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Bistro Cacao

4.7
2516 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Cozy
  • Special Occasion
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, European
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday 11 am - 3 pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
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

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Phone number
(202) 546-4737
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kemal Deger
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Catering
Yes we do Cater
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd and 4th NE
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Public transit
Union Station red line three blocks away
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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

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.

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What 2516 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great atmosphere, perfect design and very nice place to take your date. Food is very delicious and tasty. They have very nice patio as well. I prefer the red room if you like to sit inside. Try their calamari with pineapple and blue cheese. Great wine selection. Recommended. Cheers...

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

They were about 40 minutes late to seat us to our reservation, which was frustrating. Service went off without a hitch afterwards, though! Delicious food and the ambiance is incredible.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a reservation but still had to wait to be seated. We didn't receive an apology nor were we compensated drinks. The dinner, atmosphere, and waiter service was great, but the hostess needs to be retrained.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

My friends and I went here specifically for the patio outside and the neighborhood. It's one of those places you drive past a million times but it took 2 years to make it inside...kinda. We ordered the escargot, the duck, mussels, and the steak (it was a special). With the price points, expectations are high but everything met expectations, except the duck-- it was absolutely fantastic! For dessert, we got the creme brûlée trio and profiteroles. The server did not miss a beat and the dessert was the perfect end to a perfect meal. We loved the ambiance, the fact that we could talk and talk and never have to yell, or people watch if we wanted. Highly recommended! It was just perfect.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

One of our favorite places! My husband and I always look forward to BC! We took our in-laws this time and they loved it! Definitely a gem!

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I went on a Wednesday evening with some relatives from out of town that enjoy French food. While the food was great, we had to wait close to 30 minutes for our table to be ready (we had made a reservation in advance) and more than an hour for our food to be served. Not sure if it was a server issue or just the place being too busy, but be ready to wait.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

This is a very special restaurant perfect for a special occasion. For us it was our anniversary. When we made reservations they asked us if it a special occasion and I responded that it was our anniversary. When we arrived we were greeted with “Happy Anniversary!” It is special touches like this, as well as the ambiance, attentive wait staff, and of course the food, that makes us look forward to coming back. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and the preparation and made excellent recommendations for food as well as for wine. I Had the rack of lamb and it was the best I have ever had. Perfectly medium rare and really tender. My wife had the duck breast which was also excellent. The sauces complimented the food but were not at all overpowering. This is an excellent restaurant and a throwback to the days when going out to a “fancy restaurant” was really special!

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Nice environment but I have two main complaints: (1) I ordered a medium rare fillet mignon and came out well done (=barely edible). (2) I couldn't send it back because we got served 1h and 30' late, and we had to eat within 20' to make sure that my guest can catch his train. Feeling rushed and stressed is not a pleasant experience for a business dinner, which is worse than a ruined steak.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Food was very good. Not too expensive. I had the mushroom ravioli with shrimp. A good portion of ravioli and shrimp. My date had the mussels and fries. There were ample portions of both. We split a salad. Didn't have room for dessert. The restaurant was very quiet. Would definitely go again.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Not our first visit, nor our last. A lovely Tuesday evening dinner in one of the coveted 2 person "alcoves" where we could have a quiet and private conversation. High quality ingredients (lamb and duck) contribute handsomely to the classically prepared entrees. We thought we'd be able to have cocktails outside when we originally booked but that will have to wait until the arrival of Spring if it ever comes.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great food and service. Intimate setting to celebrate our anniversary.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Brunch was excellent. i had smoked salmon omlette and the rest of my family each had something different. We all enjoyed our food. The waitress could have been a bit more friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We chose the chef tasting menu. The food was delicious and the wines were paired perfectly, however the wait between courses was extremely long.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This is a consistently great restaurant. Funky decor with superb food. And not overly noisy. Great place to meet old friends.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I'm always pleased with the food and service at Bistro Cacao. Their soup of the day is always excellent, the staff friendly, and the ambiance is very inviting.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We always enjoy Bistro Cacao, pleasant, reasonably quiet and great French atmosphere

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food, ambience and table area was quite romantic. Rose petals were strewn across the table. It was a honeymoon dinner with a close friend and two cousins.
The staff were awesome and not too over bearing. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent wine options, fish was exceptional and paired well.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food is always excellent and the service matched it. It was fun to eat in the Wine Bar to mix things up. Looking forward to the next time.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very quiet and romantic. Great food and wine. The somolier was superb in helping us find the perfect pairing with our meal.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very nice and intimate dining experience! Servers were extremely friendly and the perfect amount of attentive. Omelette could’ve used some salt but salt and pepper was supplied at the table. Brunch cocktails were very tasty and reasonably priced for DC!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always lovely dining at the Bistro. The general manager is extremely friendly, polite, and very professional. The entire staff is so professional! I will be back soon.

Cheers,
Denrique

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

A little quirky and lots of fun. Had a great time.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Bistro CaCao is always a delight! It is my go to special occasion restaurant when I want a quiet intimate evening. The food is amazing and the service is 5 stars!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Charming romantic old-French lovely setting. Even if the food had not been great (lamb and duck were wonderful though), we would have been charmed. A great special occasion setting, quiet, many tables have curtains that potentially could close, although all the diners that night left them open, probably to enjoy the lovely ambience created by the soft (red lampshade) lighting and red velvet curtains throughout this adorable restaurant. Service was good throughout, making for a memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The wait staff was some of the best I've experienced in the DC area...very attentive, and easy to casually talk to. Atmosphere was striking at first, but then very enjoyable as we felt we were in an old world french restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Wonderful alfresco lunch experience. Lovely salad with perfectly cooked salmon.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Large number of gluten free options and nice wines

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wonderful, intimate, romantic dining experience!

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Way overpriced. Good ingredients, but uninteresting and not very French taste.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This Charming restaurant has so much potential. Our party of 7 needed to wait for their table however there was no bartender for us to be able to have a cocktail in advance. When we were shown to art table it took 5 minutes to get the menu, and additional 5 minutes for someone to come to the table to tell us about the specials however no one asked if we wanted drinks. The food was quite good however.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service was off, we sat upstairs. Also my vegeterian dish came without the tofu and the server said nothing.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was terrific, the ambiance and decor was amazing, overall it was a wonderful night.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had a wonderful meal, sitting st the bar!
Great cocktails, friendly service and delicious food!
Definitely worth it!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Bistro Cacao is one of the few restaurants in the city where one can have an excellent French meal in a quiet setting. The tables are widely spaced and many soft surfaces absorb sound.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very rude waiter....who was overly opinionated about our orders. But great food!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

As always, the food and service were phenomenal! One of the top French restaurants in DC!

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Okay experience. Would not go back!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The wait staff was excellent as was the food and the ambience. However the hostess appeared unfriendly and unaccomodating while we waited to be seated although we had confirmed reservations.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This is the most fun and eccentric restaurant I have ever had the pleasure of a meal in Washington D C. I travel to this city once a year and look forward to next years meal.
Great and fun dinner

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