Bistro Cacao

4.7
3445 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.

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 3445 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food, always a solid spot

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vipMarina66
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We had dinner the first night DC required pproof of vaccination., which I didn't have a problem with. it actually made me feel better that they were taking the pandemic seriously and they made sure everything was sanitized before we sat down and spread guest out so they did not sit close to each othe. Food was delicious. nice wine list.

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MildredB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service too. The environment is very cozy and beautifully decorated. Definitely, I will go back.

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Gordo
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place with fabulous ambience, food, and service. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nearly all of the things we ordered were quite good but my date found the steak tartare to contain way too many capers. It should have been called caper tartare, not steak tartare. The duck breast wasn’t cooked to my date’s request. But I thoroughly enjoyed the dishes that I ordered. Will go back but will steer clear of the tartare and the duck. Our waiter, the bartender and the hostess were wonderful and made the evening special!

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andrewp
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service, great ambience, wonderful choice for a romantic dinner

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Carl
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

French onion soup and the salmon entree were great. Steak and fries also good.

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vipDCfoodsnob
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good - from hostess, to waitress, to the chef’s food! All good!!

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for New Year’s Eve. Great experience. Charming , quiet. The food was delicious. They have a great wine selection. Excellent service. We highly recommend it.

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Mzsmaria
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for special occasion or romantic date. I would recommend the Magret de Canard.

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Heather
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food & service! Beautiful interior and terrific outdoor set up as well.

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Paul
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each course was fantastic. The building and decor is inviting, lavish, warm, and fun. Service was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great spot for date night. The mushroom ravioli is worth going back for

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DonnaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the outdoor dining area was very pleasant. The food was fine but nothing special.

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vipNickP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a nice experience. I would no longer recommend the outdoor dining as it is too cold on the patio. Indoors is nice and the food is very well prepared. It was a birthday and they gave free profiteroles for the table, which was a nice touch.

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zorro
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

These are plague times, but the lobster bisque was more like tomato soup. The rack of lamb was well cooked but the lamb was long in the tooth and chewy. The profiteroles were encased in cardboard. The waiter was casual to the point of cavalierness. It was not a pleasant experience.

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vipehenley00
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Bistro Cacao, and it exceeded our expectations. We wanted a warm and festive place to dine before the Christmas Holiday, and you certainly get that at Bistro Cacao. The upstairs dining room is quaint, quiet, and beautiful -- a perfect place for a dinner for two. We greatly enjoyed the French Classics: Escargot and Coq Au Vin, both of which were delicious, fresh and some of the best we've ever had. The Apple Tart and Champagne Soaked Pear we're also excellent. The service was friendly and and the menu is very accommodating to gluten-free needs. We will be returning soon!

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vipRVAdiner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The coq au vin was so good and the service was friendly and helpful without being intrusive.

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vipAnnfromdc
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I had a disappointing dinner with a young (20-ish) relative at Bistro Cacao on a colder-than-expected Saturday night. The outdoor dining space was covered and it had a few fire pits (as promised; in light of COVID, we wanted to eat outdoors). The fire pits were not at all effective as heaters.

The food was disappointing. The "small plate" grilled calamari was pretty tiny. Fewer than 10 small pieces. The steak in the steak frites was tough. The coq au vin was the big hit of the evening.

The poached pear was a delicious dessert, and the tarte tatin was good.

For all that, it was a pretty expensive meal, with no liquor.

KH
KimH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Hazy Old Fashioned in the area! Wonderful traditional French cuisine in an elegant interior setting, or a really nice patio protected from the elements (important for these COVID timesl)

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MichaelP
32 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good!

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NoelleS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly so good. Cheese plate and duck breast were phenomenal. Really great birthday dinner with very romantic vibes. Thanks!

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vipLuvToDine
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Lovely, romantic restaurant with very attentive but not hovering wait staff. The onion soup and lobster bisque we had for appetizers were both delicious. I had hoped to have the coq au vin but it was not ready which was a disappointment. Instead, we both had the salmon with mixed vegetables and parsnip purée which was also delicious. We’ll return another day for a later reservation and hopefully try the coq au vin.

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jmfarmer311
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful find.
Not only was the food well prepared, it was pleasantly served.
Deserts were very good.
I would definitely recommend this spot.

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pateb
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, as usual, was excellent and the wine was as well.

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DaleH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bistro Cacao never disappoints for providing very attentive service and wonderful food that is well plated in terms of presentation.
It is a unique setting that follows the theme of its French influences.

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PopaJohn
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal for a special occasion. Decor is special, and two person nooks are romantic. Pricy high end dining, but no worse than expected.

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EmmyT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s our usual spot for office lunch, good service and food are great

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vipMarshaF
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful meal with friends we hadn't seen since pre-pandemic. Two of us had the salmon, one the ravioli, and one steak frites. Other than too many frites, all was very tasty. The service and ambiance were excellent.

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MichaelP
33 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Looking forward to a return. Have been here many tines.

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vipAmirS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s was a very quiet evening. The Hazy Old Fashion hit the spot after a long and difficult week. Of course the company of old friends always is the best!

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GeraldK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Amazing decor, ambiance. Great for catching up with friends or family celebration. Private rooms available upstairs.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Very nice.

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kisa
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have had brunch here many times and it never disappoints. Food is excellent and wait staff are wonderfully attentive.

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EcholM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was wonderful. We would definitely go again.

LD
LocalDiner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Thanksgiving meal. Nice selection of appetizers entrees and desserts. Service excellent. Decor is very French. Not unreasonable prices for the experience, but limited to special occasions for us.

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QuynhV
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was wonderfully attentive and cheerful. It was a good celebration!

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HansF
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venu and ambience were perfect for a French Bistro. Would be the perfect place for a romantic date. The servers were nice and the food came out promptly. The best part were the cocktails. You must try the Lavender French 75.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious, enjoyed all our meals! Would definitely recommend to friends for fine dining

FP
FrenchPalate
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Ambiance and service are really good but food is mediocre.

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 4.7 stars by 3445 OpenTable diners.

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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