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About Bistro Bis

Bistro Bis is a contemporary French Bistro by Chef/Owner Jeffrey Buben.

15 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

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

Cross Street:
New Jersey & North Capitol

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 661-2700

Website:
http://www.bistrobis.com/

Catering:
Our sister restaurants, Vidalia and Woodward Table do off-premise catering. Please contact Rachel Forester at Vidalia for more information 202-659-1990

Parking Details:
Garage parking is available across the street in the Hall of States Building.
There is also street parking, when available.

Public Transit:
Union Station

Executive Chef:
Edward Walker

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Bistro Bis Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (37)
Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (17)
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Creative Cuisine (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Healthy (9)
People Watching (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Cozy (7)
Casual (6)
Romantic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Delightful Birthday brunch with family and friends. Crabcakes and Quiche Lorraine were wonderful.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

This is a great, classic French restaurant, if a bit to pricey.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

What was to have been a nice birthday breakfast turned into a major disappointment. At 10:20 a.m. on a Saturday morning, two of us ordered coffee and their bread basket after being told by our unfriendly waitress we could enjoy that course before ordering our main breakfast course when ready. She failed to mention the kitchen closed at 10:30 until coming back to our table at 10:38 (I checked my phone for the time) to inform us it was too late to order breakfast as the kitchen just closed. While we could have managed the disappointment (I the embarrassment as this was meant to be a birthday treat as indicated in my reservation), the surely waitress offered no apology or concern for her error. While I’ve dined at Bistro Bis multiple times and have found the food to be good, this particular experience has soured me from the place and I won’t be back. It’s a shame their service should be so poor.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Been a loyal customer for years and have never been disappointed. Appetizers through desserts are excellent. Staff is proficient and friendly, some of whom have been there for years. Later meal times are recommended because noise level can be a little high at peak times, so try to reserve a booth. Beet salad, crab cakes, tuna nicoise, salmon and anything on dessert menu are recommended.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

I love the service, staff and food, so I just continue to come.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

It was great as always.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We ate here on the recommendation of a friend. The experience was average at best. Fabulous lobster bisque and sea bass. Our waiter was professional but indifferent; the duck, ordered medium rare, was served medium well and there were rather long intervals between courses.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food is excellent, however no sweet tea is served and the waiters are too busy, thus it is challenging to get their attention.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This meal was the result of walking by the restaurant earlier in the day and from the outside it looked interesting so we booked reservations for later that evening.
The food was truly slanted to French, very, very good, presented well and of appropriately sized portions. Overall it was of good value and would dine again next time in this part of DC.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were celebrating multiple birthdays and we all got birthday plate desserts. The food was excellent from start to finish and because of the holiday weekend, it was fairly quiet since congress was in recess. Service couldn't be better.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Another Great Thanksgiving at Bistro Bis. A 7 year tradition.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a very enjoyable meal again. We've been at Bistro Bis at least 5 times over the 10 years that we have been going to Washington DC. The food has been consistently very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The waiter demanded a bigger tip. It was completely outrageous! He wasn't very good

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great meal-beautiful presentation, delicious dishes, attentive service... a wonderful dining experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food, service and wine selections keep us coming back time after time!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food and service. A bit pricey for lunch but it is D.C. Should offer a discounted lunch special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

think after two times, one a business lunch and the other a night out with my wife, this is a better place for business lunch..................dinner was just so/so and the branzino was way over-cooked and dry. nice place but think had an off night.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The lunch was lovely. The waiter was great -- he knew my companion well and offered extra special service. I would recommend tho it is a bit pricey!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I had a very lovely experience at Bistro Bis. The only thing that took away from the meal was that my server was not especially attentive. I started with the octopus, a dish that is very easy to overcook. It was one of the best octopus I have ever had - super tender and tasty. The duck breast was also quite tasty. I could have gotten it a bit under medium and it would have been even better, but it was still good. One thing to note - drinks are super-pricy here!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Was there for a business lunch. The food was good, but the portion sizes were a bit small. I had an entrée salad and, while good, it was not satisfying.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Good food, but extremely noisy and too ittle time between courses. Overall thus only ok

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

In our humble experience good French cuisine restaurants in US are rarity, but this one easily can be put in front of the line. Next time we'll be in DC, this is marked spot to dine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was fine. It was prepared appropriately but had no wow factor. The service was EXTREMELY slow.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The ambiance was outstanding as was the service. The menu was varied and the food was prepared much better than I was expecting. This was surprising because the prices were much lower than that of comparable restaurants. Public parking was available at a cheap rate across the street from the restaurant. I would came back, again and again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is hands down my favorite restaurant in DC. I've always had a love for this place, and have visited it many times over the years. We took my new husband's parents here, and they loved it! I had the foie gras and the duck, my husband had the french onion soup (which is amazing!!!) and the sweetbreads. It was an amazing dinner!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fresh menu, excellent service . Accommodating & friendly

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Steak frites always good. Mac and cheese great, too.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Our waiter was very discreet, attentive, though never overbearing, and gracious.
The atmosphere was festive but not noisy and food was very good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This my third trip to Bistro Bis and I have never been disappointed. The food is fabulous and the service is impeccable.

It should be on your list when visiting DC.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was delicious and service was amazing. Immediately upon being seated we were asked if we had any other plans for the evening that required us to depart by a specified time. The maitre’d ensured he kept us on schedule and we were out the door exactly when we needed to be.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We got a last minute reservation...it was convenient to where we were staying.

It's a step up from airport food...waiter was terrible. I believe he hates the place more than my girlfriend and I now do.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

That was another wonderful experience! Delicious food, excellent and friendly service!
Bistro Bis is my all time favorite. We had Moules Marseillaise and Crème Brûlée for dessert. All was outstanding!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful food in a comfortable environment that truly evokes French style. Attentive and friendly staff. Reasonable prices. If anything, a more expansive wine list would be nice.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I stopped in to Bistro Bis for a late-morning breakfast when I was in DC for a conference. The service, the food, and the ambiance were exactly what I needed to fuel body and spirit for a great day!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Bistro Bis has never disappointed. We have enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner there many times. Their fish is fresh, their cuisine creative without being over the top and the service is perfect without being intrusive. We are big fans of this restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Love BB. A go-to place to meet with friends and the food is consistently great.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

A reliable and good option for a business lunch. If there's such a thing as "too fast" service they achieve it. Our check arrived unbidden 35 minutes after we were seated. I understand the need to flip tables but this was a little much.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a good experience with this old reliable American food but the location at a hotel seem run down but the food and service was excellent

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Love this restaurant amazing food, great wine, and chocolate cake. Love this place for a date, pre-theater dinner, or just a company happy hour!

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Bistro Bis was as good or better than many of the French restaurants we enjoyed in France. Service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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