Bistro Cacao

4.8
2855 reviews
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French
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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Bistro Cacao's Traditional "EASTER" menu is ready! 3-course menu is only $42.95. Kids menu is available under the age of 12. Online menu will be available soon on our website.

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San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience! This was our first visit to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. Delicious food. Lobster bisque and mushroom soup superb. Amazing romantic decor. Hannah was lovely! Our new favorite French restaurant in DC.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely relaxing place for brunch with a good menu choice, and well-priced. We had great service and really enjoyed our food and time spent here.

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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been a few years since I had been to bistro cacao so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The food was still very good and the service great as I remember. The only thing I would suggest is that they spruce up things a little—in the area we were sitting the wallpaper was curling away from the wall.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere but the food was really average and did not warrant the price.

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Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Steer clear of the Foie Gras dish - at $19, the portion size is minuscule and flavor overwhelmed by the excessive quantity of thick, fruity syrup. It was a huge disappointment. The French Onion Soup was quite good. The Salade Cacao was flavorful, but again a small portion. As for entrees, the lamb chops were delicious - perfectly done. The fish special (Baramundi) was ample and very well done. Our waiter, Sam, was friendly and reasonably attentive once he got going. Our table was nicely private, but the chairs are too low for the table and the wallpaper needs to be replaced - it was taped-on in places. All-in-all - an inconsistent restaurant that isn't worth the price we paid. We recommend trying one of the many other French restaurants in DC.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was invited by friends visiting from abroad for a dinner at a restaurant of my choice. Because I was as interested in an occasion of conversation as well as food and drink, I thought hard about my selection. I was recently reminded of Bistro Cacao from a Check, Please review. Although I had dined frequently at the previous venue, Two Quails, and thoroughly enjoyed both the menu and the ambience, I had not been to the successor, but the TV program reviewers gave it an excellent review. Our experience was all that I had hoped for and more. We spent three delightful hours enjoying the entire experience of welcome, ambience, food and we conversed the entire time without the necessity of even once raising our voices. Bravo, Bistro Cacao

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TG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy to walk to from Union Station. The decor was authentic French. I felt like I was back in Paris! Food was amazing, service was excellent. Highly recommend Bistro Cacao!

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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I would recommend for wine, appetizers and dessert, just to enjoy the romantic old-fashioned vibe of the place. The food is ok but not spectacular. Fish (bronzino) was cooked properly and came with tasty cream sauce; however sides and presentation were nothing special. Calamari was cold and tasteless. Crepe" was a seafood filling covered by a pasty round mound of dough; despite the ofd shape, the filling and red pepper sauce were tasty. Creme brulee dessert was superb! Poached pear was ok.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, everything about the experience was delightful

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WR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall this was an excellent experience for a birthday dinner. As opposed to many other restaurants, we were able to carry on a nice conversation throughout dinner at normal speaking levels. Anthony provided excellent service from the moment we were seated until we were leaving the restaurant.

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem.

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k
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute French bistro. Easy conversation venue. Good food, service, and atmosphere. We had a very enjoyable Saturday brunch for 4!

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b
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were most pleased with our special birthday dinner at the Bistro Cacao. The Matri d' was most welcoming and accommodating, and we had a quiet table at a front window. The waiter was excellent, attentive, but not obsequious. The food was prepared hot and served quickly. We have visited several times and for a dinner for two they have lovely alcove tables which offer good privacy. We plan to return again.

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DV
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful cosy place to celebrate our anniversary.

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St. Louis
84 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No one in our group had been here before. Everyone loved it. Our desserts were especially good.

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JM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Ambiance was cozy and friendly. The food was just incredibly delicious and beautifully presented, with just right proportions. The host, bar, and wait staff were welcoming, attentive, and friendly. The value of the food, wine, and service was excellent.

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B
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding!

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place for lunch! Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere!!

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BT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The service was exceptional.

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EH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love bringing clients here. Always great food, great service and a unique atmosphere.

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Ambience was spectacular! Great French music while you are eat.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Good experience overall however in the booth we were in there was an outlet with several plugs sticking out at chest level and wallpaper was falling off and taped back on. For what the food costs I expect better.

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an exceptional time at this restaurant. When we initially arrived there was a slight mixup with our reservation, but this was graciously resolved by the manager.
The food was exceptional and the setting was homy and quaint.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Never had a bad experience there!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A gem! Food was excellent, and Damien our server was delightful!

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JS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came on a Friday night for pre theater dinner. Food was delicious and service was great— very attentive to our time constraints, gracious and efficient. Prices very reasonable. A great value!

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MD
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, soft music, impeccable service. Our only distraction from a lovely late lunch was that the only other diners were a large, talkative group and we were seated next to them. The food was rather American-French, and my dishes were VERY rich, but that wouldn't be a criticism for many people. A lovely drinks menu although we did not imbibe. A fire in the front room was very inviting.

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B
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wine, and excellent service in a lovely space. Our only regret was that we were too full for dessert.

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Cacao was beyond. The service, drinks, food and the staff all far surpassed expectations. Highly recommend this gem to anyone looking for an elegant night and a wonderful lavish meal

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PG
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with a small group of friends at Bistro Cacao. The ambience was great, it was easy to talk and hear each other, and the food was outstanding. Will definitely be visiting again soon.

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful evening.
Staff was very helpful.
Great experience for ours first time.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for the most romantic anniversary dinners. Extremely recommend it! Food and ambiance were amazing. Service was extraordinary. Definitely will be back whenever am in DC.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasting menu was excellent for a reasonable price. There was nothing completely off menu but wonderful dishes. Added the wine pairing which was fairly good with interesting choices.

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite French restaurant. Everything about this restaurant was extraordinary. Food was great, service was great, and the restaurant had a really nice ambiance.

Sam was super friendly and always checked up on us every couple minutes.

Recommend the seafood dish - Bouillabaisse. So good!

For dessert - They had like an Apple Tart with Ice Cream. Literally the best dessert I've had in a while!!!

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J
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended Bistro Cacao to several business contacts.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place. Seems like the portions have gotten smaller.

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San Antonio
75 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambiance were first rate. My lobster and goat cheese omelet was delicious. The bottomless mimosas were a fun addition to our brunch. And the chocolate mousse was beyond great! Adam, our server, made good suggestions that enhanced our dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Unfortunately due to my allergies, I could not taste the flavor of the food. :=(

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a quaint yet beautiful restaurant. We had a lovely time... Food and service were simply wonderful. When we visit Washington again this will definitely be our place to go for a beautiful evening.

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