Bistro Bis

4.7
3093 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.
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
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 3093 People Are Saying
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MP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don, Norm, Betsy and the crew at Bistro Bis always make my experiences at Bistro Bis Amon the best in town. You can’t go wrong at Bistro Bis ... ever!

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MK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with Evelyn. Wonderful meal. Terrific wine list
We will be back again and again!

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a weekday lunch with friends. The food was okay, just not special. One more f the group had onion soup, which was the high point of the meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time with very gracious service. A special occasion, made even more special by the restaurant.

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a
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinners were exceptional and the dessert was unbelievably good. Our server was the perfect balance between attentive and hovering.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, fresh fish, perfectly cooked, swiftly served.

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Bis is my Go To place on the Hill. Love it!

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ZD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very standard French cuisine; better options in DC.

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FM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast here is the best. Civilized and delicious.

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AR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steve was one of the best waiters we have ever experienced, wonderful gentleman and always one step ahead!

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ML
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loving the quietness. Dining alone, however. My choice of cocktail attract another 2 ladies discussing the drink. Choice of food, our hotels. Good food!

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PM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Bis is one of my most favorite restaurants in Washington. It is very classy and sophisticated, with excellent food and service. I go there often when I want to have a good conversation to catch up with an old friend or get better acquainted with a new one.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely spot for lunch. Very relaxed on the weekend, attentive but not overbearing service, and very well prepared dishes.

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Recommended asking for Steven

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W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business lunch near Hill. Always enjoy my visits here.

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CG
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants to take people to when they visit Capitol Hill. The cuisine is consistently very good as is the service.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Bland cold food.

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MR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my "go to" spot on the Hill! It is a breath of fresh air located in a neighborhood where good food is hard to come by.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very fine place to eat lunch in the shadow of Union Station. Light and airy. Attentive but not intrusive wait staff.

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J
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again, Bistro Bis delivered a fantastic dining experience. The service was attentive and the meal was outstanding. I make a point of going there every time I am in Washington, D.C. and have never been disappointed.

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BT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good location, good service. As an out of townner, could not have been a better choice.

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RR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant and delicious brunch super location. Friendly service. Fair prices. Excellent attentive care. A real find

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The service was outstanding. The food was a little stuffy and not particularly well paired or prepared. It was an interesting mix of flavors that didn't quite mesh.

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LH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Located near Union Station and The Hill, Bistro Bis is consistently a great place to dine. Hotel George is a funky hotel and offers a great lobby to wait for your guests or you can sit at the Bistro Bis Bar. Food is excellent and this is the perfect place to have a business meal.

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M
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good and great service.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steve rocks!!

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Olga, is a credit to youe establishment.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have dimed here on many occasions, but it had been a while. My aunt & uncle were in town, plus a childhood friend. Everyone else ordered steak frites, upon our server’s recommendation, and my mother’s go to. I had the bouillabaisse. We had charcuterie and salads to start— these were all great. The entrees failed. No one enjoyed their steak and my bouillabaisse included gritty mussels and not very tasty broth. Can’t imagine coming back.

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VP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and attentive service.

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SR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, Bistro Bis food and service were superb. I think this is one of the best restaurants in DC.

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E
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly underappreciated in the hurly-burly of Washington, DC, but clearly one of the very best!
Outstanding food, ambiance, service. A gem!

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DW
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good! The onion soup was excellent. The duck was tasty and cook to the right temperature, but the fat was not crispy of could have been rendered more. My son had the veal chop which was excellent. Desserts were very good as well. Service was good, and the wine by the glass had excellent selections. Nice spot to have dinner any night. Also has a more casual bar seating, which I will go back to enjoy.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent waiter, Norman.
Male maître ‘d- dreadful. True attitude issues.
Norman made up for it and the meal was delicious .
Moules marinière and trout ( ordered without ham!) main course.
Coffee and délices

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f
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely server great food

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BC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience wonderful staff fantastic food

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LV
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The server never came back during our meal until the end. My steak was cooked perfectly but the pomme frites were way over cooked.

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Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mussels were perfect... and the rosé delightfully dry. A great meal!

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S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, elegant food, wonderful and attentive service. Close to Union Station and the Senate.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic!

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