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Bistro Cacao

2454 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
Where Romance meets Flavor… At Bistro Cacao, chef-owner Kemal Deger brings nearly 25 years of culinary expertise to your table. In Bistro Cacao’s historic location we now invite you to enjoy our new concept of modern bistro-style French cuisine in a romantically charming and comfortable setting blending old France with modern creative touches.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, European
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday 11 am - 3 pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Monday 11:30 am - 2 pm, Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

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Phone number
(202) 546-4737
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kemal Deger
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Yes we do Cater
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Cross street
3rd and 4th NE
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Public transit
Union Station red line three blocks away
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

All type of private events welcome, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Cocktail etc. Green Room, up to 26 people Red Room, up to 40 people Rouge Room, up to 16 people Cacao Wine Bar, up to 50 people cocktail, receptions, happy hours etc. Private outdoor available.

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What 2454 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Good fun good food great people

Staff and food were all excellent

GinaP (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food was actually inedible. The only good thing was the salad. We ordered calamari and it came with pineapple and gorgonzola which really didn't go together, the gorgonzola was globbed on to the pineapple and over powering. I wanted the stuffed chicken breast without the mushrooms and that couldn't be done- so its pre-prepared which should have been a heads up. Settled for the hangar steak which come out smothered with caramelized onions that smelled like it came from a can. Steak was barely edible. It was a funky shredded texture. I would not go back here. Waiter was snooty for no reason and the bread was so chewy it gave me immediate cotton mouth. Never again.

Skipper (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

perfect for visiting cousins -- good food, cozy ambiance and easy to converse

vipNick (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great for an intimate romantic dinner. The venison and filet mignon were amazing! They were super tender and full of flavor.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

My husband and I tried this for a Valentine's dinner and enjoyed it. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was good, our favorite dishes were the escargot appetizer and roasted lamb entree. A great place for a date or evening with a few friends, you can actually hear each other in this bistro, which can be hard to find in other places in the city.

CohiXer (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

I work in the neighborhood and come here about five times a year, so I was looking forward to spoiling my sweetie for our Valentine's Day weekend. What a disappointment. Even with a reservation made over two weeks in advance, the restaurant did not accommodate my request for one of the cozier tables. The service was perfunctory at best; we did not receive the bread basket we ordered to start things off until we were halfway through the main course, and we were never offered a refresh on our drinks. The food was fine, but hardly the brunch rave everyone speaks of. Overall, it was disappointing, especially in light of the pricing. Ambience is not enough, Cacao. I have recommended this place to several friends in the past, but will hesitate to do so in the future. This experience left me feeling betrayed.

Copik7 (Columbus)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The ambiance is appealing and the servers were very friendly. The nicoise salad was delicious and was the bread, lobster omelet and steak sandwich. Downside: it took a while for us to get our food and the poached eggs were overcooked. However, the eggs were not included in the bill.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

While the atmosphere of the restaurant took me back in time, and the soft chatter of a French couple the table allowed us to imagine we were on the other side of the globe, the food left some to be desired. We ordered the Fillet and the Rack of Lamb and the first bad sign was that the food was only slightly warm, and by the time we finished our plates completely cold. The other issue was that the two meals had the exact same presentation: same sauce, same vegetables, and same potato cake (all of which were tasty, but nothing to write home about). The quality of the meat was phenomenal, and it was cooked perfectly. While the wine that was selected for us was amazing, the sommelier rattled off endless names when making suggestions, making it impossible for me to follow along with him in the menu and make an educated decision. The bubbly selection was mediocre at best. Eventually we settled on an over priced and mass produced bottle that left a bad taste in our mouth in more than one way.

Overall, the restaurant has the feeling that the spark has faded, and the attention to detail needs to return. While a lot of things were done right, very few were done exceptionally well. I have to say that I would skip Bistro Cacao in favor of Chez Billy Sud or Le Diplomat in the future.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

This is "our" place for romantic dinners celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. For a Francophile who used to live in Paris, this is my very favorite French bistro in the DC area. The best part is the cozy ambiance and Parisian-style decor that takes me back. Food is always excellent and while some may feel it's a little pricier, for the caliber of food and level of service, it's well worth it!

4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

I was satisfied with every aspect of the experience. My girlfriend and I had a nice, quiet Valentine’s Day weekend dinner.