Bistro Cacao

4.7
3363 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 3363 people are saying
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good tasty food. Enjoyable. Just like 18 months ago.

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grant
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Absolutely beautiful restaurant. Food is just okay and there are a dozen places with better food at this price point in the area. Service was below par and the wine list is not very creative. Ambience is doing a lot of heavy lifting here.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. There was a table close by who was incessantly talking about politics, but that’s expected lol. They were a bit too close to us upstairs but it wasn’t much of an issue!

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Mocha
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a wonderful place for a joyful, relaxed celebration.

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BvdinbigD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We sat for 25 minutes before any setvice.
When the food was served, we had no utensils.
We requested bread which never arrived prior to our check.
It is a cute place with decent food but very poor management.

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Shyguy
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place , Great service , Great Food and easy parking ! We ate outside under a covered patio .

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bistro Cacao every time we are in town. The food is spectacular and the staff is wonderful. The chef’s Chartreuse is always a welcome surprise with the best ingredients.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a go-to of mine. Great food and service and the ambiance is perfect for any occasion.

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vipeatfoodyes
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great meal and service!

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vipKarenS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exquisite! Prepared to perfection. Seats for tables along wall super comfy. Definitely will go again

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shelleyo
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was well prepared. My lower rating is due to a personal disappointment. I have a food allergy. Called ahead of time to ask if they could accommodate. They said yes. Once there I was told most menu items would not work for us. .

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vipPMCQ
Aberdeen
42 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the Eggs Benedict were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, large variety. Delicious cocktails. Service was excellent. Would definitely go back!

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Zubizub
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for my husband’s birthday. This was not our first time there but because we have a baby and this was going to be our first restaurant dining as a whole family, we were a little anxious. On top of that It is still COVID-19 even though we had our vaccines our baby cannot be vaccinated and we did not know how our baby was going to do during the dining. Plus because I am breastfeeding and our baby is allergic to “dairy, eggs and soy” I have many diet restrictions. (We look like nightmare customers right hahaha). They were very responsive for my two calls and very attentive to our worries. They made sure we have safe corner as a family and mentioned several times that kitchen knows about the diet restrictions. We had a wonderful breakfast and great time!! Food has always been exceptional... delicious.. This time even though I had restrictions they still served me amazing options. Service was great and everyone was super friendly as always!!

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vipWanderingFoodie
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and atmosphere are great, as always. Love their bigger patio in their new space. Only downside was they obviously are short-staffed - unfortunately too many restaurants are experiencing that right now.

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vipBrooklynGirl
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was OK. We both got the steak and eggs from the brunch menu and the meat could have used more flavor, and the portions were on the small side. Overall, the brunch menu was a bit limited. Service was good. There was an obnoxious party seated behind us who were playing music and videos on their phones and clearly disturbing other patrons, but nothing was said to them. Eventually they settled down, but I think something should have been said to them sooner. I am not sure if I will be returning to Bistro Cacao for brunch, but might to try the dinner menu.

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vippejs
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always, delicious food, excellent service, lovely inside and out;).. a true treasure for Capitol Hill and for all of DC!!

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DashiellS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, drinks, and ambient noise level. Attentive servers.

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DelphineC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to celebrate our 4-year anniversary someplace special, so I found this spot...LOVED IT!!! The service was swift, and the food was beautifully plated and absolutely delicious! The only surprising issue was the noise level. For such a quaint venue, it was hard to hear my companion seated just inches from me. But overall, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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vipLulu
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an early Saturday brunch w/two friends. One said it was the best corn beef hash he’d ever tasted. Two of us were delighted with our trout amondine with string beans. The fourth person loved his French toast (brioche). Our iced teas in elegant glasses were refilled early and often.
We’ve ordered their three course meal delivered to our homes—once they forgot to include mashed potatoes with the equally delicious Beef Wellington but the BW is so rich, we didn’t mind.
In short, we’re besotted with Bistro Cacao

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was exceptional. The duck was bland, but all the other food and drinks were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot for Mother’s Day brunch. The fixed price menu had plenty of choices, including for my vegetarian daughter. All dishes were delicious and executed beautifully. Service was perfect. Outdoor seating very comfortable. I’ve been before and I will certainly return.

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Foodie27
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. A "playground for my mouth." Love that the ambience is quiet and intimate enough for easy conversation without being dark and broody.

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MollyR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I had such high hopes for our Mothers' Day Brunch! The atmosphere here is great. But, the service was sadly not great - it took almost 30 minutes before we got our bread bowl. The food was OK, but not great and we were required to pay $50 a person for the fixed price Mothers Day brunch menu. There were also so few breakfast potatoes with our dishes that I wanted to order a whole extra plate of them, but decided not to because sadly each part of our meal took so long to arrive it wasn't worth it. I would love to come back but probably not for a fixed price lunch again.

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vipCali
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a great experience!

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CharlesD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good meal. Service could have been faster, but it was mother's day brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Service was spot on and food was delicious. I highly recommend the Pistachio Crusted Lamb rack or the Filet Mignon. For drinks, the Hazy Old Fashioned was delicious! We had a great time and would return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I have been to Bistro Cacao a handful of times over the years but I will not return again. We had to wait over 40 minutes after our reservation to be seated outside. We were offered a table inside next to employee entrance, super loud and not comfortable at all. Even though there is a 2 hour table time limit, we were actually told by the hostess that the people at our table were finally asked to move inside after being there for over 3 hours. During this time we ordered half a carafe of white wine and waited patiently, and listened to a server tell the bartender that we had not asked her for water while were waiting. When we were finally seated at almost 9pm for our 8pm reservation, we were not offered an appetizer or to have the carafe of wine comped for our patience. Many of my family are in the service industry and we know times are tough, but hospitality is taking care of all your customers and definitely, when there is a stated 2 hour limit and people are waiting, not letting a table stay for over 3 hours. We could have been seated on time. I tipped 20% because it isn’t the servers fault. The food was excellent but I will not return.

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vipSkipper
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Outside dining in comfort with very good food and attentive service. Our guests from N. Va. were impressed.

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bobeats
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We went for brunch on Saturday. The outdoor set up was superb. We ordered appetizers and drinks, the cold tomato soup and the cacao salad were both very good. For entrees, I had the steak sandwich & my wife had the lobster omelet with potatoes. Both entrees were subpar. The lobster omelette dull, needed a sauce or something, the steak sandwich was ok but the blue havarti cheese overwhelmed the steak. The potatoes that came with the omelet looked & tasted like frozen potatoes out of a bag. With so many great places to eat around town, we won’t be returning here

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BrittanyB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed our dinner. The menu was good, the wine was delicious, and our server was very friendly and helpful. I also loved the decor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can never go wrong here and the staff is beyond friendly.

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KatarinaV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for a romantic date night! Great food

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JohnM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice romantic French ambiance, wonderful food, superb wines, and fantastic service. I highly recommend, and we will be back, again. One of our go-to special occasion restaurants, but you don't have to wait for an occasion either.

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diningmoments
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I arrived for our 13th Anniversary dinner. From start to finish the experience was exceptional. The fact that we dined outside on a lovely spring evening certainly added. All courses were exceptionally good (I strongly recommend the vegetarian entree). Our waitress was wonderful. A lovely way to venture back in the world of fine dining as the sting of the pandemic begins at last to fade.

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CarolynP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Bistro Cacao. We enjoyed it so much we returned the next day.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful experience!

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Yumyum22
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time visiting bistro cacao, and I will definitely be returning. Would recommend! We were celebrating a special occasion and each enjoyed a starting dish, main course, and dessert, along with a digestif and glass of Champagne. Each dish was delicious! And, the ambiance was cozy and romantic, particularly the room with red curtains where we ate.

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vipCapitolHillResident
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love a neighborhood place and they do a fine job

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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 4.7 stars by 3363 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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