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Bistro Bis

4.5
2932 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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
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Gift Card
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 2932 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RichardD (Miami)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Very Very nice. Duck was outstanding. Crab Cakes excellent. Baked oysters bland.

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Deborah (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and excellent service. Pricey for lunch but high quality of service and high quality of food compensates for the cost. Just a great restaurant with a wonderful menu.

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vipYelena (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food, excellent service, close to Union Station, fast service, will definitely recommend

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vipDinnerDiva (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We booked an 11:45 table for brunch for six people and, because of a performance, told the waiter we needed to leave by 1:15. The interior is attractive and comfortable. The big slanted mirror over the bar adds a European touch. Conversation was easy.

The tomato soup on the daily menu was excellent - balanced flavors and nice garnish. The fettucine was tasty and well presented. It could have been served warmer. The friendly service was leisurely and after ordering the food was slow to arrive. We had time for 2 courses but not 3, meaning no dessert even though the restaurant knew we were celebrating a birthday.

Past visits have been superb. I'll go again and hope the restaurant improves on this four-star experience.

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CapitalHillGirl (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Very lovely dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great restaurant, great ambiance! Highly recommended! A+

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vipNeilG (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Took my wife for Valentine's Day ; first time there. Exceeded expectations in every regard. Good was superb and service better. I had bronzino and wife had halibut. Perfect.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The wait staff was outstanding. Will ask for Steve when I go back

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DCragazza (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent service, delicious food. Bustling, but not too noisy for a working lunch.

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vipScottiesrule (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I go to Bistro Bis for a weekend lunch from time to time and love it. It's quiet, the food is very good, service is friendly and prompt. We are big fans.

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vipGary (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

An excellent lunch with an out-of-town guest. Well-prepared classic French cuisine, with attentive service.

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MaryW (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

The French fries are always good here but the rest of the meal was bland, just not very good at all. It's too bad because I used to really like Bistro Bis

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Enjoyed an outstanding venison carpaccio and roasted branzino with olives, artichokes and blood orange slices. Both were "wow" dishes! The setting is a bit "hotel bland", but it is a decent space for conversation. The food is definitely worth going back for.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Love this place and have used it for lunch dates dozens of time. Food is always perfect. However this last time, there was a long hair in someone’s dish. The waiter took it away and then brought back half the dish and still charged us for it.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Creme brulee was cold and hard. I prefer runnier teksture. Paris Brest should be a little sweeter, and skin crispier. Overall, all the food tasted OK, but not distinctively memorable.
Service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

A very enjoyable experience. The food was very tasty and the wine a pleasure to drink. The service was noticeably better than we usually encounter.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

It's $$ place for brunch (entree starts from $15), but they have a great deal "Three course tasting menu" for $22 that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert of your choice.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Server was good but food from the kitchen took longer than it should have. Space was fine but restrooms were closed for renovations so you were directed to restroom in the fitness center of the hotel which was less than pleasing. Looked like ceiling was going to fall in due to being stained from leaks.

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vipMrBig (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great experience. Get the steak frites.

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viphappydiner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Bis was as good as always. It's our go-to place when we want a comfortable evening for good conversation with food to match. There's not a dish on the menu we wouldn't order. This time of year, many of the dishes are comfort food and very welcome. Service is unobtrusive and promptly available when needed. The atmosphere is quiet enough to talk but convivial. We'll be back.

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vipPaul (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We ate here twice during Restaurant Week, once for lunch and once for dinner. Over those meals, we had the beet salad, endive salad, foi gras, trout, risotto, and bouillabaisse. They were all exceptional! The Restaurant deals made the whole experience reasonable yet special. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was really exceptional. Great service. You cannot go wrong with Bistro Bis for a very nice quiet meal.

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vipCGJo (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was wonderful. Service was stressed due to Restaurant Week but server kept us informed and apologetic! Have always enjoyed Bistro Bis!

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LizP (Columbus)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

I was here over Restaurant Week so I expected it to be busy. However, apparently Bistro Bis did not expect it to be busy, because they only had one poor bartender scrambling to cover most of the front section and the bar. The food (onion soup, duck confit) was delicious, but I ended up having to leave without eating my dessert because the service was so slow. The server was wonderful when she was at my table, just far too busy.

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KWest (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Food took a long time to arrive so we couldn't finish the dessert but the food was excellent. Think it was packed due to restaurant week. Server just doing the best he could.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

To eat here is an experience! Food was absolutely amazing and the service was great. I highly recommend their escargot and the confit de canard touloussienne.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Steve was a wonderful server and that onion soup is the best in DC!

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Drew (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

I like this place for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The food’s only so-so. Nothing to inspire. But it’s a good place if you work or are around Union Station. I’d recommend for cocktails and bar, and maybe lunch or dinner, if you’re not looking for something special with innovative fare.

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DOROTHEA (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

My Fiance and I enjoyed ourselves very much. The food was amazing!

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vipNicki17 (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

We went during Restaurant Week and the food was delicious! The servers were excellent; very attentive. Would definitely recommend!

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