Bistro Cacao

4.7
3244 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 Guven Dogan 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 3244 people are saying
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IvyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were outstanding as always. We go to this restaurant every year for celebrations and special events, and we always have a great time here. The duck dish is amazing, and I'd highly recommend old fashioned drink here.

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vipDCopsgirl
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent, as was the service. COVID precautions were being observed and enforced.

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NicoleO
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The environment was elegant and calm. My guest and I had a very nice time. The staff was pleasant and helpful. I will be eating here again

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richardb
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Very nice patio and very good reasonable wine

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BrennanR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for any occasion! Romantic indoors and more casual seating outdoors.

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Hbarb
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great ambiance! My friends and I definitely enjoyed our time here for Sunday brunch. Will be back 😀

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED it. Everything was perfect from the outdoor seating, safe in Covid times, to the fire pits for warmth to the delicious food and wine to our lovely server, Laura. I will definitely be going back for the steak frites again!

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Bolt138
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating during the pandemic and very friendly, knowledgeable waitstaff. The mushroom ravioli was delicious!

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vipkeithh
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem on the Hill. Don’t tell anyone.

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vipDale
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is an extremely consistent restaurant that focuses on service and food quality. Everything is excellent and wonderful ambience inside and outside the restaurant.

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vipPMCQ
Aberdeen
38 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely late lunch with friends on Election Day. Food, service and ambience were all delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! Our waitress was wonderful! Some of the best food I’ve had in DC.

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vipSamarie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Bistro Cacao were both awesome. These days, the most important thing for me is how safe I feel dining out and the environment at Bistro Cacao was excellent. The tables on the patio were nicely spaced, and every staff member I saw or interacted with was wearing a mask. The patio is also tented with a partial wall and nicely spaced heaters, so this will definitely stay on my list as the weather gets colder.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved the motif and and decor of the restaurant. The space made a night out without the kids that much more special. It was different classy and personal. The waitress was attentive and courteous and natural.

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KevinM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great bistro menu gazpacho to die for onion soup very good mushrooms ravioli very good rack of lamb ok lemon tart very good . Ambiance romantic relaxed
Laura M provided outstanding service..

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TylerD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They have created a great ambiance on the front terrace. Well appointed to help maintain some of the vibe of the interior of the restaurant. Food was great as always, highly recommended for a date night.

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vipjjcc
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cute restaurant with great great food. Everything was delicious

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vipMissyB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal, service, and safety during this time are top notch.

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vipFlyonthewall
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good lunch outside, well sheltered from the rain and able to enjoy authentic and delicious French food.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with super kind and attentive staff. The restaurant manager went out of her way to provide us with the best dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Menu was limited and we weren't excited by the options. They lacked seasoning but the edible flower garnish was pretty. Drinks and service were great though..

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time this past Saturday night! I’ve been to Bistro Cacao a couple times before, but every time I return it still blows my mind. We had Sam as our waiter - he was knowledgeable, polite, and the perfect complimentary piece to a wonderful dining experience. We got the hanger steak and filet mignon. Hanger steak was delicious with caramelized shallots and some fries on the side. The filet mignon was the best steak I’ve had in a long time. The meat was cooked so well that it melted in my mouth and tasted like butter. 10/10 experience every time I come here. Will be back many more times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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DwightF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect spot for that special occasion. Good food and atmosphere was especially perfect for our anniversary.

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vipAngelo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely! Very sweet and knowledgeable on dishes and wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As long time diners at this establishment we were please to see the new location in action. COVID measures were strictly followed both among staff and patrons. This restaurant has new refreshing charm all whilst maintaining excellent features of modern French cuisine. The new charcuterie board was an excellent addition to the menu. Our waiter Ellie was delightful and made our experience all the more special and personal. She was very prompt and had an excellent wine suggestion. We hope to be back soon for the brunch!

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ColleenK
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time to have dinner at Bistro Cacao, and the food was excellent. The seating feels so intimate. Overall it was a great experience and our server was very accommodating as well. I'll be back!

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AnneS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch sitting on the front patio. Our party had the Norwegian eggs, Eggs Benedict, Hamburger, escargots and onion soup and would recommend all. My Kir Royal was also delicious. The server and manager were very attentive. The indoor seating was very spread out; I would feel comfortable returning and doing indoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My colleague and I ate dinner here after paying our respects to RBG. We each had a cocktail, wine, shared a small plate, each ordered the rack of lamb and ordered two desserts to share. It was a wonderful experience and we enjoyed every bite and sip!

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vipnotfat11
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was lovely on the patio, but service was slow with additional water, ice tea, and coffee very slow to come to the table.

It would be nice if Bistro changed their policy as most other restaurants are now doing for individual guests to get their own checks if requested. This would also help out the wait staff who won't have to do what we tell him or her needs to be done to split the bill and would save time for both guest and wait staff. A large group is different, however.

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MarieC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just lovely. Welcoming. Great food. Nice wine selection. Highly recommend.

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markg
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This was our second time visit. the first time was 2016 service was excellent the food was delicious. We came for my wife's birthday, I've ordered the house special stake it was hard to chew and no flavor at all. The service was poor, the server probably think we don't tip him so he really didn't care. We will never go back again.

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vipClydesCC102620
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laura was an excellent server, very friendly, and excellent advice. Very much looking forward to my next meal there.

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LeoB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Would gladly revisit and highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun night out.

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KimyaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attended Sunday brunch. It was great to dine on the outside (socially distanced) with great food and company. Looking forward to having the outdoor dinner experience.

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Anonymous
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We had high hopes for this place but were very disappointed by a couple key factors. A deadly combo of overpriced & under flavored food will keep us from future dining or recommending.

Starting with, sadly, the complimentary bread - it was stiff, nearly stale, and partnered with some ice cold butter that made it impossible to enjoy. It’s a French place.. c’mon! The escargot was as you’d expect - no complaints. However, the entrees.. bland to say the least. The filet was well cooked, but paired with - what I can best described as - brown gravy from a powder packet & frozen TV dinner mash potatoes with next to zero seasoning. My lady’s salmon had to of been just that.. cooked salmon.. no seasoning, no sauce, no marinade.

Fortunately, we had mentioned it was our anniversary and they finished up our evening with a complimentary crème brûlée - which was good.

Based on the reviews, we were excited for this experience.. but we walked out with much left to be desired.

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RichardD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food.
Been twice since COVID.
Outdoor seating is the best

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BrianaG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time and it was absolutely wonderful. The plating was excellent and the service was amazing. We had a great time celebrating our anniversary here.

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JonS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service was good, the outdoor dining is beautiful, and the social distancing procedures made me feel very safe. Bring a QR-enabled phone to access the menu.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bistro Cacao using the Order Online button. Bistro Cacao also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and 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 3244 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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