Bistro Cacao

4.6
3401 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Bistro Cacao has been serving modern French cuisine to DC customers in Capitol Hill since 2009. Charming décor with velvet curtained walls in Red Room and Rouge Room gave Bistro Cacao it's fame as the most Romantic Restaurant in DC.
Serving brunch, lunch and dinner indoor and in its charming patio. Bar on the first floor is also the go-to place for the neighborhood.
The extensive menu is designed by Chef Alex Merritt who brings his own unique style and innovative culinary artistry to the restaurant. Wine list and cocktail menu perfectly compliments the cuisine.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3401 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My husband birthday

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Mgra
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our Wedding Anniversary. Beautiful atmosphere, knowledge serving staff and AMAZING food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very underwhelming for a French bistro. The duck was horrific. Server never check back about a second round of drinks. Almost all the employees were engaging with us whom had their mask half off their face- not covering their nose- The coq Au vin was really good. But server didn’t try to offer us any sides or other items- made us feel like we were bothering her. Desert was good.

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Geoffr
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy environment for a romantic dinner. Great food, drinks, and service!
Had the old fashioned and the filet mignon. The ravioli is to die for!

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GeorgetteC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The menu looks quite good, but the execution of dishes was lackluster. That was disappointing, but as a first visit it could have been our menu choices. The evening was redeemed by the warm, professional service from everyone on the staff, especially our truly outstanding server. The french decor and delightfully warm ambiance were pluses as well.

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LeslieH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding with an excellent wine accompaniment. Just the right level of noise for a Saturday night.

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Hogan
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eduardo was fantastic and the food and wine was even better. We celebrated our 17th anniversary and had a wonderful meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant, especially if your looking for a wonderful meal to celebrate together.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service. French ambiance

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vipQuietplease
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent dining experience. Onion soup rich and beefy. Steak frites nice portion with premium cut and cooked perfectly. Coq au vin also well prepared and gorgeous presentation. Service always attentive and professional.

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Archer
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food was unmatched. I would recommend the braised chicken; best chicken dish I’ve ever had. My only complaint is that I felt a little cramped at the table where we sat.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pretty good

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great - I will return and look forward to it

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ThadH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We simply love Bistro Cacao. It never fails to deliver!

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ElizabethT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. The service was amazing, very friendly and constantly checked on us

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vipHillFoodie
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is our go-to place for any special occasion and sometimes for no special occasion. We ate outside, the weather was perfect, the service excellent and the food wonderful as always.

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BeckyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful location inside and outside. Menu is diverse enough so something for everyone. Excellent service and presentation. Superb food. Highly recommend.

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BobH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I've had there has been great. My most recent lunch included the Credvettes Grille appetizer which included the best grilled shrimp I have EVER had.

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vipDominick
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good French cuisine. The restaurant is impeccable, and the service is outstanding. From what we could tell, the chef brings the plates to each table and ensures your meal is to your satisfaction. It is a smaller restaurant, but you never feel cramped and it there are great alcoves for couples to dine. An overall amazing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Loved the luxurious and warming atmosphere. My meal, the lamb, was perfectly cooked and the appetizers were delicious. I really liked how intimate the set up was with having curtains separating tables so it was more private and personal. The hostess and waiting staff were delightful. Overall a swell and splendid place to enjoy a delicious meal, cocktail, and wine in an old fashioned yet luxurious environment. -El

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MumtazD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and our server Aylin made every effort to make our dining experience excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filet mignon was cookes to perfection as usual.

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JohnB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was perfect for the occasion, a visit with friends I had not seen in several years. The waiter let us talk for quite a while before ordering and to stay on long after the eating had ended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Cacao food and service is consistently excellent!

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vipKathyO
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food service and ambiance

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WilsonK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food at reasonable prices. The strawberry salad was amazing as was the tuna small plate. Our party also liked the duck and the strawberry rhubarb dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic and delicious fine French cuisine! This is a hidden gem in DC!!

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vipSamuelV
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Cacao always offers fine food in a quieter atmosphere. One can linger at this restaurant, enjoying the company of one's companions, having enjoyed well prepared French classics, as well as more contemporary and innovative offerings. Food is also very well plated, which enhances one's overall experience. A good choice for intimate groups and dates.

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kymmie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nothing like I expected

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vipSamuel
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. The service and food were incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of our first experience with Bistro Cacao was splendid. We will be returning for many more special occasions.

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FidelisB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious! Ambience is also very relaxing. Definitely recommend.

DC
vipDCopsgirl
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious and enjoyable meal as always!

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JanetS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely. It was our first time at this restaurant. The decor is very cool: Lot’s of romantic red in the upstairs dining room,Interesting chandeliers. great prints and art all over the place ( felt like I was in, Montmartre, Paris). I had the lamb chops. A bold choice for me as being European, I have rarely find American chefs who can cook lamb without ruining it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks, and service. A very cozy and intimate atmosphere. A must try.

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SheilaD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are on vacation and this is my first time to DC. If you want a French experience from ambiance to food to music, go to Bistro Cacao. We had 3 small course- salads, then mussels and escargot, then French onion soup. Every plate was beautifully presented and the flavors were perfect. Karen, the host and perhaps owner was welcoming and met our every need. Go! You will love it!

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vipBBR2
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went for Restaurant Week. Food was outstanding. Service was a bit lacking. Crême brulée was disappointing.

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vipfoodandwine
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu was great - several great choices for each item. Loved the snails w/ mushroom caps and the Fr onion soup starters. We both loved our perfectly cooked duck breast entrees with the sunchoke puree and pickled mushrooms, which provided a nice bite contrast with the duck. And the creme brulee was delightfully light. Downer: the mille feuille. There were no 'mille' in the mille feuille. The three layers were each solid and hard - more like hard graham crackers, instead of flaky layers of puff pastry.

Ambience is wonderful - that upstairs with the light drapery divided spaces for two, so romantic, private, cozy, quiet.

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vipRickandWendy
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delightful and delicious! Parisian vibe, tasty French favorites and nicely priced wines to pair. Looks just like the photos online.

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vipchip
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The salmon salad was great. Salmon flavorful and moist - not dried out as in other places. Same attentive service. Gazpacho with watermelon refreshing!

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Propofool
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Not worth the price. Went on restaurant week, selection and portion sizes were very small, not really classically French, and actual food was hit or miss. Steak and fries and salad were very good, but creme brule was subpar (I’ve made better at home) and profiteroles were dense and not very flavorful. They charged us 6.50 for two glasses of water…waiter was very nice and attentive. Overall left hungry, not terribly impressed, and with a much lighter wallet.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bistro Cacao using the Order Online button. Bistro Cacao also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bistro Cacao also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 546-4737.

Bistro Cacao is rated 4.6 stars by 3401 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Cacao does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/onlineordering/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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