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About Bistro Cacao

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.

320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, European

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday 11 am - 4 pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday 11:30 am - 2 pm, Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
3rd and 4th NE

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 546-4737

Website:
http://www.bistrocacao.com/

Catering:
Yes we do Cater

Public Transit:
Union Station red line three blocks away

Executive Chef:
Kemal Deger

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Share the joy of Christmas with us! Chef Deger will treat you to his delightful 3 Course Holiday Menu ($49.95 pp).
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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Join us for New Year's Eve dinner!
On December 31st we will be offering Chef Deger's 5 course New Year's Eve menu ($100 pp).
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Private Dining

All type of private events welcome, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Cocktail etc. Green Room, up to 26 people Red Room, up to 40 people Rouge Room, up to 16 people Cacao Wine Bar, up to 50 people cocktail, receptions, happy hours etc. Private outdoor available.

Bistro Cacao Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

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Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (69)
Romantic (69)
Special Occasion (59)
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Cozy (58)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Quiet Conversation (49)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Authentic (37)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Notable Wine List (31)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Worth the Drive (25)
Great for Brunch (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Great for Lunch (17)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Business Meals (13)
Tasting Menu (11)
Healthy (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Casual (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Hot Spot (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Date night before concert at capital one. Awesome food. Very cozy and quaint room. Very close to the arena. Will come again. My wife had the escargot and duck. She said it was excellent. I had the onion soup and rack of lamb which was the best I’ve had.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

We were seated at least 20 minutes before a couple came and who were seated by a window. Despite my friend and I being there at our table before the other two people, we were served our drinks and food AFTER the other them. I mentioned this to our waiter who gave a response that was not sufficient.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service, friendly and accommodating staff, and well-executed French comfort food. Comfortable quiet dining environment, very inviting.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Best French onion soup. Good wine list. Overall a great neighborhood place.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Most important was the ambiance: quiet, private, inviting. The cuisine was top notch -- reminder of Paris. Everything was done just right: the flavors, the presentation. The service was very personable, yet professional. I always recommend Bistro Cacao to all my friends. If you want a truly delightful dining experience, it's Bistro Cacao.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

They do all the basics very well. French Onion Soup, escargot, steak frites, all excellent. Consistently delivers quality French cuisine at reasonable prices. Wine by the glass is pretty good, a rare thing to find these days. Would like to see the wine by the bottle list less marked up, particularly the French red wine which is more inflated than some of the American options. Great cozy wintertime spot.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

It was our anniversary. Wonderful ambiance, quiet. We had a great bottle of wine and a fabulous dinner. The rack of lamb was out of this world and the swordfish was moist and delicious. Great salads. We topped the meal off with profiteroles. Service was impeccable.
Moderately expensive, but well worth the money.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our evening was fantastic. It was the perfect location for my wife's birthday. She is still telling me how much she loved it. I would give more than 5 stars.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We saw Bistro Cacao on the new Check Please show on WETA two weeks before our anniversary and I immediately made reservations. It was all we hoped and more--the food was absolutely spectacular. The service was friendly and attentive without being pushy. The somewhat quirky decor was nevertheless luxurious--our 2-top booth with comfy armchairs was perfect for an intimate anniversary dinner. I had the very good venison rack, but my wife's rack of lamb made me regret my choice. The calamari with blue cheese and pineapple seemed so odd I had to try it, and I was blown away. It's pricey, but not out of line with similar restaurants in the DMV.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Beautiful and delicious brunch. I love coming to Bistro Cacao.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great staff. Unexpected delicious flavorful food. Portions just right. Special but not pretentious.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everyone in our office knows Bistro Cacao. It's the "nice" place we go for special occasions, for lunch when we want to relax or have a more intimate setting, for the occasions when we need to take a visitor to lunch. So it was natural that our small group of close friends would choose Bistro Cacao for a retirement dinner for a beloved colleague. The setting was perfect -- a space of our own -- the food was very, very good, and the waiter was attentive to exactly the right degree. We're glad we can count on Bistro Cacao every time.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Onion soup was fabulous. All six entrees were cold, as was the coffee.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The food was just fine but service challenging. I moved to the neighborhood recently so hoped it would be my new go-to place. Not sure, will try again.

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

We absolutely loved the experience of this restaurant. We were hosting friends from Australia and New York, and the food, wine and ambience made the evening delightful from beginning to end!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was reviewed on Check Please and it really appealed to me for its ambience which is charming and for the authentic food. So a friend and I tried it. We both had omelettes. Mine was a goat cheese/lobster filling, the other was ham. Bothh came with a side salad and tiny potatoes. Good French bread, of course. All was washed down with a Prosecco rather than a champagne. We were so relaxed we could have stayed all afternoon. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving represented another positive experience at the Bistro. The chef made good choices for the prix menu for this holiday. The lamb shank over risotto is among the most tender and well-seasoned that I ever had. My table mates also enjoyed their entries, and desserts. Très bon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Bistro Cacao is a neighborhood jewel. Our Thanksgiving meal was absolutely delicious at a price that couldn’t be bet. This is why we are regulars.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to Bistro Cacao for Thanksgiving Dinner. Our reservation was for 4:30 p.m. We arrived at 4:20 p.m. and were promptly seated after checking our coats. The restaurant has an extensive wine list and a fixed menu for the holiday which we had seen online. The restaurant called us to confirm our reservation made through open table. The ambience is very French with music playing in the background. We started with pumpkin soup with crabmeat, very flavorful as well a salad with sugared walnuts continued with turkey and beef wellington, both well presented with sweet potato and asparagus or green beans. Food was well prepared, well seasoned and succulent with a French flare. Dessert was chocolate mousse with Tawny Port-excellent! We also loved the semi private seating (red curtains) and comfy chairs. The evening ended much too soon but we will come back, probably for brunch or outdoor dining. Service was friendly yet professional.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

My children and I celebrated Thanksgiving here and it could not have been more perfect. The staff and even my girls practice their French with them.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We took advantage of Bistro Cacao's prix fix Thanksgiving menu. The selections were excellent, the price was affordable, the ambiance was cozy and romantic, and the service, as always, was impeccable. They never disappoint.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious food. This was our first time and we were very, very pleased. Service was great. The entire staff was warm , friendly and very efficient. We’ll be back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I wasn't sure what to make of this place at first, but it exceeded all expectations. Excellent food, service, decor and atmosphere. I plan on coming back for brunch.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

This is the second time I’ve been here. The entire restaurant is relatively small and private. Its really good for couples to come here, especially for those who want to celebrate their anniversaries! The food is absolutely fantastic! Must try those French fries!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Bistro Cacao has a very romantic atmosphere and decorations. It has intimate tables secluded by curtains and tables with pillows. This was a business lunch but I had been there on a date before, as well. The lunch food is decent. The lunch options are not very French, not to say they are bad. Just burgers and chicken sandwiches mostly. The restaurant is good but it won’t become my favorite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It was DELICIOUSLY, BEAUTIFUL, PERFECTION!!! Thank you!!! We LOVED IT!!! 😆🙌😘

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A real discovery. Crazy, quiet and very good food. Hanger steak and venison done just right with delicious sauce.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Had a wonderful experience at Bistro Cacao. Come for the excellent food and service, stay for the atmosphere. My date and I were situated in two cozy armchairs surrounded by red velvet curtains, and admired the rose petals intricately scattered about the table. It was a memorable and sentimental way to spend an anniversary together, and the food and service were both very impressive. And as far as a dinner of that caliber goes, I felt the prices were very reasonable, as I have certainly paid more for much less. Book without hesitation for a memorable affair.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Overall an excellent experience. The service was good, overall. The atmosphere was perfect for a date. The food was good, but not spectacular. The dishes could have done with a little more texture and could have used more vegetables. One of the Creme Brûlées was carbonized on top making it inedible, and quickly replaced, but the server seemed annoyed by the request. But apart from tiny glitch overall was a very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Outstanding food and service as always. Great Capitol Hill location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Everything was exceptional. It had old-world European charm.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The best venison since Bistro Francais closed. Wonderful wine list. Hostess/Owner is warm & friendly. Atmosphere cozy & interesting. Music was appropriate (Edith Piaf, Moonlight Serenade, etc) & not too loud. After a day of museum hopping, will definitely return for more offerings on French menu. Food was beyond memorable as was the paired wine. Required a 'Compliments to the Chef' at this one!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 15, 2017

A classic French Bistro -- traditional foods and preparation, well executed, and a very quiet restaurant --Easy to have a conversation, a real treat in todays restaurant scene.
Would return in a minute and will

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Simply the best meal I've had since I don't know when. This was truly over the top. Great ambience, GREAT food. One of the best dining experiences ever. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Perfect date night spot. Cozy, intimate seating. Attentive service. DELICIOUS food. Highly recommend !

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

It was very enjoyable and well worth the money. Both the food and the wine were very tasty

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had some spare time and arrived early. They made me feel very welcome.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Both the venison and the sea bass were excellent. Foie gras appetizer was excellent. There was a brief wait even with on-time reservation due to table turnover and cleanup but this is understandable.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Bistro Cacao is a favorite for food quality, service and a special night. Love the ambience. The food is extraordinary. The staff is so attentive and authentic. Love this place.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Cute place with great French food and extensive wine list. Our group had duck, filet mignon, stuffed trout, and the daily special - all were excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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