Bistro Bis

4.5
3145 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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to lunch with colleagues to celebrate a work milestone. It is mostly business people. The food is very good but pricey though not surprised due to the location to the capital.

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food but service needed improvement. We were there a total of 2.5 hours and it was not necessary. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful place and I highly recommend the tortellini, lamb shank and crepe brûlée. Also, the steak tartar was out of this world! Definitely a good find in DC.

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JM
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience, especially when we get Steve or Olga as our server. Don't miss the cheese selection! Best in DC.

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LH
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been here for a really long time, and I'll definitely be thinking about this place more often. My crab cakes with slaw were perfect. My friends' burger and fries, too (though, admittedly, I didn't taste those). It's definitely a Senate hangout, skews young, and really energetic (read: LOUD). But one of the best spots on the Senate side for a real meal.

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AW
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed everything on the menu. Very pleasant experience for V DAY.

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SC
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This place is all about the kitchen. The food is wonderful. But the place itself has little ambiance, and the waitress was rather cold and on automatic.

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OM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great spot on Capitol Hill for lunch or an after work dinner. Consistently great service. The lunch staff is awesome. The decor is starting to look a little dated, but the food is always quality. Definitely a place to “see and be seen”.

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C
Washington DC
568 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Apologies but I don’t have the server’s name. He was excellent and provided op notch suggestions. The tuna special was indeed very special. Some of the best i have ever had. Recommended cauliflower was equally delicious. Topped off with their chocolate tart. Perfect evening.

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B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and atmosphere were good. Lots of capitol hill suits at lunch.

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VP
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We keep giving them another try and always disappointed. This visit it was my beef that was full of fat that has not been rendered. Seems like the portions got smaller while prices remain the same.

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Came with a friend for her 60th. Simply the best.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business lunch. Food is top notch and the service is impeccable. It can get a little noisy so just be aware. Overall -- recommend whole heartedly

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G
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

pleasant brunch; good location near Union Station; a little pricey for what it is

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JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Not sure what happened- seems like we may have been seated in the bar, not the actual restaurant. So our experience we had was not like the pictures or write up. Booth had a rip, table covered with butcher block, uneven temperature- hot air from heater vent/draft from door- not the romantic dinner anticipated. Decided on wine and appetizer. Wine was served at wrong temp- tepid, borderline warm and the appetizer was just ok. Service was good. Might go back for second chance, but too many restaurants to try.

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O
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the ambience is comfortable. The scallops were delicious as was the beef Bourguignon, though one piece was far too fatty.

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MO
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Got terribly sick from what I assume was undercooked fish & seafood.

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DK
Phoenix
102 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In a very nice setting, this place provides the good quality French food. Loved the onion soup, not salty, full of onion sweetness and chess. Loved the beef tartar, and risotto.

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OL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We did the restaurant week dinner menu and the food was great. The wine per glass was pricey so I only had one glass. The service was good. What stood out as a negative about the restaurant was the decor-- given the great quality of the food and it being a French restaurant there is alot of potential to make a beautiful dining experience. The restaurant needs more vibrant dark colors, maybe paint some of the walls and wood panels different colors. Maybe velvet chair back of the booths and ad some more painting/art to the walls... just make the restaurant more French and romantic looking. The bar area looked better but the dining room needs work. Also I would feel better paying more for a glass of wine if the restaurant looked classy and cool. This is an odd review I know--I just get bugged when I see unused potential.

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Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Our waiter was nice, but at times forgot to clear items off of the table and it took some time for our second course to come.

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G
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed an excellent Restaurant Week meal. I had the Potage St. Germain and steak frites. Both were excellent. Service was attentive and helpful.

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MJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, it was my 1st time there. Stopped in because of restaurant week. We will dine here again and again.

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EM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

AMAZING! We were a larger party and service was attentive without being overbearing. Food was the absolute star. Will definitely return.

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JM
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, but we keep coming back for our waiter, Steve. He is incredible and always makes the dining experience special.

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Lunch was great, especially with the price tag - $22 during the RW.

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SC
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Lunch during DC Restaurant week. We had salad Lyonnaise, onion soup, salmon, Beef Bourguignon, and creme brûlée. Everything was delicious and a bargain @ $22 for a 3 course prix fixe meal.

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M
Detroit
39 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night in DC and decided to eat in the hotel. Never realized how good this gem is. I’ve had room service before that was tasty, but Bis was much better than expected

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JK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. Wonderful food, great service, and no skimping for restaurant week

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KO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The location is very convenient to Union Station. The ambiance is clean and modern. The service in the bar area is not good. The one person working Sunday was very slow. It took 15 minutes waiting at the bar before she asked me if I wanted anything to drink. I saw a couple sit at the bar for 20 minutes and then leave because no one even greeted them. The food served for Restaurant Week was very good and a good value. I would try Bistro Bis again on a weekend for dinner.

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LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Bis is one of my favorites. I've been there many times and have never had a sub par meal. It's an elegant restaurant, and the food is fabulous and beautifully presented.

My only complaints would be that the waiter seemed to be rushing (he appeared to have too many tables to serve) and that my husband and I each had a glass of red wine and were horrified that they were $20 apiece.

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J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I thought the service was great and the atmosphere appealing. I was a little disappointed in the French Onion soup as I thought it was a little too salty. Also the bread was room temperature. I like the beef bourguignon and the deserts were enjoyable too. We went there for restaurant week and was a little disappointed with the extra charges on the meals. Didn't think they were warranted. Might go back for a 2nd try some other dishes.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

(Restautant Week 2019 brunch) The onion soup is extremely salty and it looks fancy but tastes bad.

The main courses, steak and egg, muffin sandwich are not bad. The deserts, #3 and #4 on the menu are pretty good (see photos).

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BC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent food well presented and great restaurant week menu. Attentive server. Pretty location.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were the first to arrive for the lunch service and took over an hour to be served the main course. Service was very slow but food was great.

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RF
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Seated at the bar (probably 'cause I was a single), served by someone from the main dining room. Restaurant Week menu was a good value. Reasonable wine prices. Seemed more noise than previous visits.

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BP
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Our waiter worked his tail off but they were clearly understaffed and unprepared for restaurant week.

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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went here for restaurant week for dinner.
I had the andive salad as appetizer which was divine, the steak frite which was incredibly disappointing. I expected so much more from the steak. I finished with the opera cake which I found mediocre but my friend who also had it really enjoyed it.
The dishes that the 2 other people I was with selected were superbe. The escargot, salmon cru, duck confit ( amazing!!!!) chicken breast were a hit. The crème brûlée was excellent.
But I can’t get over how bad the steak was! Especially since there was an 8$ surcharge!

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WS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This is not a place for a quick lunch, and I generally like the fact that the servers are not bugging you and making you feel like they want to "turn the table." Even so, the service was exceptionally slow the last two visits. I don't think it was the server's fault. She was hustling every minute, but she was working too many tables. That said, the food was excellent, the "vibe" really great, and I continue to recommend.

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TS
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I dine here quite often, and I’ve never been disappointed. However, Thursday night’s experience was a bit lacking - no salmon, no burgers!! Perhaps the DC Restaurant Week put a strain on product availability. Otherwise there was no other explanation given.

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N
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! We love the service and the food and the wine. A lovely ambience. Nick and Joan.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around.

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