ordered something different. Each entrée was beautifully presented and delicious. Our server, Alexander, did an outstanding job. He was congenial and ensured we had everything we needed. It was a great experience which we were remembering fondly the morning after our lunch.

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NH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience
Service was outstanding

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M
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Always fun. Soft shell crab sandwich was pretty good.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding, you can actual have a conversation without screaming .

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