Bistro Bis

4.6
3021 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Fit for Foodies
Bistro Bis is a contemporary French Bistro by Chef/Owner Jeffrey Buben.
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Delivery or takeout
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
Reviews from verified diners
3,021 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
72%
Very Good
19%
Good
6%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
4.0
Dined a day ago

The A/C was not working well. Made it hard to enjoy the restaurant.

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BH
Washington DC
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Best eggs in DC. Best breakfast in DC. I love eating in the front.

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AB
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

The menu wasn't overwhelming, had some fun options, as well as the great staples like steak frites. Our waiter was friendly and helpful and recommended some good dishes and drinks. I got the salmon on the specials menu and really enjoyed it, and 2 of the others loved their steak. The desserts were also fun, such as the chocolate cake with layers, which included gold flakes. Good experience and ambiance overall. The noise levels were reasonable for us to have conversations in, too. Thanks!

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M
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Hoping to see an updated menu with more salad and lighter options

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Great food. Great service. Great time.

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S
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

Very convenient if you are going to Union Station. Easy walk. We had just entrees that were good. Our waiter was a little indifferent but OK. We were there at 6 PM and the service was fast as you would expect at that hour before most people dine.

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PA
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

The food is amazing, both the fish and the meat dishes. I am never disappointed and they provide an elegant environment for a reasonably priced lunch menu. Highly recommend for business engagements.

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OT
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Our waiter was overzealous. Proceeded to pour a second bottle although we did not formally request it.

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AK
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent customer service!! From when I walk in, Zanaidah greeted me so professionally and kind! Great job. I worked with Memo who was genuine, kind, and super friendly. I highly recommend this place

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CY
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

We stayed at the Phoenix Park Hotel next to this restaurant. Overall they have pleasant (bright) decor and simple/fresh food which I really liked. The mussels were fresh and cooked just right. Overall I like this place and recommend it

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j
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Great service, great food. I only wish the steak frites came with the traditional mustard/oil vinaigrette. Le Dimplomate serves it with their steak frites and it's perfect...just like it's found in France.

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PJ
Boise
3.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Bistro Bis is a difficult one to pin down; despite having eaten here more than half a dozen times. Perhaps the menu is too ambitious for me for lunch. It can often be quite crowded and while the service is good, I am often left somewhat dissatisfied. What makes Bistro Bis, quite frankly, is the location. It is genuinely the only fine dining experience within 5-10 blocks, which is a surprise in DC.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Delicious food - the soup special which was a cold soup was outstanding and the crabcakes and salad were lovely. Service is always great. thank you!

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OT
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Mid-morning breakfast and outstanding choice. Food was amazing and the service from Norman was very formal. We will definitely come back when visiting DC.

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EH
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Tasty food, great service and reasonably priced dishes. Although the noise level was energetic, we could hear each other throughout lunch. It was great!

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Consistently excellent cuisine and service!

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PL
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Bistro Bis provides consistently good meals. I particularly like their salad nicoise.

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F
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

We had a very good meal, accompanied by pleasant and efficient service, in a nicely appointed setting. I've been here for business lunches before and they've all been just like that. Bistro Bis is reliably good.

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OT
Las Vegas
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Elegant, fun waiter with a good wine list

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WK
Nashville
2.0
Dined on June 12, 2018

Extremely rude wait staff. She had a surly attitude and made us feel as if she didn't want to seat us-even with a reservation.

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OT
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

The food was delicious, and service was very good. The dining room was practically empty though, which took away from the experience. No vibe or excitement in the air. I don’t need to eat at the trendiest, hottest places, in fact they are usually more hype than good food, but I do want some type of city scene, and on this night there was none. Also, we had wanted a slightly earlier reservation (7:45 instead of 8:00), which we couldn’t get thru Open Table. So I was surprised when we walked in to an empty restaurant. But overall the food was great so I would probably eat there again if I am in that neighborhood.

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DC
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

It’s a great restaurant that’s tucked discreetly around the corner from union station making it ideal to meet clients as it’s quiet and the food is good.

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F
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

Absolutely lovely people there and great food!

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RT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 5, 2018

I had not been to Bistro Bis in a very long time, but found the food to be quite wonderful. Our waiter disappeared for a while and was a little standoffish, but it is a French restaurant after all!

I will have to make it a more regular stop. I used to love it for a weekend brunch.

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PE
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 5, 2018

B.B. is consistently very good. The table was attended to by bar tender which is fun as their style of attention is different than good waitstaff so we enjoyed it. See u next time.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

As a guest at the George Hotel, I have enjoyed both breakfast and dinner at Bistro Bis. Both the service and food are excellent. As a result of its proximity to Union Station and the good food and service, many politicians and Washington insiders dine here and often it feels like a lot is going on —in a good way. Last time I had breakfast the table next to us was conducting a full interview being broadcast on radio.

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j
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

Excellent food and beverage choices. Our waitress Carey, was wonderful.

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BK
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Terrific place with a great atmosphere. My girlfriend had been before and suggested it for our date night. We both had steak frites cooked to our liking of medium. Loved the food but were too full for dessert. Next time we will have to try something different. I had a roaring 20s old fashioned which had a great quality to it. Overall, a wonderful place that takes you out of Washinton for a little and provides for a relaxing evening. Great service and always refilling of water glasses. Which is a must when DC begins to heat up!

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M
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 21, 2018

Fabulous breakfast as always. Service top notch.

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S
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We enjoy Bistro Bis for its food, service and ambience. Its hotel location means the restaurant has hotel hours, which provides more flexibility. My wife and I are fans, as are friends we've introduced to the place. Keep up the good work.

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AM
Washington DC
2.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Didn’t have a welcoming feeling towards our party even though there were very few dinners

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L
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Dinner with my daughter, Great service, amazing food! Would go back again. Thank you for making the night special!

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RJ
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

The hostesses here have been mostly unfriendly, even hostile on occasion. Yet, the wait staff are excellent. Odd dynamic. You just shake off the unprofessional greeter, the food and other service is excellent.

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G
Salt Lake City
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

Whenever I am in Dc I try to have a meal at Bistro Bis. Lunch is always a treat with a great menu and marvelous service. A glass of one of their lovely wines is a nice way to end the business day., so I try to make this my last meal before boarding another dreadful 4-1/2 hour flight home.

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JM
4.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

Daughter came in from New York. Food and staff were excellent. Made for a great memory

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J
Jacksonville
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

I’ve eaten dinner on a weekday and it was packed (deservedly so!). On this Saturday for a late breakfast, my wife and I were the only diners. I have no idea why! The food is fabulous in all catgories. I had the trout with capers and white wine sauce. My wife had lump crabcakes. They arrived hot, in a timely manner, well presented, and tasty! No complaints except where was everybody??!

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c
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

This restaurant is consistently very good. The French onion soup is among the best we have had and the fresh beat salad was delicious. We really enjoyed the warm puff pastry as well!

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JP
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

Great quiet place with a great menu. Also, the food is exceptional.

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JM
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on May 10, 2018

BB was excellent but at this place it's all about getting the right table. We got a booth in the area just down the ramp on the right. The noise in this area is very manageable. Our server (didn't catch his name) was terrific - he was there when he needed to be and otherwise not there. I had the burger which is always terrific and one colleague got the duck which looked really good.

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JK
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 8, 2018

Service was so so.

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