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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

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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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

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (67)
Good for a Date (62)
Special Occasion (59)
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Cozy (53)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Quiet Conversation (46)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Authentic (36)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Great for Outdoor Dining (34)
Notable Wine List (28)
Worth the Drive (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Lunch (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Tasting Menu (14)
Comfort Food (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Fun (9)
Healthy (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Casual (6)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 11 hours ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Guys there are awesome and so friendly I loved it there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Romantic first date.. was awesome. Great server, amazing atmosphere, great food. Definitely recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food, ambiance and service are always five stars. Went to brunch with friends and had a fabulous experience. The bottomless mimosas are a must-try!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Outstanding service! Great ambiance. The Waiter could not have been more attentive.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very nice french bistro. The onion soup was outstanding. They have an excellent selection of French wines and a good app and entree selection. Do not hesitate to go here but get a reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

My girlfriend and I had an absolutely amazing time here! The wait staff was attentive, courteous, professional, and funny. The food was incredibly well prepared, presented beautifully, and delicious. The cocktails were unique and satisfying. The staff even presentrd us with a desert that said "Happy Anniversary". All of this in a creative, romantic setting with minimal noise level. We can't wait to go back!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wow!!!!!!! Just love everything: food, service, price, and environment.
I will highly recommend it.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Classic French in every sense. Good, reasonable wine list and fine bistro fare. My lamb was under done, but they were slammed, so I chewed on. We had a great time sans aller a' Paris.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Love this incredibly romantic and special restaurant. Food was outstanding!! Incredible night.

Thank you.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I went there for brunch with my friends and we had a great time. The food was delicious and the bottomless mimosas were great.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Booked a Sunday brunch reservation here based on other positive reviews I had read. The other reviewers were right! The service was impeccable, the food really good, and the decor fun and interesting. And when they said bottomless Mimosas, they really meant it! I would definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food. We had the tasting menu which was fantastic. The atmosphere is very intimate and great for celebrating a special occasion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have dined here multiple times and am always pleased. The food is excellent. I especially like the French Onion soup, lamb and overall selection. The service is great and staff friendly. I highly recommend the bistro as a place for fine dining.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Perfect spot for a romantic date. Everything we tried was delicious. Wine selection was fairly good as well. Really good for value.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It was fabulous! The food, wine, and service were fantastic. Sat on the patio, which was sandwiched between 2 other restaurants, but it didn’t interfere with our dining experience. A little breezy that night and a heater would have been great. Otherwise, no complaints.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent all around! The only problem with Bistro Cacao is there are so many great options to choose from off of the menu. We'll be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great brunch. Food is excellent, service and attention was perfect.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fabulous food, great service, and beautiful decor. This is a terrific spot for a romantic meal, or a great place for one who just loves really good French food. Their wine list in quite extensive, and overall, the value is exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

A new find near Dupont that was out of the tourist paths. Definitely a millennial vibe on a Saturday afternoon with endless pitchers being served but still fun for us Baby Boomers who stepped in off the street for a DC cuisine before heading off for our evening's entertainment.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Lunch on their lovely patio. I had the trout, which is very tasty. My husband had the Nicoise sandwich with fries. Both are excellent. We both love the fries, which are nice and crispy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I have eating at Bistro Cacao numerous times. The food is great and it is quiet enough that one can have a conversation in a normal voice, which makes it a great place to meet friends. Bistro Cacao was very accommodating to a group of 10 of us. They changed our table when it was decided the one of our party could not go up the stairs to the place they had originally planned to seat us. Also due to family issues two of our party were very late and Bistro Cacao was very courteous in seating them and bringing in extra chairs and china.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

My wife and I first visited Bistro Cacao a few months ago and we sat outside. The food was great and the outdoor seating area was really nice. This time, we went for our five-year anniversary and requested to be seated inside as it was dark out. The set up they have inside is really nice, romantic and cosy. Perfect for the occasion. Great service (they had written 'Happy Anniversary' in raspberry sauce on the dessert place) and the little 'booths', decor and music reminded you of Paris. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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