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Bistro Cacao

4.8
3299 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 3299 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOsfan
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary by going out to a restaurant for the first time in over a year. The food and service were great. We had an outdoor table and felt very safe.

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vipNickP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor patio with comfortable chairs. The waiter was very pleasant and remembered us. Food was very good, as were the drinks. Liked the oversized ice cube in my smoky old fashioned; avoids getting the drink watered down. We’ll be here again.

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vipQuiquevilla
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner / loved the experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and service

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AllaR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, delicious food, amazing service!!! 5 *

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vipFrancieF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every waty

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estreetbarbara
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely prix fixe Easter Dinner on their patio. Diners were well-spaced.

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Alexander
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food with good service. Dried apricots in the clafoutis was the one, unfortunate/discordant note

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KristenA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was excellent! Service was outstanding! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Easter brunch. Friendly staff. Incredible food and drink. Can’t wait to come back and try dinner service soon!

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JColeD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Brunch 2021 was great! Weather was perfect for outside seating and the ambience was beautiful. Great food and service for a great price!

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KathleenW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch on the covered patio was lovely. The food was exquisite, and the three course prix-fixe was a good value. As the weather gets warmer, I would assume/hope that some of the plastic tarps on the perimeter of the patio will be removed to permit more fresh air to enter and circulate. We will definitely be returning for dinner sometime in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Our server was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Overall great atmosphere.

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vippennsgroover
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nadia was fabulous - attentive, sweet and definitely made our birthdays very special!

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CourtneyR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I arrived slightly early for my birthday reservation, and insisted it was fine that I would sit at the bar and wait until my table was ready, but they tried to accommodate, so they set my boyfriend and me at a different table that was by the window and not as cozy and romantic as I had originally requested. So, I was a little disappointed there. Otherwise, the food was incredible. Our waiter, Sam, was extremely friendly, accommodating, and professional, and the ambience (aside from the blinding street light from the window they sat us by in the romantic “red room”) was very warm and cozy. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love French food. And will be back again. Great food, attentive service, lovely atmosphere, great wine.

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hillgirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service, lovely French music played at an enjoyable level, friendly ambiance, very safe feeling for indoor dining.

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MadeleineM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Cacao’s food was delicious (our group would highly recommend everything we ate including: the Rockfish, Steak Frites, Filet Mignon, and Duck), the outdoor seating was lovely (and very empty on a rainy Sunday evening), and the server was attentive and helpful. Will definitely be going back again!

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vipPMCQ
Aberdeen
39 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Bistro Cacao, especially on the patio on a beautiful day!

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vipValT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Too expensive for the what it is. Food was very mediocre in taste and flavor.

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donm
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service by Joshua.. very attentive without intruding. a great meal.

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vipPaulineW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always great coming back to this neighborhood gem. Service is excellent, food is satisfying and overall a good time!

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HaroldG
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mother to celebrate her birthday. She loved it!!

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Cali
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful experience here! Great staff, yummy food, lovely atmosphere. It’s our vacation experience in our neighborhood.

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JessicaL
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a cozy place to go. The Price was reasonable, given the good food.

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Becca
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just had cocktails and dessert but it was all excellent, including the service.

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vipAMHess
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding as usual! The outdoor seating is nice and we could enjoy the sunset even inside the covered patio. We were disappointed that the lemon tart has been discontinued but are hoping that it returns for the summer!

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JillO
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only hiccup bathrooms all upstairs. Great food and service.

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vipAviddiner
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Despite the construction on Mass Ave, the ambience was pleasant. Our server, Laura, was helpful, unobtrusive, and gracious. My organic chicken was undersalted and a bit too rich for my taste. The bread rolls were excellent and so were the escargot.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was heavenly, the service was amazing and it was a fantastic experience

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vipDianeP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, but it was pricey. But would definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding.

DC
vipDCopsgirl
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from appetizers (soup) and main courses (chicken tagliatelle and a burrata salad) were excellent. The poached pear was the perfect ending to our meal. Our server was extremely pleasant and our private tent with a heater made for a terrific evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day was the cutest most special evening here. Ambiance was beautiful, extremely covid-safe outside seating. Our own little private area. Food was amazing & servers were attentive. The owner is the sweetest. Extremely memorable night.

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vipDHRockville
Detroit
37 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Were seated by the entrance. Food was mediocre at best. Crab fondue was nota fondue. Oysters served without any side sauces . Filet Minion small and of poor quality. Melting Chocolate cake, not melting at all. Just a mediocre meal . Excellent service though. Polite and efficient. Disappointing.

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vipTheHonestOne
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have adored this restaurant for the last few years, but they legitimately blew me away (again) this Valentine's Day. The service was beyond amazing and I was able to request the perfect table upon arrival. My boyfriend (who had not been before) said it is now his favourite restaurant! Thank you so much for the amazing experience - we will be back!

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vipDanaH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I had a great meal and get together for Valentine’s Day brunch! Ellie was our server and she’s fantastic- friendly, knowledgeable and helpful! We loved our time there!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was here for Valentine’s Day brunch. Loved the private booth and amazing Covid precautions in place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great!

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SaraD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 4 course Valentine's Day dinner. We each ordered different things for each course, 8 dishes total. Not a single bad one, nothing even less than excellent. Cozy, romantic, great cocktails too. Highly recommended.

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 4.8 stars by 3299 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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